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House Republican Leadership: insurgent libertarians
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, January 13, 2006

We QandO bloggers have signed onto the NZ Bear, Glenn Reynolds and Hugh Hewitt led effort to warn the GOP that....
The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.
Most importantly, I think, "we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process."

The entry of Congressman John Shadegg into the race for Majority Leader is, I think, a notable moment. Notable, because, as Below the Beltway notes, Shadegg is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. [RLC]

The RLC is, essentially, the group of libertarians who choose to work within the Republican Party to "to elect pro-liberty individuals to office". More information about the RLC can be found here, and you can join the RLC here.

It seems to me that the ascension of a Republican Liberty Caucus member to the leadership of the House of Representatives — combined with the good work being done by Rep. Mike Pence in the Republican Study Committee — would mark a remarkable shift in the balance of power within the Republican Party away from the religious right and toward the limited government faction.

Please, blog this, speak out and make sure the GOP recognizes the importance of this moment. And the price they may pay if they fail.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

1. One of your links ("Below the Beltway") is wrong.
2. How come you guys aren’t on the RLC’s reading list?
Written By: Crank
Anything to stop the big spending dinosaurs...
Written By: aclay
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I have tried to sign on, even though I have been inexplicably blacklisted from the Ecosystem and have a bone to pick with the Bear. This is more important than my petty complaints.
Written By: Random Numbers
Hey does anyone know anything about Blognation? My blog has disappeared and now I got no way to even contact them. What is more I think someone stole my blog account. Man, this sucks
Written By: Kyle N
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The pro-life folk in the Reps will continue to be very strong, if not dominant. They represent the actual voters who give victories.

Look at 3 election issues: Iraq War; Tax Cuts/ economy; Moral Values, based on Pew surveys of what is most important.

21 mil for Bush; 21 mil for Kerry on Iraq/ Terrorism.
8 mil for Bush; 30 mil for Kerry on Tax Cuts.
27 mil for Bush; 4 mil for Kerry on Moral Values.

Libertarian type tax-cutting Reps with 8 mil voters ain’t gonna run the Rep party from an honest strength.

I wish big gov’t spending wasn’t as important to Dems; but it is. However, more Libs, with more Liberatarian kinda thinking, is most likely to be better.

I’m now a pro-life Libertarian Paternalist; registered Rep.

Written By: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad
1. One of your links ("Below the Beltway") is wrong.
2. How come you guys aren’t on the RLC’s reading list?
1) Thanks, fixed it.
2) Reading list?
The pro-life folk in the Reps will continue to be very strong, if not dominant. They represent the actual voters who give victories.
The problem, as I see it, is that libertarians have never formed a political coalition. Really, they’ve never done anything but proselytize and balkinize; they beg people to be libertarian, following which they excommunicate them for being insufficiently libertarian.

The movement needs organization. An actual, elected caucus of influential members sharing our goals of limited government would be a remarkable first step.
Written By: Jon Henke
you hit the nail on the head, henke.
Written By: marcia rice
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Hey, Jon!

A little premature navel-gazing on my part: First, EU rumblings about bringing Iran before the UNSC, and now a "liberty" candidate for the GOP House leadership - are my ’06 predictions coming true? Could a Lib-caucus be rearing its "insurgent" head - finally?

If the GOP votes for this Liberty candidate, rather than fuel the creation of a separate Lib-faction, the party could effectively co-opt the "Libertarian" platform and market it under the GOP party label.

Either outcome - an organized "Lib-caucus", or a reformed, Libertarian GOP - will contest the veracity of the Democrats’ tactical civil-libertarianism.

Written By: Steve
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Book, I think you have to be a GOP house member to pick a horse in this race.

Birthing a cohesive Libertarian movement will take "organization." "Limited Government" is a catch-phase for the Libertarian ideal of low-taxes, limited governmental intervention in the free economy, and the assertion of all private individuals’ responsibility for their own lot in life.

I don’t always agree with Jon, but I’m wondering exactly what it is that you find "pithy" about his comment.

Or were you being sarcastic?
Written By: Steve
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While I have signed my blog on to this document, it’s neither a full support nor a blind one. My concern is the last time we had a "reformer" within the the GOP, it ended up being John McCain. that some experience in pain I’d just as soon not repeat. I see indications in John Shadegg’s past that suggest another McCain in the offing. (Shudder)
Written By: Bithead
"I see indications in John Shadegg’s past that suggest another McCain in the offing. (Shudder)"

Interesting, could you list a few?

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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NRO is officially endorsing Shadegg. Right on the top of their page.
Written By: OrneryWP
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