This is from an email I sent to my friend today regarding his question of what I thought of Libertarianism as I was reading Ron Paul’s “The Revolution”
Well, I finished the book “beth style” meaning I skimmed it and now I will go back and read it more until I take it back to the library. 🙂 (Bad bad study habits from hs/college) Alas, Libertarianism is not a party that a Catholic can belong to as they have a Laissez-faire view on abortion.
From their website: 1.4 Abortion Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.
I do like Dr. Paul for a lot of reasons, mainly that he wants the government to do what it is supposed to do and not be all things to all people. He very much believes in “states rights” and that control of many things, such as education and the “war on drugs”. He also points out the poverty in American has increased since 1968 when social welfare programs were started to help end poverty.
If you have time, I recommend picking up a copy of “The Revolution” at the library, it is a good read and even if you don’t agree with everything that is in it, it does open your eyes to how far America has strayed from the ideals of the Founding Fathers.
Have you hear of Chuck Baldwin? I recommend looking him up, he seems to be a pretty good bloke and is running for the Presidency on the Constitution ticket. He is a great alternative to Bob Barr who is running on the Libertarian ticket this year.