Election's over. Now we get to hear the Republicans talk about the "clear mandate" they have to move in the direction they want. We get to hear the Democrats scramble to reinvent themselves as "centrists". All the talk show geeks are blaming this Kerry loss on everything from Massachusets to Michael Moore.
Just for kicks, in case you are a frustrated Democrat or a teed-off Republican (yes, there are some), here's some info on the Libertarian Party.
The Libertarians advertise themselves as the party of individual liberty and personal responsibility. They are for a free market economy and a foreign policy of non-intervention. Here are some of their major issues and where The Bear stands on them:
They want no part of gun control. This is the individual responsibility part, along with the old "right to bear arms" mantra stirred in. They believe that criminals who use guns will get guns....period. This Bear has NEVER fired a gun in his life. I fish but I don't hunt. I agree with their position.
There is a continuing debate going on now in the Libertarian press. A small percentage of Libertarians believe that our actions in Iraq were right and necessary, to assure a continual buildup of freedoms in the world. Most Libertarians take the opposite viewpoint. I agree with the small percentage.
CENSORSHIP / ADULT STUFF
Most Libertarians want very little government censorship. They want no restrictions on the rights of adults to pursue relationships with other adults, no matter if male-male, male-female, female-female. They want the internet to provide access to downloading of music with no risk for prosecution. This Bear agrees with all of this.
HERE COMES THE TAX MAN
The Libertarians want to end or greatly reduce the tax code. Libertarians want pay-as-you-go services and an end to government subsidies of corporations, etc. This Bear agrees with most of their positions but feels that their views are a little too constrictive and illogical.
The Libertarians support free trade issues, believing that this is the route the world is going and we cannot box ourselves in with restrictive tarrifs, etc. This Bear agrees.
Libertarians have an internal argument going on this topic, too. Some very hard core Libertarians want and end to ALL drug laws. Most are at least in favor of decriminalizing marijuana laws. This Bear agrees with the latter and is somewhat supportive of harder drug use decriminalization. However, this Bear also thinks that employers should have the right to test for drug use and fire those that use. Is the Bear's thinking contradictory? Me thinks not.
If you want to see what the hey this Bear is yakking about, do a Google. Take the "World's Smallest Political Quiz". The Bear scored 100% Libertarian on personal issues and 80% Libertarian on economic issues.
My guess is that this Bear is not going to be agreed with on most of these points. Not in this crowd, anyway. That's OK, still luv you guyz.