“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” — John F. Kennedy
Many of those new to this group maybe asking that very question: ‘What is a Libertarian? Are they really for capitalism which has helped bring down this country with political favors, the corporate/Washington revolving door and the Wall Street crash of ’08? Do they really want to take away my free health care/benefits/social security/minimum wage, etc…? Or are they just a bunch of potheads that want to make it easier for my kids to get drugs, like the media tells me they are?
None of these could be further from the truth. Libertarianism actually has little to do with what the mainstream media tells you; in actuality, it is simply the belief that people can and should be responsible for their own actions and deeds as long as they do not interfere or encroach on the ability of other individuals to do the same. The initiation of force by any individual, group of individuals or organization (government included) cannot and shall not be tolerated in any form nor for any means no matter how ‘altruistic’ those who wish to use it claim it to be with the exception of a legitimate defense against another’s initiation of force. Libertarians believe that only the individual–the ultimate minority–can best judge how to use the wealth he or she has created for themselves and no force of power should be able to take that wealth from them.
Here’s Wikipidea’s take on Libertarianism: Libertarianism is a set of related political philosophies that uphold liberty as the highest political end. This includes emphasis on the primacy of individual liberty, political freedom, and voluntary association. Libertarians advocate a society with a greatly reduced state or no state at all.
Others have also written volumes of what it means to be a Libertarian, so I will leave it to them to fill you in on what it means to be one of us, but please remember that what you’ve heard from the mainstream media about us isn’t something that you can really count on to be true, especially considering the track record of truth telling that they have (everybody remember the ‘weapons of mass destruction in Iraq & ties to Al-Qaeda’, people?).
What is The Libertarian Party? A short introduction from the Libertarian Party page.
What a Libertarian Is – and Is Not – An informative write up by Sam Wells