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Christian Sharia, anyone?

Be Libertarian, AND avoid Christian Sharia. End the Fed, cut off welfare, but keep porn, pot and gambling legal!

I’m a libertarian. I believe that government FAR overreaches its rights. I think the government would be much more effective if it were about 1/2 of 1% of the size it is now.

I believe that the only morally correct laws are laws that protect people from aggression against their person or property. I think that the only things that should be illegal are murder, rape, assault, theft, fraud, and trespassing.

A large force that has always been active in American politics is what I call CCCs, i.e. Christian Conservative Constitutionalists. Ronald Reagan was one. The John Birch Society would fit that description.  The Constitution Party do. Many LDS do. This CCC force is “making a comeback”, often in the form of people who claim to be part of the Tea Party, like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.

I agree with about 95% of what most of these folks believe in. For instance,

  • I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, without limitation.
  • I want lower taxes.
  • I do not believe in bailouts or “too big to fail.”
  • I think welfare (of all kinds) should be slashed to the bone, and/or eliminated.
  • I believe that homeschooling should be legal and easy, and the public schools should even be phased out.
  • I believe in the right of people to worship as they please (for instance, I’m appalled that a kid got kicked out of school for wearing a rosary. I don’t think that voluntarily wearing a rosary to public school violates any kind of “separation of church and state.”)
  • I oppose “hate crime laws” (murder and assault are already illegal, adding time for what you were thinking while committing the crime is racist.)
  • I’m against Affirmative Action (I think it’s racist.)
  • I believe the borders should be closed (at least until all freebie incentives are removed).
  • I’m in favor of term limits.
  • I believe that abuses of Eminent Domain should be eliminated.
  • I am a big fan of Castle Doctrine.
  • I’m a strong believer in States’ Rights.
  • I’m against unlawful wiretaps and illegal search and seizure.
  • I am appalled by the march of socialism and I fear and hate the Obama administration’s hostile takeover of America.

HOWEVER, most CCCs believe that drugs, porn, prostitution, gambling and gay marriage should also be illegal. SHOW ME WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION, OR IN NATURAL LAW, YOU CAN JUSTIFY THOSE THINGS BEING ILLEGAL! That’s my problem with CCCs. If they were in power, we would have a wonderful Constitutional Republic for about 95% of things, but something amounting to Christian Sharia for the other 5%.

NO LAW IS MORALLY JUST UNLESS IT PROTECTS THE PERSON OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS. It is immoral to try to force the government to force YOU to act “moral.” Trying to make the state regulate your husband from looking at porn or keeping your wife from gambling is lazy nanny-state bullshit, and is not morally acceptable. And it certainly isn’t Constitutional and does not conform to Natural Law (which is the only MORAL law.)

I don’t do drugs, but I am convinced that drugs should be 100% legal. The War on Drugs does far more harm than good, and ruins far more lives than it helps. It costs billions in taxes, jails and lawyers, and encourages violent crime. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and it ain’t working for drugs. Besides outlawing drugs (or porn or gambling) will NEVER stop drugs (or porn or gambling.) Outlawing these things won’t even minimize them. People will do them anyway.

Thomas Jefferson said “The Constitution on which our Union rests, shall be administered… according to the safe and honest meaning contemplated by the plain understanding of the people of the United States at the time of its adoption...” Well, at the time of The Constitution’s adoption, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew (and likely smoked) marijuana and Benjamin Franklin slept with many French whores.

My favorite Wyoming candidate for Governor, the best candidate we’ve got, the guy I’m voting for, Ron Micheli, said in a recent interview that he thinks porn should be illegal and marriage should be defined as being between a man and a woman. Porn illegal? How is that moral. How can you even SAY that? Show me in The Constitution, or Natural Law, where outlawing porn is even moral. (And my thought on marriage? Take the state out of the equation. The STATE has no right to be involved. Marriage should be between two people and maybe their church. As a libertarian comedian Doug Stanhope once said “If marriage didn’t exist, would you invent it? Would you go ‘Baby, this shit we got together, it’s so good we gotta get the government in on this shit. We can’t just share this commitment between us. We need judges and lawyers involved in this shit, baby. It’s hot!’”)

