Fight for the GOP: Ron Paul’s Liberty Tree vs. Sarah Palin’s Neocon Tea Party

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Ever since Sarah Palin “endorsed” Rand Paul for Kentucky Senate a few weeks ago, the internet has been on fire with a Ron Paul Sarah Palin 2012 ticket.  The problem is, these two go together like oil and water.  Sarah Palin’s neocon tea party movement is no where close in principle to Ron Paul’s liberty tree movement.  The fight for the GOP is on.

Check this quote out by Glenn Greenwald:

Glenn Greenwald is smacking home runs today on the hypocrisy of the Republicans, FoxNews, and movement conservatism when it comes to their recent “libertarianism.”

Listen to these 2 choice excerpts:

“This is what Republicans always do. When in power, they massively expand the power of the state in every realm. Deficit spending and the national debt skyrocket. The National Security State is bloated beyond description through wars and occupations, while no limits are tolerated on the Surveillance State. Then, when out of power, they suddenly pretend to re-discover their “small government principles.” The very same Republicans who spent the 1990s vehemently opposing Bill Clinton’s Terrorism-justified attempts to expand government surveillance and executive authority then, once in power, presided over the largest expansion in history of those very same powers. The last eight years of Republican rule was characterized by nothing other than endlessly expanded government power, even as they insisted — both before they were empowered and again now — that they are the standard-bearers of government restraint.”

Neocons (who still overwhelmingly dominate the GOP) and Paul-led libertarians are arch enemies, and the social conservatives on whom the GOP depends are barely viewed with greater affection. Sarah Palin and Ron Paul are about as far apart on most issues as one can get; the ‘tea party movement’ can’t possibly be about supporting each of their worldviews.”

What do you think? Is Ron Paul and Sarah Palin principles and messages in direct conflict to one another?

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