Five Self-evident Truths
I am an enthusiastic libertarian. I rave about individual rights and government limits. Five truths are self-evident.
- One: we are all created equal. Being born in Brooklyn gives me no more rights than a woman born in Aleppo. Deny someone a particular right, you deny it for yourself.
- The second truth: our rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have other rights: a right to privacy, a right to travel. But no one has a right to another person’s labor.
- The third truth is that we create governments to secure our rights. They may use force to protect our rights, for no other purpose. Using force in the name of social justice makes us all slaves. For social justice we have voluntary organizations: Doctors Without Borders. food banks, Habitat for Humanity.
- The fourth self-evident truth is that our governments derive their just powers from our consent to our Constitutions.
- The fifth truth is that whenever a government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
Where are we now?
Our governments obstruct our peaceful assembly. Police infringe on our liberty and violate our privacy without proper warrants, and courts issue warrants without any opportunity for defense. Congress seizes part of our labor, keeps some, and returns the rest with rules that ignore the Constitutional limits on Congress, and the Supreme Court fails to enforce these limits. Tax laws require involuntary service, invasion of privacy, and testifying against ourselves. Immigrant families are detained and abused in violation of our Constitution, while presidents keep prisoners off-shore to avoid restraint on torture and kangaroo courts try to perfume the stink of the NSA and ICE. On top of all this, native Americans have suffered greatly at the hands of our governments.
What should we do about it?
That is a long train of destructive abuses. It is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such government, to alter or abolish it. Abolish the police? Abolish the Constitution? The Libertarian Party offers an alternative, peacefully altering our governments to respect basic rights. Do your duty. Vote Libertarian. Vote Walsh for Senate.