I bet you voted for him because he’s good looking or seemed like a “nice young man”. I was reading an extremely ironic story about the homophobic senator when I happened upon this little gem.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the Senator suggested that the government has the right to prohibit gay and lesbian individuals from expressing love for each other physically. “The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that,” said the Senator, “I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire. And we’re seeing it in our society.”
At face value this seems to make sense. For instance, maybe my desire is to kill 1,000 people and then burn their corpses while dancing around the fire. That’s a desire that should be limited no doubt, however, where do we stop? At what point do we say, “This desire of yours should not be allowed.”?
It’s at this point I turn to what I feel is the essence of Libertarianism. If an act occurs between two consenting adults and that consent can be proven then I don’t have a problem with it as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else.
Here’s a good example. It’s illegal in many states to have “unnatural sex”. Who defines this term? Who does it apply to? Everyone? As a crazy lady with a blonde buzz cut once said, “Stop the insanity!”