An article published by The Ledger of Lakeland Florida titled: “Party Trying To Set Identity” examines the relationship between the Libertarian Party and Ron Paul; and the two Liberty-related events to occur nearby in August — PaulFest and FreedomFestival2012.
The article by Bill Rufty, political editor for The Ledger, states in part:
The interesting thing about the Libertarian Party is that its members can move easily back and forth between it and the Republican Party because there is a faction in the GOP that believes in at least a portion of the Libertarian Party philosophy.
The Libertarian Party’s slogan is: “Minimum government, maximum freedom.”
Less government appeals to conservatives, especially the fiscal conservatives. But some of the other ideas don’t appeal to the social conservatives.
I once asked Andre Marrou, Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1992, why you could find people you might consider liberal in his party while also finding conservatives.
His good, joking answer had a point:
“Oh, the liberals want to control the money, and conservatives want to control the personal behavior. So we compromise: We don’t control anything.”
The entire article can be read here:
Information on PaulFest and FreedomFestival 2012 respectively:
And this IPR reporter’s favorite quote of the day (worth repeating even if Paulie now hears an echo in here):
“Oh, the liberals want to control the money, and conservatives want to control the personal behavior. So we compromise: We don’t control anything.” Andre Marrou.
Andre Verne Marrou (born December 4, 1938) was the Libertarian party’s Presidential nominee in 1992 and its Vice-Presidential nominee (running with Ron Paul) in 1988. He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1984.