10 Reasons to vote libertarian this october

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This October Canadians are going to the polls to select who will be their next slave masters, err I mean the next government of Canada. This is a process that most democratic societies go through every 4 years and this year it is Canada’s turn. The 4 main parties in this election are essentially arguing about whether is it better to eat the pile of crap with a spoon, fork, or knife. To be honest none of them are really offering any alternative to the status quo and none of them offer any hope for a better country.

The Conservative party of Canada is busy shutting down free speech, continuing a war on terror and invading Peoples privacy with bills like C51. The Liberals are no better as they voted to support bill C51 and seem to have no idea how to manage an economy at all. The NDP are as usual making expensive promises such as a national min wage of 15/hr and 15/day daycare across Canada. These promises amount to billions of dollars of cost on Canadians that can only be supported by higher taxation which we already have some of the highest in the developed world. The NDP would bring around financial ruin and send Canada down the same hole Greece found themselves trapped in today. The Greens would tax and punish polluters of every kind while pretending to care about the average Canadian with no regard for how their environmental positions and policies would harm Canadian families by drastically increasing their tax and energy bills, all the while failing to do a single thing or affect climate change even remotely. They would bankrupt and impoverish Canadian families to enforce an ideal that won’t help anyone and won’t help the environment they claim it is supposed to help. In the end it is just another tax grab at the expense of Canadian families.

For these reason I am asking all Canadians not to vote for or support any of these parties. Many Canadians in over 100 riding’s this election will have the opportunity to vote for The Libertarian Party of Canada this election. These are my top 10 reasons for voting for Libertarians this year.

10) We support equality. This is real equality meaning we support the rights of everyone to equal and fair opportunity. Whether you be LGBTQ, Islamic, christian or no faith at all. we support your right to live as you see fit. To associated with whom you choose and to do business with whom you choose. We support the right to discriminate as a matter of equality. Gays can get married and churches do not have to marry them and bakers do not have to make their cakes for them. We support everyone to live as they see fit so long as they do not infringe on the rights of others. Everyone is equal before the law and as such everyone can equally associated with whomever they want or not associate with anyone for any reason at all!

9) We support ending the drug war. The drug war has been one of the most costly and unsuccessful attempts in modern history to end a blight on our society. Drug users have not been helped, rather jailed, died and prosecuted for being an addict. This 21 year old young woman is just one of many that this drug war has killed.  Drug sellers have had enormous profits in the hundreds of millions causing countless numbers of people to suffer and become enslaved to such evil substances. The illegality of drugs like the prohibition of alcohols has benefited the gangs, drug lords and sellers and harmed the innocent. From what I can see it has served no benefit and caused great harm. This is the result of treating drug addicts like criminals instead of people who need help. A public health approach would be much more effective. All it takes is a quick google search on Portugal drug decriminalization for example.

8) the NAP.  Also known as the Non Aggression Principle This is pretty self-explanatory but for those that don’t understand let this video explain it to you.

7) Property rights. The Libertarian Party of Canada believes in every persons rights to defend and protect their property. What this means is that any aggressor that comes on your property without consent can be forcibly removed by you the owner. This applies for renters as well. As the saying goes a man is the king of his castle, and as such you have full rights to say who can and cannot be there and the right to defend your property with all means necessary for the protection of property. Enter at your own risk.

The other federal parties however do not have any respect for your property rights, Peoples homes are consistently being taken from them and their lands encroached on under the idea of “essential national energy infrastructure” projects. Many first nations lands rights are not being respected as push to get pipelines built through first nations lands continue. Kinder Morgan wants government approval for this infrastructure, while first nations wants to be the ones to give the green light or say no. Sadly if the government approves these projects, property owners along the routes lose out on all rights to the lands.

This happens in other places like Alberta as well where the expropriation act allows the Alberta government to take land from you whether you want to sell it or not and be compensated often for less than the land is worth. The very definition of expropriation is public agency ie the government taking private lands that are deemed necessary for public interest. This is wrong because it is effectively “legal” theft of private lands. The very concept is wrong.

