Alan Grayson, Phoney Libertarian

Matthew Sheffield
By Matthew Sheffield | March 22, 2012 | 4:03 PM EDT

Has left-wing Democrat bomb-thrower Alan Grayson become a libertarian?

That's what he wants people to think, judging from his latest campaign email, styled as a message to Rick Santorum.

Grayson wrote:

"Rick, if you're against pornography, then don't watch it. You see how that works? Let me give you some more examples. If you're against contraception, don't use it. If you're against abortion, don't have one. If you're against Moslems, don't become one. If you're against gay marriage, don't have one .If you're against unions, don't join one. If you're against universal health care, just keep your distance from doctors and hospitals. If you're against homosexuality, then feel free to limit your sexual interest to the 3 billion human beings of the opposite gender.What I'm basically trying to say to Rick Santorum, and everyone like Rick Santorum, is this: mind your own business." 

While it can be argued that some of those statements in the email--preposterously signed "Courage, Alan Grayson--have a tinge of libertarianism in them, Grayson's true message is the opposite of being pro-liberty. "If you are against unions," he writes, "don't join one." But about half the states do not have right-to-work laws. Is Grayson for right-to-work laws?

No, just the opposite. He supported "card check" legislation that makes it easier for unions to force non-union workers into the union.

"If you're against universal health care," he writes, "just keep your distance from doctors and hospitals." In other words, he says, if you don't like government taking over what used to be your healthcare, then don't use healthcare. 

Except of course that, unlike say the choice of religion or sexual preference or whether or not to watch porn or have an abortion - all of which have alternative choices - there is no real alternative choice to Obamacare. Grayson's message here is, if you don't like government-run healthcare, too bad, you're stuck with it.

Readers's responses to Grayson's email published by The Politico suggest the people are a little more logical than Grayson about liberty.

One commented,

"If you're against guns, don't buy one.
if you're against the wealthy, don't get rich.
If you're against capitalism, don't buy anything.
If you're against Big Oil, don't buy any gas.
If you're against Global Warming, don't breathe.
If you're against the spread of AIDS don't catch it.
If you're against unwanted pregnancy, don't have sex.
If you're against poverty, don't be poor.
If you're against unemployment, get a job.
If you're against traffic lights...don't drive.
See how that works?"

Another reader noted Grayson's evident hypocrisy:

"If you're against using fossil-based fuels, then don't drive your Mercedes-Benz into a bus. Don't drive a Mercedes-Benz at *all*. Fascist porkers like Grayson believe they can impose their ideological fantasies on everyone else, while always *exempting* themselves."

Editor's insight: Grayson says, "If you're against contraception, don't use it. If you're against abortion, don't have one."

"Mind your own business," he says. But, how can Santorum, or anyone opposed to these things, when they're being forced to pay for them?