All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
– John Locke
This opinion piece will kind of be all over the place but hopefully I say some things in here about Libertarianism that will entice you to read into the philosophy of Libertarianism and through that change or enhance your opinion on our current reliance of government.
John Locke is considered the father of Classical Liberalism and for good reason too because that quote above is a sweet and short quick representation of the greatness that is Libertarianism.
Libertarianism is all about the freedom of the individual and our will to drive ourselves to be the best that we can be. Through the foundation of a government that will defend our basic human rights, free people can do anything that they put their mind to as long as their will does not negatively effect or harm another individual. Libertarianism is the perfect combination of freedom, responsibility and tolerance of others.
Libertarians like myself believe that the government should only lay a foundation for the people and its states to reach their potential. Libertarians believe that everyone has the right to decide for themselves what they do with their life without the intervention of government. That would mean our government staying out of our bedrooms, finances, education and much more. Like I said, people should have the right to do what they want to do so long as their choices don’t have a negative impact on others.
To ensure that the American government didn’t get out of control, our Founders instilled lots of these values based off of what is in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution. More than ever now it seems that America is jumping off the cliff of limited government and landing in the pit that is big government.
It seems now that we have allowed the government to get involved in all aspects of our lives, this leads to a bigger and meaner government that lies, invades and bully’s it’s people around. The Obama Administration is a perfect example of just this.
What are they doing in our Health Care system? What are they doing getting involved in states rights to defend their borders? Why are they raising taxes during a recession? Why are they spending us into an uncontrollable debt? Why are they granting record amounts of welfare? The left and Barack Obama believe that the government knows what’s best but they’re wrong because they do not know best, instead they’re obsessed with power and feel like they can push us around through lying and cheating.
The problem with big government isn’t just on the left but on the right as well. Progressive Republicans think similarly to the left which is what makes Washington so frightening. Washington is overrun with big government dirt bags and it’s destroying this country.
What America needs in Washington are more hard fighting Libertarians like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Gary Johnson. If we had more guys like this in Washington then we could begin slowly turning America back to the mindset that limited government is the way to go. This would benefit Americans in many ways and especially those who want equal rights among all, like those pushing for marriage equality.
I do sense some sort of a Libertarian movement starting to take off but we won’t really know if this movement is the real deal until at least the end of the 2014 midterm Elections and if America can elect some more Libertarians into Congress then the real and exciting test will come in the 2016 Presidential Election. As of right now I’d love to see Rand Paul take the Presidential Oath of Office in 2016, that would be an incredibly positive swing for America but even then it may be too late.
I could go on and on but I am going to stop here for now. Eventually I will be giving my thoughts on the issue of Gay Marriage but what I will quickly say about it now is that Gay Marriage should not be an Amendment to the Constitution but rather should be decided among the local governments and states.
- Is Rand Paul the Next Ronald Reagan? (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- Rand Paul “Assures” Evangelicals That He Doesn’t Want to End the Drug War (reason.com)
- GOP needs to be replaced with watered down Libertarian party (collegian.com)