Root Joins Powerful Lineup of Columnists at

Wayne Allyn Root Fields Questions

Root Joins Powerful Lineup of Columnists at

Root will join as a political columnist.
His column: ‘Wayne Allyn Root- Tea Party Patriot’

Root, who calls himself a ‘Reagan Libertarian’, was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee.  He recently authored the Amazon best-seller ‘The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.’  The book has been an Amazon bestseller in the category of Libertarian Books for 7 months.

Root’s book predicted and encouraged the citizen movement now called ‘Tea Parties’.  Root, long before there was any Tea Party, predicted a citizen revolution made up of concerned and outraged taxpayers, conservatives, Libertarians, independents, gun owners, small business owners, smaller government advocates, and anti-tax enthusiasts.

Root is a regular on both FOX News and Fox Business.  He’s been on Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Judge Napolitano and FOX & Friends.

Wayne can also be heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country- including frequent appearances on the nationally syndicated shows: Savage Nation, the Jerry Doyle Show, the Bill Cunningham Show, Mancow in the Morning and the G. Gordon Liddy Show.  He recently guest hosted Jerry Doyle and G. Gordon Liddy’s shows, as well.

Root joins a powerful lineup of Newsmax bloggers and pundits including Ben Stein, George Will, John Stossel, Dr. Laura, Dick Morris, Michael Reagan, Ed Koch, Dick Armey, Grover Norquist, Lanny Davis, Susan Estrich and many others.

Nielsen Online recently rated as the #1 web site in the nation for conservatives, outranking such well-known brands as and Rush  Newsmax Media reaches 6 million Americans each month.  Dick Morris calls Newsmax “the most influential conservative media in the country.”  Nielsen Online rated Newsmax’s web traffic as the 12th highest on the Internet.

To see and hear Wayne’s appearances, please visit:

36 thoughts on “Root Joins Powerful Lineup of Columnists at

  1. Gary Chartier

    This seems worth a contest: what analogous noun-adjective combination most effectively highlights the silliness of the phrase to which Dennis has rightly called attention?

    –Mao conservative?
    –Falwell Buddhist?
    –Le May pacifist?
    — . . . ?

  2. Scott Lieberman

    Wayne Root will be putting the Libertarian Party brand name in front of millions of Newsmax readers every month. Go Wayne!

  3. Solomon Drek

    “Reagan Libertarian”? That’s the best line I’ve seen since Arlen Specter ran for President in 1996 as a “fiscal conservative and social libertarian”.

  4. Solomon Drek

    “Wayne Root will be putting the Libertarian Party brand name in front of millions of Newsmax readers every month.”

    Oh boy, how exciting! A reactionary bulletin board for unreconstructed Palinistas, birthers, and rightwing conspiracy theorists.

    What comes next, World Net Daily?

  5. NewFederalist

    If only he knew what he was talking about this would be great. But since the LP brand hasn’t exactly set any records for market penetration (at least not in a positive sense) I guess this can’t really hurt too much.

  6. Solomon Drek

    @3: “seems worth a contest: what analogous noun-adjective combination most effectively highlights the silliness of the phrase to which Dennis has rightly called attention?”

    Good idea.

    How about “Mussolini moderate”?
    “Palin intellectual”?
    “Goldwater globalist”?
    “Gingrich liberal”?

    Let’s get some more.

  7. Brian Holtz

    Prof. Chartier, are you saying that the LP should not be a place of refuge for those of us who once held out hope that Reagan could/would act on his demonstrably libertarian rhetoric?

    When seeking new customers for your product, it’s smart to target consumers who were disappointed by a competitor’s promises that his product was like yours.

    I’m not ashamed to say that rhetoricians like Reagan and Buckley helped start my libertarian journey (though it was Friedman who was decisive). When they ring the bell called “libertarian”, they can’t unring it, and many who hear it will investigate the party of that name.

