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Are you a Libertarian?

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In my dictionary, “liberty” is defined as “the condition of being free to choose, esp. as between ways of acting or living, with the implication of wisdom and voluntary restraint.”

In the Preamble of the Libertarian Party as adopted in Convention, May 2012, Las Vegas, it states:

“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her own values for the benefit of others.”

In a world where all men and women were perfectly “angelic,” this utopian view would suffice. Unfortunately, we are not “angels” and evil does exist, which makes it necessary for a society (a community) to create a compact that most of us can agree to live and act under.

There always will be outliers who will not agree with the entire compact or parts of it. Hopefully within the compact, there will be language and tools included to settle these differences peacefully and enable the outliers to still remain in the compact by granting them some type of licence or exemption to the part they cannot in good conscience agree with.

Unless we can achieve this by using the tools we have been given, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, our House, the United States of America, will not stand and the experiment started by our Founding Fathers will fade into oblivion, never to return to the Earth.

Richard Gorski

Ringwood

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