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Republicans Can Win By Being More Libertarian

January 22, 2013 by  

Republicans Can Win By Being More Libertarian

On Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that if the Republican Party wants to remain competitive in the American political system, members will have to agree to take a more libertarian approach to policy.

The Senator also told WABC Radio that within the next two years he will have decided whether he wants to take a shot at running for President of the United States.

“Whether or not I am going to run for President, that decision will come probably in two years, and [we] will in the meantime try to be part of the national debate,” Paul said. “We think the Republican Party needs to evolve and adapt, or we are going to become a permanent minority party.”

Paul noted that Republicans remain unpopular in areas with larger numbers of libertarian-leaning voters.

“We are not popular, and we have not been competitive out in California, on the West Coast or in New England,” Paul said.

“So we think a little more of a libertarian Republican, someone who is a strict constitutionalist but also believes in a strong, defensive military but not necessarily in an overly aggressive or bellicose let’s get involved in everybody’s civil war military, I think that has more appeal to independents and some people who have given up in the Republican Party,” he continued.

The Senator’s remarks echo calls from other conservatives for the GOP to lighten up on many of its moralistic political platforms and focus on a more Constitution-based policy approach.

In a recent column published on, Elena Lathrop suggests that the GOP could draw more youth support if it would “make individualism, self-reliance, and liberty, rather than identity politics, cool again.”

Lathrop writes of the current problem Republicans have relating to younger voters (many of whom have libertarian political leanings):

Where does the GOP’s message fit in here? It doesn’t. It comes through in the real world when college grads have a job to work, taxes to pay, etc. – in other words, when fiscal policy becomes more relevant and in-your-face than ever. We lose the youth vote because we focus too much on politics, which flies over their heads, stresses them out, or bores them…

…Purify the conservative message and let the youth see that there is more to politics than gay marriage, abortion, free birth control, or whatever the cause du jour on campus may be at a given time. When those hot topics are swept aside, Left versus Right essentially becomes big versus small government, and the latter must become the hero of the story.

Despite the message from the likes of Paul and Lathrop, if the events that occurred around the Republican primary last year are any indicator, the GOP has a long way to go if the party elite are to accept outside ideas that don’t toe the big-war and moral-crusade party line.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Bill

    Good column, Sam

    The conservatives (Republicans, Libertarians, Independents) should unite and stop fighting the progressives on their own turf. Instead they should immediately come up with vigorous pro growth proposals and focus the debate on how we can expand the economy.

    There is no secret as to expand the economy; Institute sound money, lower tax rates, dismantle the horror of Obamacare and halt onslaught regulations soon to come from the EPA, financial regulators, FCC and number of other agencies that are just there to wreak havoc on our economy. A flat tax should be proposed

    They should put their propsals of exiting Reaganesque ideas into a booklet and wave it in the air like the chairmans little red book

    It is time to take the offensive and not reacting to defense. Every time the progressives propose their economy killing ideas, conservatives should ignore them and move forward with ideas that will work to put America back on it’s feet

    The press spends all of their time trying to divert the publics thinking away from the real issue that Obama and his merry band of progressives have a different agenda than getting the economy rolling again and has done a great job in convincing the public to accept a meager 2% GDP as the norm.

    • Mikey

      Check out if you get a chance. I think you’ll find it answers the flat tax problems while still doing away with the IRS. Even my liberal friends agree it is more fair than the current system because there are less tax shelters for the uber-rich.

  • Tigerous

    Interesting how many of the principles in this article are those espoused by the various Tea Party groups.

    • Mikey

      True, they all have principals (unlike most of their opponents).

  • Steve E

    I have always said that the Republican Party in dead on the national level. If they were to go to the Libertarian side, that would save them. But I honestly feel that the Repub Establishment will never bend to the Libertarians. Therefore, I can say again, the Republican Party is dead.

    • dan

      agree…the Tea-party tried to work within the GOP-system and were thrashed and reviled by the Neo’s and RINO’s . Time for a CONSERVATIVE Party that combines the practical tea-party with the idealistic libertarians.

  • Mike

    Another thing that would help the Republican party out big time is to stop blindly supporting Israel.

    • Native Blood

      Oh support Israel with all your heart but leave the wallet home!

  • Dad

    Well they missed a good opportunity to improve themselves by retaining Boehner… pathetic!
    Even with him, growing a backbone would be a start… most outside my state are a real embarassment.

