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article imageOp-Ed: Are Christian Conservatives moving closer to Libertarian ideals?

By Michael Krebs     Mar 10, 2012 in Politics
As Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has seen first hand, primaries with high concentrations of Christian Conservatives do not serve him well - but with Pat Robertson's position on legalizing marijuana, can Christians support Libertarian causes?
The average American Republican voter does not appear to be in support of the agenda put forward by Libertarian-leaning candidates, even though many of the basic Libertarian tenets align with Republican values.
Just ask Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
On March 6, Super Tuesday, Paul finished third in primaries among the Libertarian stronghold states of Alaska and Idaho and took second place in North Dakota. But in Georgia, where Christian Conservatives represent a large voting populace, Paul delivered a distant last place showing at 6.6 percent of the vote.
According to the Washington Post, Ron Paul remains a non-factor heading into the heavily Social Conservative Mississippi and Alabama contests on Tuesday.
Many Christian and Social Conservatives do not trust Libertarian positions on a range of matters, from gay marriage to abortion to American militarism, and this distrust trumps other more common and convergent issues of interest to both Social Conservatives and Libertarians. The gulf between these two factions of the Republican Party helps explain why Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all remain in the Republican presidential race.
However, with Pat Robertson's recent position that marijuana should be legalized and effectively available in the same manner that alcohol is available, as Time reported, can we expect to see Social Conservatives coming closer to accepting LIbertarian positions?
ā€œIf people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal,ā€ Robertson said, according to the Time report.
Robertson's position echoes that of Ron Paul and of Gary Johnson, the presidential contender from the Libertarian Party.
If Christian Conservatives prove that they can support the legalization of marijuana and other drugs, might they also support other Libertarian causes? This remains to be seen, but Robertson's comments offer a curious step closer.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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