By Neal Gallagher April 26, 2013
There’s a movement afoot in the conservative ranks. Day by day, more young people are coming out as libertarians, confusing their friends and scaring their families. I am a libertarian, and increasingly, many conservatives are coming to the same conclusion.
At this year’s CPAC, you couldn’t look in any direction without seeing a “Stand with Rand” sign. But what exactly is a “libertarian?”
Some of us are socially conservative, god-fearing, “Reagan-ites.” Some of us are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage atheists who revere Thomas Paine and Barry Goldwater and think Reagan destroyed the ideology of the Republican Party. Some of us wear suits and ties, some of us wear muddy jeans and t-shirts. Some of us have never touched a gun, while some of us shoot regularly and open-carry…..To Read More…
My Take – Are all these people ‘true’ libertarians? It seem unlikely to me. True Libertarianism as it began is .....welllllll.....spooky. I think if you scratched the surface of these people you will find that the moniker “very conservative” is far more accurate. I saw this trend developing at least ten or twelve years ago. At that time the Republican party was made up in this manner. Thirty percent were left wing Rockefeller Republicans….and most of the leadership. Five percent were Rand Paul Libertarians and the remaining sixty five percent were Reagan Republicans. I said then that the thirty percent were on their way out, the five percent would move to the center and right of the sixty five percent would move closer to the Libertarians and create a party that was fifty percent “very conservative”. The figures stayed the same until recently when the Tea Party movement erupted on the scene and pushed the whole sixty five percent to the right. Now there is a gap between the thirty percent, still in leadership, and the remaining seventy percent. It will be interesting to see how the numbers shift and play out for 2014.