September 24th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Libertarian leader: Republicans should apologize, not pledge

(CNN) - One day after Republican leaders unveiled their legislative agenda-dubbed "Pledge to America" - a top voice in the Libertarian Party said it is erroneously titled; instead, he says, it should be called "Apology to America."

The 21-page pledge was revealed Thursday and represents the Republican Party's proposed legislative agenda should they re-take control of Congress in November's midterm elections. It includes promises to slash taxes, reduce the size of government and reverse President Obama's health care reforms.

Libertarian Party executive director Wes Benedict ripped into the document and its Republican authors on Friday, saying in a statement "there are so many lies, distortions, hypocrisies, and idiocy in this document that it's hard to know where to start."

The Libertarian Party favors the smallest possible federal government and advocates for free market economics and civil liberties. They often accuse the Republican Party of not representing the small government values they are said to support.

Benedict listed off a number of things Republicans should apologize for and dismissed their proposals as simply token gestures to the American public that would fail to reduce the size of the federal government or its debt.

"Republicans must love it when Democrats expand government, because it gives them the opportunity to propose small 'cuts,' while still ending up with huge government," Benedict said.

"The best way to restore American prosperity would be to implement the straightforward 28 planks of the Libertarian Party platform, or even just follow the Constitution," Benedict added. "I mean the actual Constitution, not the Republican re-write that allows for every federal government program imaginable."

A spokesman for Boehner did not immediately respond to CNN's request for a response.

House Republicans have taken heat over their proposals from Democrats as well. The Democratic National Committee put out a web video on Friday slamming House Republicans for "[breaking] their 'Pledge to America' within hours of making it."


Filed under: John Boehner • Libertarian Party
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. annette

    as usual nothing for the people. they need to be voted out. they seem to be against us. they think we are stupid by their lies. listen, i would rather move at a snails pace and move forward than to have these repubs take us back to hell. lets remember come november. they are against everything and if they get into office they will undo everything that has been accomplished to date.

    September 24, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. nurse Lisa

    it is a pledge of lies, gents. Noone will be fooled by your fear mongering or lame bus tours. Plus Obama's tax breaks for small businesses will get them to believe in the truth again. Hope the pages of the pledge are absorbent enough to dry your tears after midterms.

    September 24, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. What is the country coming to

    Now they want to take credit for Heath Reform........for those who believe thos lairs, something is wrong with you.
    But it might be that you dont believethe lies , but you want to get a Balck man out of office. Come on People they did
    nothing to help our country but LIE LIE LIE. To be honest they don't care about the middle class or no class just
    big business and wealth. You people over 62 they want to take your socil security check and give it to Wall Street.
    Sowho is fooling who. Beware Beware........DON'T BE FOLLISH

    September 24, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. nurse Lisa

    could Cantor look any lamer in this photo?

    September 24, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Alex

    "lies, distortions, hypocrisies, and idiocy." Repeat after me: L, d, h and i ... Republicans will make you cry.

    September 24, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. john in cal

    I hope that Americans take a good hard look at the Republican lies and distorsions and call then out on it. Let's not be fooled again.

    September 24, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. LauMa

    The irony of the Republican PLEDGE is that it was written by a lobbyist who made millions from big oil and others.

    September 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. STEVEN

    NO NO NO This should be called PLAGUE TO AMERICA. That's what it really is...the same old tired ideas which will bring back the same old failed economic policies. NO NO NO..."PLAGUE TO AMERICA"

    September 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Same old crap- different day.

    September 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Bob56

    Kudos to CNN for paying attention to other political parties. More media may just remind people that the republicans and democrats are not the only options.

    September 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Keith

    The Dummycrats and the Republican'ts blame each other for our current state of affairs and they're BOTH right!

    September 24, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. SmartOldGuy

    This bunch of K Street employees, disguised as Republican Congressmen, are nothing more than retreads with no new ideas and they are only interested in their never ending campaigns. IF they had properly functioning brains they would let everyone know that Ron Paul would be Speaker and Tom Coburn would be Senate Majority Leader if the GOP should win majorities again....but these schmucks just aren't that smart........unfortunately for all of us.

    September 24, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Charles W. Skinner

    LacrosseMom(the real one) above – Again, a history lesson would behoove you to have been learned. The GOP did NOT control the entire Congress for the period from 1995 to 2007. In fact, they had control over the Congress for only 1995-2000 (and for the 1995 only by 2 votes) and then 2003 -2006. In 2001-2002, thanks to "jumpin" Jim Jeffords, the Democrat party controlled the Senate, blocking much of the early Bush agenda.

