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.
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.
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.