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I have a similar general political philosophy which emphasizes individual rights but also national security. I also disagree with the Libertarian platform which abdicates government's critical and central responsibility of national security. I am a realist who recognizes that protecting us from certain national security threats may take precedence over unlimited individual freedoms. In the long run, this approach should protect our most basic freedoms.

I, too, have a problem with the Libertarian attitude towards things I consider national security treats. I do not like the Patriot Act, nor do I like American citizens being locked up without a trial, or any of the due process.

I also do not want the country to stick it's head in the sand and let the Muslim extremists blow Israel off the face of the map, and I definitely prefer having the extremists shooting at our well-armed and well-armored troops than at our un-armed and un-armored civilians.

I noticed this year at the National Libertarian Convention there were definitely a lot more people that would normally consider themselves "Liberal" or "Democrat" than I would expect, and I think that is a direct result of the party's stance on the war. I think if the party's stance changed, most of those folks would abandon the Libertarian Party with smoke behind them.
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