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March 11, 2014 Print

CitizenLink CPAC Panels Opens Dialogue Between Libertarians and Social Conservatives

by Bethany Monk

CitizenLink President Tom Minnery hosted a panel titled “Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along?” this past weekend at our nation’s largest conference for conservatives.

Thousands attended the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C. Some of the speakers included Gov. Rick Perry; former Govs. Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin; Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio; former Sen. Rick Santorum; and Dr. Ben Carson.

Minnery hosted the panel to give attendees an overview of some of the major differences between libertarians and social conservatives.

“I wanted people to see and to know that the Libertarian Party is quite a bit radical when you think of the positions on certain issues, such as marriage,” he said. “One of the points I made at our panel discussion was to remind people that the Libertarian Party wants to erase that little government document called the marriage license. They want ‘We the People’ to be out of the business of recognizing as married or unmarried. That’s a social travesty. I don’t think a lot of people know that about Libertarians, and I wanted to underscore that point.”

Panel participants included: Matt Spalding, associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College, D.C.; Matt Welch, editor of “Reason” magazine; Alexander McCobin, executive director of Students for Liberty; and  Michael Medved, host of his eponymous nationally syndicated radio talk show.

Minnery was hoping that those who attended the discussion realized that “freedom does not merely mean chaos.”

“Freedom means people ought to do what they ought to do, which is to see about the next generation,” he said. “And it’s a big commitment to raise kids. Marriage is a big part of that. What children need is a stable, committed, enduring home so that they can grow up and be mature, responsible, productive citizens. I wanted to remind people about that.”

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