In a move clearly taunting Democrat attempts at gun control, Republicans in Nucla, Colorado recently made a law requiring heads of household of town residents to keep a gun at home. This law, offering few exceptions, is a symbolic move demonstrating ineptitude not of Democrats but rather of Republicans themselves.
In this case in the town in Colorado, Republicans are demonstrating one of the biggest hypocrisies in their party line.
Republicans don’t seem to realize that by forcing supposed inalienable rights down the throats of Americans, they are taking away the concept of rights.
This same hypocrisy follows through in all tenets of Republican party line.
In trying to protect the right to life, shown through opposition to abortion and death with dignity, Republicans seek to apply life as a mandate rather than a right to all Americans. Similarly, Republicans fail to offer a choice on same sex marriage, a private choice on health reform. Force, force, force. Ahh, the taste of sweet liberty!
Of course, Democrats do the same. Only instead of indirectly taking away freedoms by mandating rights, they more directly take away freedoms. They take away the freedom to own a gun, they take away the freedom to spend one’s income freely (through income tax), they take away the freedom of private competition in the economy.
Why it is more significant that Republicans are infringing on rights, though, is that Republicans are meant to offer Americans a choice. Like an opposition party, the Republican Party is meant to offer a choice to the American people when the Democrats get too powerful and try to violate too many individual rights. The Republican Party is not, however, meant to simply offer alternative violations of rights.
This signals an issue with the American two party system. By not offering a reasonable alternative to the Democrat Party and its policies, the Republican Party fails its mandate as an opposition party. A new opposition party is needed, one that clashes more directly with the Democrat party on all of the major political issues.
To this end, I propose that the Libertarian Party rise up as a tangible political force and offer Americans free choice, democracy, and all the values that America stands for. This change can only come from the people.
American conservatives need to transition to the Libertarian Party, a party more in tune with their ideology. The two major stumbling blocks to this end are a lack of awareness regarding the Libertarian Party which can only be solved if American conservatives take a deeper interest in the political system and research their options. The other impediment to the rise of the Libertarian Party is that it is a third party. Conservatives, who know that the Libertarian Party will not win an election, support the Republican Party so as not to divide their votes. Change can only come through a massive movement on the streets and on the ground. Only then can America’s truly be a diverse, multiparty, multi-ideology democracy.