“…I’ve always said I was a Reagan-style conservative. But I don’t think Reagan was a real Republican. He just maintained some shared values….” Glenn Beck
Losertarians are crowing about the nomination of Nikki Haley in South Carolina. She is one of them. They love her. Makes sense. Then there is the idiocy in Idaho, where the Losertarians have taken over the GOP. They’re scary, demanding a repeal of the 17th Amendment.
Are the Tea Parties an off-shoot of the John Birch Society?
Then we have Glenn Beck’s trouble making. Glenn Beck is basically a Bircher. Once upon a time Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley (remember him) expelled them from the ranks of the GOP and viable conservatives. The irony is that the National Review is now defending Beck and in turn the Birchers. Lew Rockwell detested Buckley.
“…While this book does an excellent job of exposing Bill Buckley for the fraud that he is, it fails to fully explain the Right’s transformation. McManus puts a great deal of emphasis on Buckley’s famous Commonweal article from 1952. But while libertarians such as Murray Rothbard and Frank Chodorov condemned it as socialist and statist as soon as the article came out, by McManus’ own account, Robert Welch didn’t say a single critical word about Buckley until National Review turned its guns on the John Birch Society. Why is this? Perhaps it is because Welch overestimated the Soviet threat, and underestimated the importance of an isolationist foreign policy. While the John Birch Society and Robert Welch had reservations about America’s entry foreign wars, they usually gave the same National Review line about how to finish the job.…”
These are the losers who are now calling the shots against the GOP. God help us all! And – Lew Rockwell adores tea partiers, Glenn Beck, and Ron Paul. He is the ultimate Losertarian.
GET IT? Do you still want that little tea party?
“…Although this video has been available since our 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2008, we’ve changed the title to “The John Birch Society in 1958, Forerunner of the Tea Party Movement?” Take a look and see how appropriate the new title is. I believe the inclusion of this video in this article will help you see just how close the worldview of the JBS is to that of Glenn Beck in particular and the Tea Party movement in general.…”
The Pink Flamingo is reaching the point where I think some of the anti-Reagan sentiment that is starting to infiltrate the extreme right is because of Beck. He is behind the brainless right’s new hatred of Teddy Roosevelt.
“...At the recent CPAC gathering, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, in an apparent jab at Senator John McCain (R-AZ), said, “We have a guy in the Republican Party who says his – his favorite president is Theodore Roosevelt.” He then proceeded to skewer one of America’s most beloved presidents as a socialist.
Beck disapprovingly read a TR quote, “We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used . . . so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.” He actually misread the quote, using the word “judge” instead of “grudge” and then asked, “Is this what the Republican Party stands for?”
Beck continued, “…This is not our founders’ idea of America. And this is the cancer that’s eating at America. It is big government – it’s a socialist utopia. And we need to address it as if it is a cancer.”
As is fairly typical with Beck, his bold accusation bears little in common with reality, and he fails to afford his cherry-picked quote the dignity of an accurate historical context….Of course, it is hardly surprising that Beck would take issue with the man who coined the term “lunatic fringe.” What is surprising is that Beck’s idea of a true Republican also leaves out another beloved president, Ronald Reagan….
From Libertarian-Republican. It is a barf alert. If you want to know who is pulling the Tea Party strings, try losertarians.
Is Ron Paul on such an egotistical trip that he is thinking about running for POTUS again? Is he so arrogant he thinks he can call the shots and demand we nominate a LOSERTARIAN for 2012?
“...This year, libertarian-Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate — like Paul’s son Rand Paul in Kentucky and Sharron Angle in Nevada — have won Republican primaries with the help of the Tea Party support. Noting the “big libertarian influence in the Tea Party movement,” Paul says libertarian beliefs are making their way into the lexicon of traditional Republicans.
“I think even the issue of the Federal Reserve — that issue is almost mainstream,” he said. “And I think things have shifted because of the financial crisis as well as the bogging down of our foreign policy. So the American people are looking for some different answers.”
Paul, whose anti-Iraq war views won him jeers at some Republican events in 2008, says a libertarian-minded GOP candidate will be better received when Obama runs for re-election. But he cautioned that he himself has not decided to run. “It’s too early for me to talk much about that because I haven’t made a decision. I haven’t ruled it out, but I’m not on the verge of making a decision anytime soon,” Paul said.
Asked to name other potential presidential candidates he could support, Paul replied, “I guess the best one would be Johnson from New Mexico — Gary Johnson.”
Johnson, an ultra-marathon runner who was governor from 1995 to 2003 and endorsed Paul in 2008, is beloved by libertarians for his many vetoes and privatizations while in office, and for championing school choice and drug decriminalization.
David Boaz, the executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, said that while he thinks the 2010 elections will sweep in some more libertarian-minded Republicans in Congress and the governor’s mansions, he’s less optimistic about such a candidate being nominated by Republicans in 2012.
“You can’t nominate just anybody, you have to nominate somebody,” Boaz said. “And plausible libertarian-minded candidates are hard to find. Ron Paul may make some noise, and may run, but House members don’t get nominated for president. Gary Johnson has a great libertarian record, but he doesn’t yet have much national recognition.”…Tom Jensen, the director of Public Policy Polling, said Paul is more popular with independent voters than he is with Republican primary voters. Jensen’s most recent national 2012 poll of Republicans show Paul only bringing in 6 percent of the vote, behind other potential Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. “So if he really wants to make an imprint on the 2012 contest, it would be running as an independent rather than just going from state to state finishing fifth or sixth in Republican primaries,” he said.
And then there’s the media problem.
Shortly after his nomination as Republican candidate for the Senate in Kentucky, Rand Paul’s libertarian beliefs seemed to offend many in the national media when he criticized the Civil Rights Act for interfering with private businesses. Democrats have used the episode to try to paint libertarians as extreme, or racist. Angle, appearing to learn from Rand Paul’s experience, has largely ignored the national press, fighting the narrative that her beliefs are extreme too.
So how can libertarians fight the media narrative that they are too far out of the mainstream? Turn the question back around, Paul said. “So I would say that’s extreme? What’s extreme about a balanced budget and smaller government and a foreign policy that makes a lot more sense than policing the world? So I think they are the ones who are the extremists,” he said.
But not all media are dismissive to libertarianism, Paul noted, pointing out that judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News “now has a very libertarian TV show.”…”