Mayor Rahm Emanuel Penalizes People of Faith: A Libertarian Stand For Gay Marriage!

Mayor of Chicago

Before we get into this article let me say first I am huge supporter of “the freedom to marry” and thank God everyday that the U.S. Constitution says we have the right to worship God according to the dictates of our own faith. That means, IF A FAITH (any faith) encourages same-sex marriage then the constitution says that faith has the freedom to do it. However if a faith encourages its people to speak out against gay marriage, our constitution ALSO says that that faith has the freedom to do that as well. Its a constitution that supports liberty for all and that is what the Libertarian Party is all about. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (pictured above) wants to take that liberty away.

In case you haven’t heard this story,Lauren Silich, who owns a Chick-fil-A had plans of opening one of its franchises in Chicago. After an anti-gay marriage statement made by its company’s head Dan Cathy in the Chicago Tribune, Alderman Joe Moreno, supported by Mayor Emmanuel began to work to put a block on the Chick-Fil A effort. In response to Mr Cathy’s statement, Mayor Emanuel said “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” He said “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents.”

When I heard this all I could think was …WHAT?? Now we have GOT TO HAVE the same values as …now we have GOT TO HAVE the same beliefs?? Where is the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech that everybody is always always reminding us about? Its one thing to say gays should be allowed to marry, I agree 100% . But to PENALIZE people who don’t agree and hold “different” beliefs and values by blocking their efforts to do business in the city, is flat out unconstitutional. How does taking a way a freedom that another group has always had .. promote liberty . Also is the whole company going to be penalized just because of statements of its owner. Liberty, in our country is not to be just for some …it is suppose to be for all.

The LGBT community has done so well and fought so long for the freedom to marry and are seeking to have that same freedom all over the country that so many are having all over the world. The moment that that freedom begins to intrude on freedoms of others who believe differently though, is the day “freedom for all” in country begins to stop. Mayor Emanuel , Alderman Moreno, If your goal is to work with the gay community in promoting the freedom to marry, just know … you won’t be able to ever do it… by taking the freedoms of others away. Please don;t send us 20 years back to start all over again by legally penalizing the Chic-Fil A franchise. We have come to far on this issue. One of the main beliefs of Libertarianism (which I’ve supported throughout this blog) : No one should authorize another person to violate someone else’s rights.

One nation, Under God. With Liberty, And Justice – FOR ALL

Just a opinion of another libertarian

Coercing Catholic Institutions Into Providing Contraceptives Is a Violation of Civil Liberties: A Libertarian Point of View

A couple of weeks ago the White House (via correspondent Jake Carrey) issued a mandate that would require all hospitals by August 2012, to prescribe contraceptives when requested of all its employees and clients. That mandate also forces those institutions to provide contraceptives at no charge. Many of those institutions are owned by catholics organizations that have discouraged the use of contraceptives among their followers for years. This mandate, if it holds, will force their entire institution to now have to give up their stance and to participate in something which they have never upheld.

So … I thought this was … “the sweet land of liberty”… “land of the free” ? I guess the only thing we really have liberty to do here is what government tells us we can. And if you can only do what you’re told .. then how is it then that we’re really free if we’re forced ?

And …is their still religious freedom in this country and do we no longer get to choose what we want to believe, practice or uphold? Or are we going all the way back to the old ancient days where people were forced to by government to worship in ways they don’t believe, in the same way that Daniel and the 3 Hebrew boys were, in scripture (Daniel 3:13-19).

These are the thoughts that ran through my head when I learned about this mandate. What really gets me, are all the people who believe … this is a good thing. Now … let me say this … I have absolutely no problem with a womans right to choose. I am a libertarian and definitely believe in that freedom BUT that doesn’t mean that gives someone else the right to violate someone else’s freedoms which is what people are looking to do here with Catholic hospitals. The government is clearly violating THEIR “civil” rights , not to mention the freedom our constitution grants us  of religious expression.

Some may say …what about the rights of those who want to use contraceptives? Well … no one has ever said they can’t use contraceptives. There are many many hospitals that have no problem with having to offer contraceptives. Catholic Institutions don’t want to  and according to our constitution they have the right to uphold what THEY believe too. We all do. I wouldn’t patronize a hospital that shows no interest in what I want, nor would I feel obligated to go to a church, school or work on job that doesn’t offer what I like. I’d look to going somewhere else. And I definitely am not going to use the government to force an organization into doing something that it doesn’t want to do. I would hate it if someone used the government to force me to do something, especially if it was something that I didn’t believe in.

