Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Punk-Rock Libertarian in Ronald Reagan’s Court

Barry Donegan
by Barry Donegan, May 16th, 2011, Liberty Republican Forum

My foray into Republican politics probably started more as a form of protest than anything else, but once I got my foot in the door, it became clear that, for those interested in freedom, only the Republican Party has the appropriate organizational structure to give rise to an insurgent libertarian mainstream movement. (link)


This is a great article by Barry Donegan, a former Regional Vice Chair of the Davidson County Republican Party. It is full of practical advice; a kind of, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" guide for insurgent Republicans.

I am not a Ron Paul supporter myself, but was an "old Goldwater faithful" and a YAF'er and have at various times felt like an insurgent in the Republican camp so I can relate to much of what Barry says. I have at times found myself frustrated with one or the other faction in the party, but always knew that I had more in common with Republicans than Democrats and despite internal disagreements knew it is the Republican Party that stands for liberty and common sense.

In 1976 I was a passionate Ronald Reagan supporter but when Reagan lost the primary to Gerald Ford, I only licked my wounds for a day or two then began volunteering for Gerald Ford. It was the right thing to do. A Ford presidency would have been preferable to the Carter presidency. We are not a parliamentary system. Our system demands compromise and playing nice or one is simply a novelty act on the sidelines.

Barry's advice and insights include, "Be Friends with everyone," "Do the job you were elected to do," "choose your battles," and, (I especially like this one) "People in local politics do not get phone calls from the Bilderberg Group or the Council on Foreign Relations, so there is no reason to make a conspiracy out of everything and start calling people names." Good advice.

It has been a pleasure to get to know Barry Donegan and call him my friend.

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