The Libertarian Battle for the GOP Soul


The Pink Flamingo has been telling you that libertarians are trying to take over the GOP.

Want proof?

The Republican Party is in danger of returning to its roots — back to the time when its two main constituencies did not belong to a single party. Before the Civil War brought them together, the nationalist, money-driven Whigs and the regional, moralist Abolitionists held little in common. Now, the debt debacle has carried Republicans back to the deep divide present at their party’s creation.

One faction declares that without prosperity, all is lost. The other insists only repentance can save us. Both Prosperity Republicans and Repentance Republicans believe they are in a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.

The Reagan-era fusionism that once held them together has hit the ash heap of history — hastened to its grave by the political and economic reckoning that Reagan could defer but we can’t.

Now, Repentance Republicans view Prosperity Republicans as inescapably corrupted by an unsustainable form of crony capitalist governance. Prosperity Republicans view Repentance Republicans as unmanageably captivated with an unstable form of politically principled purity.

With neither faction able to triumph or surrender, both must change. The only fusionism that can succeed today must defeat the claims to dominance of both big GOP factions….”

Once again, we must put up with libertarian fools who want to take over the GOP because they don’t have the patience to put their own libertarian party back together again. The Pink Flamingo has heard from a source that there are some interesting individuals who are in positions to know things that certain female tea party “leaders” are now being considered “libertarian”.

Is it possible that certain people are actually libertarians pretending to be Republicans?

“...This is not the first time a libertarian concept has been adopted by others. It was libertarian economist Milton Friedman who developed the concept of school vouchers, but most of the credit was never given. The same is true of the Cato Institute, which developed the concept of Social Security privatization but is rarely credited with it. And who was it that was actively calling the War on Drugs a failure from the early 70s onward? Despite that most people recognize the failure of the War on Drugs, the Libertarian Party rarely receives credit for popularizing what is now plainly obvious: that the War on Drugs has not worked.

The original message of the Tea Party — let’s take our government back! – still rings true. It’s up to us to keep fighting to reclaim our personal and economic liberties — and that includes a humble and logical foreign policy.

I would encourage people who share the Republican Liberty Caucus commitment to limited government to attend local Tea Party meetings to get a flavor for what your local branch of the Tea Party is like. Certainly the flavor of the local Tea Party depends on who is leading it. The local Tea Party objectives should determine if it’s a good fit for you. If it isn’t, start your own Tea Party.

If more libertarian-leaning Republicans were leaders in the Tea Party movement, perhaps the Tea Party movement would have a decisively more libertarian flavor….”

Hot Air

This headline caught The Pink Flamingo’s attention.  It was so simple, and so obvious it was a slap in the face.  In a way, we’re not really fighting Obama.  We are, but he has completely marginalized himself as a player in just about anything.  This isn’t about Obama.   In a way it really isn’t about the future of the country.  It is about the future of the GOP.  It is about the libertarian, Randian take-over of the GOP.

Reid Report

“...I have been active in libertarian circles for more than a decade, so when Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign raised more than $6 million in one day for our Presidential candidate, I was jumping for joy. That was in December, 2007, and was in conjunction with a nationwide “Tea Party” protest of Big Government. At our local event in Georgetown, Ron Paul supporters hosted our own fundraising event in which we wrote “Income Tax”, “Federal Reserve”, and “Invasion of Iraq” on boxes and tossed them out the 2nd story window of the event venue onto the streets of Georgetown.

The “Tea Party” was a nationwide event organized by Ron Paul supporters. Therefore the original concept of the Tea Party was libertarian — in favor of individual liberties (including personal freedoms and the ability to make any choice that does not harm another), limited government, and free markets.

The summer after the MoneyBomb fundraising success, in 2008, I participated in a Revolution March with Ron Paul supporters in DC (that’s me, with the Ron Paul sign, below right). The march was quite massive, likely with between 7,500 and 10,000 participants from all across the country. It ended with a concert in front of the nation’s capital which lasted all day….”

