From Miron’s recent article in the National Review:
Voter dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats is at historic levels, and the tea-party movement is hoping to play kingmaker in the November elections. The country’s current breed of discontent is ideal for the tea parties, because economic concerns are foremost, allowing the movement to sidestep the divisions between its libertarian and conservative wings.
As the elections near, however, voters will want to know where the party stands not just on the economy but on social issues. A perfect illustration is drug policy, where conservatives advocate continued prohibition but libertarians argue for legalization. Which way should the tea party lean when this issue arises?
If the party is true to its principles — fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets — it must side with the libertarians.
Heck yes. I sincerely hope the drug “war” becomes a central issue in the next elections, just to weed out (pardon the pun) those conservative hypocrites, and maybe deal a crucial blow (pardon the other pun) to the Republican Party.
(By the way, Jeffrey Miron has written one of the best books summarizing libertarianism out there: Libertarianism from A to Z. Pick it up if you fancy yourself an advocate of small-government.)