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Libertarian wing of GOP
gains strength in Congress

Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio

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Posted By:grace52, 1/24/2014 5:49:16 PM

A few times each month, a couple dozen House Republican lawmakers gather in a meeting room in a building adjacent to Capitol to discuss ideas and legislative proposals that focus on limited government, reducing the debt and maintaining individual rights. The group considers itself conservative with a libertarian emphasis. They call themselves the Liberty Caucus and believe that in order for the GOP to win more elections in the future, the party must begin embracing their libertarian-minded philosophy because voters are beginning to demand it, particularly in the wake of government data collection revelations that some believe infringe on privacy

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: droopydog, 1/24/2014 6:01:25 PM     (No. 9704600)

Uh oh, sounds like "Constitutional Extremists" are taking over! Stay out of New York or Cuomo and Schumer will put you in a re-education camp.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/24/2014 6:02:43 PM     (No. 9704603)

It´s going to be very hard for social conservatives to make common cause with libertarians, given libertarian views on abortion (personal choice), drugs (legalize them), and gay marriage (libertarians support it).

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Reply 3 - Posted by: beth, 1/24/2014 6:15:50 PM     (No. 9704609)

I think that libertarians and social conservatives could join forces if libertarians respected freedom of religion. Protecting religious bakers and photographers from being forced to provide products for ceremonies that go against there religious beliefs should be easy for libertarians. If religious people can be sure that libertarians would extend their desire to keep the government out of personal choices to religious freedom they could work together.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 1/24/2014 6:24:26 PM     (No. 9704615)

Way back at revolution #1, there was King George ... And The East IndianCompany .. Vs regular coloristic schlubs... Then we evolved to a (sic) two party system .. Welp . I think we are now BACK to king Barry and the Rino India company .. So schlubs . TEA TIME !!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 1/24/2014 6:52:04 PM     (No. 9704634)

As far as I can tell Libertarianism is the only viable alternative to the utter lawlessness and corruption of our illegitimate government. Certainly nothing the Republican party has to offer is any different from what we are being forced to endure from the Democrats.

By the way, libertarianism does not embrace abortion, nor does it advocate drug use. These are libels promulgated by totalitarians. Advocating freedom is not the same as promoting infanticide.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/24/2014 7:06:43 PM     (No. 9704646)

Government must never be allowed to get into the business of making people do the ´right´ thing. While it sounds good on the surface, it will require a government minder for each person and a committee meeting on every little decision. While this doesn´t phase Utopians it is the tool of the compulsive controllers and tyrants and buttinskis of the world.

Embrace Liberty in spite of it´s considerable danger.

It´s an ´Adults Only´ kind of thing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/24/2014 7:24:58 PM     (No. 9704658)

I never said the Libertarian Party advocated abortion. They do say that the government should be kept out of it. To quote from the platform, "Keep the government out of abortion. No regulations, no subsidies. Choice for all, including choice for those who are pro-life." As for drugs, "We Libertarians call for an end to the War on Drugs: an end to federal prohibition of the possession and sale of narcotics." As for gay marriage: "No individual, straight, gay, or lesbian, should be forced to accept someone else´s definition of marriage."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: faith_and_Reason, 1/24/2014 8:27:27 PM     (No. 9704694)

#3, beth, wrote:

"I think that libertarians and social conservatives could join forces if libertarians respected freedom of religion. Protecting religious bakers and photographers from being forced to provide products for ceremonies that go against there religious beliefs should be easy for libertarians..."

Amen, beth, amen. The libertarian philosophy is the Jeffersonian liberalism that even many in the Democrat Party would find attractive.

IF the reform ever got past the GOP establishment...

And IF the reality of that reform ever got past the MSM censors and propagandists.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/24/2014 10:43:53 PM     (No. 9704795)

FTA: “Despite some philosophical similarities, neither mainstream Republicans nor their leadership are embracing the Liberty Caucus and in many cases are standing in the way of their ideas, refusing to take up their legislation and stripping members of important committee assignments for bucking the leadership on key votes.”

And Tea Party people are called the obstructionists to the wise and wonderful Grand Old Progressives. The right-wing of the Cartel Party are using the same public tactics on the Liberty Caucus/Tea Party members as used on them by their left wing (Dhims). They assume the Liberty Caucus will roll over and surrender just like they did. We all know what happens when one “assumes”, and they are well on the way becoming the same a$$es as the Donkey Party.

BTW: The Republican Study Committee $5,000 annual membership fee times 170 members is $850,000. What the heck do they do with that money? It appears to be their war chest to fight to keep their privileges.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/25/2014 9:58:01 AM     (No. 9705165)

I am very suspicious of the recent flagrant use of the term ´ libertarian´. I have an idea it is put out there as a tool to further fracture the right. "Constitutional Wing´ of the GOP would be a more fitting label for those in congress who are currently battling the status quo- as it also would for Tea Party adherents.

Sounds like something dreamt up by Geo Lakoff and ´handed off´ to Carville/Begala.

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