We Need to be Careful...Submitted by jrd3820 on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 09:28
Let me set this up really quick. I come from a long line of libertarians. My Dad voted Ron Paul back 1988, and I have uncles who are in the same boat. This election season I campaigned for Ron Paul, I donated, I bough t-shirts and bumper stickers and I shared the word with a lot of people. Two of those people who voted straight libertarian ticket this time around!
I am 28 and working on my masters. After High School I worked for three years to save money for college. Then, every semester I applied for dozens of scholarships, sometimes I got some, sometimes I did not, but I applied. I worked two jobs during the summers to pay for classes. Anyone who has a double major and a masters knows this is an expensive endevor. My education cost me $50,000, $10,000 of which I borrowed from the government. I have already paid $5,000 of that back, and have saved another $1,000 for when my first bill comes around soon.
The other day I was walking home from school and I was wearing one of my many Ron Paul shirts. A guy parked his car and had a Ron Paul bumper sticker, so we of course make eye contact and start chatting. We got on the issue of student loans, anad I told him I had taken some out and he freaked out and started telling me I do not understand the message of libertarianism.
Luckily, I believe so much in this message that I do not care what he says, however, this is a great way to scare away any new comers.
I think we need to understand that we might not all see eye to eye on everything, but that is OK.
We need to not act competitive over who is a better libertarian.
When ex Dems or Repubs come our way lets not yell at them and tell them how stupid their party was or call them names, lets embrace them. This is why the GOP is dying, and we cannot go down that route.
Lets leave the fear mongering to fox news and MSNBC and lets speak the truth.
Finally, let's not assume we know more than the other person about something. We can talk about ideas or opinions, but very few of us are experts in anything.
Originally posted 2012-11-10 23:11:58 -0500