Just lately, we seem to hear more people proclaim themselves to be "libertarian". They can't really seem to define what that means. But they like the sound of vague platitudes. Most of these recent "converts" are not very convincing. They are just angry about how far the Republican Party (their natural habitat) has drifted under the idiot in chief. They would like to psychologically distance themselves from the mess created by the president they voted for. Libertarians are just Republicans who want to avoid feelings of guilt and remorse. So what do lapsed Republicans like about libertarianism? Is it the romantic image of the rugged individualist? Or is it just the idea of not paying taxes? Lets take a look at some of these beliefs. Here are quotes taken straight from official libertarian documents. "People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others." "Repeal all laws that presume government knows better than the individual how to run that person's life." "We oppose all taxation." "An armed citizenry is essential to a free society" And so on. Mostly vague crap. But filled with far reaching implications. They are quick to point out how much they have in common with "liberals". They are against coerced military service, government spying on citizens, discrimination against gays. They are pro-abortion rights. They are for the right to free speech and disent, strict separation of church and state. Some good things. They seem to have some common ground with other people. Yet, to libertarians common ground is a foriegn concept. They don't think anything should be commonly owned. And the common good means nothing to them. To libertarians government is evil. It should not regulate anything. Drugs, food, the environment, guns, anything. Libertarian credo dictates that your neighbor could have what ever fire power he wants and use it any way he chooses, as long as he doesn't shoot your dog. Libertarians are opposed to all zoning laws. They believe that if someone bought property next to yours, they ought to be able to build a gas station, a skyscraper, a toxic dump, what ever. Sounds like a world that might work if it were only populated by a few hundred people. These people are so full of ****. Such hypocrites. I have yet to meet one who would turn down unemployment benefits or a social security check. I have yet to see any libertarian pick up his own garbage, repair his street, or reject FEMA money when his beach house was washed out to sea. They don't seem to have the courage of there so called convictions. Go figure.