Just how libertarian have things become?  The Cato Institute is against the Boehner Plan. This is not a condemnation of the Koch Brothers, but a commentary that it is The Pink Flamingo’s theory that something is going on.

“…The Koch brothers, the biggest polluters and safety violators in the country and the money behind the tea party are at it agan, aligning themselves with Exxon to write legislation for their industry. Face it, folks, corporate America OWNS the Congress of the United States….”

I dislike the Koch Brothers as much as I do George Soros.

“…Citizens for a Sound Economy was co-founded by David Koch in the 1980s, and, according to the Center for Public Integrity, the Koch Brothers funded it with $7.9 million between 1986 and 1993. In 1990, they created the spinoff group, Citizens for the Environment.

n 2004, Citizens for a Sound Economy was renamed FreedomWorks, while its affiliated Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation became Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Since then the Koch brothers have given more than one million dollars to AFP. At an AFP rally in 2009, David Koch said “Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity, and it’s beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization.” AFP is the political arm of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, of which David Koch is chairman of the Board of Trustees. Americans for Prosperity created Patients United Now, which advocated against a single-payer system during the 2009-2010 healthcare reform debate. Both FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have provided support for the Tea Party movement.

Charles and David Koch also have been involved and have provided funding to a number of other think tanks and advocacy organizations: They provided initial funding for the Cato Institute, they are key donors to the Federalist Society, and also support the Mercatus Center, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Institute for Justice, the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, the Institute for Energy Research, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute, the Reason Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

As of 2011, David Koch sits on the board of directors of the Cato institute, the Reason Foundation and Aspen Institute…”

Trader Bill

“...In total, the Koch brothers have given more than 196 million dollars to dozens of free-market and advocacy organizations, in addition to over $600 million to arts, science, and educational organizations. Tax records indicate that in 2008 the three main Koch family foundations gave money to thirty-four political and policy organizations, three of which they founded, and several of which they direct. The Koch brothers believe that economic freedom is essential for the well-being of society…”

“…”…Charles G. Koch funds and supports libertarian and free-market organizations such as the Cato Institute, which he co-founded with Edward H. Crane and Murray Rothbard in 1977, and is a board member at the Mercatus Center, a market-oriented research think tank at George Mason University. Koch supported his brother’s candidacy for Vice President on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980. After the bid, Koch told a reporter that conventional politics “tends to be a nasty, corrupting business … I’m interested in advancing libertarian ideas”. In addition to funding think tanks, Charles and David also support libertarian academics and (since 1992) Koch funds the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program through the Institute for Humane Studies which recruits and mentors young libertarians. Koch is also chair of the Institute’s board of directors. Koch also organizes twice yearly meetings of Republican donors….”…”

From the liberal AAJ:

American Association for Justice

What all of this is about is the fact that the libertarians cannot win on their own.  The only way they can come to real power is to destroy the GOP, lie, manipulate, and cheat their way into taking over the party.

Are we going to allow it?



5 thoughts on “The Libertarian Battle for the GOP Soul

  1. well if nothing else all of this focus on Ayn Rand (one of Hell’s greatest heroes) puts a spotlight on just how evil the religion of politics really is.

    The key issue (for me) in the 2012 election is your Soul. How much will you sell it for? Will you sell your Soul for lower taxes, militarized borders and ‘successful’ Randian Economic policies?

    Or will you sell your Soul to the Pagan Liberals with their multitude of perversions and depravities?

    Maybe this is just a big test! Or maybe its a big trap. In either case my Soul is not for sale.

    2 Corinthians 6:14
    Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

    or my favorite illustration of the bizarre partnership between Libertarians and Liberals.

    Deuteronomy 22:10
    Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.

  2. A disagreement here on one point: The Losertarians pretend to be Republicans not because they don’t have the patience, it’s because they garner just 1.5% of the vote; 3% max. They cannot win without the GOP.

