Abandoning Politics, Rededicating To Principles Friday, Jul 26 2013 

Over the past week I have struggled with whether or not to quit politics and social media. I have clearly become burned out with the “outrage of the day” and political discourse that is little better than the Two Minutes Hate from George Orwell’s 1984.

I have decided to start quitting politics and get back to fighting for principles.

I need to get back to advocating the principles of limited government, federalism and localism, our Constitutionally acknowledged liberties, opposition to social engineering whether from the right or left, and a strong, powerful American defense with a prudent American foreign policy.

More importantly, I need to get back to the concept that we can disagree without being disagreeable. No more joining the outrage brigade or posting things just for shock value.

So, basically less politics and BS and more promoting ideas and principles.

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Ideas For Immigration Reform Tuesday, Jul 23 2013 

Originally published on March 27, 2013 on Pocket Full of Liberty

It’s hard to think of any other political issue that is as difficult to solve as illegal immigration. Politicians have been trying to “find a solution” for this issue for decades. Yet, we continue to have an insecure border and millions of people are living here illegally. We need to solve this issue not necessarily for political gain, but because it is the right thing to do.

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A Conservatarian View On Abortion Saturday, Jul 13 2013 

Last night, the Texas Senate passed a bill outlawing abortion past 20 weeks and requiring abortion clinics to pass minimum safety standards. The bill has placed the issue of abortion front and center in the national discussion.

There is a conservatarian view of the abortion issue. It is based on some basic principles:

1) Abortion is an issue that should be decided on the state level. Roe v. Wade was a travesty. It took away the power of communities and states to decide the laws by the standards and morals of their communities.

2) Every abortion is a tragedy. Every abortion, regardless of the reason is a tragedy. It is a tragedy first and foremost for the unborn child that is murdered. It is a tragedy for the mother who must live with the guilt and will mourn the death of their child for the rest of their lives.

3) The point at which an unborn child should be protected under the law is when it becomes a “person”. Good people disagree over when an unborn child becomes a “person”. Therefore there is no solution to the abortion problem anytime soon.

4) Ultimately, the goal needs to be to reduce the number of abortions. We can do this by all sorts of means such as promoting adoption as an alternative and better sex and contraceptive education.

UPDATE: I realize that I didn’t address the Texas law itself. I support what the Texas legislature did and I would support similar laws here in Louisiana.

Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!

I Need Your Help Monday, Jul 8 2013 

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If you follow me on Twitter you know that I was recently laid off and that I was fortunately able to go back to work within days. However, I’m having a bit of a money crunch until I get paid.

This is the first time I have ever asked my readers and followers for money. If you see any value in my writings either here or Pocket Full of Liberty, please give what you can. I appreciate it.

Conscience Of A Conservatarian Monday, Jul 1 2013 

My friend Christopher Bowen wrote a piece today called “Conscience Of A Liberaltarian”. It is a very thoughtful piece, I urge all of you to read it if at the very least to understand left-libertarianism which is probably most ascendant strain in the libertarian movement at this moment. This is especially true in academia, inside the Beltway, and on college campuses.

Now a bit about my political background. My mom is a liberal Democrat, bless her heart. The rest of my family are conservative Republicans though. I grew up on Rush Limbaugh and despised Bill Clinton. Then in the summer of 2001 at the age of 16, I spent that summer with my grandmother and spent my nights surfing her WebTV. There, I discovered Free Republic, which is/was a conservative web forum. It was there in some of the threads, I discovered libertarianism. Then 9/11 happened. While I still remained libertarian on domestic issues, I became hawkish on foreign policy. I supported the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq and I supported a tough stance against Islamic terrorism. I joined the College Republicans when I graduated high school and entered university. In 2004, I voted against Louisiana’s gay marriage ban and I voted for George W. Bush. I eventually became disillusioned and turned against the Iraq War, but after watching how Louisiana’s mostly Democratic leadership handled Katrina, I returned to the fold. I voted for Bobby Jindal in 2007 for governor. I also worked on several political campaigns professionally but I was becoming more and more disillusioned. In 2008, I did not vote for president. I became more and more libertarian. In 2012, I voted for Ron Paul in the GOP primaries and I did not want to vote at all again for president, but ultimately I voted for Gary Johnson.

I do not want to take away from the good work my friend Allan Bourdius has done with his Conservatarian 101 series (and you should read it as well!) but here’s a very brief outline of what most conservatarians generally believe.

* I’ll take this directly from Allan: “believes the Constitution of the United States, as amended, is inviolate. It’s also meaningless without the Declaration of Independence standing behind it.”

* Believes in as much of a decentralized government as possible. Government should be as close to the governed as possible

* Are politically pragmatic. Knows it is better to get some of what of you want and to advance liberty in small steps than to achieve 100% of nothing.

* Has a deep distain for political purity tests of any kind, whether it be from “truuuuuuue” conservative Tea Party types or Big-L Libertarians.

* Sees the “conservative” in conservatarian as more of a temperment than an ideology. Because of this, we have a deep distain for social engineers, statists, and any grand scheme to remake society, whether it comes from the left or the right.

* Generally adheres to “live and let live” on social matters. If it does not impact another person’s physical welfare, government has no right to regulate it.

* Taxes are fundamentally theft, but at the same time there is no other real way to fund government. Taxes should only be as high as needed to fund the necessary and proper functions of government.

* We have a deep suspicion of anything written by “Gang of whatever” or 1,000+ page bills. Usually, they’re trying to hide something from the American people and it is usually not good.

* We reject the corporatism of the Republican Party and the socialism of the Democratic Party. We support free markets for all and especially letting people fail. No bailouts for anyone.

*Finally, conservatarians are all over the place on foreign policy. Some lean neo-conservative, some are non-interventionists, most are realists. As for myself, I am a realist with a non-interventionist bias.

This is just a broad outline of what conservatarianism is. I hope expound on it some more in the future and more importantly, I hope others will do so as well.

What do you think?

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