Why Rick Santorum Hates Libertarians Like Me and Vice Versa

Turns out Rick Santorum is against everything I’m for as a libertarian. I knew that already, but it’s amazing to see him spell it out in so many words.

I’m proudly one of those libertarians who thinks the government should leave people alone, not overtax them, not overregulate them, and not tell them what to do in the bedroom.

Hat tip to New Jovian Thunderbolt.

3 Responses to Why Rick Santorum Hates Libertarians Like Me and Vice Versa

  1. Kevin Kilty says:

    There is always tension between Libertarians and Republicans over social issues. The interesting thing is, though, that simply because Libertarians caucus with Republicans (because of fiscal and role of government issues) Independents and Democrats assume Libertarians to be Republicans, or to classify them as “right wing.” No one seems to understand this.

    It is satisfying to lean toward Libertarianism, but it is a nuisance to have to explain one’s self all the time.

  2. Rick says:

    I could not agree more, Les. Santorum irritates the heck out of me, with that attitude that he has the right to tell me how to live my life. Go listen to Reagan, Santorum. “Whether a tiny little elite in a far off capital can run our lives for us” indeed.

    Rick

  3. Rikki Hall says:

    I feel like I have the same problem as Kevin, but from the other side. I prefer limited government and personal liberty as first principles, but because I refuse to caucus with Republicans because they are generally liars or morons I get lumped in with Democrats. I think both parties prefer things this way, where people guided by principles are politically homeless and end up defined by how they are perceived rather than by who they are.

    In any case, I think the political tension between, for example, me and Les boils down to where the line is between regulation and overregulation. I think too many libertarians take the easy way out by simply treating all regulation as overregulation, thus kicking out the foundations upon which a more mature and nuanced stance could balance.