Tim K - Mr.Dondero, you are a self proclaimed Libertarian Republican, while I am a self avowed Conservative Republican, how can we work together to build a stronger Republican party?
Eric Dondero - We need to start by recognizing that we are ideological cousins and have far more in common than we have that separates us.
That said, Conservatives have to give a little. We we Libertarians mostly ask, is throw us some bones on some civil liberties issues. And no, I'm not talking tough issues like Abortion or Gay Marriage (actually we Libertarians ourselves are divided on these two issues.) I'm talking easy civil liberties issues that Conservatives can support like: Repeal of Seat Belt Laws!, Stopping Smoking Bans, Lowering the Drinking Age to 18, Gambling, Medical Marijuana and maybe even limited Decriminalization of Prostitution.
If Conservatives recognize that these issues are fundamentally important to us Libertarians, and stop pooh-poohing them as "extreme" or "out of the mainstream," than maybe we Libertarians will be much more motivated to assist Conservatives with their efforts.
Tim K - Mr.Dondero, your Libertarian Republican blog differs from many on the Internet, as according to your blog, you are heavily focused on National defense, why do you believe most Libertarians are ignorant to some degree on foreign policy?
Eric Dondero - I disagree with your premise. Libertarians aren't "ignorant" on foreign policy; what they're ignorant on is their own history and background on foreign policy issues. Look, the libertarian movement was originally very Pro-Defense/Pro-Military. We're Barry Goldwater babies. The modern Libertarian movement grew out of Goldwater's '64 Presidential Campaign. You don't get any more stridently Pro-Military/Anti-Commie than Barry. And Ayn Rand? A lot of Libertarian historical revisionists like to say that Rand "didn't care much for foreign policy issues." BS!! She was just as much a hardcore Anti-Commie as Goldwater. It was Ford and Reagan's strong stance against the Soviet Union that won endorsements from her for these two Republicans. Dana Rohrabacher - now a Hawk Republican Congressman - was an original founder of the Libertarian Movement in the late 1960s. And most people don't know this, but Dr. John Hospers was the very first Libertarian Presidential candidate in 1972. Hospers endorsed George W. Bush in 2004 over the Libertarian Michael Badnark, because Bush was fighting against Islamo-Fascism.
What we're trying to do at Libertarian Republican, is not necessarily to promote the Hawk Libertarian view. Rather, we're trying to re-establish the original Pro-Defense Libertarian view for the Libertarian Movement of 2009 and beyond.
You might say, we're the Originalist Libertarians fighting against the more recent Leftist-Libertarian usurpers (like Rockwell, AntiWar.com, Ron Paulists, et.al.)
Tim K - Mr.Dondero, how would you rate the Obama administration after eight months in power?
Eric Dondero - The most totalitarian administration in the history of the United States. It's getting real, real scary. He's worse than I could have ever imagined. And here I disagree with my friend Glenn Beck. I'd much rather have US Veteran and fmr. POW John McCain as my Commander in Chief, despite his flaws on domestic policy, than Obama.
Tim K - Mr.Dondero, Governor Sarah Palin is a rising star in the Republican party, is she someone whom all Republicans can be behind in the 2012 Presidential election?
Eric Dondero - Of course. She's our gal. And I think her speech in Hong Kong yesterday proved it. But I wouldn't be terribly disappointed if Mitt Romney was our standardearer, or my other favorite besides Sarah - Michele Bachmann.
Actually, Palin/Bachmann, or Romney/Palin or some combination of those three would be best to unite Libertarians and Conservatives.
Thank you Mr.Dondero, while we disagree on issues, Conservatives & Libertarians have to work together against liberalism, and for America. Please visit the Libertarian Republican, at http://www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com/
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