September 01, 2010

American by birth – Libertarian by choice


ast Saturday I joined the throngs of people who traveled the nation’s highways to gather together in Washington, D.C. We came at Glenn Beck’s call, but we were there to stand up for our nation against the seemingly evil advances of our nation’s government. Glenn had a different idea, which was outstanding. He pointed us to God. And that is truly where we all need to start—with God and focusing on conforming ourselves to the image of Christ.

But even though Glenn’s rally featured non-political speakers, those in attendance represent the folks who are determined to make use of our right to vote this coming November.

Most of the people gathered along the Reflecting Pool would be described as Conservative—possibly even Republican. But I am of a more Libertarian bent. I believe Glenn Beck is a Libertarian. I believe our founding fathers could be described as libertarians. And I also believe the bible proclaims principles that encourage a libertarian point of view.

So when I began to read Henry David Thoreau’s On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, I was pleased to read the opening paragraph of the book:

I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe—“That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.

I don’t agree with Thoreau on many things, but I am in full agreement with that paragraph.

May the November 2010 elections stand as the point in time when the United States turned direction and began to roll back government. We are well past due.


1 comment:

  1. A good note, Son. I am in full agreement with Thoreau's statement and I see it as the best arrangement for man until Jesus Christ returns. Until then we "walk in the light" and let Jesus Christ govern us. Our present method of governing does not diminish my daily prayer for guidance. You may find this statement in Psalm 73:24-28 (NLT)interesting, "You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. But those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do."


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