This is the first in a series to discuss the direction of the Republican party.
We all know the Republican party is in disarray and its direction is unclear. The Republican party has long ago shifted from the party of small government conservatives to an entrenched political system that spends money and grows government at a rate only slightly slower than the left. This shift accelerated during the Bush administration to a point where there simply was little difference in either side, and Republicans become known as Democrat Lite. So, I turned away from the party that talked about small government, yet passed Medicare part B, the party that talked about Liberty but pushed to change the constitution to ensure two men can never marry, the party that became drunk with power and held the constitution in contempt. I believe it was John McCain after the 2006 midterms who said “Americans had elected us to change government, and they rejected us because they believed government had changed us.”
For the last 15 years I have voted Libertarian, but I am frequently frustrated when I think about the futility of voting for a candidate that I know has zero chance of winning. I support the Libertarian Party and I contribute to candidates in my area, and I was very excited about Gary Johnson’s candidacy; however, sometimes I really want to participate int he political process again! This is why the recent wave of Liberty minded figures in the Republican Party is refreshing and exciting.
Currently, there are three subsections of the Republican party – the establishment, the Tea Party, and the Libertarians. The media has done just about everything it can to destroy the Tea Party and to marginalize the Libertarians, but Liberty is a message that is finding its way into the national conversation more frequently than ever. Guys like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Mike Lee are leading the way within the Republican party, but the establishment has done whatever it can to torpedo these young, dynamic politicians. Rather than embracing the ideas of Liberty, the establishment has treated this trend with fear and contempt. If the Republicans want to remain relevant in the 21st century, they must be willing to disagree on issues such as gay marriage and abortion, in order to work together on fiscal responsibility and limiting the role and the reach of the Federal government. Stop the in-fighting and come together.