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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Republican Chairman to Libertarians: We Don't Want You, Join the Democrats

I bet it was nice for a while being a war-mongering politician, party hack or political pundit. Beating your chest, feeling like a real man's man, acting tough (although not actually doing anything tough, like you know joining the military and putting your life on the line.) But then reality set in. Thousands of dead U.S. soldiers in Iraq. A growing - not shrinking - terrorist movement. And a nagging feeling deep inside that your support for a reckless foreign policy is at least partially responsible for the chaos in Iraq and the global anti-American blowback. So when someone like Rep. Ron Paul comes along and makes you feel uncomfortable by pointing out the obvious, it's only natural to try to literally run him off the stage. Much easier to sleep at night if no one is allowed to suggest that the policies you helped erect are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people, the fleecing of American taxpayers, an increased police state, and an America made less safe. What else can one make of all the attacks on Rep. Ron Paul from Republican circles (see here, here, here, and here) and the movement to get him barred from future Republican debates?
Michigan party chairman Saul Anuzis said he will circulate a petition among Republican National Committee members to ban Paul from more debates....

"I think he would have felt much more comfortable on the stage with the Democrats in what he said last night. And I think that he is a distraction in the Republican primary and he does not represent the base and he does not represent the party,” Anuzis said during an RNC state leadership meeting...

Anuzis
said his petition would go to debate sponsors and broadcasters to discourage inviting Paul.
I guess if Ron Paul should leave the Republican Party, then so should I. Thanks for the advice, Saul. I'm changing by party registration. After I vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary, of course. There is obviously nothing left for libertarians in the Republican Party. Nothing. Let them wallow in their big-government-loving, war-starting, individual-rights-hating, shrinking party alone.

You can sign a petition to keep Ron Paul in the Republican debates here. And sign a petition urging Giuliani to debate Paul on foreign policy here. Both via LewRockwell.com, which has excellent ongoing coverage of the blowback over the blowback.

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