  • Glen

    The comments above from Sen. Paul do not seem to represent the Libertarian views so much as they represent those of the Conservative Party. True conservative values include avoiding telling the rest of the world what they need to do. The concept of American exceptionalism seems to indicate that we have all the answers -we don’t. We should avoid other people’s wars and only involve ourselves when directly attacked. Similarly, we should have gone to Afghanistan solely to get Bin Laden, not allowed partnerships with the Afghans to get in our way, and to have left upon getting BL. Iraq should have been avoided altogether. We waste our treasure – both human and financial – in other people’s wars, trying to enforce a sort of Pax Americana. That’s why I am a member of the Conservative Party which is the only organized political party to espouse these views (

    • Mikey

      Libertarians agree with the non-involvement stance you describe. The elite on both Dem and Rep sides of the aisle have a lot to gain in all these wars, not the common citizen. We need to quit sending money to countries that hate us as well.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Pro-choice & Gay marriage will be the way forward for the Republican Party.

    • Hedgehog

      Doc, proc choice ensures that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of future Americans will never be born. Gay marriage ensures that many future Americans will never even be conceived. Where is your future voter base going to come from?

      • Doc Sarvis

        From the overwhelming majority of couples who have children.

      • Mikey

        Libertarians do not oppose gay rights. However, taking the life of an unborn child is still killing a baby, no matter how politically correctly you phrase it.

    • ChristyK

      No, basic morality is necessary to protect liberty, fiscal responsibility, and the constitution. It would help if the pro-life people were more consistent. They tend to cry out against killing a life in the womb, but can be some of the most rabid supporters of going to war, killing the enemy, and allowing are own troops to be killed. It is only consistent to protect the pre-born, if you also avoid war at all cost to prevent deaths in other nations, and to show a respect for the lives of our soldiers. War should only be defensive and should only be entered into if there is no other choice. The lives of our soldiers are precious.

      • Mikey

        Perhaps you should look at the Libertarian platform more closely. We oppose wars unless defending our country from direct attack. We defend human rights, an personal freedom. This includes the right to life (which is a right even the unborn have).

  • Rennie

    As I have said many times before, FREEDOM and INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY is for everybody, letting democrats make the last election all about the $250,000 income level automaticaly lets everyone earning less than that think the GOP doesn’t give a crap about them, and it worked, again. We MUST win in 2014, House and SENATE, boot Reid out of speaker position and rake his background with a fine tooth comb to put him behind bars where he belongs, along with a lot of other corproate crony statists and facists down there. The problem is not the institution of Congress/Senate, it is the corrupt who have bought their way into career politics by bankrupting this nation. The biggest danger of half your population being on welfare is when the USA can’t support them any foreign power might be able to buy their loyalty just as easily. Now do you see why the left, and China, wants patriots to surrender all arms?

    • Bill

      Gun rights and a terrible economy should be the rallying cry against the progressives

    • mark

      Yes, Rennie, and thanks to the NRA’s and others’ heroic efforts, more and more of the people on welfare and food stamps are now armed. So they will no be able to put some muscle behind their political demands, Thank God.

      • ChristyK

        The NRA is a joke of a gun rights organization. These days their power and money are more important than our gun rights. If you want a liberty loving gun rights organization, try Gun Owners of America (GOA) or Nationa Association of Gun Rights (NAGR).

  • ibcamn

    Yep,we gotta play a little dirty pool,or the elite will rule the rest of us,like a bunch of dog’s tied down in there yard and the owner yelling!

    • Bill

      Good analogy, ibcamn

  • http://yahoo Don

    ron paul had libertarian views and had a lot of young peoples support. he even had a lot of mmoney contributed to him from soldiers in the military.. it would be hard getting it in because big bankers and big business who control elections would push it out like the did ron paul.poeple seem to vote stupidly for all the wrong reasons. with wise voting the big bankers and businesses could be defeated ppeople say nothing will ever change. it can if thy vote right. stop voting for their chosen[obunhole and romney we the chosen ones]candidate and vote for a wise choice instead. they turn election campaign into something like beauty pagents. the vote can beat the buck if all you votes can vote the right way. maybe we can turn this around. think on it.

    • ChristyK

      I agree with the basic point, but we have to get a super majority of the votes to overcome the fraud. No squeaking in for us.

  • mark

    Yes, this is definitely the way to go. After all, Gary Johnson running as a Libertarian got 1% of the national vote. I’m sure Senator Rand Paul could at least triple that.

    • Mikey

      Gary was a great candidate, I voted for him. However, I think you are right….Rand Paul has a lot more name recognition and would probably fair better.

  • James L Smith

    I think Rand has hit the nail on the head, I didn’t hear the term “personal liberty” used by anyone other than Ron Paul during the last election year. It’ll be many years before we can elect a President like Dr Paul but we can chip away at the Republican party platform one plank at the time.

