Posts tagged 2012
Posts tagged 2012
Now what are all of those people doing camped out on Wall Street? Are they socialists? Commies? Anarchists? Left, right? For some reason the television news people don’t like them, which makes me sympathize. What’s going on?
Let’s say you are a young couple, newly married,…
My step-son’s science teacher was telling his class about how licensing was used to reduce competition, specifically for barbers and hair stylists. This fits perfectly, I’ll be sure to send it his way.
So what do Libertarians think about Chris Christie? My personal thoughts are that IF Ron Paul was not in the race for President, at least I could vote for Chris Christie. If it’s Mitt Romney or Rick Perry, it’s unlikely I’ll be voting.
I feel like Christie is a true fiscal conservative, just not sure about his views on war, the Constitution, Federal Reserve, liberty, etc. How does he rate on the libertarian scale?
Defense is important. It’s spelled out in the Constitution as one of the responsibilities of our government. Only Congress has the power to declare war. Only Congress has the power to raise and support armies, and only congress has the power to provide and maintain a Navy. Only the President, as the commander in chief, has the power to wage war.
But those who wrote this Constitution also understood the dangers that standing armies present. As James Madison once said,
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few."
And as Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 8,
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war — the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty, to resort for repose and security, to institutions, which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe they, at length, become willing to run the risk of being less free.