The conventional wisdom has been that Republicans are the “law and order” party, while Democrats are sympathetic to the arguments of the American Civil Liberties Union. Now, with Libertarians becoming active in Iowa Republican Party politics, that conventional wisdom has been flipped on its head. Officials with the Iowa Republican Party posted advice on the party’s website Friday, urging Iowans to be wary of police at traffic check-points.
The Iowa GOP’s online advisory came after the revelation Polk County law enforcement agencies planned to set up check-points in central Iowa this weekend. Iowa Republican Party officials urged Iowans who were pulled over to make an audio or video recording of their interaction with police and send the recording to Iowa GOP headquarters. In addition, the party website stressed that motorists should not allow police to illegally search their vehicle, but only provide police with their vehicle registration and their driver’s license.
The Iowa Democratic Party’s executive director issued a statement saying he is “baffled” by the GOP’s advisory, but he said “not cooperating with the law has been a very real and disturbing trend” from Republicans “in the past few months.”
Those who are part of the so-called “liberty movement” In the Republican Party say randomly pulling over vehicles trying to drive through a certain point strikes at the heart of the right to be left alone if you are abiding by the law. The American Civil Liberties Union has lamented the rise of a “checkpoint society” where law-abiding Americans must constantly show identification before they can be on their way into a building or down the road.