Q: Dear Rev. Paul, what is your political affiliation?
A. To answer that, let me first digress ... just a bit. (And didn't you just know I would?)
The first two political 'parties' to form after adoption of the
Constitution, and during George Washington's administration, were the
republicans and the federalists.
The republicans (please note the
small 'r') aligned themselves with Thomas Jefferson, who was bitterly
opposed to the increasingly-powerful central government envisioned by
Alexander Hamilton and his supporters. The Jeffersonian republicans
favored a strictly limited "General Government", as Jefferson called it,
with an emphasis on States' rights & sovereignty.
falling out with Jefferson over this very issue - and peripheral issues
including a national bank and an array of tax proposals from Hamilton -
caused first Jefferson, then Hamilton himself, to resign their cabinet
posts while George Washington was still in office.
himself was a libertarian (again, please note the lower-case 'l'), and
that works for me. His concept of the Republic, then newly-formed, was
to emphasize the rights and power of The People and the States, with
power flowing upward from the citizens.
So in answer to the e-mailed question, I am a Jeffersonian republican ... meaning a small-"l" libertarian who believes that the U.S. Constitution, as written and amended, and as defined by the Founders themselves, is the best possible form of government. ("That government governs best which governs least.")
I am aligned with no particular political party, unless someone formed a Jefferson/Constitution Party while I wasn't looking.