I have three main goals in life:
1. Inspire and empower women to become more politically active.
2. Help to mobilize the liberty movement.
3. Travel the world.
I’ve always been a pain-in-the-ass feminist and had the desire to travel, but this liberty thing is fairly new to me. Growing up I was very conservative, but as I got older I felt like I didn’t belong. I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a liberal (we all know that’s a stretch) but certain things didn’t make sense to me.
A couple years ago, I found my home. I love Ron Paul and his love for personal responsibility and choice. I am a Libertarian. So, last semester I joined the University at Albany Young Americans for Liberty. We’re a group of liberty activists who advocate for personal freedoms and rights. Last week I went to my first YAL event: the YAL NY State Convention 2014.
I understand that not many people are aware of what the Libertarian party stands for, so I find it highly necessary to share what I learned at this convention with you.
1. First and foremost: Not all libertarians are crazy. Truthers and conspiracy theorists: you can’t sit with us.
2. The government is there to protect individuals and property. It is also there to help citizens when they really need it. But keep in mind– there’s a huge difference between someone who can’t help themselves and someone who won’t help themselves. This country was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
3. Dismissing the idea that government dependence is a good thing does not make you a bad or greedy person. It does not mean you are uncaring or throwing people into a shark tank. It means that you believe each and every person is capable and worthy of bettering their lives on their own.
4. Bread and Circuses (a.k.a entitlements & government handouts): a superficial means of appeasement/ a government distraction from reality and the truth. —-> Do NOT buy into this.
5. Each person has a right to personal choice so long as it does not harm others. People are logical and rational beings.
6. Have faith in humanity. For each bad person there are about a million really good ones.
7. Individualism is a beautiful thing. Respect it.
8. Preaching love and tolerance without actually acting on it does not make you loving and tolerant. It makes you a hypocrite.
9. Business and people do not prosper when they’re being taxed out the ass. Fact.
10. Competition, competition, competition.
11. I joined a really cool movement. You should too.
Oh yeah… And #RandPaul2016