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Utah Sen. Madsen on Defecting to the Libertarian Party: The GOP Has Abandoned Jeffersonian Principles

And he knew his defection would make the press listen to him discuss the Republican Party's, and American politics', flaws.

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State Sen. Mark Madsen of Utah held a press conference this afternoon explaining his decision, in his last term as a state Senator (he will hold to his previously announced plans to retire from office at the end of his current term in January) to leave the Republican Party for the Libertarian Party.

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The Republicans, he notes, have abandoned the principles of self-ownership and free markets, switching from what he calls a Jeffersonian focus to one of progressive strongman types like Teddy Roosevelt.

"Hard work, risk, reward, and recognition of the reality there are no guarantees in life" have all been abandoned by both major parties, with a "mommy state" pushed by the Democrats and a "daddy state" pushed by the Republicans, he says.

"No party is entitled to my membership or my support," Madsen says. He is going where his principles take him, he said, which is to the Libertarian Party and to support of its presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld.

"Liberty, agency, ingenuity, and opportunity" are the values he says the L.P. stands for.

While he insists he'd made up his mind about the switch before the Republican National Convention last week, Madsen did mention how untoward he found it that fellow Republicans were shouting at the Utah delegation, and their federal Sen. Mike Lee, that they were not welcome in the GOP any longer if they were not 100 percent behind Donald Trump.

Anthony Fisher reported here from the RNC about the Utah delegation's problems with the Party and its nominee Trump.

Madsen admits that the party switch is "largely symbolic" since he will only be a sitting Libertarian in the Senate for less than 6 months. When asked what the point was, then, he said that a big part was to make the press come and listen to his message about the Republicans' abandonment of freedom-related principles, from civil rights to property rights to medical marijuana. He called on others in politics concerned with people's right to manage their own lifes to reconsider their political affiliations.

His inability to get a medical marijuana bill through the Utah legislature was, he says, part of his disillusionment with the Republicans and modern politics, but reinforced a decision he was already inclined to make about a political world where ability to make choices and accept consequences about one's own life were not respected, one where even elected officials allegedly dedicated to freedom usually just kowtow to bureaucratic processes.

Video of the full press conference can be found at the Libertarian Party of Utah's Facebook page.

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  1. The Republicans, he notes, have abandoned the principles of self-ownership and free markets, switching from what he calls a Jeffersonian focus to one of progressive strongman types like Teddy Roosevelt.

    Makes a lot of sense, dude.

    1. Jefferson owned many selves.

      1. And was a Democrat. They don’t call it The Party of Jefferson for nothing.

      2. He had multiple personalities?

    2. Is that you Anonbot ?

  2. “Pro-Social Darwinism Party Welcomes Yet Another Straight White Man”, read the headline at liberal websites and blogs.

    1. Funny. Unless they can find a way to say that while simultaneously saying it is all because Trump suck, they’ll probably fail to notice though.

      1. “Women, people of color, sexual deviants, and other non-evil people still mysteriously absent in the Libertarian Party ranks”, says the lead.

        1. sexual deviants…still mysteriously absent

          /looks around HnR

          I do *not* want to know what you have to do to get labeled a sexual deviant at Mother Jones.

          1. I thought the name of that rag was all about sexual deviancy.

    2. “Pro-Social Darwinism Party Welcomes Yet Another Straight White Man”, read the headline at liberal Pro-Darwinian Collectivist websites and blogs.

      FTFY

  3. Madsen admits that the party switch is “largely symbolic” since he will only be a sitting Libertarian in the Senate for less than 6 months.

    Then he truly is a libertarian.

  4. I still hold a grudge against GayJay for running as Libertarian in 2012 and then switching back to Republican after the election.

    1. Being a libertarian requires a major lack of commitment.

    2. Why? GayJay IS a Republican. If you want a candidate who is neither Republican nor Democrat CHOOSE TRUMP

      1. I’m looking forward to holding your support for Daddy over your head for the rest of your life.

        1. So did Gary steal SIV’s woman? or did he string up SIV’s brother balance him on SIV’s shoulders and shove a harmonica in SIV’s mouth?

          1. No, SIV is just a simpering Trumpling. His only virtue is that he’s out of the closet about it, unlike some other H who tap their toes in the Trump men’s room.

            1. Why are you cosmos so invested in the Republicans? We finally get an independent candidate with an excellent shot at blowing up the duopoly and y’all start singing HITLER in harmony with the neoconservative GOP establishment and the communist progs.

              1. Why are you cosmos … in harmony with the neoconservative GOP establishment and the communist progs

                It’s a real (((mystery))).

                Did I do that right?

              2. Heh, the Democrats are running a grifter, the Republicans are running a Democrat, and the Libertarians are running two Republicans. It’s political musical chairs, and libertarians missed the end of the song.

            2. It’s always fun when Libertarians can tut-tut Republicans for voting Republican while supporting… the two Republicans. That is, the ones that aren’t With Her. It’s renegades all the way down.

