The Future of Politics: The Libertarian Millennials

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I read an article the other day with a premise involving the chastising of conservatives who claim to be, “fiscal conservatives and social liberals.”

You know the ones – the types that want gay-married, pot-farmers to be able to protect their marijuana fields with guns.

I like to call them the Progressive Conservative – a group that I also happen to associate with. I am going to go out on limb here and say that this group is more than likely the more educated and younger Republicans, and as I have said before, I strongly feel that the Republican Party needs a serious rebranding. Out with old and in with the new: this is what we call progression.

Today, being a Republican has become synonymous with being a greedy elitist, but this notion is just false. I believe in equal human rights, but I know and accept that at the end of the day, we do not all contribute equally.

For example, CEOs make businesses grow, thus creating jobs for many. On the other hand, some workers sit in a cubical all day and do paperwork. As you can see, there is a great difference in contribution here. “A good CEO is worth his weight in gold,” as my British colleagues always say.

On the topic of welfare, I am a firm believer in the old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” You cannot just hand out money to people and allow them to simply collect it.

By nature, human beings will work as hard as you make them, or (in some cases) not make them. Then, you have generational welfare and cyclical poverty. And we all know that there is no nobility in poverty. However, instead of just chronically paying out unemployment, I feel that we should send the unemployed back to school, and allow them to gain some sort of training.

I am all for social programs after we get our economy out of a recession, and we have a surplus to effectively deal with other issues, but you cannot do anything in this world without proper funding. We must get America back to the great country it once was – that should be the top priority for everyone. At the end of the day it is innovation, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure that create surpluses, not welfare programs.

I believe in human rights and the free-market. I believe in the right to bear arms, and funding for mental health treatment. I am for legalization of marijuana for tax revenue (c’mon, Roosevelt legalized booze to help pull us out a depression and Mckinley cut all welfare and made the country go to work- and guess what? It worked!).

In all honesty, I would vote for Ron Paul over any Republican candidate today if I thought that he stood a chance. But alas, I know that will never happen, at least while the baby boomers are still around.

Bottom line: Millennials will no longer tolerate petty, barbarous religion to get in the way of progress. There is a reason that there is a separation of church and state because the eyes of the law are human eyes; therefore, the law is subject to bias. But it is the mark of the truly educated and enlightened to not look at everything as black and white, but gray.

Individuals must rise above the pathos and our animal instincts, and look at a situation objectively. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but you have to admit, we are all the same religion when it comes to money, right? Facts should change your beliefs, but facts, if you’re rational, should change your beliefs. Capitalism is much more effective than Christianity or any religion; free-markets work 100 percent of the time.

The laissez-faire policy works, and free enterprise has delivered positive returns time and time again. Just think: if all the religious groups started focusing their energy on capitalism, acquisition, expansion, innovation and entrepreneurship – instead of petty battles like Planned Parenthood – the American economy would benefit tremendously.

The economy would be like the 90s all over again; do you remember the optimism in the 90s market? I bet your parents do – ask them about the early 90s, post-Reagan economy. All you had to do was wake up in the morning and make money – the economy was that good.

So, why do I continue to vote for the Republican candidates instead of the Liberals who will pretty much bankrupt the country with welfare and social programs? Why do I choose money over social issues? Because we Millennials know that at the end of the day, in this shallow, materialistic world that you parasitic baby boomers left us with, there is absolutely nothing worse than being poor.

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Landon is business development executive with a passion for new ideas.