I say we're best off if government just leaves us alone to our peaceful cooperation with whomever we please. Let politicians advocate moral behavior. Let them give to charities. But leave government -- which is physical force -- out of it....
I'm in general agreement with Stossel and Johnson, but in today's circumstances no third party candidate is going to win any national office and very few will gain local office. Unless one of the major parties self-destructs and creates an opening, any change will have to be within the existing structure. Through more involvement in local Republican and Tea Party organizations and election of good candidates, the statist Republican leadership can be replaced and the Republican party taken over, as the radical Marxists took over the Democrat party. Either Obama, or Romney will be president next year and a bad president is preferable to a disasterous one.
All political candidates call themselves freedom-lovers, but they are not. Neither major party really opposes government control of the economy or of our personal lives. I'm a libertarian because I see the false choice offered by political left and right: Democrats talk about personal liberty; Republicans talk about economic freedom. But what they do once in power belies their words.
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