I’m actually chucking out loud as I write this. Forbes columnist Ralph Benko knows how to unite libertarians and social conservatives and win the day. See, the way to best fight Big Brother, Benko assures us, is for libs to join social conservatives in giving Big Brother the power to decree who some people are allowed to love, date, or marry. It’s so bad it looks a lot like linkbait, so I’ll link through another site:
AlicuBlog — Even though many libertarians fully approve of gay marriage they can, with authenticity, also honor the First Amendment guarantee of “… no law …prohibiting the free exercise [of religion].” … There is much to collaborate on: preserving freedom of speech, and of the press, and of the free exercise of religion; honoring the right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances; not infringing the right to keep and bear arms; rehabilitation the right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonably searches and seizures; the right not to be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. Even, casting the net a bit wider, the classical gold standard and the repeal of the Estate tax!
Shorter Benko, can we just agree to throw gay rights under the bus get on with helping rich people get richer? Libertarians will promise we’re going to help social conservatives do something about gay people, if you social conservatives will in reality cut our estate taxes.
Which is pretty much the same old bait and switch the big money right has dangled in front of social conservatives for decades now.
They never get around to doing much for the social conservatives, for two good reasons. One, socially conservative policies are not popular and they are becoming less so all the time, and two, actually doing what social conservatives want makes it much harder to credibly promise to do what social conservatives want in the future and thus trick them again and again.