Libertarian Ideology Hurts the GOP
by Right Wing Fighter
Libertarian dogma is one of the reasons that the GOP fails to gain more support. Whenever a Republican says something that is not along the usual GOP big business line, it is usually some million-times repeated piece of libertarian dogma that the average American doesn’t care about. For instance, in the 1970s, shrinking the “size and scope of government” was a real and compelling thing to say, since there was first the communist threat, and second the socialist threat posed by the Democratic party. But these concerns for the American people were largely solved by Reagan, and thus now when Republicans go on talking about shrinking government as though it is some self-evident truth that, regardless of circumstances, the government could always do with some shrinking, the average American tilts his head, tunes out, and moves on, writing off said Republican as yet another ideologue who has nothing to say to his problems. The problems the average American faces today are: booming health costs, low employment, immigration, and crime. Yet most of the more conservative Republicans can only rattle on about “shrinking the size and scope of government.” Trump enjoys enormous support because he talks about solving the American people’s problems instead of jabbering about ideological concerns about the concept of large government. This is why Trump is so popular and interesting to the American people: he actually talks about solving their problems, instead of engaging in low-energy disputes about the proper private sector/public sector ratio. This is partially why Rand Paul has never gotten off the ground poll-wise: he’s always rattling on about “the size and scope of government,” and never actually addresses the problems of the American people.