I have made a decision recently to get involved in politics. I have decided that I will seek the nomination as a federal candidate in the 2019 federal election with the Libertarian Party of Canada. This is a rather big decision and comes about after years of frustration with the current options. Over the past several years I have been searching for alternative options other than the options we have. It has been a struggle to find a political candidate or party that I could align myself with. Through this search I soon learned about libertarianism and what it is all about. I know of Ron Paul from the United States and have followed him and his ideas which just seemed to ring with mine much more closely than any one here in Canada. I have started to wonder does anyone in Canada feel the same way I do. Do people in this country care about liberty and freedom. Through my searching I have found the Libertarian party of Canada and have become a member of this party.
Politics can be a troublesome and difficult task. It certainly is not easy to run a country, city or province. The demands of the job are not easy. There is also a lot of corruption in politics these days. Our rights are being eroded and there are many who “call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). This is happening in both politics, media, our schools and homes. We can’t seem to get away from it. It is everywhere we turn.
In Canada we have 3 basic choices for federal government. Socialism The New Democratic Party, Socialism light Liberal party of Canada, and Conservative from the Conservative Party of Canada. The current ruling party of our country. The problem with these political parties is that it does not seem to matter if it is a right or left boot when the government is standing on your throat. All 3 parties only concern it seems is that they gain more power and create more ways to sap the money from you and control you. Both parties would restrict your freedoms in some fashion under the umbrella of its good for you. They wish to impose their ideology on you by force rather than letting you decide for yourself.
When it comes Time to vote It can be difficult to select an option that meets and represents your values when that option is simply not on the ballot. There is no NOTA option or none of the above. Voter turn out tends to be quite low at most elections. This is according to elections Canada Much lower than it should be. The highest voter turn out was at 79.4 percent in 1958, 56 years ago, While the historic average is 70.15% it has not been that high since 1992, that’s 22 years ago. since then it has dropped to 63% average
37% of Canadians don’t vote, Either they are just not interested in politics or they do not support the options available to them. Many libertarians do not vote because they do not support the options presented to them. I would certainly be curious to know how many of that 37% would vote libertarian if the options were available on their ballot. And how many would vote libertarian that do vote if it were an option.
In Doctrine and Covenants section 134 we read about the LDS beliefs when it comes to governments. Versus 1-4 state
1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
2 We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
3 We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.
4 We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.
Their have been many cases where business men have been forced to pay hefty fines for refusing to provide services for gay weddings for example. This being a form of public devotion. Take the case of Colorado Cake Maker who was forced to bake for a Gay Wedding, or the Photographer forced to shoot gay wedding. There is also the Gay couple Suing church to perform gay wedding. All of these examples go against liberty and freedom as declared by god in that no government has the right to dictate forms of public or private devotion.
Government is not meant to be our overlords or master, but rather our servants, Governments only role is to secure the free exercise of our religion, property, life and religion. This belief is truly a belief of liberty and freedom for all. Without liberty and freedom we cannot hope to progress as a society. In verse 9 we read
9 We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.
When we start to legalized certain things such as abortion and funding them via public money and requiring employers benefits to pay for things like birth control such as is happening under Obama care in the United States you are forcing those who are opposed to such things to pay for that which they are morally, ethically and religiously opposed to. Your are now forcing against the religions wishes and freedoms of those affected to support those things they do not agree with. This type of thing directly violates the ” individual rights of its members, as citizens.”
Cases like some of the ones I have highlighted do happen in Canada they just don’t get as much media or public scrutiny in this country. I want to be elected as a libertarian candidate so that I might help preserve these freedoms for all Canadians.
This is why I have decided to seek the nomination for the Libertarian Party of Canada for the 2019 election. I hope that you will Support me in this effort. It is a long road and while I know that there is not a lot of support for the Libertarian party It is I believe the only political ideology that can truly give the freedom of choices needed to success in our personal and professional lives.
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