Libertarian Party Monday Message: Republicans are about to double-cross Tea Partiers

LP.org:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MLK suffered serious personal risk to fight against government violations of the rights of minorities. I’m glad we remember him each year.

Although it’s a day off for many people, we’re hard at work at LP Headquarters today. We’ve spent the weekend working on some internal computer upgrades, and hopefully we can complete that project today.

We also have a new video on our home page for you.

Last year, we sent a warning to Tea Partiers, that if they put their trust in Republicans, the Republicans would double-cross them. We’re about to see it happen. I’m not sure exactly what will happen first, though, so I’d like your input here on our new poll.

Sincerely,

Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

P.S. If you have not already done so, please join the Libertarian Party. We are the only political party dedicated to free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can also renew your membership. Or, you can make a contribution separate from membership.


New video:


New poll:

When will we know that Republicans successfully fooled the Tea Partiers?:

-When they raise the debt limit without real spending cuts.
-When they bail out the U.S. Postal Service.
-When they vote to extend unemployment benefits yet again.
-When they vote for farm subsidies.
-When they refuse to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
-When they refuse to cut military spending.
-Republicans are going to keep their promises and cut federal spending a whole lot.

16 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Monday Message: Republicans are about to double-cross Tea Partiers

  1. Mik Robertson

    Wow. That video had some stunning problems in it. The end result will be that resources will all end up in the hands of a few, which is where we are quickly headed now. It is no wonder the LP has such problems formulating coherent public policy with that approach.

  2. Michael H. Wilson

    Thane my speakers are fine, but there seemed to be a problem with the sound at about the 2 minutes point on the video. As for the content, I think some editing is needed.

  3. paulie Post author

    @1 How do you come to the conclusion that would be the end result?

    @2 Listened to the video twice and had no audio problems.

  4. Robert Capozzi

    Neat video. Nice production values.

    I would lose the inaccurate mocking of eastern philosophy. Many Ls recognize that Lao Tsu was the first L, after all.

    I’d also suggest that it’s simplistic to say that it’s either/or self-ownership or state ownership. One can arrive at the idea that government’s only role should be to protect property rights without this constructed dualistic “self ownership” perspective. False precision is not precise!

  5. Gains

    RC @6:

    The insult to eastern philosophy was nothing compared to their inaccurate and poisonous representation of vikings. Everyone knows that Loki was the first Libertarian!

    To contrast two opposing opinions for comparison and illustration is not false precision. Generalization is strongly communicated in the video and no where does it pretend to be impartial.

  6. Robert Capozzi

    g7, Loki, huh? News to me.

    Mocking a yoga class is an excellent way to alienate younger alternative types. Perhaps my coastal biases are showing here, but my sense is that a lot of people are doing yoga now, and they tend to have a more alternative, culturally left, lean. Interestingly, many IPR commenters whine that the LP is becoming too right wing.

    Heck, even Badnarik was a meditator.

    Note, I don’t meditate or do yoga, but I have tried them and I find nothing about them to be in conflict with political L-ism. If anything, they enhance the human experience.

    Imagine if instead of a yoga class, that was an image of a church or a temple. Taking a swipe at spirituality seems like a REALLY bad idea for a political party.

  7. paulie Post author

    Poll results so far

    When will we know that Republicans successfully fooled the Tea Partiers?
    When they raise the debt limit without real spending cuts.
    65% (1151 votes)
    When they bail out the U.S. Postal Service.
    2% (36 votes)
    When they vote to extend unemployment benefits yet again.
    4% (64 votes)
    When they vote for farm subsidies.
    6% (110 votes)
    When they refuse to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
    6% (107 votes)
    When they refuse to cut military spending.
    14% (245 votes)
    Republicans are going to keep their promises and cut federal spending a whole lot.
    3% (61 votes)
    Total votes: 1774

  8. AroundtheblockAFT

    My personal observation is that about half the Tea Party people have already dropped out, what with the “victories” in November. There is a hard core that stayed active and wants to hold the GOP “accountable.” Should they be grievously disappointed, many will try to stay in the GOP and reform it. Others threaten to form a third party. Because we all know how hard it is to start one from scratch, many will gravitate to
    existing third parties: some to Constitutional, some to Libertarian. Now is the time for LPers
    to establish or cement their relationships with local tea partiers to be ready for the inevitable disappointments.

  9. Bruce Cohen

    Yeah, whatever.

    The National and California ‘leadership’ in the LP has belittled and demeaned the Tea Party for some time now.

    They have totally missed every opportunity to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Instead of working together where we agree…
    Instead of being a part of the good they want to do…

    The LP instead has chosen to behave like immature and jealous little children towards grownups who did what we can only dream of.

    And to alienate ourselves from them, in the process.

    OK great, so now Hinkle and Benedict are further being rude, just like they are with almost anyone ‘impure’.

    Let’s never forget the Ron Paul and Starchild exceptions, of course!

  10. Robert Capozzi

    I would note that this video is titled “The” Philosophy of Liberty: Property…as if there is “one” unified philosophy of liberty. Of course, there are several such philosophies, sometimes allied, sometimes not so much.

    I’d caution against this set up…since the Rs control the House but not the Senate or the WH, they can pass “show” legislation to, for ex., repeal ObamaCare and appear to be fulfilling their Tea Party mandate, knowing that the bill will either die in the Senate or WH. It’s “free whacks” time for the GOP.

  11. Bruce Clowney

    He has the right words when it comes to things like this. Just not the right words when it comes to his ego. LOL

  12. paulie Post author

    Update on poll…

    When will we know that Republicans successfully fooled the Tea Partiers?
    When they raise the debt limit without real spending cuts.
    64% (1361 votes)
    When they bail out the U.S. Postal Service.
    2% (46 votes)
    When they vote to extend unemployment benefits yet again.
    4% (83 votes)
    When they vote for farm subsidies.
    6% (121 votes)
    When they refuse to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
    7% (138 votes)
    When they refuse to cut military spending.
    14% (296 votes)
    Republicans are going to keep their promises and cut federal spending a whole lot.
    3% (74 votes)
    Total votes: 2119

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