“Whatsoever ye would have men should do to you, do ye also to them” (Matthew 7:12)

Libertarians stand vehemently against coercive government (a government which forces people, who are not hurting others, to participate in things they don’t agree with), and these catholic institutions are not hurting anyone or saying they anyone can’t use contraceptives. They’re just saying “its not what we do we and shouldn’t have to just because someone else wants us to”.

People in the supermarket business sell food to the general public, but the government does not require them to cook it just because someone wants them to. NO ONE ELSE EXPECTS THEM TO. Its not what they do. There are other places that do that. The same with catholic hospitals. They are not in the contraceptive business and shouldn’t be forced into it. Libertarians are all about voluntary cooperation. If there is a demand for contraceptives and the catholic hospitals WANT TO meet that demand, then it should THEIR CHOICE to provide it. Government should not be allowed to coerce anybody or any entity ,who is not hurting anyone, to do something they don’t agree with. Its a violation of their civil liberties and every effort should me made to keep anyone (especially someone in government) from that kind of force.

While this is an issue a religious institution is faced with, this is not about standing up for a religious right, a religious group, and definitely not a special right which people think that is only given to the religious. Its not. Nor is it a about any majority or minority. Its about standing up for the civil liberties that our constitution GRANTS US ALL  …. whether we are religious or not.

This is a libertarians point of view.

A Libertarians View On Michigan’s Emergency Managers Challenge

One of the bedrock philosophy’s that I have learned about the libertarian view since coming over to the libertarian side is : YOU OWN YOURSELF.

So if we own our owns selves, that means that we are responsible for our own success’. That also means, if what we are in control of fails, it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY and ours alone to fix it, and no one else’s. Its something I’ve always believed in personally, long before I learned this libertarian bedrock. Its also clearly reflected in Joshua 1:8, which lets us know that it is our OWN responsibility to “make our way prosperous” .

I believe this should apply to every citizen in every state. If we believe we own our own selves, then WE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE for our own selves and not our governments and we definitely should not allow any one official to control the directions OUR communities will go in. It is our responsibility.

Continually yielding those kinds of responsibilities over to government officials has continually failed us time and time again. Case in point: I live in the Metro Detroit area and I was dropping a friend off the other day in Highland Park and I noticed all the lights were out on the street. I thought perhaps it was just a power outage or something but my friend told me they had been out for months and not only were they out but the light poles had all been cut down. I did a little investigation to find out why and I learned that the lights were out and the poles were down because the officials at Highland Park hadn’t been paying their bills. Highland Park had a $4.5 million dollar debt with “DTE Energy” and when they didn’t pay it, DTE came in and turned the service off of 1400 street lights in the city and not only that but cut their light poles down as well.

I can’t imagine being a person who has purchased property in the city, paying for my property, sweating hard to get those big property taxes paid and then finding that the lights the city provided to keep me and my neighbors house lit, I can no longer have, not because I didn’t pay, but because elected officials didn’t pay. They say many in the community didn’t even know there was a problem until they saw the utility trucks cut down the poles and now the streets are pitch black in a high-crime area.

This is what happens when government officials are allowed “sole” control over the destinies of our communities. What makes it bad is they can force you to pay taxes but you can’t force them to provide service yet if you don’t pay them, they can force you out of a home you’ve paid thousands for. You’ve elected someone who has put you solely at their mercy. Once you elect them … its now in THEIR control, your control is over.

Mind you, Highland Park just had a Emergency Manager appointed by government just a couple of years ago, and now their own elected officials are back in office. Both were/are paid tax payer money, yet neither of them were able to avoid the taxpayers lights being taken away. Not because the taxpayers didn’t pay but because the government did not provide the services they promised. Yet we continue to make ourselves believe they will. Michigan’s state governor tried to remedy it by sending in an Emergency Manager and Highland Park tried once again through their elected officials. Both failed.

