From Aus to the US
As a citizen of a long time ally of the states and a country that still sees the best in America I wish you the best for your election. You are an exceptional country for a range of reasons:
- you celebrate the amazing in people (where we cut them down)
- you have a culture of entrepreneurship where new ideas are treasured and risk takers are celebrated
- you believe in giving people an environment where they can lift themselves up rather than providing them with meaningless charity
- you value freedom and liberty as first class citizens
There are reasons why you are the world’s leading power and you should be proud of what you have achieved. There hasn’t been as prolonged a period of relative peace in history, for all your flaws we live in a time where weapons of mass destruction are a clear and present danger and it is good to have American hands on the tiller.
I can’t imagine how much pain the division in your political system has caused over the last four years. Division in a country of 22 million is painful enough, division in a democratic country with a population 20 times ours must feel like a constant burden.
I can empathize with those who feel pressured by the rate and pace of change, what some call ‘progress’ without longitudinal evidence of its effectiveness, and the silencing of dissent through cancel culture. I can empathize with those in rural areas who have a real need for weapons to control pests effectively and for those who feel they need to arm themselves against the threat of tyranny. Nobody likes popularism and the culture wars that have been waged by those who call themselves progressive are entirely that. You agree or you lose. That is no freedom.
I can empathize with those who are personally aggrieved by the other side of politics, those who feel that religion has taken their liberty, those who feel that guns in the wrong hands have taken lives and liberty, those who feel that the use of drugs is a personal issue rather than a political issue. It must also feel like the other side is against you. That is no freedom.
But what I implore you to remember is that the United States is more than the sum of its parts. You are the custodians of an extraordinary legacy, founded on the idea of liberty. Those of us that consider ourselves to be libertarian in other countries are envious of what you have.
The core beauty of the United States is that nearly half a billion people, who value liberty as a core principle, are willing to participate in democracy and line up behind their president and make the word a better place.
Please choose the president that will represent all of you rather than the one that will represent the half that support him. The rest of the world is counting on you.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society