GOP rebranding: Fire up the libertarian iron

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

When two winnable Midwestern Senate seats in 2012 were lost by GOP candidates who talked about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy resulting from rape as “God’s will,” the Republican Party needs to reevaluate what it has become.

When the GOP limits citizens' choices, when it strays from core principles of freedom, personal responsibility, and minimal government, it looks hypocritical — and it loses supporters.

The two parties entrenched in Washington have a lock on power and on our checkbooks. They know if voting changed anything, they could make it illegal. Maybe party leaders will start telling the truth some day. That day is known in Washington as retirement.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator, can be reached at or visit


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