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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving and Libertarian Thoughts

By Tom Rhodes, 9/28/2013

Thanksgiving is a celebration of implementing Libertarian Ideas

Embracing the idea that people are entitled to the goods and services based on their need and people were expected to produce based on their ability where all property was held in common; the Pilgrims came to America and formed a commune in 1621. By 1623 most had died of starvation and of the original pilgrims only 5 women lived. This became known as the “tragedy of the commons.” The bounty we celebrate as Thanksgiving came from the abandoning of that idea and embracing 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

If one person has a right to something he did not earn, that means another person does not have a right to something he did earn.

The society that casts morality aside will have no choice but to suffer the consequences.

Real Campaign Finance Reform would not restrict people or companies from spending on politics, it would however reduce the affect of that money by reducing the ability of lawmakers to take advantage and misuse that money by including:

  • A ban on lawmakers from working for companies affected by legislation they wrote while in office for a period of time equal to what they spent in office or 10 years, whichever is longer.

  • A ban on lawmakers’ family members from being lobbyists while he lawmaker is in office and for an equal period of time the lawmaker was in office afterwards.

  • A ban on lawmakers’ family members from being on campaign payrolls or receiving any campaign moneys.

  • A ban on the solicitation and receipt of campaign contributions while congress is in session, including general contributions to all parties who have an elected official in office.

    Over 100 million people were killed by their own governments in the 20th century based on the idea that one person should be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another. Are we going to kill young people who refuse to buy insurance to fund old people’s health care?

    If getting healthcare is a right. . . If getting good healthy food is a right. . . if getting an education is a right. . . if having shelter is a right. . . why worry about getting a job and earning those things even if you do nothing and haven’t earned them yourself, you have a right to the earnings of others to pay for them.

    Like the lady say’s “Somebody gotta pay for all my kids.”

    I wonder if the lame stream press and Democrats and Republicans are getting tired of Libertarians saying “I told you so” when the predictions of Ron Paul, the Cato institute, John Stossel and other libertarians repeatedly prove to be true?

    I’m often asked why the LPF Platform doesn’t have planks on women’s rights, gay rights, abortion rights, etc. I tell them we don’t need redundant planks in the platform and point them to plank that says we condemn any law that either rewards or punishes any individual based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or any other group identification. Then ask, do you think some people deserve different rewards or punishments from the government because they are “women” or “gay” or whatever?

    Why do liberals talk about rights, but never consequences?

    Why do conservatives talk about consequences but never liberty?

    Why don’t we have so few good libertarian candidates? Because a good libertarian knows he doesn’t have all the answers on how somebody else should live so doesn’t want to dictate to others how to live, thus doesn’t want power, instead just wants to be left alone.

    Nixon is known for the lie, “I’m not a crook.” His lie was covering up spying on the opposing political party. His legacy is and always will be of a liar.

    Clinton is known for the lie, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." He lied about abusing his power to get women. His legacy is and always will be of a liar.

    Obama is known for the lie, “If you like your insurance you can keep it. Period!” He purposefully lied to manipulate the people to accept government takeover of the health care industry. His legacy is and always will be of a liar.

    Why do Republicans listen to Rove, Romney, McCain and Dole on what the GOP needs to do to win a presidential election? They are all losers. Why do they listen to the Democrats on what they should do, the Democrats want them to lose. Why don’t they take the position Cruz or better yet of Reagan? They were winners.

    Why do Libertarians keep embracing Republicans who lost as Republicans, as “electable” Libertarians? Gary Johnson, Wayne Allen Root, Bob Bar, etc.

    Why does the Libertarian Party whenever things start to look up, shoot itself in the foot, by embracing both the libertine and anarchist, who the rational voting public will not trust with the reins of government?

    What does it say about liberty, and our society, when the sentiment of a significant part of the population and press think that law abiding people shouldn’t shoot armed robbers committing crimes, saying that the armed thief was a “good boy” who didn’t deserve to die?

    Es ist kein Verfolgungswahn - Sie sind wirklich hinter dir her

    Replace the name “Lyle“ with “Snowden” and the block buster movie we watched 15 years ago, Enemy of the State, could today be nominated for an Oscar as a documentary.

    If you read the news you can only come to one conclusion, the following concepts are Dead in the USA: Due Process; Innocent Until Proven Guilty; Limited Government; Freedom of Speech; Freedom of Religion; Freedom of Assembly;

    People who make sport of sucker punching innocent people are uncivilized barbarians.

    Why are people amassing disproportionate amounts of wealth dangerous, but concentrating more power in fewer people not? Why do those who want to redistribute the wealth of others consistently seek to concentrate power? Why is inequality of wealth bad but inequality of power good?

    Speaking of Voluntary Redistribution of Wealth. Coca-Cola has suspended advertising in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines and instead promised to donate the allotted branding funds to relief efforts. Coke has donated more than 129,000 cases of water to affected areas, donated $1 million to the American National Red Cross and provided $1 million for additional relief initiatives. When some liberal rants “Whose going to take care of the needy if the government doesn’t” just tell them to get the government out of the way, and the free market can and will take care of the needy.

    Happy Thanksgiving
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