Monday, September 24, 2012

Delusional Appeals from Breitbart and the Conservatives:


Breitbart’s  Kurt Schlichter has spent the weekend lecturing libertarians (here & here), informing them that the only real choice they have to save the Republic is to suck it up and vote for Romney.  He acknowledges that Romney is a terrible candidate, and that libertarians and Ron Paul supporters have been mistreated by the GOP.  He wants libertarians to put on their big-boy pants, and as he says “paste on a fake smile, high five the winner, and go to work” because no matter what is thought about Romney he is so much better than collectivist, socialist Obama.  He continues to lecture Libertarians across both of these pieces that if we ever hope to have any actual influence on policy it must come from the GOP, and our strategy should not be “alienating your potential converts”.  Reading both of these pieces illustrates the issues perfectly, and the main issue is that Conservatives like this author are tone-deaf and delusional.

Mr. Schlichter tells libertarians that they have no home, no support and no future with Democrats.  This much I agree with, Democrats, as presently aligned, seem to turn to government as the first, best solution, and the very existence of libertarian ideology seems to annoy them.  He says that “When freedom becomes inconvenient, Democrats drop it like it’s hot” and I do not disagree with that statement.  Here is the rub though; in terms of a room under the supposed “Big Tent” of the GOP how big is the space for libertarians?  He speaks about converting people to the cause.  Who exactly are we converting?  Him?  He spends the entirety  of both articles demeaning libertarian ideas, specifically calling them naïve.  Are we converting Rick Santorum or Todd Akin?  The Social Conservative are just as hostile to libertarians as Democrats.  The Neo-Cons, are they on the convert list?  Is John McCain ready to stop bombing people into loving democracy yet?  What about the Establishment GOP, the corporatists and the lobbyist who exists off of government largesse? Are any of these groups ready to give up any of their power, their control over people, industries and billions of dollars so as to institute a limited constitutional government?  If libertarians are to suck it up and line up with the team here, at what point will the team give up something to show their willingness to compromise for the greater good?  The answer to that question is pretty much never.  There is no future in ‘converting’ So-Cons, Neo-Cons or Corporatists, that is because they need just as big and powerful government as the Democrats in order to accomplish their objectives.  What Schlichter really hopes is that libertarians come into the tent, sit in the corner, and eventually convert to their thinking.  Our object should be to show people, the independents and unaligned, that there is a third option out there, and that hopefully he and his ilk are on the slow train to extinction.

When you read these pieces you see statements like “The drug war is another difference of opinion, though one the libertarians would have a hearing on in the GOP as their influence grows”.  When exactly do we think that would be?  Will a president Romney advocate for that at any point if given eight years?  Schlichter goes on to make a snarky bong reference, which only illustrates how incredibly out of step he is.  Standing against the Drug War is not about wishing the MAN wouldn’t harsh your buzz, it is about limited, constitutional government, and that the mainstream GOP and conservatives do not realize or acknowledge that is the reason libertarians should not get under the tent with them.  Prohibition can not and will not work.  We waste a ridiculous amount of resources on the effort, and it distorts everything our government does.  Prisons, courts and probation departments are inundated with drug related crime.  This is a drain on Federal and State resources.  We hear about how States are cutting services to the bone, but how many teachers could be saved by removing a prison’s worth of drug offenders from the budget?  You never hear that angle from these ‘limited government’ conservatives, because drugs are bad and they insist that you don’t take them.  He also mentions foreign policy and the PATRIOT Act as examples of the naiveté of libertarians, that if those silly issues are why you won’t support Romney it is misguided yet understandable, once again being as condescending as possible.

We are told that there have been missteps, that libertarians, their candidates and ideals were not treated as well as they could have been.  He tells us that “The Romney-Ryan camp needs to do its part too; they need to reaffirm their commitment to Constitutional liberty. Freedom needs to be part of the conversation, not just Obama’s appalling record. While they can’t undo the gratuitous insults at the convention, they can make their case to the possibly decisive libertarians.”  So what is that discussion going to involve?  There seems to be a general agreement that there will be no discussion of changing the drug war, the PATRIOT Act, interventionist foreign policy, undeclared drone-war all over the globe…so what exactly will we be talking about?  If Republicans will continue to use the government to lock up people for their intoxication choices, spy on them and their neighbors to keep them safe, bomb and kill bad guys without congressional approval while invariably killing innocents in the process creating a whole new generation of hate-filled enemies where is the ‘commitment to Constitutional liberty’?  What is the form?  Please tell us, because we are all ears.

