At the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives, many speculated that the GOP might be veering in a more libertarian direction—or at least influential leaders within the party might be prodding it or might be anxious for it to go in that direction. The Daily Beast ran the headline “Libertarians run the show at CPAC.” In his CPAC speech, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned that conservatives should not surrender their principles, referring specifically to social issues. Some on both the left and right perceive libertarianism as inherently hostile to social conservatism.
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The fundamental flaw in government today is the failure to realize that the States created the national government. They did so when they united under the Articles of Confederation. They did so when they reformed then recreated our government under the Constitution. The fact that the States created the national government is reinforced in the standard teaching of government. Academia recognizes delegated and reserved powers with delegated powers being those that the States specifically surrendered to the national government . All other powers were reserved to the States or the people. This is reinforced in the 9th and 10th amendments
The author makes valid points with which many conservatives will not agree. Those that disagree are as captivated by the power of the national government as are the progressive liberals they detest. They see every problem as one that requires a national, centralized solution with a tyrannical bureaucracy that robs the individual of his freedom.
I´m not sure that we can unring the bell of paternalism that is our system of government today. Too many people are afraid to bear the responsibility that comes with individual freedom. Many others simply do not want to. Jefferson wrote:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
I´m afraid that this is the point we have reached in our republic.
Republicans alienate libertarians at their own peril. There is a huge untapped reservoir of Libertarians who are sympathetic to Republican principles but are turned off by the constant harping about social issues.
Very well said #2 Libertarians though can completely miss the point and pursue one part of the equation while going too far on their chosen path of mixed Conservative finance and social attitude of anything goes. An example from Idaho some years ago shows that complex mixture. The Libertarian candidates who focused on the economic issues only were far too liberal on social issues.As a result several were so busy running from the law due to social crimes they couldn´t establish a real party.
#2. Your unproven assertion, implying that conservatives are " captivated by the powers of national government" is malarkey. Principled and traditional conservatives draw more from the likes of Occam and the Principle of Subsidiarity than they do from Jefferson; who by the way, was one of some 30 Founding Fathers.
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