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Republicans, RINOS, Libertarians, and Constitution Party

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Dan from MI, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Dan from MI

    Dan from MI Member

    Jun 4, 2003
    Livingston County, MI
    One of the biggest debates I've seen here and other gun boards and poltical boards is over republicans leaving to the libertarian or constitution party, with a ton of complaining over RINOS.

    I'm not going to attack those here who are going to slam an individual. I am calling out those here who are saying that they are never going to vote Republican again. If someone like Ron Paul, John Hostettler, or Leon Drolet were on the ballot, are you going to snub them because they have an R by their name - mostly because of the policies of Mr Bush who will be gone in 3 years anyway??

    Now I am not a "big government conservative", and to be frank, Bush was a lesser of two evils choice for me. That said, here's what has happened under Republican control with guns.

    Positives - AWB sunset, gun lawsuits ban on the verge of passsing. 2nd Amendment viewed as individual right by justice dept, UN gun grabbers told to go to hell. That's a start, and something we can work with..

    Negatives - Patriot Act, McCain/Feingold, trigger locks. - I don't like the third, but will pay that price for a gun lawsuits ban. The other two are inexcusable. The former was bipartisan bad and McCain/Feingold was mostly democrats, McCain, and Bush.


    Now the big question is HOW can we improve our situation? Some say third parties, but I have to differ there. The third parties suffer from three things.

    1. A "can't win" reputation. In 2004, there was a pro-abortion and gun grabbing RINO running in the 7th District of Michigan. He squeaked past 5 conservatives to barely win the primary. The democrat was a weak candidate. This was the chance for a decent third party candidate to make noise. The constitution party candidate ran an actual campaign, but with little money. He finished with 3%, The Green had 1.3%, and Libertarian had 1%. The RINO had 58.37%, and Democrat(pro-2a) had 36.31% The good news is that the RINO may be primaried out in 06.

    2. Lack of Money and campaign knowledge. The third parties rarely run local candidates to build name recognition and concentrate on presidential runs. The only Libertarian ads I've heard the last two elections are Badnarik and Harry Browne. (Only other ad I heard was Buchanan Reford 2000)

    3. Debates and media name recognition. If I ever run for office, I'll be happy to debate a green, libertarian or constitution party candidate (anyone on the ballot) as I support free speech. I don't like the rules in presidential races on third parties, but what is, is what is, not what it ought to be. That said, how many candidates ignore third parties. How many media outlets ignore them.

    That leaves the Republicans and the Democrats. One party tolerates gun owners. The other outwardly distains them outside of a few individuals like John Dingell.

    So how do we make sure the pro-freedom republicans beat the RINOs and big government conservatives who aren't gun friendly? Two ways. Candidate Development and Primaries - and that starts now, not at the filing deadline. Now rules may be different in your state, but in Michigan, this is how things work. For the Republicans here, we need you to join us and be active. Chances are, there's already a significant gun owner base in the party. Keys:

    1. Precinct Delegates.(at least in Michigan, may be different in your state) - This is the easiest "office" to be elected to. The filing deadline to run for office is in May of 2006. It does not cost any money, and no petitions are needed to get on the ballot for precinct delegate. I have run for this position twice and was unopposed each time. There are a certain number of opening for precinct delegates, and those with the most votes in the August primary win. Precinct delegates have a lot of power. They go to a county convention and select the at-large (1/2) executive committee members of the county party. They select the delegates to the state convention(I've been a delegate to all of them). At the state convention, they select the nominations for (state level) Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Supreme Court Justices. They also select the state party committee members and party chair. The latter is a very significant office for gun owners. This is an easy way to get involved.

