Monday, January 14, 2013

...if I find them too obnoxious, I break them...

"Dear lady, I'll happily accept your rules."
"But you don't seem to want any rules!"
"True. But I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom."

 - Professor Bernado de la Paz and Wyoming Knott from The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

I have avoided politics here intentionally, because I have found no other topic divides people faster and drives them to close their minds. Even discussion of religion and spirituality pales in comparison; in which people too close their minds, but are still mostly willing to debate.

Unfortunately, politics is a part of life. I hate it, I try to avoid it, but it still affects me. While I am no rational anarchist like Prof de la Paz, I consider myself a moderate Libertarian.

That said, I don't vote Libertarian. There's no point in voting Libertarian unless it's a small election. In other cases, major parties win out, ninety-five time out of a hundred. When it comes to voting, I used my head, and more often than not, that leads me to crossing party lines.

I don't vote a straight ticket because I keep my ears and mind open, my heart guarded, and think things through. I'm mostly with Prof de la Paz: I think we could get along just fine with less government, though certainly not overnight change. As he goes on to say, "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them;... I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

Sure, there are some holes in that logic. But I can accept those holes, and feel it's better to have holes you know about than to entrap yourself in a far more fixed state, where only your enemies can find the gaps between the bars.

I open the floor for discussion.