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It is lonely being a Libertarian. But Dave Barry is!

robi2106 (464558) writes | more than 7 years ago

User Journal 8

I guess you could say that I recently came out of the closet. I had been a party line Republican because the alternative, killing babies and taking all my money, is not attractive. But Republicans and still taking all my money and then wasting it still so over the past 3-5 years, I have trended more towards independence from the two party system.

I guess you could say that I recently came out of the closet. I had been a party line Republican because the alternative, killing babies and taking all my money, is not attractive. But Republicans and still taking all my money and then wasting it still so over the past 3-5 years, I have trended more towards independence from the two party system.

I slowly turned Libertarian. Was I born a Libertarian and just now realized it? Hard to say. I've always been a bit rebellious and annoying, like many hard core libertarians. But I questioned my orientation when I realized that the public school system is doomed to failure because parents and trying to use it to raise their kids instead of doing the job them self. That opened my eyes to a whole new world. Not everything is D or R but there is a L. Libertarian.

So I have been reading articles by the Cato Institute, and the L.V. Mises Institute. Classical Libertarian, market driven, hands off type of thinking.

And I'm not alone. There are lots of people just like me. That share my frustration with the nosy Democrats trying to legislate everything to death or the useless Republicans wasting money while pretending to be against waste. At least the Democrats tell you they are going to waste your money on more programs and crap. You know what you get with the Clintons and Kennedys of the world.

So I found another good article from someone I did not expect to be a Libertarian. Dave Barry. Not only can he voice opinions with class, or at least a kind of class, but he also is funny, which makes reading that article very easy. Go ahead. Don't be ashamed. I promise you won't feel dirty afterwords.

jason

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Welcome to the party (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 7 years ago | (#17345296)

small p to go with the small l. :-)

I just may have to change my sig yet again:
  Was I born a Libertarian and just now realized it? Hard to say. I've always been a bit rebellious and annoying, like many hard core libertarians.


Interesting thing reading that was his reference to the show COPS (or one just like it, I guess). That is probably what, more than anything, started to move me from the Law & Order social conservative camp to the MYOFB camp.

Re:Welcome to the party (1)

robi2106 (464558) | more than 7 years ago | (#17361998)

I'm proud to say that I actually re-wrote that line a few times to get the right punch to the end.... it isn't so humble to say it, but I love that "annoying like many hard core libertarians" bit.... hehehe I still chuckle at it. :-)

jason

Re:Welcome to the party (1)

robi2106 (464558) | more than 7 years ago | (#17362006)

Unfortunately that bit is too long for a sig, but below is short enough.

Was I born Libertarian, just now realized it? I've always been rebellious/annoying like many libertarians.

jason

Re:Welcome to the party (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17396482)

How can someone be "pro victory" in a country where we are only making bad things worse [washingtonmonthly.com] and still call themselves a libertarian?

yay! :-) (1)

eglamkowski (631706) | more than 7 years ago | (#17345856)

We'll get manage to toss the bums out of office eventually. They got it coming, that's for sure. Just a few million more converts and we're there ;-)

Congrats (1)

Le Marteau (206396) | more than 7 years ago | (#17346106)

I've been a card carrying, capital "L" Libertarian for almost twenty years now. I used to actually be an activist to a certain degree; making calls, attending strategy meetings, manning the polls, that kind of thing.

Nowadays, I am not so active in the party and the cause.

But when the time is right, I have and will be there.

Liberty is actually a new thing, when you look at it in proper perspective. Was not so long ago, people were all serfs and slaves, except for an elite few who ruled over their subjects. Freedom is a work in progress, and an evolution. We are just men ahead of our time, is all.

There will be some tough times ahead. Look for the powers that be to continue to try to clamp down and maintain their hegemony. They will go to ever more drastic measures to keep their role as sheep herder, and to keep the sheep, sheep, ready and actually pleading to be sheared. But they fight a losing battle.

Might not see it in my lifetime. But the progress is undeniable. The march towards freedom continues, and the best a man can hope for is to be ready when the time is right and when they are called to make a real difference.

Thanks for the links (1)

Degrees (220395) | more than 7 years ago | (#17348450)

Especially the Dave Barry interview. I've always liked the Cato Institute web site. I used to get a daily update from them through my Palm Pilot. Pretty good stuff for making me think.

Thanks!

So is Penn (1)

DisownedSky (905171) | more than 7 years ago | (#17356244)

Gilette. And many others.

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