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I am an American

I’ve been a Libertarian since 1996, after reading Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, Adam Smith, Aristotle, and Francis Bacon. These men and women changed the way I viewed the world, which was primarily Marxist as a teenager. 18 years later I find being a “libertarian” somewhat difficult, because my principles did not evolve from a party ideology, but from a philosophical totality built upon premise after consistent premise. There are no conclusions worth accepting because it fits in with an ideal. The only conclusions worth accepting and incorporating into your lives are derived from premises bought into due to your own personal objective experience.

I believe that centralized planning by our federal government creates more problems than it cures; primarily because a centralized government is trying to solve broad problems that affect tens of millions of individuals in different ways, with a single solution. Essentially a few people with unparalleled political influence write legislation that attempts to solve problem Y in such a way as to benefit group X. Group X could be 13,000 people or 130,000 people. It is certain, however, that Group X is never everyone. It is never even “most everyone”. This is why I believe that most political power should rest in the hands of local governments, and if absolutely necessary, State Governments. Broad Brushes don’t work when it comes to the lives of individuals; and that is what we are… individuals.

I believe that “entitlements” hurt Americans more than poverty and hardship. I believe that entitlements make individuals dependent upon governments, and governments dependent upon taxpayers and, secondly, upon central banks. I believe that this type of dependency destroys the self-respect and self-reliance of individuals, and that it destroys the priorities of governments. In fact, I think an argument could be made that entitlements are destroying the relationship between citizen and citizen, as governments take from some to give to others. They do this while telling those from whom they take that those to whom they give have a right to whatever this money and property is going toward. This is true with Welfare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Eminent Domain, and Corporate Subsidies.

I believe that I was born free and that no religious or political institution has the authority to regulate or control me so long as my actions depend neither upon force nor fraud, and work in conjunction with the mutual acceptance of other free people. This is called mutual benefit. We have now established a society where everything is regulated and freedom is scarce, and it seems almost impossible to turn that ship around. But we must turn that ship around. Without freedom, we all live in a constant state of war, fighting over the strings of power to protect “us” against “them”. Our politicians understand that this is what is needed to rule a large nation. They require lots of different “us’s” and “them’s”, so that we’ll pour all of our resources into the pockets of those politicians to represent us against them, and them, and them.

Maybe I’m a libertarian. Maybe I’m a “constitutional conservative”. Maybe I’m an independent. At the end of the day I believe the above principles represent a majority of American Citizens, so I say I am an American; an American desperate to retake America.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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