Editor’s note: Jay Polk is a former chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee and a good friend of mine…
I love each and every one of you. Here’s how you know: I don’t want to force you to change your lifestyle. I don’t want to force you to give away your money or property. I don’t want to control what you do with, or to, your body. I don’t want to send you or your children to foreign lands to die in a war. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what Love is all about. And it’s no coincidence that this is what Liberty is all about as well.
Our world is severely lacking in our Love for one another which, I believe, stems from the fact that many people do not love themselves. We are told that we cannot make important decisions about our lives without the government’s wise and powerful hand. That without them, our world would descend into chaos. Libertarians know the opposite is true.
Government divides and isolates. Those who need charity no longer have to seek help from their community. Those who want to spread their beliefs no longer have to knock on doors and talk to their friends and neighbors. The government does these things for them through coercion and deceit.
Libertarians know that through voluntary relationships, we find our self-worth. By interacting with our neighbors, we build a stronger community. By loving ourselves, we can love each other and share the Liberty that comes along with it.