    • ChristyK

      The Republicans don’t care what their platform says, nor what their constituents think or say. The national convention, that I attended, was a joke. Votes were ignored. The vote results were on the teleprompter before the vote happened, they just read it off and ignored obvious differences in the actual vote. Rules were changed to limit the chance of an underdog ever getting the nomination. The leadership was given the power to unseat and replace elected delegates and to change the rules any time without requiring a vote by the delegates which has always been required. They had chant leaders everywhere to get the blind followers to chant over any disagreement from the Republican script and to silence those that didn’t agree. They used Republican lawyers (especially Ginsberg) to unseat duly elected Ron Paul delegates, before and after the convention, to prevent him from gaining a majority in at least 5 states (originally had 7) which would have allowed Ron Paul to be nominated and guaranteed him to speak. I doubt he would have actually won even if things would have been done honestly & according to their own rules, but he would’ve had the opportunity to speak to the delegates and explain the opposing ideas. Nobody was allowed to see that the convention was not unanimous for their personally selected candidate, Romney. They handed out thousands of printed & handmade signs for Romney, but would steal signs that promoted any other candidate. Unless some rules and leadership are changed, the regular people’s votes will never again matter.

  • cawmun cents

    The failure of the GOP to recognize one of the most clearly necessary principles of their oppositions Black Science,(which are known as the three knows,i.e;know yourself,know your opposition,know your environment)are what has them stymied at the current time.
    They are deficient in the knowing of themsleves first and foremost.
    Who are the GOP?
    They seem to want to give into any opposing values which the opposition throws at them.
    They do not value the ideals by which the premise of their party was instituted in the first place,so now someone is sayiing they have to further adapt to survive.
    But since their extinction is immanent,they have done destructive things to themselves hoping to conform to their oppositions tactics.They ignore what used to be known as sound judgement,and hand the keys of the nation over to their enemies.
    For this,they will die.You cannot be different by being the same.
    So what is the need to continue the charade?
    When you go along to get along…and there are those out there suggesting exactly that,then you become what you are trying to defeat.It is then supposed that victory will be achieved at some later date when you can turn the tables on your opposition.
    Au Contraire.
    The die has been cast.
    You have broken the old mold and conformed to the new one making it improbable for you to return to the standards you held before.
    So in an effort to seem as if you are willing to negotiate,you sell the farm.
    But the price to purchase it back has then pushed you out of the market,so you continue to give the commisars more power.
    It has all been done before.
    We witness the futile effort to save the life of a doomed party that sold itslef into bondage by going along to get along.
    Those who bring you the change have already decided your fate which is to conform.
    So now you wear the mask of your opposition hoping that it will cover your shame and guilt.But that is as illusiory as your acting as if you do not wish to conform in the first place.You value little except the power that springs from progressivism,so you hasten your own demise by conformation.
    Yes little GOPpers…..come right this way or be chewed up and swallowed…into the gaping maw of your opposition….holding onto the teeth as it bites it own tongue to foment consuming you.
    You dont know it yet…but you are already masticated and digested.

  • Alan Matkins

    libertarian party is just another way of saying communist party. i say this based solely on what i have seen. for years i was a democrat and believed the democrats had the best interest of the people at heart but i began to see 20 years ago that they wanted to restrict freedom.having been raised in the cold war i was taught the evils of a totalitarian society in which the supreme dictator knows what is best for me and i will either do it or die. the way i see it this is the end game of the libertarian/democratic parties, they have beguiled the children with free gifts that promote a free lifestyle with no consequence of your actions. now we all know this is not possible but because they convinced the children and these children are now adults and still believe that they can do anything that feels good and someone else will just have to pay the bill. they are blindly voting their rights to freedom and the pursuit of happiness. i fear the country is already lost to the muslims and sharia law.and by the time they libertarian party wakes up it will be to late to stop the death of America..

    • ChristyK

      The libertarians want the government doing only the enumerated powers; that means that the will do no giveaways at all. They are much more small government and super low spending and almost no regulations than the Republicans/Conservatives. What you say about the Democrats/Progressives is spot on, but I don’t think you understand what a libertarian is.

    • Mikey

      Please check your sources, I think you are confusing Liberals with Libertarians.

  • Terry Bateman

    Republicans could have won the 2012 election if they had run a real Republican candidate
    who consistently promoted pro life policies and did not create in Massacusetts the the basis
    of Obamacare. The problem with the Republican Party is the leadership of the Republican
    Party that mistakenly feels they have to run the most liberal Republican they can find as a
    presidential candidate. Pro-life, school prayer, bibles and creation teaching in the public schools, ten commandment and other religious items on government buildings and properties resonate well with the moral majority of America. Republicans don’t need to
    run away from their values. They need to run away from their Republican Party leaders.

