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Santorum v. Reagan

“I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I don’t think the libertarians have it right when it comes to what the Constitution’s all about. I don’t think they have it right as to what our history is.”

Rick Santorum

“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 . . . 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




A little help translating “social conservative” into “limited government,” please.

I am a fan of former state Senator Dave Schultheis.
However, this will have to be explained to me – Senator Schultheis was quoted in a Colorado Springs Independent article by Chet Hardin, “Anarchy in the GOP,” thusly:

“They [liberty groups] realize that if they start bringing in some of these cultural issues, that they will lose their momentum,” he says. “They are trying to find a common ground where they can at least agree. But what they don’t understand is that the cultural is all intertwined. You can’t have limited government be totally successful without the cultural issues.”

I do not grasp the last sentence. It seems contradictory to me. I interpret it as saying, “you can’t have limited government be totally successful without the government having the authority to tell adults how they must act in the privacy of their own home and the power to enforce that authority.”
Senator Schulteiss, as described in the article, is a supporter of the liberty groups. He is on their side. For that, he gets major props.
I, however, need some help in understanding his position in this instance.

Tempe Hosts LOTR with Jim Iannuzo!

Jim Iannuzo, Chairman of the Maricopa County Libertarian Party and host of the Libertarian Solution Radio Show on KKNT 960 in Phoenix, will be present at this month’s Liberty on the Rocks Meeting to discuss the MCLP’s Anti-Food, Water, and Power Tax Initiative.

Given the constraints of our meeting environment (external noise, open area, and other, non-LOTR patrons) Jim will circulate the room and speak one-on-one with attendees about this Initiative as well as answer any questions you may have about the Libertarian Party or libertarianism. Please join!

Location:

Monti’s La Casa Vieja
100 South Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