Are you a Libertarian?

This is my 51st post. I never imagined I would have wrote this many when I first started this venture. In a post I wrote called Republicans & Democrats on August 29th I mentioned how I wasn’t really sure what political race I thought I was going to affiliate myself with anymore. My entire life I have been Republican. But lately I have been pulling away due to some social issues. I thought I would be more of an Independent. But now, not so much. My boyfriend is a Libertarian but he is the only one I know, or at least I think. He told me about it a while back but I didn’t really pay attention. Well with the upcoming election getting closer I have been doing my own research. I now believe that is what I need to be aligned with.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the US.  It is considered by many to be more right-wing than the Democratic Party but more left-wing than the Republican Party when comparing the parties’ positions to each other, placing it at or above the center. The preamble outlines the party’s goal: “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.”  According to www.lp.org,  Libertarians believe in the American heritage of liberty, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Libertarians recognize the responsibility we all share to preserve this precious heritage for our children and grandchildren.

Obviously I may not agree with everything the Libertarians believe but it seems to be the closest of the other parties. I support the Tea Party but LP doesn’t. I’m not sure about their anti-war feeling exactly. I need to do more studying on that one. But I am really struggling with their Immigration law beliefs. I understand their point but illegals infuriate me. Another one of their issues I need to look closer at.

I do believe in ending prohibition like the LP does. Drug prohibition does more to make Americans unsafe than any other factor. Just as alcohol prohibition gave us Al Capone and the mafia, drug prohibition has given us the Crips, the Bloods and drive-by shootings. Consider the historical evidence: America’s murder rate rose nearly 70% during alcohol prohibition, but returned to its previous levels after prohibition ended. Now, since the War on Drugs began, America’s murder rates have doubled. The cause/effect relationship is clear. Prohibition is putting innocent lives at risk.

What’s more, drug prohibition also inflates the cost of drugs, leading users to steal to support their high-priced habits. It is estimated that drug addicts commit 25% of all auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies. Prohibition puts your property at risk. Finally, nearly one half of all police resources are devoted to stopping drug trafficking, instead of preventing violent crime. The bottom line? By ending drug prohibition Libertarians would double the resources available for crime prevention, and significantly reduce the number of violent criminals at work in your neighborhood. With that being said, I very rarely drink and I don’t do drugs.

I like the LP’s stance on getting tough on crime in all other areas though. Also, a big A+ on their fiscal views. I think Dave Ramsey would be proud. So my point is, take a look the Libertarian Party. It might shock you.

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5 Comments

  1. Susie

    Well made points, nanette. I thank you for this enlightening view!

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    • There really is so much more to it and I am still learning. As Clint Eastwood said of Libertarians, “Socially liberal, fiscally conservative and government staying out of everyone’s lives.”

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    • Anything I can do to help. LOL

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  2. Angel

    You said, “It is estimated that drug addicts commit 25% of all auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies.” I would think legalizing drugs would only increase this, take away the factor of getting caught with something illegal and more people will be hooked on drugs and those people still would not be able to afford their habit and as a result would still be stealing. Drugs are a major problem in this country. Just my opinion.

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    • I’m glad your having a discussion with me on this. I think everyone else is too scared. LOL. Anyway, I don’t think all drugs should be legalized. I am not pro-drugs. I think drugs are bad. The only thing I think should happen in regards to that is legalize marijuana. I don’t smoke it but I think that is different than other drugs. I think all other drugs should be banned forever. Pot is safer than alcohol. Potheads might stop at a green light but they won’t get on the interstate going the wrong way. But alcohol will do that to you. Statically it is the crackheads who go steal to support their habit. Pot smokers don’t. They can just grown their own.

      But…. the main topic of my post was about changing from Republican to Libertianism. I am for less government and more freedom.

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