LINOs in Our Midst: Those that Would Sabotage UsSubmitted by xRegardsx on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 22:29
I've been following this site and your posts for over a year now. Even perusing some of the comments depending on the post from time to time. Now that I've signed up and have gotten into conversations with some active members, I've come to the conclusion that there are many LINOs (Libertarian in Name Only) here among us.
Just like the RINO had sabotaged both the GOP and then the Tea Party... LINOs will do the very same here.
What are some indicators of a LINO?
Ron Paul Fanboys
-They take a loyalty to Ron Paul OVER integrity to libertarian principles and the movement. They stick with Paul even after he no longer caries the torch on a national stage and only take his word rather than think for themselves regarding their future actions. They also tend to compare everyone to Paul and in turn, no one else is ever good enough.
Those with a Personal Agenda
-These are those that would vote for Paul because he's Pro-Life while they wouldn't vote for Johnson because he's Pro-Choice... completely choosing to ignore that BOTH candidates put state's rights before their own personal belief. They also tend to completely overlook the fact that most positions on both sides of this and other issues have valid arguments with libertarian principles at their core. Instead of realizing that you can't invalidate a valid argument with a valid argument... they cement themselves into believe only their way is right rather than it's a gray issue that as of right now doesn't have a clear answer. Bottom line... they would rather trade small government, spending cuts, and less war for something regarding their personal belief. This is the very opposite of anything Dr. Paul is about.
-These are those that allow the fear-mongering their own party uses dictate how they vote. The same that is done with using fear to convince everyone to get on the pro-war train. They exaggerate the negative of the opposition while suppressing the truth about their own candidate in order to create the "Vote for our candidate because we need to get the other one out"... letting the "lesser of two evils" compromise work its magic... letting people believe they're doing something good when they're in fact becoming and promoting others to be the cause of the problem... allowing them a fallacy to believe they followed their conscious when in reality they compromised in order to live with their emotionally charged decision.
No where in party by-laws or loyalty oaths does it say ANYTHING about voting for Romney or Obama with your private and personal vote. This is an overly used fallacy to justify compromising principles guilt-free.
Self-Proclaimed Selfish Libertarians
-These are those that have no respect for others liberty or the consequences of their actions that affects others. Often they justify what they do by ignoring that they're at fault for consequences. If they don't take responsibility by not acknowledging their consequences... they don't have to change, feel remorse or guilt, or admit they're wrong. They will even say that their actions are for the sake of their own liberty and no one else's... that they're doing what they are for "fun" and to feel better about themselves... when that's the very opposite of libertarianism as we all would respect each other's liberty enough to be careful with our actions.
The Willfully Ignorant and those in Pathological Denial
-These are those that tell themselves its everyone else that can't handle the truth about Romney or Obama, but when they don't like something themselves they go into down-rating mode and spam negative ratings because they themselves can't handle the truth regarding their savior, Ron Paul. These are the same that claim "THIS IS A RON PAUL SITE!!?!" when in reality it's a libertarian forum simply dedicated in name and with some forum space to the person that started the movement. It even says on the site logo "The Daily Paul is INSPIRED by Ron Paul". This goes along with the Ron Paul fanboys in the sense that they will hate on anything Gary Johnson related with "Go to the Daily Johnson with your GJ posts!".
In the end it comes down to that last one. People that argue for the sake of desperately holding onto their beliefs and being right in them are sabotaging any productive conversations that are happening here. They instantly discredit anything you say before even trying to consider or understand it.
The next time someone is acting like this... challenge them to prove that they understand what you're saying... what they're responding to... by having them put your own argument into their own words.
Most often times... you're going to find they can't... because the last thing they want to do is understand.
That is how we're going to end up sabotaging ourselves.
We have enough sabotaging our potential as it is. It doesn't need to be our own people with their close-mindedness and self-deceit.