Ever wondered what the major differences are between conservatives and libertarians?
I asked a friend what he thought the differences between the two are and he said “libertarians believe in the Constitution and freedom as in limited or no government involvement outside of its constitutional authority.”
I said, “so do conservatives.”
So we thought some more. And with a snap of his fingers, he exclaimed, “abortion!” Libertarians don’t give a shit if a woman has an abortion and believe the government should stay out of it.”
Trying to stay on track, I left that to the side. I had limited time with my friend and the last thing I wanted was to get into a debate on abortion … but I planned on getting back to it. My goal was to determine the major sticking points and from there find a way to ban together. What I did say was, “yes, ok, definitely a difference there but as far as I can tell, there aren’t too many conservatives running on a platform of repealing abortion laws. It seems the left and the media always want to ‘expose’ a particular candidate’s pro-life stance, but that is secondary to what policy changes they want to make.”
So, conservatives, listen up! Shape your message better and don’t let the media and leftists shape the conversation.
Ok, back to the convo. “Anything else?” I asked.
Jeopardy music played for a few second then, WHAMMO, another snap of his fingers, “Religion!” he blurted triumphantly.
“Yeah?” I questioned. “What about it?”
“Well, Conservatives let religious beliefs guide their policies while libertarians want to keep it out of the public forum, separation of Church and State as the Constitution says.”
Not sure what to address first, I tackled one correction by informing my well-intentioned but uninformed friend that “there is no reference in the Constitution to separation of church and state … as in none … got that?”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, look it up but not now,” I said as he reached for his phone. “We need to keep going. I only have a few minutes.”
“Ok,” he said. “Regardless, libertarians see no place for religion in policy making.”
“Hmm,” I pondered. “So, libertarians believe in stealing?”
“Well, no …”
“Oh, ok, so they believe in murder?”
“Uh, no, I didn’t—”
“Uh, hold on,” I interrupted. “Libertarians think children should dishonor their parents or covet others hard-earned money or achievements?”
“Of course not, but the government …”
“I agree, the government has nothing to do with that last one although it seems the left is consumed with coveting what the rich have and redistributing it. Wouldn’t you agree?
“Ah yeah,” he said.
“Anything else about religion? I mean, like it or not, Judeo-Christian values have guided Western Civilization for thousands of years.”
“I got it,” he said. “It’s just that libertarians want to make sure religious zealots do not impose their views on the people.”
“I agree,” I said. “And guess what?”
“Conservatives agree and strongly believe in what the Constitution DOES say about religion, which provides freedom of religion but NOT freedom from religion.”
He sat on that for a second, wheels turning … then …
“WAR!” He exclaimed victoriously. “Libertarians see no need to spend billions of dollars to fight other countries’ wars for them.”
“Ok,” I said nodding my head. “There is a possible difference there. Conservatives see it as our duty to rid the world of fascists and dictators thereby spreading liberty and democracy throughout the world because they believe if all societies have this freedom, we will all be better off.”
“Yeah, but we have our own problems at home and libertarians want to stay focused on that.”
“I think conservatives would agree,” I said. “but think about it from another perspective.”
“Ok,” he said. “Like what?”
“Say you lived in a country ruled by a dictator who decided all libertarians should be shot, or all Jews, or all Christians. Wouldn’t you hope the world’s super power would get involved instead of sitting back, cracking a beer on its sofa and saying ‘eh, not my problem’?”
He pondered. I looked at the clock on the wall and I was now ten minutes late. Damn, I thought. Good conversations always get rushed, but I had to go. I gave my friend a high five and said “gotta go, let’s continue this later. Ok?”
“Yeah, definitely,” he said.
As I walked to my car, I thought, is that it? Abortion, war, and Religion? Those are the differences?
Seems to me we can find common ground on all of those and build from the MAJOR similarities or similarity, which is a firm belief in the Constitution and Liberty as provided by our Founding Document and Fathers. I concluded that we need to form a united front and take back our country from the ruling class!