“I was once asked what I wanted from my country, I said ‘Nothing’.” Ilex Farrell
I don’t like discussing politics with folks, as I feel it’s always going to end in an argument, well unless I’m talking with another Libertarian. It’s tough being a Libertarian. There are not many of us, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate in the 2012 elections only received 1,275,821 votes (about 1% of the popular vote), compared to the 60 odd million votes both the Republican & Democratic candidates received. I do feel folks are more Libertarian than they think. Want to find out? Click here and take the test; I got a 123.
Still not quite sure what a Libertarian is? Here’s a tid-bit from the Libertarian Platform Preamble:
“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.”
I want everyone to be able to do what they want to do, of course, without hurting anyone else. It’s as simple as following the Golden Rule! Self governing. Most normal folks know what’s right and wrong. I don’t want a government telling me what I need to do, without giving me an option. If I don’t want to buy health insurance, pay for schools I have no children in, drive with a seat belt, save for my retirement, or if I want to own a gun, use drugs, sell my body, try untested medical treatments, have an abortion, etc…. So be it. I shouldn’t be forced to do ANYTHING or stopped from doing ANYTHING.
There are a few points that I differ with the party. I do believe in the security of the country. I would pay a fee to keep our borders safe, including a ‘non-open’ immigration plan. There would need to be some sort of policing, whether private or taxed. That is pretty much the short list for disagreements with the Libertarian Party.
Year after year, the rules and viewpoints of others have squashed things I believe to be my right. These violated rights of mine are just the beginning. The government will soon find something on YOUR list of believed rights and test your faith in our two-party government. In the end, it will be a long time before we have a Libertarian POTUS. However, I really want to see one before I croak.
© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl