Thursday, September 10, 2009

I sent this e-mail to GOP national Chair Michael Steele at

>I just received this e-mail from my Republican Liberty Caucus group in New York. Is it true that Florida Republicans have ousted party officials who oppose the Roosevelt-Rockefeller Progressivism that has come to dominate the Republican Party? The last election, in which John McCain lept like a Federalist to support President Bush's bailout concept, loved by every economist on Wall Street's payroll, was a key reason the Republicans lost the election. Now, there seems to be an interest in driving out every Republican who does not agree with reactionary Progressivism. Guess what will happen in 2012 if the Republicans don't wake up?

>>Friend of Liberty,

Last Friday, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF)Grievance Committee notified Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida Chairman Will G. Pitts of Jacksonville and four other Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) members - including Northeast Florida RLC Chair John Stevens - that they have been REMOVED from positions within the RPOF or are prohibited from serving in any official RPOF capacity for varying lengths of time, from six months to more than six years.

"The reasons for this `Party Purge´ are that we have collectively and individually called for a complete audit of the Republican Party of Florida finances, advocated for candidates not favored by party leaders, and that we are members of the Republican Liberty Caucus," said activist and RLC member Doug Guetzloe of Orlando, one of the `purged´ members. Guetzloe has served as Chairman of "Axe the
Tax" and a member of the Orange County (Orlando)GOP Executive Committee since 1980!

This Florida situation is a sad example of a party `leadership´ that is out of control and totally obsessed with power. Jim Greer, the RPOF Chair, was recently elected the Rules Committee Chair of the Republican National Committee despite his disregard for decency and his actions against fellow Florida Republicans.

Greer is totally committed to helping centrist Governor Charlie Crist become the next Florida U.S. Senator - and, probably, U.S. President. In his steadfast commitment, he has `purged´ Republican Liberty Caucus members and others who vocally oppose Crist´s policies (such as support for Obama´s bailout) from the party. All of the purged members were supporting an alternative Republican candidate for Governor and Senate.

Despite this setback, the purge by Greer is evidence of how effective (and much-needed) our Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida is. The first rule of politics is that when you make political enemies as significant as the party chairman - you´re doing something right. Otherwise he would not
be wasting his time on the `lil `ole RLC.

But he is. The Florida RLC is tremendously effective - it´s able to mobilize grassroots activists across the state and lobby at the State Capitol - all while clinging to the principles we hold so dear.


Anonymous said...

This is a big lie. These people broke party rules and were removed because of these violations. Everyone knows the rules when the take on a party position, these people chose to ignore them. Will Pitts and John Stevens went so far as to campaign FOR Obama!

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting quote...
"Nor is there any reason why the state should not assist the individuals in providing for those common hazards of life against which, because of their uncertainty, few individuals can make adequate provision. Where, as in the case of sickness and accident, neither the desire to avoid such calamities nor the efforts to overcome their consequences are as a rule weakened by the provision of assistance - where, in short, we deal with genuinely insurable risks - the case for the state's helping to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance is very strong... Wherever communal action can mitigate disasters against which the individual can neither attempt to guard himself nor make the provision for the consequences, such communal action should undoubtedly be taken," - Friedrich Hayek, The Road To Serfdom (Chapter 9).

But then Hayek is a he not?

Mitchell Langbert said...

Dear Anonymous: I appreciate your point about Hayek, and I agree that throughout his writing he emphasizes that markets need to be free but the establishment of welfare and similar kinds of plans do not necessarily disrupt the free market. Thus, the American economy has been able to function despite 50% of the economy being diverted into mostly unproductive state ends.

The question today about national health insurance is not the question with which Hayek was concerned. Today we have a different experience set from when Hayek wrote things like that in Constitution of Liberty and elsewhere. Today we know certain things:

1. The repeated failure of government benefit plans to be administered competently because of political intereference.

2. The failure of government management of a wide range of ventures from the crummy New York City subway to the welfare system that drove countless Americans into despondency to the massive boondoggles in the military industrial complex to the failed programs that never die (few government programs ever die--there are a few but very few). Compare the last point to the private sector, where the majority of firms die. I guess government managers are just geniuses--their ideas always work into perpetuity while private firms go bankrupt most of the time.

Thus, while I do not dispute Hayek's point about social insurance (and the kind of plan Obama proposes fits what Hayek says) I do question the sanity of those who insist on expanding government and never want to know how to reduce the trillions in waste that dominate our government.

Are you insane, Mr. Anonymous? Do you continue to advocate government programs knowing the massive history of mismanagement, incompetence and failure of government management? Do you never question why so many stupid, failed government programs continue blissfully on their way?

Superb Jon said...

They are all lawyers and can't run the party. Cox says he "ran a business" when all he did work for his former syn fuel boss. If platinum spoons didnt cramp Cox's guts, he would have taken on Hillary.They know nothing about demographics, segmentation, targeting, logistics, human factors, petitioning, registering new voters, redistricting, demand printing, telephonics at the same time that Obama delivered his people on the streets with precision targeted cellular texting. They are flying blind and only talking to themselves.