  8. Jeremy Young

    If I were Root, I’d want to spend a little time studying up on Libertarian issues in order to appear at least minimally competent. That seems to be his Achilles heel within the party, and it’s what he should shore up. Getting more media at this point is not going to help him win anything, because everybody already knows he can get more media than any other Libertarian active these days. What he needs to do is convince the more radical Libertarians, and the non-radical Phillies supporters, that he’s not a threat to the survival of the party. If he does that, he might even win the backing of some of them, and he’ll certainly insulate himself against their ire. If he keeps going this route, I predict a Phillies chairmanship.

  9. Gary Chartier

    Mr. Holtz @11, I think the LP should be a refuge for anyone serious about anti-authoritarian politics, and that certainly includes people who once believed Reagan was a libertarian. As I hope I’ve made clear here before, I am opposed to purges and to angry faction fights.

    I continue to relish Buckley’s rhetoric, but I don’t see how it is possible to take a position like his, really understanding it, and think of oneself as a libertarian, given his own affirmation of state power as an element of his Cold War agenda. It’s one thing to have been a fan of Buckley and Reagan, another to identify oneself in the present with their positions. I took WAR’s position to be that he was at present a ‘Reagan libertarian’, and I took this to mean that he endorsed something like ‘Reagan’s take on libertarianism.’ Identifying oneself as a sometime Reagan Republican is one thing; equating Reagan’s position with libertarianism seems to me to be another.

    I’m certainly not trying to argue that you or anyone else should be ashamed; I think there’s too much shame going around already. Nor am I denying that people can be brought to distrust state power from all sorts of directions. It just makes me nervous when someone implies a current link between libertarian and non-libertarian positions I’m not sure is there.

    I apologize if my earlier comment appeared to be hostile or aggressive.

  10. Harlequin

    Peaceful neo-con?
    Pr0-choice PETA Activist?
    Pro-death penalty Pro-Lifer?
    FDR Republican?
    Lincoln Confederate?

  11. Tom Blanton

    NewsMax is the perfect place for W.A.R. being as how it is the #1 site for conservatives.

    As for Reagan, a skillful bullshitter, he was no libertarian. In 1980, libertarians would have laughed in your face if you claimed Reagan was libertarian. I find it shameful that libertarians today think he was anything other than a Republican statist once his actual legacy is separated from his rhetoric.

    Hopefully, I won’t be around 25 years from now when a new generation of clowns claiming to be libertarians define themselves as Obama Libertarians due to his remarkable ability to spew bullshit.

  12. Root's Outreach to Know Nothings

    Brian Holtz: When seeking new customers for your product, it’s smart to target consumers who were disappointed by a competitor’s promises that his product was like yours.

    If Root were to criticize the right’s Know Nothing attacks on Muslims and Mexicans and gays, then it might be good having his articles on Newsmax.

    But I don’t expect Root to do that. I expect him to coddle the rightist haters, partially to sell his book to them, and partially because he likely shares some of the Know Nothings’ prejudices.

  13. paulie

    Reagan was never even slightly libertarian – even in rhetoric – on social issues or on foreign policy/military spending.

    His “libertarian” leanings were manifest in rhetoric only, only on one of three broad policy areas – economic issues.

    And on those, his actions in office – both as Governor and President – were so far from fiscal responsibility that Democrats Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton had to clean up after him: Brown cut spending, and Clinton balanced the budget. However, we are still paying interest on the orgy of spending – much of it corporate welfare of one sort or another – from the Reagan era.

  14. Gene Berkman

    @ #17 – it is well known that many in the “Pro-Life Movement” support the death penalty.

    And numerous prominent Republicans backed FDR & The New Deal in the 1930’s – Sen. George W Norris, Sen Smith W Brookhart, Sen Robert M LaFollette Jr, Sen David Couzens. Mayor La Guardia, and many others too numerous to mention. FDR’s New Deal built on the ideas of the Progressives in the Republican Party.

    Real oxymorons would include “limited government” “impartial court” and “fair election.”

  15. Darcy G Richardson

    Gene Berkman is right. And don’t forget Gifford Pinchot, the Bull Moose Republican whose “Little New Deal” in Pennsylvania inspired Roosevelt’s much larger national program.

