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State of the Union: Rand Paul
Brings Libertarianism to the GOP

Reason, by Brian Doherty

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Posted By:zoidberg, 2/14/2013 1:31:36 PM

The official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night was from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But the Republican Party is a house (partially) divided now, with a self-conscious rebel wing, and the semi-official “Tea Party” response came from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Paul won his Senate seat on a Tea Party anti-establishment wave in 2010, defeating establishment favorite Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination. (He wrote about it in his campaign memoir The Tea Party Goes to Washington.)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/14/2013 1:48:13 PM     (No. 9176381)

Randy is our best hope - - but his chance of getting anywhere against the Pubbie RINOs - - not to mention the marxist demonrats and the media enablers - - not to further mention a totally dumbed-down electorate - - is sub-zero.

The United States which we´ve all known and loved is over. Just be happy that we were able to spend most of our lives in a free country - - and sad that future generations won´t.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/14/2013 1:50:32 PM     (No. 9176390)

I think a good shot of libertarianism is what the GOP needs. Reagan had a magnificent balance of neocons and libertarians in his cabinet, but Bush fell short on libertarians, appointing fools like Paul O´Neill to Treasury and corporatists like Paulson after that, neither of whom had any libertarian credentials that are essential to fostering an atmosphere of startups and freedom. Meanwhile, his neocons ran wild, with their big-spending ways left over from their leftist idealist pasts, and as they tried to ´change the world´ they failed to do it in a libertarian way, they thought force was enough. In Iraq, where neocons ruled the roost, they didn´t install property rights as their first step, the way MacArthur did in Japan, and that failure allowed gangs to take over and mullahs to rise. You can´t have just neocons who believe in force and spending alone as the solution to every problem, you have to have libertarians who know that economic conditions are the prelude to economic and then political power. Libertarians believe in small government and necons believe in strong government, and small, strong government is the perfect thing. Bring on the libertarians to the GOP, they have been missing for way too long!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/14/2013 2:01:56 PM     (No. 9176415)

We need very few laws.

But the laws we have must be enforced without favor.

The Libs want endless laws with enforcement according to who you are and who you know.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 2/14/2013 2:19:27 PM     (No. 9176457)

I am not a libertarian, but I recognize that government is inherantly liberal and the People are inherantly conservative.

As a result, the best method to promote a conservative american is through libertarian means.

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