As Steve moans and winges for the next 8 years I’ll laugh my ass off recalling the utter silence created by high mineded “Libertarians” during Bush’s term.
OK jason, the current LP archive for press releases only goes back into 2007, but let's see what we find:
September 25, 2007:
The Libertarian Party rejects President Bush's claims that the "Protect America Act" needs to be made permanent, citing that the bill fails to live up to its name and only limits American civil liberties. The controversial Act that was passed by Congress last August altered the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and legalized the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program, which many civil liberties organizations had strongly protested....
Here's part of the note of condolence that the LP sent to the GOP in February 2008 when John McCain secured the Presidential nomination:
"Libertarians encourage competition within both the free-market and politics. Unfortunately, with the rise of John McCain and the big-spending practices of the Bush administration, the two-party system has emerged as representing only one philosophy - big-government liberalism.
With your loss, the Libertarian Party will continue to move forward to represent those American patriots who still believe in smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom."
"McCain's Super Tuesday win marks the death of limited government values within the Republican Party, which had struggled with its principles throughout the Bush administration," says Shane Cory, executive director of the Libertarian Party. "It is a day of mourning for the few remaining small-government Republicans."
April 28, 2008:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Libertarian Party issued a statement from Executive Director Shane Cory following the announcement of the federal government's new practice of collecting DNA data from people arrested, though not convicted, for federal offenses:"The new practice of collecting DNA data from people arrested for federal crimes raises serious privacy concerns. The government will now be compiling a databank from people arrested, though not convicted, of any federal crime. Therefore, if you are detained for a federal crime, even a minor offense in a national park, you will have your DNA stored forever with the federal government. This is a sad day for privacy rights in a country that used to value the idea of 'innocent until proven guilty.' However, this comes as no surprise given this Republican administration's eagerness to increase the power and scope of the federal government."
June 6, 2008:
The Libertarian Party is questioning John McCain's rhetoric of bringing "real change" to Washington after it was revealed by a McCain adviser that the Republican presidential candidate supports the warrantless wiretap programs of the Bush administration. "McCain's support of President Bush's domestic spying program would indicate that a McCain administration would be another four years of Constitution treading and civil liberties abuse," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.
Even though I'm not supporting Bob Barr [primarily for domestic policy reasons], it is equally instructive to see his position on the Iraq war:
The invasion and occupation of Iraq were two separate mistakes, which collectively have cost thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Every day that the occupation in Iraq continues without a withdrawal plan is a day that more American blood and treasure (some $400 million a day) is needlessly wasted....
Then there's Georgia Libertarian Senatorial candidate Allen Buckley, whose latest ad (it's on Vimeo at the link; I couldn't get it to embed properly), is quite clear according to AJC [and quite consistent with the positions he took in his 2006 run for Lt. Gov.}:
The Libertarian candidate in a U.S. Senate race that’s getting ever more complicated says he’s about to launch two TV ads.
In the one posted below, Smyrna attorney Allen Buckley makes passing references to the economy and the bailout, but concentrates on the issue of the Iraq war, which he calls a “fraud.”
How about North Carolina Senatorial candidate Chris Cole, who says clearly:
When asked why he chose to run for federal office, Cole said issues such as the Patriot Act and the war in Iraq drove him to get into the race.
I will grant jason the existent of certain pro-war Libertarian Republicans, just as he would have to grant that certain politicians like Zell Miller or Joe Lieberman have used the term Democrat to describe themselves, when most of the part itself doesn't accept them.
The sad fact of the matter, which jason and most Democrats prefer to forget/ignore, is that big-L Libertarians have been more consistently against civil rights violations like the Patriot Act, interventionist military adventures like Iraq and nation-building in Afghanistan, and the bloating of the Federal budget with massive debt than any of them have ever been.
It damn sure wasn't Libertarian votes that joined the Republicans and the Democrats to authorize force in Iraq, to pass either version of the Patriot Act, or the craven FISA legislation.
Not that it will matter: jason had his narrative, and he'll stick with it, no matter what the facts.