Libertarians at CPAC present Republican Wall of Shame

Press release from the Libertarian Party:

WASHINGTON – At their booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Libertarian Party is displaying a "Republican Wall of Shame." (View low-res JPG or high-res PDF.)

These are the prominent Republicans featured on the Wall of Shame:

  • Mitt Romney, supporter of the RomneyCare socialized medicine program in Massachusetts.
  • Mike Huckabee, who as a governor supported so many tax increases that the Club for Growth labeled him a "liberal."
  • George W. Bush, who had a long track record of supporting big-government programs and regulations, and who once said, "I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."
  • Newt Gingrich, who often supports big-government intrusion and who said about global warming, "The evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading in the atmososphere."
  • John McCain, who while running for president famously suspended his campaign to rush back to Washington to vote for bailouts.
  • Paul Ryan, the House Budget Commmittee chairman who voted for the Medicare expansion in 2003, the No Child Left Behind Act, the TARP, GM and Chrysler bailouts, and even ethanol subsidies.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor. The caption reads "No comment necessary."
  • The "mystery Republican president." He signed many massive spending bills, and during his administration, federal spending was the largest percentage of GDP in post-WWII history. (His shameful record might be broken by the Obama administration.)

Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict commented, "Our goal at CPAC is to reach out to libertarians who have been misled into thinking of conservatism as a small-government ideology. In fact, conservatives just want their own version of big government, as we pointed out last year."

Benedict continued, "We’ve already heard some talk about the Republican ‘three-legged stool.’ My view is, Republicans are wrong on foreign policy, they’re wrong on social policy, and they’re lying hypocrites on economic policy. Their stool has no legs."

Wes Benedict is attending CPAC and can be reached on his cell phone at 512-659-8896.

The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

 

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35 thoughts on “Libertarians at CPAC present Republican Wall of Shame

  1. paulie Post author

    Benedict continued, “We’ve already heard some talk about the Republican ‘three-legged stool.’ My view is, Republicans are wrong on foreign policy, they’re wrong on social policy, and they’re lying hypocrites on economic policy. Their stool has no legs.”

    He shoots…he scores!

    Right on the money.

  2. Gene Trosper

    It’s not often I have anything good to say about the LP, but this time, I’ll admit: I’m impressed. Bring on more of the same and maybe the LP can begin to redeem itself…maybe.

  3. George Whitfield

    Great effort — Wayne and LP Party Headquarters. We are showing that the Republican Party is not the paragon of small government. I am glad the LP has a presence there and is being assertive.

  4. lakecabs

    Great work Wes.

    When I read your article it made me proud to be a Libertarian.

    Wayne Root is like getting Hijacked by Glenn Beck.

  5. paulie Post author

    @ 12 You know when a big government politician such as Newt says “we” should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading in the atmosphere, what he means by we is the government…and whenever government tries to take “the most effective possible steps to reduce…” you name it: terrorism, poverty, drugs, drinking, or pretty much anything else…it is more likely than not to make things worse.

    Thus, even someone as utterly convinced of anthropogenic climate destabilization as you are should oppose whatever big government scheme Newt has in mind when he wants “we” to ” move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading in the atmosphere.”

  6. paulie Post author

    It’s not often I have anything good to say about the LP, but this time, I’ll admit: I’m impressed. Bring on more of the same

    The LP has been sounding this theme ever since Wes took over as Executive Director, and especially since Hinkle has been chair. This is not new.

  7. paulie Post author

    How about adding Root and Barr to the Republican Hall of Shame: they earned it.

    Barr did at one time (when he was in congress), and his record is still mixed lately, but he is better than he once was and long out of power.

    Root is also a mixed bag and better on some issues than a few years ago. He was never in power at all, so putting hm there would make no sense. Unlike Barr, Root has never been the prosecutor putting people in prison or the congressman passing the laws that put them there.

  8. Mack Orwelly

    @ 10/12 Truly the nitpicker extraordinaire. One thing you disagree with out of the whole thing is naturally what you focus on. And consider their audience.

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  10. David Colborne

    It still cracks me up that Nixon’s administrations were far more “liberal” than anything Obama or anyone else these days can even dream of. The EPA, Title IX, opening relations with the PRC, OSHA, expansion of the Vietnam War into surrounding countries, price controls, expansion of the Social Security system to provide financial assistance to those on “disability” – these all happened during the Nixon administration and many of them were spearheaded by him.

    Then again, there was a time when Republicans were synonymous with equal rights for minorities. My, how times change…

  11. Andy

    “Benedict continued, “We’ve already heard some talk about the Republican ‘three-legged stool.’ My view is, Republicans are wrong on foreign policy, they’re wrong on social policy, and they’re lying hypocrites on economic policy. Their stool has no legs.””

    BINGO!

    A complete Republican Wall of Shame would have to be a pretty damn big wall. Like maybe the size of the Great Wall of China. The one mentioned above is a good start though.

  12. George Whitfield

    Great effort — Wes Benedict and LP Party Headquarters. We are showing that the Republican Party is not the paragon of small government. I am glad the LP has a presence there and is being assertive. I printed copies of the Wall of Shame pdf for my LP Meetup Group tonight.

  13. LibertarianGirl

    P_Unlike Barr, Root has never been the prosecutor putting people in prison or the congressman passing the laws that put them there.

    me_ amen, the man has never put anyone in a cage , Barr has , thats a huge distinction …

  14. paulie Post author

    “Benedict continued, “We’ve already heard some talk about the Republican ‘three-legged stool.’ My view is, Republicans are wrong on foreign policy, they’re wrong on social policy, and they’re lying hypocrites on economic policy. Their stool has no legs.””

    BINGO!

    Their stool has no legs, but their legs just might be covered with stool.

    If I was in the establishment wing of the establishment parties, watching events unfold in the Arab world this week would have that effect on me.

  15. Kyle Hartz

    I visited the booth, it looks fantastic. People also seemed very receptive to the message.

  16. paulie Post author

    If you stop back by there please tell Wes for me that he’s doing a great job.

    Also, someone get a Trump face with a red circle and slash over it for the booth, LOL

  17. Here's a radical idea

    We need a Muslim “wall of shame” when the LP addresses the Muslim groups also. Why not? There record on equal rights for women is up there somewhere with Hitler or Stalin.

  18. Michael H. Wilson

    Re 27 to round out things here ya go. Gotta have everyone in the mix.

    U. S. Wall of Shame – Deaths from U.S. foreign policies and related intervention
    Philippines 1989 – 1908 and later 300,000
    Vietnam 1960 – 1975 1,000,000
    Cambodia – 2,000,000
    Indonesia – 1,000,000
    Iraq- 1991 – present 1,000,000
    Of course I haven’t mentioned the native-Americans killed, the Africans who died in transit and nothing about Central America. I don’t have time to dig up the numbers. But you get the idea. On second thought maybe you don’t

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