Today while listening to the Vicki McKenna show I found the last segment interesting. You can listen to the segment while reading the post. The segment was about courting college aged students to the GOP.
16 minutes in a caller said that the GOP should embrace the libertarian principles. Brian Schimming immediately chimed in stating that Libertarian principles are unpopular. Of course he ignores the popularity of Ron Paul in the last presidential election. Sorry Brian you are wrong on so many ways. Ron Paul drew crowds bigger then Romney and Obama combined.
The above picture was from the liberal bastion of California.
While a specific head count has not yet been released, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that as many as 8,000 attended. Dr. Paul himself acknowledged that tonight’s overwhelming attendance surpassed his Chico rally which took place yesterday; the Chico event drew 6,200.
“Last night we were in a different part of California up in Chico — we had a little rally up there — and they set a record with the number of people coming out. But the record has been broken today.”
Same thing happened in Florida.
Ron Paul’s We are the Future Rally drew an overflow crowd to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa Sunday afternoon. Event organizers at the Sun Dome, which seats over 10,000 people, had to turn supporters away to watch the event on television screens in overflow seating across the street.
In 2008, Ron Paul’s bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination catapulted the ten-term US congressman (TX) from obscurity into the national spotlight.
Paul’s philosophy of limited government, individual liberty, and rule-of-law resonated with a large and passionate segment of American voters. His platform of fiscal conservatism, foreign policy restraint, and civil libertarianism offered a fresh and interesting combination of policy positions to voters who felt out of place in the conventional politics of the two-party system.
A maverick who criticizes his own party with as much zeal as he criticizes Democrats, Ron Paul was shut out of the Republican National Convention in 2008, and held a separate rally in the same city.
I was a life long Republican who feels like Ronald Reagan felt about the democratic party when he left it. The party left me I did not leave the party. While the Republican party preaches limited government and lower taxes what they practice is exactly the opposite. They cater to mostly the same special interest groups. There is little doubt that the public at large has had it with both parties, they both spend like drunken sailors. (apologies to sailors, they at least spend their own money)
As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
Opinions about Congress, while little changed over the past year, also remain very negative. Just 23% offer a favorable opinion of Congress, while 68% express an unfavorable view. Favorable views of Congress hit 50% in spring 2009 but subsequently have plummeted.
For two decades between 1985 and 2005 Congress was generally viewed more favorably than unfavorably. The low point during that period came in the fall of 1995 – just prior to the government shutdown of that year – when 42% offered a favorable opinion of Congress. This is not a short term trend, it is a direct response to the modern paternalistic “Progressive Era”
Ron Paul’s appeal is not that he wants to create even more “protected classes” He does not offer even more so called free stuff as the left does. What he does do is preach limited government and fiscally conservative views, but he also espouses the civil liberties that were guaranteed in the constitution.
Here in Wisconsin we see the assault on small businesses Like Roll Your Own Shops and small Dairy Farmers. We see the push for illegal searches of our DNA for the slightest infraction of the law.
Is this the version of freedom that the founding fathers had envisioned for us? Audrey Silk of New York Clash put together a video that highlights the paternalistic stance of modern America that former Republicans like me find chilling.
Love him or hate him but the likes of Ron Paul and other Libertarians stand for real liberty and limited government and the Main Stream GOP ignores us at their own peril. Ron not only talks the talk but walks the walk and his voting record reflects that. While Ronald Reagan was a step in the right direction he was not the last “true Republican” That prize goes to Barry Goldwater who defended free markets,individual rights,property rights and didn’t believe you could legislate mortality. Here is a debate between Barry Goldwater and socialist Norman Thomas.
Here is what the Republicans must do to attract the youth.
1) Right to work laws must not only include freedom from forced unionization but eliminate all of the unneeded licensing of most jobs. Do you really need a licence to be a bartender subject to the whims of local government? Barbers? Taxi cab owners? All of these laws are protectionist acts to limit competition and cater to special interest groups. If one has the ability that person should not need permission from the government to make a living. The free market will sort the good from the bad.
2) Don’t ever enact legislation in order to create a so called level playing field. On closer inspection you will find it is usually the government that unleveled the field in the first place. Repeal the law that created the problem rather then create even more regulation.
3) Actually stand for civil liberties whether you approve of the individual or the acts of the individual, as Goldwater said “you can’t legislate morality” and that means “equal protection under the law” not “protected class” where some have more rights then others.
4) Actually push for equal taxation, a flat tax or a consumption tax where everyone has equal skin in the game. No deductions no exceptions. Eliminate the corporate tax. In reality corporations don’t pay taxes, that tax is passed on to the consumer and a hidden tax on the poor and makes us uncompetitive with the rest of the world. The flat tax if implemented should be on all income including capital gains. It would be fair since it would no longer be double taxation through the corporate tax. It also removes the incentive to invest overseas and would promote investment domestically.