What We Should All Know About the Latest Libertarian Poll

LIBERTARIAN_GLOBAL_MIDDLE_CLASSThe latest Libertarian poll should scare the shit of everyone, especially the true Libertarians…and women.
According to the Preamble to the Libertarian Party:
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.
We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.
Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.
In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.
These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.(Source)
So basically, Libertarians are all about really super small government, very few rules, and everybody pretty much does what (s)he wants, without interfering with other folks’ life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Right?



Well, I’m not sure what’s going on with these guys, if it’s all the freaked out Republicans jumping ship or what, but the latest poll has a pretty significant problem showing up. We need to all pay attention to it, because it flies directly in the face of all everything the party supposedly stands for.
The poll consisted of 88% men, 87% of whom were white. Over half are married, and 71% have a college or post-graduate degree.
So what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, in a party that is supposedly all about individual liberties, totally against government interference in just about everything, guess what forty percent of these highly educated white guys support? PRO-LIFE. They don’t want the government requiring them to have a business license, or telling them they need to pay $15 for a permit, but they have absolutely no qualms whatsoever legislating every single fucking thing about women’s health and choices. I’m feeling like that’s just a tad bit hypocritical.
The official stance of the party is that individuals own their bodies, and the government does not have any right to interfere with a woman’s choices. However, since I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, I absolutely do not trust any group with such a large and growing percentage of pro-life members. I have personally come across several people recently who have claimed to be libertarian but pushed a pro-life agenda, and I thought they were confused about the meaning of “libertarian”. Apparently not so much.
What at first seemed to be a fringe portion of the party is now a bigger and more significant bloc. It would behoove all of us to keep a much closer eye on it. The anti-government Libertarian Party is becoming anti-government…except for women’s rights. And bless their hearts, they better keep the hell out of my pants.

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