Liberty in our lifetime
Why do "small government" Republicans want to control our bodies? Why do "civil liberties" progressives want to ignore your right to self defense? Why do both sides want to run your business how they see fit?
If you're like me you're done with the authoritarianism, hypocrisy and status quo.
Join me in refusing to abide the false dichotomy
On the Issues:
Workers: Keep more of your paycheck. When the state gets out of your pockets, your bosses' pockets and those of the customer everyone will be more prosperous and more able to keep money in our own community where it belongs. Teachers and State Employees should be free to choose their retirement, not forced to pay into a government Ponzi scheme.
Employers: It's your business. Literally, it's not the state's business to tell you when to close, who to serve or who to employ.
Taxes: You're a better judge of what to do with the fruits of your labor than some bureaucrat who's just going to hand it to their biggest donor or pet project. Let's keep taxes as low as possible so we can all prosper, and when your cup runneth over, you decide which cup gets the overflow.
Parents: Keep those property tax dollars and spend them on your child's education how you see fit. The idea is called School Choice, and parents would get $8000 per child to use on private academies, tutors, online curriculum or whatever mix seems to work best for their child. No more one-size-fits-all education monopoly.
Women - The state does not get to insert itself into your doctor's office to make a judgement based on the conversation had between patient and professional, that would be a gross violation of privacy. Autonomy is your right. Further, from the Libertarian Party of Texas platform:
"Rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex. We call for repeal of all laws discriminating against women, such as protective labor laws and marriage or divorce laws which deny the full rights of men and women. We oppose all laws likely to impose restrictions on free choice and private property. Recognizing that abortion is a very sensitive issue and that people, including libertarians, can hold good-faith views on both sides, we believe the government should be kept out of the question."
Environment: Pollution in our waterways and aquifers is rife due to perverse government incentives to encourage monocropping, which often require dangerous amounts of chemicals to be viable and subsidies to be profitable. Hemp, on the other hand, grows "like a weed", and can make biofuels, building materials, textiles, et c. Fully decriminalizing cannabis in Texas will encourage growth of this miracle plant. Also, no more government bailouts for polluters: unlimited liability for BP, for example, would likely have prevented the conditions that set up the New Horizon disaster.
Guns: Keep them, all of them. Hell, buy a tank, as long as you're abiding by the Non-Aggression Principle.
Sex: Decriminalize sex work. Adults don't need their hand held by the state.
Drugs: It's way past time to face the facts: drugs have won the war on drugs. It's a classist, protectionist institution that only serves to line the pockets of cartels, big pharma and privately run prisons. I will work to end it in Texas from day 1.
Rock n Roll: Explosions in the Sky can still get it.