Here are my political views (I reserve the right to add to or modify these at any time):
1. I believe in promoting liberty, and so did the founders of the United States. To that end, they drafted a constitution that specifically enumerates the only powers the federal government would be allowed to exercise, and reserves all other rights to the States or to the people. We’re way beyond that now, and the federal government exercises all kinds of unconstitutional power, depriving us of liberty. This is justified by how “good” the causes are — public education, social security, health care insurance for everyone, food and drug safety, etc. — but to the extent these causes are beneficial, they can and should be obtained without having the federal government exercise unconstitutional power.
2. When choosing whom I vote for, I stand on principles that most people call either conservative or libertarian, as the case may be:
- limited government
- low taxes
- reducing public debt by reducing public spending
- reducing regulation
- limited executive power
- strong national defense
- rare foreign military engagements (but all-in when they go!)
- NO federal taxes of any kind on individuals, estates, or business entities; NO federal sales taxes, value-added taxes, or real or personal property taxes. In my ideal world, the federal government would fund its operations by foreign trade duties, and perhaps by a population-based assessment against the states, which would be levied by the states and tendered to the federal government
- this is not an exhaustive list of my political principles
3. I favor conservatives taking back control of the Republican party. It’s hard to find candidates as staunchly conservative as I am, but if I find one sufficiently conservative I’ll support him in hopes of winning. However, if he’s another RINO, I’ll vote for the conservative third-party candidate even at the risk of letting the leftist Democrat win the election. Democrats and RINOs are on the same path to destruction; the RINOs go a little slower, but you wind up just as destroyed as with the Democrat, eventually. I mean, look at the Republicans over the last twenty years. Nuff said.
4. I keep and bear arms to defend myself and those in my care against criminals and mobs (should they come), not to fight the government. If the government comes to take my guns, I’m not going to prison or get myself killed. My family needs me. Don’t take up arms to overthrow the government — win the battle politically. But to win you have to fight. The reason we’re in this mess is because conservatives and libertarians, unlike busybody leftists, basically want to live their lives in peace and they don’t get out there and fight the political battles. The best defense is a good offense. Liberty is a target, and its enemies must be actively sought out and destroyed — politically. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Take action — politically.
5. I’m not a member of a militia, but they’re the best way to maintain the security and liberty of a free people. I’m a Swiss citizen, and Switzerland is a perfect example of a “well-ordered militia.” The citizens are the military. However, I would not favor compulsory service, as they do.
6. Killing babies in the womb is murder. Our land has a lot of blood on its head.
7. I do not pledge allegiance to the flag, to the Republic, or to the nation. My allegiance is to Jesus Christ and none other. I am grateful to him for this nation and the good he has done by and through its people. I’m also distraught by the harm they have done. I’m not blameless myself.
8. Government “social security” is a scam. The only real social security is a big happy family. The same goes for health care insurance. Failing a big happy family, church, community, and charities in general care for the poor and disenfranchised far more effectively than government does. If you don’t like health insurance companies and you’re not satisfied with your charitable options, start your own organization and do it better than the competition.
9. Get the government entirely out of the food, drug, health care, and agriculture regulation business.
10. Abolish the IRS.
11. End the Fed. Establish a commodity-based money system, e.g. gold and silver.
12. Re-open the national civilian machine gun registry. In fact, repeal all federal gun-control legislation including the acts of 1968 and 1993. Let the states handle it. Constitutionally, it’s their business anyway.
13. It’s nobody’s business if I want to install a toilet that flushes more than 1.6 gallons at a time.
14. It’s nobody’s business if I want to buy raw organic milk across state lines.
15. It’s nobody’s business if I decide vaccinations are more dangerous for my kids than the disease they claim to prevent.
16. The government has no business forbidding you to bury your loved ones on your own land in a burlap sack if you choose. Instead, you have to buy a coffin at monopoly prices from the funeral home and pay monopoly prices for a burial lot on someone else’s land.
~SnoMan, champion of liberty