On one of my favorite sites, Libertarian Punk, Michael W. Dean of Casper writes an open letter to Governor Dave Freudenthal. For those of you who don’t know, he’s the governor here in Wyoming and he’s a Democrat. I’ve reprinted Michael’s short letter to the governor below and then will have some responses. This should be fun.
Hello Governor Dave,
If you plan to change the term limits and run a third term, as many conjecture, I would like to propose that you change your party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
I don’t suggest this only because Republicans are doing better now and are more popular, though we are. I suggest it because I think that you’re more fiscally conservative than most Democrats, so the switch would only makes sense. You’re more Republican than some Republicans, including the governor of California.
You’re in favor of preserving the Second and Tenth Amendments, things that most liberals are against. You favor Castle Doctrine and lower taxes, and are more willing to trust people to take care of themselves rather than feeling we need overlording and nannying. This trust is another mark of classic liberty-minded Republicans. You’re also more of a friend of liberty, and more fiscally conservative, than the Republicans who’ve run against you in the past.
You want the federal government out of the lives of Wyomingites, and are taking steps toward enforcing that. For all of this, I commend you.
As Democrats in America move to the left, favoring bigger government and higher taxes, and Republicans return to a Goldwater-like respect for the Founders’ ideals, I think the tag “Democrat” no longer fits you.
Come on over to the other side, Dave, it’s nice here! You’re already most of the way anyway, why not make it official?
MICHAEL W. DEAN, Casper
Wyoming contact for the Republican Liberty Caucus
My response is encapsulated in my comment on the Libertarian Punk blog:
Why does it matter whether he’s a Repub or a Demo? For me, his being a Dem acting as a Repub just proves that there’s little difference between the two parties.
Have at you!