Election 2012

Libertarians vs. Conservatives: "We've seen some real progress"

Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds, responding to wailing and gnashing of teeth among many conservatives in the wake of last week's election.

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Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds, responding to wailing and gnashing of teeth among many conservatives in the wake of last week's election:

See, libertarians are less despondent because (1) conservatives start out gloomier; and (2) we're much more used to disappointment. Also, we've seen real progress in many areas over the last couple of decades.

More here.

Indeed, we saw historic progress (times two) in last week's elections, with the passage of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, and marriage equality in three states.

I would have preferred seeing Barack Obama repudiated at the polls given that his economic, immigration, regulatory, foreign policy, and other policies have been disastrous. And that he couldn't muscle a budget in the past several years (indeed, he couldn't even force the Democratic Senate to produce a budget plan for discussion) is a major failure of leadership. But as Reynolds suggests, real progress happens above and beyond any particular electoral or political results.