I’ve been thinking a lot about the election recently. It’s shocking how abysmal our current situation is. I am finding myself in a strange position where I don’t feel passionate about any of the candidates.
Like most young people, I was touched by Obama. I was touched by his passion, his intelligence, his self possession and his easy smile. I hadn’t yet learned anything about the economy and how it works, so I voted for him. I think I could have done much worse and he has done well on certain social issues and his behavior never made me cringe.
However-and yes, there is a however- I would never have voted for him today. Not after what I have learned from the Libertarian movement.
(not to be confused with LIBRARIANISM or LESBIANISM, although now that you mention it, there is definitely crossover)
Libertarianism is the stance that liberty is the priority. It is the position that individual freedom comes first, and that short of preventing physical violence of one citizen upon another, the government is not in its rights to enforce behavior. The governments job is to PROTECT INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. Not to infringe upon it.
Since I’m from the United States and that is what I am thinking about, Libertarianism means believing in the sanctity of the Constitution.
WHAT LIBERTARIANISM DOESN’T SUPPORT
- The government telling us what we can and cannot eat
- The government telling us what we can and cannot drink
- The government telling us what we can and cannot wear
- The government telling us what we can and cannot say
- The government telling us how we can and cannot pray
- and basically anything else other than
- DON’T HURT PEOPLE.
- FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR SOIL WHEN FACED WITH IMMINENT THREAT OF VIOLENCE
That’s it! It’s so simple, right?
And yet for many decades, the government has done just the opposite, waging drug wars and telling people what to do with their bodies.
This bring me to:
Twenty twelve was the year I had my mind blown by Texas Congressman Ron Paul. This was the year I learned that the idea of government that I had been spooned from birth was a farce. For the first time, I got REALLY into politics. Gone was the blasé girl, the pollyanna with rose-colored glasses who was happy to sing and dance in her own little world. Here was the BLAZE girl determined to learn as much as she could about politics and make a difference. I set out to do this by campaigning for Ron Paul.
On cold winter nights after work, I would trek down to the Ron Paul Call Center called Liberty HQ. Liberty HQ! Where else would freedom-loving-me rather be? Unfortunately, despite many people’s valiant efforts, he didn’t make the cut. The media pretended like he didn’t exist and when they did mention him, called him “crazy.”
If only he were running NOW!!!!!!!
Now, he would win. He is so much better than all of the current candidates, and it hurts me to know that if he’d waited just ONE MORE ELECTION, he would make all today’s candidates look like the motley crew they are.
Ron, if you’re out there and you ever see this, know that I will always appreciate the hope, passion and sense of FREEDOM that your campaign(S) taught me to feel and to value. God Bless you, Congressman, and God Bless America.