6) Self Defense Rights. Everyone has the right to self-defense. Everyone has the right to defend his family from harm up to and including deadly force with whatever tools are necessary and available including guns. This is not about advocating violence but understanding that there will always be people who will threaten others with acts of violence and it is not immoral to defend your life or the life of others with deadly force if necessary. This is simply expected of any person. I would not hesitate to kill or die trying in defense of my life, the life of my children or wife and hope and pray to God that such an act will never become necessary. No one has the right to take such rights from you. PERIOD. And I would gladly and willing suffer any consequences of such an action if it ever became necessary.

5) Free Market Environmentalism. While I will admit I do not know much about this I do understand the general concept. By respecting property rights and holding polluters directly accountable to the people they affect with their pollution we can work together to achieve a cleaner and more viable future for our families.

4) The status quo is not working. Lets be honest, none of the current parties will help anyone. They will make all kinds of promises to do you favors with your own money. You can vote for economic freedom at the expense of your social liberties or you can vote for your social liberties at the expense of economic liberties. The Libertarian party of Canada will support both your social and economic freedoms via its social policies and economic platform.

3) Logical instead of emotional approaches to find solutions that work better. Libertarians are a diverse group of people and we do not always agree on the best solutions to problems or on opinions on social matters. One thing we do have in common however is that we tend to approach things with a rational mindset, analytical problems solving rather than emotionally based and driven response. We don’t give into baser emotions to solve problems or use them to manipulate the masses. (just google how often Harper uses the word terrorist to scare you into voting for him.) Using logic and reason to find solutions just works better. Period.

2) Ending Foreign interventionism. The recent refugee crisis in Syria is a result of war, something that has plagued the middle east for centuries. The most recent crisis with regard to the refugees however is not because of middle eastern people fighting middle eastern people. These people are fleeing war zones that have been heavily invaded by western armies, including Canada and the U.S.A. This foreign intervention has not created a more peaceful and stable country but rather more instability, more war, more death. Ending foreign military intervention and focusing on humanitarian aid will go much further in helping those who are suffering than going in with guns, bombs, death and destruction.

1) Preservation of Liberties. This is by far the most important reason to vote Libertarian this October. No other party in Canada is interested in preserving your liberties. The libertarian party would end the surveillance state, bill c-51, foreign wars and conflicts, respect your property rights, get out-of-the-way of your social liberties and work towards a system of government that governs least. The libertarian party will respect tax dollars and drastically reduce your tax burden. Cutting cost and programs that directly or indirectly infringe on your rights such as foreign wars, banning private health care and taxing you for public service that does not work for you. The Libertarian party would stop jailing you for victimless actions such as smoking pot.

When you get to the ballot box on October 19th I ask you to really think about the choices presented to you. Think about who you really want in office and if you freedom is more important to you or you ideals that are sold to you from the lips of politicians who care nothing for your freedom but rather their own agenda’s and power. If you do not have a Libertarian candidate in your riding I ask you to decline your ballot rather than support those who would sell you a little security for the cost of your freedom. The biggest threat to our freedom is not from terrorist but from Ottawa. Our current crop of politicians have done more to take our freedoms than all the worlds terrorist combined.

By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals

What Does The Church and LDS Belief Really Say About Transgenderism

A while back I wrote a post titled Transgendered and the Gospel

This has been a subject that I have thought much about as I have explored my beliefs systems and questioned why I believe the things that I do. I may have gotten some things wrong in that post.  Much of what is commonly held within christian and LDS teachings is that God would not make a mistake and to say that God put a female spirit in a male body or male spirit in a female body is to suggest that God made a mistake.

Recently I have begun to question this belief. I am not trying to suggest that God does such things, I don’t think anyone can honestly say that they know whether or not he has or does. I have begun to think however that for us to believe such a thing does seem a bit arrogant. We state that if God were to do so, it would be a mistake and that suggests God is fallible, which we cannot accept if we are to believe that God is infallible so we have taken it into our minds and hearts to pre-suppose that such an action on God’s part could only have been done in error therefore it is not possible for it to have happened at all.

This has led to the question for me of what has the church actually said about transgenderism. The concept of transgenderism is not mentioned once in all of holy scriptures. Not even hinted at in the slightest way. I have never read in any of the standard works,  Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price or the Bible that such a concept had ever at any point entered into the mind of God’s prophets and modern-day prophets during D & C days that such a thing even existed. Does that mean that transgender is only a new and modern sexuality that did not exist during the time of both modern and ancient scriptures? Doubtful. That is something that I would find very hard to believed. Given the history of cultural perceptions surround LGBTQ issues I expect that it was never talked about for fear of death and other horrible treatments, but to suggest that no one in the history of the world was transgendered before modern-day times just does not seem possible.

