6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness ‘Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.’ Thomas Jefferson
What? This is somehow a “principle”? This is stating the obvious.
But there is some method to the madness. This is rallying the loyal fans to strike a blow against their own best interests. Again.
OK, the first phrase of this is Libertarian-speak for “I can do anything I want without regard to the fact that I live in the 21st century.” Some of the things that I’ve heard Libertarians claim under the “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness clause of the Declaration of Independence:
1. The right to break any law such as a speed limit or drunk driving if you are willing to pay the fine or pay off the family you kill by a car crash while speeding or driving drunk.
2. The right to not pay for auto insurance in no-fault states if you are willing to pay off other parties that may be harmed by your driving.
3. The government shouldn’t build roads, bridges, etc. Those should all be privately run and maintained.
4. There should be no public schools or libraries. First off, the buildings shouldn’t have even been built. Secondly, all education should be paid for directly by people who are interested in having their children educated. There should be no educational standards.
5. The government cannot make any laws regulating the sale or use of guns because the 2nd Amendment says that. Anyone of any age should be able to buy a gun, carry it anywhere, and discharge it any way they see fit as long as they are willing to pay for the consequences.
6. There should be no laws regarding drugs, legal or illegal. People should be able to buy any drug they want at any age. There should be no FDA, and anyone should be allowed to make and sell any drug they want.
7. OSHA should be eliminated. Workplace safety should be up to the individual company to administer as they see fit, even if it means no safety measures at all. If you don’t think a place is safe to work in, you should find another place to work.
8. There is no such thing as a “victimless crime” because if there’s no victim, it shouldn’t be a crime. For example, public drunkenness, drunk driving without an accident, vagrancy, consensual sex with minors, shooting a gun into the air, speeding, suicide, driving without seat belts, and basically any action that doesn’t impede the rights of others should not be crimes.
9. There are no basic human rights other than life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. No one has the right to have a public education, health care, minimum wage, safe workplace, clean air or water, safe drugs, gun free zones (such as schools, churches, political rallies, etc.), regulated banking and financial industries, consumer protection of any kind, and so on.
10. The government does not have the right to tax you for any amount of money unless you personally consent to it.
11. The most important, distinguishing belief that separates libertarians from others is that everything society and government does should be geared towards protecting individual property rights.
OK, that’s what Libertarians and half-baked, self-proclaimed Libs like Glenn Beck believe about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. What struck me about this is that their frame of reference is basically materialistic, like communism is materialistic. By materialistic I mean that the focus is on material, not the community. In Libertarianism, the individual controls their fiefdom of material, in communism it’s the state who controls it. Neither system cares about other individuals. In Libertarianism, the focus is you, in communism, the focus is the state.
If Glenn Beck is truly a Libertarian (which he isn’t, I’ll be doing a page on that topic) he would not be allied as closely as he is with the Fox News Channel and the GOP. The last administration was no bargain for the Libs. True Libertarians were vehemently opposed to invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. But according to Glenn Beck, the Iraq invasion was the best thing that ever happened to the Iraqis:
Glenn Beck should have been screaming about how Bush’s misadventures overseas were the worst foreign policy debacle in the history of the US, but instead he supported them blindly.
Today, Glenn Beck is fully aligned with the Republican Party. Is it because, as the old saying goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? No, it’s because he’s a Republican, not a Libertarian.
“…but there is no guarantee of equal results”
This is GOP-speak for ending Affirmative Action, any form of social safety nets such as AFDC, public housing, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a progressive tax rate, or any of the government programs that were supposed to keep people from living in tents or in cardboard boxes. The GOP is the party of the rich, and it is the party of the powerful corporations, too. The GOP is the party of war contractors.
Glenn Beck is right about one thing in this topic. There is no guarantee of equal results unless you are born into a family of privilege. There are exceptions, of course… consider Barack Obama. You might think that the “no guarantee” people might be ecstatic about a President who came from nowhere and ended up in the most powerful job in the world. It’s proof that the American system works. It’s proof that we’re post-racial. Oh, wait a minute. He’s not one of us, he’s got some Negro in him. So that doesn’t count, he must have got the white sympathy vote because he’s black! LOL he has a “moosie” name, too, so he’d better cough up a real birth certificate!
So let’s get back to Beck’s straw man argument. Beck’s straw man is that lefties want everyone who is poor or black or somehow disadvantaged to be as rich as those who are rich. Nobody I know or have read or heard in the media or read has suggested that. Nobody. It’s a false argument, it’s claiming that the other side says we should all have the same outcome. We DON’T say that.
What we do say, in varying degrees and voices, is that as a society we shouldn’t let the top 1% control 95% of the wealth and have people dying of hunger in the streets. We shouldn’t have people dying because they don’t have health insurance. We demand the right to negotiate a fair day’s wages for our labor, which each working man and woman owns.
I know the GOP hates these things, and they are trying to destroy them. They have tried to “privatize” Social Security for years. They have made Chapter 7 bankruptcies nearly impossible to file. They have eroded and waged all-out warfare on unions to the point where union shops have gone from around 50% to 7% in my lifetime. (In fact, their newest target is SEIU, watch it unfolding).