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Liberty Caucus Director Dumps Rand Paul

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A director for the Republican Liberty Caucus has dumped fake libertarian Rand Paul in favor of fake libertarian Ted Cruz because supporting Rand Paul is a waste of time.

Steve Hoffman, one of three national directors and an at-large board member of the grassroots Republican Liberty Caucus, recently endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz despite his previous backing of Paul.

"Cruz has the best chance to win, and I felt like I was wasting my time trying to help the Paul Campaign because he simply lacks the money, and what's more, the dynamics to win a national campaign," Hoffman told the Libertarian Republic.

The joke's on him because supporting Ted Cruz is also a waste of time, but I digress.

Just yesterday Ted Cruz told an audience in Iowa that you're not fit to hold office if you "don't begin every day on your knees asking God for his wisdom" and that they've erred by allowing "nonbelievers" to elect our nation's leaders; leaders who've adopted a "secular agenda."

Of course the Liberty Caucus isn't necessarily ceding ground by dropping Rand Paul in favor of Ted Cruz because Rand Paul has also adopted the contradictory position that religious liberty trumps the secular liberty of all others.

There's no liberty in denying the rights of others, but that's exactly what Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and, apparently, the Liberty Caucus, have called for.

Libertarianism is a bullshit ideology.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Rand Paul has also adopted the contradictory position that religious liberty trumps the secular liberty of all others.

    There’s no liberty in denying the rights of others

    Of course there isn’t. Liberty and rights aren’t limited resources. They’re not something you have to take from them to have enough for us. Giving women the right to vote didn’t take the right to vote from a single man. Acknowledging same sex couples have a right to marry doesn’t prevent mixed sex couples from marrying at all. Marriage licenses aren’t an “only while supplies last” deal.

    Of course, it’s not about liberty at all. Never has been. It’s about controlling other people’s lives (and scaring morons into voting for you). Giving same sex couples the right to marry doesn’t take any liberty or right from anyone. The only thing it takes from anyone is the ability to oppress someone else.

    And that is the thing “conservatives” are really worried about losing.

  • muselet

    Cruz has the best chance to win …

    That is the funniest thing anyone has said in a very long time.

    Libertarianism is a bullshit ideology.

    It must be thirty years now I’ve been calling libertarianism “anarchism without the intellectual rigor or consistency.” In the succeeding years, I have seen no evidence that my analysis is inaccurate.


    • Christopher Foxx

      Years ago I saw an interview with some trust fund/dude bro type who was talking about how he had to “look out for my own enlightened self-interest”. It was clear he had no idea what he was talking about but figured he’s found the magic phrase that gave him cover for his blatant selfishness.

      “Enlightened self-interest” doesn’t mean doing whatever you selfishly want. It means being aware of the larger context around your actions. That it’s in your own interest NOT to litter in the park because, if you do, then others will as well and soon you won’t have a nice park. It’s in your self interest NOT to be a douche.

      Libertarians suffer from the same basic misunderstanding of what they’re for.