  5. I looked it up, Utah is an actual for reals state. They have a capitol and everything!

  6. Hey get a load of Mr. Freedompants here and his cum to Jesus moment

  7. “The Republicans, he notes, have abandoned the principles of self-ownership and free markets, switching from what he calls a Jeffersonian focus to one of progressive strongman types like Teddy Roosevelt.”

    Seems like he was just mistaken about the party when he joined.

    1. What he’s mistaken about is that the party he’s active in should already be in agreement with him. The GOP he had a chance to move, while LP is already where he wants. What good is having more libertarians in the LP?

  8. Kinda looks like he’s takin’ a shit, there…

    I say, welcome aboard!

    1. Yeah, was that the best one he could pick out of his head shot sitting? His eyes are like those in the one freaky picture they always find and publicize of the latest mass murderer

      1. To me it says: “DUI booking photo.”

  9. I think there’s going to be a lot of Republicans voting for Johnson/Weld this time around. Whether the LP can capitalize on that is another question.

    1. I don’t know. I’m hearing a lot of chatter that the LP ticket is going to be a draw to disaffected Democrats, too.

      1. Possible. I honestly hope so. I think a few might go that way. But the Democrats are leaning even harder on the retarded “If you don’t vote for our guy, you’re supporting the bogeyman!” trope than the Republicans. It could be they’re scared. And it could be they’re just that retarded (or at least think their voters are).

    2. Every spoiler vote the LP earns abolishes a stupid usurpation disguised as a law somewhere–and makes it harder for any gang of looters to pass a tax hike. That’s winning.
      Look at Australia. One or two dogs guide the directions of gigantic flocks of mindless sheep. Spoiler votes are kinda like that, only leveraged off of the looter kleptocracy’s own cupidity and treacherous perfidy.

  10. He’s a young feller so I’ll forgive him for just now noticing what some of us have been saying for about 40 damn years. Nixon proclaiming “we’re all Keynesians now”, imposing wage and price controls and signing off on the EPA should have been dead giveaways that something was off with that small government message.

    1. But the Republicans during that time also abolished the draft, staved off socialized medicine for decades, reduced personal marginal income tax rates greatly, legalized gold ownership, and other good stuff.

  11. The libertarian party is the only party compatible with Robert Heinlein, Robert Rimmer and Joseph Smith plural marriage. It is high time another state elector summoned the courage to vote libertarian, It won’t undo the cowardly capitulation of 1890, but it couldn’t hurt.

  12. “Liberty, agency, ingenuity, and opportunity” are the values he says the L.P. stands for.

    That’s the biggest problem that the libertarian movement has, right there… the average American does not know what ‘agency’ is, and confuses ‘liberty’ with a license of limitless freedom to do whatever the heck he wants without any responsibility. We need to do a far better job of communicating.

  13. RE: Utah Sen. Madsen on Defecting to the Libertarian Party: The GOP Has Abandoned Jeffersonian Principles

    It is difficult to pin down the exact date when the republicans wisely abandoned the asinine Jeffersonian principles. One can make the case during the Great Depression of 1929. It was about three years later, in 1932, the republican part wisely choose the “me too” of advancing the prudent principles of socialism with Comrade FDR. Over the years, the republicans discovered that socialist policies would benefit them and their cronies with some really stupid political actions. The republicans were slow in catching on to socialism but give them credit. They eventually caught on, and with the aid and assistance of their fellow slavers, the democrats, we are now advancing to the final stages of the Great Peoples Revolution. So let us rejoice that the republicans have abandoned the archaic and ridiculous principles of liberty, free markets and small government. The only thing left to do now is to properly indoctrinated the unwashed masses so they too will see the folly of the failed Jeffersonian beliefs and practices. Then, we will all have a sudden realization just how wonderful and liberating it is to be a slave in a workers paradise, give all our money and efforts the ruling elitist class turds and march down the avenues every day, hand-in-hand singing “The International.”
    (Wipes tears of joy from cheek,)
    Socialism just can’t come fast enough to our beloved nation!

    1. It is difficult to pin down the exact date when the republicans wisely abandoned the asinine Jeffersonian principles.

      It happened by the time they had a few hundred members. No political party can be large and stick to principles.

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  15. But here’s the problem: LP is already like that. So what good does it do for him to leave the GOP for the LP? Trying to make the yellow paint more yellow? Make the salt saltier?

    Where you have the most influence is in an organiz’n that agrees with you about 50-50. Then you have leverage.

    1. But the GOP is toast.

      1. Because Hillary keeps rising in the polls? Your oracle Nate Silver: Trump would likely win if election were held today

        But don’t worry, the next few months of terror attacks will put her back into the lead. Her “more Muslim refugees and more gun control” positions are sure to go over big with American voters.

  16. That photo…Jesus

    1. Doesn’t look nearly Semitic enough.

  17. How does “medical marijuana” bring us closer to liberty than “medical cocaine” or “medical codeine”?

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