Monday, October 12, 2009

Summary: Conservatives Vs. Libertarians

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and respond to my two posts concerning Conservatives and Libertarians. The answers ranged from the intellectually stimulating, to the comical and finally ended up somewhere in the clinically insane territory. Paul even got in on the commenting, encouraging me to eat a donut for some reason... Paul?

What I've come to realize is that even though there are countless 'issues' which separate the two ideologies, as defined by those on each side, there are far more similarities between the two, than some within the movements care to recognize.

There has been a large momentum change since the days immediately following the election, wherein libertarians and conservatives are setting aside squabbles over ideologies and uniting behind the ideal of LIMITED government, i.e. the Tea Party movement and the 9/12 march on Washington. Libertarians and Conservatives understand that they share the view of a limited government and that through working together they have the opportunity to elect a leader who can return the power of the political process from the hands of the elite in Washington to the hands of the people in the heartland.

We have to be ready to work together, but not afraid to call out fringe voices within the ideologies, lest diverted from our goal of regaining control in Washington.

As I said in the comments of a previous post; I am more than willing to have a policy debate on some of the issues that separate us into Conservative and Libertarian ideologies, once we've regained control in Washington. Until then, the focus should be singular: Limited Government, period!

Please take the time to comment!

3 People Have Had Their Say:

ChristinaJade on October 12, 2009 at 11:14 PM said...

Personally, I like donuts. DONUTIST! :)

And I know I will get trampled for this one, BUT I am going to say it anyway. I know of several folks in my neck of the woods that are Democrats, however, they are as conservative the rest of us. Most of them are older, and wouldn't change party affiliation for anything, but believe in the Constitution and hold the same values that we all share. The biggest trick in our movement (or so I think) is reaching out to those people.

While that may not be a common thing across the country, it is a very common occurrence here in West KY. We are talking about people who registered to vote in the 50's and 60's and oppose things like gun control, abortion, gay marriage, bowing to kings, liberals in general, etc, etc, etc... Anyway, that is a challenge that needs to be discussed. Repubs, Libertarians, and Independents seem to be working together more and more everyday - but it is the conservative Democrat that is being forgotten. TWO CENTS!

Andy on October 13, 2009 at 5:30 AM said...

The woods are full of them here, too. My folks, and in-laws are Democrats, but more "conservative" than I am even.

classicaliberal on October 13, 2009 at 8:51 PM said...

They're Democrats, but how are they voting? It seems to me that it'd be easier to convince someone who has moral fiber to vote republican than converting a non-believer...


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