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December 4, 2007

From A Revolution To A Movement

by Doug Mataconis

I’ve said more than once that libertarian-oriented Republicans need to do a lot more than concentrate on Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign if they want to bring about real change in America. The Presidency, after all, doesn’t amount to much if Congress is in the hands of statists of the Republican or Democratic variety, and state governments can do far more damage to individual liberty than some people seem willing to admit.

Which is why its encouraging to see two developments aimed at ensuring that pro-liberty Republicans get the support they need.

First, there’s Paul Congress, a group that describes itself as follows:

A Ron Paul Presidency, and by default the American public, will benefit greatly from a Congress filled with Ron Paul Republicans (traditional Republicans), Libertarians, and Ron Paul Independents. Maxed out your contributions to the Paul Campaign? Want true Constitutional representation across the board? Maximize your peace, liberty, & prosperity.

What is the best way to get these candidates elected? Financial contributions and volunteering. Realize the neocon & neoliberal corporate-payrolled candidates become media darlings because of all their connections and all that cash, and not their principles. Our liberty loving candidates need the effort and contributions of many honest voters just to get an even footing. Please take time to donate to them and sign-up to get active on their web sites now.

So far, there are only two candidates on their endorsement list, but its a start.

The other group is called Liberty Slate `08:

The Republican Party has abandoned the principles of fiscal discipline, committment to limited government and individual rights, and social tolerance. In an effort to rejuvinate the GOP’s committment to these principles, LibertySlate08 was founded to:

1. Recruit at least a dozen small government Republican candidates for CONGRESS in 2008 to challenge Republicans in state primaries.

2. Provide Republican primary voters with a choice of contrast between credible, energetic small government candidates and old, outdated Big Government incumbents.

3. Emphasize key issues such as a return to fiscal discpline, an end to the War in Iraq, opposition to the draft, and Congressional term limits.

4. Spark a NATIONAL DEBATE within the GOP about the party’s future. (Gain press for our candidates, our issues, and our goals.)

5. Provide a challenge to incumbent politicians that have NOT been challenged in decades due to gerrymandered districting.

If you’re interested in this project, please contact aulibertarians@aol.com . The time to present our alternative to Big Government Republicanism is NOW. Please step up and join Team Liberty.

Sounds like a good idea to me.

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  • Christopher Thurow Sr

    Very good news and this is something that is needed!

  • Max

    Not to bad doug, at least I don’t want to yell and scream at you.

    The president can only do so much, unless your George W Bush, then all option are on the table, like um….. Attacking a country that never attacked you

  • leanne

    I hope the movement is successful. A congress full of libertarians would be a welcome break.

  • http://www.ronpaulforums.com Kevin Houston

    Doug,

    There may be a lot of things that a President can’t do by himself, but there are so many worthwhile things that a liberty-minded President *can* do that the first priority should be filling the office of POTUS. Focussing on a “Liberty Slate ’08” *before* there is a solid “No!” in the Whitehouse is putting the cart before the horse. (BTW, what rhymes with ’12?)

    Just the sheer number of vetos from Dr. “Know” is going to be worth all of the money I donated. His ability to bring the troops home from *all* 130+ countries they are staioned in is going to be worth all the time I have donated. Dismissing unconstitutional executive orders, pardons for all the non-violent people convicted merely for posession (or for failing to file taxes they don’t owe), and the ability to prevent the issuance of any federal warrant, except under strict conformity with the Constitution are icing on the cake.

    Once Ron Paul is elected, we will see which Congresscritters (GOP or DEM) *need* replacing; my guess is that most will follow Ron Paul into freedom, or at least pretend they are, just as quickly and certainly as they followed Dubya into fascism.

    That said, I think this is a good idea to get started on now, so that it is ready in 2010, and if you have maxxed out the amount of money that McCain thinks you should be able to donate to a presidential campaign, then by all means, donate to Liberty Slate 08.

    Later.

  • http://www.undergroundpolitics.com underground

    Regardless of whether or not Ron Paul wins the presidency (and as much as I’d like to see it, I must remain skeptical) we could gain a lot by having more people like him in the Congress. Even a few representatives in a constitutional/libertarian coalition could tip the favor on deeply partisan legislation and help call attention to pork and other federal abuses.

  • Bones

    I’ve been saying for a while that liberty caucus members should unite but if it requires new Congresspersons to build from the bottom up, so be it.

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