Comments on: Raving Lunatic Week! The wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. -- Mary Oliver Wed, 09 Sep 2015 20:33:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mardé Tue, 06 Nov 2007 16:07:09 +0000 Thanks, Michael. On the viability of the unborn and abortion, sometimes problems can arise putting the mother’s life in danger. Yes, we have separation of church and state which means the government stays out of GLBT marriages. Maybe some day we’ll get Runoff Voting but better not hold our breath.

By: Michael Eric Berube Mon, 05 Nov 2007 19:02:14 +0000 I mostly disagree with Dr. Paul’s legislative stance on immigration and his personal stance on abortion and gay marriage.

He is a “tightly close the border” guy and that is counter to consistent libertarian philosophy. While he rightly would see the States handle the issues of Abortion and Gay marriage, He personally defines life beginning at conception, while I believe (as most scientists do) that life begins at viability. Rights in conflict demand that we take the reasoned middle ground…a woman should have until the point of non-heroic viability to decide if she wants to abort a pregnancy, after that point, the child has the right to Life, Liberty and Property that every other human on the planet should enjoy. On Gay Marriage, I’m a wedding photographer and have photographed several same sex marriage ceremonies. Love is Love and it isn’t within the authority of a Government which supposedly makes no law respecting religion to legislate who may and may not join in matrimony. That is a religious issue and no business of the Government.

I am a full blown (though a small ‘l’) libertarian. As the bumper sticker says…”I’m a libertarian…I’m Pro Choice…One EVERY Issue.” 😀

I was the Oxford Cty chair for nearly the entire a decade of the 90s, but eventually realised that if the philosophy is going to make any inroads in our society today, it has to come from within the Republicrat and Demopublican wings of the Corporate Incumbent Party that most of the American Sheeple support. Hence I’m supporting a “Republican” and not a Libertarian for president at this point. The LP itself would be far better off growing from the local level up instead of every 4 years putting all of their energy and emotion into a presidential play that simply has NO chance under the current election practices. If we can manage to get Instant Runoff Voting enacted on the Federal Level and can get the other 48 states to adopt the Electoral College Apportionment scheme that Maine and Nebraska use, third parties will have a chance at changing the Status Quo. Until then, folks like Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul are our best and only hope for change.

By: Mardé Mon, 05 Nov 2007 18:40:38 +0000 Thanks for posting this, Michael. I think his analysis is right on. A lot of his libertarian things I could support too, but I can’t support abolishing most government agencies. I’m definitely not a full-blown libertarian, so, we’ll have to agree to disagree on that, although of course I’m not sure you agree with him on all these other things either.

By: Michael Eric Berube Mon, 05 Nov 2007 17:49:19 +0000 Before the U.S. House of Representatives, May 22, 2007 Republican (albeit libertarian Republican) the Gentleman from Texas Hon. Dr. Ron Paul…

“…the fear of indefinable terrorism is based on our inability to admit the truth about why there is a desire by a small number of angry radical Islamists to kill Americans. It is certainly not because they are jealous of our wealth and freedoms.

We fail to realize that the extremists, willing to sacrifice their own lives to kill their enemies, do so out of a sense of weakness and desperation over real and perceived attacks on their way of life, their religion, their country, and their natural resources. Without the conventional diplomatic or military means to retaliate against these attacks, and an unwillingness of their own government to address the issue, they resort to the desperation tactic of suicide terrorism. Their anger toward their own governments, which they believe are coconspirators with the American Government, is equal to or greater than that directed toward us.

These errors in judgment in understanding the motive of the enemy and the constant fear that is generated have brought us to this crisis where our civil liberties and privacy are being steadily eroded in the name of preserving national security…”