By the Left Coast Rebel
Yesterday I posted two videos of Rick Santorum disparaging the rising tea party/libertarian influence in the Republican party. My good friend and San Diego tea party compatriot Charles (Doo Doo Econ) and another reader thought that one of the videos was out of context.
Dave @ Moonbattery posted the entire clip (in context); here it is so that you can make up your own mind...
The video above was filmed in Pennsylvania. I think it was a somewhat recent townhall discussion with Rick Santorum. Or something. Either way, it is clear in my mind -- and in context -- that he throws the entire libertarian worldview under the bus. We shouldn't be surprised, this is the same Rick Santorum that aided and abetted the wholesale destruction of the fiscal conservative wing of the Republican party.
More from Dave Blount @ Moonbattery:
As suspected, the clip that appeared in a Ron Paul ad of Rick Santorum seemingly denouncing the Tea Party was taken out of context. Actually, he was denouncing libertarian influence on the Republican Party, as can be seen here.The collective establishment alarm over the libertarian rise in the tea party/GOP or "panicked squeals of statists" definitely applies to liberal squish throwback Rick Santorum.
Whether you can attack libertarian influence without implicitly attacking the Tea Party is another question.
For decades socialists have been implementing their platform not through the Socialist Party USA, but through the Democrat Party, which they have taken over and employ as a vehicle to advance their objectives. Through Ron Paul, Libertarians appear to be attempting the same with the Republican Party.
To the extent this rejuvenates the GOP and sharpens its focus on reducing the size of government and defending individual liberty, it will be for the better, the panicked squeals of statists notwithstanding. But libertarians are asked to leave their naive foreign policy outside the door.
I would love to see the full context of this 2005 radio segment that appeared on Freedom Watch. Let me know if any of you find it:
More: Santorum links from the Cato Institute:
Is There a Libertarian Case for Rick Santorum?
Rick Santorum's Anti-libertarianism
Santorum is Severely Wrong
Rick Santorum V. Limited Government
Rick Santorum and Limited Government?
Added: Don't forget that Rick Santorum endorsed Arlan Specter over Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania's 2010 senate race.
As it is said, you can judge a man by the company he keeps.