Bipartisan Statism

Our country is fractured and so are the political parties. We can combat these problems by fighting for liberty and justice for all.

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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.

There Outta Be A Law: A Short Story

But the law is not a breast that fills itself with milk. Nor are the lacteal veins of the law supplied with milk from a source outside the society. – Frederic Bastiat 

One day a man named Mr. Jim C. Statist walked down State Street in Chicago. He saw a young man spit out tobacco juice. He was disgusted that the man was allowed to do this. Immediately Mr. Statist called his alderman and complained, saying, “There outta be a law!” 

The next day Mr. Statist was walking down Lake Street in Oak Park. He wasn’t paying attention to where he was going and almost got hit by a cyclist. He immediately complained to his friend who lived there about it, and his friend petitioned to the Mayor, declaring, “There outta be a law!” 

A couple of weeks later, Mr. Statist and his wife were driving down a residential street and saw some kids throwing a baseball around. They got out of the way when the Statist’s car pulled up, however, Mr. And Mrs. Statist were concerned and told their friend they had visited about it. Their friend agreed and called his mayor, exclaiming, “There outta be a law!”

Little did Jim Statist know, his love of laws was restricting the freedom of others. No longer was there any personal responsibility, the state was responsible for everything and everyone. He went out of the way to do what he thought was good, however an abuse of lawmaking power had limited liberty. 

Jim was confronted by several friends. He did not like what they had to say about their opinions. Hey cried, “There outta be a law!”, and ran to the state legislature to restrict speech. Luckily, that was an unconstitutional request. Instead he resorted to shaming those who disagreed with him on the Internet. They, however, did not cry, “There outta be a law!” 

We Need A Jefferson

When a Frenchman who had visited Thomas Jefferson’s Unted States retuned to France, he was asked about the government. He described it as being neither seen nor felt. That description is quite contrary to our current government, which is unhealthily bloated. Our Federal Government could use a significant trim, as it is fair too engrossed in the daily lives of its people. 

When government can be felt, it means that the institution is encroaching on civil liberties and human rights. However, when people value a false sense of security they tend be indifferent about losing their rights, and are alarmed when they are neither safe or free. By the time they realize their fate it is often too late to use reason to gain liberty back. In order to avoid this, we need men and women to stand up for our liberty. 

We need a Jefferson. There are several men who stand up for liberty in the public sector. Men such as Justin Amash, Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, and Derrick Grayson. In the presidential race Rand Paul is the most consistent advocate of Liberty outside of the Libertarian Party. Within the party there are men like Governor Johnson, Austin Petersen and Steve Kerbel. 

 

Monticello, Jefferson’s home
 
Some how these men need to have their message put out into the mainstream. However most of the media tends to ignore them, because the media thrives on a big government. If Liberty is to be advanced, we must create our own media and promote ourselves. We must support those who fight for Liberty and not quibble over the small differences. We must stand up and stop sabotaging ourselves. 

When this is done, maybe then we can find our Jefderson, a man who stands on principle. A man who downsizes the government and cuts spending. A man who reads the bills. Americans need someone who will not regulate everything to death, a leader who will encourage free market competition. Until then we will continue to lose our freedom. 

Freedom is only scary when one refuses to take responsibility for themselves. Freedom is uncomfortable, yet gratifying. Freedom gives one self respect. When comfort is valued above responsibility, we become like the Israelites of old, who feared death and begged for the comfort of slavery. However, there is no true comfort in slavery, whether it be to the government or to a plantation owner. There is only the perception of comfort. The slave cannot do with himself what he deems best for himself. The slave must do as he is told. No one with self respect can put up with this violation of liberty for long. They will find a way to fight the injustice and will support a leader like a Jefferson or a Douglass.