Libertarian Lady

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Gentle Reader,

Painkillers shorten my temper.

Three months to go.

August, September, October.

Then the circus will end and a new one will begin.

I am heartily sick of the entire election process. We’ve been in this for over a year. Enough already. Enough with the screaming and the name-calling and the whining and the scheming and the polls and the predictions. Enough with trying to determine who’s more patriotic or who Jesus would vote for.

No political party should ever be linked to Christianity. Full stop. Should Christians seek to ground our votes in a biblical worldview? Yes. Should we be single-issue voters? No. Should we assume that any party platform is always going to be in line with Scripture? No. Do we have the right to say that one believer has “betrayed God” by voting for a certain party or candidate? No.

Study the issues. Read up on what the candidates say they want to do. Then realize that it’s Congress that does things. The Executive Branch has limited power – by design. Those seeking the office can make as many promises as they want but that doesn’t mean their particular vision will come to pass. Remember that the next President will be choosing Supreme Court justices.

And for pity’s sake stop believing that it has to be Trump or Clinton.

If you want to vote Trump, fine. If you want to vote Clinton, fine. But don’t choose either because you think you have to. Don’t go with the whole “lesser of two evils” thing.

Barring some radical change in the next 12-14 weeks, I will be voting for former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. What’s a Libertarian, you ask? In a nutshell:

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Do I agree with everything in this image? No. Do I agree with every word of the party platform? No. Do I agree with everything Gary Johnson has ever said or done? No.

I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal. This means that while I abhor abortion, I don’t think that Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned, and, even if it is, that won’t stop women from seeking abortions. This means that while I hold to marriage as being between one man and one woman, legislating one way or the other won’t stop homosexual (or polyamourous, for that matter) couples from being together. This means that while I think it’s insane that anyone can buy a gun at Wal-Mart and I definitely believe that there should be rigorous background checks, I can’t deny that the Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms and since we haven’t ever bothered to pause and clarify what that means, go get your rifle. This means that while I think using marijuana recreationally is stupid, I can’t see how it should be illegal when alcohol isn’t.

In essence, you have the right to live your life as you want, even if I disagree with your choices. Neither the Republican or Democrat parties seem to understand this as of right now. You cannot and should not police thoughts. You cannot and should not change the meaning of words. You cannot and should not live in fear of “the other” all the livelong day.

I vote Libertarian because I want a small government. I vote Libertarian because I think the Church should provide for the poor and helpless; we’ve turned that job over to the government and we should feel shame for doing so. I vote Libertarian because it’s not the end of the world that two lesbians live across the street from me. I vote Libertarian because I don’t think that the Internet should be regulated. I vote Libertarian because I believe in real immigration reform, reform that would make it easier for people fleeing war and poverty to come here the right way. I vote Libertarian because I’m basically a moderate, a centrist. I vote Libertarian because I want our military troops to come home. I vote Libertarian because the middle class shouldn’t bear the burden of paying for entitlements that will not, cannot last. I vote Libertarian because I believe the judiciary’s job is to interpret and apply law, not create it from the bench. I vote Libertarian because we desperately need to place term limits on every elected position throughout the nation. I vote Libertarian because the education initiatives of the past nearly two decades aren’t working. I vote Libertarian because I despise SuperPACS and corporations controlling the outcome (and as much as Clinton complains about Citizens United, she’s taken more than her fair share from Wall Street). I vote Libertarian because I don’t believe Planned Parenthood should receive a dime collected through taxation, federal or state. I vote Libertarian because Republican and Democrat are two sides of the same, old, tired, no longer working coin.

Really, how is it working for you, voting in gridlock year after year?

Our system is broken.

Ultimately I vote Libertarian because my job as a Christian isn’t to press laws on people, thereby coating society with a thin veneer of morality. My job as a Christian is to share the Gospel, whenever and however I can, not to force people to live by its tenets when there has been no heart change, no transformative encounter with Christ.

These are my convictions. Please, go find yours. Read. Think. Pray. Don’t go with the flow. Don’t vote out of fear. Don’t despise others. Figure out what you believe, what is dear to you, and go from there. If that means you vote Trump, fine. If that means you vote Clinton, fine. If that means you vote Johnson, fine. If that means you vote Stein, fine.

But please, I beg of you – really think about it.

My journey to faith. (15)

If you think I’m absolutely insane for refusing to align with either major party, check this out.

