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