(Original post by PeeWeeDan)
It would be nice were the Republican party becoming more Libertarian... however it won't happen. Aren't the Paul's closer to Constitutionalists/Federalists than Libertarians? I'm actually asking, I'm not sure.
They would both call themselves constitutionalists, but so would many libertarians - and I don't think either of them as very federalist, they seem to want to make most issues a state decision e.g. abortion or drugs.
Ron Paul especially is quite strongly libertarian, he ran for the libertarian party in 1988, he supports the legalisation of drugs, he would withdraw bases from all foreign nations, only go to war when congress has declared it. In contrast his son seems a bit tamer, I'm not sure he supports ending the war on drugs or in Afghanistan, but he is certainly more libertarian then your typical republican.
(Original post by Seanisonfire)
Support of the tea party? run away, run away.
What is WRONG with expecting your government not to give you massive debt? The tea party movement wants the government to have to balance its budgets, they want fixed terms which the people want, they want civil liberties (no patriot act), they don't want to police the world and spread democracy by force etc. Why is that all so wrong and radical, its all in their constitution.
I bet you're going to post some link of republicans like Palin taking over the movement and actually changing what its about, if thats literally what you think it is, I don't blame you for opposing it - but the tea party movement started as a libertarian grassroots campaign and amongst the crowds and voters there, most are libertarians, not conservatives - the media just never focuses on them.
(Original post by AliciaJ703)
I doubt the Republican Party will ever become libertarian.
You guys are a lot closer to it then our conservative party is, thats for sure. You have so many advantages, e.g. open primaries, the constitution. Our candidates are the ones that the establishment wants, so we're hardly going to get many libertarians.
It depends on what you mean by libertarian I suppose ... I don't see them legalising drugs or even marijuana anytime soon. But they well go back to the constitutional position of non-intervention regarding foreign policy. They might go back to real fiscal conservatism, and not run deficits when they're in power.