  16. Thomas L. Knapp

    Hell, for that matter don’t forget Herbert Hoover!

    As of 1932, Hoover was proposing, and implementing, things like public works programs to “create jobs.” Both his actions in office and his campaign proposals amounted to … well, the New Deal.

    FDR, on the other hand, ran on a platform of balancing the budget and cutting the size of the federal government by 25% — and then implemented Hoover’s approach instead.

  17. Mik Robertson

    Didn’t FDR pretty much turn around on his early campaign rhetoric by the nominating convention? By the time he was campaigning as the nominee, he was pretty much gung ho with the new deal, or do I recall the history incorrectly?

  18. Andy

    “Root, who calls himself a ‘Reagan Libertarian’, ”

    Calling oneself a “Reagan Libertarian” is like calling oneself an anti-libertarian Libertarian, or a con-artist Libertarian.

    I wish that Root would get his facts straight on Ronald Reagan because the truth of the matter is that Ronald Reagan was far from being a libertarian.

  19. Brian Holtz

    REAGAN: The very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are traveling the same path.

    The first and most important thing is that government exists to protect us from each other. Government exists, of course, for the defense of the nation, and for the defense of the rights of the individual. Maybe we don’t all agree on some of the other accepted functions of government, such as fire departments and police departments–again the protection of the people.

    REASON: Are you suggesting that fire departments would be a necessary and proper function of government?

    REAGAN: Yes. I know that there was a time back in history in which fire departments were private and you insured your house and then had an emblem on the front of your house which identified which company was responsible for protecting it against fire. I believe today, because of the manner in which we live, that, you can make a pretty good case for our public fire departments–because there are very few ways that you can handle fire in one particular structure today without it representing a threat to others.

    REASON: How would you distinguish “socialized” fire departments and “socialized” fire insurance companies? Or would you be in favor of socialized fire insurance also?

    REAGAN: No. Nor am I in favor of socialized medicine. But, there’s bound to be a grey area, an area in there in which you ask is this government protecting us from ourselves or is this government protecting us from each other. I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. I have illustrated this many times by saying that I would recognize the right of government to say that someone who rode a motorcycle had to protect the public from himself by making certain provisions about his equipment and the motorcycle–the same as we do with an automobile. I disagree completely when government says that because of the number of head injuries from accidents with motorcycles that he should be forced to wear a helmet. I happen to think he’s stupid if he rides a motorcycle without a helmet, but that’s one of our sacred rights–to be stupid.

    REASON: Would you allow anything to go by way of hard core pornography as long as there are willing and consensual buyers?

    REAGAN: I didn’t want the picture industry doing it. I just think it’s bad business. But I’m opposed to outside censorship.

  20. Tom Blanton

    Pay no attention to what lying assholes SAY, pay attention to what they do. Reagan’s legacy speaks for itself.

    Although, for some, it is hard to get past rhetoric – even long after it is proven to be bullshit.

    Take the Iraq war for example. Long after all the neocon lies about WMD and links to al Qaida have been exposed, and after the loss of thousands of lives, and after the squandering of a trillion dollars, and after all the debt and inflation, and after the loss of privacy and civil rights, some neocons masquerading as libertarians still think the Iraq war was a grand idea.

    It isn’t surprising that some neolibertarians would embrace Reagan, in denial of his legacy.

  21. Tom Blanton

    Reagan says:

    “I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”

    Oh, except for the kid who smokes a joint. That kid needs to go to jail and get raped in the ass to protect him from himself.

    Case closed. Reagan is a first-class asshole. He is to libertarianism what Obama is to change.

  22. Erik Geib

    Listening to Reagan’s words in the Reason interview are like listening to W. circa 2000, what with his ‘compassionate conservative’ nonsense, stands ‘against nation building,’ etc.

  23. Andy

    “Brian Holtz // Feb 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    REAGAN: The very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”

    The fact remains that Reagan did not live up to his rhetoric. He didn’t even come close to living up to it.

    Why idolize somebody who was essentially a con-artist?

  24. Michael Nissen

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