The recent comment from “Ayn Rand” listed below inspired some self-reflection and analysis over the weekend.
I have been unable to find one instance where you defended ANY republican and/or conservative. You are a vitriolic, hate filled individual. I can only hope you are comfortable in your wolf’s clothing for you are as far left as any blogger I have read..
With the assistance of liquor, I arrived at few conclusions about my current political ideology- whether or not those conclusions can be labeled right or the left, I’m not certain. It has been an eye-opening legislative session for me…. I’ve been criticized as a one-issue voter, a traitor to my party, a far-left liberal activist, and a even a pot-zombie (I’m not a cannabis user). I’ve made enemies within the Republican party- one legislator has even threatened legal action and is now broadcasting lies about me via social media outlets. Shedding light on inconsistency and dishonesty within local tea party leadership cost me a couple of close friends. The list goes on and on. Exposing hypocrisy is a rather thankless and lonely job.
My core beliefs are as follows:
- I believe in limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility. I don’t need a nanny.
- I believe that government has no money nor power not derived from the consent of the people. Ignoring the vast majority of constituents to pass unpopular legislation does not qualify as consent.
- I believe individuals should be free to pursue their own lives as long as they respect the rights of others. If legislators have the right to eat, drink and smoke themselves to death while we pay their health premiums, we certainly should have the right to self-medicate with whatever we please.
- I support maximum liberty in both fiscal and social matters.
- It isn’t the government’s job to legislate the moral values or religious beliefs of others. From this day forward, the more prominently a candidate’s religious affiliation is presented, the less likely I will support the candidate.
- If alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment, so should drug prohibition. The federal government has overstepped its bounds.
- Laws enacted via ballot initiatives should require the same to be overturned, to ensure that the will of voters remains intact.
According to the Nolan Chart, I am a libertarian. I disagree with a few of the libertarian party’s principles but I doubt many of us qualify as cookie cutter party members. If indeed I am a one-issue voter, that one issue is liberty. I’m a registered Republican who will likely be disgruntled with the left and the right and who can blame me? Am I a far-left vitriolic hate-filled wolf in conservative clothing? I guess I will allow the reader to make that determination.
“Ayn Rand”, I must ask why you continue to read my posts and comment on them. Whether you agree with me or not, I am honest and fair. I post EVERY comment- even the ones written by vitriolic hate-filled individuals. Perhaps instead of labeling me, next time you will instead engage me in a reasonable discussion of the ISSUES and FACTS at hand. If I bite, I promise to only nibble.