In terms of politics, Simon looks toward libertarianism as the
ideology of the future. Not because it stops discussion over any
issue, but because libertarianism removes many of those issues from
politics and put them back in places better suited to hashing out
differences. It’s a stark – and I think convincing – message to
conservatives and one they should heed when considering political
alliances. Any energy coming from Republicans these days is because
the large failure of Barack Obama and liberal Democrats’
political agenda and because of the libertarian wing of the GOP and
its focus on civil liberties, foreign policy, and fiscal rectitude.
It’s not because cultural warriors are getting the vapors over the
gays or drugs or the need to triple defense spending.
And, of course, the immediate pushback to Simon was the age-old, “Oh, yeah? Well, if you don’t push these suicidal positions, we SoCons will stay home, and you damned libertines just try to win without us!”
My reaction to that, of course, is that I don’t care. I don’t want to win with a party pushing that agenda, so I won’t vote for them either. See if they can win without me. Of course, I actually do have a party I can vote for. Maybe I should just give up on the Suicidal SoCon Party and vote straight Libertarian from here on out. Couldn’t get any worse results than I’ve been getting from the GOP.