Libertarian Ideas Should Not Be Alien to Republicans

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC): “If Republicans don’t embrace a lot of the libertarian ideas that Ron Paul’s talking about, like monetary policy, individual liberty, Constitutional limited government – these things should not be alien to any Republican. The new debate in the Republican Party needs to be between conservatives and libertarians.

On the subject of his retirement after his present term expires: “That’s exactly right. Most people stay here too long. The longer you’re here, the more you’re part of a system, the less you remember about what makes the country great. Term limits would fix most of our problem.”

Listen to the entire interview (28:57) on Reason.TV via link below.


A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson 

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom. – John Quincy Adams

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? – Thomas Jefferson

Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. – Daniel Webster

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