H/T Marc Montoni. Laurence Vance writes at LewRockwell.com about whether the Republican Liberty Caucus is ideologically libertarian (excerpt):
I was primarily attacking the worthless and evil GOP and only secondarily criticizing the RLC for the dishonest postcard. My first criticism was: “It says that the Republican Party ‘won big on libertarian themes’ in the recent election. That’s funny, I don’t remember any libertarian themes in the Republican ‘Pledge to America,’ just empty promises.” My second criticism was: “The RLC postcard also mentions ‘the liberty wing of the GOP.’ There is a liberty wing of the Republican Party, but it only has one member: Ron Paul. The RLC must be referring to the fake liberty wing of the GOP that rears its hypocritical head when a Republican is trying to get elected, reelected, or convince the gullible that he is less evil than a Democrat.”
So, did the Republican Party win big on “libertarian themes” in the last election?
First of all, the Republican Party victories in the last election were in a great measure because of voter discontent with the Democratic Party. Just like the Democratic Party victories in the previous election were in a great measure because of voter discontent with the Republican Party.
Second, if the Republican Party won on libertarian themes then I wonder which libertarian themes those were. It certainly wasn’t on the libertarian themes of end the war on drugs, no more foreign wars, stop stationing U.S. troops all over the world, abolish the welfare state (including Social Security), dismantle the national security apparatus (including repealing the PATRIOT ACT), end all foreign aid and farm subsidizes, and eliminate most federal departments and agencies.
Dr. Vance goes on to explain,
When I said that the liberty wing of the Republican Party had only one member, Ron Paul, I was referring to Republican officeholders and politicians – the very people I mentioned in the next sentence in my original post. I did not mean to imply that no one in the entire Republican Party was a libertarian except for Congressman Paul. The homepage of the national RLC says: “Welcome to the Republican Liberty Caucus, the small government, liberty-loving wing of the Republican Party.” This wing is actually much bigger than the RLC. In fact, on the grass-roots level, I’m sure there are many people still in the Republican Party who, although not members of the RLC, are liberty minded, libertarian leaning, or even hardcore libertarians. Party leaders and candidates may sometimes use libertarian rhetoric, but I suspect that anyone in the Republican Party with any libertarian inclinations whatsoever only votes Republican because he thinks he is voting for the lesser of two evils, not because he believes what comes out of the mouth of lying Republican politicians.
It was not my intention to be unfair to the RLC, and I don’t think that I was.
The Republican Party is hopelessly corrupt, evil, statist, and pro-war, but I applaud every individual Republican who is not. And I applaud the work of the RLC when it is consistently libertarian.