The Libertarian Party is no stranger to absolute buffoonery. From not wanting Ron Paul to speak at their convention to celebrating getting 1% registered libertarians in 5 states, they continue to blunder. Similarly, a recent campaign on The Libertarian Party of Nevada’s Facebook page only continues this trend. In particular, they are celebrating a “Ron Paul Week” on their page. During this week, they are making daily posts targeting Ron Paul and attempting to “go far beyond the politics of the former Republican Congressman.” But this is just another sad brain-dead social media attempt to garner any form of legitimacy. And embarrassingly so.
The Libertarian Party of Nevada on Ron Paul
The Libertarian Party of Nevada started its blunder with a simple Facebook post:
They are correct in that Ron Paul has had a positive impact. But this is somewhat of an understatement. Throughout the years, he has brought endless war and monetary tyranny into the mainstream political discussion. Nobody cared that they were getting screwed over by The Federal Reserve until he told them. His strong anti-war rhetoric created the non-interventionist position in regards to the War on Terror. Without Ron Paul, the LP would not be able to take on any major issues. Even with these important issues that he brought to the table, though, they still settle on gay rights and weed legalization. Low-hanging fruit if I’ve ever seen it.
Day 1: Immigration
On day one they tackled immigration:
Ron Paul may not be an avid proponent of free movement, but he is not the xenophobe the Nevada LP paints him to be. He’s even come out against border fencing:
Texas already started building a border fence about ten years ago. It divided people from their own property across the border, it deprived people of their land through the use of eminent domain, and in the end the problem of drug and human smuggling was not solved.
In addition, he even endorses the same plan as the Libertarian Party of Nevada:
The solution to really addressing the problem of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and the threat of cross-border terrorism is clear: remove the welfare magnet that attracts so many to cross the border illegally, stop the 25 year US war in the Middle East, and end the drug war that incentivizes smugglers to cross the border.
The only real difference between Ron Paul and the Libertarian Party of Nevada on immigration is that Ron Paul is not an open-borders absolutist. The difference is far more minor than they would like you to believe. And on top of that, Ron Paul has actually been elected to office and caused political change.
Day 2: Reproductive Rights
Furthermore, they tackled reproductive rights on day two:
They have an interesting point here. Something as personal as reproduction probably should be outside the hands of the government, considering that it is often full of incompetent slobs who know very little about reproduction. Yet, Ron Paul is undoubtedly the most qualified politician to speak on reproductive rights. During his time as practicing obstetrician, he delivered over 4000 babies. However, this does not mean that he should be legislating on women’s reproduction, just as an elected architect shouldn’t be legislating on architecture. Sure, they’re the most qualified, but government regulations often do more harm than good and cannot account for the complexity of the entire United States.
Birth Control and Judicial Activism
Moreover, the Nevada Libertarian Party seems to be accusing Ron Paul of equivocating birth control with murder. But he never said that – or even voted in line with that. Rather, the Libertarian Party is engaging in lazy one-sided thinking and refusing to engage the whole issue. Ron Paul isn’t against gay rights or the right to use birth control; he’s against judicial activism. Mother Jones thought they had a gotcha moment when they targeted him on birth control:
Paul’s “We the People Act,” which he introduced in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2011, explicitly forbids federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States from ruling on the constitutionality of a variety of state and local laws. That includes, among other things, “any claim based upon the right of privacy, including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction.” The bill would let states write laws forbidding abortion, the use of contraceptives, or consensual gay sex, for example.
The Ron Paul Movement
Finally, though, the LP of Nevada needs to examine the existential purpose of their campaign. Even if they are 100% correct on their assessment of Ron Paul and he really is the devil they say he is, why do this? Is this going to bring people into the party? Probably not: if someone already doesn’t care about the liberty movement, bashing Ron Paul won’t make them care more. In addition, this campaign by the Nevada Libertarian Party alienates current libertarians. The smart move would be to capitalize on the momentum of the Ron Paul movement that remains today. Rather, the Nevada LP wishes to simply sideline the most passionate defenders of liberty. I cannot fathom why such a brain-dead move is a good idea.
But they may detract: “We don’t need the Ron Paul cult on our side! We can make it on our own!” But the Libertarian Party can’t even take off with the Ron Paul cult. Do they think that pushing away the people closest to them in today’s political map will help them? Clearly, they do. They either have a death wish or are just plain dumb.
We are only on the second day on Ron Paul week, and plenty more posts are to come. But look at the posts LP Nevada makes with a skeptical eye and understand that their campaign isn’t exactly level-headed.
The Libertarian Party Is a Joke
Clearly, the Libertarian Party is a joke. The Libertarian Party of Nevada is no exception. The LP needs to fundamentally change its ways. What they’re doing right now just isn’t working:
A Better Way Forward
Many online have opinions as to how the Libertarian Party should operate going into the future, and they often call for the removal of current Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark:
1. Replace Sarwark
2. Be honest about state of the party (stop bragging about dismal membership numbers and begging for donations)
3. Stop virtue signaling
4. Throw out everyone who has held leadership roles in past 20 years.
5. Embrace crypto
6. Stop yelling ‘taxation is theft’
— Spencer Neale (@spencer_kellogg) July 2, 2019
Tweets don’t provide a very holistic political view. But this doesn’t mean the LP isn’t in need of change; they desperately need it. The path forward is not brutally losing local elections for the next 50 years. It’s about changing the political conversation like Eugene V. Debs and the Socialist Party did before the New Deal. This means the LP needs to give up on elections and engage in real political yet non-electoral change.
If they can get Americans riled up about foreign policy and monetary injustice, the Republicans and Democrats are going to have to adapt. A libertarian victory doesn’t have to be Gary Johnson in the oval office. It can be Republicans and Democrats adding non-interventionism, monetary reform, and pro-drug policies into their platforms. But we don’t get here by bashing Ron Paul. Needlessly bashing Ron Paul on social media is literally brain-dead.
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