Socialists could not win elections using their own Socialist Party, which was too obviously ideological. So they infiltrated the Democratic Party, won elections as Democrats, then slowly but surely made the Democratic Party their own. There are no longer any "States Rights Democrats" never mind individual rights Democrats. All who remain in the party of Obama are Democrats in name only ... DEM - ONS.
Most libertarians would like to avoid politics, but those who are realists recognize the need to sometimes be involved in politics as a defense of their rights. If libertarians do not defend freedom, who will? Although libertarians don't want to be known as RINOS, or DEMONS, or any other labeled party crashers, if they cannot start winning elections using the Libertarian Party, then they need to start winning using the Republican Party. To stand by and helplessly watch freedom disappear into oblivion is not a rational option.
Whether they enter politics as LPers or as Republicans, libertarians need an election strategy, an overall plan of action and system of tactics for winning elections.
On these pages we have from time to time published "Election Strategy Memos," which have advocated such novel (for libertarians) ideas as "don't alienate those whose vote you need," and "campaign on issues which are highly popular but poorly represented by your opponents." For this writing, we turn to a very successful political operative to examine a few more campaign principles.
In their book "2010 Take Back America" Dick Morris, along with Eileen McGann, outline how Republicans can beat the Democratic Party in November 2010. Let's look at 7 of their steps and see their application to libertarians.
1. Debunk the myth of the "moderate" Democrat
Remember Barry Goldwater's famous saying (written by libertarian Karl Hess): "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." A libertarian candidate need only ask his audience: If liberty is on one end of the political spectrum and tyranny on the other end of the spectrum, what does "moderation" mean? Willingness to accept some tyranny? Did your ancestors come to America to accept some tyranny? Does your heart and soul really want you to accept some tyranny?
2. Nationalize the campaign and make Obama the issue
Your opponent may be quite popular locally. Or your opponent's party might be popular in your area. To bad-mouth your opponent or your opponent's party is a pig-headed losing strategy. On the other hand, 70% or more of Americans think the federal government in Washington is headed in the wrong direction. So campaign against the federal government in general or against the one person who is the most recognizable current symbol of everything that is wrong with Washington.
3. Don't be limited by ideology
For libertarians this translates to: "Grow up! Ideology doesn't win elections with common folks. The vast majority of voters do not vote ideology." So libertarians need to refrain from flaunting their ideology. In fact, they need to emphasize their ideology as little as possible. Can you imagine socialists having won elections and taken over the Democratic Party by flaunting their socialism? On the contrary, they practically hid their socialism while campaigning to win. Libertarians will never abandon their ideology; they will simply win with campaign issues that resonate with the majority of voters, non-ideological issues which nonetheless make winners.
4. Do not move to the center
This is a continuation of the third principle. When voters are feeling that the federal government is on the wrong track, they want debate. Even though they are turned off by rigid ideologues, they do want "a choice, not an echo," to borrow again from Barry Goldwater. They want to hear about new possibilities, not same old center, same old center.
5. Offer positive alternatives
Libertarians have forever sabotaged themselves by branding themselves as noisy complainers. Voters don't want to hear complaints. They want to hear possible solutions. Here are Dick Morris' suggestions for positive Republican goals (almost all of which libertarians can easily support):
a.) An end to earmarks
b.) A ban on families of members of Congress serving as lobbyists.
c.) No free travel paid for by foundations or lobbyists.
d.) No tax increases (libertarians can promise tax decreases).
e.) A line-item veto.
f.) Full disclosure of Congress members' net worth, debts, investments, etc.
g.) Ban taxpayer funding for any aspect of political campaigning.
h.) Establish special prosecutor for Congressional ethics violations.
i.) Ban spouses of Congress members being employed or serving on boards of organizations which receive federal funds.
j.) Full online publication of all committee votes.
k.) Ban Congress members or staffers from later serving lobbyists.
l.) Dock the pay of Congress members who are absent more than 10% of the time.
6. Stay on offense
To defend oneself is to attack one's own essence, which needs no defense. Defensive politicians do not win elections.
7. Answer every attack ad
The preemptive answer: "You watch! My opponent will be attacking me on ________. That's because he doesn't have any positive solutions, just the same old insanity."
The immediate response: "I just heard my opponent attacked me regarding ____________. This is untrue and he knows he can't prove it. He is using attack as a distraction from his own inability to cleanse himself of the stench of Washington deal making. "
Thanks to Dick Morris for the above reminders. But there is one more campaign clue that trumps them all. While socialists are mired in joyless, loveless self-loathing (they need your prayers), libertarians can afford to let it all out ... all the unbridled joy and overflowing love that is inside bursting forth for people to feel. Who among normal folks wouldn't vote for a candidate who is a living example of that kind of freedom?
To understand the evil psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles
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