Huckabee: Libertarianism ‘not an American message’; LP responds

LP press release:

Washington, D.C. – In a recent interview with Huffington Post contributor Will Mari, former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee called libertarianism “not an American message,” stating libertarianism was a “soulless type of economic conservatism” and a threat to Republicanism. In response, Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis issued the following statement:

“Huckabee is right that Libertarianism is a threat to Republicanism. The Republican Party, with the help of people like Sen. John McCain, has done nothing but increase the scope and power of government while throwing fiscal responsibility to the wind. It’s the ‘compassionate conservatism’ touted by people like Huckabee, McCain and President Bush that has caused a soaring national debt and a society where prisons are overflowing because of Republican ‘compassion.’ Libertarianism is unquestionably the American message because libertarianism is the only political message that empowers the American people by giving them more control over their lives and their wallets. Huckabee proves once again that there is very little difference in the messages of Republicans and Democrats, and shows that McCain and Obama might as well be running in the same political party.”

The Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee for 2008 is former Congressman Bob Barr.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

13 thoughts on “Huckabee: Libertarianism ‘not an American message’; LP responds

  1. charleslawlesss

    Where is the official campaign website? I cant find a BarrRoot08 site? Do they have one? I thought they were going to be all over the site by now. They need to get a grass roots effort going why havnt they gotten a campaign site yet?? Ive checked BarrRoot.com
    BarrRoot08.com and BarRoot2008.com I still havnt found any campaign website. Could someone let me know where the tickets website is. I really like Bob Barr but dont know much about Wayne Root. I would like to learn more. They really need a site. My vote is definitely available. Dont like the other candidates much. thanks. Is it BarrRoot.com or BarrRoot08.com

  2. Viverrid

    I think Huckabee just made a mistake. The best thing for both Republicans and Democrats to do is to ignore libertarianism completely. To do otherwise is to admit concern that libertarian ideas are catching on.

  3. bsharitt

    This is why I’m glad I’ve finally decided to wash my hands of the GOP altogether. Sure Ron Paul is make a last stand, but unfotunatly, I don’t expect to see him win. Let the party self destruct.

  4. Spence

    It’s ironic how we talk about subsidizing corporations, when the two parties are exactly that- non-producing, mega-PACs. Why are we inflating the GOP’s actual numbers?

    I believe in giving the reformers a chance, but after that, I would have to say their efforts reforming the GOP are wasted.

  5. John P Slevin

    Viverrid has it right. When R’s and D’s recognize and debate libertarian ideas they risk allowing their libertarian opponents to gain an audience…we saw a great example of this in the Ron Paul Revolution, which started when Giuliani decided to pick on Ron Paul during an early debate.

    The rest, as they say, is history. And yes, Libertarian ideas can catch on.

  6. bsharitt

    Good point, John. I didn’t hear about Ron Paul until the Guliani incident in that early debate, and Paul ended up all over the place.

  7. Viverrid

    Barr should definitely use this to his benefit as much as possible. I expect to see a statement from his campaign in fairly short order. On another note, I thought the LP’s statement concerning this perhaps a bit timid. What did everyone else think of it?

  8. Austin Cassidy

    To play devil’s advocate here for a second…. didn’t Ron Paul raise a lot more money than Mike Huckabee… and get a lot fewer votes/delegates?

    I’m not knocking what Paul did accomplish, which was more than I expected, but it’s not like he was McCain’s main rival for the nomination or anything.

    Either way, I agree that the “soulless” comment was over the line.

  9. Viverrid

    Austin,

    I don’t think the basis for Huckabee’s statement had as much to do with current vote totals as it had to do with the momentum of the libertarian movement within the GOP and his fear of it spreading to an “unsafe” level. I think he’s quite aware of that possibility and is using this whole “soulless” approach to frighten religious voters who might consider a libertarian-leaning candidate if they thought he/she was also a “god fearing” individual.

  10. John P Slevin

    Austin, you asked: “To play devil’s advocate here for a second…. didn’t Ron Paul raise a lot more money than Mike Huckabee… and get a lot fewer votes/delegates?”

    Yes.

    First, Ron Paul raised that money and got thousands of people engaged in actual activism because of his stand on the Iraq War…AND, because Giuliani helped to clarify the distinction Paul represented vs all other R candidates on the stage.

    Voters overwhelmingly rejected Paul and there are as many reasons for that as there are voters who rejected Paul. Some common themes are Paul opposed the war, Republican base voters support the war. Paul got almost no mainstream coverage.

    And to turn your question around, what of Giuliani. Spent far more than Paul and Paul largely kicked Giuliani’s butt…or, at least Giuliani got his butt kicked by each of the other R candidates.

    Are you suggesting winning is all that matters?

    Principle matters.

    First, voters are transient so and so’s when it comes to ANY issue…consider the Iraq War, Ron Paul’s main issue and main attention getter…Voters who now despise Bush originally were flag waving bufoons following the bufoon.

    Voters typically support ANY stupid economic policy as long as they think they are doing ok…many, and often most voters will think “give me my big screen, a full fridge and air conditioning, and sure, I think more taxes are what we need”. Logic has very little to do with it.

    So, should candidates play to that stupidity, that illogic? That’s what D’s and R’s do. They win, so should those in minor parties do that as well?

    That’s the REASON small parties exist.

    As for Huckabee vs. Paul…Huckabee campaigned on very little in the way of philosophy or issues…he was a Christian and plugged some nonsense called “family values” and had a record as a big spender and more scandal (accepting payoffs via wedding fund, etc) than most major candidates.

    Since Huckabee got more votes, should he be emulated by minor party candidates?

    Voters typically are uninformed, bigoted and so fickle their behavior cannot be predicted outside a very narrow window of time. Most voters have no philosophy and can’t or won’t follow any philosophical bent.

    Proof of that is the last several presidents, the last several congresses. Or, are you under the impression that worthy, principled people get elected?

  11. Steven R Linnabary

    John P Slevin says:

    Are you suggesting winning is all that matters?

    Principle matters.

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    And then the LP nominates Barr.

    PEACE
    Steve

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