    2. PRIMARIES, especially open seats - Lower turnout and a strong GOTV effort is a big key.


    Lastly, on to 2008. I see a lot of McCain or Rudy debates. We haven't even had the 2006 elections yet, and these two jokers are coronated to be the nominee since the media likes them? No, it doesn't work that way. After 2006, we have the straw polls, grass roots efforts, and momentum shifts. The race hasn't even started yet. I hope SC Governor Mark Sanford changes his mind and runs myself.
  2. MrTuffPaws

    MrTuffPaws Participating Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    The bolded statment no longer applies after Ashcroft left.
  3. RooK

    RooK Member

    May 13, 2004
    KY, USA
    I voted Libertarian for President and Republican for everything else. If they stuck to the Constitution and did what they said (good things) I'd even vote for a Democrat. Unfortunately 99% for Democrats are idiots and the Republicans are being overrun by neocons. Vote for the person, not the party.
  4. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Republicans, RINOS Libertarians, & the Constitution party; a frothy mixture indeed...

    I have a really hard time retaining any interest in the Republicans when you have Rick Santorum saying things like:

    NPR Rick Santorum interview (Originally posted at Buzz Machine and found via Reason Online.)

    If the majority of conservatives have no use for a belief in personal autonomy then I have no use for them. This, of course, doesn't mean I wouldn't vote for a pro-liberty Republican, but they seem to be going the way of the Ankylosaurus.

    Incidentally, would anyone care to tell me the difference between a rugged individualist and a radical individualist?
  5. Rebar

    Rebar member

    Feb 20, 2003
    The current crop of third parties are jokes.

    The biggest, the libertarians, have after 30 years only elected a tiny handful of state reps. Even that pathetic performance towers over the constitution and other parties.

    No third party should be taken seriously, because they're not run by serious or competent people. A real party wouldn't run a no name nobody for president every four years, when they should be running state reps and senators, with the goal of gaining the majority in a state, then the govenorship, then maybe a presidential bid. Instead, they pick the nuttiest guy at the convention, run a doomed campaign, waste all that money and effort, then complain that no one takes them seriously. If a party can't get a majority in a state, then they shouldn't be included in a debate, they haven't earned the right.

    In fact, the libertarian party has been losing a lot of members, they are considering lowering the yearly dues to zero to keep membership from dropping through the floor. The party has two kinds of members now, the loony hard-core, and republicans who think they're making a statement. Foolish.

    What needs to be done, is to stop looking at the national republicans, and concentrate on the state republicans. Seek out and support conservative/libertarian state reps and senators, city councils, mayors. This is where the next generation of national republicans will come from, so make an effort to promote those that share your values.
  6. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Spring Hill, Florida
    I think the major problem right now is that the polls are giving the republicans a poor showing on everything except the war on terror, so naturally all the republican radio talk show guys seem to do nothing but beat the terrorism drum.

    Boom boom boom boom boom.

    The evangelicals are tepidly furious about Frist proposing the use of in-vitro fertilized eggs to make stem cells, over which there is much sound and fury, signifying nothing. Gotta keep the natives dancing.

    The gun rights crowd is mildly excited/annoyed at the new lawsuit protection/child safety lock law. Again, gotta keep the natives dancing so they dont get bored.

    Meanwhile, al-queda is continuing to rack up a new high score playing GTA: Baghdad Andreas- the new game featuring all the violence that healthy 18 year old boys love. Unless they are in the Marines.

    Boom boom boom boom boom.

    Everyone is looking for a new issue. Besides keeping the constituencies eager, there is not really much for congress to do right now except appear palatable to voters. No one wants to be the first to do something that mobilizes some new constituency against them. Shrink the size of government? Only if the government employees in question cant vote.

    The democrats are still beating their own drums, to the tune of "bodies from Iraq" and "Karl Rove is the devil." Again, the core constituencies are going through the motions of being excited, but even they are getting bored of the same old crap. Pretty much everyone is. Again, not a lot of risk takers on either side.

    I personally think that everyone is waiting for bin laden to attack us again already. It will provide for excitement and allow the government to respond by filling some feeding troughs and maybe even maneuvering for advantage in the coming elections. Oooh the possibilities. Isnt our country being wonderfully run?
  7. No_Brakes23

    No_Brakes23 Participating Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Everett, WA Recently escaped from San Diego, PRK
    I am waitning for a DINO to come along.

