Libertarians and Democrats

Nick Gillespie has a lovely post about good old BO, and hte people who voted for him, over at Reason. He wins the Cheap Shot of the Day Award with this aside

And btw, the one non-negotiable in a pet or a mistress for the Duke of Chappaquidick is swimmability; who says we can’t learn from our past mistakes?

But he also made a solid point here

Question to the folks, including some of the libertarian persuasion (you fools!), who were bullish on Obama back when the alternative was John McCain, the Terri Schiavo of presidential candidates: When are you going to admit that Barry O stinks on ice? That for all his high-flying and studiously empty rhetoric he’s got the biggest presidential vision deficit since George H.W. Bush puked on a Japanese prime minister (finally, revenge for that long run of Little League World Series losses in the ’70s!). If you’re the president of the United States and you’re talking about goddamn traffic jams and you’re proposing high-speed rail as anything other than an unapologetic boondoggle that will a) never get built and b) never get built to the gee-whiz specs it’s supposed and c) be ridden by fewer people than commuted by zeppelin last year, you’ve got real problems, bub. And by extension, so do we all.

He gets the usual commenters saying “where were all these Republicans complaining about TARP, and big spending, when Bush was President?” They’re not serious (defending BO’s spending because it was wrong that Bush spend half as much won’t get you very far, unless you’re a died in the wool Democrat willing to “justify” the spending on the grounds that “Republican Special Interests got to feed at the trough, and now it’s our turn”), but I have a serious response for them anyway:

You go, Nick.

I supported TARP, because I thought we were in a liquidity crisis, and thought that it would make things better.

I was wrong.

I oppose TARP II, etc. because “insanity is doing the same thing over again, and expecting different results.” I would have opposed it if McCain were elected, and I most certainly opposed it when Barack “any spending is stimulative, so we don’t have to worry about ‘waste'” Obama proposed it. That’s not “hypocrisy”, that’s “not being a mouth breathing idiot”.

Did I spend a lot of time complaining about Bush’s spending over the last 8 years? No. Did I support his domestic spending? Hell no.

But taking Democrats seriously when they complain about Republicans “spending too much” would be like taking Madonna seriously if she had complained that Britney Spears was too promiscuous.

No matter how bad the Republicans were, they were never going to be as bad as the Democrats. As BO, Pelosi, and Reid have spend the last three months conclusively proving. You want lower spending? Register as a Republican, and vote in the Republican Primary for the best “small government” candidate you can find.

Because “more Democrats” = “more Spending”. And “more Democrats” = “bigger, more intrusive, government.”

The Democrats are the party of the group over the individual. And they are the party that worships at the temple of big government. You may find Republican candidates that you just can’t support. Fine. But there’s no such thing as a Democrat candidate worth a libertarian’s vote.

Because a vote for any Democrat in the House is a vote for Pelosi, and Waxman, and Ringle, and all their ideological ilk. A vote for any Democrat in the Senate is a vote for Reid, Schumer, and Kennedy, and all their ideological ilk.

The Republicans have their problems <cough>Specter</cough>. The Democrats are nothing but problems. You want to vote for a Democrat? Fine, go right ahead. But don’t ever claim to be libertarian after supporting a Democrat. Because the two simply don’t go together.


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