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Confessions Of A Libertarian

I am occasionally accused of being a libertarian, or a Libertarian (I’ll explain later) and I’ll admit that I am one.  And though the word is sometimes thrown at me like it’s some sort of pejorative, I see libertarianism as a beautiful thing – a philosophy of love and respect for the lives each one of us holds.  The use of force against anyone who peacefully coexists with you violates that love and violates that respect.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:  The true measure of a society is the degree to which force is absent as a factor in the relationships between human beings.  That should be our goal.  It also happens to be the founding principle of our country.


Just to clear up some confusion that’s out there: a libertarian is someone who holds a libertarian political philosophy, just like conservatives and liberals have their philosophies.  And just like there are conservative Republicans and liberal Republicans, there are libertarian Republicans and that is what I am.

There are also Libertarians with a capital “L” and they are either members of the Libertarian Party or voters who have registered as Libertarians.  I am a libertarian by philosophy and a member of the Libertarian Party.  I was a Libertarian Party candidate for Assembly in 2011, an elector for Gary Johnson in the 2012 Electoral College and for a short time was a county rep to the Board of the state Libertarian Party.  I had to be a registered Libertarian to be a Libertarian Party candidate and later an elector, but in 2013 I changed my affiliation back to Republican.

So please, in the future, if you want to attack me for being libertarian or Libertarian, keep it straight what context you are using the word in and use the small “l” for my philosophy and the capital “L” as it relates to my membership in the party.

One more thing:

I would believe that we each own our own lives and that nobody can have a legal claim over any part of somebody else’s life even if it meant that we produced less material wealth than other belief systems would produce.  But we don’t need to make that choice.  It so happens that human freedom is the greatest economic stimulant in existence.  Where there are free markets and free people, wealth explodes.  Where there is subjugation and oppression there is poverty.  If you ever look at list of the freest nations and at a list of the wealthiest nations, they are the same countries.  And it is always the same group of unfortunate countries at the other ends of the scales.  I would also believe in the philosophy of liberty even if we had to fight overseas wars to preserve it.  But contrary to all the jingoism about fighting to defend our freedoms, none of our so-called enemies give a hoot about what sort of freedoms we have at home and just want us to stay out of their affairs.  The great geopolitical game being played, with all its dangerous, deadly and costly entanglements, actually accomplishes the opposite; it diminishes our freedom at home.

Peace brothers and sisters.


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    That does not make you a bad person! Years ago I was invited to a Libertarian meeting at someone’s apartment the girls were 1000 times hotter than democratic women!!! I lost the number and missed out on the future meetings.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Then you know the true reason for my libertarianism. Shhh!

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  3. guest wrote:

    I always tell my sons…In college its OK to date liberal Democratic woman, as long as you marry a conservative one. When they ask why I tell them, “The nature of them being a Liberal Democratic, shows they have awful decision making abilities.” I’m sure they will figure out what I mean one day.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  4. admin wrote:

    Tell those boys that these days you have to get written permission and certify that that they are not drunk or drugged before you can touch a college woman. Of course when I was in school the only women who would date me were drunk and/or drugged.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:57 am | Permalink
  5. Just Passing Through wrote:

    You can’t tell a woman she is attractive that’s harassment, or if unattractive or a bad hairdo pink or blue hair you hate women!!!

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    #3 guest ,some will never figure it out look at the politicians from the President to our council members!!!

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  7. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #5 After Lady Astor accused Winston Churchill of being drunk, He replied, “Yes Madam, I am drunk, but tomorrow I will be sober and tomorrow you will still be ugly.” Didn’t seem to hurt his career much.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  8. Just Passing Through wrote:

    #7 Very good Tom I will drink to that too!!

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  9. Aghast wrote:

    Wow, lots of anti-women sentiment in these comments.

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  10. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #9, C’mon fella, are you saying, you don’t think the Churchill quote was funny?

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  11. Just Passing Through wrote:

    9 Tom they have No sense of humor !!!

    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

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