    A pro-2a "progressive" who really is.

    But I am not holding my breath.

    How did Jesse Ventura get elected to state leadership? There has to be something worth analyzing there, whether ya like the guy or not. He got elected.
  8. Waitone

    Waitone Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    The Land of Broccoli and Fingernails
    Social conditions haven't been right for a third party to succeed. We've had parties play around at the edges but they've not found the core issue around which disaffected voters will rally.

    There is one issue out there both parties studiously avoid. There is one issue where the gap between the rulers and ruled is wide. There is one issue where the ruled are screaming for action and the rulers have fingers in the ears.

    Illegal immigration is the flash point and may well illuminate corrolary issues.

    Not all third parties fail. Republicans were a third party at one time and with one issue they came to power. Trouble is it took them 170+ years to wear out.
  9. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 26, 2002
    Actually, you are incorrect there. The new Attorney General is still supporting the Second Amendment as an individual right interpretation and has done nothing to change that interpretation.
  10. Rebar

    Rebar member

    Feb 20, 2003
    I disagree.

    The libertarian message was a good one (except the open border policy). If they were more serious and less doctrinarian, they could very well have become a real factor in politics. They squandered their opportunity by not building solid local bases, which is not the fault of voters, but only due to the incompetency of the leadership.
  11. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    United Socialist States of Obama
    Until the Libertarian party drops drug legalization from their platform, they will never stand a chance. Then, they need to work on finding a candidate who will shave and brush his teeth. I think it is futile to vote for Libertarians at this point.

    The problem is that although the Republicans are a little better than the Democrats on some issues, they have dropped a lot of the core conservative values. Now we see Republicans supporting larger government, larger welfare programs, bigger spending projects, and greater intrusiveness by the federal government in our lives. I don't think these points are arguable, and anyone who does not see that is, in my opinion, living with his head in his ass.

    I naively believed that if the Republicans ever controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency all at the same time that we could really change the country and roll back some of the socialist agenda that has been forced on us over the past 30 yrs by Democrats. But it didnt happen, they just added to it.

    Now we have McCain-Feingold, No Child Left Behind, Medicare Reform/Free Drugs for Old People, and the Patriot Act. These things outweigh the good we have gotten from the Republicans, such as the tax cut, expiration of AWB, etc.
  12. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    I'm a libertarian (small "L") pragmatist. I believe in libertarian principles and vote for the Libertarian Party (LP) when I feel it is safe to do so. I will not cast a vote for an LP candidate, however, if by doing so I may help the "wrong" candidate win. For example, I live in Tennessee. In the last Presidential election, it was a foregone conclusion that Bush would win my state. Accordingly, I felt comfortable voting for the LP candidate for President (Badnarik). I knew he wouldn't win, but I also knew that Bush wouldn't lose Tennessee, and I hope that over time the Republican Party will see that it is losing people like me to the LP.

    If Tennessee was actually in doubt, however, I would have voted for Bush. As much as I dislike the Republican Party, it is generally far better to have a Repub in the White House than a Democrat.
  13. The Real Hawkeye

    The Real Hawkeye member

    Jan 31, 2004
    Florida, CSA
    I'm with Ann Coulter. She says that she looks forward to the day when there are only two major national conventions, i.e., the Moderate Republican and the Conservative Republican. Considering the evolution of parties in US history, I don't think that is too far fetched. Until then, though, for the presidency, I am more likely than not voting US Tax Payer Party/Constitution Party or Libertarian from now on. If only these two parties could unit somewhat and agree on the same presidential candidate to support. Might help the cause if they both backed the same guy, but this would mean a little cooperation between them, which is not likely to happen.
  14. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA
    Like many here, I'm a small l libertarian, and generally line up for libertarian principles as implemented by a minarchy.

    I resigned the big L party when my analysis indicated that in addition to the implausibility of 3rd party success due to the dynamics of the vote, they simply weren't serious about getting to where most of us want to be.

