Is it possible to be happy and sad at the same time?


I have an aggregation of emotions when I read the Libertarian party platform. I am very refreshed, optimistic, and hopeful when reading the words within that document. My most serene belief is Americans and the world at large would be better off if our nation would adhere to the principles engrossed in the Libertarian party’s platform.

The document says what I really believe in terms of the role I, others, and the government should play within our society. It speaks of wonderful principles.  For example, “we hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives”.1  What could be more uplifting than an acknowledgement of our own personal liberty.

The document also defines the proper role of government in protecting our personal liberty.

“We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life—accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action—accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property—accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation”.2

Simultaneously, I feel quite melancholic when I delve into the Libertarian party platform because I fully understand its message is not being successfully communicated to Americans. If America is to realize something akin to liberty and self-determination the Libertarian party needs to step-up to the major leagues of the American political battlefield.

1 2016 Platform. (n.d.). Retrieved December 05, 2016, from

2. Ibid.

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