Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Re: FW: RE: Info about Libertarian

Got an email from my dad asking about my thoughts on the state of current politics (and about Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius). I figured my rant makes fine dandy blogging. Behold:

I still think the only person who knows what is going on is Ron Paul, but the Republicans buried him, I wish he would have switched to run under the Libertarians as soon as he knew he was out of the running for the GOP, he still would have had a good following. As it is Bob Barr of the Libertarians will get my vote. He stands for all the right things, but I am sad that they chose a candidate that doesn't have the "look" of a president, so once again there will be no progress on adding a third party to our political system.
While I don't like Sebelius, for a Democrat she is a person that can be tolerated to be in power, and I think she makes judgments that she feels is the right thing to do (not that it is the actual right thing, but she seems to at least tries to do the right thing.) If Obama did pick her I would at least give them a shot for my vote. McCain isn't going to get it because I can not stand for the Republicans to take more of my personal freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism. If Obama would promise to give us back our personal freedoms, I could stand eight years of limiting economic freedoms.
And isn't that the problem? Why do I have to choose between two candidates that will take things away from me instead of protect me from others taking my freedoms? Are people so afraid of pot that they would rather lose their guns so that a Libertarian doesn't get elected? Are people so afraid of guns that they would rather lose their pot so that a Libertarian doesn't get elected? Why do people want our government to be empowered at the cost of personal empowerment? Especially when they see what disregard of personal rights our government (and others) do to it's citizens.
It's gonna take a major change to save ourselves, but each side whines too much to let actual change happen. We are quickly on the road to 1984, and both sides of the political fence won't let up on the gas because doing so might allow the other to gain the edge.


Braveharte said...

But how does the government protect you from other people taking your freedoms without taking their freedoms? If you have the freedom to breathe clean air at work and at restaurants (hospitals and other buildings as well), then someone loses the right to smoke their cigarettes there. If I have the right and freedom to walk places without worry, then maybe someone else loses the right to own a handgun. Whose rights and freedoms are more worth protecting?

Ookami Snow said...

I think that we should protect the rights and freedoms that our forefathers gave to us. Owning a firearm, yes. Clean air in a restaurant, not so much.

I am sorry that you feel that if someone has a handgun when you are on a walk then you worry, but the people that have concealed carry permits actually make me feel safer. I don't want to carry a handgun, but I know that if I were to get in trouble their might be someone else that can help me out. Disarming the good people is not a way to beat the bad one.

As for clean air in restaurants and hospitals, I don't want to sit in other peoples smoke, but I don't want the government to ban it. I would restaurants and hospitals themselves to ban it. We have to realize that a company or a person making a choice about what to allow is hugely different than the government deciding what we can and can't do.

The governments role is to allow us to choose. We must choose wisely. We must also dislike the idea of letting the government make choices for us.

Rrramone said...

I'll take the clean air and give up the firearm. And I'll pay taxes in order to help the poor, and have roads and all the other stuff I enjoy. Like being able to mail a letter for next to nothing. What I really hate is that when I travel to other places in the world, our country is a laughing stock, or we are feared and hated. Anything other than more of what we've had.

Obama will get my vote, I genuinely believe he will make a difference.