Doug Stanhope for president

Doug Stanhope for president

Enforcing random nanny laws (like outlawing pot, porn and gambling) will lead to tyranny. It will pave the way for a new Hitler, whether the nannying comes from the right or the left. I don’t think Obama is Hitler. But I think that Obama is paving the way for a Hitler (or Stalin), a few presidents from now, at the rate things are going. AND CHRISTIAN “CONSERVATIVE” GEORGE BUSH HELPED HIM. Every time someone’s in “power”, for the last hundred years, they’ve chipped away a little more at the Constitution, at Natural Law, and added more and more bullshit, thinking their party will be in “power” forever. But with the next changing of the guard, the other party abuses those “powers” even more, in the opposite direction.

“The problem isn’t Democrats. The problem is Republicans who aren’t willing to become libertarians”

–Libertarian Christian Boston T. Party.

The only solution I can really see for NOT having a Hitler running America into the ground in ten or twenty years is GET RID OF THE NANNY-STATE BULLSHIT on the left and GET RID OF THE CHRISTIAN SHARIA on the right. Concentrate on the basic human rights governance, abide only by Natural Law, strip government down to near nothing, get rid of “special” rights, and only protect human rights. (Hint: free health care is not a “human right”, because it’s not free. Someone else has to pay for it, and the government forces them at gunpoint to pay. That’s not a human right!)

I’m not going to “waste my vote” on a third party. I’m going to back TRUE libertarian candidates (not CCCs) operating within the Republican Party. I think that’s the plan that’s got the best plan. (Rand Paul for president anyone?)

And from a simple logistical standpoint, the CCCs should re-evaluate their plan. CCCs are NEVER gonna get the “youth vote” or the “hipster vote”, which is a large part of the vote. Only Libertarian Republicans can attract the youngsters.

If a more-libertarian Republican Party can’t save America, nothing can. If it can’t, my prediction is that in five or ten years, we’ll all “party like it’s 1775.” And if that happens, I’ll likely be shoulder to shoulder with the CCCs, saying “How the fuck did you let this happen? Oh well, you did let it happen, now let’s fix it. So praise God and pass the ammunition.”

–Michael W. Dean

Michael W. Dean is the Wyoming representative for the Republican Liberty Caucus. His views are his own.

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  1. Kev Man says

    During the war of Independance, America put it’s core values on display. We treated our prisoners of war with respect and decency, fed and quartered them well. Even while our soldiers were hungry. Consequently the Biritish and Germain soldiers were quicker to surrender rather than die. Infact 23% of the German Hessian soldiers chose to stay in America after the war. I am a Christian, but I think Guantanamo is worse than porn or pot in terms of national moral decay.

  2. MichaelWDean says

    So, you think I need educating on libertarian theory? I need to spend more time on the libertarian echo chamber?

    I don’t see anything about self-defense on your blog.

    Let me ask you this;
    –Do you own a rifle and know how to use it?
    –Do you carry a handgun 100% of the time?

    If you answered “no” to either of these questions, I consider you the theorist.

    Seriously, you can yell “INITIATION OF AGGRESSION!” all you want, but what can you DO about it?

    You can read and type, but when the jackers come….WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

    –Michael W. Dean

  3. libertymatters says

    Mike,

    Hey, I appreciate your list of items, it seems you are still on your journey to plumb-line libertarianism (you still have a few pesky ideas about the Tea Party movement as in- 95% agreement). I advise a daily dose of lewrockwell.com, antiwar.com, nostate.com, mises.org, fr33 agents, freekeene.com, freetalklive.com podcast and live cam (7p-10p EST weeknights.)

    It took me some time to shed my socialist protectionist christianism, -read laurence vance on warmonger christianity. Jesus taught peace- not this Iraq/Iran war stuff…

    Study up on Voluntaryism, civil disobedience, anarchism, libertarianism, etc. If you allow for ANY government other than Natural Law, you are letting the camel’s nose in the tent.

    The Constitution was nothing to be regarded- read Spooner, No Treason, or listen to a reading via Youtube. Getting “back to” the constitution is absurd.

    So that might jar you some, but if it does not, then you are farther along than your post lets on.

