It appears that many Republicans are now joining the Libertarian Party as a “small government” alternative to the GOP. (The “GOP” stands for the Grand Old Progressives, in case you didn’t know.)
The LP’s political director, Carla Howell, stated that about 6 times as many people are signing up with the LP per day than before Donald Trump has been declared the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee.
Long-time Republican strategist Mary Matalin has also joined the LP newcomers, explaining, “The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.”
Now, there are many good things on the Libertarian Party’s official platform, such as,
“The rights of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must not be denied. We assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.”
“We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.”
“As respect for property rights is fundamental to maintaining a free and prosperous society, it follows that the freedom to contract to obtain, retain, profit from, manage, or dispose of one’s property must also be upheld. Libertarians would free property owners from government restrictions on their rights to control and enjoy their property, as long as their choices do not harm or infringe on the rights of others. Eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, governmental limits on profits, governmental production mandates, and governmental controls on prices of goods and services (including wages, rents, and interest) are abridgements of such fundamental rights. For voluntary dealings among private entities, parties should be free to choose with whom they trade and set whatever trade terms are mutually agreeable.”
Hey, I think I’ll join! But then, the LP has had its issues, such as nominating for President in 2008 a thoroughly un-libertarian candidate, Bob Barr, who as Congressman voted for the Patriot Act and also voted for the 2002 Iraq War resolution. (Barr went on to endorse Newt Gingrich for President in 2012. Doh!) And then the LP nominated former Gov. Gary Johnson for President. Statist Johnson, who is running for that nomination a second time, has more recently said he wants to ban the burqa and said that he would also force a Jewish baker to have to bake a cake for a Nazi wedding. Talk about clueless.
In 2005, the national Libertarian Party came out with their Iraq withdrawal plan, which promoted gradually withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and transferring them to other countries in the Middle East, as well as endorsing plans for continuing U.S. tax-funded foreign aid!
In such a plan endorsed by the LP, the writers made all these collectivist-sounding government-promoting wonky policy statements, such as, “By removing our troops from Iraq and relocating them to various bases in the Middle East, we remove the insurgency’s common enemy. The insurgency consists of many different factions with no central leadership. One faction consists of leftover remnants of the former regime, such as the Ba’ath party, Republican Guard and the paramilitary Fida’iyin.” And it goes on and on with all those specific details like any of it matters.
No, “Libertarians,” the honest, moral and libertarian troop withdrawal plan is: Get all U.S. troops out of Iraq, and out of every other country that is not a U.S. territory, and bring them all back to the U.S., immediately. And that’s it.
A lot of people have a problem with that, because they are indoctrinated to believe that the U.S. government has some sort of “right” to have its troops and governmental apparatus on other countries’ territories. No, no such right, no such authority.
And many people are indoctrinated to believe that we must have such government forces on other territories to ultimately “protect us” from “bad guys,” and so on. Nope. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.
Now, if private Americans or groups want to join some private, voluntary organization to go over to those hellholes to fight in some war for some reason, then they have every right to do that, and they will be at their own risk. And constitutionally, the U.S. Constitution does not authorize the U.S. government to send U.S. military to other countries, or place military bases on foreign territories that are not U.S. territories.
And then on the issue of U.S. taxpayer-funded aid to Iraq, those Libertarian Party policy writers wrote, “Safeguards will be put in place to ensure U.S. aid is spent efficiently and effectively. Strict accounting guidelines promoting transparency and accountability must be in place prior to the disbursement of aid. An independent third-party auditor must be hired to perform an audit every six months until the program has ended.” Oh, blah, blah, blah. Jeepers, talk about central planning obsessors, and cluelessness about libertarian principles!
No, the honest, moral and libertarian thing to do with that foreign aid, is to immediately end that foreign aid. You end it immediately because it is derived from loot that is stolen criminally from the workers and producers of America! Such funds are acquired involuntarily, as are all the funds the government takes from the people to fund ALL its redistribution-of-wealth schemes.
And for a policy endorsement page, this one by the LP is terrible, in that it contains no historical information. Libertarians are the ones who generally bring up the history of particular policy disasters or crisis events, such as with 9/11. What about what the U.S. government and the UN had been doing to Iraq prior to 9/11? The first U.S. government invasion of Iraq in 1991 and the sanctions imposed on Iraq by the U.S. government throughout the 1990s are what libertarians including Jacob Hornberger at the Future of Freedom Foundation have been bringing up for years. Hornberger, incidentally, ran as a Libertarian Party candidate for President in 2000. That year’s nomination went to the late Harry Browne for the second time.
Based on what I’ve read, the libertarian views of the current Libertarian Party candidates for President are questionable, at the very least. I think that when the LP’s political director Carla Howell ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, she made a terrific case for “small government.” Perhaps she can run for President.
So, exactly what case has any recent Libertarian Party candidate for President made to cut the federal budget? That means eliminating and dismantling entire programs, schemes, bureaus, and repealing the thousands and thousands of laws, mandates, orders, demands, confiscations, and intrusions currently on the books which are used by the feds to tyrannize and terrorize the people.
And who has said he or she proposes to immediately end the U.S. government’s overseas empire and close down each and every military base overseas? Anyone? (Crickets.) You see, the reason that most people, libertarians or otherwise, are afraid to tell the truth is that a lot of people are just plain indoctrinated to believe what the government tells them, as reported by the government’s stenographers in the mainstream media. And that is one big reason why it is so difficult even for libertarians to rock the boat of America’s militarism and belligerence against foreigners, as well as calling for the complete repeal of every welfare state program, including Social Security.
But in the end, politics is not the answer.