WALTER BLOCK FORMS “LIBERTARIANS FOR TRUMP”
This website has savored every moment of the ongoing upheaval of the corrupt, self-serving, taxpayer-betraying “Republican” party … but we’ve been less-than-impressed with the libertarian credentials of the man leading the GOP’s populist uprising.
Don’t get us wrong: We love Donald Trump‘s blunt indictment of the GOP status quo. In fact we loved it enough to endorse his 2016 primary bid. However we’ve been miffed in recent weeks by his positions on first and fourth amendment issues.
That’s his “missing gear,” in our opinion.
Odd, then, that Trump would receive the backing of prominent libertarian Walter Block this week. In fact Block – an Austrian School economist currently on faculty at the University of Loyola – is forming a “Libertarians for Trump” organization in the hopes of rallying former supporters of Ron Paul to The Donald’s banner.
As one of those Ron Paul supporters (read our endorsement of his 2012 GOP bid here), we found the formation of this group a very interesting development to say the least …
Claiming “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” Block is urging his supporters to back “the candidate who has a reasonable chance of actually becoming President of the United States whose views are CLOSEST to libertarianism.”
“We readily concede Donald Trump is no Ron Paul on foreign policy or anything else for that matter,” Block wrote. “However, compared to his Republican alternatives, the Donald stands head and shoulders above them.”
Block is referring to Trump’s criticism of America’s failed “War on Terror” – which wound up costing $4-6 trillion (and 6,876 U.S. soldiers’ lives) and succeeded only in creating a bigger, angrier, more radical Islamic enemy. He’s also referring to Trump’s refusal to get into a pissing match with Russia over the battle for Ukraine.
We’re with Trump on both of those counts …
Hopefully, Trump will figure out the right position on first and fourth amendment issues (he’s certainly already got the right second amendment position).
If he can do that – and remain consistent in his opposition to the warmongering “neo-conservative” establishment – we could see Trump being a wholly acceptable alternative to the full spectrum of libertarian voters.