Angelica Malik, Young Americans for Liberty at UCSD
Lately I’ve been thinking about the hypocrisy I observe in the ways people engage and relate to politics today. It goes without saying that our current political landscape is immensely polarized and it is evident the moderates have been consumed by partisan rhetoric. I find it ironic that people are content to fall in line with their respective parties even when many of that party’s positions are essentially counter-intuitive to the other stances they hold. For instance the neoconservative agenda of nation building stands in direct conflict with the ideal this nation was founded on that; it is the responsibility of the people to raise up against the injustices of the government. What is the point of Democracy if it is forced upon people? Independence must be fought for by the people who would seek to benefit from it or the consequences are such that we have already witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan where the vacuum of power created by third party influence nearly resulted in civil war and a failed state.
On the other side of the coin you have the radical progressive movement toward socialism. Their moral agenda is not unlike the moral agenda of the right wing which posits itself in favor of a never ending war on drugs and upholding their prescribed “family values”. However the left wing progressives are far worse because their rampant sentimentality and idealism has led to a moral “war on poverty” which in turn has resulted in an ever encroaching war on the civil liberties of the very people they are trying to indulge. They seem to think that happiness is your very whim being granted to you by a ubiquitous nanny state, but what they fail to realize is an idea that the signers of our Declaration of Independence understood when they wrote “pursuit of happiness”, an idea that it is the work and struggle for something that leads to self actualization and contentment, not the complacency for which the progressives advocate. I also find it ironic that the people who want to put socialism and communism in place are the people who would hurt most by it because their radical individuality would be extinguished along with everyone else’s.