Republicans often bemoan that you’ll never achieve Liberty if you don’t join the GOP and “work within the system.” They often cite Ron Paul as a perfect example of someone who had to join the GOP in order to “make things happen.” What’s worse is that they chastise members of the Libertarian Party and beg them to come back to the GOP (as if every member of the Libertarian Party once belonged to the GOP – which just isn’t true). What they are essentially saying is this: “Come to the GOP and compromise some of your principles so that we can all work towards the GOP definition of Liberty.” The problem is, in that scenario, Republicans aren’t willing to compromise one inch. Yet they expect us to compromise all day long. And, they’ve altered the definition of Liberty to make it fit what they believe it should be.
When Republicans point out that Ron Paul tried running as a Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1988, but had to return to the GOP in order to accomplish anything, I often ask them what exactly has Ron Paul done? Nine times out of ten, they will say “Well, now everybody is talking about auditing the Fed.”
Talk is cheap. The Fed has never actually been audited, and most likely never will be as long as Republicans and Democrats are in control. They each have a vested interest in making sure that doesn’t happen. And they made sure Ron Paul never got the Republican nomination, too.
Don’t get me wrong. Ron Paul has a lot of great ideas and he’s right on the money in a lot of ways. But honestly, he would have been just as effective had he stayed in the Libertarian Party and promoted his ideas and his agenda through that party. Take a look at Gary Johnson for instance. Granted he was once a Republican and is now a member of the Libertarian Party, but who remembers him from his days as a Republican (other than the citizens of New Mexico, where he was governor)??? Gary has done more for the Liberty movement as a Libertarian Party member (and 2012 Presidential candidate) than he ever could as a Republican. People are actually listening to him now. In the last month alone, he has been on countless news programs discussing Obamacare, the economy, social issues, and more. And this most likely would not have happened if he was still in the Republican Party.
As we saw in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections, the Old Guard of the GOP is not going anywhere. And they are determined to hoist their chosen “statist” candidate to the throne of “GOP Nominee,” in the hopes that Americans will once again hold their noses and vote for the lesser of two evils. In South Carolina, some Republicans are even talking about enacting legislation that will prevent any type of Republican (Tea Party, another liberal, etc.) from challenging Lindsey Graham.
In 2012 however, Americans showed the GOP exactly how the game was going to be played. Over 9 million conservatives stayed home and refused to vote for Mitt Romney. Real Libertarians voted for Gary Johnson. And the Republican voters who were in favor of a Ron Paul Presidency, did one of three things: they voted for Gary Johnson, they wrote in Ron Paul’s name on their ballots, or they stayed home. And Mitt Romney lost in a landslide. Karl Rove is still in Ohio recounting votes to see what went wrong. He just doesn’t get it. And neither do all the Republicans who claim if we don’t vote for their candidate, we’re throwing our vote away or giving it to the Democrat. When are they going to learn that those tired, old phrases just aren’t working anymore???
In 2013, these same “Ron Paul” Republican voters tried to convince real Libertarians in Virginia that we had to work within the system by voting for Ken Cuccinelli (because, you know, the system has worked so well up to now). Even though the system completely shut them out in 2012, they were willing to go back in and give it one more chance (they claimed Cuccinelli was a Liberty candidate, but that was just a clever ruse to try and get Libertarians to come over to the GOP). They shouted from the roof tops that Cuccinelli was a real Libertarian (even in the face of facts proving otherwise). And somehow they even managed to trick Ron Paul into endorsing him. And I do believe that if Ron Paul had endorsed Robert Sarvis (the Libertarian nominee for Governor of Virginia), it wouldn’t have made a difference. The Ron Paul voters would have still supported Cuccinelli. After all, they’re really just Republicans, who pretty much only support Republican candidates.
The GOP, Republican voters, and many political pundits say Libertarians can’t win elections, and some even go so far as to say they will never win elections. So, why don’t “Liberty-minded” voters in the Republican Party just cut the crap and come on over to the Libertarian Party and vote for REAL Liberty? For the same reason many of them never would have cast a vote for Ron Paul if he wasn’t a Republican. Look at the number of Republicans who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. It’s not that they dislike liberals. It’s that they dislike liberals who refuse to run as Republicans. And they use the tired, old excuse of voting for the guy who was the best chance of beating the Democrat. And that never seems to work.
It’s time to take a stand, as many of us real Libertarians are doing in America. It’s time to take that chance and vote for the Libertarian Presidential Candidate. Especially if that candidate turns out to be Gary Johnson in 2016. Watch and listen to the video of Gary Johnson below. He is by far the smartest guy to run for President in many a year. And we’d be smart if we all hoisted him up and gave him our nod of approval.
The system is broken and it cannot be fixed. Republicans claiming to be Libertarians are just trying to get us back in the GOP (or bring us there for the first time) so that things can remain as they have for many years. While the candidates they support may be in favor of some limited form of Liberty, that is not good enough. Liberty, much like the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment, cannot be taken piecemeal or a la carte. But “Liberty-minded” REPUBLICANS would like to have you think otherwise.
It’s time to take our country back. And the Libertarian Party seems to be the only way to do that. Will you join us? Or will you throw your country under the bus in 2016? The choice is yours. Choose wisely.