So, I was hanging out with a new friend the other night and somehow the conversation drifted towards politics. I may have inadvertently made a comment about Obama which prompted the question, “Are you an Obama supporter?” My response, “I voted for him and I’d really like to see him to do well,” received a very tight smile, and I knew it was going to be a very long conversation.
My friend is a self-proclaimed Libertarian and a lover of capitalism. I don’t think they’re the same, but maybe they are. I’d heard about people like him, but never really cared enough to learn about what they believed in. My ignorance led me to believe they were some conservative fringe who didn’t care for Republican uniforms (something about the colors), and who formed their own party because of it. Imagine my surprise when I found out all politicians where the same uniform: a designer suit. To humor me (because I’m really cute when I play dumb), he explained in the simplest way possible.
Libertarians believe in the ideals of individual liberty set forth in the constitution by our country’s forefathers. In other words, they’re down with the old white men who left the tyranny of Britain to form a land where everyone is free to enjoy the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A freedom that should be left to prosper without the meddling hands of the government. Further research unearth some common pet peeves for Libertarians:
-Government-sponsored anything, and
Even further research gets into more -isms like anarchism, geolibertarianism, left and right libertarinism, capitalism, constitutionalism… and that’s when my vision got blurry and I was forced to revert back to total apathy before my brain exploded.
Needless to say, I found my friends viewpoint on healthcare and taxes to be entertaining, if not a bit idealistic. And, his outright contempt for liberals was capped off with the statement every true believer spouts about the enemy: “Don’t let them fool you, man!” No problem, dude. Hey, do you mind if I turn up the TV? I love this Family Guy episode.