    The Republican Party has never been and never should be associated with Libertarian
    ideas of ending Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pell Grants and Loans, Food
    Stamps, Welfare benefits, Unemployment Compensation, foreign aid, defense treaties,
    and an active engagement with the world. Those ideas and Libertarians are going

    • ChristyK

      How are you going to pay for all of those things that you think need to be supported by Republicans? We do not bring in enough money each year to pay for those things and nothing else. I suppose you do believe in paying the interest we promised to pay. If the Federal Reserve quits creating money to buy our debt, our interest rate on our bonds goes up a lot. Most of our debt now is short term debt so it has to be resold every 3 months to 5 years. Our interest payments could skyrocket suddenly just like it did for Greece. Do you want to be Greece?

      • Terry Bateman

        Because of $3 trillion in spending cuts by Congress and Obama in the past 2 years,
        the federal budget will be balanced in a few years. Look up Ezra Klein’s article in
        the washington post published within the past week. That alone will keep the
        government programs rolling. Not to mention an economic boom underway as the
        U.S. becomes energy independent and a major energy exporter and America’s cheap
        natural gas attracts legions of new manufacturing, chemical, and industrial plants.
        Economiic booms increase government tax revenue and decrease government
        social spending.

        It’s morning in America, ChristyK.

        • James Lightfoot

          Your response is say patently false that it would bring a laugh if were not so sad and lacking original thought.
          1) As to the cuts you mentioned, 1 trillion of the total comes from ‘cuts’ made when the government punted to the fiscal cliff issue beyond the presidential election.
          2) The only ‘cuts’ in the last “Fiscal Cliff’ deal ‘cut’ at best 600 billion.
          3) Note the quotes around the word cuts. There have not been any true cuts in over 100 years. Government calls slightly lowering the previously expected rise of any given department’s budget a cut. Go back and study macro-economics. A cut is when something is cancelled/removed, not merely slowed down growth.
          4) Additionally, there is path to a balanced budget. Our Cuckle-Head-In Chief, and leading democrats (aka socialists) have said just that in talking about more tax increases and the continued striving of implementing “social justice” (which is absolutely unachievable and un-Constitutional). As of today, we borrow $0.46 for every dollar we spend, which leads to an increase, not decrease, of the deficit by 4 billion, again billion, dollars each and every day. To help make clear how astounding that number is, let me spell it out. $4,000,000,000. Our national debt is quickly approaching $16,500,000,000. Obama’s debt commission told him his spending is unsustainable. The GAO has told him that not only is his spending unsustainable but that if it is not curtailed will definitively lead to the ruination of our economy, which will take down most of the world’s country’s economies.
          5) As to how to pay for my proposals, the very act of gutting all of the un-Constitutional acts/laws/amendments/creation of departments/creation of czars/etc.
          6) Look beyond the propaganda machines that are churning out talking points, some of which you have ‘dutifully’ parroted here, and exist on both sides. Do the research to back up your statements rather than simply regurgitating the talking points of a our Campaigner-In Chief and the vast majority of the press.

          Morning is come and gone. We are in the sunset years of this great country. If we do not stop trying to implement an impossible to sustain nanny state and trying to save people from the consequences of their poor choices, we will quickly be seeing the dark side of the moon.

          Remember, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” This quote is attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler. In 1814, John Adams said “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” This is why our founding fathers created a republic, not a democracy. Learn the difference for your own sake.

    • Native Blood

      First, get the GOP out of bed with the AIPAC, K-Street lobbyists, and other NEOCON idealists! They pull the purse strings and Own just about everything! Tough nut to crack!

    • cawmun cents

      There was no intention of even attempting to win the last election.
      They (GOP) caused the downfall because they want it as bad as the rest of the progressives.You have all been set up for years but wont admit it.You will all follow the party leaders and give the progressives the power to kill you with.
      Then as it happens you will deny any culpability in the endeavor.
      Like I said…it has all happened before.Nothing new under the sun.
      You want to believe in someone,but you put your faith in the wrong direction….along party lines.
      It would be laughable if it werent so sad.

  • Rocketman

    Senator Paul is right but I wonder if the Republican establishment will allow a more libertarian based republican party. They are bound and determined to have a drug war, sticking out nose into every other countries business and fight wars all over the globe. Until they start realizing that this is the reason that more and more people are turning their backs on the GOP in the first place, I’ll stay with the Libertarian Party.

    • Native Blood

      NEOCONS despise libertarian ideals and the constitution. They are theones with the money and the power.

  • chuckb

    after watching boehner and mcconnell operate since 2010, why do we need a republican congress? neither party has shown the ability to run the country, the republicans talk a great fight when confronted on tv, but, when they get out of sight, they revert to the same old tactics of do nothing. the bolsheviks continue on the same old down hill trip on their way to socialism.
    it’s time for a complete change of both parties.

