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It's about Addition, not Subtraction

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It's about Addition, not Subtraction: How the Liberty Movement becomes the premier political force in America

If we're going to be successful we have to start changing our mentality here. It's about Addition not Subtraction. It's about Inclusion not Exclusion.

Addition: Increasing our numbers of liberty candidates at all levels, in all states.

Inclusion: Start looking at the good in a liberty candidate instead of focusing on micro-differences. Our first instinct is too push people away and run them through the ringer of all these litmus tests.

Regional Awareness: Have the rationale to realize that liberty is a big tent and the candidates we run in the South won't necessarily be mirror images of the candidates he run on the West Coast or New England. If our southern liberty candidates want to focus their energies on the fiscal liberty spectrum allow them to do so, just because they're not on the front lines being drug war warriors doesn't make them your enemy.
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  1. FreedomFanatic's Avatar
    I'm not so much worried about the social type stuff, whether it be abortion (which should be dealt with at the state level anyway), gay marriage (Which is really the laughable issue of the era) and drugs (Which again should be a state level issue: which really only marijuana is seriously being debated ATM and I agree with you that liberty candidates like Rand Paul aren't going to force them to change their policy even if they don't openly support legalization.)

    My bigger concern is foreign policy, and anti-terror stuff. My willingness to compromise on those issues is far less. Are we really "Better off" if we aren't being taxed as much if we're still waging war everywhere and spying on everyone?

    I like Rand Paul, he's at least close to Ron's foreign policy, even though I occasionally express frustration at a few of his votes. Mike Lee's rhetoric sometimes annoys me, such as with the whole Snowden thing, but for the most part he's a principled conservative. Ted Cruz seems like a bit of a hawk, but its hard to tell with certainty.

    I don't really know exactly what the best strategy with this kind of stuff is, but my concern with some of the borderline people isn't the social conservative stuff, its the neoconservative stuff, if that makes sense.