By W. James Antle, III on 4.8.10 @ 6:10AM
reveals why you must not trust Republicans.
This doesn’t mean that there are no liberty-loving Republicans. But when it comes to liberty, trust no one. Or as someone once said in another context, “Trust, but verify.” And the corollary to that is that when the attempted verification fails, stop trusting.
I don’t have a ready solution to the third-party question. Third parties don’t do well in most national political contests, even though they usually stand for things from which they will not depart. And that might reveal something important. “We” tend to get what we “pay for” in the political realm.
We don’t want to take the time to investigate candidates and positions, so we often get bland, middle-of-the-road, liberty-talking-but-statist-walking candidates. And they are usually Republicans for “us.”
For rough and ready evaluation of candidates in regard to liberty, I use this approach. If you are a Democrat, I will probably not even consider voting for you. If you are a Republican, I might vote for you but I will never trust you completely.
Those who care have been burned too often lately. I don’t trust Republicans.