Why is the libertarian vote up for grabs?
Clive Crook at the National Journal wrote one of many recent articles by pundits about "The Neglect of Libertarians".
It's a decent article, if not earth-shattering. Following is an email I sent Mr. Crook in response to his article:
Dear Mr. Crook,
I'm a libertarian-leaning Republican blogger (more libertarian than Republican) and have been writing along the lines of your article today for quite a while at my blog (www.rossputin.com).
One sentence in your article really stood out for me: "Although it is true that the libertarian vote is up for grabs, in other ways it is a tactically unappealing target, because it will always be up for grabs."
It's not that I disagree with you but rather that I wonder what this really means about our political parties. Well, maybe I don't wonder...I know: It means that it is nearly impossible that either of our current dominant political parties will ever govern on principles of limited government, liberty, and low taxes.
The reason the libertarian vote may indeed always be up for grabs is not because we libertarians are fickle but rather because we have no political party which makes even an attempt to govern based on the principles of our founders and founding documents. The libertarian vote could be reliable if the GOP returned to being the party that Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan would be proud to be a member of. (I don't think there's any hope, ever, for the Democrats.)
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