THE NOT QUITE YET LIBERTARIAN MOMENT

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) 
Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) 

Rand Paul came out on top in this years Conservative Political Action Conference, and while it is true that it doesn’t tell us much about next years election, it may give us clues into the near future. This is Rand Paul’s third win in a row, and his wins are buoyed by young voters mostly under 25, which is how it has been for several years now (his dad, Ron Paul, won two years in a row in 2010 and 2011). What this tells me at least, is that the future voters of the Republican Party are largely libertarian. As other writers have pointed out we have seen a strong resurgence of GOP Hawks, which can largely be attributed to ISIS. Most Americans, and especially conservative Republicans favor military action against. I think that this hawkish resurgence is more or less an aberration, rather not than a long-term trend. I do not think that right now is the libertarian moment. Rather, I think that moment is still to come. I think that we are coming upon a shift in electoral politics. If and when the libertarian moment emerges, it will not be purely libertarian, and it will not look like the tea party. But the main thrust will be libertarian. The main question is and will be, are you bottom-up, or are you top-down?

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