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“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost” – John Quincy Adams
Standing at the base of Mt. Rushmore I couldn’t help but wonder how America got to this point. Many thought it couldn’t get worse between Bob Dole and Bill Clinton but every election seemed to top the last. Years of voting the lesser of two evils has brought us to our current reality. A reality TV star as our republican nominee and a female version of Frank Underwood as the democratic one. Two horrendous choices. We’ve finally arrived at the climax of idiocracy: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
I must admit this past year has completely caught me off guard. I, like most, did not think Donald Trump stood a chance. Hillary Clinton has proven to be corrupt and a liar and democrats don’t care. The thought of Trump gives Hillary a never ending get out of jail free card. I honestly don’t even know what to think anymore. What else can you do when a train wreck is unfolding but sit back and watch?
The two party system is starting to crumble. Ron Paul started the implosion of the republican party in 2008 and the fallout is still unfolding. What’s hilarious is democrats grabbed their popcorn and watched with glee not knowing the same implosion was about to get started on their side. Bernie Sanders just “Ron Paul’d” the democratic party. I have news for you democrats, this isn’t a slight hiccup or a stumble, the clock is ticking on your party as well.
Gary Johnson and Libertarianism
If you don’t know who Gary Johnson is, stop reading right now and google him. If you’re a current or recovering republican or democrat, you’ll most likely cheer for some of his views and shake your head in disgust on others. I used to be that person. Gary Johnson isn’t wrong when he says most people are libertarian, they just don’t know it. It takes some time to come around but once you understand libertarian philosophy, it’s like waking up with a clear mind after a night off from drinking. It makes so much sense. You start to see how absurd the hypocrisies are from both sides.
The consenting adult analogy
I love asking liberals and conservatives this hypothetical scenario. “Do you think the government should come between two consenting adults? Say a man invites another man to his home. Even if other people don’t agree with the actions of their relationship, should there be a law preventing them from doing what they desire? Should anyone be able to put restrictions on what they can and can’t do in their relationship?”
Typically, conservatives will argue that the above scenario shouldn’t be legal. Liberals will argue the opposite. Once I provide further details, both change their position like a Chinese fire drill.
What if I told you that the relationship I was referring to was not sexual or marriage related but a professional working one? What if the law I was speaking of was in reference to the minimum wage law? Before you liberals roll your eyes hear me out.
I’m not questioning your intentions or that you want the best for people. The point of that analogy was not trick you but to get you to challenge your beliefs in a different way. I’m not even going to argue the economics or the cons of the minimum wage in this post. I just want it to be seen in its simplest form. Support for a minimum wage law is an example when one does not believe in freedom and personal choice. Liberals understand this when it comes to gay marriage. The idea is simple. Two consenting adults should be able to do as they please as long as they are not harming anyone else. Suddenly, when money is involved, liberals think they know better than freedom.
Ideologically how is the minimum wage law any different? Why the sudden change if the men are exchanging money instead of love? If someone is willing to pay me $5 an hour for some housework and I’m willing to work for that price, why should you or anyone else be able to stop me? When it comes to certain issues, you believe the government should get involved and tell people what they can and can’t do. Conservatives does that sound familiar when it comes to gay marriage? If you’re truly honest with yourself and believe in freedom, you’ll start to see that many beliefs held by both parties are based on emotions and personal belief and are not backed by consistent logic.
Libertarianism isn’t a hard concept to understand. Just because you don’t agree with someones actions doesn’t mean you should pass a law to prevent someone from doing it. A great libertarian way to test an issue is to ask yourself a simple question: Are they hurting someone or their property? If the answer is no, it probably shouldn’t be illegal. Again, you don’t have to agree or condone but it doesn’t mean there should be a law to prevent it. As far as I know there is no law preventing you from smashing a hammer into your head multiple times. I wouldn’t recommend it but technically it’s your body. You have freedom to make that choice but you’re responsible and must live with the consequences.
You have another choice
Most people still believe they only have two choices for president. This is not true. When you go to the ballot box this November remember you have another choice. Voting for a lesser of two evils just brings terrible choices and more evil. Let’s vote for freedom for a change. Vote Gary Johnson.