Sunday, October 25, 2009

Political Schmoozery

I went to a local political event this evening. It is one of those dress up and spend money to help the cause sort of things. This one was a liberal themed one and was benefitting mostly liberal causes and drawing a mostly liberal crowd. There was Entertainment, speakers, a silent auction and all of the usual trappings of this sort of thing.

Although I am active in local politics it is not the sort of thing I would normally attend. As a Libertarian I find that there are few causes that I wish to support. There are a few such as PFLAG and the food bank that are worth contributing to but that is about it. There are others who's goals I support but who's methods I disagree with. Some wish oppressive regulation to achieve a goal that could be accomplished through boycotts and education. Most want or are already receiving tax dollars when they should be privately funded. Anyway I prefer to contribute quietly to those causes I support and stay away from the public fund raisers.

I attended this one not for political reasons but because my daughter was performing. She was dancing and Taiko drumming with a group from her school and My wife and I went to watch her. That part was fun, and I did enjoy the social event as well, largely because of my seven year old son. We walked the silent auction tables and talked about what he would like to bid on. He has a little money and I told him he could make bids, but he wisely decided to hold on to his savings. We ate snacks and free ice cream provided by some local shops. We greeted our mayor and a state senator. My son was far more enthusiastic about the whole thing than I was and that made it fun. My wife was mostly concerned with my daughters performance, although she spent some time socializing with friends from the community and checking out the auction. After her performance my daughter joined us and we spent some time looking at all of the tables and exhibits.

It was a nice family night and hopefully educational for the kids. It did however remind me how out of the mainstream I am politically. I can't connect with either liberals or conservatives. The former are too in favor of oppressive government control and regulation of our lives and the latter are too in favor of oppressive laws and government control of our lives. It seems that there are few people in this "Land of the free" that actually want freedom.

I can understand that, freedom is hard. To be free you have to be strong and willing to care for yourself. You have to have ethics and responsibility. Also freedom requires that you respect the freedom of others. You have to accept that other people will do things you don't like or live in ways you find immoral. Some people can't handle that and I understand. However just because I understand it doesn't mean I respect it. I will always support freedom even to my detriment. As Benjamin Franklin said "He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." That is what keeps me voting Libertarian despite having my candidates lose. That is what keeps me opposing both the social oppression of the liberals and the moral oppression of the conservatives. The fact that Liberty is far more important and worthy of support than material security or moral bigotry.


Tracy said...

Interesting. I am not outspoken politically. I get picked on too much. I vote according to my convictions.

Seems freedom isn't really free. Even in this land of the free.

I found true freedom in God. Freedom to choose. Freely giving what I have received. Sorry, don't mean to be superspiritual or anything. At church the message was all about freedom.

Ryk said...

Intreresting and I am glad it gives you that. Sadly it seems that many of your fellow Christians are among the most committed to stealing freedom from everyone else.

Liberal Christians are at the forefront of oppressive spread the wealth policies and politically correct speach laws. Conservative Christians are spearheading the drive to legislate religion and morality in just about every aspect of life.

I do not say all Christians, that would be incorrect and dishonest, but certainly many are committed enemies of freedom for anyone who believes differently than they do.

So as I said I am happy that your faith gives you a feeling of freedom. I do however hope that you realize that freedom involves allowing others to live in ways contrary to that faith.

Certainly such personal things as who people love, who they choose to marry, how they structure their families, how they express themselves, their tastes in music and fashion and literature, their respect or lack thereof of particular religions, essentially any behavior that does not directly harm another person are not a matter of government interest.