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Is a GOP Loss the Only Way to Bring Back Small Government?

The editor of Reason magazine, the libertarian leaning mag devoted to "free minds and free markets," has an Op-Ed with a somewhat counterintuitive premise: in order to save the GOP, we must destroy the GOP. After voting for Dole and then Bush, editor Radley Balko’s disappointment grew to treasonous proportions in 2004 after watching the Republican Party create the invasive and historically expansive Homeland Security Department. Following that the prescription drug benefit — the largest entitlement program since the Great Society. The last straw for Balko, however, came as he witnessed one of the largest takeovers of a private sector in this nation’s history: the recent bailout.

Balko makes his case, as he's nervous about the Bush Administration’s ever increasing executive power, which the writer believes goes against the very core of his conservative ideology. Saying “. . . the only consistent principle we’ve seen from the White House over the last eight years is that of elevating the American president to that of an elected dictator.” While admittedly using hyperbole in that statement, his real concern is that of an Obama presidency which then uses those same expansive powers.

To find out his voting strategy,

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The writer’s strategy? Vote Democrat or a third party. “This isn’t to say Barack Obama would be any better. Government would undoubtedly grow under his watch.” Lest he be labeled a traitor, he does believe a loss will be better for the Republicans in the long run. “A humiliated, decimated GOP that rejuvenates and rebuilds around the principles of limited government, free markets, and rugged individualism is really the only chance for voters to possibly get a real choice in federal elections down the road.”

What do you make of his argument? When he says the "Republican Party in its current form has forfeited its right to govern," is that the perfect chance for a makeover — or is the notion small-minded rather than small government?

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ms660bk ms660bk 7 years
is the girl in the green sweater giving a thumbs down?
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 7 years
LOL, omg! nothing says Maverick like a bunch of naked dudes standing behind you...
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 7 years
LOL, omg!nothing says Maverick like a bunch of naked dudes standing behind you...
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I have to disagree with you MM. It's the the Christian right that is the problem. It's the career politicians who have used the GOP for their own self-serving interest that have corrupted the GOP. We need to rid ourselves of those people.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Okay, comments on the article first. I would tend to agree with the author that the Republican party needs to retool completely. Hey Republicans, get rid of the religious right controlling your party and I am YOURS! Now in re: to some comments: Chancleta, do you think McCain is a socialist? If not, how do you reconcile his support of the bail out and voting against the Bush tax cuts in 2001? Gemini, in re: to this quote: "...will be VERY SCARED because government will get too big; and 1st amendment rights will be restricted so much not a right anymore;" Can you explain how first ammendment rights are tied to an increase in the size of government?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Okay, comments on the article first. I would tend to agree with the author that the Republican party needs to retool completely. Hey Republicans, get rid of the religious right controlling your party and I am YOURS! Now in re: to some comments:Chancleta, do you think McCain is a socialist? If not, how do you reconcile his support of the bail out and voting against the Bush tax cuts in 2001?Gemini, in re: to this quote: "...will be VERY SCARED because government will get too big; and 1st amendment rights will be restricted so much not a right anymore;"Can you explain how first ammendment rights are tied to an increase in the size of government?
CYL CYL 7 years
Ew...none of those topless men in the back with "M-A-V-E-R-I-C-K" on their chest are attractive...(even if they had OBAMA on their chest)...find some hotter men please if you are going to do that!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Agreed, MM. You can't be the party of smaller government and then make laws about love.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
I think that the only way the Republicans can get their party back on track is to get rid of the influence of the Christian right. Their control over that party and the ideals they push are the antithesis of conservative government. Until that happens, they will continue to wallow in this wasteland of political belief and they risk a third party, at some point (probably not anytime soon), putting them out of business.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I read a similar article a few weeks ago in Time (or was it Newsweek?) that said the only way for the GOP to recover is for Obama to win. He'll be a liberal president with a liberal congress and he'll take government so far to the left that people will panic and look to the GOP again. If McCain wins, he will not be able to get anything done with the Congress, probably lose re-election, and the 2012 will have both the McCain and Bush administrations to harp on during the next campaign.
gemini7827 gemini7827 7 years
I agree with Mich and chancleta... If Obama wins and Dems control both houses, I will be VERY SCARED because government will get too big; and 1st amendment rights will be restricted so much not a right anymore; and the american dream to be free and our free markets will be lost for why my grandparents came over for; work hard and get your american dream and not be punished for your success; and etc.; and in general they will make our country more like a socialist (european) country and hard to undo. I mean we are the USA, and an amazing and different country, and not like anyone else!
gemini7827 gemini7827 7 years
I agree with Mich and chancleta...If Obama wins and Dems control both houses, I will be VERY SCARED because government will get too big; and 1st amendment rights will be restricted so much not a right anymore; and the american dream to be free and our free markets will be lost for why my grandparents came over for; work hard and get your american dream and not be punished for your success; and etc.; and in general they will make our country more like a socialist (european) country and hard to undo. I mean we are the USA, and an amazing and different country, and not like anyone else!
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
not the millionaire one
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
not the millionaire one
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
or is it Jeffrey
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
or is it Jeffrey
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
The Dude as in Geoffrey Lebowski
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
"I dream of the day a third party candidate honestly gets a chance." Right on!!! 2012 The Dude and Bob Dylan on the Libertarian ticket.
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
"I dream of the day a third party candidate honestly gets a chance."Right on!!!2012 The Dude and Bob Dylan on the Libertarian ticket.
em1282 em1282 7 years
"These guys are tame compared to the Obama fans that attack Sarah Palin." Yeah, like those maniacs who call her a terrorist and a secret Muslim extremist and kill baby bear cubs and drape McCain signs over their corpses. :oy:
em1282 em1282 7 years
"These guys are tame compared to the Obama fans that attack Sarah Palin."Yeah, like those maniacs who call her a terrorist and a secret Muslim extremist and kill baby bear cubs and drape McCain signs over their corpses. :oy:
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
All these guys are going to get their degrees taken and but excommunicated for the church!
kranky kranky 7 years
"Then he also is probably frightened about Palin's thoughts on the expanded powers of the Vice President!" I admit that I missed this news story. But I have seen it referenced on here that Palin said something about being the 'President of the Senate.' That is not an incorrect statement - it's in the Constitution. Did Palin make some other statement that I am aware of?
kranky kranky 7 years
"Then he also is probably frightened about Palin's thoughts on the expanded powers of the Vice President!"I admit that I missed this news story. But I have seen it referenced on here that Palin said something about being the 'President of the Senate.' That is not an incorrect statement - it's in the Constitution.Did Palin make some other statement that I am aware of?
chancleta chancleta 7 years
Why hasn't Citizen commented on the Obama-maniacs?
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