Why Libertarian? Why more vocal?

By | October 24, 2008

From the topic, it is a safe bet that once again I am going to cover politics here.  The subject line is easily answered quickly, yet deserves a longer post.  It really boils down to firming up my political standing and moving from a passive political roll back to a more active roll.

Back to a more active roll?  You mean there was a time you were active?  Actually yes, I did the Student Senate thing at Jamestown College.  I also participated in the North Dakota Intercollegiate State Legislature (NDISL).  Last, I was chair of the JC chapter of the College Republicans for a year.  After the 2004 election I was so unimpressed with politics in general that, besides voting, I had no desire to participate.  (Even though I did graduate with a Bachelors in History/Political Science.) Eight years of a Republican President who hardly acted republican has brought be out of hiding so to speak.  That combined with how active the blogging world has been this election season, I noticed I had a lot more to say on the topic as well.

I have also come to the conclusion that I simply couldn’t support the Republicans anymore.  On paper I might agree with a decent portion, but in action, I simply found I couldn’t support them.  They have lost all sort of small government and fiscal responsibility values that I hold to.  So between forums and various other discussions I did come to the point of leaving the RNC groups I was nominally part of.

So I started looking around.  I really have very little experiance with 3rd parties and hadn’t really considered them as being viable.  That being said-since the two major parties seem to be screwing up so much and doing whatever they want, perhaps it was time to look that way anyways.

Nader from the Green Party came and spoke at JC a few years back.  Some good ideas, but really wasn’t a fit for me.  So, as you can guess from the title, I looked into the Libertarian Party.  Bingo.  Maybe not 100%, but what political party is?  After reading the platform, I discovered that the LP aligned with my views far more closely than the Dems or Repubs. The ideas of personal liberty, economic liberty, strengthening the constitution, all rung a bell with me.

However many people think 3rd parties are a waste of time.  “They will never win.”  It is true that there hasn’t been a 3rd candidate since 1860, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get back to that. As John Quincy Adams said,

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

Do I think Obama will be worse than McCain if too many other former fiscally conservative Republicans leave the party and gets elected?  Yes I do.  However, as a previous post points out – not by much.  Obama has shown quite a few socialist tendencies, however McCain has had tried to sell himself as Obama light.

There was plenty of more reasoning behind this and plenty of thinking, researching, and discussions.  I could go more into the Patriot Act, Bailouts, 10th Amendment, growth of government (federal and ND), etc.  A lot of it comes down to freedom.  In order to be free, we have to be free to fail as well.  Personal responsibility. I think I will leave it at that for today.

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