As a country, we have made the same mistake we made eight years ago. We allowed cult of personality to trump reason. We have voted for platitudes over sound legislation. Rather than promoting bipartisan solutions, we have legitimized partisan collectivism. In our rejection of global socialism, we have promoted a weak form of national socialism.The parties both desire to control the lives of the citizens of America, albeit in different ways. Along with being completely statist, neither party seems able to compromise among themselves and promote a unite front. Because of this, both parties lack any grace in public discourse and further promote divisions among the people.
George Washington once said,
“However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reign of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
For too long we have ignored Washington’s warnings on the perils of partisanship. Partisanship has created large bureaucracies in which our nations foundation on individual liberty and property rights have been ignored and forgotten. Even the Libertarian Party has factional problems. However, our system has parties, therefore we must use them, and yet always be skeptical. Educating the public on personal responsibility should be the priority, promoting political alternatives, or alternatives to politics itself should also be a priority.
Our society would do well to experience extreme liberty for all. Once it is experienced, it will become desired. We must start now by defending the freedoms we currently have and expanding them. In this writer’s opinion, the best way to expand liberty is to promote self-ownership and independence across the board. We must promote voluntary associations and actions above coerced collectivism. Seeing all humans as individuals who are owned by themselves and make decisions for themselves should be the goal, and we must take everything we can get on the side of liberty. As promoters of liberty, we cannot advocate using force to coerce the public into involuntary states of “liberty”. We must oppose all abuses by the government and encourage those who are being taken advantage of to avail themselves of forms of protection and self-defense.
The task at hand is a daunting one, and we must not cower at the sight of it. The bipartisan statism in the American Government must be curtailed by all of the means our republican Constitution avails us of. Liberty must be protected at all costs. It will require patience, however, it can be done.