Libertarians Liberal Side

Libertarian’s have a liberal side? Typically, it is believed that Libertarian’s are only about keeping the government from pilfering our wallets; which has merit. But, that is not the only government intrusion that we have objections to. The definition of libertarian is: one who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct; one who maintains the doctrine of the freedom of the will. When government uses its power to subrogate the individual’s will, we see that as an intrusion of our rights as free people. It is not the duty of the government to subjugate the people to a narrow social or moral idealism.

“Our support of the individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove those choices”

We support the protections provided by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, and property. Only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. We favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.

That sounds ludicrous to many people, and the abuses sound dangerous. But It should be the choice of the individual as to what they do with their bodies, even if it results in the detriment of their health. We are not the property of the government! We recognize that abuses will occur, but the greater danger is that the government will wage war on its own people.

Mike Maier, Treasurer, Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County