14 February 2012

He keeps using that word ...

I do not think it means what he thinks it means.

Exhibit A, the Oxford English Dictionary entry for "libertarian," second item:

An advocate or defender of liberty (esp. in the political and social spheres).

Exhibit B, this interesting recurring theme of Congressman Ron Paul's legislative career:

Paul's "We the People Act," which he introduced in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2011, explicitly forbids federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States from ruling on the constitutionality of a variety of state and local laws. That includes, among other things, "any claim based upon the right of privacy, including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction." The bill would let states write laws forbidding abortion, the use of contraceptives, or consensual gay sex, for example.

Maybe it'll come in handy, having these two items together in one place?

Via @Adenovir. ◼

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