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Justin Amash: Young Libertarians Should Work Inside the GOP

There is quite the debate going on in the liberty movement as to whether or not libertarians should partner with conservatives and/or Republicans to advance their beliefs. This was part of a discussion that I had with David Boaz, who explained that libertarians could work with conservatives on fiscal issues, but was “uncomfortable” with defining the movement to include conservatives.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who generally votes in a manner consistent with libertarian principles, weighed in on the debate last week, telling a crowd of college students that young libertarians should work within in the Republican Party to advance their views.


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I will tomorrow..

I misplaced your number, have been meaning to call.. you didn't leave me an address to send you a thank you..

Oh yes!

They would never cheat, throw out votes, beat up opposing candidates deligates, refuse to acknowledge legitimate wins. Let's work with them, compromise and support! Let's take oaths to support them no matter what liees and cheating they indulge in and THEN they'll all become libertarian because we are SO nice working with them within the system!

It should be easier to be a libertarian than a republican

There's no room for negotiation when your a libertarian.
There are no special exceptions to liberty.
Thesis Antithesis Synthesis doesn't work against defenders of freedom.

9-11 was a panda job.


LP = Giant waste of resources

You're safe (((((PAF)))))

You're not a libertarian, so this does not apply to you. I agree with Amash, nice article.

(( Granger ))


Safe? There were no smilies, frownies, etc. Therefore, I do not know what your implication is. Care to share?

For the record: I am a Conservative Libertarian, registered Republican :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul


I didn't know you were a conservative Libertarian registered Republican, which it makes it all the more confusing to me why you are not going to central committee meetings..Do you belong to Republican Liberty Caucus?

You didn't know? lol

There is a lot about me that you do not know. I was, and still am, in it to win it.

Granger, you must really stop being so confused :-)

Btw, I still want to see pictures of your nails!

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

I don't know about the nails

But I will have this picture of Rove and me copied ...

I Respect Justin Amash, but I am not in the place he is in.

I do think the minarchist libertarians could work with traditional conservatives, on the basis of emphasis on federalism, but not within the GOP. The facts show that, while an Amash or a Paul might get through here or there, it is impossible to "reform" the GOP. The reasons why are well known to many DP readers, but I have compiled a few of them here.. http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/2013/02/why-it-is-impossib...

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

I respect and understand.

You will do what you must, there is not a single right or wrong way. Keep in mind that establishment are fully funded and well organized, but we still have grassroots. Justin, Massie, Rand and others still need support, the current system is what it is. Hopefully in time we can reach the young generation where those numbers will effect what we seek.

Justin does make sense. This is a difficult time, indeed.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

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That deserves a huge


The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson


Thanks for the bump, OldNo.7J.D. :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul