We were on the verge of obtaining a reasonable degree of liberty. We were going to get our taxes slashed and simplified but not abolished, the military budget reduced and the troops brought home, drugs decriminalized and managed via harm reduction, a significant liberalization of immigration controls without totally open borders, new restrictions on the Fed’s central planning powers adopted in 2008 and 2009, some more flexibility on pharmaceutical testing and health insurance, moderate patent reform, a diminution of pages in the Federal Register, prison reform, genuine oversight and remedies for police misconduct, strengthened due process and warrant requirements in national security cases, a plan to phase out massive entitlements, some fair-minded school reform, and a scaling back of federal gun laws. We were on the cusp of this moderate but significant step toward liberty, where we would not get all we wanted, but we would get much of what we wanted. But I ruined it all. I cited Murray Rothbard and Lysander Spooner. I made the perfect the enemy of the good, and now the liberty that was in our grasp is lost forever. Sorry, everyone. My selfish desire to adhere to ideological purity has spoiled our chances at increased freedom once again.

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  • Next time you feel the urge to quote Rothbard, Quote Hoppe Instead. That should do it.

  • Damn you, Mr. Gregory. It must have been you that kept Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root from being elected as leaders of the free world, thus ruining Gary Johnson’s chance at moving into the White House also. If only you hadn’t scared away all those Tea Party Republicans, that are really libertarians (if you ignore most of what they believe in), we would almost all be nearly just about free.

    At least you have the decency to apologize to all those who work so hard to restore America back to the way it was in those Norman Rockwell paintings.

  • Huh?

    What now?