Obama is terrible, we have heard that over and over again, but what is Romney going to do?  There is no difference on most every issue.  Obama sucks on the constitution, it is undeniable, but Romney has stated time and again he will be just as terrible, just terrible in ways Conservatives might find more palatable.  Schlichter does not want a real discussion about the actual issues libertarians have with the GOP and conservatives, because they are for the most part irreconcilable.  Bong jokes are just super, but how about some real questions and answers.  How about $16 Trillion in debt, can we have a discussion about that?  Obama has no desire to change that course.  What then is the Romney/GOP plan there?  We know he will increase the Defense budget, because we need to be scared of everything and everybody.  We know he will pander to the elderly, telling them that no one will ever touch their entitlements.  What will he do to address the debt then?  If there is no discussion or movement on Constitutional liberty, and there is no plan to reduce the actual drivers of the deficit and debt (defense and entitlements) then libertarians need to be on board with team GOP for…?  Libertarians need to stop being conned into thinking the GOP is going to morph into a party that believes in limited government and fiscal responsibility.  Working from the inside in a ‘long ball’ strategy is only going to get us further mired in debt and regulation with less liberty and rights.  The TEA Party should see and understand that at this point.  They went to Washington to fix the spending problems.  Their own party turned against them, and became part of the national chorus painting the people who wanted to keep us from flying full speed off a spending cliff as the immature nut jobs.  And after only two years most of those people have fallen in line and signed on with the big-spending program.

Wouldn't it be better to have people committed to actual liberty and fiscal responsibility in office, a group not beholden to the machine.  Wouldn't be nice if the TEA Party had another option to caucus with in the Congress and a president interested in stopping the country from imploding under the weight of its own debt?  Is it a likely scenario this time around?  Unfortunately no, but wouldn’t it be better to show the country in a loud and proud fashion that there is another option, another path we could be taking?  If the GOP had a desire to incorporate libertarians it was easy to do, show the SLIGHTEST indication that you were willing to practice anything you preach.  Libertarians were never really welcome, and never will be for that matter.  Anyone who thinks Mitt Romney, John McCain, Jim DeMint, and Rick Santorum are the future of this country is delusional.  Thankfully it only took two years for many people to realize that Obama was not selling anything we had not tried before, and maybe after this election, regardless of the outcome, more people will sign on to the idea that government needs to do and spend less.  Instead of trying to incrementally change the GOP from the inside, lets show the independents who gave up on the craptastic two-party dichotomy that there is another option, and then maybe other Republicans and Democrats, people who sit on the sidelines hoping their party would do something constructive, will also see another direction is available as well.  This way instead of resigning ourselves to being part of a ‘Big-Tent’ we can commit ourselves to taking action to help our nation when necessary to save the Republic and our constitution when the need arises.

4 comments:

  1. Why do you hate baby Jesus so much?

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    1. Its 'loath' I have been told, and that is one of the other posts, unless of course you are saying baby Jesus hates Obama and wants me to vote Romney.

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  2. THANK YOU, PTWALKER! Those articles were a horrible read. I was very disappointed with the tone of the articles and have lost respect for Kurt Schlichter as a journalist. He made me laugh before but these have shown a side that makes me cringe instead. Keep spreading around that REPUBLICAN HATE, KURT; I am proud to be Libertarian and will never vote for a man of as little integrity as Mitt Romney. -N.Hansel, MN

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    1. I actually just finished commenting, I believe to you, over on the Facebook page how ridiculous it is that a 'conservative', someone who by definition does not want to change and does not want anyone else to implement change, would be concerned that libertarians could be alienating our potential converts. Conversion is not likely, they simply want us to shut up and get in the tent. I say better to vote for something and someone (really for the first time in my adult voting life) then simply voting once again for the lesser of two evils.

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