The Unrepentant Individual

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July 6, 2006

Price vs. Konop

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to do in my local primary. I’m not particularly unhappy with Price, considering some of the other clowns in Congress, but at the same time, I’m not extraordinarily happy.

But considering the options, I tend to lean towards the devil I know, rather than the devil I don’t. Do I dare try to toss out a politician who— all things considered— isn’t that bad, to bring in one who might be worse?

In this case, I do. I’m endorsing John Konop for the Georgia 6th Congressional District.

Now, this isn’t an indictment of Price. He supports the FairTax and has said the right things regarding controlling spending. Overall, he’s been a fairly trustworthy Republican Party vote in his freshman term, evidenced by his ACU Rating of 96.

But I don’t want a trustworthy Republican. I’m a libertarian. I want someone who is going to buck the trend and make waves, not someone who’s going to fall in line. Price criticized about the pork in the Transportation Bill, but he put in some of his own and voted for it anyway. He voted for the flag-burning amendment. And worst? He shaded his way out of a debate. As someone who values accountability in government, that last bit is just too much.

As for Konop? He’s a mixed bag with a big upside. His web site and emails portray his stance on immigration and free trade in a way to make a libertarian retch. He tells me that this is more of a way to gather publicity, and in a conversation, gave me a lot more confidence in the philosophical underpinnings for some of the outlandish things he says. Specifically, he’s an Adam Smith devotee, and talks about government propping up big business as a corporatist, not a capitalist, phenomenon. He referred to himself as the Ron Paul of Georgia, always a good sign. I have some hope that he will make waves. Right now the last thing we need is a continuation of the current Republican machine.

It’s been a tough decision to reach. But it’s not like I’m talking about a staunch Republican up against a raging statist. If John Konop is the small-government ‘libertarian in a Republican suit’, we’re a lot better off than Price. If he’s another run-of-the-mill Republican, we’re no worse off. So John’s got my support in the primary on July 18th.

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Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:09 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || Trackback URL || Categories: Libertarianism, Personal Life, Politics


  1. Brad,

    Consider yourself lucky. My brother-in-law and his wife live in Cynthia McKinney’s district. It pretty doesn’t matter who they vote for.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — July 6, 2006 @ 10:26 pm
  2. Here’s a much better idea: DON’T VOTE.

    Comment by Francois Tremblay — July 7, 2006 @ 6:59 am
  3. Francois beat me to it, so ditto.

    Comment by John Newman — July 7, 2006 @ 10:01 pm
  4. Brad, you could still be living in California!

    Comment by Lucy Stern — July 8, 2006 @ 1:32 am
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