Do we have two anti-choice parties in America? Sure; they are just anti-choice in differing areas. Excerpt:
Democrats constantly increase limits on individual choice. President Obama won’t let people work in unpaid internships, and health officials in liberal cities ban trans fats from restaurants.I like the way Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ken.) summarized liberals’ love of crushing choice:
“It’s light bulbs. It’s toilets. It’s cars. You name it. Your freedom of choice is gone. For a party that says they are the pro-choice party, this is the most anti-choice administration we’ve seen in a lifetime.”
Republicans have their own list of ways in which they want to control us. Many are not just anti-abortion (as is Sen. Paul); they’re also anti-gay marriage, anti-drugs, anti-gambling and, in a few cases, anti-free speech.
Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, says most of these rules are needed to protect society as a whole. When I challenge the war on drugs, asking, “Don’t I own my own body?” he answers, “It is your body, John, but the consequences are paid for by the broader society.“
As to that last; that’s the other side of the libertarian coin, at least the one carried and advocated by yr. obdt.; sure, it is your body, and if you mess it up by acting irresponsibly, it is not the role of the taxpayers to bail your dumb ass out. Screw up, and it’s all on you.
But the gist of the article is horrifyingly accurate. I vote GOP as the lesser of two evils, and because they are almost without exception better than the Democrats – not good, just better than the Democrats – on spending and debt, which in my considered opinion is one of the transcendent issues of our time, the resolution of which the very future of our Republic depends.
But that doesn’t mean I like every plank in their platform, either.
Some years back sci-fi author and libertarian scribe Robert Heinlein said, “Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”
Almost everyone in government – especially the Imperial Federal government – belong in that first group. And in my lifetime, it’s gotten a whole lot worse.
Where does it end?