People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
We are a nation of laws..... not people....... & a cult of personality is an RX for danger.
My thinking is that if we collectively agree that is true about our President, why does it not also apply to our other elected leaders?...I argue it does.
Although I have voted Republican, I associate myself more and more with the Constitution Party.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I'm a registered Democrat, and still consider myself a Democrat, but I'm a conservative Southern Democrat, which in comparison to a northern Democrat, looks more like a Republican. I'm in favor of a strong defense, pro law & order, pro limitations on abortion (making them illegal after the 2nd trimester in all instances), but extremely liberal or libertarian on most other issues.
I became a republican 8 years ago today. I had voted for Al Gore but wasn't crazy about either candidate.
I became horrified by the way the far left was behaving after 9/11 and realized I could stomach the far right much more easily than the far left.
EDIT: There was collaboration between Murray Rothbard and Co. and genuine progressives in the "New Left" alliances of the 1960's, but that was prior to the 1971 formation of the "Libertarian" Party and the increasing misappropriation of the term "libertarian" that has angered anarchists worldwide, and sparked the probably ill-conceived "rebuttal" of "anarcho"-capitalism, which had been a rather obscure Internet philosophy up to that point.
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The notion of opening the border entirely; the way the LP stands on abortion (no gov't restrictions, officially); and I have some doubts about legalizing toxic things like meth... yeah I lean libertarian in many ways but have issues with the LP. Part of the problem is the unwillingness of the LP to compromise or moderate the tone much... but at the same time that is one of the things that is attractive about libertarianism, the "no compromise on principle" position.
In a sense, Libertarians could be viewed as a counterbalance to both Conservatives (of more extreme social-conservative type that is inclined to legislate morality) and Liberals (the more extreme economic liberals who essentially want flat out socialism). If the LP could win enough votes to become the pivot point, the "swing vote" in the Congress, it could be of great benefit to us all. A third perspective other than Rep/Dem would be a refreshing change... but I'm not positive I'd want the LP in full majority control of gov't any more than I want the Reps or Dems in full majority control....things just seem to go in the toilet whenever any party gets too much power.
Three-way gridlock would be much more amusing to watch than 2-way gridlock.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."