    LacrosseMom, you don't seem to know your history very well. It seems that you're only regurgitating the Democrat talking points trying to "Blame Bush" for everything, when in large part, the Democrat party is responsible for many of the issues faced by the US today.

    September 24, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Roco

    This is just more tribble from the right to go along with the tribble from the left. What we need is tribble from the middle that would not favor the right or the left but the people.

    September 24, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. TheTraveler

    The "pledge" is a total joke. Not because it's from the GOP. But because these people still don't understand that the American people are really. really, tired of promises and rhetoric. Talk is cheap and that's all we've seen from our elected officials for YEARS! They pull down six figure salaries and have shown damn little for their constituents.

    American politicians are long on mouth, short on action. It's high time these people from ALL parties started actually DOING something instead of wasting taxpayer money on pledges and photo ops.

    September 24, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. rdepontb

    Now Boehner says, outright and on the record, "we're for the same things we've always been for"...leaving fellow Republicans standing behind him a bit deer-in-the-headlights looking--

    Why in the world would he, a smart, hardworking guy, say something stupid like that?? We're still trying to dig ourselves out of the biggest mess this great nation has seen in decades, under the worst international conditions we've seen since WW II. The huge mess which even the Republicans have agreed over and over were the result of what their Party had been doing the past 10 years. Why should _anyone_ want to go back to that "same old" over again??? LOL, Boehner and Co!!

    September 24, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. matt

    Man, I can't stand these rich republican men in all their photo ops. It makes me wanna barf. Just a bunch of obscenely rich white males in a fraternity club standing around doing as little as they can to make as much money as they can. Go help the poor, visit homeless shelters, foster homes, volunteer...do something besides taking photo ops in nice clothes. You don't represent even half of America...just the top wealthy folks like ceo's and corporations. Somebody wake me up from this nightmare. Jack-asses.

    September 24, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Otto

    Republicans know how to fool the simple minded. They talk a lot of garbage but have one direction; make each other very rich, while everyone else gets poorer.
    I can't understand why so many people follow their garbage and believe every word the Republicans and Tea Party people say. We don't need to look very far to see the blind simple minds, just read most comments on these boards. It seem these people made a pledge to skip high school and hope to be cared for in mines or in the back of pickup trucks. Simply ignorant people following criminal leaders.

    September 24, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Donnatella

    thank god those selfish, lying republicans are getting called out, how dare Boehner say with a smile on his face that he is going to repeal healthcare for children while he is on government healthcare what a hypocrite>

    September 24, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. RICKFROMPA

    It's all about their re-elections and the interest groups that they represent – not the average american. They should be ashamed of themselves!

    September 24, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. JusLaugh

    The pledge is a smoke screen to hide the fact that they want to take away 2 constitutional ammendments and privatize social security, medicare, and VA benefits.

    It's no different than that whole "change we can believe in" BS that the dems pulled on us 2 years ago.

    As a middle of the road, sane independent, I guess I'll flip a coin again and then cross my fingers that I didn't just help elect another Bush.

    September 24, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. cjg

    Mis-speaking is a alive and well with the GOP , after all they are trying to take our country back , way way back!

    September 24, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. razothin

    What is absolutely maddening to me is, given we can pretty much all agree that economic conditions are the main thrust of bilateral discontent, yet...AND YET, NO ONE, except Dr. Paul, is either willing or smart enough to acknowledge that the federal reserve bank is the ABSOLUTE ROOT of our dismal state!!! How simple the solution...outlaw fiatscos and the foreign-controlled counterfeiters! A nation that maintains its balance sheet and the integrity of its currency renders inviable the seed of discontent!

    September 24, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. 1bdby

    S. Palin, stop your lying. There are no death panels. But if S.Palin, Joe Miller, and the Tea Partiers are elected there will be alot of senior citizens suffering. That's because they want to abolish Sec. Sec. and Medicare. And thats a fact.

    September 24, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. dwighthuth

    The GOP will be the same old party, doing things in the old way instead of promoting a progressive future for America that will create jobs and new avenues of advancement for the younger generation of American's. The GOP's only real venue to draw is their Big Oil pocket book which is not progessive and will not keep America going into the future but will keep America in a stagnant deathlock with itself. As with all economic systems such as the horse that was replaced by the train which was replaced by car and plane so too will Big Oil be replaced by new forms of energy. But as with all progress the transfer will take time and will not be immediate. Only those that want to live a stagnant lifestyle for America would vote for the GOP.

    September 24, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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