Over the past few months, more and more people have been coming to the principles of libertarianism. Whether through the book Libertarianism in a Nutshell or from a genuine distaste for the two major candidates. Whatever the reason, we welcome those who have woken up to fight against the duopoly that exists. Below are the stories shared by those who are willing to share their personal experiences.
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I woke up on my 33rd birthday (January 1, 2013) to discover that the US House Republicans had made an 11th deal with the Democrats that was sold to the people as a plan for tax cuts. Those tax cuts would take the form of $1.00 in tax cuts for every $41.00 in tax increases, many of these tied to the American Affordable Healthcare Act. I was livid, to say the least.
I could not understand just HOW these Republicans, many of whom were much older than I, but have failed to remember the history of Republican deals with Democrats. In the 1980’s, Reagan made a deal with the Democrats for $1.00 in cuts in exchange for $3.00 in increases. Reagan gave the increases, but never saw the cuts. He later recalled this saying it was “the worst deal I ever made.” His successor, George H. W. Bush promised “Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES!” and then proceeded to make a deal with Democrats for $2.00 in new taxes for $1.00 in cuts. Again, Bush raised the taxes and the Democrats did not produce the cuts. This cost Bush his bid for re-election. What’s the saying that comes after “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I propose, “Fool me thrice, I’m just a fool.” Again, the Republicans made the increases but have yet to see the cuts, what’s worse, is that the increases far outweigh the cuts and therefore those meager cuts were pointless.
So, in my anger I gave up. I realized that if the Republican Party refuses to even remember the history of their own party…a history that is not very old. I began searching. I ended up meeting Danny Bedwell, then Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Mississippi. He patiently taught me the principles of liberty. It didn’t take me long to realize that I agreed with what he was saying, even if I didn’t fully agree on 100% of things that I knew this was the right move. Since then, I have read many books on liberty and have gone beyond Classical Liberalism.
I decided to act upon one of my favorite poems:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost
Aaron Barksdale – Ocean Springs, MS
I have been a member of the Grand Ole Party for the vast majority of my life. Having worked with the state and national Republican parties over the years as well as campaigns, I have seen my share of political ideology and rhetoric. Recently somehow the Republican party has lost its way and has been hijacked from within and derailed from the core values. With pyrotechnics and smoke machines, it has now become a mix between WWE and a network reality show.
Instead of Reagan tearing down walls, the GOP is insisting on building them like a communist regime. Building a wall on the boarder of Mexico is one of the most ridiculous and illogical concept in the modern policy era. A wall of that magnitude would cost tens of billions of dollars to build without maintenance. We cannot afford the maintenance of our nation’s bridges and highways and no matter how tall of a wall, I can show you a taller ladder. Also, I am not sure if GOP is aware of how Mexico’s most powerful drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison through a tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell.
The Republican party use to be capable of bringing people together, now they cannot bring their own party together and have become the great dividers. In this time of turmoil and division, Americans do not need to be divided, but brought together in unity and pride. Excluding groups of people by religion, race, sexuality, and/or creed is the antithesis of our country. While I understand radical Islamist group have attacked us and our allies, they are not the only group/individuals that has caused terror on the American sovereign soil. We cannot single out any particular group for discrimination. We have then lost what makes America so great. Our founding fathers would be absolutely ashamed of this political rhetoric.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, January 30, 1787.
Since 2014 and with the largest majority since 1931, The Republican party has held a majority in both houses of Congress. Yet, Congress continues to lead away with runway spending. The party has become riddled and even boastful of pork barrel spending. These actions are rapidly raising the national debt at an astronomical rate. Currently, each citizen share of the debt is $60,009.52. We cannot maintain the current rate of spending and avoid the impeding collapse of the economy. We have to get back to limited government and reign in spending.
With the NSA and the Patriot act, Republicans have allowed government to spy on communications of American citizens without cause or suspicion. Continued erosion of search and seizure protections afforded to us in the US Constitution, have gone without fight. There is not a clause in the Constitution that says “if you have not to hid or done nothing wrong, then you should have no problem with it.” Americans past and present have died for the unalienable rights of our country and yet we let them go without a blink of eye or a question being asked.
With all the above mentioned causes, I am now a GOP deflector. I have found my new home with in the Libertarian party. I challenge you to vote with your conscience and conviction of your beliefs. If you are/were a GOPer and agree with me, I encourage you to abandon the Republican party and find your new home.
Ronald Morris – Clinton, MS