I support conservative values and the Constitution over political parties, and I make no apologies for that. My loyalties don’t lie with political parties, nor will I allow the Democrat/Republican duopoly to force me to play their rigged game.
This makes me unpopular with the Far-Left that dominates the Democrat party, but also with so-called conservatives and Trumpists that dominate the Republican party. This is the reason I often find myself walking the lonely road of conservatism, but it’s also the reason, thanks mainly to the Trump cult, that I’m still having a lot of fun doing what I want to do.
I have been #neverTrump and #neverGOP ever since they joined forces to destroy conservatism, and that has required that I look for alternatives to the duopoly which is one of the reasons I endorsed Justin Amash for President in 2020 when he was a Republican and endorsed him again when he considered seeking the Libertarian party nomination.
Like I said, I support values over political parties.
I’ve been asked by many over the years if I’d be willing to support the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in future elections, and I’ve made a decision I’m sure will tick off a whole new group of people because I will NOT support the Libertarian Party in its current form.
Yes, I am looking for an alternative to the Democrat/Republican duopoly, but the Libertarian Party as it currently stands isn’t the alternative I’m looking for.
At first glance, the Libertarian Party seems like a good fit for disenfranchised conservatives like me because it’s a small government, pro-liberty party. However, that’s where the similarities between conservatives and Libertarians end.
A Libertarian is someone who “believes that people should be free to think and behave as they want and should not have limits put on them by governments.” Libertarians hold the philosophy that government exists as a necessary evil and should exist in the barest form simply to referee social relationships.
Sounds nice, until you realize that the definition of anarchy is almost exactly the same.
“Liberty” and “freedom” are redefined under the Libertarian philosophy. Where conservatives understand that the sole legitimate role of government is to preserve and protect our unalienable rights, Libertarians define liberty as the individual’s subjective right to define reality for him or herself. Liberty equals extreme tolerance in the Libertarian paradigm.
As a conservative, I believe in liberty AND I believe that it’s government’s job to protect and defend it. When tyrants in government fail to protect liberty and the Constitution, we fix the problem by replacing them. We don’t allow anarchy to replace constitutionally protected liberty.
Knowing, as the preamble to the Declaration of Independence tells us, that our liberty comes to us from God, I like what the book Trump held up in his St. John’s photo op has to say on the subject:
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh (selfishness), but through love serve one another.” (Gal 5:13 NKJ)
“But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.” (I Cor 8:9 NKJ)
Liberty is a wonderful gift, and it requires handling with the utmost care. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.”
The proper role of government is to preserve and protect our God-given unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through the right of self-government. That runs contrary to the anarchical ideology of the “anything goes” Libertarian Party which is why I cannot support it.
I’m a Constitutional conservative and a Christian, and that’s never going to change.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.
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