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Here Are The Kind Of ‘New Republicans’ Our Media Likes

From Reuters:

‘Liberty Kids’ shake up L.A. Republican Party, look to other states

By Sharon Bernstein | August 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Amir Zendehnam passionately supports marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the Republican Party.

And he isn’t a Democrat because?

He is not alone. The 26-year-old aspiring restaurateur and chairman of the party’s West Los Angeles central committee, is one of a raft of ethnically diverse young libertarians who hold seats in L.A. County’s huge GOP apparatus, injecting youthful energy into its operations at a time when the state’s Republican Party is nearly moribund.

If this is what passes for being Republican, than you can strike the ‘nearly.’

After winning control the executive board of the Los Angeles County Republican Party in December 2012, the “Liberty Kids,” as they call themselves, are seeing the fruits of their activism. This year one of their own is running as the Republican nominee for Congress from the San Gabriel Valley, with Zendehnam serving as policy adviser…

So not one of them has ever one an election. But we are seeing the fruits of the activism.

The Liberty Kids are challenging the party’s social conservatives and are drawing the attention of Democrats, who see liberal youth as part of their base. And in what could be a harbinger for the GOP, they have begun campaigning in other states, aiming to increase their influence beyond California.

"I want you to look around the room," Zendehnam said at a meeting last week, "because this is what the face of the Republican Party is going to look like." …

Raised during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and excited by the non-interventionist philosophy of Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman and presidential contender, many registered as Republicans to vote for Paul in the 2008 and 2012 presidential primaries and then stayed on in the party…

Despite personal politics that might seem more in tune with Democrats – world peace, ending the war on drugs and addressing global warming top the list of concerns for many – these millennials say they are more comfortable with Republicans’ emphasis on freedom than Democrats’ penchant for regulation…

They are talking about the freedom from responsibility. Which is not quite what conservatives mean by freedom.

The newcomers have clashed with Tea Party libertarians, who skew more conservative on social issues. Many Tea Partiers bristle at the newcomers’ views on abortion and immigration, and their deep distrust of the National Security Agency. "They curse at us," Zendehnam said…

Sure they do. And they spit on black Congressmen, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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