Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sanford victory, a big win for the Paul duo?

From Eric Dondero: 

Our friend, and sometimes contributor Bruce Majors, (2012 Republican-backed Libertarian Party candidate for US Congress, Dist. of Columbia), wrote at TheInsomniacLibertarian on April 25:
Just received an email from Dr. Ron Paul through the Liberty PAC. He is endorsing Mark Sanford for Congressional District 1. 
We are told that the National Republican Party is pulling funding from Sanford's Race Dr. Paul goes on to state that Mark Sanford has pledged to work for:
  • Auditing the Fed 
  • Repealing Patriot Act 
  • Ending indefinite detention 
  • Repealing Obamacare 
  • Opposing National ID
Of course, Senator Rand Paul made a last minute endorsement of Mark Sanford. Note also, the Republican Liberty Caucus were early backers of Sanford in the primary. And the economic libertarian Club for Growth also gave Sanford funding, when the NRCC backed away. Finally, Sanford has very close ties to the libertarian Cato Institute. 

It's safe to say, Sanford will be one of the most libertarian-connected representatives on the Hill, along with Reps Justin Amash, Dana Rohrabacher, Tom McClintock, and Thomas Massie. 

Editor's note - As pro-defense libertarians, we're huge fans of Ron Paul (Amash and Massie) here at LR on domestic policy. A lot less so on foreign policy. 

1 comment:

Jay Patel said...

Amash is much more pro-defense than you think.

Here are some quotes:
"Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a serious threat to our country's security, and I support economic sanctions against Iran."

He voted against that set of sanctions, but voted in favor of these, saying:

"Here's the roll call for the motion to suspend the rules and pass H R 2105, Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act of 2011. The bill authorizes sanctions against foreign-based companies that have traded with the sanctioned countries in nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons technology. Also, the U.S. government is prohibited from cooperating on nuclear technology with countries that have helped the sanctioned countries with that technology. I voted yes.

Sanctions are not a form of socialism. I do not believe that sanctions, as a general matter, are unconstitutional or unwarranted in particular circumstances."

He is a strong supporter of Israel:
"I voted "yes" on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H R 4133, United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The bill reaffirms the U.S.-Israel security relationship, supports the continued development of a joint missile defense system and the production of the Iron Dome defense system, pledges to assist Israel to "forge a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two states living side by side in peace and security," and temporarily extends an existing line of credit to Israel's government, which may not be used for activities outside of the 1967 borders. (This is constitutional in connection with Congress's power to raise and support Armies.)

Israel is our closest friend in a very troubled region. Our national defense benefits from Israel's ability to defend itself and to serve as a check against neighboring authoritarian regimes and extremists. Assisting with training and the development of Israel's military capacity allows the U.S. to take a less interventionist role in the region. I am hopeful that American troops soon can leave the region and Israel and its neighbors can live in peace without U.S. aid or involvement. It passed 411-2-9."

He also disagrees with Ron Paul on Bin Laden:
"Still, there's about 10 percent of things the two congressmen don't see eye to eye on, Amash says, though Paul sees them as nuances. One example is the strategy in killing Osama bin Laden. Paul would have preferred another channel such as the trial and hanging of Iraq's Saddam Hussein than a covert invasion of Pakistan, whereas Amash is comfortable with the tactic used to kill the al-Qaida leader."