Libertarians? More Republican or More Democrat?

This election season perhaps more than any other, has had some of us listening to Ron Paul a bit closer, and saying, ‘I agree with him on many things but can’t handle his foreign policy views.’ True, we are sick-to-sadness of sending our Military off to defend the West against Islam but it is untenable to think that a U.S. president would not do so, if needed. And we think Congressman Ron Paul would not do so. Then there is Paul’s legislation to end all aid to Israel.

Paul didn’t hint. He tried to make it law. So what kind of Conservative would advocate for leaving America’s strongest ally and the only Democracy in the Middle East to survive by themselves while sharing borders with anti-Semitic Islamists (redundant, I know).  This is a conversation we should be having, and Donald Douglas at American Power Blog has started it.

Ron Paul is not the subject of Donald’s post but Libertarianism is, and it’s commonalities, or not, with Democrats and Republicans. There are numerous good quotes in the article, but I will refrain from using them here, because I hope you will read it for yourself, and as you read, remember these words from George Washington:

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

I hope you will scoot on over to American Power and then share the Professor’s views with others, because if what I see around the InterTubes is real, we have a lot of new Libertarians cropping up. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I am saying The Donald at American Power put his finger on possibilities that may have been missed by those us not that familiar with Libertarianism.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook



  • Very kind words. Thanks Maggie!

  • Jeremy Sarber

    As one who anymore calls himself a libertarian, I do agree with both liberals and conservatives on various issues–depending on what it is, of course. In a broader sense though, I disagree with both. I’ve come to believe in some fundamental principles relating to freedom and limited government which led me to, if I may call it this, my own brand of libertarianism.

    • Well, it all depends on the issue. While Republicans in general tend to dislike big government, there are plenty of times when they also want a whole bunch of unnecessary restrictions on people’s natural freedoms. OK,some might be justified (I am a libertarian, not an anarchist), but almost anyone in politics is pro-government, no matter what their philosophical leanings. But what does this have to do with Ron Paul’s foreign policy?

  • A Republican is basically a Democrat with a little common sense. I parted ways with Republicans long ago.

  • I will only take two of the points from their Platform to show that they either are totally stupid or do not realize the consequeces plus lack knowledge of the Constitution.

    Immigrants’ Rights: Argues that borders should be open but surveilled–everyone who does not pose a threat to public health or national security should be allowed to enter the country legally. Would eliminate all federal benefits to undocumented immigrants.

    Talk about Balkenization of a country. This exactly what this ridiculous plank in the shaky platform would bring about. Mexifornia would become a reality in short time and then we would have the same problems as Mexico with the drug cartels. But then of course the Libertarians want to do away with all drug laws. Tthe only thing that makes sense in the entire idea is to eliminate all federal benefits to undocumented immigrants. Sorry but even the language is “soft”. Why not call them what the are, illegals.

    Public Services: Eliminate the Postal Service. Transfer all government services, from public schools to landfills, to private ownership.
    They had better go check the Constitution on elimination of the Post Office.That would require an Amendment and ratification by the states since it is one of the few things that the Constitution says can be funded.

    AS for the other part , the Constitution states that all powers not specifically given to the Government are to be held by the States or people as stated in the Tenth Amendment. Article I specifically sets forth what powers are enumerated to the Congress. Again to do what they prescribe would call for ratification of the states in a Constitutional Amendment

    Some of what the stand for is good but for the most part it’s outside reality.