    • cawmun cents

      Brand A(democrat) is Brand A,Brand B(republican) is Brand A,and now the new and improved Brand C(libertarian)is Brand A……dont be confused by the direction,the change pertains to turning back to God as your source…otherwise things will never change at all.
      But what do I know?
      Apparently very little….

  • Ibn Insha

    I am not so optimistic. Bad habits don’t go away easy. Politicians in general are dishonest people. They would do anything to get elected and the easiest thing to do to get elected is to redistribute other people’s money. If you take away congress’ authority to tax and borrow you will see how fast most, but not all, of our political problems are solved.

    • Mikey

      It’s up to us…”we the people” to identify the corrupt politicians (most of them) and vote them out. It amazes me how many greedy, corrupt incumbents continue to get elected every year. For example: Diane Feinstein.

  • James Lightfoot

    As a former strong Republican Party player in my area (e.g. I was asked to run for local offices more than once by the local Republican committee) when I foolishly still believed that the RNC had and put principles over politics, I can personally attest to the issues the GOP has, which start at the local level and percolate all the way to the top. Combined that with my military background and in depth study of World & U.S. histories, , it is easy for me, and for any other learned reader, to see why the GOP has & will continue to fail.

    1st, let’s look at what the GOP has served up in last decade:
    1. In 2000, Bush II beat out McCain for the nomination.
    a. Aside from growing the “war on terrorism” in Afghanistan far beyond the original goals of making Afghanistan an welcoming place for Al-Qaida to base its operations and unseat the Taliban,
    i. Note that from a historical perspective, the concept of “winning the hearts and minds” of the Afghanistan people has been attempted many times before, the last ones before the U.S. being the USSR, and no one has ever been able to conquer or change the mindset of the Afghanistan people.
    b. Regardless of the ‘intelligence’ that ‘world stage’ counties had about Saddam Hussein’s interest/intent to obtain nuclear weapons, based on the Constitution we should have never gone to war in Iraq. Aside from the same problems we faced in Afghanistan, and Vietnam and Korea, we cannot attack/go to war because we think or are afraid of what a country is going to do. We do not have the tools of ‘pre-crime cognition’. Until a country or group presents a clear and present danger to the U.S. and its citizens we must not allow politicians to commit the blood of our soldiers to a fight that from the outset is unwinnable and to which the politicians rarely if ever have true ‘skin in the game’.
    c. Bush II did not exactly pan out to be much of fiscal conservative (e.g. think about the Medicare prescription drug program aka Part D).
    2. In 2008, the powers that be in the GOP decided to back the guy that came in second in 2000. That being McCain.
    3. In 2012, those same idiots put up the 2nd place guy from 2008. You guessed it, Romney.
    4. Just from these 3 examples, you can see that the GOP management keeps putting up what amount to Democrat-Lites for candidates. When look and see the Romney pulled in around 3 million less votes than McCain, it should be obvious that the base is not going to support/vote for the socialist-lite over the full blown socialist.
    2nd, let’s look at what the GOP refuses to see.
    1. The Constitution specifically states in Article VI Paragraph 3 that there will not be a religious litmus test to be eligible to serve in any elected office at the federal or state levels:
    a. “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
    2. As the 1st amendment acknowledges each citizen’s to the right to practice any religion that a citizen desires:
    a. In part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
    3. What the GOP has to come to terms with is that this also acknowledges the citizens’ right to a freedom from religion. While it is true that the founding fathers were counting on the peoples’ faith in God to not only be personally responsible for their own actions but to also help a neighbor in need, thus preventing the federalization of charity as FDR started with his welfare/nanny state machinations of the Constitution, they specifically did not want a candidate to have to espouse a faith in any God or stand with any particular religion/sect, as show above.
    4. As such, morality cannot be legislated. We can make Constitution laws that punish those how infringe on our God given rights, but we cannot:
    a. What each state/jurisdiction much teach in their primary and secondary schools,
    b. What group/union they must be a member of in order to obtain certain jobs,
    c. What they must do to provide for their futures
    d. Tell people who or how to marry. (While various religions have specific edicts against homosexuality, that cannot be the sole basis for a federal law. Besides, who are heterosexuals to deny homosexuals the ‘right’ to as happy and/or miserable as the heterosexual married people ;-).),
    e. What they can and cannot do to their bodies,
    i. The exception here being abortion. 1st, it should put back in the states’ legislative branches whether to allow or disallow abortion ‘on demand’ and what limits to place on it, as per the X amendment.
