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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Is the Libertarian Movement Growing or just being Heard

I think this still holds true repost from 11/16/2007

Great article by CATO Institute’s David Boaz about libertarians and conservative ideas versus liberals and anti-libertarians ideas that are present in America according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. The answers of the questions asked in the poll clearly show a contemporary conservative mindset being expressed (as well as more liberal opinions) by those participating and should be seen as a good sign for the future of America. This poll really shows that political views in American cannot always be easily categorized.

Two of the more interesting finds in the article are the answers to the questions: “Generally speaking, would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services, or larger government with more services?” Smaller government won by 50 to 44 percent, but the Post noted that that was a much smaller margin than previous surveys had shown, indicating the damage the Bush administration and the congressional Republicans have done to the “smaller government” brand. Still, a six-point margin is better than Bush achieved in his two elections, and 50 percent is better than Bill Clinton ever did.” And “Do you think homosexual couples should or should not be allowed to form legally recognized civil unions, giving them the legal rights of married couples in areas such as health insurance, inheritance and pension coverage?” Respondents said they should, by 55 to 42 percent, up from earlier surveys.” These answers clearly so that there is a beginning of a shift in the more tradition conservative movement that will include some social progressive ideas coupled with fiscal conservative thoughts. Do we embrace these voters and recruit them to vote Republican and expand are traditional platform or is this the rumblings of a formidable third party that will finally have a stake in national and local politics?

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