There is so much I want to say here I may need to divide it between two posts. I’m going to start with a quote from Ann Coulter, the Wicked Witch of the far right wing of the Republican Party. Earlier this year John Stossel hosted her for an interview in front of a large crowd at the International Students for Liberty Conference. I give her credit for having balls, as she essentially walked into a room full of people that hate her guts, and she did not back down.
Now, you will likely never find me defending Ann Coulter, and I assure you that I will not here. A lot of the things she said in the interview I disagreed with, and she’s definitely wrong on a number of points because she pretty clearly side stepped follow up questions. The one point that resonated with me was when she called us pussies for picking and choosing the battles we fight in front of liberals. Frightening though it sounds, does she have a point?
Today I applauded Governor Jack Markell for his efforts to progress the LGBT cause, and provide equality for all under Delaware law. Here are two Tweets the Governor put out today.
— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) June 10, 2013
— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) June 11, 2013
Applauding the Governor was very un-Libertarian of me. You see among the debates in the Libertarian party most Libertarians are fundamentally against any laws that favor or harm a person based on their race, sex, etc. General belief is that capitalism and the free exchange of information in the marketplace of ideas should eventually cause such things to happen naturally, and government force should not be needed for those changes to occur.
Now, as some Libertarians will say, once you give something to one group, then you have to turn around and give it to everyone. Once you have “straight marriage” you have to have “gay marriage”. Ideally government would not be involved in marriage at all. See my blog True Marriage Equality: Get the Government Out for more information related to that.
That point aside, I am conflicted as to whether or not I should be supportive of Governor Markell in his efforts to pass Transgender Discrimination Laws, as well as his continued efforts to attempt to force businesses to close the earnings gap between men and women. I refuse to be a slave to the dogma of the Libertarian party, as I was a slave to the dogma of the Republican party on some issues, and so what I may say will come as a shock to some of my devout Libertarian friends, but I’m going to “pussy out” on this one.
We already have anti-discrimination laws in place in Delaware, and in the foreseeable future I don’t see that changing. We actually have some of the worst anti-discrimination laws in the country, and while I want to see that change, I also want everyone on equal standing on this issue. Gays and lesbians are protected, it’s only fair to extend protection to the transgender community. Ideally no group, in my opinion, would be protected, but we have to be consistent.
As far as the glass ceiling, women’s rights, and minimum wage go I’m going to have to leave those topics for another day. They’ll have to come after something on NSA wiretapping, though…
- The rise of libertarianism – again (bangordailynews.com)
- Defining Libertarianism (kingsofdeceit.wordpress.com)
- Delaware’s Jack Markell: Gay Marriage Good For Our Economy (ontopmag.com)