According to the PRRI, 16% of libertarians in the United States were supporting Marco Rubio this year until he gave up on his campaign. Given that Gallup poll data shared by Cato Institute indicates that one in five Americans are libertarians, and there are 320 million people in America, this means there are 64 million Americans who are libertarians.
So, knowing that 16% of that refers to 10 million U.S. libertarians, let us look at the other Center-right ideologies factored in:
- Of the 12% or 40 million Americans who are Tea Party, 18% or 7 million also backed Marco Rubio until he quit
- Of the 25% or 80 million Americans who are conservatives, 13% or 10 million backed Marco until he quit.
So… how exactly, I ask as a former Marco Rubio backer turned Austin Petersen backer, did Marco Rubio manage to have an easy time until the Florida GOP primary uniting libertarians and conservatives? And could there have been a “Rubio coalition” if Americans would wake up to the REALITY that anger will not replace Regressive Left despotism with Constitutional originalism? The REALITY that anger will not topple SJWs from the legislative stage as anger did not topple Evangelical Far-right science-attackers from the legislative stage during the George W. Bush years? I shall explore these questions as I plug my research and answers into this WordPress writing of mine.
1. Rubio has a Pro-Liberty voting record in the Senate
According to the GOP libertarian electoral grading system of Congress folks, called Liberty Index, Marco Rubio voted in favor of purist application of the Enumerated Powers list and of the Bill of Rights eight times out of ten. His personal-level social conservatism attracted conservatives, and his Voting Record of directly defending the rights of classical liberals like myself to contradict him on social issues attracted libertarians, myself included. Remorsefully this Index has a Nolan Chart for House but not for Senate. So I took the Liberty of making my own version of their graph just so I can chart where Marco’s voting record stands:
He also has as you can tell an almost-all-the-time amount of support for the free market economics of Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek.
2. Rubio adores the Internet’s impacts on the economy
Whether it is him peppering his speeches with praise of Amazon.com, or his support for use of Uber and AirBnB, or his promises of market-based incentives for taking online college courses instead of going to college in person. Something is very obvious:
Marco Rubio knew how to pull millennials, myself included, into his team: promise and take action to ensure people are able and willing to take full advantage of the creativity opportunities that the internet has invented room for when it got started in the very late 1990’s.
Also in his method from what I remember and from what I can gather from a Time Magazine article is he sparks pragmatic optimism in people while Donald Trump thinks only to spark violent anger in people. I cherish and always practice pragmatic optimism.
In Marco’s words (I am paraphrasing), the center-right “is about hope and optimism, and having a set of core values, mainly free markets and small government”.
Rubio also knew all to well the need of massively deregulating the internet to plow up room for aspiring millennial merchants, 55% of millennials according to Reason Magazine, to create their unique little businesses.
3. Rubio’s intellectually honest on a majority of foreign policy topics
Marco Rubio is known to support a strong military and a foreign policy of fixation on human rights. He’s also been known to be very spot on about a large majority of foreign policy realities, including at least half of the painful realities.
He recognizes that Israel is the only nation in the Greater Middle East that has the common ground with America of applying individualistic policies that create opportunity for lifestyle liberty and economic prosperity. He’s been adamantly Pro-Israel since he first learned about it in… long before I did that’s all I know for now.
Rubio also actively embraces the reality that is the vital role the US military plays in guarding the currently seven-decade-old order of free trade, free migration and total right to travel. Rubio understands very well the vital role the US military plays in overseeing this current world order and in what my fellow libertarian and favorite political Radio host Larry Elder calls Defensive Posture.
In example, his “Rubio Doctrine” included for its number-2 pillar defense of the global economy, which really is the bi-product of this element called e-commerce. But then again open trade and open tourism were the world order long before internet happened. The invention of eCommerce in 1979 simply made this trade-and-tourism world order the only world order ever possible. Frankly that’s what internet does: it makes tyrannical changes mostly impossible.
When it comes to understanding how human nature works on a fundamental stage, Rubio has it the best of any of this year’s Republican contenders.
As for recognizing the needs of the US military, Marco’s first and last priority in defense policy is ensuring the US military can confront and defeat the threat at the source and overwhelmingly win. This characteristic I can tell was totally missing from the Bush Doctrine of 2001 to 2009. Marco also can tell when a foreign tyrannical regime or militia is of dire & vile threat to the American national interests of free trade, open tourism and human rights. He can quickly tell apart an imminent threat from a foreseen threat from an unstable ally from a stable ally just by analyzing the behavioral record of a foreign nation objectively and arriving at his own conclusions.
Tactically Marco Rubio knows the necessity of keeping his tactics between himself and the US military, something Sun Tzu would probably applaud him for. This was demonstrated by Rubio when he said “When you tell ISIS where you will and won’t fight them, you have told them where they can and cannot hide.” in a TV interview that was, to some degree, about battle tactics against ISIS.
4. Rubio had the most personality of all the Mainstream (D&R) candidates
Whether it is him having a sense of humor, him having a taste in music, him having family loyalty to his wife and kids, him having intelligence with wisdom, or him having the most empathy and most reason of all the D&R people, Marco certainly had the most personality of all the mainstream candidates of 2016.
Marco’s personality traits according to his behavior, as I have observed it, are as follows:
- sense of humor
- taste in music
- factual thought
- religious morality
- loyalty to his family
- loyalty to US voters
- patriotism against most of his fellow Feds
These are of course the traits I see as positives. So let me own up to bias right now: I am puritanically biased toward skepticism against regular society’s popular narratives. And in this blog I am biased toward skepticism against mainstream libertarianism’s popular narratives.
There Could Have Been a Rubio Coalition
Yes, I am answering that question now. Of course people will think this is named for Raegan Coalition, and while it is, keep in mind I despise Raegan’s record on drugs and other social issues but still think he was on the right side of foreign policy and to a lesser extent on economy, meaning his economic rhetoric was superior, in my view, to certain policies of his.
But anyway – this Rubio Coalition could have been as follows:
- Christian Right
- Fiscal Conservatives
- Secular Right
- Classical Liberals
- Neolibertarians (like me)
- Minarchists (minimal state activists)
- Conservative Liberals
- Right wing Populists
- Center-right Egalitarians
- Free-market Anarchists
This could have been the Coalition that took back America and restored American constitutionalism and could have kicked the Anti-liberal Progressives off the legislative stage without resorting to the Storm-front craziness that Trump is inspiring.
I do sincerely hope that Austin Petersen can inspire a Liberty Coalition of the sort in the bulleted list above. Presidentially, I do hope Gary Johnson can make a “Johnson Coalition” of the sort laid out by the bulleted list above, but I doubt Gary could make the sort of impacts that Marco made or that Austin made. Thanks all and all,