Manufacturing Discontent: Libertarians, liberals should vote Gary JohnsonSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 11:01
It can’t be easy being a libertarian in the Republican Party.
Despite the Republicans’ record with aggressive foreign policy, apathy toward civil liberties and fiscally irresponsible economic policies, many libertarians stayed on board hoping to work with Texas Representative and former presidential candidate Ron Paul in changing the party from the inside.
In return, they’ve been treated as the party’s annoying stepchildren.
During the Republican primaries, Paul was often portrayed as the wacky kook in the race, and battles between Paul-supporting delegates and the party establishment took place all over the country.
Those battles finally culminated when House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pushed through changes to delegate rules during the Republican National Convention.
Libertarians and Paul-supporters at the convention and around the country were outraged by the decision viewing it as betrayal by the Republican establishment.
When your own party shows such contempt for your ideology and efforts, it might be a sign that it’s time for a change.