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July 19, 2012


Mr. Carey,

When do you say more "states" rights, what precisely do you mean. When I was in law school,and studying Separation of Powers under Sandra Day O'Connor, and prior to that in college studying under Clarence Thomas, we covered the fact that all governments only have and exercise powers: powers derived from the consent of the governed, but only powers delegated nonetheless. To be in favor of "more" state powers (or if you insist: "rights"), while refusing to acknowledge that in-fact, there is no logical stopping point in the federal expansion of its sphere if one abandons the limitation's enshrined in the enumerated powers delegated the federal congress in Article I and allows a more activist federal government (medicare---all your pet safety-net and patently unconstitutional programes), is to argue about how pregnant someone is... that is, it is established. The principle of power unshackled from the confines of the U.S. Constitution, once embraced, is by nature limitless and unrestrainable. "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the people do".


Go marcus! Keepusinformed!

You and I both know that this isn't going to gain traction with anyone beyond the disgruntled old guard GOP activists opposed to the growing influx of libertarian and paleoconservative young people into the party. Most voters are on vacation and aren't paying the least bit of attention to politics right now, and won't be until mid to late October.

The bulk of "A" and "B" voters are going to walk into the voting booths and pull the straight-party-ticket lever like they always do. In this district, you know what that'll result in. If the Kentucky GOP refuses to campaign for Massie, he'll have his own pool of Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls. If the party doesn't support him financially, that won't matter either, because Massie has a nationwide fundraising base to pull from, plus any additional help he'll need from the Super PAC. They'll bury Adkins with ads if necessary, but you know that in that district, he won't have to.

As you may know, the DNC will be held just a few miles from where I'm sitting in Charlotte, NC this fall. Last weekend, the National Federation of Young Republicans held an event called "Combat Charlotte". It was a nationwide call for Young Republicans to come to Charlotte to make phone calls, canvass, and prepare the ground to try to put a dent in the Democrats' organizing in the very city where they'll renominate Obama.

Less than 100 people showed.

4 years ago, I joined Young Republicans here in Charlotte in an effort to learn the ropes, get political experience, and network prior to striking out on my own as the Mecklenburg County coordinator for Campaign for Liberty. Aside from learning the importance of contact lists and targeted phone calls and canvassing, it was a total waste of time. The monthly meetings were sparsely attended, usually by 20 and 30-somethings in real estate or banking who were there primarily to knock back a couple of cocktails and scout for new clients. They never, ever showed to actual fundraisers or worked for Republican candidates.

Contrast that with the young libertarian Republicans flocking to organizations like Students for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty. YAL in particular is only 4 years old, but already has 26,000 members statewide and provided boots-on-the-ground muscle in Rand Paul and Thomas Massie's campaigns.

Like it or not, that's where the GOP is going. The vast majority of newly-registering Republicans think like the Pauls, not Bachmann or Cain or Newt, and certainly not like Willard Romney. Hoping for some huge backlash that ejects thousands upon thousands of brand new activists from the party just because they read Mises or Bastiat is asking for the GOP to become finally, totally, and irrefutably politically irrelevant.

Is that really what you want?

[Marc's Reply: Thanks for the comment. Here is what I want. People to read and research for themselves. If the backbone of the new movement toward which people are rushing, based in a very liberal social agenda, "no government" libertarianism and an utter disregard for the conventions of American politics is what they want, then the process should give it to them. But I am a fan of a representative republic, strong national defense, smaller government and more states rights, but I don't support people who call themselves anarchists nor would I want to be associated with them. In my opinion this liberty movement is a fad and it will give way to something new in about 10 years.]

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