As we approach Election Day, I thought it appropriate to take a look at the definitions of the political philosophies that are prominent in our society.
Historically we have attributed the Democratic Party to the idea of liberalism. Here is how Webster defines liberalism.
b : a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard
c : a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class).
On the other side of the aisle we have attributed conservatism to the Republican Party. Here is Webster’s definition of conservatism.
a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established
b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)
What is interesting is watching how these two political parties govern. Democrats certainly do not represent a self-regulating free market or advocate for the gold standard. They also have not represented or defended civil liberties very well as we continue drone strikes, the implementation of the NDAA and the Patriot Act.
Republicans did little to preserve the liberties and freedoms that existed by supporting the abrupt change of government policy by passing the Patriot Act and NDAA. However, they are sticking to their conservative roots by preserving these atrocious policies.
Both political parties have essentially become conservative. They both continue working to preserve the failed policies of war, political corruption by rewarding their backers with bailouts and loopholes in regulations and taxes, as well the simple fact that neither party has worked to reduce the debt, the deficit and reform Social Security and Medicare.
Now let’s take a look at Webster’s definition of a Libertarian.
1: an advocate of the doctrine of free will
2a : a person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action
If true Libertarians are elected to Congress, I can assure you that authentic and original liberal policies will be pursued and once achieved a conservative mindset of preserving those achievements would be implemented.
End all the wars. Bring home our troops. Repeal the Patriot Act, the NDAA and stop the senseless and immoral drone strikes. Reform our tax system by eliminating the IRS, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes and death taxes and replace it with 10%-15% consumption tax. Balance the federal budget with a 43% cut in government spending. Get the government out of the private sector and let self-regulation of the free market work. We need to return to the gold standard and end the Federal Reserve System.
We must become Liberal to become Conservative. To achieve freedom and prosperity, being Libertarian is the only answer.
So this election, join me and Be Libertarian.