A neo-con/libertarian riff that will kill the GOP.

Mike Kole has a great post on the war between neo-con/Rawlsian liberal + social conservative/modern Republicans and libertarian/classical libertarians/faux-cons.  Read it here. This is the battle for the “soul” of the GOP.

I maintain that if the GOP continues to deny rights in the name of religion, they will become a permanent minority with my generation. We are entering a time where the media and American popular thought consider being religious (especially Christianity) as insane a belief as 9-11 truthers, and people who believe the free masons control the world. (For the record, I am a believer in Christ and

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Libertarians on NRO

Derb is a good guy, and I like his podcast. Here is the link to this article. I am just going to post the note that was sent to him, because it sums up a lot of the sentiment that has been flooding the LPIN HQ.

“Mr. D — As a ‘young intellectual conservative’ mulling over factions in the coming Big Conservative Brouhaha, I’m thinking of jumping the USS GOP in favor of the Libertarian party. 3 quick reasons

  • It’s ideologically coherent. Or, at least, built on a strong foundation of promoting individual liberty and, y’know, actually deferring to the
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How did Hoosier Libertarians do in 2008?

From our Chairman, Todd Singer:

Friends,

The Libertarian Party of Indiana would like to thank all of those who ran as candidates. Their hard work has brought greater vote totals and legitimacy, and has grown the party significantly. We would also like to thank those who have helped our candidates. Running for office with no staff, little money, and few volunteers is a difficult task. When Libertarians stand up to help other Libertarians in their bid for office, it can be a richly rewarding experience for all. Thank you to those who gave their time and money to our candidates.

Above all, thank

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Is the Ron Paul movement that big of a deal?

I’ve heard many say they were voting for Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party because of Ron Paul’s endorsement. Some were even writing in Ron Paul, who was not a qualified candidate. Some Libertarians have expressed concern that the Constitution Party may be a threat to the LP. I think the numbers show that Paul’s endorsement has little effect on voters. It also shows the foolishness of the media attention that Ralph Nader always gets. It ALSO shows the importance of ballot access for Libertarians.

Many people were upset that Barr would not visit the kiddie table by showing up at

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Proof that Libertarians take more Democratic Votes

It is incorrect that Libertrians always “take away” Republican votes. Take a look at this poll from the 2006 Congressional race between Hill/Sodrel/Schansberg:

“Libertarian Eric Schansberg gets 5% in today’s poll, which, in a contest this close, will make a difference. Because Schansberg’s support is disproportionately Liberal, he appears to take more votes from the Democrat Hill than the Republican Sodrel.”

I encourage you to click the link so that you may fully educate yourself, and stop spreading myths.

P.S. Click here for the data of this cycle.

The Arrogance of the GOP on Libertarians

The best-named blog, Conservatibbs, touts a common theme when Republicans discuss Libertarians:

“Schansberg’s run for Congress as a Libertarian is actually an impediment to implementing a libertarian legislative agenda. The votes that Schansberg drains from Sodrel will help Baron Hill in his efforts to return to Congress. That would be destructive to efforts to limit government and protect the unborn, two issues where Schansberg and Sodrel are, for the most part, in agreement. Schansberg’s run for Congress is unwise and counterproductive.”

I’d like to remind all members of the Republican party that Libertarians are a different party, not

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Freedom on the Fourth Rally. Why?

Andy Horning and Dave Bond were on the show this morning. They explained why there will be a rally tomorrow at 10 AM at the Governor’s Mansion. They explained why people are so upset with our government, and what we can do to change it. You can listen below, or read this from Andy’s blog:

It may rain. This is Indiana, after all. But don’t doubt that I’ll be driving all the way from Freedom, Indiana to be at the Governor’s Mansion on North Meridian just north of 46th Street at 10am. I’m bringing

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Bob Barr vs. Ron Paul on Policy

Here is a comparison of the policy positions of Ron Paul and Bob Barr, courtesy of Third Party Watch.

Non-interventionism

Ron Paul: “Non-interventionism is not isolationism. Non-intervention simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations. It does not we that we isolate ourselves; on the contrary, our founders advocated open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.” – source

Bob Barr: “Our National Defense policy must renew a commitment to non-intervention. We are not the world’s police force and our long, yet recently tarnished, tradition of

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What I’ve been trying to say, only better.

Ed Angleton is a former Democrat-turned-Libertarian. I’ve been trying to explain my party shift over the last week or so, but maybe it has not been expressed as well as Ed’s writing, located here:

http://edangletonsrants.blogspot.com/2008/03/for-what-shall-man-profit.html

“What these ideological arguers fail to take stock of is that it is the other 20% that makes all the difference. For example, I can agree for the need to have a balanced budget. I can agree that government spending is out of control. I can agree that we are paying too many taxes. I can agree as to the need for a strong defense.

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Why is Andy Horning running against Mitch?

Knowing that I am friends with Andy Horning, some have asked why Andy Horning would run for Governor as a Libertarian when Mitch Daniels has been so successful? I don’t know, lol.

I’ll let him explain himself:

“In fact many of us say we want a Real Leader, that is, someone who’ll authoritatively rule our lives, liberties and property. If you are such a person, I suggest you vote for Mitch Daniels. He really is the best leader Indiana has had in quite a while. Without any perceptible ideology or partisan loyalty, and certainly without any constitutional restraints, he very effectively does

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My Thoughts on GOP Shenanigans

Ronald Reagan did not believe in third parties. He believed that a person should choose a party that most closely identifies with a person’s beliefs and values. For myself, that is the Republicans. But what happens when a party loses its way? The Republican sins of big government are too numerous to mention for the last eight years. The largest sin is hypocrisy. Because while they commit their sins, they admonish and preach.

Ths occurs in two ways:

1. Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and David Vitter. Enough said.

2. “We are the party of limited government.” Then they vote on every

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Another Libertarian Note

This note from Sean Shepard:

Hi there,
Sean Shepard has invited you to The Indianapolis Bob Barr For
President Meetup.

Sean Shepard says:
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Bob Barr officially announced that he will seek the Libertarian
nomination for President of United States.  Thought we’d go
ahead and get an Indy MeetUp set-up for interested parties.

Initial MeetUp(s) will be 30 minutes before the regular monthly
libertarian meetup (which is always the best fun I have each
month).
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To find out more and join, click here:
http://bobbarr.meetup.com/11/t/if_1597524/?gj=ej4

Check This Out

I haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, but it seems like a video most of our audience would be interested in. This is a note from Melyssa Donaghy:

Greetings Friends,

I write to you only because I know you are liberty minded and can think independently. 

I recently watched a documentary by Aaron Russo (producer of “The Rose” and “Trading Places”).

For a time he had a friendship with Nick Rockefeller, who arrogantly spilled his guts during several talks and was part of the inspiration for the documentary. Russo ended their “friendship” before he died

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