    ii. With that said, as the Declaration Of Independence acknowledges our God given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it could easily be argued that killing the unborn person is a violation of their V, VI, & VII amendment rights. Yes, a woman should and is free to practice whatever form of birth control she desires; however, once her act of free will leads to the creation of life, that life has inalienable rights just like she does (note that there should be exceptions for rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is at risk (e.g. ectopic pregnancies, placental abruptions, etc.); however, adoption should at least be mentioned as an option, which Planned Parenthood does not do.).
    iii. Just as we should protect the unborn human, we should also protect the born humans. More specifically, one cannot rightly call themselves “Pro-Life” and yet be in favor of the death penalty.
    1. First, most Pro-Life believers base their position on their faith in God. If that is true, then look at Romans 12:19, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”
    2. Second, even if an atheist holds a Pro-Life position, as per the Constitution, we cannot visit the ultimate punishment onto to a fellow human being if for no other reason that science is proving the innocence of many men that have spent years and decades in prison often based on faulty eye-witness testimony.
    3. 3rd, look to history and the bible:
    a. Sir John Fortescue’s De Laudibus Legum Angliae (c. 1470) states that “one would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally.”
    b. Similarly, on 3 October 1692, while decrying the Salem witch trials, Increase Mather adapted Fortescue’s statement and wrote, “It were better that Ten Suspected Witches should escape, than that the Innocent Person should be Condemned.”
    c. In criminal law, Blackstone’s formulation (also known as Blackstone’s ratio or the Blackstone ratio) is the principle: “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”, …expressed by the English jurist William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s.
    d. From the biblical perspective, see Genesis 18:23-32: Abraham drew near, and said, “Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? … What if ten are found there?” He [The Lord] said, “I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.” (these verses deal with Abraham trying to convince God to not destroy Sodom & Gomorra).
    e. The 12th-century legal theorist Maimonides, expounding on the Genesis passage as well as Exodus 23:7 (“the innocent and righteous slay thou not”), argued that executing an accused criminal on anything less than absolute certainty would progressively lead to convictions merely “according to the judge’s caprice. Hence the Exalted One has shut this door” against the use of presumptive evidence, for “it is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.”
    4. No matter how you slice it, life is life and death is death. You have to pick a side.
    iv. We stopped trying to regulate liquor, and while we made the production of tobacco cigarettes punitive/cost prohibitive to tobacco cigarette manufactures, we still insist on prosecuting the already lost “War On Drugs”. Approximately 50%, depending on what survey you’re looking at, of jail & prison populations are tied to drugs, which should immediately kill the argument that mandatory sentences, or any kind of sentences, serve as deterrents. Until and/or unless the drug user’s habit infringes on someone else’s liberty, rights, and/or pursuit of happiness, they are free to do with their bodies as they desire, with the general public, including employers, have the right to discriminate who they wish to keep company with, live in their neighborhoods, and work in the owners’ companies. (Yes, I said discriminate. We all have the right to decide what kind of neighborhoods we want to live in, what kind of work environments we like, what church we want to attend, what kind of friends we want in our circle, etc. Discrimination is only bad when it used to infringe on another’s inalienable rights.)
    v. Once the above is accepted, then it should be easy to see that prostitution in and of itself should not be criminalized. If person a is willing to pay person b for x sexual services, and person b is willing to perform said services for whatever amount of money that is agreed upon, where does the Constitution say that we are allowed to criminalize that act?
    5. With everything explicitly and implicitly stated above, all of these decisions fall to the states, not the federal/national government, as per the X amendment:
    a. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
    b. As long as any given state’s law does not violate the U.S. Constitution, the federal government has no standing. A prime example of where the federal government did, finally, step in was with the Civil Rights for all races and genders. The South had a long standing tradition of segregation, which by default put nearly all non-whites on unequal ground/base of opportunity; however, as is typical of those with power to garner, the federal/national government has too far and is now actively participating in discrimination of whites in extraordinary allowances for minorities. At some point the battle is fought, laws are made, and we should move on. The practice of race baiting by the left (aka progressives/socialist) and the taking of the bait by the right (aka Republicans) is what allows for the game of politics as usual at nearly all levels of government and life.

