September 24th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
10 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. Grundoon

    The polling number when the Democrats started winning seats again in 2006 were worse than they are now. In 2006 and in 2008 they lamented there was a problem with their "brand" after their losses. It's still the same old thing with the GOP trying to usher in a new era of Robberbarronism. What a joke!!! Your brand still tragically flawed GOP! I can't wait for November!!

    September 24, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The GOP should aim its BS "pledge" where it always has: Big Oil, Corporate America, the Pentagon, and of course the rich. Anything they say beyond protecting these 4 is nothing but LIES....

    September 24, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Empty pledge of B-S

    OMG. Boehner is such an idiot. Just look at him!!

    September 24, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. jeff

    Republicans, Democrats, what's the difference? They are both living proof that government is (sadly) just something we must endure. Might be more interesting if the Tea Party crowd went the Libertarian route, but once elected, they'll probably fall in smartly behind the GOP leadership and nothing will change except for the national debt going even higher.

    September 24, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. S. in California

    When I read all the comments nothing makes me sicker to my stomach than people who compare our Savior, Jesus Christ to our president. You should ALL ask God to forgive you for your sins. What an awful thing to do.

    Having said that – some of you people remind me of the Israelites when they left Egypt. Having endured such hardships, pain and death they asked to return. This is an example of what some people are doing when they want to vote for republicans again. You must really like pain. Are you serious? You just might get what you asked for and remember you might not like the consequences.

    September 24, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Lynn

    The party of "I got mine and don't give a damn if you get yours". Certainly not the American spirit of one for all, and all for me.

    September 24, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. FedUpRepublican

    I disagree with many tenets of the Libertarian Party platform, but I can totally get behind the criticism they’re leveling at the Republicans here. The prehistoric leadership of the Republican Party has clearly lost their collective minds if they think the majority is going to buy what they’re selling. The Repubs should also take a lesson from the Libertarians playbook when it comes to social issues. True Libertarians believe in and support freedom and equality for all regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, religion or ethnicity. They may want to think about that if they expect to survive in the 21st century.

    September 24, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. D0 not reply to this

    And you know what's SAD about the whole thing...? HE'S RIGHT! There will however, be the ones who NEED to be lead (sheeple) and BELIEVE these lies, fearmongering, intimdating & manipulative mad people. These "politicians" are ONLY looking out for THEIR own behinds not yours, not mine and will do ANYTHING, yes ANYTHING to get their hands back on OUR money! That is the darn TRUTH, straight up, honestly and in words any layman can discern!

    September 24, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. D. Bunker

    While part of me will always be a libertarian, there is a fundamental part that just won't work. It would be nice if the libertarians would turn their focus to the multitude of ways our corporate predators reduce personal liberty, both through their own sociopathic tendencies and through corporate influence over elections and the political process. Any takers?

    In the meantime, this just confirms what is obvious to any sane, thinking American; The GOBPbaggers are offering a warmed-over coloring book rehash of its old failed policies. The "new" Teapublican motto:

    "If you liked the ditch we drove into last time, you're gonna LOVE the canyon we're aiming for now!"

    September 24, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Cindy

    As long as the polls keep rewarding the GOP for their outlandish behavior, they're not budging.

    September 24, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    GI Joe
    They specifically said they would vote for small business – and turned around the end of the day and only ONE republican out of the whole bunch voted for small business. THEY LIE
    Point taken!, here's mine:

    1. No lobbyists in the White House
    2. A five day bill review period before voting
    3. Closing GITMO within the 1st year
    4. Tranparency

    You say the GOP is lying, I say they have company! .

    September 24, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Monster Zero

    Oh please, we see what this Administration of loons has brought to us. Obama was handed a pile however he took that pile and tripled down on it turning it into a mountain. If you think the GOP is solely responsible for where we are at then the left wing blogs ring true, you all are mindless idiots. We see where Obama's social justice is leading our Nation, we see how the Democrats have manipulated every aspect of peoples fear surrounding Tea Party Racist Radicals, Global Warming and Healthcare in an effort to regulate them into oblivion. I fully agree that corruption in Congress should receive no less than a death penalty at this point but let's not isolate it to one Party, truth is nearly all of them are as crooked as a Pigs wanker reality is who knows how to bring back the economy and JOBS, GOP would be the correct answer!

    September 24, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. ron

    The pledge to America is like telling the same bad joke twice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Say What!!

    The Party of NO Ideals ......YOU LIE!!!!

    September 24, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. StrategicBob

    I don't generally have a lot of symapthy for true libertarians – they are too utopian and are clueless about what it takes to make a complex society actually work – but this guy has hit the nail on the head. The Republican philosophy of governance is morally and intellectually bankrupt. Nothing worked under Bush for the simple reason that the Republican White House and Congress did not want things to work. We are living with the consequences now. Obama has not done enough to fix the damage done by Bush but the Republicans in the Senate have blocked a lot of things that need to be done. But if you like the way Bush left the country, you will love what the Republicans have in store for us now. And for the record, I am not a member of the Democratic Party. I am registered as a Disgusted Independent.

    September 24, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Wyatt

    Everyone read..The Great American Stick Up written by Demo Lib named Shearer...He says he is a researcher not an Idealogue...He says this collapse took many years to build, but Reagan at the end of 8 years put more controls in regarding Wall St. and Walker Bush did the same...the culprit was got it....BUBBA...seriously read this guy's book...he is one of you guys, and he says that Bubba sold out to de-regulation in order to get campaign donations...and he is called by yons a great Presient...Not only morally suspect, ethically challenged, and just a good (no way womanizer) Sax man spelled not with an e. DON'T BELIEVE ME, BUT READ THIS GUY...SHEARER.....

    September 24, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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..."

    So true – if they want small government – cut the staff in HALF – all they do is argue anyway and if you leave it up to the RepubliCAN'Ts, NOthing gets done!!!

    September 24, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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