This is happening in cities all around Michigan and usually cities ran by officials in one party. What gets me is, these cities keep voting for officials in the same party, who keeps promising them that they will fix things FOR them. Libertarian influence would empower the citizens and work to keep government controls out of the way, so the citizens can fix it themselves. It is their OWN RESPONSIBILITY and not the responsibility of any government official especially when that official will not adhere to the things we say. We afford them the opportunity to be in those positions. They are paid by our tax dollars and since we pay them, they are to do what we tell THEM to do. It is not their jobs to tell us what to do and when we say NO EMERGENCY MANAGER , their response should simply be … “Okay you’re the boss. You’re the one that pays me.” Thats exactly why citizens should protest “Emergency Manager Laws”. It is our responsibility to control the destinies of OUR OWN COMMUNITIES, not an emergency manager, nor any government and we as citizens should be allowed to do it without any government interference,

If we want to see things change we’ve got to get things going ourselves and quit thinking “it’s up to the government to fix it”. Dr King, Bayard and the others didn’t wait on the government to fix it , they just moved on those situations and got them taken care of themselves. We’ve got to do like they did then . Get some stand-up Community Coordinators, that can round some folks up to get out and protest. Stop the emergency manager laws. Stop yielding all this control to the government officials who continually fail us. Knock on our neighbors doors. Tell them “We’re going to find out how much it cost to put lights on our lawns and then we’re going to pool our own resources together, have some fundraisers and then launch the career of a good entrepreneur to get them up. Since our officials have no plans to do it, we’ve got to do it ourselves and we’re going to protest everything that will get in our way to stop it from happening”.

We own ourselves ….and since we own ourselves we are responsible for our own success. Thats a real Libertarians way of doing things

Comparison Between Democrats, Republicans & Libertarians : From an Urban Libertarian View

Just a few weeks ago someone said to me “you talk like a libertarian”, a party I had only heard of but really knew nothing at all about. When I went online to see what I could learn, I found their general thinking about things seemed to be pretty much like my own, more so than the party I had voted with up to that time.

When I went to my first libertarian blog a couple of weeks ago however to join in on a conversation, I was told by the other libertarians there that, my thoughts were way off. I was kind of taken back, because I was just speaking what I had heard so many other Libertarians online say. (What really surprised me was that from my research it appeared that Ron Paul was pretty much the man that Libertarians supported but according to the Libertarian blog I went to, apparently I was very wrong).

When I went back to re-check some of the other things I had read about Libertarians, I learned a little bit more about them. I learned that even though they have a base philosophy , there are a ton of different conflicting  philosophy’s among them. In other words,  they all claim “libertarian” they just attack  their issues from a different approach.

Here’s one site  that I found, that I thought summed up some of the many differences among those who are Libertarian.

http://civilliberty.about.com/od/uscivillibertie1/p/libertarians.htm

After reading them all, in my own true independent libertarian “individualist” fashion (which libertarianism and freedom is all about) I’ve decided to put in this blog  a summary statement of how I see all 3 parties and how they respond to different situations. This won’t be the way I see them respond to all situations but the way I believe they’ve responded to most.

The statements will summarize the way I’ve seen all 3 parties respond to ….

1) government programs and initiatives
2) taxes
3) minimum wage
4) guns
5) abortion
6) marriage
7) environment
8) foreign affair

Keep in mind I am libertarian, but I will try to be as unbiased as I possible can in my summaries.

Okay here we go…..

Democrats are generally seen: committed to seeing that government funding is spent continually to develop strong “government controlled initiatives” that would work most to assist those who are disadvantaged in our country and those around us. This would involve a number of special interest groups. [Special interest might include, poor, seniors, labor unions, immigrants, the gay community and many others}

Republicans generally are seen: committed to drawing back from A LOT OF government controlled program that will increase government spending and they in turn support initiatives that would benefit “independent entities” (as tax cuts) so THEY can assist the disadvantaged in our country and others around the world. [Among Independent entities might be large corporations, small businesses, churches ect]

Libertarians are generally seen: working to remove the public from AS MANY government initiatives as they can, in a effort to reduce government spending and they in turn are more supportive of initiatives that would benefit more”independent entities” so THOSE entities can assist the disadvantaged in our country around the world.

Please note: These summary statements I’ve written (which in my opinion are very unbiased as I could make them) are not based on things that the 3 parties themselves have said. They are merely generalizations on how I have come to see the 3 parties operate over the years. The first two I am very familiar with. The information regarding the Libertarian party (which I’ve just recently learned of) is simply based on the research I’ve done. If they truly operate according to what is written, I will learn as I enter this new journey with them.