A Guest Post by Steve Wolf
There’s a way that we Libertarians are different from other voters. We are not enamored of the men and women we support, although we certainly appreciate them. We are enamored with the principals our candidates espouse. We are in love with freedom, with autonomy, with personal responsibility, and prone to distrust those who claim to know better than we how best to manage our lives. Libertarian leaders are loved not for who they are, but for what they protect. We feel about them as we feel about those who show kindness to our children. When Libertarian leaders speak publicly, they have succeeded, because their purpose is not simply to gain office, but to spread the word of freedom to a generation that has never tasted it. When a Libertarian leader causes the veil of paternal government to be lifted as a citizen awakens to discover his inherent right to freedom, he has been successful. Gaining office is simply a means by which the message of freedom begets policies of freedom. But the message, like bamboo, takes root wherever it lands. The purpose of Libertarian leaders is to bring home to Americans the freedoms we purportedly export to nations whose citizens seek democracy.
Thanks, Steve! That’s some beautiful prose.
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