Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
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While walking to and from Collegetown for lunch, I watched some of the Washington Post's video podcast feature on Phil Maymin, a Libertarian candidate who ran for Congress in the Connecticut 4th district. I suspect much of the brief documentary was shot well before election day, and there's an excerpt of his "I approved this massage" campaign ad and his interview with Tucker Carlson. He didn't win; to a large degree, he was shut out of the race by polling organizations that wouldn't include his name because he's not a member of one of the two best-known political parties.

You can watch the video, too. Or check out his campaign site.

Maymin (at least says he) believes in smaller government, fewer taxes, and more freedoms, something that you'd think would be espoused and practiced by the so-called conservatives in the Republican Party. Sadly, it's just not so. I agree with his comment that we are much less free here in the United States than we were 20 years ago. It's not OK -- it's not justifiable.

Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." This, among other tenets, is key to the Libertarian credo. It's clearly not part of the 21st Century Republican credo, but will a shift to Democratic power help? Or are the Democrats now poised to wield power going to be no less abusive of our rights and liberties than those they replace?
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