[V]arious New Mexico Tea Partyers booed one of the movement’s superstars [Former New Mexico Governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson] for daring to suggest that a wasteful and — let’s just say it –tyrannical government campaign [the war on drugs] be ended. […]
If ending the disastrous, expensive, immoral and racist drug war gets booed at a Tea Party rally in liberty-loving New Mexico, there is absolutely nothing remotely libertarian about the movement besides a visceral hatred of taxes and the conviction that undeserving Others are benefiting from them.
I have to agree. Obviously, the power of the tea party has been its decentralized nature with a common ground founded on resentment of a government that has lost control, particularly of its spending. But if the preponderance of tea partiers shun the likes of Ron Paul or Gary Johnson, how are they, this majority within the tea party, not merely somewhat frugal neo-cons?