In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, pundits of all political persuasions started suggesting that the Republicans need to overhaul their image dramatically in order to make themselves palatable to anybody other than members of the fundamentalist fringe. That, however, would require a lot of effort, which is something the Republicans genuinely dislike. So they came up with an idea that is pure genius in its simplicity: exploit the Americans' yearnings for a third party alternative.
The so-called Libertarian / Tea Party movement is a perfect decoy for the Republican goal of bringing the young voters back into the fold and getting them to swallow the patriarchal message of the Republicans. Ostensibly, the Libertarians proclaim an agenda of liberation from all kind of oppressive authority. The young people are understandably fed up with their parents' and teachers' authority over their lives. As a result, they turn to what, in their adolescent ignorance, they confuse for a genuine chance of liberation.
Youth is the time in one's life when one feels strong, energetic, capable of achieving anything and changing the world in the process. So the Libertarian fallacy of complete self-sufficiency and self-reliance appeals to these kids. They are still too young and inexperienced to see how misguided this pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps agenda is. They are incapable of imagining that sometimes unplanned contingencies, such as illness and job loss, can get in the way of even the most valiant bootstrap pulling.
(To be continued...)
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