“Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?
Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?”
– Ron Paul
Indeed. Congress is losing a voice of reason with Ron Paul’s retirement. The quote above, to me, is one of the core reasons why I am a Libertarian.
On one hand the Republicans want so called “limited government” yet they want to infringe on personal rights and create laws to restrict what we can or can’t do based on their definition of social norms. So, they are not really for limited government. They are for limited corporate governance and increased personal governance. They either need to adapt or change their party platform and be honest about it.
On the other end, you have the Democrats who want limited government interference with their person lives – yet at the same time they WANT government interference when it comes to entitlement programs. Can someone please tell them if they want to the government to stay out of their lives that includes both areas? Everyone wants their cake and wants to eat it too.
As Ron Paul would probably say “Liberty is Liberty”. Okay so many he would never say in exactly that manner. However, is it not? If you truly seek liberty; if you truly want freedom; then should ALL have it? That include people and the free market. The point Ron Paul made in his farewell speech is that they ARE the same. If you want to defend the rights of a company to do as they choose – then why not defend that same right for the individual? If you want to give individuals the right to choose then why not the free market? Government meddling and infringing on the free market is no different than government infringing on our personal lives. Sadly, the only one in congress who understood that is making his exit.
Common sense does not always prevail.