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My usual blog space is at
I currently have 106 blogs there.
Here is one of them, titled "Libertarian." :

For a long time I've been struggling over which political party I am closest to. Democrat or Republican or some other ones... None seemed to fit the bill. Sure, I love bashed Republicans, but Democrats, too, seemed to be morons on many issues. Both sides seemed to often seek to make choices for people, rather than leaving the choices to the individual. Not to mention the literal definitions of Democrat and Republican were rather, well, similar. One group is for a democracy and the other is for a republic. That's basically the same damn thing. Besides, democracy and republic both contradict freedom, so I'm not for them anyways. Instead of being a serf to a tyrant, in a democracy you are a serf to the majority! That's not freedom. If you say it's freedom, you're an idiot.

Sides democrats and republicans take that I disagree with:

Gun Control
Mature Video Game Control

Ban Flag Burning
Restrictions on Teaching Evolution (Teaching Creationism)

That's just a few examples for each side that I disagree with. As anyone with half a brain can clearly see, if you are entirely Republican or Democrat, you're an idiot. Both contradict freedom and the like. Both are stupid. And worse: both think they are justified to force their views on the people if they get the majority on their side.

What am I? I have one simple saying that pretty much stands for all I believe in, in terms of politics:
"A human being has the right to do anything so long as it does not take away from the rights of others."
I've said this for a long, long time. You can even see it on some of my earlier blogs. David even crossed me on it, though I think he was leaning to my side.

I've always said "This would maximize human freedom. That's what we should strive for. Maximizing human freedom." I came to this conclusion on my own while pacing and thinking - preparing for my debate where I had to protect pornography from being illegalized.
I've thought long and hard on it, though of all the possible problems with it, like "does that mean we should legalize suicide?" and all the rest, and when I've just thought about my simple saying I was able to determine the correct choice that would maximize freedom and still protect it.

Which party was I? I had a serious problem with every party I looked at. It seemed that freedom wasn't on their agenda. They'd claim it, but when they did I'd laugh. Banning flag burning is about as contradictory to freedom as you can get, you stupid Republicans. Hey, Democrats, people have the right to bare arms! If you don't like gun violence, then ban the violence, don't ban the gun. Don't chop off the core freedom.

People are just... Stupid everywhere. You only need to think a little tiny bit to come to the simple conclusion (then a lot afterwards to verify it, but still, they can't even think a little).

Which party am I? Well, I have recently been watching a hilarious television show called "Penn and Teller: Bullshit!" where these two comedian magicians debunk all the stupid beliefs people hold. What surprised me was how fucking similar I was to them. I agreed with them on every side of every position they took, conservative or liberal. Hell, they are even atheists with lewd behavior! These people just so happened to always agree with me on every damn issue, they even said my core belief in politics a few times, like many other people I've noticed (Thomas Paine and so on).

Scouring wikipeida a while ago I found an entry on Penn and Teller. I read it and noticed they were affiliated, at least by the people who ran wikipedia, with "Libertarianism." I thought this was just another word for liberal so I sorta ignored it, thinking they just got it a little wrong when they attributed it to Penn and Teller.

Then I started a radio talk show thing for fun with my younger brother Nick. We just found a shitty mic and an editing program and played around with it. Our father had a listen and said, "Ah, you're libertarian, Sam."

So, remembering the wikipedia entry, I did some googling.

"One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state."

Maximizing individual rights?! Thank you - the first party to actually have decency to say freedom was their primary agenda. For the love of God, why the hell did I have to look so hard to find a party that actually gave a shit about freedom? Why?! I'm a little pissed off, to tell you the truth.

I also found this on their main site:

"What is a Libertarian?

Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering -- as long as you dont violate the rights of others. Politically, this means Libertarians favor rolling back the size and cost of government, and eliminating laws that stifle the economy and control peoples personal choices.

Are Libertarians liberal or conservative?

Libertarians are neither. Unlike liberals or conservatives, Libertarians advocate a high degree of both personal and economic liberty. For example, Libertarians agree with conservatives about freedom in economic matters, so we're in favor of lowering taxes, slashing bureaucratic regulation of business, and charitable -- rather than government -- welfare. But Libertarians also agree with liberals on personal tolerance, so we're in favor of peoples right to choose their own personal habits and lifestyles.

In a sense, Libertarians borrow from both sides to come up with a logical and consistent whole -- but without the exceptions and broken promises of Republican and Democratic politicians. That's why we call ourselves the Party of Principle."

Hahahah! "Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering -- as long as you dont violate the rights of others." Hahahah! That's exactly what I've been fucking saying!

I think it's cool that for years I've had the core belief of the Libertarian in me and I didn't even know the party existed. I logically came to the conclusion on my own, at a very early age. You can't beat that. I'm the Libertarian of Libertarians.

"Geez, Sam, I didn't know you were one for political parties and titles!"

Everything is a fucking title! If yer not one for titles then you're a piece of shit-- err, well, I guess I can't call you that because you don't want a title. You don't want to be identified at all, do you, dumbass--err, person--err, you. Hell, I can't even call you a human being, or by yer name, if yer not one to be identified by titles or groups. Shut the hell up - you imaginary person I pretended said that quote above.

Anyways, I'm going to go search this Libertarian site a little more... Just to make sure. I know they have the same core value as me, so that means I'm a libertarian. I just now have to make sure they are, if you know what I mean.

Samuel Thomas Poling: Blog 102, Libertarian.

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I remember when i was in high school I started thinking about politics. I read up on Republicans and Democrats, asked my parents and anyone else to try to explain the two parties to me and eventaully decided that they both were horrible. It was hard for me to understand how anyone could want to be a part of either of these monstrously contradictory groups. I sort of resigned myself to always being alone in the relm of politics.

Then one day I was walking down a street in Huntington Beach before the 1996 election. I was 18. Some dude handed me a Libertarian pamphlet and a Harry Browne button to put on my shirt. I read the pamphlet. All of a sudden I felt a surge of delight as I was absorbing the pamphlets simple bullet points. Yes! Yes! I thought...there ARE people that think like me! I wasn't alone after all.

Though...just like being an atheist, being a libertarian means you are part of the minority...a very small minority.

But I have to say, as rare as they are, they are worth looking for. People that both believe in political freedom and mental freedom kick serious ass.
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