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9 thoughts on “Libertarian Lady

  1. I plan to vote for Johnson as well for more or less the same reasons you’ve outlined. That said, even if by some miracle Johnson wins, it won’t do all that much good. We really need to have a significant Libertarian presence in Congress. Then we might see things getting done.

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  2. Though I tend to fall more in line with what Donald Trump believes (and he has been maligned by the press in the use of out-of-context sound bites), I am certainly favourably inclined toward the Libertarian platform.

    Well, most of it. I don’t think we need looser drug laws; drugs ruin lives, and there has to be a better way of dealing with the suppliers. Punishing the users is pretty ineffective. An individual may feel it’s a ‘right’ to ruin one’s own lives, but there’s collateral damage in terms of families and communities.

    In case you haven’t seen it, there’s an interesting OpEd by John Stossel at Fox on why Tramp and Clinton need not be the only choice. Here’s the link –

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/08/03/john-stossel-trump-and-clinton-are-power-hungry-threats-to-democracy-but-there-is-alternative.html

    If Johnson get can into the debates there might be quite a surprise come November. If not…there are 145 Libertarians holding elected offices in the US at the moment, and that does not seem like enough to build a constituency. Most people simply don’t really know what the Libertarians are about, and until their political footprint is both broadened and deepened they’ll only play a minor role – at best a spoiler – in national elections.

    On that basis I’ll vote for Trump, if only for the Supreme Court issue. It’s too important to leave to chance.

    But if Johnson makes the debates, I reserve the right to change my mind.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/08/your-dying-spouse-189-personality.html

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    1. I think your views are fair and valid. You’ve thought about things. What bothers me to no end is when people vote blindly. Party loyalty is senseless.

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  3. You’ve posted this recently, which makes me think that perhaps you aren’t following Mr. Johnson very closely. I voted for him in the the last election cycle, but he has become a shell of who he used to be. He’s said he’d back TPP, he’s backing Black Lives Matter, he wants to continue intervening in foreign affairs, he supports the Government telling a jewish baker he has to make a cake for a nazi wedding, and he’s a federalist for pro-choice.

    It’s great that you posted what the Libertarian Party positions, these are not Gary Johnsons positions. I feel like he won the party’s nomination simply on name recognition alone.

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    1. Thanks for you comment, Johann.

      As I said, I don’t agree with everything Gary Johnson says or does. He did clarify his comments on religious liberty here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659254/EXCLUSIVE-Gary-Johnson-Religious-freedom-and-non-discrimination-laws.html?pg=all. This is an important issue for me (obviously) and I see him trying to strike a sensible balance between upholding the Constitution’s guaranteed right to freedom of religion and accepting that we are secular society. (Personally I like, what someone talked about regarding this issue: the military’s approach of “do or find someone who can.” A Baptist chaplain isn’t required to perform an infant baptism, but he/she is required to find another chaplain who will perform the ceremony. I think that practice should be extended into civilian life. If you don’t want to bake the cake, fine, but tell the people where to go so they can get what they need. Everyone is happy. I can’t find the source for that at present).

      “Black Lives Matter” is a movement without centralized leadership or goals, so when Mr. Johnson speaks of backing it, I’m not entirely sure what he means. I would like for him to expand on that. I think it’s obvious that we do have a deep and continuing problem with racism in this country and that needs to be addressed. On the flipside, I have two uncles who are cops so I know for a fact that not every cop is racist.

      The TPP – I need to read more about that. I’m not sure where I stand on it.

      Where have you read that Mr. Johnson wants to continue current interventionist policies? I’ve not seen that.

      Finally, I am as pro-life as it gets. (I’m a pacifist, so cradle to grave). That said, I don’t think we can be single-issue voters. If I was only concerned with making abortion illegal, I’d probably vote for Trump. But I can’t vote for Trump. Nor will Trump overturn Roe v. Wade, as that’s not in his power. I think the pro-life movement needs to turn away from trying to change the law and focus on changing hearts. We also need to start supporting mothers and children; there’s no reason that we who find abortion abhorrent can’t step up and provide the community that they need.

      Gary Johnson isn’t perfect. I’d probably argue with him about some things if we ever met. He is simply the candidate who takes positions closest to my own at this point. I’m not unwilling to change my mind, though, if need be.

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  4. Thank you for an interesting piece. Here in Europe religion plays a much smaller role in politics but I felt that your explanation of how someone, if they were a person of faith, could engage with the political process was very sound.

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