Twisty Thursday-The Forbidden Topics

Yes, I might have been doing some of this...

Hello, friends.  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I’ve missed you!

So I’m back at it.  I’ve been busy, had writer’s block, and have generally not felt like blogging.  That’s the great thing about a blog…you can choose NOT to blog if you don’t want to.

Today I wanted to poke around in some of the “forbidden” topics.  You know the ones:  Politics, sex, religion, gender and race discrimination.

I don’t like the idea of limiting discussion on any topic, as long as the discussion remains thoughtful and fallacy-free.  I’ve been on blogs and forums whose site policies strictly forbid and discussion on these topics.  I think this is silly.  Don’t punish the topic, punish those who cannot remain objective and provide intelligent insight into the issue.

Where are you? I'm due North.

So, today the topic is politics.  I’d like to know why it is that you believe what you believe without making ANY attacks or comments against any other political party.  What makes you feel that your platform is the right platform?  What do you wish people knew about your platform that they just don’t seem to understand?  Here’s me:

I am a Libertarian. Please note that a Libertarian is not a variation of “liberal” or “liberalism.” That’s a horse of a completely different color.

I believe that we as individuals have the right and ability to govern ourselves without the intervention of others (including the government), and that this right is what our country was founded on (NOT religion).  I believe that no individual has the right to infringe upon the rights of another.  My choices are my own and no other person or government ought to have a say in them.

Yep. I'm prickly.

If there is one thing that I think every American ought to understand about politics, it is this:  The USA is not a democracy.  Democracy stomps all over Constitutionally protected rights.  It imposes the will of a majority but does not consider the rights of the minority.  A majority vote does not equate to “right.”  Consider Jim Crow laws.  Marvin Simkin wrote “Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”

I believe that small government is the best government.  Less government means less ability to infringe upon individual an citizen’s rights.  I am a grown woman.  I do not need a bunch of rich lawyers who are worried only about their next election to be telling me what I may or may not do.  I do not need to be governed by legislation which would lower the standard of living for EVERYONE in order to narrow the gap between the very rich and the poorest poor.  I am neither, but I recognize the absolute fallacy in such thought.

I think that those who do not contribute or who make poor choices should be allowed to fail (with very few exceptions).  Real failure is an exceptional motivator.  Starvation even more so.  When the government is like an overprotective parent, always snowplowing away every failure, what can be expected other than that the person who fails will not work as hard to avoid future failures?  Sometimes life sucks.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  Adapt, overcome, and improvise.  Suck it up and drive on.

I could go on and on about politics, but much of what I believe can be found via the link I posted above.  And I’d like to read what you believe.

True understanding and thoughtful progress comes through fair, peaceful, and considerate discourse.  I’ve “talked” long enough…now it’s your turn.

About DrPretzel

Student of philosophy and medicine, mother of 2 Creatures of Mass Destruction (a.k.a. "boys"), Soldier, sister, daughter, friend, cat person, social inept, INTJ, blah, blah, blah...are you even reading this?
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3 Responses to Twisty Thursday-The Forbidden Topics

  1. K. Syrah says:

    Ah! I consider myself a progressive libertarian! Your “Lazy” picture made me crack up. I think you’ll appreciate this…

    I have a drill weekend.

    Le sigh.

  2. Rick says:

    I’m not sure there’s a classification for me. Closest thing I guess you could call me is a “lesser of the offered evils” kinda guy. All of the various parties have a few major sticking points that I really don’t like.
    I see things like this:
    Religion has no place in government, absolutely none, and keep it out of government funded schools. If church based schools want to teach religion in their classes, that’s fine and dandy, but I want my son to learn actual science in science class.

    Stay out of the bedrooms of consenting adults, as long as no one is being harmed. If gay folks want to get married, who cares? Let them get married already. Fer cryin’ out loud what’s the big deal? Sanctity of marriage? Is that why gay couples seem to have longer lasting healthier long term relationships than your average straight couple these days?

    Decriminalize marijuana already, it’s really no worse than alcohol. Think of the revenue the government could make if they taxed it like cigarettes and alcohol!

    Put some time limits on welfare similar to unemployment. People need an incentive to work and handing out money to folks that don’t on a continual basis isn’t a way to get people working.

    It’s time to revamp immigration. The current system is broken, with people waiting for years after they apply to become legal. That crap is ridiculous, trim down the system, make it easier to become a citizen, but crack down harder on illegals afterwards.

    Jobs jobs jobs! People in this country need work, badly! I understand that creating jobs for a nation, even just on the short term isn’t an easy task. This country has hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last 3-4 decades due to being able to import materials and parts from other countries cheaper than paying a fair wage to workers to make them here. This is mostly because the countries that we get them from don’t pay their workers much as fair a wage and to lowering import tariffs over time. Maybe it’s time we stopped enriching foreign countries like this. It may piss some of them off a bit, and could easily end in conflict if not brokered properly, but it’s about time we started thinking of our citizens and country first for a change.

    On that note, I understand the need to provide humanitarian aid to disaster victims in other parts of the world. It’s noble, righteous, and it helps make international friends. But is our nation really in a position to pull someone out of the dumpster as we climb into our own? Obviously I don’t think we should cease all foreign aid, just ease back a bit and use some of that money and those resources to get our situation straight first.

    Now onto one of the biggies, health care. Holy hell is our system messed up. Insurance companies slowly raping policy holders as they continue to cover less every year, and continuing to raise premiums and lower the insurance company’s financial responsibility. Look, it’s time for a real national health care system. Forcing companies to provide health care is just the wrong way to go about it. I know people start screaming “Socialism” whargarble when this kind of thing is mentioned but 1 socialist style service does not a socialist country make. Would anyone call Canada or Germany, both countries that provide health care for their citizens through their governments, socialist?

    Crime and punishment, another sore topic, and another one I could type forever about. Repeat violent offenders is the biggest issue I have. It’s nice to believe that people can be changed and rehabilitated, but sometimes that just isn’t the case. If someone has been proven guilty of any of the violent crimes such as rape, battery, assault, murder etc. more than twice, it’s time to throw away the key. No more paroles, the rest of their lives are spent in prison, period. Drug offenders (Drug use offenders), make new prison/rehab facilities for them, and increase sentences for multiple offenses. Drug dealers, well its’ time for longer sentences. It’s also time to start doing more workshare programs, put them to work!

    I’ve already gone on longer than I intended, and probably drifted a bit off topic. My overall point was that my beliefs don’t happen to completely fit into a current party’s agenda, so I usually end up going with the lesser of given evils with beliefs closest to mine as I can get.

  3. Brian Gillum says:

    Ok, you goaded me into it. I agree with much of what you say. I am an independent…it depends upon the issue as to which way I lean, but in the end all comes down to no/least harm to the inalienable rights. If it doesn’t interfere with life, liberty, or the pursuit of ones happiness then the regulation by others/government should be minimal if needed at all.

    The main time in which there should be some interference is when your LLPOH, interferes with someone elses LLPOH. I’M sure I have more to say but for the moment…

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