Columnist Ron Hart looks at both Dems and Reps lately and starts shaking his libertarian head:
As a result of the populist pandering of both parties, our country's future is at stake here. If you look at other cultures and democracies in history, they tend to flourish up until the point where voters determine that they can elect leaders who will give them the most generous payouts from the public treasury. Voices of reason and economic sensibility do not get elected until it is too late….Every great civilization's lifecycle appear to follow a similar trajectory. One cycle ascribed to Alexander Tyler identified the process as follows: "from bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to courage from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; & from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage."
Note that liberty leads to abundance. And liberty—the freedom of people to choose and do as they will—is what libertarians stand for. We must not lose sight of that, and when our politicians want to take away our liberties under the guise of national security or expediency, we must not allow it.