Libertarian Party Takes on Huckabee

FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY:

Huckabee is right: Libertarianism is a threat to Republican hypocrisy

Party responds to former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s comments about the “threat” of libertarianism

Washington, D.C. – In a recent interview with Huffington Post contributor Will Mari, former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee called libertarianism “not an American message,” stating libertarianism was a “soulless type of economic conservatism” and a threat to Republicanism. In response, Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis issued the following statement:

“Huckabee is right that Libertarianism is a threat to Republicanism. The Republican Party, with the help of people like Sen. John McCain, has done nothing but increase the scope and power of government while throwing fiscal responsibility to the wind. It’s the ‘compassionate conservatism’ touted by people like Huckabee, McCain and President Bush that has caused a soaring national debt and a society where prisons are overflowing because of Republican ‘compassion.’ Libertarianism is unquestionably the American message because libertarianism is the only political message that empowers the American people by giving them more control over their lives and their wallets. Huckabee proves once again that there is very little difference in the messages of Republicans and Democrats, and shows that McCain and Obama might as well be running in the same political party.”

The Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee for 2008 is former Congressman Bob Barr.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

37 Responses to “Libertarian Party Takes on Huckabee”

  1. disinter Says:

    Huckabee proves once again that there is very little difference in the messages of Republicans and Democrats

    And now that Barf is our man, you can add Libertarians to that list.

    and shows that McCain and Obama might as well be running in the same political party.”

    Barf was Democrat before becoming a Repug; a Repug before joining the LP for personal gain.

  2. Gene Trosper Says:

    Huckabee is a clear enemy of liberty. I congratulate the LP for taking him to task.

  3. Kenny Says:

    A puff statement is not “taking on Huckabee”. It would be useful for Barr to publicly denounce or debate his former colleague Huckabee on live television. That is the only way to really take Huckabee on.

  4. Steve Kubby Says:

    “Do you smell that? It’s a Republican, son. Nothing else on the world smells like that. I love the smell of Republicans, pissing in their pants, in the morning.”

  5. Bill Wood Says:

    Steve Kubby, LOL.

  6. John Lowell Says:

    While Libertarianism may or may not be a “soulless form of conservatism”, the brand of “conservatism” embraced by Huckabee can only be described as brainless. Always emersed in an oily obsequeousity, “Huck” is forever trying to convince you that he’s just one of the guys. But in “Huck’s” case its one of the guys wearing a brown shirt and a black, red and white armband. He and his fellow aggression and torture supporting Nazis in the Republican Party are are only now coming to grips with the fact that their hold on power is ebbing away and its begun to freighten them. They could be looking at a long period of public disfavor, perhaps as long as they experienced following the “soulless” Herbert Hoover presidency. And Barr’s Libertarian candidacy just might put a stake though their heart. Can we hope.

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  9. Jonathan Says:

    monopoly doesn’t count kenny, first graduate Highschool, but its’ good that your ambitious

  10. Jonathan Says:

    Bob Barr issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Mike Huckabee’s recent remarks at the National Rifle Association’s National Convention:

    “Mike Huckabee showed incredibly poor taste when he joked about a gun pointed at Senator Barack Obama. His words were reckless, callous and harmful to the sports men and women of America and to those of us who fully support the Second Amendment.

    “Every candidate for public office inflames the passions of people who fervently disagree with them. To suggest, as Governor Huckabee did, the misuse of a fire arm toward a political candidate is reckless. His attitude toward proper, legal and safe use of fire arms was demeaning to all of us who advocate the right to bear arms. His reprehensible use of a threatening and violent scenario involving a firearm at the NRA’s National Convention was beyond belief.

    “I call on all supporters of the Second Amendment and all supporters of civil discourse in our political races to demand a public apology from Governor Huckabee.”

  11. Steve Rankin Says:

    What’s the legacy of 10 and 1/2 years of Mike Hucksterbee as governor of Arkansas?

    NO Arkansas Republican candidate for US senator in 2008!

  12. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    John Lowell, could it be? Are you realizing that the Catholic Trotskyist Obama Revolution is the best hope ofr America?

  13. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    Exactly Steve! Mike Huckabee is a revolutionary hero!

