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To The Libertarians

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by concretefuzzynuts, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. concretefuzzynuts

    concretefuzzynuts Brew Crew

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    This is an open letter to the Libertarians here on GT. I know I will draw fire and I know the other parties will respond unkindly, however I hope I reach the heart and minds of my fellow Libertarians. I am not posting this to debate, I am more interested in planting a seed of thought.


    I would never call myself a republican, there was a time I might, but not now. A conservative? Closer but too constrictive.

    For close to 30 years I have classified myself proudly as a Constitutional Libertarian. Now, after this new generation of people who call themselves Libertarians, who care less about the country but more about their principals and morals, I am thinking maybe they have tainted the term Libertarian to the point I don't want to be associated with them.

    You see, back in the late 70's and early 80's, we Libertarians knew we were a small party and needed to make an impact in the party closest to our beliefs. That's why Ron Paul is in the Republican party. He tried to change from within, knowing an outside third party stood no chance, YET. Now these younger Libertarians think it's all or nothing, and have the attitude that they don't care if Obama gets voted back in, their pride and morals are clear because they voted for Gary Johnson (another Republican until a few months ago).

    The process took over 200 years to get this f'ed up. It a'int gonna change in a few elections. I've been part of a movement for almost 30 years that is starting to finally take hold. The country is learning and the proof is all you new Libertarians. But to expect change by a dissenting vote to stand your ground is foolish. To allow things to go farther left to prove a point is pointless.

    The point is, You don't jump out of a hole that's been dug, you climb. Letting Obama have another 4 years because you held your principals doesn't help our country. If Mitt is elected and things don't change to the positive, at least it wasn't a change to more extreme socialism. It will take steps, not leaps.
     

  2. concretefuzzynuts

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    There's no bye involved. I am in. The younger Libertarians just need to wake up.

    Did you even read what I wrote? Try reading it again.
     
  3. concretefuzzynuts

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    I have always respected you opinions and posts. I will still do the same.
     
  4. certifiedfunds

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    Bah. Apologies. I'm grumpy.
     
  5. countrygun

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    Having been wrestling with it since I first voted "out of the box" decades ago, I understand what you are saying and I feel the same way. I hear a lot of talk. When you pin them down they know it won't change anything and then they start talking, selfishly, about their "conscience", as is assuaging that was more important than letting that wreck back in the White House. It is amazing that they talk as if they were at Valley Forge and fighting a nobel fight, but the fact is, we remember Valley Forge for the sacrifice those men made, not for how good they felt about themselves. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit of your warm fuzzy highground for the good of the Country in the political arena.

    I am not seeing the mindset of decades ago when the motive was the good of the Country as a whole, I am seeing the "me" generation slipping in and talking about their self image and "How their decision makes them feel about themselves?. Yah, that's the spirit that built america and won wars alright, don't jump in that foxhole to fight a common threat until you are sure of the political affiliation of the guy already there.

    It isn't a step in the right direction and it is leaving the rational folks with only the choice of reforming the Republican party. either way, the Libertarian movement has done nothing to better this election for America. They have already claimed the position of biggest loser, and it has nothing to do with number of votes.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
  6. Gunnut 45/454

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    Well atleast one Liberterian got the message! It's about the Country as a whole not the party. :supergrin:
     
  7. concretefuzzynuts

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    My point is not to discredit the new Libertarian Party, more to point out the subtle flaws in the philosophy of all or nothing.
     
  8. certifiedfunds

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    I believe the "me" thing is a reaction to the daily forces pushing us into the collective.

    The nation was founded upon the principle of individual liberty. When the collectivists start pushing, it becomes very personal. When someone believes that a citizen should give a full financial accounting to the government each year, it becomes personal. When an someone believes it is acceptable for government bureaucrats to have access to a citizen's medical records, it becomes personal. It becomes about me.
     
  9. certifiedfunds

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    Gunnut - you aren't Libertarian are you? Am I confusing you with someone else?
     
  10. concretefuzzynuts

    concretefuzzynuts Brew Crew

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    *****. I don't know if that will post but believe me, it was posted in humor friend.

    ETA: Yeah, it didn't post. Humor lost, timing is everything.
     
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  11. countrygun

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    The Libertarians had the greatest chance ever to have a POSITIVE effect on American politics in this election that they have ever had, Instead of using it they let their egos get in the way.

    If you are happy with Obama why have your own party and try to usurp the party running against him? why not just vote for him and be done with it?

    When you declare that you won't work with over 90% of the rest of the voters in the Country, Democrats or Republicans, Good luck with that.
     
  12. certifiedfunds

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    Then a couple of factors come into play.

    1. By working that way the overton window has steadily shifted to the left. Futile. It will continue to shift left with Romney, perhaps just a little more slowly. Had McCain won, it would have continued left.

    2. The die is cast (seriously, reference our SS exchanges). At least be good with one's conscience. Don't contribute any longer. Don't be used.
     
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  13. countrygun

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    Exactly the self-serving attitude I expect.

    Set off down a path that leads nowhere and you never have to feel guilty for never getting anywhere.
     
  14. Chronos

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    The younger generation of libertarians are more likely taking a look at the path that playing party politics has blazed, and noticing that it leads straight to hell.
     
  15. Chronos

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    If you want young libertarians to play ball, you've got to show them something other than catastrophic failure. The following track record is not what they are interested in signing up for:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. JBnTX

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    FINALLY a libertarian with a little bit of common sense.
    You people need to listen to concretefuzzynuts.

    Your personal libertarian principles and political beliefs will not change a damn thing in this country.

    Only votes that are cast count. Refusing to vote accomplishes nothing.

    It's NOT about more or less government, it's about changing the direction of this country.

    You make a change in this country by voting for Romney.
    Nothing else matters.

    ..
     
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  17. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    Unfortunately for you folks, you're in no position to lecture about this stuff.

    Besides, you aren't libertarian. Why did you jump in?