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Guest MINDSETTER™ Jeff Scott: The Republican Guide to the Liberty Vote

Friday, November 16, 2012


I'm not a politician or a party operative. I'm not a talking head on television or a host on talk radio. I'm a libertarian, a voter, an average concerned American attempting to appeal to your common sense. I do not claim to speak for the whole of a movement. What I do claim is I am not alone. Not everyone believes your party is capable of change and should be ignored and abandoned because of this. I believe your party has changed before which necessarily implies change is possible.

This first installment of The Republican Guide To The Liberty Vote will be followed by four others, focusing on Economy, Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, and Philosophy. This first addition is meant to begin an adult conversation, an uncomfortable one, and not just for you.

There are plenty on "my side" who will surely read this with contempt and disgust. Perhaps I should begin by expressing a premise. I could not care less should the Republican Party fall further into obscurity. The results of the 2012 elections did not depress, upset, or anger me. I didn't care. My only concern is liberty and free market economics, both having found no sanctuary in either major party. If Republicans are capable of change, willing to reevaluate, and approach government and elections in a different way, I find that as mutually beneficial. In my opinion, attacking an enemy from multiple directions is preferable to attacking from one direction; third party movements and the Republican party are two directions which I support. Those who have worked to make government as intrusive and massive as it is today did not do so by attacking from one direction, and one of those has included infiltrating the Republican Party with the Progressive cancer.

The first step to self-improvement is admitting you have a problem. The Republican Party has many problems but above all else, you continue to nominate lackluster Progressive Republicans for Presidential elections. Your potential voters weren't exactly excited about John McCain, and even he received more votes than your most recent candidate, Mitt Romney. What makes this practice worse is the act of selling us on the idea that these candidates are Conservatives. And, right on cue, many in the mainstream media of the GOP began to admit that which we all knew to be true the day after Obama won re-election: Mitt Romney wasn't exactly Conservative. Not only do you hand us a candidate we do not like after a primary which was all about "anyone but Romney", you admit lying about how Conservative he is during an election all about "anyone but Obama."

This leads to yet another severely flawed election strategy. Your party loyalists have no problem voting against someone rather than for something, but we do, and it's apparent you aren't making progress. Libertarians are one of the fastest growing groups in American politics, if not the fastest. They also comprise of a great portion of the vaunted youth vote whom the Republican Party hasn't been able to relate. Not only did you demonize and marginalize one of our candidates of choice, Ron Paul, you mistreated his supporters as well as other grassroots movements during the primary process and the Republican National Convention, including pushing through rule changes intended to remove future influence of the liberty movement and the tea party movement against the will of your own voters. To add insult to injury, your best argument for the liberty movement to fall in line and support the Republican nominee was that a vote for anyone else is a vote for Obama and we would be responsible for his re-election. A guilt trip is not a successful campaign strategy.

Another argument was to say those in the liberty movement, Ron Paul supporters specifically, are incapable of compromise. There is some truth to that argument. Personally, I am not willing to compromise on those issues that are most important to me. Others, I am willing to do so to a certain extent. A compromise to me, generally, is voting for a Conservative Republican, but it is not voting for a Progressive Republican. That is surrender, not compromise.

Putting aside mistreatment and the general attitude toward the liberty movement from the Republican Party, the Romney campaign offered nothing to entice someone like myself to consider supporting his candidacy in terms of policy. We aren't typical voters. We research things like voting records. When we hear things on the campaign trail, we check it out. For example, when claims are made about a proposed budget, we do not accept those claims as fact. We actually take the time to go over the budget numbers, read articles in review of the budget, and come to our own conclusions on what is fact or fiction. When we read about cuts in spending, we do not accept that baseline budgeting tricks are actual cuts. We recognize that increases in spending overall is, indeed, an increase in spending.

The Republican Party would do well in knowing that most of us actually believe our country is on the verge of collapse. This is not just an advantageous talking point intended to frighten voters and demonize Obama and the Democrat Party. We have been on a certain path for several decades and no one party or person his exclusively to blame. If you are interested in expanding your party and winning elections again, we expect candidates who practice what they preach. We expect candidates who are fluent in free market economics, speaks passionately about liberty, and do not make comments suspiciously similar to the likes of Paul Krugman at the New York Times.


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Great stuff.

In a practical sense, wouldn't it be better to nurture a-Romney-as- president rather than enabling a clear socialist who will certainly not stray from his goal of transforming America into a semi-communist state?

