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Adopted in 1789, the U.S. Constitution contains 4,543 words, yet nowhere within the four pages that makeup our Constitution is there a mention of the idea of a division between political parties, let alone just two parties, to bicker back and forth in their eternal effort to control the whole of all possible power that exists within our government.
The two big parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, have held a stranglehold upon the political system of the United States since before the American Civil War. While they oppose each other in theory, they have worked bipartisanly in order to drive the national debt to more than $31 trillion, and they have worked in unison to prevent all other political parties from challenging their political dominance. Both the Rs and the Ds like to point out each other’s flaws; however, upon careful examination, the positions of both sides can be found to be quite contradictory.
Since the War on Drugs began in 1971, Republicans have called for continued increased restrictions on drugs and harsher penalties for the people that use them. In turn, Democrats have called for the end of the 50-year-old war, stating that it is impossible to legislate drugs out of our society, pointing out that the government isn’t even capable of preventing drug use in their own prisons.
In contrast, that logic is lost upon most politicians when it comes to the unalienable right to keep and bear arms, most notably for personal self-defense. As every time some lost individual chooses to use a firearm to violate the life and liberty of others, most all of the Democrats will immediately call for an increase in gun control and for a ban of the so-called “assault rifle” (even if one was not used in the commission of said latest crime).
It is unfortunate that most politicians fail to account for what I call “the Law of Unintended Consequences.” Politicians come up with an idea that they believe will improve whatever the latest issue may be, and they will pass a law to ban said item or activity. Yet seemingly lacking common sense, they always fail to recognize that whenever something is restricted, controlled, or banned, that item or activity then moves from a reasonably observable free market into a totally uncontrolled and unregulated black market.
Regardless of any law that prohibits a usage of a particular item, where there is a will there is always a way, and with people being people, they will do whatever is within their capabilities in order to obtain whatever vice they may desire. We have only to look at the failed abolition of alcohol period from 1919 to 1933; or to cities like Chicago, where restrictive gun laws instead accommodate increased gun violence; or to the failed war on drugs that has wasted more than a trillion tax-payer dollars and has led the U.S.A. to have the world’s highest incarceration rate, putting the United States at Number 1; above number 5 Cuba, number 24 Russia and number 122 China; as the least free nation on the planet.
Yet voters are left to scratch their heads as new laws are regularly passed, each restricting the right and liberties of everyone, even if the majority had never once acted to contribute to the alleged problem.
The most blatant contradiction is where the Rs and Ds stand upon the subjects of life, violence and death. Depending upon sources, approximately 25 persons were killed during the “mostly peaceful” Black Lives Matter protests that caused billions in public damage in 2020, while only one unarmed person was killed by a capitol police officer as he shot blindly through a door into the crowd on the other side during the January 6 Capitol protest, yet said officer has qualified immunity from prosecution, and our Democratic-controlled Congress has chosen to squander large sums of tax-payer funds to conduct an inquiry and find fault with the latter protest, obviously because of their differences in political ideology.
Going even deeper in the subject of life, the Rs say they are “pro life” and that every unborn child has a right to life, except when that child grows up to become a broken person who goes on to commit a capitol crime. The Ds counter that a woman has the right to control what happens to her body, regardless of the right of a person in her womb, yet if that fetus is eventually birthed and should grow up and commit the capitol crime of murder, the death penalty is considered archaic and cruel, and the murderer should instead be allowed to live out their remaining life in prison.
The two parties that rule America each stands upon contradictory platforms. Republicans claim they advocate for a smaller government, but want to tell you what you can and can’t do when it comes to sex, marriage, abortion, and language. Democrats tell us they are pro choice, but that label doesn’t apply when it comes to unions, guns, large sodas, and other drugs.
It’s important to understand that these parties and politicians will say anything to obtain power and to control you as a person. If the Rs and Ds were instead just two individual persons they would both be diagnosed as having a narcissistic personality disorder.
The federal debt has increased under every U.S. president regardless of party, ever since Herbert Hoover. While the right blames the left for the massive increases in deficits, when looking at the percentages that the federal debt has increased during my lifetime (since John F. Kennedy), the total debt increase under Democratic presidents is only 29%, while under Republican presidents it rose 71%.
When compared to the two big parties, the Libertarian Party is small, but it is the largest of the so-called “third parties.” Unlike the Rs and Ds, Libertarians want to reduce the national debt and reduce the size and scope of the bloated, and sometimes unconstitutional, bureaucracies whose budgets have escalated that debt.
In turn, Libertarians want to reduce the tax burden upon the common taxpayers. I like to believe that the majority of citizens are at heart Libertarians, but either do not know about Libertarians, or they have bought into the Republican/Democratic story line that comes around every election, “that the (insert party name here) must win this next election, or evil will happen if the other party candidate wins.”
Just like in the “Tom & Jerry” cartoon, if the cat ever actually caught the mouse, the show would end. Libertarians believe that voting for the lesser evil candidate is still voting for an evil candidate, and they believe that they have something better to offer voters.
Libertarians do not see the world in a left vs. right paradigm, but instead see politicians as those who will either use the power of government to control what you can or cannot do and those who will use their elected position to fight government overreach in order to protect the rights, freedoms and civil liberties of the people.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended slavery, was ratified in 1865, yet our federal and state governments claim a slave/master authority to dictate to individuals what they may, or may not, do to their own bodies.
The current R and D controlled government claims that a person may not consume certain drugs, under threat of fines or incarceration, but then mandated that all citizens, in order to participate in society or to travel by air, must be injected with an ineffective vaccine with unknown negative health issues. Libertarians, however, believe that only you can decide what is best for you and your circumstances and that you alone are responsible for your decisions.
I claim the exact same liberties and freedoms upon which our nation was founded; among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The question I have for you is what rights and liberties are you willing to allow our R and D controlled government to infringe upon? Or have you, like me, had enough shenanigans from the Rs and Ds and are willing to try something different this time? Vote for liberty; I promise, if you do not like what they do, you can always go back to your R or D option in the next election.