These things are talked about because they are more accepted, well-known and coming into the mainstream. I decided to take a bit of a search on the churches website about this and the results were interesting. I got 4 hits from the LDS news room about protecting religious rights in relations to  the LGBTQ community. What I got in every other category was this.

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Nothing. Not a single hit on transgender. The church does not talk about it. There seems to be no policy on it. There is no mention of it in church literature. The issue seems to be essentially non-existent outside of the church news room. There is no mention or indication of church policy regarding transgender. I get the same results when I search LGBTQ on the church website. Hits on the word gay however come back with numerous results. Why then do so many people within the church talk about transgenders as if it is something that is wrong and sinful? Most would answer yes if asked if it is sinful, and when asked why would say that the answer often is because it just is or that God said so, so it must be yet I can’t find any instance where God said it is wrong. There is no mention of it in general conference, or church media regarding the right or wrongness of it.

Much has been said of not getting piercings or tattoos, or otherwise mutilating our bodies, logically a sex change would fall into this category but nothing to suggest that it is sin to do so. It seems weird to think that it would not be and yet it has never been really talked about. God has said that it is not meet that he should command in all things, which is true, we should know what is right and wrong but given all the talk about this issue and that there are LGBTQ people active within the church it is a curiosity to me as to why this is not discussed by church leadership. I have full and complete faith that our church leadership is under divine direction but it seems that God is silent on this issue. At least at this time.

God has only ever declared that we would be given a body to experience mortality with. Never at any point has he indicated in any way that those bodies would match the gender of our spirits. As is the case of inter-sex persons, there is no determinate gender. If our spiritual genders always match our biological genders would you suggest that their is such a thing as an inter-sex spirit? I have never heard of an inter-sex person identifying as both male and female or neither. If the gender of our spirits always matches the gender of our bodies then logically inter-sex spirits exist and are born with inter sex bodies right? If however only male and female spirits exist then a male, or female spirit in a inter-sex body does not match their bodies gender. If that is possible, is not it also possible that a male spirit could be put in a female body or female spirit in a male body? From what I understand the only statements made by the church outside of news media release is that those who change their physical body from one gender to another cannot have a temple recommend. As far as I understand it this does not jeopardize their status in the church as far as membership is concerned or in any other manner. It would seem to my perspective that this has more to do with irreversible damage we do to our bodies as a result of such actions. NOT  the transgender-ism itself. Given that 1/1000 people statistically are transgendered we can expect their to be over 15,000 transgender people within the church. This is not a small number and as such we need to be sure we are treating them with respect.

I personally know at least 2 people who have been baptized and confirmed members of the church that are struggling with this very issue. In a recent blog post from a friend of mine our society’s weak spot spoke about her son who was born 18 years ago, is now her daughter. With permission of the Author I would like to quote a from her blog.

“I want to talk a little religion. I have come up with two possibilities for what my child is experiencing: 1. God gave her a gender that doesn’t match up with the body that she was given, or 2. God put a female soul into a male body. Neither you, nor I, nor she will know the answer to that until we meet up with God. Either way, I know that God loves my daughter. But while we’re all waiting on that answer, I plead with you to focus your energies on something that God has made clear, and that is “that ye love one another“. And if you think that you are showing love by pointing out what you consider to be a sin, then I ask that you focus on Matthew 7:12 and treat others as you would want them to treat you.”

While The Family a Proclamation to the world talks about gender as a pivotal and central to our pre-mortal, mortal and eternal destinies it is never spoken of with regard to whether or not that is in relation to our physical bodies. There are many questions we do not have the answers to. It is only through our faith in God that we can grow, progress and learn and the day will come that all these questions will be answered.

NEVER forget that transgender people are sons and daughters of God as well. They are welcome within the church and have access to all the same blessing which are predicated upon the obedience to the laws with which they are given.

And that is the gospel according to Andrew.

By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals

My solutions to get true marraige equality

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The recent affair regarding Kim Davis refusing to issue marriages license has certainly gotten a lot of media attention recently. There is a lot of talk about christian bigotry and hate for gays. That may very well be true for many and if it is that is truly sad indeed.

