Which political party will best protect our liberties?

Posted: September 13th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Fabius Maximus

Summary:  Our decades of experience with both parties makes this question easy to answer.  Neither.  They are partners, chopping at the tree of liberty from opposite sides.  A harsh reality, which we avoid by seeing it only in our political opponents. The next post in this series identifies The guilty ones responsible for the loss of our liberties.

Looking at the many posts on the FM website describing the erosion of our liberties, one might ask how we got here.  This post examines the two political parties that govern our nation.  Neither has much interest in our liberty (of course, that’s a broad generalization; some individuals and groups within the parties do).  Each has liberties at which they energetically chop away, and some less essential ones they treasure as mementos of what we once were.

What do both parties stand for?

Assassination of American citizens, extensive surveillance, arbitrary seizure of assets without conviction of a crime, aggressive (sometimes murderous) law enforcement (e.g., Ruby Ridge, Waco — and routinely by SWAT teams).  And foreign wars, providing a fearfully patriotic public that supports an ever-growing government.

So long as our persons, communication, and assets are subject to arbitrary government assault each party believes we should have as a consolation prize a few inessential rights.  For much the same reason Octavius designed the Principate to combine autocratic rule while retaining the outwards forms of the Republic.  Rapid change frightens sheep.

Each has a fetish for some aspect of liberty, for much the same reason a teenage girl keeps a favorite doll from her childhood:  to remind herself that she remains essentially the same despite her radical changes in mind and body.

What does the Democratic Party stand for?

What does the Republican Party stand for?

Choosing a party affiliation

Today we get to choose a political party like cattle at the Chicago stockyards get to choose a chute.  The cattle (being smarter than us) don’t bother with party identification.  They don’t cheer the “left-side” pen, or admire the virtue of its prisoners, the beauty of its fence, the wisdom of their keepers, or the free food.  Those in the “right-side” pen don’t wear logos or trumpet their superior intelligence over those in the other pen.

Some posts about American politics

All are posted at the FM reference page Politics in America.

  1. The USA *after* this financial crisis – part I, about politics, 13 October 2008
  2. Migration from the south into America: new people, new foods, new political systems, 4 November 2008
  3. America’s elites reluctantly impose a client-patron system, 5 November 2008
  4. Immigration as a reverse election: our leaders get a new people, 6 November 2008
  5. Lilliput or America – who has a better way to choose its leaders?, 19 November 2008
  6. About campaigns for high office in America – we always expect a better result from the same process, 17 June 2009
  7. Please read this. For the sake of yourself, your children, and their children, 25 June 2009
  8. More about the tottering structure of the American political regime, 17 August 2009
  9. Please put on every milk carton: America’s political class is MIA, 17 November 2009
  10. The breakdown of the American political system, pointing to a new and better future, 2 February 2010
  11. Today’s reading: “Let Them Eat Dogma”, 21 March 2010
  12. Some thoughts on the political effects of a long recession, 27 July 2010
  13. Programs to reshape the American mind, run by the left and right, 2 August 2010

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