Comment: Freedom movement within the GOP

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Freedom movement within the GOP

Where are the Paulites to go, to the Libertarians, or, found a new party to compete with the other odd third parties? The Libertarians have been trying to break into American politics for forty-one years. They have been fighting the "I like what you have to say, but you can't win," spin since 1976. The libertarians haven't been able to make a dent in American electoral politics, not even in the three times the party has been on the ballot in fifty states.

The two party system is etched in stone, so why fight it? Become a Republican Precinct Delegate. I did in the August primary election, and guess what. There is a libertarian oriented freedom coalition in every county across the state. I am listened to at conventions and caucuses because I am a Republican working within the system for change, not as a Libertarian on the outside competing for votes where both parties work to marginalize outsiders.

Ron Paul's candidacy in the 2012 primaries got more publicity for the libertarian movement than forty years of politicking by the Libertarians themselves. He got the exposure because he was speaking in Libertarian tongues as a Republican on a national platform. The media now recognizes libertarian Republicans, and begrudgingly, so does the Republican Party.

How many times do Libertarians have to be hit in the back of the head to wake up to political reality? The Socialists (1901 to 2011) woke up to political reality in the 1950's.

"The Socialist Party, USA, in 1956, chose to stop running candidates of its own, except on rare occasion. During the 1960's, we began to work in the Democratic Party. This is where our allies in the civil rights and trade union movement worked and continue to work politically. We are proud of what we helped accomplish within the Democratic Party, particularly the civil rights legislation and anti-poverty programs of the the 1960's. The struggle continues."

Who is in the White House now? A libertarian or a Socialist? Too bad the Libertarians didn't copy the Socialists and begin working within the Republican Party in 1972 as a caucus. If we had, perhaps we would have Ron Paul in the White House now. Thanks to the Republican, Dr. Paul, ironically, libertarian is now a household word."

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