Reason: Don’t Get Too Comfortable With the GOP’s New Love For Libertarians   Leave a comment

I tend to agree. I’m a non-partisan, which may make it easier to acknowledge the history of the major parties. They tend to co-opt the ideals of third parties over time, thereby making them attractive to third-party members. Then, when the shift of membership has been made and the third-party fades into insignificance, the main party begins to ignore the co-opted ideals.
That said, I think Rand Paul really is a libertarian who joined the GOP to get elected. But, yes, there are plenty of GOP Congress members pretending toward libertarian ideals in hopes of attracting the more conservative-libertarian base that is just about fed up with the status quo.

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John Glaser  writes:  In what many described as yet another indication of a monumental shift happening in the Grand Old Party, the Republican National Committee last week passed a resolution calling for an end to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

But the party’s apparent shuffling to a more limited government, civil liberties-conscious platform may not be as genuine as some believe.

The RNC’s resolution, which passed by an “overwhelming majority,” declares “the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

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Posted February 3, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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