The Big Tent Can Hold All Statists
Bill Quick

Are Social Cons Saving Liberalism? Roger L. Simon Thinks So, Sees Libertarian Shift as Future of Conservatives, GOP – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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
of
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.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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