Sunday, August 14, 2016

What do Libertarians Stand For?

I’m trying to figure out the Libertarian Party’s platform.  The common thread that seems to hold these people together is legalization of drugs, economic freedom and a general contempt for Christianity.  I might add that I’m not sure what kind of economic freedom they advocate when their presidential nominee is sympathetic to Bernie Sanders.  I’m getting mixed signals.

The one thing that really bothers me about Libertarians is their disregard for federalism.  They seem to have contempt for our Constitution when it conflicts with their world view.  Libertarians say they’re for limited government, but they sure as hell are not adverse to judicial activism when it suits their purpose.

Another view that sticks in my craw is their contempt for religious liberty.  Libertarians want to force Christians into violating their conscience.  The most obvious is this whole gay marriage nonsense.  Somehow, Libertarians believe the First Amendment right of freedom of religion doesn’t apply to Christian business owners.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s nominee, doesn’t seem to comprehend the purpose of the 14th Amendment or the Civil Rights Act of 1964 & 65.  These laws were enacted to protect blacks from institutionalized discrimination.   States implemented black codes, segregation and stringent preconditions for voter registration which rendered second class status upon these citizens.  These measures were necessary to ensure equal protection under the law.  No where do these laws force people to violate their First Amendment rights.

If Libertarians were true advocates of economic freedom, they wouldn’t force business owners to violate their religious beliefs.  Instead, they should allow these entrepreneurs to succeed or fail based on their business model even if it’s offensive to the most “tolerant” amongst us.

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