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It appears that many people are thinking these days that libertarians are republicans, when this is far from the case.
Below I will outline key reasons why libertarians are not republicans and are just aligning with the republican party because they do not have enough momentum or financial backing to penetrate the two party system which they despise so much!
Republicans emphasize the role of free markets and individual achievement as the primary factors behind economic prosperity. To this end, they favor laissez-faire economics, fiscal conservatism, and the promotion of personal responsibility over welfare programs.
The party opposes a government-run single-payer health care system, believing such a system constitutes socialized medicine, and is in favor of a personal or employer-based system of insurance, supplemented by Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid, which covers approximately 40% of the poor.
Republicans support the ideals of the constitution the very same document that allowed this great nation to get out from under British rule. As well as the Boston Tea Party. With a free market and less government regulation Republicans believe that you should be allowed to do anything you want especially when it comes to religious beliefs as long as you follow the current laws. They want government to remain small but enforce the laws already in place. They frequently target corrupt judges within the system.
According to the platform, "economic prosperity and environmental protection must advance together, environmental regulations should be based on science, the government’s role should be to provide market-based incentives to develop the technologies to meet environmental standards, we should ensure that environmental policy meets the needs of localities, and environmental policy should focus on achieving results processes." Whereas some republicans do not believe that Global Warming is happening and that it is a global tax scheme
Freedom, Immigration, Wars
Republicans support the freedom of Gun Rights and the freedom to come to America legally. Republicans also support the right to worship how you please and the right to say whatever you want! Republicans support a strong military defense and offense. *Republicans believe if you have the biggest army no one will think about attacking you for even a second *
In line with the Republican Party
specifically, advocating for lower taxes at every level of government, a reduction in the level of spending in the federal budget, easing the burden of federal regulations on business interests, the reform of the entitlement system, and ending or making significant cuts to the welfare state. They also want to end the federal reserve but what system will replace the federal reserve?
Not In line with the Republican Party
Libertarians believe in personal responsible Health Care. Ironically they also call for the deregulation of medical research & marketing as well as ending medical monopolies. Republicans do not believe this, they believe in the current insurance based Health Care system with few government regulations. Libertarians need to ask themselves, what system will replace Health Care if there are no insurance companies?
Somewhat In line with the Republican Party
Libertarians believe that people should have the freedom to do whatever they want whenever they want as long as you don't hurt others. Hurting others will also be impossible to define under libertarian rule. People should be looking for change all the time. Change the status quo but try not to get corrupt while doing this. (which is impossible) Just look at Facebook they changed the status quo on the internet and Marketing and look how corrupt they are.
As stated clearly above in the Republican section, Republicans want to maintain the status quo which has worked out well for America for the past 250 years!
Not in line with the Republican Party
Libertarians believe in complete private market solutions to the energy crisis. While Republicans believe that Government should cooperate and not overreach in their power to control the energy companies. Libertarians also believe in the crazy notion that pollution of other people's property is a violation of individual rights.
Not in line with the Republican Party
Libertarians know that we are all immigrants. Each on of us can trace our roots back to a different country. However, while advocating ideas of non-interventionism in war they want to open all of the borders and allow everyone to become a citizen who came here illegally. Libertarians need to ask themselves how would this influx of people be controlled. While this sounds good, it is not in line with how the world works. We need controls in immigration especially when immigrants from the countries that are our enemies come here. Libertarians believe that all war is evil and infringes on the rights of people all over the world. They believe war is a burden on society and the economy. They support pulling out of all bases and shrinking our military to defense only!
So I hope that it is clear that these libertarians while having a FEW similarities with the Republican Party. In reality, the libertarians are really their own entity and shouldn't be injecting themselves into the Republican Party.
Please keep the discussion civil and we are not discussing policies that have been enacted by each party. We are talking about their ideals.