"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke
Never have been, never will be. We do it because we like to swing our dick around in world politics and everyone else likes it because they don't have to pay for it. We need to knock it off.Originally Posted by Devil505
Considering what a sorry state ours is in right now, we ought to stop sending billions of dollars a year to other nations and start using it to rebuild our infrastructure.2. I am against "Nation Building"....except for rebuilding our own.
Quoted for truth.3. I am for the Death Penalty as the only realistic punishment to protect ourselves from vicious sociopaths, for instance
You can only make that decision for yourself, no one else has to listen to your opinions, but you don't have to listen to theirs either. Personally, I'd rather they didn't get pregnant in the first place, there are far too many kids in foster care today who will *NEVER* be adopted. Let's give them a shot instead of clogging the system.4. I'm in favor of a woman's right to choose abortion but would rather she choose adoption.
Absolutely true.5. Favor an individual's right to own & carry firearms but believe the state has a legitimate right to regulate them, based on their inherent danger.
Basic health care, perhaps, you should be able to go into a hospital and have them stop you from dying, but beyond that, you need to be able to pay for it, either out of pocket or through insurance. Anyone in this country illegally should be treated and given a fast trip back across the border, no exceptions.6. Believe that health care is a right, not a privilege & should be a shared expense...just like we share the expense of protecting each other from fire, criminals & foreign invaders.
Far too many people do worship it, unfortunately. It's a fine system but it's not perfect and unregulated capitalism just doesn't work, never has, never will. When greed is the only motivator, as it is in most corporations, the law becomes little more than an obstacle to be overcome. We need to strenuously enforce regulations on all of the most important industries.7. Favor capitalism but don't worship it like a religion. (Not everything should be done for profit)
I don't think that's necessarily the case, but I think anyone who wants to donate should be barred from supporting an individual candidate. You can donate to the political process and at a certain date, everyone who is legally signed up to run for that office gets an equal cut of the pie. It stops people from buying influence, which is exactly what you're talking about and I agree, but it gets people the funds they need. I'd also like to stop anyone from being able to use any of their own money, except money that they likewise want to donate to the political process. It stops people from buying offices because they're ridiculously wealthy.8. Think "Campaign Contributions" are simply bribes & shoukld be totally outlawed.
At least for the moment, I think you're right. When most districts are gerrymandered so that the incumbent can almost rape, murder and steal and still get re-elected, something is seriously wrong. Everyone ought to have no more than 2 terms in office, then they must work outside of politics entirely for at least a term before they can run again. It keeps politicians in touch with reality, something most of them have no clue about today.9. Believe in strict term limits for all elected positions
Imagine that, politicians actually having to represent their constituents!
I'm a member of the Libertarian Party, however I do disagree with the party platform on one key issue: abortion. I'm a staunch believer in the Lockean principle that the number one job of government is to protect life. A government that cannot protect life is inefficient and is not fulfilling it's contract with the people. I am aware however, that the abortion debate centers around when a life is actually created, but I digress. I feel the most sensible position to take is to ban abortion as part of birth control, but allow rape victims and mother's in danger of dying to have that option.
Anyhow, I agree wholeheartedly with the libertarian notions of personal liberty, freedom, sound economic policy, dramatic shift in foreign policy, gun rights, opposition to the death penalty, etc.
I stopped reading after page 6, but I find it odd that the majority of people who consider themselves to be "conservative" identify more with libertarian principles right now than those espoused by the GOP. Maybe the Libertarian Party will get a little more notice in 2012 and won't be dismissed by Beck and Olbermann as "radical crazies".
The greatest hope comes from escaping government tyranny through secession, whether large (ex. focused civil disobedience in conjunction with the Free State Project) or small (thousands of independent seasteads).
Let A Thousand Nations Bloom.
Registered as a republican at age 18 and continue strong these long 6 years later (joke). Yes, I am a young Republican. I must say though that I am the most frustrated at libertarians and other conservatives that don't vote republican. The two party system is amazingly awesome and will continue to be such for years on end. I am grateful to the democrats for keeping us Republicans in line, but disagree with you on almost everything.