Letter: Political confession
Today, I am coming out of the political closet. OK, ... I admit it ... I’m a liberal Libertarian. After 11 years of being labeled and pigeon holed for being the Great Satan of the Pioneer Valley; tea party fanatic, Koch Brothers tool and “Faux News” robot, I hereby accept all political parties.
So how did such an epiphany come about?
For one thing, voting for Independent/Libertarian/Third Party/Green Party presidential candidates since 1980. Periodic, political aptitude testing on the Internet, where I kept popping up as a Green, Libertarian, Democrat.
Check out the National Libertarian website, you might be surprised at how much you agree with their overall philosophy, especially on social issues and personal freedom. Their bottom line approach seems to be: Live and Let Live.
Yup, specific platform policies of the Libertarian Party might not sound too realistic, for example: “All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.” And their views on Social Security ain’t going to fly either.
But what I think they are saying is yes, the federal government, for all the much good it does; is also a behemoth. Consider the NSA privacy invasion, unilateral Syrian conflict, huge deficits, multiple duplicative agencies and missions and the fact that someday, somebody’s gotta pay for this stuff. Yes, I can hear the Greek Chorus, now, “Tax the Rich!” That isn’t going to solve a deficit of trillions of dollars.
I am asking any of you who feel some dissatisfaction with our two-party system. Take a look at the Libertarian platform. Think about what it is saying. What makes sense and, of course, the nonrealistic parts. Be open-minded and consider the alternatives.
It may be scary, but take a chance.