Comment: Correction: in his political life, he is libertarian

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Correction: in his political life, he is libertarian

He is politically a libertarian, not a Libertarian, but he could be a Libertarian, as follows:

First, capital "L" Libertarian refers to party or registration.

Small-L libertarian refers to the philosophy of small or no government, and individual freedom. Obviously, there are degrees of this.

Rand Paul is a conservative in his personal philosophy. Personal conservatives believe in the rule of law and in "traditional" personal values, which in this country often means "Christian" and "Constitutional" values, but might be for other traditional institutions (e.g., other religions, the military).

Both the Constitution and Jesus are very libertarian in their philosophy, so conservatives may seem so, too. Liberals can seem libertarian when they have a personal committment to loving others without force.

So, what does it mean when a conservative like Rand or Ron decides to get political? Simple: if they want to force their conservative values on everyone, they're politically statist; if they want to recognize your Creator-given rights, they're libertarian.

They may be registered with any party. The only requirement to become a big-L Libertarian party member is to pledge not to advocate initiation of force through government.

Thus, even many Libertarians are not libertarians in their personal values, which may range from ultra liberal to ultra conservative as well as libertarian, and many members of the dominant parties are really libertarians in their political preferences, that is, as long as they can practice their own values, they don't need to impose them by force on others.

Really, getting the government out of the way makes life much simpler!

What do you think?