"Live and Let Live" our new slogan?Submitted by Ron Johnson on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 07:33
The tv news reports said it twice yesterday: Ron Paul, the Live and Let Live Libertarian... I couldn't have come up with a more descriptive, all American, truthful tag-line.
Live and let live. Simple. Non-threatening. Lots of implied content that is understood immediately by most people, unlike "Hope" or even 'revolution.' Totally positive message.
It is difficult to put the libertarian philosophy into just a few words without leaving the wrong impression or without being vacuous.
We,the Ron Paul supporters, all know the fundamental principles of freedom, and we understand the far reaching positive effects of leaving people free to pursue their own lives as long as they don't hurt anyone else. However, most people are very afraid of changing the current system of 360 degree, 24 hour, 100% government involvement in our lives because they literally can't wrap their brains around the idea of allowing people to make their own decisions. The average person equates that with anarchy (the bad kind) and deep down believes we MUST have government dictating our next door neighbor's every move (not our own, of course) or who know's what he will do? Trying to convince the average voter that freedom is not threatening is like running a never ending marathon...everyone has something against freedom.
But "Live and Let Live" changes the thought process. The non-libertarian understands the quid pro quo that goes with meddling in someone else's life, and they are likely to say that they are in favor of 'live and let live,' after all they don't want someone telling them what to do either. If you ask the average person if they are in favor of "live and let live" as a personal philosophy, they would overwhelmingly say 'Yes!'
It is important to get people to say that they agree with something that Ron Paul advocates. Once you get a "yes" in one issue, the other issues tend to be easier for them to understand. Get them to say, "yes, I agree with Ron Paul that we should practice live and let live," and they may soon be saying we should end our foreign wars, end drug prohibition, stop over regulating, etc. Live and Let Live encompasses it all.
LIVE AND LET LIVE
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