This is James Yeager, the owner of Tactical Response - a firearms training service in Tennessee. I recently attended one of their classes and found the instruction top-notch and the instructors highly professional. I'm a fan of Yeager's YouTube channel where I learn quite a bit about the new innovations in firearms and training.
Having said that, Yeager is a proud Libertarian. Here he is, telling you why:
And here are my comments at the video, and the responses from some of his other viewers:
I am coming to believe the Libertarian Party is a temporary holding place for:
A) Avid marijuana users,
B) Disgruntled Republicans,
C) Those both politically active and naive,
D) Those who must be 'more enlightened' than the rest of us.
Marijuana users come and go. They lack focus and can't be trusted to stick with anything for a long time. While they cycle through the Libertarian Party, they are the most vocal. Just watch Rand Paul's CPAC speech. The applause is louder when he mentions drug-related sentencing than when he mentions the NSA spying or drones targeting American citizens.
Disgruntled Republicans is the largest growing constituency in American politics today. Some cling to the Libertarian Party for a principled stand. Those who can think things through to their logical outcome eventually return to the Republican Party, as they discover the true nature of Libertarianism.
This is the Nolan Chart, designed to map the Libertarian 'enlightenment.' Notice that Libertarians are 'above it all?' How they straddle both sides to determine the 'best' solution for all? It is so simple!! One could even conclude that the Libertarians are the only people with Liberty in mind. They get the Statue of Liberty and we Republicans get an elephant and John Boehner.
Here is a different analysis of the Nolan chart: Libertarians adopt the anti-God and anti-family values of the left, and the pro-business values of the right. And, if you watch them as I do (click the Libertarian label at the bottom of this post) you'll find that it is even worse:
* The Libertarian Party would put the elderly into the streets with their entitlement shutdown.
* The Libertarian Party would legalize prostitution. How will that look in front of your home, or in front of your child's school?
* The Libertarian Party would expand abortion services. Who are we to tell others what they can do with their bodies?
* The Libertarian Party would pull our military away from their foreign posts. Show me a time this led to improved security.
* The Libertarian Party would end the Fed. Do we know what will replace it?
* The Libertarian Party would legalize a gateway drug. Then they'd realize their arguments for legalizing Marijuana also work for Heroine, Cocaine and Oxycontin. Any parents want to weigh-in on their ability to teach right from wrong in a Libertarian utopia?
* The Libertarian Party would restore America as it was at our founding.... (but without the religious and family values).
And you'll notice they shamelessly co-opt anything. See how Yeager brings up NSA? How did that belong to the Libertarians and not the Republicans or even the Democrats? Yeager is mistaken to think that if I am against the NSA, that I'm actually a Libertarian. These mistakes add up.
Another favorite co-opt of Libertarians (and a mistake) is Ayn Rand, author of my favorite book, Atlas Shrugged. Do they know she sees Libertarians as hippies who attach themselves to the Right to gain more attention? Do they know she sees them as anarchists?
All kinds of people today call themselves “libertarians,” especially something calling itself the New Right, which consists of hippies, except that they’re anarchists instead of collectivists. But of course, anarchists are collectivists. Capitalism is the one system that requires absolute objective law, yet they want to combine capitalism and anarchism. That is worse than anything the New Left has proposed. It’s a mockery of philosophy and ideology. They sling slogans and try to ride on two bandwagons. They want to be hippies, but don’t want to preach collectivism, because those jobs are already taken. But anarchism is a logical outgrowth of the anti-intellectual side of collectivism. I could deal with a Marxist with a greater chance of reaching some kind of understanding, and with much greater respect. The anarchist is the scum of the intellectual world of the left, which has given them up. So the right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the Libertarian movement.Bless you, Ayn Rand.
Two things impressed me with the Tea Party movement. In 2009, thousands came together within weeks of Obama taking office. It was true grass-roots. The other thing that few see is that the Tea Partiers have stayed active in local politics. This led to the 2010 Republican gains, but I believe the real impact of this organization's infiltration into the unseemly world of politics has yet to be seen.
How do the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party differ? In short, the Tea Party is focused on key reforms and is acting on those fronts. The Libertarians just complain.
I can do this all day.
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