    If they were, they'd have a pretty clear and valid plan for getting from A to B, wouldn't be spinning their wheels on legalized pot, and wouldn't be cribbing plays from the DU on the WoT.

    They've been around since 1972, have gained little traction, and have precious little to show for it other than retarding the growth of libertarianism within the GOP.

    If they were really serious, they'd be configured to win, and they're not; they're configured to grandstand.

    I hate to say it, but the Republic won't be saved by the likes of them.

    Now, as to addressing the base question, "how do we improve the situation?" I'm sticking with my 3 prong plan:

    1) Neutralize the danger to the Republic via electoral evisceration of the Democratic party until they purge their collectivoLeftists and reform themselves as something recognizably American.

    2) Promote the growth and candidacy of pro-liberty candidates and policies within the GOP, censure the dark, creepy authoritarians, and do some outreach work with the religious right, to educate them to the notion that liberty, rather than direclty implementing a "christian agenda" is in their long term interests.

    3) Send a salvage team over to the LP and other worthwhile 3rd parties to claim whatever's worth saving.
  15. txgho1911

    txgho1911 Active Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Choices and underdogs

    Part of the problem is in the lockstep process used in election.
    A popular or aproval voting method or like some city council elections the instant runnoff method.
    If everyone could vote for one candidate as a first choice and the oportunity to vote for another as a second choice then more better informed decisions could prevail. The skerrys and shrillarys would never get the vote. The primary could be for tradition and historical refrence in future years.
    I know of several second choice candidates that would have made the cut above and beyond the party-line choices.
  16. The Real Hawkeye

    The Real Hawkeye member

    Jan 31, 2004
    Florida, CSA
    I keep hearing this kind of thing said about the so called "religious right." Would someone actually provide an example of a problematic part of their agenda. I am not a member of the "religious right." I am a libertarian leaning conservative, but I see nothing wrong with devout Christians making their presence known politically. Our system of government certainly has room for it. It was designed to give a great deal of local control so that local values could inform the kind of local government wanted by most local residents.

    Federalism makes room for all kinds of different values. Under authentic Constitutional federalism, you can have some communities where, for example, abortion, drinking and pornography are outlawed, and other communities where public displays of the Ten Commandments are outlawed, and still other communities where all those things are legal. This is called diversity. There is room for this in the Constitution, and if government power is decentralized (a conservative ideal), no one is harmed by it.

    It is only when government power is centralized that you start running into problems. When all power is exerted from the top you find that if you please interest X, interest Y is disenfranchised, and visa versa. Under real federalism, however, this problem is muted to near nonexistence, because you can discover which communities welcome your values, and which do not, and then you can move to those that do. Where do you move if the national government controls everything and it is enforcing a value system that you find reprehensible?

    There is room for the so called "religious right" under our Constitution. I don't see them wanting to take control of the Federal Government to turn this country into a theocracy. They just don't want the Federal Government, via the Supreme Court, turning their local communities into places in which they don't want to raise their children. Is that such a danger to our liberties? Is there no room for decent communities under our Constitution?

    Remember, it was the left that started this war on our religious traditions. The "religious right" is only a response to a very aggressive campaign designed to make no room for them in public life. Libertarians need to think about the history of this situation before they choose sides with the left against the "religious right." They are only asking for freedom to shape their local communities, which was taken away from them by the leftist SCOTUS. They are our allies in this war, not our enemies.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2005
  17. jefnvk

    jefnvk Senior Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    The Copper Country, Michigan
    And therein lies the problem. I think the libs would be much better suited to getting people in congress, and running for state govenors and legislatures, then to go for President. I think they have a chance at winning congress seats. I don't think they have a chance in the next few decades of winning the presidency.

    Personally, I'd just as soon get rid of this whole political party thing. I think that was the biggest goof up that the FF allowed, was to allow for political parties.

