Gay Patriot’s comments are always an education. Though not always in the ways intended.
It has become chillingly obvious to me what is going on here. From what has been said in that blog’s commentary threads – and by what is omitted.
There is no intention, on the part of conservatives, of moving in a more libertarian direction. They want to hold together a coalition to retake power. Period.
Libertarians don’t think like that. Statists think like that. Libertarians don’t regard power as the most important goal in politics. Statists do.
Libertarians want to hash out all the details. We want to know whether the political Right intends to move toward bigger government, or smaller government. Toward greater protection of individual liberty, or greater repression against it.
For this, we are called “ideological purists.” Simply being honest, and frank, is now “ideological purity” to these people. Which means that honest discussion, with them, is no longer possible.
The whole “libertarian” thing, for most conservatives, is nothing but a ruse. It is a lie. They are trying to hijack the word “libertarian” to use for their own, devious purposes. They want liberty only for themselves – at everyone else’s expense.
They employ a tired and not-terribly-clever variety of evasion tactics in their increasingly-desperate attempts to obscure these things.
There’s the “you’re-not-really-a-libertarian” ruse. Which is never very convincing, coming from people so palpably hostile to libertarianism. How the hell would they know? They know that it’s bitten them in the ass – but they don’t know much more than that. Since they obviously know that they don’t like it, they aren’t going to fool many people into thinking they’re genuinely outraged because somebody else might not be a “real” libertarian.
There’s the “libertarians are purists” ruse, as mentioned above. As these people have no ideological consistency – hell, they have no principles – the former is a threat to them, and the latter simply incomprehensible.
Then there’s the Lord-of-the-Flies childishness. Witness the riot scene by Picasso raging now at Gay Patriot. Which now, officially, can no longer be taken seriously as a political blog. The free exchange of ideas, in any sort of adult setting – much less a civil one – has become impossible there.
Shrieking and flinging poop is all they’ve got left. They stopped even trying to make sense a long time ago. Short of the Nazi-style power-grab they’re now attempting somehow actually succeeding – and wrecking what’s left of this country – they have no chance of ever regaining power.
They are totally irrelevant. Libertarians are the future, and conservatives are the past. Goodbye to them, and good riddance. Except for a very brief, shining period when some of them actually were libertarians, they ceased to have any decency long before Joe McCarthy ever drew his last windy breath.
At a time when government overreach is unprecedented in scope and arrogance – when ordinary citizens are considered the enemy of the State and spied on by means Orwell never even imagined – the most important thing the “libertarian-leaners” at Gay Patriot can think to do is sit around and squabble like nursery schoolers. If these people were children, a child psychiatrist would give them up as cases already hopeless. Purity must be policed – the purity, that is, of an undistracted drive for conservative power.
Which is, again, all they care about. They clearly don’t care about America at all.
…And yes, I’ve posted a picture of Doctor Chaotica and his bride, Arachnia, Queen of the Spider People. Why? Because, like good conservatives, they plotted to rule the world. And because Kate Mulgrew is hot.