Before I get into the topics suggested by the title of this article, some preliminaries are in order.
I have to admit that I expected "these things" to start happening 8-15 years from now. What I mean by that is, since 2006, I've believed that the Republican party will go the way of the Dodo bird and the Libertarian party will rise to take its place as the true champion of Laissez Faire economics. When that happens people will start getting a good look at some of the finer details of Libertarianism and problems will become apparent like what has happened recently with Rand Paul. Before that happens, Republican Party social conservative positions such as opposition to gay rights, attempting to integrate church and state, and other similar positions will end with the demise of the Republican Party.
Republican ideology, such as it is, is impossibly contradictory. How can a party that has increased federal spending as much as it has and bloated the deficit as much as it has, purport to be the standard bearer of small government? This is a point that Libertarians, including 2012 presumptive Libertarian Presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root, are making to anyone who will listen.
As I indicated in the first paragraph, after the Republican party dies, I believe that people will start to see the flaws of Libertarian ideology. Consider the following excerpt from the late uber-Libertarian thinker Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged:
"The political system we will build is contained in a single moral premise: no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force" no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality--to think, to work and to keep the results--which means: the right of property."