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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Gay libertarian runs for US senate

Marc Delphine, an openly-gay financial planner from Tigard, Oregon, announced his candidacy for the US Senate & will run in November under the Libertarian Party banner. From his website:
As a Libertarian seeking public office, I seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

I believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, I defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world I seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages I have set forth those basic principles that I and many Libertarians have determined subscribe to. In conjunction with the US Constitution, I will vote only for bills that are in alignment with these principles.

I hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, the two major parties have granted to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

I, 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 I support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly I 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 I oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation. *I am, however, pro-choice on abortion. While I oppose public funding for an abortion, I am supportive of a woman’s right to choose an abortion.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, I oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals (gay-marriage is an example of this). People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.
Although he probably doesn't stand a chance of being elected, it's nice to see a gay political candidate who isn't a default Democrat. Plus he looks pretty good in a suit.

(HT: Towleroad)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

He supports the right to life yet he is pro-choice on abortion. He's a hypocrite.

Eric said...

Charles:

I don't live in Madoc but am not too far away in Hastings County - I think I know the place that is run by your friends.

Send me an email if you would like to have a less public conversation - link is in the sidebar.