    One more thing, the border fence is not to keep the Mexicans or terrorists out- its to keep US IN. We are imprisoned. Lincoln enslaved us all. Today they are finishing off the Last Castle. We must destroy it, and remove the Kernel. (see the movie with Robert Redford)

    We are living the Matrix

    That should about cover it..

    http://keepresisting.blogspot.com

    libertymatters

  4. MichaelWDean says

    Welcome freedomchic ! Glad to her it.

    Michael Dean

  5. freedomchic says

    I’m a 29 year old, married to a hipster, ha, and we both agree with everything you said. Dems and Reps are just so far off the radar I can’t even relate to either of those two extremes. I just want to get back to the core of our country, to the constitution and what our founding fathers had in mind. I don’t get why we even have to legislate anything having to do with “crotch” issues (abortion, gay marriage/adoption, etc.). I don’t think it’s my business to tell someone else what they can’t or can’t do with their genitals as long as it’s not bothering me in any way. I’m a church goer and faithful, and we already have rules in our church about that stuff, I sure as hell don’t need/want it to be in my government. What the hell? It’s like all those parent advocates who want to take toys out of kids meals at fast food places. It seems minor but once you start to tell people what they can and can’t eat, do with their private parts, etc. I think that’s pretty scary and ridiculous!

  6. homeschoolmom23 says

    Love it. Not too many years ago I believed the 5% stuff, but I have come around. Well said MWD!

  7. MichaelWDean says

    Stuart –

    Welcome! Stop in any time.

    MWD

  8. Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall says

    I am an old former Republican in my sixties – from a long line of Republicans. Our family always agreed with liberal access to abortion – from the point of view that it would help reduce the welfare roles. The day the Republican Party adopted an anti-abortion platform, my grandfather turned his portrait of Richard Nixon to the wall and our family ceased to be Republican. In my mind there are an awful lot pro-corporate opportunists out there who call themselves Republicans – but are a disgrace to transitional Republican Party values. I consider myself a fiscal conservative like Ron Paul, but in my mind a true libertarian would never dream of dictating to someone else how they ought to lead their lives. I made a decision about 8 years ago that there was no place in the US for someone of my political stripe and emigrated to New Zealand. I write about this in my recent memoir THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE.

  9. Freedom Outlaw says

    As I’ve said before, conservatives in this country really need to lose moral nannying bullshit. People of other religions (or lack of) besides Christianity are conservative, and more would be if the major parties didn’t leave them for the donkies.
    And they make it sound like if gay marriage becomes legal, something tragic is going to happen to “family values”, whatever that is. Vermont legalized it and to my knowledge there haven’t been big sweaty man-orgies invading their churches and schools. I’m sure a lot more gays would vote conservative, if the conservative parties would acknowledge their existance.

  10. MichaelWDean says

    Thanks Neema. Tell two friends!

    MWD

  11. NEEMAV says

    GREAT POST!!!! I think the terms CCC and Christian Sharia are great descriptions and can help the world understand this schism in libertarian and non-lefty thought in general.

  12. MichaelWDean says

    Good point, Aaron.
    Very good.

    MWD

  13. Aaron says

    The Christian Sharia is as much to blame for our nanny state as are the progressives. The two are one in the same, in fact, with only minor quibbles about how they’re going to screw us to “protect us.”

  14. Bondurant says

    Stossel is spot on. The first election I could have voted in was ’00. Here’s what I knew at the time: Dubya was Bush’s kid, Nader pissed off the establishment and Tipper Gore was a fascist against freedom of speech. I almost voted for Bush just so Tipper wouldn’t be first lady. That was my line of thinking for a few seconds. I decided to do the right thing and not vote because I wasn’t informed enough on the issues to cast a vote with credibility.

    Sadly, the liberal elite does not agree. They’ll spoon feed idiots with as much crap as needed to vote for Democrats. Conservatives do the same. It’s really no shocker why we find ourselves in the mess we are in now. Too many people have no clue what they are really voting for. It’s all about what Rush, Hannity and Hollywood says.

  15. MichaelWDean says

    Thanks man. Have fun!

    MWD

  16. Bondurant says

    Brilliant. I’d give you a standing ovation if I wasn’t too lazy and about to watch a World Cup game!