Libertarianism and God
An impressive young Western Slope Libertarian candidate named Kyle Davis, when asked about his stance on Colorado’s “Personhood Amendment,” which prosecutes those whose reckless or illegal activities cause the wrongful death of an unborn baby at any stage of development, chose to cite his hero, Atheist magician, Penn Gillette, saying, “I take a compassionate position on this. As Penn Gillette said ‘Since death technically happens when the heart stops beating, perhaps then life begins when the heart starts beating.’ I believe that is compassionate.” Kyle Davis is an intelligent young man and I’m sure he knows that the fetal heart begins to beat at about 6 weeks gestational age. Many women are not even aware of the life inside them at that point. How many millions of little lives would be spared if the law protected innocent life from the time the heart starts beating, to when it stops at the end of living?
Mr. Davis, an Iraq War veteran, grew in a conservative home. He embraces the libertarian philosophy of “non-aggression,” with the definition of “aggression” being the force of government against the life and liberty of the individual. Libertarianism, in a broad sense, is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. When the Founding Documents of the United States were drafted those ideas were not at odds. Thomas Jefferson’s liberalism trusted the better natures of individuals to engage in activities that lend to a harmonious civil society; honest dealings, honoring contracts, compassion, respect for persons and property, abiding the civil law, and of course, obedience to God’s Commandments. The aggressive government of King George III was pushed back by the American Colonists, clearing the way for a new form of government, of, by and for the people. God lead the people and the people lead the government.
Modern Libertarianism has a reputation as being the home of fiscally conservative pro-choice potheads. That’s true in some cases, but most Libertarians exercise some form of faith in deity. But the philosophy of “non-aggression” is more dependent upon faith in God than perhaps many Libertarians realize. Social Liberalism of 2014 must countenance things that would have appalled the Founders of America, including;
Modern Social Liberalism, the embodiment of “progressive” thought, has tempted a significant percentage of the population away from those tenets that made Jeffersonian Liberalism possible; God as the merciful and loving Arbiter of moral law; moral law as the foundation of civil law; and civil law made to protect all people equally from the aggression of government force. Instead, the social Liberalism of 2014 supplants Divine authority with the rules and regulations made by entrenched, self-interested bureaucrats of the state. It has redefined morality as those things which fit the redistribution economic model of Marxist doctrine (not to mention making “the planet” the altar upon which all must worship). And the Commandments of God, having been utterly discredited and jettisoned from public discourse or mention, have been replaced with a moveable set of social rules that make offending someone the ultimate sin, and the accommodation of, and purported coexistence with, all manner of perversion and evil the ultimate virtue.
Libertarianism is sound philosophically, but not for this Century, nor this time when identifiable evils have corrupted our social institutions and waged continuous war with families, churches, civil society, and the rule of law. There is no question that “Establishment” Republicanism has been like a shot of steroids for the Libertarian party. True Conservatives, disillusioned with Republicans’ dumbed-down Democrat version of economic policy, and internal sabotage of Constitutionalists such as Ted Cruz, have led patriots by the thousands toward and into the arms of Libertarians. But without abandoning their “socially liberal” platform and taking moral, if not policy, stances on the principles that make limited government possible, the Libertarian party will never have the authority to actually rally sufficient numbers to restore the Constitutional Republic and the form of government intended by those who founded America.
I would call upon Libertarians to consider the opportunity that lies before them. To become a viable political force. To do so, they must consider how Jeffersonian Liberalism is not possible today, and that a revolution in government requires revolution in Libertarian moral thought.
by Marjorie Haun 9/13/14