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What’s Wrong With The Republican Party

by @ 6:15 pm on June 10, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Bob Barr, Politics, Republicans

A self-professed partisan Democrat diagnosis quite well the choice that the Republican Party faces on a local, state, and national level:

Republicans have a serious problem on their hands, and it’s one of their own creation. While mouthing the long time conservative claim of being for limited government, respecting the Constitution, and hewing to fiscal conservatism, the modern Republican party – when in control of all the levers of government – seems to have been on a special mission to expand government into our personal lives, completely disregard the Constitution, and run up public debt with an extraordinary spending spree. While it took some time for many Americans to see this, the plainness of it is approaching a point where even the most blinkered and partisan among the party faithful are coming to acknowledge that something is seriously wrong. However, that acknowledgment is almost always still done in private, and has thus far had little impact in changing the direction of the Republican party.

And it’s not only that. Time after time, those of us who do believe in limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility are told that we have to accept the crappy nominees that we’re faced with “for the good of the party.”

Well, you know what ? I’m sick of it.

I’m sick of accepting the idea that politicians who have demonstrated time after time that they aren’t going to fulfill the promises they make should be re-elected to office. I’m sick of having Presidential candidates like Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and John McCain shoved down my throat. And, I’m sick of being told to vote for the lesser of two evils.

That’s why, when November comes along, I’m voting for Bob Barr for President, or I won’t be voting for President at all. When it comes to lesser offices, I’ll vote for candidates who actually believe in limited government and free markets regardless of which party they belong to.

The Republican Party can have my vote back when, and if, they earn it.

6 Responses to “What’s Wrong With The Republican Party”

  1. MB says:

    Thanks for the nod. Can’t say that I share your confidence in Bob Barr, though. Before I moved to DC, I was in Georgia (and can tell you which stool at Einstein’s I was sitting on in 1994 when I saw him beat Buddy Darden). Bob was one of the most hacktacular pols I’ve ever come across, even if you ignore the Clinton antics. This supposed believer in small government even loved micromanaging DC city votes. He may well be genuine in his latest turn, but I’d wait for more of a demonstration of his commitment before throwing any public support to him.

  2. Right on, right on.

  3. I understand completely. My post tonight will be about another fellow who used precisely the same words. “The Republicans are going to have to earn it.”

  4. The Oath says:


    I hate it when you produce these gold nuggets. I don’t know how you find them. Outstanding post.

    PS – Tried to call you again. Will try during the day.

  5. Cato says:

    This is why I love your blog. Sound analysis based on the philosophy of The Founders. Remember, when you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for EVIL!

  6. Re the lesser of two evils:

    Evil is like virginity. There are no varying degrees. And for one to support the perceived “lesser of two evils” is still supporting evil which is flat-out wrong!

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