    As for the religious right, that is all crap. It is much easier to demonize a group of people with conflicting views with you, than to convince people that your views are the right ones.
  18. antarti

    antarti Active Member

    May 6, 2005
    Pardon me...

    As somebody who has been registered/eligible to vote for just about 2 decades, I have to say there is only 1 "cant win" scenario: keep voting D's and R's.

    I left the Republicans recently (last month). I am not going back. I may or may not ever vote for another R. I certainly won't be contributing financially to another (Ron Paul for Pres excepted).

    I remember bringing guns to school being just fine in High School. The high school "shooting club" conveined on the baseball diamond after school, kids brought shotguns and long guns on the bus, etc. and the shop teacher taught marksmanship. This was a school of 1500 kids, not some podunk "home on the prairie" outhouse with a school-marm.

    I remember police that took you home so your parents could whup you when you made a "homemade firecracker" and scared hell out of somebody who called them. You know, back before you were a "terrorist bomb maker".

    I remember being given a tour of the cockpit on a 747 (in-flight) when I was a little kid, and getting some cheesy plastic wings that the pilot told me were for "honorary pilots".... Now my kids are metal-detected and pocket-checked before they get on, and get to watch daddy and mommy get the "limited pat downs".

    Some of the model rocketry stuff I have can not have engines bought anymore (they are somewhat large, too large we are told) without ATF notification of where/when the motor is delivered to the field (can't be sent to my home and stored), and the field and time of takeoff... nice explaining that to the kids that wanna see one of "daddy's old rockets" go up, aint it?

    I remember walking into a gunstore and walking out 10 mins later with my first rifle, a Ruger 10/22 (when you could actually have a clean conscience buying Ruger) and all the receipt said was "One Ruger Rifle - $###.##"... I still have that receipt.

    But this isn't just about an old geezers recollections from the 60's-80's, this is about reality. This is about heritage that predates all of us, and is being lost.

    Believe you can change the elephants direction if you wish; I am disabused of that notion. I am no longer going to watch the country turn a "feminine shade of pink" and my rights dissapear while only deciding if it happens slowly (R) or quickly (D).

    I leave that to you, since you have it all figured out. Just like I used to think I had. I told myself in 2000 that "we are going to be paying for those 8 Clinton years for the next 20". You seem to think that we won't be "paying" for Bush being pres in just 3 when he's gone. I believe you are wrong.

    If we all end up in the same government mess line, waiting for our gruel, you won't have me to blame for it. Neither will my kids, who can't even be allowed grow up even the way I did lest they end up in a local or federal pen.

    Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is another train, and all you get time for is to make things right before the inevitable. I wasted a lot of time getting there, but I am just now starting to make things right, finally.
  19. BigG

    BigG Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    A Funny Visual

    I always picture spittle flecks flying from the lips of the avowed libertarians who post their self righteous appearing pap. Their writings read like those of 23 year-olds that got their first paycheck and realized the government was withholding from them without their permission. :eek:

    I would move out of this country if I were as indignant as they claim to be. :uhoh: :what:

    Out here.
  20. griz

    griz Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Eastern Virginia
    Excuse me if I get a little bristly here. We just picked candidates in our Virginia primary. Despite the fact that there were two republicans on the ticket, the party treated the whole thing as a formality. Kilgore, who did win, would not debate the other R candidate, saying the party was behind him and he was saving the debate for the main election. Now even if we excuse that, (his opponent got something like 16% which tells me he had more support than the party assumed) he now will only debate the Democrat candidate and refuses to debate the independent (formerly Republican) candidate that is already on the ballot.

    I am not saying I will never vote Republican. But it gets under my skin when a party takes for granted large segments of their base and virtually anoints a candidate with the assumption that the voters have no other choice. So go on and talk about influencing the party with the primaries and how the two party system is a reality. I’ve decided that we get what we vote for, so I will no longer vote for the bigger government that both parties represent. I don’t care which letter my candidate has by his or her name, but I do care about their stance on the issues. Don’t think of it as me leaving the Republican party, think of it as the party leaving me behind.

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