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Libertarians in the Republican Party

The GOP has a lot of internal obstacles as this national political party tries to appease the Big Business establishment types, conservatives, and constitutionalists. Those three groups often cannot find middle ground. The Establishment runs the party, are focused on operating the government as it is, and while they try to appease their base (largely populated with conservatives and constitutionalists), they simply have not been able to inspire their base for the last twenty years.

So, when Libertarians began infiltrating the Republican Party, seeking greater influence over national debates and over actual legislation, we have piled one more obstacle on top of an obstacle-heavy organization. That said, I think that the Republican Party needs us; I’m certain that the conservatives and constitutionalists need us if they want to overthrow the status-quo kungfu-grip the establishment has over the Republican Party.

I believe that joining Republican and Libertarian together under one tent is the right thing to do; and I’m not alone.

On Social Media, “Libertarian Girl” and Julie Borowski, have helped lead a march of Constitutional Libertarians into action within the GOP. If you want to get a pretty good idea of the intellectual brand we represent, LG & Borowski are excellent advocates.

In government too, we have Libertarian/Republicans that have been elected and reelected. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie in the House of Representatives are both Libertarians sporting (R)’s next to their name. Rand Paul in the Senate, also a Libertarian infiltrator into the Republican brand.

Conservatives should be aware that these Libertarian Republicans are the most “conservative” members of Congress. Justin Amash (94%) and Thomas Massie (89%) share some of the highest positive scores at (an outstanding resource for overviews of our legislators legislative records). Compare them to, let’s say, Virginia Congressmen Rob Wittman, who scores a 62%. Rand  Paul scores a 94%! These are outstanding votes of confidence in Libertarian Republicans from a premier Conservative organization. Let’s compare Rand Paul to another Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell (62%)!

If you have the time, I would like to encourage you to spend some time at Conservative Review, researching your elected officials. I know our Hanover County readers already have a leg up on the rest of Virginia when it comes to the ambitious pursuit of knowledge with regard to their legislators. I’d love to see the same spirit sweep the rest of Virginia. I’d especially like to see it in my area, Virginia’s 1st District.

I’ll look forward to seeing how Dr. Dave Brat ranks after a year in office.

We Libertarians have a lot to offer the Republican Party and those of us who have decided to invest our energy in the Republican Party are of a similar ilk. That is, we are Constitutional Capitalists. We’re not squishy open border isolationist types.

In the run up to 2016, Rand Paul is going to be a player. To my chagrin, Paul has played politics for the last two years in an attempt to acquire the respect and cooperation of the Republican Establishment, which he’ll need if he wants to get the nomination. This isn’t always true. Ronald Reagan got the nomination without any establishment support, but as I look around the Republican Party, I don’t see another Ronald Reagan. (That’s not true, I think Sarah Palin is Ronald Reagan, but no one seems to agree with me on this point).

So we’re here and we’re here to stay. I sincerely ask you to check out these Libertarian Republicans voting records and ask yourself if you don’t find yourself agreeing with our record over the records of your Republican Establishment. I do have a great deal of respect for your great conservative leaders in Congress as well. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are both principled and wise leaders. I’d be happy to vote for either of them. But Conservative and Libertarian alike, we’re all on the outside looking in… or looking up at an establishment that despises us.



About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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