Libertarian Archive

Dear Republican Party Regarding The 2012 Presidential Election

Rupert is on the Fast Track to Typical Libertarian 5%

I like Rupert Boneham. I like him as a person and I like him as a candidate.

As a person, Rupert is genuine and cordial.

Gubernatorial Candidate Rupert Boneham Announces Birthday Money Bomb

Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Rupert Boneham has announced plans for a money bomb style fundraiser.

White Decision of Huge Importance to Indiana’s Libertarian Party

Secretary of State Charlie WhiteWednesday morning at 9am, a judge will make a decision regarding whether Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White gets to remain in office.

The Conservative Intellectual Dilemma Over Who Has Rights

In an all too frequent political discussion on Facebook, this time with Brian Gaddie, one of my unashamed far left liberal friends, he kindly pointed out that he appreciated Congressman Ron Paul’s opposition to torture. This prompted a quick thought I’ve had about rights. And, really, a lot of this discussion must ultimately rest on the nature of our rights as sentient, self-aware beings who value life with each of us being the legitimate owners of our own selves who take positive action to support or enhance that life.

There is an excellent write up at The Objective Standard regarding the nature of rights that I highly recommend reading, especially since it offers up a theory that does not depend on the existence of God. This is important, because if God cannot be proven than your rights cannot be proven if you solely rest the existence of them on its existence.

But, back to the point. Certainly, nobody in the United States would support kidnapping someone off the street, failing to give them due process, failing to find them guilty in any kind of trial but instead just sticking them in a secret room and torturing them just in case they might know something useful. This would be such a vast violation of rights and the character of who are SUPPOSED to be as a nation.

But, it did prompt me to post my comment from Brian’s thread on a broader topic of the nature of our rights and why I think the typical Conservative has an intellectual dilemma that they either must resolve by becoming more authoritarian and deciding that we only have the rights our respective governments grant to us OR that all human beings have rights that come about by way of our existence as sentient, self-aware beings.

Brian – regarding torture. Conservatives have an intellectual dilemma that they must resolve.

Most Conservatives would argue that our rights come from our creator (God, the creative force of the universe or whatever mechanism by which we are sentient, self-aware beings). This is clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence as a founding principle of our country. That we have rights (life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness) that nobody, not even government – except as compensation for a harm done to another – can take away.

BUT THEN, in the same breath, they would suggest that immigrants, accused terrorists or other people not born here don’t have the same rights.

This is intellectually inconsistent. Either our rights come from the creator OR they come from government by nature of which borders we are unlucky enough to be born between.

They must decide. And I appreciate Ron Paul consistently showing intellectual honesty in all matters, including torture as I very much appreciate you pointing out.

Indy Star Decides Rupert is not a Candidate Worth Mentioning

 Rupert Boneham
(image credit: rupertforgovernor.com) The Indy Star’s Mary Beth Schneider had an article in today’s paper about a candidate for Indiana Governor.

Ed Coleman Again Attacked with Lies by Sandlin Campaign.

 Councillor Ed Coleman
(one of his infamous new suits?) Jack Sandlin’s at it again.

Sandlin Acting Scared on the South Side

If you haven’t yet noticed, I hope you take a minute to turn your attention to a very interesting Council race that has been developing on the South Side.

WISH TV Poll Shows Ballard with 11-Point Lead

WISH-TV just released a poll showing Mayor Ballard with a 44%-33% lead over challenger Melina Kennedy.

Kennedy Will Win…er, wait…No, Ballard Will Win…um, hold on…

I was fully prepared to post my 2011 Indianapolis Mayoral prediction today.

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