Like I explained at the meeting last night, we need the Libertarians in the group. There is plenty of room for everyone. There’s plenty of room for diverse opinions.
Aside from the obviously strategic need for the strength in numbers and a unified vote against Obama in November, we need them for a wide range of reasons. Please indulge me for a minute while I explain.
Our Libertarians friends have similar fiscal restraint ideas to the TEA Party. The GOP establishment is generally more of the same, spend and grow government, although not at the same, crazy, accelerated rates as the Democrat Party. There is common ground here.
We need the Libertarians to stay within the TEA Party and the GOP, so their goals and concerned are heard and incorporated into common goals for government. Truthfully, their Libertarian views on government spending MUST be implemented in government today, or else the country, and the states, are on a crash course with financial destruction.
Where does the Libertarian point of view belong with the Republicans or the Democrats? While many of our Libertarian friends may side with the socially permissive Left, their fiscal issues align only with those on the Right. Then there’s the military stance taken by the Ron Paul/Liberty movement – “bring the troops home and shut down the foreign bases”. Of those three extremely important issues, we are all equally divided. The fiscal goes Right, social goes to the Left, and their military stance really needs to be an openly debated in the political arena to find the balance between military need and what the country can afford. The Neo-Cons want more war, but that’s obviously not all Republicans. I would welcome that important debate.
The TEA Party needs the GOP. The GOP needs the TEA Party and grassroots groups, Liberty (Libertarian) groups included. The Libertarians need the GOP, as evidenced by Ron Paul’s change to Republican Party for his run for president. The consolidation of these groups for a focused cause – less government, lower taxes, and controlled spending – is very important!! United we stand; divided the nation falls.
To further illustrate my point above, the Democrat party needs the environmental groups, the militant feminists, Socialist groups, Communist groups, LGBT groups, and the solid 90% vote of the black community, Hispanic voters, the Jewish vote, and Catholic vote. Without all these subgroups, the Democrat Party has trouble getting elected. When the GOP pulls the Jewish and Catholic voter away from the Democrat base on religious freedom grounds, the Democrats have problems. In 2012, those two groups are walking away from the Democrats at the direction of their religious leaders. Divided the Democrats fall.
I can see my own bias, but that shouldn’t end the conversation me. I am a self-admitted conservative, traditionalist, Christian. If you give me power to make all the rules, we would live under Biblical principles. Even though I am going to tug that proverbial “rope” to the right side of the political spectrum, I see room for my own balance with my brothers and sisters in liberty and patriotism. The common ground is vast, and where we should build our foundation of understanding. United we stand.
So even though the TEA Party has differences with the Libertarians, we have so much in common. First, we are all patriots. Second, we see the impending destruction. Practically speaking, you, the Libertarians have been fighting this smaller government fight for 10+ years. You have the organization and expertise the young TEA Party groups lack. Your Libertarian point of view is extremely valuable to balance the RINO GOP with the very conservative TEA Party and 912 groups. An open, honest, debate with some resolution is desperately needed now. I’m not leaving politics. I don’t see the conservatives in the TEA Party leaving. If Caldwell County is any indication, I fear too many Libertarians might just get out of politics and that’s not good for the country. So, yes, the Libertarians are needed today.
We welcome all in the Caldwell TEA Party.
=============== on a more personal note:
I have the utmost respect for Nicole. She is young and energetic. She is very smart and very well informed. I want her on my team.
I have respect for Jordan, who has a bright future in politics. I want him to be encouraged, since his contributions will be valuable in the future.
Charles is vocal and informed. I haven’t seen him for awhile, but I would like to have the opportunity to continue working with him again.
Jeff has climbed high within the party and remained a positive advocate for Liberty.
These four people are needed Caldwell TEA Party and the GOP. Their points of view are important, because United we stand, and the nation survives. Divided – Obama and the Democrats win.