Two decades ago as I began my rightward journey, I sometimes flirted with the Libertarian Party. True, they were small, electorally irrelevant and staffed by wackos, but their policies were great - 100 proof shots of small government, quite unlike the 3 percent beer the GOP routinely peddles.
Unlike the GOP, the Libertarians were committed to the actual repeal of the Welfare State. They advocated a glorious new future of economic growth and personal freedom.
Hell, they even had the guts to say that much of our civil rights laws were an affront the freedom of association, something no one in the GOP would dare to do.
The problem was that they were also utterly insane. Their foreign policy was wildly incoherent and unrealistic, on par with hippies holding hands and chanting near missile silos to make the nukes malfunction.
Of course that was likely because their single biggest issue was ending the War on Drugs. Oh the wonders we would see once pot, heroin and cocaine could be sold like ice cream in roving trucks that would bring it right to your house! In this instance, I'm absolutely certain that they practiced what they preached because most of their members (not to mention political candidates) seemed to be under the influence of heavy narcotics.
Thanks in no small part to the Paul family (Ron and Rand), their philosophy experienced a resurgence in recent years. Even rational conservatives began to take a second look and recognize that the entire structure of government was becoming completely corrupt. The only solution is to dismantle it and instead of being a pipe dream, it was now a matter of urgent need. The IRS, FBI and EPA had crossed the line and were openly taking extra-legal action. Obamacare was a massive affront to personal liberty. Something radical had to be done.
This was Rand Paul's "Libertarian moment," and many folks expected great things in 2015 as the GOP campaign heated up.
Instead we got The Trumpening.
Of course part of the problem was with the Libertarians themselves. Recent events confirm suspicions that their most sacred principle (besides taking drugs) is that they hate Republicans and would rather see the Dems establish a socialist dictatorship than support the GOP.
Their hatred of social conservatives is visceral and implacable. This was revealed by none other than their presidential ticket. Given a galaxy of alleged geniuses, the best these guys could do was pick to RINO ex-GOP governors who have a track record of caving to the left.
But it gets better. When asked if the Libertarians would defend the freedom of religious people against state coercion to bake cakes and take pictures in same-sex marriage ceremonies, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said "no."
What is particularly amusing about this is that the hacks at Reason magazine jumped to defend their guy, showing that they had even less scruples than the hacks at National Review and The Weekly Standard. Who knew Libertarians were such loyal Party men?
Of course, Reason was a big fan of Obama and most of their staff supported him over McCain back in the day. Romney they roundly condemned because even though Obama had nationalized one-seventh of the economy, Romney was a Mormon.
I won't even touch on the irony that Reason magazine's entire existence is owed to the tax code that its writers are pledge to repeal. Without tax shelters, it would go the way of George magazine.
I think this really goes to show the utter idiocy of Libertarians. Given a rare opportunity where partisans of both sides are looking for a third candidate, they pulled two establishment hacks out of retirement so they could run to the left of the GOP.
Heckuva job guys.