Reagan Thought Libertarianism Was the Heart and Soul of Conservatism.
Bill Quick

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[Reagan] would be rolling over in his grave to hear Rand Paul praise him.

Let’s talk about Ronald Reagan, the real president: One of the most massive increases in defense spending in our history which we needed and which led to the demise ultimately of the Soviet Union; invading Grenada; aiding the Contras against the Sandinistas; bombing Libya…

But if Rand Paul thinks that Ronald Reagan is his model, then it’s not incoherent, it’s fraud.

Because Ronald Reagan hated libertarians and felt that libertarianism had no place in true conservatism like John Bolton’s neocon maunderings.

Oh, wait….

Libertarian conservatism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 1975, Ronald Reagan stated, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

 

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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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Reagan Thought Libertarianism Was the Heart and Soul of Conservatism. — 1 Comment

  1. Several thoughts come to mind, here:

    1) John Bolton’s pretty obviously not a very useful referent on either coherence/incoherence (having at times in the past devolved into borderline-incoherence himself on some issues, often enough resulting from a tendency to “misremember history”, said tendency being on exhibit here…) or “Ronald Reagan, the real President” (due, also clearly, to that “misremembering history” thingy of his).

    2) That distant rumble you may have heard when Bolton voiced the referenced “commentary” occurs periodically, emanating from the direction of Ronald Reagan’s place of interment whenever comment-filberts like Bolton try to fob off their own personal views or statements as having originated with Reagan himself. Tends to recur with rather disturbing frequency at times…

    3) “One of the most massive increases in defense spending in our history which we needed and which led to the demise ultimately of the Soviet Union; invading Grenada; aiding the Contras against the Sandinistas; bombing Libya…” can only be considered, in the context of the times of course, as not being in any important respect inconsistent with the sort of “core of libertarianism” to which Reagan pretty obviously was referring.

    To wit: Although big-Ls would likely reject such increases in defense spending (or, perhaps, any useful level of such spending at all), small-Ls almost certainly would not; a “core” of libertarianism, after all, does not preclude “preserve(ing), protect(ing) and defend(ing)” one’s Nation, even if it may lead to establishing, once again, that “the best defense is a good, strong offense” in the long term.

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