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I began voting Libertarian when I realized that both Indiana General Assembly and Congress had strayed from their sole purpose to secure our natural rights and were violating them on behalf of special interest groups, including people in government.
For example, income tax violates at least three of our natural rights: our rights to work, to contract and to exclusive possession of our property. If we still exercised these rights, we could choose to work without first presenting a Social Security number. We would not be required to sign forms and report to government every year, and we would take home all of our pay.
Most economic monopolies would not exist if our governments respected our natural rights to contract. We could hire whom we wanted to represent us in court, teach our children, or relieve our pain – based on their background, education and experience – not on government’s meaningless, biased and often dangerous stamps of approval.
In a world that respected our choices, there would be no licensed health-care monopoly, which uses government to protect and insulate itself from 100,000 people it negligently kills each year. There would also be no education monopoly, run by teachers unions, to march our children into mediocrity. Injustice and ignorance are just two of consequences when special interest groups use government to trample upon others’ rightful choices.
So hear it from a government major: Our state and federal governments’ sole legitimate function is to aid us in self-defending our own natural unalienable rights, and every single one of them is doing a horrible job at it. Almost every piece of modern legislation violates someone’s natural rights, which all governments long ago promised to protect.
This is all because our current political leaders know less about purpose of government than you do right now.
Attorney, screenwriter and Libertarian Party activist in Indianapolis