Quick Thoughts on Libertarianism and 2012.
Many libertarians I've encountered on Twitter talk often about how both Democrats and Republicans are equally bad, have equal commitments to statism, and about how neither party is worthy of any support. This leads to the erroneous conclusion (in my humble opinion) that defeating Barack Obama in 2012 just isn't that important if we're going to replace him with a someone just as bad.
To my knowledge, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell is the singular instance of Obama achieving libertarian ends since he's been in office. Consider then, how much damage he's done to the libertarian cause:
- ObamaCare (which is a 'platform' for a full government takeover of the health care system)
- The Stimulus (which amounted to little more than a payoff to Democratic states and their public sector unions)
- FinReg (which doesn't end 'too big to fail.')
- Escalation of the war in Afghanistan, continuation of the war in Iraq, and a new war in Libya.
- Reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act.
- Failure to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay
There's more, but you get the idea.
In August of 2010, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner obliterated the notion that there's such a thing as a left-libertarian alliance. I couldn't agree with him more.
You would think that given how much Obama has done that's in direct violation of libertarian principles that defeating him would be the top priority of libertarians in 2012. Based on what I've seen on twitter and elsewhere in the blogopshere, you'd be wrong in making that assumption.