Good LttE from a Ben Pechek that I thought I would repost here.
In his column "CPAC, Libertarians and Ron Paul – what a conservative isn't," Don Feder has made some very serious mistakes about what a conservative is, what a libertarian is and what kind of issues divide groups ideologically.
The mistake is to think that there is basically no difference between libertarians and anarchists. This is demonstrated by the lines: "The libertarian's is a government that's non-existent – or nearly so"; "The libertarian believes people are angels corrupted by the state"; "A conservative values freedom (individual liberty); a libertarian worships it."
As a person who strongly identifies with both movements, I can say that none of these statements resonate with my core beliefs in the role of government. The very core of my beliefs in government is not found in liberty, rights or the pursuit of happiness. The God of the Bible is the core of all I believe. And from there I can say that according to the Bible, for a man to live righteously he must freely choose to do that which is right, which requires that he be free to do that which is wrong. This is my allegiance to freedom, not some mindless worship of liberty for its own sake.
Anarchists may believe that people are basically good and are corrupted by the state, just as leftist believe that people are basically good and are corrupted by their society and culture. But the libertarian does not buy into that mindset. The libertarian sees that the natural tendency of man is to enslave his neighbor. We recognize that if there were no government, the strong would strip the weak of their freedom, thus taking away from them the ability to live as God intended. Therefore, government is necessary. However, government cannot exist without also taking away some freedom from all of its citizens. The answer to this problem that the Founding Fathers found was to make the government strong enough to dispense justice, therefore keeping man from taking the freedom of other men, but weak enough that the citizens would not be enslaved by the government. I believe that this describes the core of my beliefs, and the core of Ron Paul's beliefs. We differ in policy on such issues as the war in Iraq, but I recognize that his belief is a legitimate intellectual branch sprouting from the same philosophical roots that I base my beliefs in.
So in attacking Ron Paul and his followers, Don Feder is attacking the very heart of the movement that he claims to be a part of. Why are leaders like him (and Mike Huckabee) doing this? The true enemies in our ranks are many and obvious. They are the politicians who do not have their beliefs rooted in God but rooted in man. They are identified when they show that they do not believe in the rule of law. They show themselves when they oppose health care not because its passage would blatantly fly in the face of the Constitution, but instead because it is not popular. They show themselves when they say that Roe v. Wade was a mistake, not because all people have an unalienable right to life, but because it should be decided at the state level. These are the people that should be purged from our ranks. And for those people that wish to identify the enemy as individuals who believe first in God and second in the rule of law, they identify themselves as the true enemy within.
Seemed like a good summary of the Christian case for libertarianism, which of course gives rise to constitutionalism and republicanism.