Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Restore the Republic

I grew up in a libertarian family. I am sure that I was educated in constitutional law long before I knew anything about the birds and the bees. Yes, it's kind of sad to note that while other boys my age were transfixed by naked tribeswomen in National Geographic, I was totally engrossed in the papers of Jefferson and Adams.

An amusing side note to my family's deeply involved political dogma, was that at one point, at least 75% of the members of my family were on a ballot somewhere in the State of Texas. Even I was dragged into the political arena, though a bit begrudgingly.

When I turned 18, my older brother submitted my name as a candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner. He was too busy running for another High office post. When I informed my brother that I was going to college and had no intention of being Railroad Commissioner, he said, "don't worry, you are going to abolish the position the first week you are in office."

In college, I became more "progressive" or "liberal", and I rebelled against what I perceived as the outdated and old-fashioned theories of the Libertarian Party. When I started doing stand-up comedy, digging into my family's "let's go back to 1776" mentality was a good source of humor for my act. Let's face it, Libertarians are not the coolest cats in the alley.

In 1988, my family, and the whole Libertarian world, was all gaga over a new political hopeful. Ron Paul became the Libertarian Presidential candidate and made quite a showing on election night - better than anything the Libertarians had ever experienced nationally before.

Flash forward 20 years later, and Ron Paul is aiming his sights on the big house once again. Some things have changed, though. This time around, Ron Paul is a Republican Congressman, not a Libertarian dark horse. Like last time, his campaign is still focused on the idea that government power is born from individual rights, not he other way around.

I would like to think the work I do as a medium has a similar message to it. After all, I am of the belief that God comes from individual consciousness, not the other way around.

Would I vote for Ron Paul given that he win his party's primary? I'm not sure. He does possess that one quality we all wish we could possess - selfless integrity. As a person, I trust him more than Hillary or Obama. Stranger than that, I'm beginning to think my crazy family might have been right all those years ago. Sometimes I even wonder how different life would have been as the Texas Railroad Commissioner instead of a guy who talks to the dead. Ah, the wonder of it all.


Annalisa said...

Very interesting. I had my own brush with the Libertarian party. I read all of the Ayn Rand that I could get my hands on when I was roughly 11-12 years old. (Like I needed anything to make my ego any bigger at that age! Ayn Rand can really fuck up a 12 year old.) I discovered the Libertarian Party in high school, which I made a nice tool for rebelling against my Republican father. (Though I found out many years later that he was actually proud of my volunteer work for the Libertarian party.) Nowadays, I don't have the time for politics anymore. My partner is a Green and he has softened my political stance somewhat. The result is that I have a soft spot for most third parties. I would vote for just about anyone who has a chance at shaking things up a little.

Matthew C said...


I'm pretty much libertarian myself, and have mostly converted my wife towards libertarianism. I'm very apolitical though -- for me libertarianism is more about seeing that it is not spiritual / ethical to force other people to do things. I do not expect libertarian ideals to win in a political battle but rather to emerge when human beings act more spiritually / ethically towards one another.