    Now for the simple, and elegant, solution:
    1. Since there is no law that states there can only be 2 ‘major’ parties, those that do not agree with the direction of the GOP, that direction being sliding ever more left,
    2. That aside from George Washington, every single president and every single congress as pass laws that have forever expanded the grasp, penetration, and mode of how We The People can live our lives,
    3. Look for a new party/side to back, both financially and verbally/physically:
    a. For those that think the government should try to legislate morality, but still see that all levels of governments’ ‘foot print’ needs to be radially reduced, you have the Conservative Party.
    b. For those that think government needs to do even more, head on over to the Socialist Party (yes, they still exist).
    c. For those that understand the Constitution and its originally intended limited reach/powers over the states and its citizens, take a look at the Constitution Party and the Libertarian Party.
    4. Note that to really get this country back on its Constitutional tracks, many things have to be changed and/or flat out eradicated, which in the short term is going to cause some possibly harsh conditions as everything and everybody re-acclimates to a Constitutionally bound Republic, rather than the national democracy we The People have allowed this country to become.
    a. Repeal all Amendments, both federal and state, that are patently obvious as against the original U.S. Constitution. For example:
    i. Repeal/revise the 14th amendment section 1, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”, as this has created the ‘anchor baby’ issue, further impeding of the requisite assimilation of all immigrants to America’s culture, and also making that much more unpopular need to deport all those who did not come to America via the mandated laws of immigration.
    1. In this same effort, clarify the exact definition of “natural born citizen” (see Article II Section 1 Paragraph 5) so as to clearly define the difference in citizenship requirements for representatives and senators (see Article I Section 2 Paragraph 2 and Article I Section 3 Paragraph 3 respectively) and that for president & vice-president (see Article II Section 1 Paragraph 5). (Note: This is not a ‘birther issue’. Rather, it should be obvious to any reader that the founding fathers must have had more stringent requirements in mind for the president & vice-president since that used the term “natural born citizen” for those offices as opposed to a general citizenship length requirement for the legislative branch members.)
    ii. Repeal the 16th amendment, which not only was never properly ratified as per Article V’s specific requirements (see Article V Clause 3) but also violates Article I Section 8 Paragraph 1, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; as well as Article I Section 9 Paragraph 4, “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken., as the enactment, all be it falsely, of the 16th amendment totally blew away the founding father’s limitations on how the federal congress can lay and collect taxes so as to remove any and all impediments to congress’, and by association the funding of all of the executive branch’s departments, reach and girth.
    1. Once this is done, then the task of repealing all laws that were penned in the vain of “providing for the common welfare (i.e. common good)” but in actuality are an overreach of the federal government and anathemas of the 10th amendment.
    iii. Repeal the 17th amendment (questionably ratified in 1868), which is not only a violation of Article I Section 3 Paragraph 1, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.”, thus tossing out the individual state’s representation in congress at the federal level, and making attaining the office of senator a popularity contest just the that of the house of representatives, but also serves the further stamping and out right removal of states’ rights.
    1. Upon this accomplishment being achieved, all laws that have been enacted since the ratification of the 17th amendment (1913 though also questionable as per Article V Clause 3), need to be reviewed as to their impact on the states that were members of the union at the time the legislation passed and repealed if put to vote in the legislation of said states in order to determine whether they remain or go, thus returning states’ interest being properly represented as the founding fathers intended.
    2. This work would require revising the 24th amendment as well.
    iv. In the same vein of the 22nd amendment section 1 (i.e. the 2 term limit on the office of the president), an Amendment must be drafted, approved, and sent to all states to set term limits for both senators and representatives. If for no other reason than the founding fathers never intended, or even considered that someone would want to make a ‘career’ of politics. The very act of allowing people to live off of the largess of the taxpayer for 10, 15, 20, and some even more years accounts for over half of the problems with the federal government (i.e. remember, all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely).
    v. Since any and all of the above would require a Constitutional Convention, we should add:
    1. An amendment that states congress cannot vote raises for itself or any other branch. Rather, each raise is be treated as an amendment process requiring agreement of at least ¾ of the states in the Union at the time of the proposed raise.
    a. Yes, I realize that this would hardly ever be approved; however, that is my intention to further remove the incentive to make a career of federal politics.
    2. A Balanced Budget amendment.
    a. Since every person and company, both private and public, have to abide by a budget (i.e. we cannot run to our basements and print up more fiat currency to pay for things that we do not have money for). In addition, if the federal government fails to pass a balanced budget by say September 1st of any given year, assuming they stick to a fiscal year pattern that begins in October, then their pay stops, but the military or employees (whose number must be reduced and non-unionized).
    3. An amendment that requires the process as that note for the raise process to apply to the executive’s need/want to create another department.
    a. Additional, all current departments need to be reviewed, redundancies removed, useless ones canceled/killed, all to be reviewed by Congress, with the explicit iteration not only of the requirement that the House of Representatives must approve each department in individual bills but the executive branch must justify not only each departments’ budget ‘needs’ but also justify the continuing existence of each department.