  14. Kenny Says:

    “monopoly doesn’t count kenny, first graduate Highschool, but its’ good that your ambitious”

    What monopoly, Jonathan? You don’t know me.

  15. John Lowell Says:

    Catholic Trotskyist,

    “John Lowell, could it be? Are you realizing that the Catholic Trotskyist Obama Revolution is the best hope of America?”

    Not quite, CatTrot. I’m simply giving way to the inevitability of the Obama landslide that would only now seem to be suggesting itself. All this simply means that we’ll soon need to focus on identifying and sterilizing a new crew of usurpers. Please be assured that I’ve never lost sight of the hoped for mass demonstrations, the wholesale arrest of government operatives regardless of party, their incarceration, their public trial, their sentencing and the convening of a new constitutional convention. Obama, oschmama, I say.

  16. disinter Says:

    What monopoly, Jonathan? You don’t know me.

    Johnnie knows everything about everyone. They are all dumber, younger, and less educated than he is.

  17. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Where’s Donderooooooo?

    Huckabee just said that there is really no such thing as a “libertarian republican”, and that the few exceptions are anything but “mainstream.”

  18. texpat Says:

    The LP press release is OK, but it could have pointed out that they’re not even “compassionate conservatives”. No one with a shred of compassion would support the immoral war in Iraq, the way all of these pricks do.

  19. Jonathan Says:

    176K and counting

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  20. darolew Says:

    Good press release from the GOP. Huckabee has done a good service to the Libertarian Party.

  21. Eric Dondero Says:

    What an asshole Huckabee is. You know, who cares if Huckabee knows how to play the guitar and knows a Lynyrd Skynyrd riff or two. He’s a complete asshole, and a total enemy of liberty and libertarians.

  22. Eric Dondero Says:

    I’m right here. How much more strongly can I say it?

    Mike Huckabee is a complete and utter asshole. Trying to think of some stronger perjoratives from my past Navy days. But asshole pretty much sums it up.

    BTW, here’s a bit of interesting information. Mike Huckabee claims there’s “no such thing as a libertarian Republican.”

    In 2006, a guy named Dan Greenburg won election to the Arkansas State House of Representatives running as a “libertarian Republican.” Greenburg is quite a guy, and a friend of the Libertarian Party of AR.

    If Huckabee believes there’s “no such thing as a libertarian Republican,” I’d like to know what he thinks of his own homeboy Dan Greenburg.

  23. Eric Dondero Says:

    Editor Stephen Gordon:

    Hope you don’t mind. Gonna lift this story for use and comment over at Libertarian Republican blog. With credit to TPW, of course.

    Thanks

  24. disinter Says:

    So with the nomination of Barr, the word “libertarian” will cease to describe a unique ethical and political philosophy, but simply indicate a kind of low-tax conservatism. And the Libertarian Party will now become a dumping ground for other failed Republicans. And it still won’t be able to win elections except in some local offices in low-population towns and counties, and when these “neo-libertarians” gain office, they will act just like Republicans, because the requirements of political power will easily overwhelm whatever weakened principles they may have and drive them tax, borrow, and spend just as politicians always have.

    http://www.bigheadpress.com/TheTimeSink/?p=117

  25. Quietus Says:

    Why isn’t there a Christian-Democratic party in the U.S.? They can be the perfect foil/archnemesis for the Libertarians. Then again, there’s not much of a rivalry between the Constitution Party and the Greens.

  26. Larry Perrault Says:

    Jonathathan:

    Huckabee has already apologized and said the attempted joke at the NRA meeting was a stupid, offhand remark. By the way, Huckabee is probably the most pro-Second Amendment Republican candidate of our lifetime. He has a Concealed Carry permit and is an avid hunter.

    And Kenny:

    “It would be useful for Barr to publicly denounce or debate his former colleague Huckabee on live television. ”

    That would definitely be useful. Huckabee could capably account for his disposition.

    And speaking of that, actually joining and attending conventions, I voted third-party in 2000 and 2004 after a lifetime of Republicanism. When Bush was elected in 2000 I said, “Leviathan gets a night manager,” and I was exactly right. Under Bush and a Republican Congress, the federal government saw greater proportional growth than it has since Johnson and “The Great Society” in the 60’s.

