Recently a friend of mine, a real asshole, told me that he’s not a “republican,” he’s more of a “libertarian.”
I imagine he said this, because the American political system is rife with people who are abandoning their parties left and right. If you’re a democrat, who wants to be associated with Reid, Pelosi or Obama? If you’re Republican, who wants to be associated with … well, where do I start?
Or maybe my friend said this, because he’s addicted to cocaine, and he wants it legalized like a good libertarian. I mean, he’s a high-strung, Washington D.C. lawyer who drives a Porsche and plays golf a few times a week. He snorts a line or two to keep his edge sharp, his mind steady and his teeth grinding.
So when this douchebag told me he considers himself more libertarian, it was as if he was choosing a political position that seemed less offensive than admitting he’s a republican.
Hell, check out the movement of Christians to say they aren’t Christians now. The word “Christian” has developed into a pejorative. What, with all the bad public relations it’s gotten for 2,000 years. The trend lately is to say, “I’m not a Christian … I’m a Christ follower.” They’ll even explain what that means.
Sweet, luscious ignorance! Don’t they know that the word “Christian” literally means “follower of Christ.”
Anyway, I thought that this quick explanation provided on NPR yesterday was a great primer on what Libertarianism is. Among their views:
Adult individuals have the right and the responsibility to make the important decisions about their own lives. And our government, today, interferes with that right in a whole variety of ways. It tells us where to send our kids to school, how we have to save for retirement. It tells us what we can smoke and who we can marry.
Well, yeah, it’s mostly Democrats who want to raise our taxes and tell us how to save for retirement and how to give to charity. But it’s mostly Republicans that tell us what we can smoke and who we can marry. So, there are ways that both liberals and conservatives interfere with individual freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
As for my “libertarian” friend who snorts coke speeding down Pennsylvania Avenue rocking out to the one song on the album that the media told him to like, I hope he actually took time to learn about the party he thinks he associates himself with.
- ‘What We Can Smoke And Who We Can Marry’: Libertarianism Explained (npr.org)
- What kind of libertarian are you? (geneveith.com)