This is basically the exact same argument I’ve been making with all my libertarian and liberaltarian friends.
This is the most unconvincing article I’ve seen on the topic so far.
How could any libertarian vote for a fascist warmonger whether it is Romney or Obama? They are both scum…
Good question, and this article doesn’t answer it. It starts off by bashing Obama (which is not an argument FOR Mitt Romney, no matter how much Republicans think it is), and then goes into a dreamy narrative about the American dream and American ideals. It wraps up by bringing up ObamaCare, which Mittens can’t decide if he loves or not, and things like Dodd-Frank that fall more under the control of the Congress that Democrats are likely to control (at least halfway).
Really helping your cause out there, bud.
Who’s butthurt? I think it’s the “conservatives” and Republicans who got 300 frickin’ people running for their nomination in this election and they ended up with Mitt Romney. Now they see this dude is doing everything he can to lose, so it’s time to blame the Libertarians for being pissed off we’d didn’t get “our guy” and pointing out the corruption and pure idiocy of the GOP party structure.
The genuine “Conservative” in the modern sense, that feared for the direction of the country and felt home in the Tea Party movement must feel pretty shitty after ending up here.
Part of it has to be denial. The push for all these other candidates by “the base” was because they never wanted Mitt, and now they got him anyway.
I’m sorry, I bring it up again. I know it annoys some people but, the Republicans/conservatives/Bush voters had four years of Tea Parties and anti-Washington “protest”, and now us Libertarians have to take shit because the power structures within that movement caved to the establishment GOP leaders (Karl Rove and the like).
It’s not our fault you didn’t see the writing on the wall.
And it’s not even that our guy didn’t win. That in itself is disappointing, sure, but our guy didn’t win because delegates were coerced and cheated by the RNC and his supporters were ostracized and ignored by the media. If you wanna bring up the Einstein quote about insanity, how insane would it be for us libertarians to get behind Romney after being treated like that?
You’re asking us to betray our principles to support a party that has treated us like enemies. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s not gonna fucking happen.
Not that we are pissed. Sure we are. But that is the narrative they need to raise in order to put on the blame on us and make themselves feel better.
I just use the Tea Party situation as an example. It became centralized and co-opted, and enough people didn’t notice.
If the president right now was not Obama, I’d be interested to see what the voter turnout on the Republican side would be.
I wasn’t pissed about what happened at the RNC.
I felt vindicated and every Libertarian should have felt the same way.
People think that we were robbed of a Ron Paul nomination, we weren’t. We can only be robbed if we had a chance. We didn’t have a chance from the start. They robbed Ron Paul in Iowa before a single primary had even begun. And it wasn’t just the RNC, it was the media and the corporate whores and banks that feast on the RNC and shit right out of the media’s mouth.
I felt vindicated because we were finally proven right on a national stage and the media finally reported it. The corruption was finally in the limelight and not in some unaired delegate selection meeting in a school auditorium.
I also think that we shouldn’t be mad that Ron Paul wasn’t nominated because that was never the goal. Ron Paul was ahead of his time and he knew that. He couldn’t be nominated because he lacked support from within the GOP and it’s base.
That wasn’t the play.
The play was to use the GOP’s platform to inform, educate and awaken as many people as possible before August, not November. The play was to use the the GOP to access their base and to use their own funds and connections to spread the message of liberty.
The play was to enter the GOP, ignite a flame inside and walk away with droves of enlightened individuals as the GOP poured gas on the flames.
Am I mad about what happened at the RNC? Only on the surface. Inside, I’m giddy and excited.
As for the GOP trying to blame us for their loss, I’ll gladly take the blame. We should feel proud that we are the reason the GOP will collapse. We should feel proud that we are breaking down the establishment and crashing the party of partisan politics.
We should feel proud and vindicated.