I believe that most people are libertarians, whether they know it or not. That is, most people would like others, particularly the government, to stay out of their lives and to decide for themselves what they can or cannot do, as long as they don’t hurt anyone else. Thomas Jefferson summed it up with these well known statements:
“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
Science is clear that human life begins at conception. Religious beliefs or beliefs about whether or not that human is a “person” are irrelevant when considering a human’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion is the ultimate human rights violation and violation of liberty.
Most of the Founders of our Country believed in and made reference to the Creator, the Almighty, or nature’s God and many had faith in Jesus Christ. They affirmed that people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” They believed that governments could neither give, nor legitimately take away these rights; only protect them.
The Founders also believed that what a person believes about “nature’s God” is their own business and that there was room in our Country for people of all religions, or even no religion at all.
I hope the articles and information found here will help to encourage you to understand what it means to live a life of liberty while pursuing a way of life that brings you happiness, without harming others.