Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Door number three...

A German philosopher, whose name I cannot remember, pronounce or spell, once said something along the lines that truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, then violently opposed, and finally it becomes self evident. I don't know how true that is, and I don't suppose there are clearly defined lines between the phases. I imagine some truths will be ridiculed, violently opposed and accepted by different people at the same time.

I think there's a lot of truth in the libertarian philosophy, and a lot of us are trying to interject some of that truth into our government by means of the Libertarian Party. We've certainly endured our share of ridicule, and some people become almost livid in their creative dissertations against the LP.

But we've also picked up some support, and we've won a few elections. The Fraternal Order of Police in Indianapolis has endorsed a couple of our candidates in past years and this year, and today I received this from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:

"The council has never had a Libertarian, and putting one there would make the body more interesting. A Libertarian would always raise points not usually made by either Republicans or Democrats.

So we recommend that voters give council a Libertarian - Robert Enders, who is seeking the 6th District seat.

If elected, his top priority would be to provide long-term property tax relief by controlling local spending. He would return to a respect for property rights by arguing against eminent domain and such things as the smoking ban. He would also concentrate on crime prevention. He said he would try to erase the unfair perception that the south side of Fort Wayne is more dangerous than the north side."

Most newspapers endorse major party candidates, and especially incumbents that share the paper's political views.

I don't know how much this endorsement will help Robert in his race, but I'm sure glad to see it. It's a lot better than being ridiculed and violently opposed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The German philosopher was Arthur Schopenhauer, and he became a Libertarian just moments before he died, rich and for the first time, happy, in his armchair at the age of 72.
Few people know that.

12:17 AM  

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