"But of the roughly four different pathways the Republicans could take in the post-Obama universe -- toward Ron Paulesque libertarianism, toward Sarah Palinesque cultural populism, toward Mike Huckabeesque big-government conservatism, or toward Olympia Snowesque moderation/ good-governmentism -- the libertarian side would seem to have had the best go of things in the First 100 Days."I agree, but I don't hold out much hope that the Republican Party will allow a Ron Paul Libertarian type Republican to be their choice for the top of the ticket any time soon. Obama has shaken things up in the Republican Party but fear of losing an election still drives many people to select a more palatable "mainstream" moderate Republican - which in my not-so-humble opinion is just a closet Democrat. Which is ironic, because we're already losing elections with that game plan.
People often say we need another Reagan, I disagree. We don't need another Reagan anymore than we need another Noah to build an ark. Until Republicans stop looking for another Reagan, they'll never regain their credibility or win many future elections.
Conservative Christian homeschoolers have typically aligned with the Republicans and many of us were dependable foot soliders in past elections. But I don't think that is the case anymore.
It's time to get a bit more radical, make the candidates work for your vote, and make the distinctions in political philosphy much more obvious. Even though Huckabee earned media attention because of homeschoolers and HSLDA, many homeschoolers were definitely attracted to Ron Paul. Paul shook us out of our blind allegiance to the Republican Party and he helped us realize that all of the other choices were just not acceptable any more and neither is the Republican Party.
Libertarianism is shining bright in Obama's first 100 days even through the gathering clouds of socialism that are attempting to drift over the land. However, until the average family is willing to radically think through their own view of government and its role in their lives will the libertarian position become a formidable foe for Republicans and Democrats. And to help them along, I'd like to remind them that public schools provided by the government are just as socialist as any of the other policies Obama is currently promoting.
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