The most common belief libertarian Republicans share is fiscal conservatism - specifically advocating for lower taxes at every level of government, a reduction in the level of spending in the federal budget, easing the burden of federal regulations on business interests, the reform of the entitlement system, and ending or making significant cuts to the welfare state. Additionally, they oppose budget deficits and deficit spending and work to minimize it as much as possible. Libertarian Republicans tend to support more fiscal conservatism than their mainstream counterparts in the party, and are much less willing to abandon these principles for political expediency.
Libertarian Republicans differ from traditional Republicans in their insistence on protection of civil liberties. Unlike many social conservative Republicans, this branch of the party is hesitant to use an activist federal government as a vehicle for social change. It is distinct from the religious wing of the Republican party, and sees state-enforced conservative social policies as encroachments on personal privacy and individual liberties. Libertarian Republicans disagree with the activities of mainstream Republicans with regard to civil liberties since the September 11, 2001 attacks, opposing many provisions of the Patriot Act and President George W. Bush's domestic intelligence program.
Americans for Limited Government is another Libertarian Republican organization.
Prominent elected libertarian or libertarian-leaning Republicans include Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, former New Mexico Governor Gary E. Johnson, Michigan State Representative Leon Drolet, and former Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater.
Ron Paul's radical vision: the libertarian Republican warns of impending disaster, reaches out to the left, and prepares for a presidential campaign.(Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom)(Book review)
Jul 01, 2011; Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom, by Ron Paul, Grand Central Publishing, 328 pages, $24.99 RON PAUL...