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Libertarian or Licentious?

tlowe Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 9:08 PM
The first example given is false. The government does not have to right or responsibility to provide support, by stealing from others, to people who choose to do drugs. The entire argument is based on that type logic. NO NO NO. People do what they choose as long as it doesn't hurt others and they live with those choices. How is that hard to understand?????
Donjindra Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 8:49 AM
"The government does not have to right or responsibility to provide support, by stealing from others, to people who choose to do drugs. The entire argument is based on that type logic."

Exactly. And it also ignores the fact that we're already spending billions on the drug war and more billions incarcerating individuals who probably wouldn't be housed at our expense if there was no drug war.

Rand Paul clearly is seeking to move the GOP in a more libertarian direction.  Most recently, he has called for changes to "cookie cutter conservatism," referencing a change in the party's position on drugs (for one example) as a way to attract more young people to the GOP (http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday-chris-wallace/2013/03/24/sen-rand-paul-top-congressional-issues-pivotal-moment-battle-over-gay-marriage#p//v/2250608088001).

In theory, libertarian principles often sound great, especially when you're young.  After all, it sounds pretty good to announce that the government should just stay out of everbody's business.

The problem, however, is that it doesn't. And over the past several decades, America has done a poor job of reminding everyone...