    From Jan. 2007 until he withdrew in March, I supported and blogged for Huckabee. Too many conservatives misunderstand and misrepresent him, based on politically propagated caricatures.

    And, I am supporting McCain, including at my state’s Republican convention in a few weeks. I well know McCain’s philosophical incoherence. I opposed him more strongly than Bush in 2000. But, I see that a little differently now. McCain is often resolutely and genuinely mistaken, while Bush is not as resolute about anything.

    But McCain is right in one place where Bush was terribly irresponsible. That is on spending. And controlling spending today is not just a good idea: it is an essential first step in attempting to avert financial calamity. The huge entitlement liability that the federal government has taken on is coming due. I expect liberals will want to raise FICA taxes, cut benefits, and greatly inflate the dollar. If a Democrats hold Congress and the presidency, they will do all three. And in the long run that will only make matters worse.

    If McCain is elected, at least he will cut the spending dramatically. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is probably the most conservative US Senator. And despite his other differences with McCain, he is strongly supporting him for the very fact that McCain is probably only next to Coburn, the strongest anti0spending hawk in The Senate. The statements above about McCain being one of the most responsible for government expansion are more than a little overstated, I assume by people like Coburn and myself who disafree with him on most of the standard catalogue of McCain infidelities.

    And again, Huckabee was the most conservative Republican running. What he referred to as the libertarian threat was the steely-eyed purity, even in rhetoric that makes those sort of ideologues entirely unelectable and ineffective. Yes, Huckabee talks about “caring for Main Street as well as Wall Street, which in fact, The Fair Tax does, taxing consumption not income and making savings, investment, and frugality a boon to all. News flash: if conservatives can’t even address this population, which is by far the majority of voters, they will never come close to winning.

  27. Eric Dondero Says:

    Disinter, here’s some news for ya: Libertarianism IS a brand of “low-tax conservatism.”

    Taxes has always been, and will always be the number one issue for libertarians.

    It’s not everything. It’s not the only thing that defines who is and who is not a libertarian. I’d add in opposititon to Nanny-state restrictions such as smoking bans, seat belt laws, gambling restrictions, low speed limits ect…

    That’s how you essentially define libertarianism: Someone who wants tax cuts, but is also opposed to the Nanny State.

  28. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Oooh, Dondero can find a couple of exceptions to the rule, and that means that they are … EXCEPTIONS! You prove Hucakbee’s point. You agree that, essentially, libertarianism isn’t part of the Republican Party. While there are a few who defy that rule, such as your former boss, the few scattered libertarian republicans are – because they are the exception and not the rule – certainly not mainstream. Huckabee thinks that the few existing libertairan Republicans, such as Ron Paul, don’t belong in the Republican Party.

    By the way, your man-crush Giuliani probably agrees with Huckabee.

    So libertarians are defined by their position on taxes only. I guess you forgot that old farce “can’t be a neocon am pro choice” bit, perhaps because I mentioned Hillary to you too many times and it actually sunk in. Some of us consider “all that other stuff” that you so graciously throw in to be equally important to the bit on taxes.

    So you call Huckabee an asshole. Is he wrong? Mind, if being an asshole is an automatic disqualifier you should have stopped commenting years ago.

  29. texpat Says:

    Larry Perrault says:

    But McCain is right in one place where Bush was terribly irresponsible. That is on spending. And controlling spending today is not just a good idea: it is an essential first step in attempting to avert financial calamity. The huge entitlement liability that the federal government has taken on is coming due. I expect liberals will want to raise FICA taxes, cut benefits, and greatly inflate the dollar.


    McCain isn’t responsible on spending, else he’d stop pouring money into the sinkhole that is Iraq. I agree on the entitlement liabilities, but the dollar is already sinking like a rock, and it’s likely that FICA taxes will have to be raised, and benefits cut, unless Social Security and Medicare are significantly overhauled, which is something that Demopublicans simply won’t do.

  30. disinter Says:

    Dumbdero barfs:

    That’s how you essentially define libertarianism: Someone who wants tax cuts

    Then why is Barrbie calling for more taxes?

    http://www.barrwatch.com/

  31. Susan Hogarth Says:

    Huckawho?