    For 4 years you’ve begged people like me (Independents) not to judge the party of grownups (GOP)by their childish so called “real” conservatives sect. Well it is those same Losertarians (like Ron Paul) who gave Republicans a bad name (intolerant, racist, absolutist). And after watching the might of Independents (yes that was the original tea party people), they PRETENDED to be not just their base, but their leaders. Btw, do you know how you can tell that the original tea party people were actually Independents? They got together over ONE issue. Obamacare. Independents are terribly busy people…with jobs, family, church or some organization and rarely have time for more than a few issues of a particular party. It is why Illegal Immigration failed to get more than a questioning frown and why, in the end, why the revised tea party they failed to get more than a handful of “real” conservatives in. (Maybe you ought to stop calling yourselves conservatives–and stick to something that really cuts the wheat from the chaff–REPUBLICANS.)

    The issue here is, and I know this gets the hard right and left upset, but it is true. The group that gives a party power (the win) is the Independents. They do not get this all important majority by joining the opposition in demagoguing the party they claim affiliation with. What they get is distrust, because a group that has no loyalty among their principles is a group no one wants to belong to.

  3. After almost 10 years of listening to Medved; this morning is the first time I am truly disappointed. No, I don’t always agree with him but of all the talk show mafia, Medved has always been the most honest I think–and certainly the most logical.

    Today, he encouraged the tea party to continue to be a thorn in the side of the GOP by agreeing to the idea that they are to be given credit for the debt ceiling bill passing and depressing Obama.

    While the latter is definitely something we can all cheer about, Medved knows that the tea party almost tanked the whole economy–for things that the GOP (holding ONE of 2 parts of Congress and not the WH) could not possibly get. Last Friday, he told Palin and her minions that threaten Republicans in the primaries to “bring it on”. Now, after Boehner and the GOP had to accept the Dem plan because the tea party assured the death of a GOP bill, NOW, he–and the entire talk show mafia is giving kudos to the tea party.

    Does no one remember when Bush had to use his political capital on illegal immigration instead of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae because of these “true” conservatives? We STILL hear, with glorious pride, about their ability to make GWB and Congress focus on an issue that has been around for decades and held very little interest for the other 40 non-border states…forgetting totally that we wouldn’t have had the 2008 financial meltdown if GWB had been able to use his political capital on the housing problems as he said he wanted to.

    How many elections does Republicans have to lose before they get this one political fact: once you become elected, you need to represent ALL of the people, not just those who agree with your ideology. The minute you forget about the Independents and cater only to your choir, you lose.

    I had hoped that this would show the GOP that they cannot afford a group that will not stand with them, who revels in the idea of the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Tea Party holding the House, NOT conservatives being the majority.

    But it looks like I may be wrong.

  4. I stopped listening to talk radio the very same day that Rush Limbaugh said, “…I am officially not a Republican anymore..”

    That was Rush’s response to John McCain being nominated and quite frankly at that point in time I felt the exact same way that Rush did. I still can’t believe that McCain was our candidate after he had worked with George Soros to push McCain-Feingold (aka Campaign Finance Reform).

    So I stopped watching the News Mafia (including Fox), I threw out the radios and blocked all the Commie Liberal News propaganda (with Comcast’s Parental Controls) so that I couldn’t accidentally turn on Bill O’Really or Katy Kourick. I didn’t even watch the election in 2008 because I knew McCain stood no chance!!

    I was very upset about the McCain nomination but I never dreamed it would have come to this! I guess you can say “I was the Tea Party, before there was a Tea Party”. And now I hope and pray that they just go away…

    Yeah there’s a Battle coming. A big Battle. The GOP need to grow some balls, get a posse, lock and load, get some ropes, and have a few lynchings! Figuratively that is. And if the GOP doen’t get rid of the Libertarians, and I mean all of them, I will never vote again.

    If the damned Tea Party didn’t exist we would have won the Senate in the last election cycle and none of this crap would be happening. Obama would have faced a Republican MAJORITY!

    But the damned Tea People handed the Senate Majority to Obama. That alone is enough reason to get a rope!

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