The problem with all of this is that as a culture and society we are trying very hard to legislate away such things as if more laws and rules surrounding it will somehow created a more inclusive society and everyone will be happier for it. All this has done however is created more division and contention and less love and respect.

After writing up why I think Kim Davis was wrong and shared that post on social media I now feel that I should share my solution to the problem that is creating so much division in our culture in the first place.

First I would like to share some of the comments I have received on social media regarding this issue to see how divided this issue is.

don’t see a “Right to marriage license” anywhere in the literature. If that right doesn’t exist, then she isn’t infringing it.

She is an elected official and as such should uphold the law impartially, not letting her personal prejudices get in the way. If I were a cop, for example, I would have to uphold and enforce drug laws and other laws with which I do not agree. I could not opt out of enforcing some laws because I don’t agree with them. That being the case, I could never be a policeman. Similarly, she should resign her position if she can’t uphold the law.

According to you then, the centurion who whipped Jesus was justified because the government told him to do it. As was the soldier who nailed him to the cross, and the one who pierced his side with a spear.

“socrates drank the hemlock. just following orders is not an excuse because one has a right to vote with their feet. if she doesn’t feel the work she is doing is just, she should quit. otherwise she deserves to be fired. personally I think the law is just, and this bigotry is asinine. but I support her right to act in accordance with her conscience, just not on the public’s dime.

Actually you are the bigot. You believe that a person should not be allowed to work unless they share your beliefs. That is quite bigotted.

You and your sodomite government have kidnapped her and thrown her in prison. There will be a day of atonement.

As you can see the conversation can be quite divided. Rarely except on rare occasion does anyone speak about what really is the easiest way to resolve this issue and end hostilities practically instantly. One person on this feed that developed put it quite well

The truth is that all marriages are illegal, unless you are granted special permission by the government, and you pay the penalty of licensing fees. What is wrong here is the government has anything to do with it at all.

You know what? That right there is the truth. It really is that simple. Why is government even involved in the first place? What reasons are there that require the government to dictate the terms of a consensual relationship between 2 or more consenting adults.

Radio talk show host Larry Elder put it this way

“How about government simply getting out of the marriage-license-granting business? (Ditto for government licenses necessary to cut hair, drive a taxi, open a business or enter a profession.) Leave marriage to non-governmental institutions, like churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship or private institutions. Those who view same-sex marriage as sinful will continue to do so, no matter what the government, the courts or their neighbors say.[5]

Taking back power of the government to dictate what is or is not a legal relationships in terms of marriage we can take back control of our relationships. The fact that Gays had to fight for approval to be married in the first place should be a huge red flag that something is wrong with granting state power to control our relationships.

Marriage is not a contract between you and the government. It is a contract between you and your spouse or spouses regardless of whether or not the public agrees with your relationships. Quite frankly it is none of their business nor is it the governments business if you are married or not married or how many spouses you have.

I do not believe that gay marriage should be legal, nor should straight marriage or plural marriage. The moment we talk about it being legal or not we have given over control to the state to define our relationships. Marriage should never be a question of legality. Period. Marriage should not even come up in any  conversations about legality of relationships. This here is the problem. It is time to get marriage out of the governments hands. We need to get a divorce from the state when it comes to marriage.

Imagine for a moment a world where marriages were not controlled, defined or sold by the state. No one sought approval or licensing from government to have their relationships recognized by the government. The only thing they cared about was that their partner, or partners loved them and that they accepted each other regardless of gender, genders, or relations.

Kim Davis would not be sitting in prison. She would not have to have publicly deny marriage licensing to gay couples as a matter of religious conviction.  Gay couples would not feel they have been stripped of their rights. Polygamist would not be feel they must hide themselves in places like bountiful BC. No one would fear what would happen when they seek approval by the government for their relationships. Everyone would be happy and just go on their merry way enjoying their relations no matter who agrees or disagrees with them.

When all is said and done, state control of marriage is what has caused this division and these problems to begin with. Not gay couples who want to spend their life with each other. Not christians who do not want to be a part of that relationship. These things will never change. Having the government define them however will always cause problems and issues of hatred, bigotry, division and anger from all sides.

IT IS TIME TO END STATE CONTROL OVER MARRIAGE. PERIOD.