Originally Posted by Cylon Baby
Actually I agree with Huntsman to this extent:
I think the Tea Party types as well as rank and file Conservatives (and hell, people on the Left as well) are disturbed by the Crony Capitalism that has developed in the US. When major Banks get a blank check from the Feds, using tax payer money, and no Bank Execs go to jail for anything they did during and leading up to the 2008 crisis, something is wrong. Libertarianism is a clear antidote to that.
I also think (and have read/heard in interviews with local Tea Party types) that the GOP is weighed down by Social whackjobs who helped Romney lose the election. Again Libertarianism is an antidote.
While some of the ideas put forward by libertarianism are progressive, at it's core, libertarianism, as embraced by those in the GOP, would be nothing more than a kind of chemotherapy for the GOP's cancer.
Sure, it might cure the patient (GOP) but IMO, the patient and it's ideology has reached the point where one has to question, "is investing the time and energy into saving the the patient worth it?"
Libertarianism might allow the patient to live on a bit longer but the amount needed to 'save' the GOP is so toxic as to be fatal in and of itself.
At it's core, much of the GOP's current ideology consists of individuals who hate and want to dismantle government as we know it. It's been said before and perhaps it's a bit extreme, but much of the GOP is nothing more than a 'death cult' who would love to see the destruction of any and all social safety nets that exist and a reversion to a time when women and colored people "knew their place"
Fuck the GOP, let them die...then the Dems can split into conservative and progressive wings and all this shit can start "fresh".