Why NOT be LIBERTARIAN with Gary Johnson for ONE election?! If you decide you DON’T LIKE Freedom, Prosperity and Peace after Four Years, you can always vote for Tyranny, Poverty and War again four years from now!
My response:(excuse any style, spelling or grammar it was just intended to be a comment)
I think think certain aspects of what Gary Johnson stands in the name of liberty are license in the context that John Locke used those terms. The liberty movement says it wants to get back to the Constitution but forgets that a limited state only exists to secure the inalienable rights expounded on in the Declaration of Independence. Locke, and Jefferson that was channeling his thoughts, based rights to life, liberty, and property on one basic premise: man is the workmanship of God and his property. There is more to this but Locke more or less states that we have liberty to dispose of our possessions but no license to destroy them unless in life or death situations to preserve ourselves. Thus ultimately everything is God’s property. Aborting a child is destroying God’s property. License not liberty.
I am not a religious right supporter per se and am not shallow enough to vote on one issue knowing the Bible speaks on many. But I am take issue with Cato or Ayn Rand libertarians in regards to nuances in free market capitalism as well. I subscribe to a right to seek self interest check by the responsibility to love my neighbor. I believe this in within the zone of autonomy taught by the scholastics where there is no black or white directives of biblical nature and each works out his own thoughts.
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But selfish greed unchecked by a general sense of an obligation to love my neighbor turns into corporatism and cancels out the guiding hand Adam Smith talked about. I cannot get into his mind but I know he was a Christian. So I think it safe to say that the guiding hand was God. In others words, the guiding hand works if we choose self interest as described above. It let’s us go off course if we choose selfish greed. If the latter saturates a society long enough that society walks off the cliff and destroys itself.
I have some of the same issues with Ron Paul as well but less of them. I will work with others that I agree with on at least some things in regard to liberty but for now it will still be inside the GOP where God has been welcomed.
Not to say Evangelicals have it totally right because they do not. But I chose a year ago that I will align with them over any group influenced at all by the zealot type of atheists or anarchists.
I read a great article about Ayn Rand vs. Jesus. Google it. There is and has been a split in the liberty movement for years. Until the gap in closed and liberty vs. License is debated it will stay wide open.
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