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A Libertarian's Take on the CD 6 Race

by: EvanMKenney

Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 17:01:51 PM EST

I shared my thoughts about the District 6 race between Richard and John Tierney in this Facebook post from Wednesday:

I'm not sure if anyone involved in the Mass GOP remembers from this summer that I'm a very libertarian Republican, but I am, and I've not been afraid to say so.

Let me tell all of you, having said that, that I am disgusted with Daniel Fishman. Absolutely disgusted. He cost a good man a hard fought election. Thank you, Daniel Fishman, for giving back to a gambling criminal, more vulnerable now than ever, a seat that allows him to represent me, and the other residents of CD 6, for another two years.

I hope you're proud of yourself, and feel accomplished in your "statement" against the two party system. Fantastic work.

I'm going to be sick.

Look, I have no problem with third party candidates. I think the Libertarian Party has an important place in American politics.

I've had my differences with the state party, and I'll never be afraid to speak out against anyone who does something wrong. I'm not shy about it. However, if Mr. Fishman's motivation for running was to spite the state GOP, I think it's despicable.

Mr. Fishman's candidacy has spited the state party, for sure, but it has also spited the citizens of his 6th congressional district. It has spited me, because I have lost my chance to replace my corrupt congressman. I think what Fishman did is wrong, and he should be ashamed.

Having said that, I sincerely invite Mr. Fishman to join the ranks of our Republican party in Massachusetts. I'm proud to be a libertarian republican, and the state party needs to start inviting those who share my ideals into their tent.

With genuine hope for the future, starting with 2014,

Evan Kenney

EvanMKenney :: A Libertarian's Take on the CD 6 Race
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There is no place for Libertarians in the Republican Party (2.00 / 1)
That's why they have their own party. You should join it, not the other way around.

Go see the new movie Lincoln to learn what the Republican Party is about. Hint, it isn't about freedom to do anything you want, treat people as property, or state's rights. That's what the party is in opposition to. The party stands for the proposition that all men are created equal, for human dignity and equal rights, and for the Nation.

There is also no place for Libertarianism in Conservatism. Here is the proof: to be a Libertarian, one must also be a Libertarian Transhumanist. If one opposes Transhumanism and supports a law against genetic engineering of people in labs (the modern method of "importation of persons"), then one is no longer a Libertarian (yay!). But Transhumanism is the complete opposite of conservatism, Transhumanism "affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities." Obviously, there is nothing conservative about fundamentally transforming the human condition.

So either grow up and stop being a Libertarian (please), or join the Libertarian party.

You're entitled to your opinion, but... (5.00 / 1)
Ronald Reagan disagrees.

If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals-if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

- Ronald Reagan

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Reagan wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer (0.00 / 1)
He was wrong, the basis of conservatism is not a desire for less government interference, it is respect for what exists, including government:

Conservatism (Latin: conservare, "to retain") is a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions.

You can't simultaneously promote retaining a social institution and also desire less of it, can you?

Just because Reagan thought libertarianism was the heart and soul of conservatism doesn't make it true. He was wrong.

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That's fine, if you like losing. (4.00 / 1)
Did Nov. 6th feel good to you? Did you enjoy that humiliation? I didn't. I dumped a hell of a lot into Scott's campaign, and Golnik's campaign. I was banking on a new congressman in my district.

We didn't win anything on Tuesday.

If you enjoy that, keep rejecting libertarianism. We'll keep losing.

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Are the Democrats more Libertarian? (0.00 / 0)
Because they seem to have won even when there was no Libertarian on the ballot. How do you explain that?

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Right on Evan. Great post. (4.00 / 2)
Why don't the libertarians run in a district where there are no opponents to the incumbent. There are many of those as 2/3 of all Democrats face no challenges.  The First District out in the west might be a good place. How about Roxbury for a state rep seat. It's always high profile races that the Fishman's appear in.

We do need to tap the Ron Paul youth.

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