I simply can not align myself with a party that desires to “redistribute” people’s earnings and to create poverty and hopelessness by causing dependence on the government. Nor can I align myself with a party of which a significant portion feels the necessity to legislate people’s personal lives and decisions. Both of these parties have elected presidents who have driven us deep into debt and war, and who have tarnished our reputation in the world. They are both responsible for the rapidly diminishing value of the dollars it allows us to keep. Our government has no budget. It spends recklessly. If we don’t stand up now, the prospects for freedom in America are grim.
What is a Libertarian?
A libertarian wants the government out of our lives to the highest degree possible. A libertarian is a direct philosophical descendant of our founders. Libertarianism was spelled out in our declaration of independence and in our bill of rights by these brilliant men. Our greatest fear is a government which grants itself far too much power. We’ve been living with relative “freedom” for so long now, that we’ve forgotten that the government was what our country’s founders were trying to contain. Our current government has created laws, some of which are unjust and unconstitutional, which they enforce by coersion – if you don’t obey, you are imprisoned by men with guns. We have allowed our government to grant itself an absurd amount of power.
Our government should be in place merely to protect our borders, our bodies, and our property. It is in place to protect, not to provide. Becoming a welfare state is the polar opposite of what it means to “promote the general welfare.” The welfare state has ruined the fabric of many lives.
If you were the only person on the planet, you could do whatever you wanted to do. You would be truly free. You’d have to provide for yourself and deal with the consequences of your decisions. That’s what it means to be free. If there were other people around, they too would be free – until they infringed on your rights. So what are your rights? Think about it. They are either God given or innate, depending on your persuasion. You have the right to live, work, play, create, give, defend yourself, etc. You do NOT have the right to hurt someone else (with the exception of self-defense), to force someone else to do something, or to take or harm their property. Your right to swing your fist ends where the other guy’s nose begins or where his belongings begin. You are not the only person on the planet, so to make sure that our rights are upheld, we have created government.
All the federal government should do is protect our rights
That’s all. As soon as they start regulating business or telling what we can and can not do in our peaceful world, they are out of line. The 10th amendment says that anything not set forth in our Constitution as a role for federal government, is automatically an issue for the states and individuals to decide upon. It is not a perfect solution to the human condition, it is just the one that promotes the most freedom and highest standard of living for all.
The saddest thing to me about our presidents of late and the parties they represent is their blatant disregard for our founding documents and for all of the lives that have been sacrificed that they might be the law of our land. The only reason that America is the land of opportunity that so many die trying to reach, is that in this land, the law is supposed to rule – not men. It’s called “The Rule of Law.” But when presidents can go to war without a declaration of war by the Congress, when Congress votes to suspend our right to a fair trial or to privacy, the rule of law is slipping away. Our rights have been violated by this government of our own creation. We can still step in and stop it.
What can we do?
We can support Libertarianism, the Liberty movement, the free market, and social freedom. Live, and let live. Vote for Libertarian Congress people and for Libertarians on the state and local ballot. Talk to people about what libertarian means. (And try to be nice about it. Try to skip the urge to tell them what an idiot they are if they don’t get it. Un-brainwashing can take a while, so just plant a lovely seed.) Boycott the agendas of TV media. Help out a Libertarian campaign. Join the Libertarian party. Go to some meetings and get involved. Wear my “Got Freedom?” T-shirts and bumper magnets (contact me for purchase) Donate to my campaign. Share this article. Now is the time.
Why Libertarian? Because it is the meaning of American. There is nothing hidden. Libertarian means openly and honestly – for individual freedom – minimum government, maximum freedom. Period. I won’t tell you what to do or how to live your life, and you do the same for me. It’s as close to Utopia as you can get.