Seminole County Commission candidate Andre Klass and a host of Libertarians throughout Florida bring the message of personal freedom and personal responsibility to the public.
LPF Chairman Steven Nekhaila on the state of the Party
This has been a challenging year. Whether it was COVID-19, civil unrest, or economic hardship, few were untouched. Polarization of divisive issues became almost palpable. Florida had its own share of unique challenges. There were Governor Ron DeSantis’ shutdowns, the forced business closures, and suppression of freedoms. My own Monroe County had a complete quarantine with roadblocks.
Yet despite those challenges, we’ve seen a rise of consciousness regarding civil rights in this country and criminal justice reform—a broadening conversation about the proper role and duty of police in society. The year 2020 has seen many things so far, but one thing is extremely apparent, it is a time of intense and radical change.
We haven’t seen these changes come to fruition just yet, but the seeds are being planted for real revolutionary change which with time and nurture, will grow. The kinds of changes we’ll see depends on what seeds are planted now and how they’ll be nurtured. A good farmer first clears the weeds from his plot—weeds like prejudice, injustice, and authoritarianism. Weeds will surely grow again without planning new crops. That is why we must sow new seeds of self-actualization, mutual respect, and personal responsibility to take the weeds’ place.
These crops grow only when nurtured and protected by the citizens willing to tend to them. Pests must be removed and predators must be kept at bay, but most of all, blood, sweat, and tears are required throughout the whole process. A farmer must stand by and guard their crop, and while it may take years to grow, the final product will be enough for the community to enjoy in abundance.
Libertarians are the sowers of the seeds of liberty, freedom, and personal power. We are the guardians of these sacred ideas which flourished in successful societies and self-empowered individuals throughout history. We must weed out the ills of our society, plant our own seeds in their place and safeguard them with all we have got. The Libertarian Party of Florida is the only institution intellectually equipped with these ideas. We do have the power to have them flourish and with our candidates, activists, and supporters, we continue to grow.
I will not lie to you, unforeseen events such as COVID-19 set us back this year. Non-profits have seen the steepest decline in fundraising since 9/11 and the 2008 recession. It is because of supporters like you that we are able to function at all. These setbacks have caused us only to reevaluate our goals, look them in the eye, and continue to push forward. We will need your help. We have many goals to complete, but with your financial support we can reach our goals faster and more fiercely.
My goal is to set the party on track for $5,000 a month in recurring donations. Can you help me get there? A donation as low as $30 a month can pay for a candidate’s campaign software. For $100 a month, we can give our affiliates throughout the state the materials necessary for outreach. Your donation of $250 a month allows us to conduct in-person training sessions and fundraising for local candidates.
Let’s plant the seeds of liberty and nurture them to fruition. Their message is riper than ever before. The outstanding candidates, volunteers, and elected officials are serving as the party’s greatest assets. Let’s invest in them!
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
Libertarianism & Christianity:
A Needful Conversation
From time to time, Sunshine Freedom! will feature different Libertarian viewpoints. In this issue, Libertarian biblical writer Stephen Collins offers his views on the compatibility of Christianity and Libertarianism, and offers a perspective on outreach.
The Flood began on the 17th day of the Second month because God was sick of human wickedness. Come November 3rd, Democrats and Republicans will, in their voting, continue to tread water, unaware of the treacherous mountaintops submerged under vast oceans of government control. More votes for either of the dominating parties won’t accomplish real change; it’s too late for that. For true freedom, a complete turn to something else is required: a turn to an Ark flying a banner that reads “Don’t Tread on Anyone.”
In only a couple centuries, the U.S. government has acquired levels of control that would make the Founders lose their lunch and take up arms before dusk. [Libertarianism alone offers a return to their vision of minimal government and maximum freedom.] Sadly, multitudes of would-be Libertarian voters content themselves with ignorance—the status quo—and continue to tread water as long as they might.
For the most part, contemporary Christians belong to the Republican Party (think owner, owned relationships.) Rich with lip-service to traditional morals, conservatism, and pro-life sentiment, the GOP purchased the lion’s share of Christian loyalty. Some believers hitched their hopes to the Democratic Party, but often with 26-foot-long U-Haul truckloads of qualifiers. The GOP faithful felt no such need.
But how has Christian loyalty to the Republican Party turned out for believers? Elsewhere will be the place to explore this more fully, but anyone paying attention can see the GOP is certainly no Kingdom of God. Abortion remains legal even though masses of the faithful voted “REP” based on that one issue alone since 1973; homosexuality and other affronts to what is often considered traditional Christian values, are nothing less than mainstream; drug use, prostitution, and other Christian triggers are as widespread as ever. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is picking up steam in ways threatening to most Christian voters who attempted to find a place therein. Fortunately, there is an alternative, and one that I suspect multitudes of Bible-believing Christians will rejoice to find far more consistent with Biblical prescriptions.
In daring to discuss my political views with other Christians, I regularly find believers suspect Libertarianism as the party of carelessness or apathy to sin. They believe it to be the resting place of a handful of millennial ragamuffins just a tad too into their “Poli Sci” courses from college. Christians often see Libertarianism as a foundation for a licentious worldview, dismissive of what will destroy their culture.
Yet, I’ve been happy to find that some of the faithful, with a little new knowledge, are quick to reconsider and re-evaluate the Libertarian Party. Libertarianism is the best
political home for Christians who are—and should be—discontented with the two dominating parties. It’s the best home for those unwilling to write in “Jesus,” “John MacArthur,” or “Joel Osteen” for any civil office. To escape the flood of power-grabs and manipulative wickedness among Republicans and Democrats, Christians should know that Libertarianism does not necessarily contradict the moral and spiritual convictions they’ve adopted from the Bible and their congregations.
Libertarianism is not primarily a system of prescriptive “whats,” but of all-encompassing “hows.” It is not about this or that action being good, right, healthy, and godly. It is primarily a system of how the government should interact with the governed as the governed attempt to figure out those things for themselves.
Show your Christian friend the choice is between coercion and force—or liberty. A government seeks to control people or empower a select few. Libertarianism seeks to empower all people so conversation and conviction-shaping may occur without the wicked threat of force or cunning manipulation. Maybe then, the starting place in this political discussion with Christian voters is to ask them if they want to control and coerce their neighbors into Christian faith or if freely choosing to so believe is preferable.
By Guest Writer Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins is a Christian Libertarian with a love for all that is true, good, and beautiful. He has grown into Libertarianism through the writings of many. Stephen earned his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his Master’s degree in English from the University of Central Florida. Studying philosophy, language, culture, and history has shaped his many philosophical and political views. He is the husband of one wife and the father of four hilarious daughters. He loves stories, surfing, and grilling meat.
Sunshine Liberty! Staff
J Mark Barfield – Editor in Chief
Mark Rodriguez – Editor, Staff Writer
Paul Moscarelli – Staff Writer
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