    4. They all talk about it, but they never actually do it. No More Pork. Create an amendment that every bill stands on its own. No amendments allowed to any piece of legislation. Do this, and the era of K Street lobbyers, which currently outnumber the 435 members of Congress by about 20 to 1, goes by the way side, in addition to the grand old tradition of who brings ‘home’ the most bacon to any given state/district. Additionally, this should serve to reduce the governments veracious compunction to pass laws whether they are needed or not.
    5. In the same vein of 4, given the extraordinary leaps that technology has made, require that representatives have electronic ‘town-hall’ meetings with constituents in order to garner their approval or dissent to each and every law. The same applies to senators, given the repeal of the 17th amendment, but with their respective state legislators. If you want more say in your government, than make sure you are informed on the issues and ‘show up’ for the meetings. If you don’t show, you can’t complain about what those that did approved.
    6. This will very controversial, but we need an amendment that requires a test, say every 4-8 years, before you can vote. No this is not meant to ‘disenfranchise’ anyone. Just think for a moment.
    a. If you want to drive a car, you have to take a test, buy insurance, and have a current license.
    b. If you want to work in most trades/fields (e.g. engineer, accountant, electrician, plumber, hair stylist, massage therapist, manicurist, etc.), you have to take a test, have insurance, and keep a current license.
    c. If you want to adopt a child, you have to go through numerous ‘surprise’ visits, prove your financial ability to care for the child, show a support structure that will be readily available, pay thousands of dollars, and still wait several years.
    d. Why is it too much to ask that the people voting for a person to a 2, 4, or 6 year office should not have to demonstrate at least a passing knowledge about the government they are voting for those people to run/influence? In general, people know who are on American Idol, who their favorite sports teams are, statistics for their favorite players, pick any lame-brained ‘reality’ show. As Chief Justice Roberts said last year, “it is not the job of the Supreme Court to save the people from the government that they elected.”
    7. Let’s end Nixon’s “temporary removal of the US dollar from the gold standard”, which took the bulk of the other counties money off the gold standard since they based their money’s value off of the U.S.’s and even had their gold deposited in American banks. With that, and a bi-annual audit of the true amount of gold in America that America owns, we will finally get back to a money system (i.e. something back by a valued commodity) instead of the fiat currency scam we are running now that allows the executive branch to call up the Treasury Department to get them to ask for yet another load from the Federal Reserve to the Treasury to print yet more worthless currency (aka paper).
    8. While we are at it, though the founding fathers gave congress the responsibility, “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”, they certainly never gave them or the executive branch the opportunity to create a national bank, much less a “Federal Reserve” that is not even run by the U.S. government, nor even represented by any board member that is an elected official.
    5. If you made it this far, I’m proud, amazed and surprised. For my last point is of the utmost import in today’s current political climate.
    a. Regardless of what party is in control of what branch or house, they all need to be reminded that not only is the president not a king, nor Jesus Crist as the latest Newsweek cover hails Obama as the “Second Coming”, but that the president is not the BOSS of the congress, nor visa-versa. We The People are their boss. They work for us. Yet, far too many of us have simply abdicated our Constitutional responsibility to serve as the ultimate check and balance. Far too many of us have allowed ourselves and our minds to surreptitiously be caught up in the B.S. culture (e.g. TV shows, what ‘culture icon’ is the current record holder for the shortest marriage, what British royal wedding is happening, what famous people are pregnant, married in secret, divorcing in public, in the closet, out of the closet) and what next sweet/greasy/fried/otherwise unhealthy thing we are going to shovel into our respective pie holes, that most ‘voters’ are simply too uniformed to cast a logical/fact based vote for anybody because they simply do not take the time to look at more than the slew of negative ads that everybody slings, or what comedians and actors are saying who is best.
    b. WAKE UP AMERICANS. We have already allowed our great country, though it was much better than what we let it become, slide well into Dante’s circles of Hell. Though we may not quite yet have the 9th circle (i.e. where Satan eats us, craps us out, and does it all over again) we are certainly well on our way there. Social justice, cradle to grave/nanny state programs are unsustainable. Just look at Europe. If that is too far away for you to think it is a relevant exemplar, than look at California with at least 4 cities filing for bankruptcy protection (just like Greece has). Look at the U.S. debt, knocking on 16.5 TRILLION worthless U.S. “dollars”. Judges that legislate from the bench (the Supreme Court did Obama’s dirty trick for him and after passing of the Affordable Care Act (now affectionately known as “Obama Care”) and called it what it is, a TAX. If they had called Obama Care the tax that is from the jump, it never would have passed, despite Pelosi saying that congress had to pass Obama Care first and then read it. Look at what they did with infamous “Fiscal Cliff”. The senate received the bill 3 minutes before they voted on it. It is 154 pages long. The current world record holder for speed reading could not read it in 3 minutes, so you know there is no way a single senator read that thing at 3:00 in the morning, much less understood, and yet 97 of those chuckle heads voted for it.
    c. This country, its government, its wealth, its potential, all this more rest in our hands. Whether we finally rise to the call set forth by the founding fathers is still very much a mystery.

    Thank you for your valuable time,

    James Lightfoot

    • Mikey

      Thank you James!

  • Scott Todd

    Seems to me libertarians like to talk about enumerated powers, but gloss over the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” Should they gain power whatever reforms they’d implement would be short lived on that alone. All this leads me to believe there is only a spiritual, not political, solution to what ails us.




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