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    Exclamation Rise of Liberty Republicans-RP Supporters

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...?ocid=msedgntp

    Ron Paul’s final campaign for president ended nine years ago, but the political movement he ignited is far from over. After he passed the torch to his “libertarian legion” of mostly young and die-hard supporters, many wondered if the movement would fade without the iconoclastic Texas congressman lambasting the Federal Reserve and the Washington war machine on the presidential debate stage.

    Since then, Paul’s supporters have won hundreds of elections in state legislatures across the country, reshaping the debate on issues ranging from gun rights to school choice. Young Americans for Liberty (formerly “Students for Ron Paul”) counts 178 state legislators in 37 states as members. However, it is “Live Free or Die,” New Hampshire, where Paul-inspired “Liberty Republicans” have become the dominant force in state politics.

    Nine years ago, Paul took second place in the state’s first-in-the-nation Republican primary. Since then, a gradually growing coalition in the state Legislature has led successful efforts, including the passage of constitutional carry.

    In November 2020, the coalition achieved critical mass, sweeping the New Hampshire House of Representatives by winning 86 seats (nearly a quarter of the entire body). Liberty Republicans became the “majority of the majority” and elected a former Ron Paul supporter, state Rep. Jason Osborne, to House majority leader.

    Gov. Chris Sununu was recently caught on tape declaring, “Libertarians aren’t Republicans!” and suggesting this new energy should leave the party. His frustration is understandable.

    While most governors have enjoyed free passes from their own party over constitutionally dubious exercises of COVID-19 emergency powers, Granite State Liberty Republicans have fought Sununu for emergency power reform, with some even filing impeachment orders against him.

    Yet, even Sununu must recognize his recent successes are due to this new coalition. Until last November, Democrats controlled the state Legislature, and Sununu could only veto their worst proposals. Pundits predicted this would continue. Thanks to an influx of new voters with the Free State Project and grassroots organizing by state and nation organizations alike, New Hampshire became the only state in 2020 to flip its Legislature from blue to red.

    Tough bargaining by the Liberty GOP put the most libertarian state budget in modern America on Sununu’s desk. The budget abolishes everything that resembles an income tax and is paid for with real spending cuts past Republican leaders never delivered (even in the Tea Party era).

    It also includes major education reform. In a year when public schools and teachers unions have denied students vital learning opportunities, “education savings accounts” have become the gold standard of the school choice movement.

    “Funding students, not systems,” ESAs allow parents to access state education funds and save their own income tax-free for their students’ educational expenses, including private tuition and homeschooling costs. Over the loud objections of teachers unions, New Hampshire has become the third state this year to pass ESAs into law.

    It even enacts new anti-abortion measures, including a ban on abortion after six months (except for circumstances that endanger the life of the mother). Restrictions on third-trimester abortions are common in America generally, but not in New England, where prominent Republican officials, such as Maine Sen. Susan Collins, tend to be outspoken proponents of unrestricted abortion.

    Some may be surprised an influx of libertarian legislators would result in New Hampshire passing major anti-abortion legislation. Unlike the Libertarian Party, which declares support for legalized abortion in its party platform, the Liberty Republican tradition is built upon Ron Paul’s brand of anti-abortion libertarianism. Many Liberty Republicans have a principled belief the inalienable rights of the unborn are just as important to protect as those who are born.

    Additionally, the budget contained other conservative priorities, including a ban on critical race theory teachings in public schools and limited progress toward emergency power reform.

    New Hampshire is experiencing the rise of the Liberty Republican. Whether the critical mass of liberty legislators elected in New Hampshire can be duplicated in other states remains to be seen, but New Hampshire is not unique. If this bottom-up movement continues to gain control of state legislatures in 2022 and beyond, expect Liberty Republicans to play an increasingly prominent role in charting the course of the GOP in the years ahead.

    Eric Brakey is the senior spokesman for Young Americans for Liberty. He served two terms in the Maine state Senate and as the Maine state director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign.

    Tags: Opinion, Beltway Confidential, Blog Contributors, Libertarianism, Republican Party, New Hampshire, Ron Paul, Liberty, Liberty Republicans
    Last edited by Pauls' Revere; 07-24-2021 at 08:13 AM.



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    I gotta ask. Why are we hearing about this now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls' Revere View Post
    I gotta ask. Why are we hearing about this now?
    And why are they letting Brakey speak about it unspun?
    "Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"--Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    And why are they letting Brakey speak about it unspun?
    It's so ... so ... what's the word I'm looking for? ... Quixotic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    And why are they letting Brakey speak about it unspun?
    My .02 is that the GOP needs us for the midterm elections to re-elect the GOP establishment (GOP is hurting). At which time they gladly toss us aside as political fodder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls' Revere View Post
    My .02 is that the GOP needs us for the midterm elections to re-elect the GOP establishment (GOP is hurting). At which time they gladly toss us aside as political fodder.
    More likely they want us to focus on local offices while they arrange to eliminate state legislatures altogether.
    "Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"--Will Rogers

    "All I know is what I read in the newspapers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance."--Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    More likely they want us to focus on local offices while they arrange to eliminate state legislatures altogether.
    If we're making headway doing what we're doing, we don't need to change course. Maybe Rand picks a running mate from NH.

    AF for VEEP.

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    Link to original article from Washington Examiner. It appears to be an opinion piece:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/o...rty-republican
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