Two items arrived in my inbox within minutes of each other. The first was a post from RedState:
I know many of you are aware of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Others are not. I toyed with becoming a Libertarian for awhile about 6 months ago. Even to the point of throwing a very small amount of money toward the Libertarian Party one day. Then, I found these guys… and remembered that 3rd parties are a waste of time and money, except in certain local arenas (and not mine- VERY red state here in the military heavy Gulf Coast of NW Florida). The only way to win is fight from within. Just in case some of you haven’t heard of these guys, take a look at the site and see if you like it. Cheers!
The second was an e-mail from Eric Dondero to his so-called republican-liberarians list:
It saddens me greatly to see Ron Paul taking the position he is taking on the War in Iraq. As many of you know I served as Ron’s Travel Aide in his 1988 Libertarian Presidential Campaign. I then went on to serve as his Campaign Coordinator in his 1996 Congressional run, and Senior Aide in his Congressional office from 1997 – 2003. I resigned from Ron’s employ in 2003, mostly due to our severe differences on foreign policy. But since then, I’ve still respected his views on such matters.
However, the other day, driving through Western Montana I caught a CBS News Report. Bob Schieffer led into the report with something to the effect; “but not all Republicans agree that the War in Iraq was a good idea…” What followed were virulent Anti-War comments by Ron Paul on the House Floor.
It’s one thing to be an Anti-War Libertarian. It’s quite another to be used by the Leftist Media as a stooge against Pro-Freedom values. The Left is the enemy of freedom. It is quite sad indeed that Ron Paul fails to see that. He is letting himself be used by the enemy – CBS, CNN, the Houston Chronicle, et.al.
I believe it’s time to declare Jeff Flake (or Dana Rohrabacher) as the new Champion of Freedom and the libertarian Republican movement.
And maybe it’s time that a real libertarian who supports the War on Islamo-Fascism run against Ron for the Congressional seat here in Texas.
So much for fighting “from within” the primary party that promoted the Patriot Act. Needless to say, I won’t be sending the RLC any checks this year — or the next.