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Liberty 101

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 07:30 am

Oh, for God's sake, how many times do we have to say it? Libertarians arenot anarchists. We do not want to get rid of every last shred of government. We do want to abandon excessive rules and regulations and live in a tolerant, ordered world government by sensible laws.But every time one of us supports any government action of any kind, we get called hypocritical. What?1 You think it's OK for the police to enforce the speed limit? Guess the big bad cave man  isn't so independent after all!

Now we've even got a self-described libertarian joining the parade. Political commentator Tomi Lahren of Glenn Beck's TheBlaze operation, went on "The View" the other day (never a good idea) and announced she was pro-choice, after making strongly pro-life comments as little as a few months ago:

I'm pro choice, and here's why. I am a constitutional, you know, someone that loves the Constitution. I'm someone that's for limited government. So I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government, but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.

Boy, that is somebody who is so unclear on what libertarianism — or even liberty, for that matter — is all about. Look, people can be pro-choice or pro-life and it doesn't have a thing to do with libertarianism. There are pro-life and pro-choice libertarians, just as there are libertarians on different sides of lots of big issues, like capital punishment. It all depends on one's view of the fetus. Libertarians believe each and every person has fundamental rights that government must never infringe upon. If you believe the fetus is an individual human being, then those rights apply. If you think it's just a blob of tissue, then they don't.

Libertarian YouTube star Julie Borowski shot down Lahren's argument in short order:

In her classic sarcastic style, the YouTube star mocked the view that libertarians have to support an anarchic society without any limits on human freedom. "Murder, theft, rape, go for it, liberty!" The libertarian response to this would be "No, these things would still be illegal for good reason."

Borowski laid out the non-aggression principle: the key question is "is there a victim? With abortion, pro-life people would say yes there is a victim — the fetus. Therefore, it's not hypocritical to call for laws against abortion." She scathingly added, "To suggest otherwise means that you either think the fetus is not a victim, or you fundamentally misunderstand the concept of liberty." Ouch.

"The victim is still in another person's body, but he or she is still a human being with the right to life — that's in the Constitution," the YouTube star explained. "It's only hypocritical to call for government bans when there are no victims. Drugs and prostitution — I personally don't like those things, I think they're disgusting. But people have the liberty to put whatever they want and do God knows what to their own bodies."

If you belief the fetus is a pre-born child, then abortion is not a "victimimless crime" like prostitution or drug use. 

And, by the way, being called or thought a hypocrite is a poor reason to give up any belief. We're all hypocrites about some things, and you can't be in the opinion game very long without stumbling into it once in a whie. It's not exactly a mortal sin.

ELSEWHERE IN THE NEWS

If you enthusiastically supported President Obama's huge expansion of the imperial presidency, you didn't think someone like Donald Trump, whose primary instincts are authoritarian, would come along and inherit the entire apparatus?

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch does not have a fan in Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "This is personal, but I find this originalist judicial philosophy to be really troubling," Feinstein said Monday. "I firmly believe the American Constitution is a living document intended to evolve as our country evolves," pointing out that under originalism, schools would still be segregated and women would not be allowed to vote. So if you think the Constitution means what it says and says what it means, then you're a racist and a sexist, by God, and don't try to deny it. In any case, calling Gorsuch an originalist is a little misleading. He is committed to a "moral reading" view of the law, which is actually quite interesting.

BTW, just 43 percent of Americans can name a single justice on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the one most people (16 percent)  thought of when asked to name one.

L.A. prosecutors to Roman Polanski: We ain't makin' no deals with you, creep. And creep is way too mild a word for someone who's confessed to drugging, raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl.

Well, that "mean, old Republicans led by monster Donald Trump trying to starve old folks by elminating Meals on Wheels" scandal was fun, but it sure didn't last very long.

We "climate change deniers" sometimes joke about global warming enthusiasts wanting to take us back to caveman days, but this guy actually seems to want exactly that:  " . . .the German physicist declared that global warming is so serious that not only must we all give up the use of coal and our internal combustion vehicles in the next 13 years, but we must also ditch concrete and steel — for 'wood, clay and stone.' If we don’t do this, along with other drastic measures, we are headed toward planetary warming of '4, 5, 6 or even 12 degrees,' he claims. This would bring, he insists, 'the end of the world as we know it.' "

Jeez, it's about damn time: Secret Service removes agent who didn't want to take a bullet for President Trump.

Whew! Just made the cut: If your last name starts with a letter in the last half of the alphabet (N-Z), you may face a tougher time academically, landing a first job and getting through life in general.

Another instance in which we can whine about convicts getting stuff a lot of us have trouble affording: Every Indiana inmate could soon have a tablet. It will help them stay connected with their families and improve their education, don't you know.

 

 

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