  32. Eric Dondero Says:

    Hmmn, that’s funny ArnKeyes, I prove that “libertarianism isn’t part of the GOP.”

    Tell me please which Political Party do the legislators around the Nation who fight seat belt laws, smoking ban (mostly in California), speed limit restrictions, and the 21 year old drinking age, belong too?

    90% Republican.

    Yes, there are many asshole Republicans who are Nanny-Staters and go along with the Dems on smoking bans. In fact, Huckabee’s one of them.

    But if you get a Nanny-State issue these days in a State Legislature, chances are very, very good that it’s a Dem introducing the bill, and a few brave Republicans standing up to oppose it.

  33. Larry Perrault Says:

    Eric:

    The story of Huckabee and the smoking ban is one that I had to deal with several times during the campaign. It’s always a typically ill-informed story.

    The question arose when the MSNBC liberal Chris Matthews raised it with Huckabee at Lance Armstrong’s cancer forum. Matthews asked Huckabee if, as president, Congress put a smolking ban on his desk, would he sign it?

    Huckabee very specifically said that he would not support a regulation of privately owned businesses like bars and restaurants. But, he said he would support an OSHA-like workplace regulation.

    What libertarian or constitutionalist conservatives leave out of the question is the cold FACT that whether we like it or not, the federal government has ALREADY assumed a massive liability for health care expenses. In this environment, to express discouragement of unheralthy behavior is bare fiscal prudence.

    Yes, I know that the danger of second-hand smoke is overstated. But, the mere discouragement of smoking as unhealthy will send a message with a positive impact, with little cost on the front end and a lot of saving on the back end, both in financial and human suffering terms.

    The smoking ban that Huckabee signed as Arkansas governor exempted businesses that catered only to adults and/or had 3 or fewer employees. And, like other health measures and taxes that were raised for highways and education, the measure dramatic and measurable consequences. Habits and health improved, as highways and public education did dramatically, both from the bottom 10 to the top 10 systems in the country.

    To talk idealistically about idealistic libertarianism is anabstraction that will never happen. However it might offend your abstract ideolgy, improved infrastructure, education, and health are financial and quality of life realities.

    Now, texpat needs to be clear that McCain’s support of the effort in Iraq is not a fiscal difference, but a practical one. If you live in a bad neighborhood, you need to spend some money on firearms. You may believe that the fate of Iraq is of litrtle or no consequence to us. I think that both global and American security and Declaration of Independence-style humane values are at issue in Iraq and McCain agrees. But, THAT is the difference, not fiscal prudence. To dispute that seems to imply that an otherwise frugal man cannot spend money to protect his family.

  34. Ayn R. Key Says:

    No, you do prove it Dumdero. You admit that libertarian Republicans are, as Huckster stated, the exception. The “many” Nanny-State Republicans are the MAJORITY of Republicans.

    Do you know what can be said about exceptions? They aren’t mainstream.

    In other words, you and the Huckster agree that libertarian Republicans like Ron Paul are the exception, not the Republican mainstream, since the minority by definition cannot be the mainstream.

  35. Eric Dondero Says:

    Ron Paul is not a libertarian Republican. He’s a populist neoisolationist.

    If you’re looking for a libertarian Republican check out Cong. Jeff Flake of Arizona. Or, Tom Feeney of Florida. Or, soon to be Congressman Tom McClintock of California.

  36. Ayn R. Key Says:

    I need look no further than the man who fired you to find the exception, to find the libertarian republican.

    You should realize that Huckabee and Giuliani represent what Republicans are, not libertarianism. Huckabee was just telling you what the rest of us have been telling you – you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  37. Andy Says:

    “# Eric Dondero Says:
    May 29th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    What an asshole Huckabee is. You know, who cares if Huckabee knows how to play the guitar and knows a Lynyrd Skynyrd riff or two. He’s a complete asshole, and a total enemy of liberty and libertarians.

    1. Eric Dondero Says:
      May 29th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m right here. How much more strongly can I say it?

    Mike Huckabee is a complete and utter asshole. Trying to think of some stronger perjoratives from my past Navy days. But asshole pretty much sums it up.”

    This is one of those rare occassions where I completely agree with a post from Eric Dondero.

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