Comment #1 by Art West on 2012 11 16

The Republican brand itself is responsible for things like the Patriot Act and Medicare D. They are just as much of the problem. The United States was not established as a two party system, we as a people and a state need to look at other options, instead of thinking both the GOP and Liberalism are our only options.

In General the Libertarian Party must become a political force. The values associated with this party put both Democrats and Republicans to shame. It speaks to the one quality that we all desire, the right to individual freedom. Libertarians believe in the American heritage of liberty, enterprise, and personal responsibility.

In order to successfully break out into the public conscious, we need to stop being lumped into the Republican brand. We are not Republicans, we do not believe in Medicare, Social Security, Bailouts, etc. We want the government involved as little as possible.

The Libertarian Party is for all who don't want to push other people around and don't want to be pushed around themselves. Live and let live is the Libertarian way...and it is what generations before us fought for.

Comment #2 by Silence Dogood on 2012 11 16


I count myself as a libertarian, too, because freedom, opportunity, personal responsibility and limited government are my core beliefs.

I'm also pragmatic. Establishment Republicans, for all their faults, are closer to these principles than any Democrat. Going it alone as a third party is not practical. Consider that Gary Johnson got 1% of the vote.

Faster results can be achieved by working with good people in the Republican Party. In politics, coalitions are essential -- that's a tough truth for people like you and me who are by nature independent.

Comment #3 by Art West on 2012 11 16

Mr West,
All completely understandable and it is frustrating having to pick the "lesser of two evils" but in order to see any chance of change, we need to start separating ourselves from the GOP. It has not always been D's and R's, you and I both hope that someday there will be another option.

I will continue to stump and support the Libertarian cause in the hope that one day we can see the party rise above a local office.

We just have to keep fighting the good fight.

Comment #4 by Silence Dogood on 2012 11 16

So what's the plan? Empty libertarian narrative and smaller government talk ignores the differences between the owners of states and their political sub-divisions and the Fdderal government which serves to make us one free nation. Libertarian arguments help in identifying how the private sector exploits government policies for prifit no matter how it destroys the general welfare. Libertarian thought helps identify how government can actually promote monopolies and concentrate markets. It even shows how sometimes a monopoly is earned. But I see no plan here. Libertarianism and "smaller government" is in too many hands just a cover for anarchists, secessionists, " States rights" folks who actually ignore the fact we have a well designed system of government. I see sort of empty narrative here with no substantive facts or case made.. Just commentary. What is the actual plan. I suspect it won't be the GOP's fault if voters where to reject most if it.

Comment #5 by Michael Gardiner on 2012 11 17

Michael, perhaps you missed this part: "This first installment of The Republican Guide To The Liberty Vote will be followed by four others, focusing on Economy, Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, and Philosophy."

Comment #6 by Jeff Scott on 2012 11 17

Touche' Scott. I remember that now, but I will be looking for something more than the vague smaller government stuff. Libertarian thought was new and exciting when I was in my teen years. Ronald Reagan certainly took note of it. and it's principles are most definitely a must defend core of American political thought. But, our Federal government is well designed. Our State government, sadly unique in it's non conformity to the Federal model, in the recent past, and only marginally better now is still nonetheless designed so that libertarian outcomes are sought of built in or achievable. What I want to know, is Libertarianism, small government, is it really just a dog whistle to fringe groups who are not seriously taking up the responsibilities of self government in our pretty well designed form of government. I am sure you are up to the challenge. I will read them all. Don;t take it personally. I am issuing the same challenge to people in my own party.

Comment #7 by Michael Gardiner on 2012 11 17

@Michael Gardiner The Libertarians have a plan, visit the web page www.lp.org. Also find the debates the third party candidates held. It was very refreshing to hear direct answers to questions asked.

@Art West the Republicans and Democrats own the political process. They are on the same team playing games with the citizens. Why weren't the third party candidates that could win the Electoral College, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, invited to the debates? Why didn't the media have them on every night like Barack and Mitt? Why does the Democrat and Republican get the top slots on the ballot and other candidates placed by lottery?

I don't care what 2 consenting adults want to do in the bedroom. I don't care if you have a glass of wine or a smoke of marijuana. I really don't care what you want to do as long as it doesn't effect someone else.
Spending my kids income that they haven't made yet is something I do mind.

Comment #8 by Wuggly Ump on 2012 11 18

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