A pro-life libertarian
By Michael Moriarty
"Michael, you're like the cowboy who gets on his horse - and rides off in all directions … at the same time!"
A theatrical agent said that to me and I guess he is still right.
Now I'm running off to be President of the United States. That horse, though, I've been riding on since 1994 when I announced my candidacy on my short-lived CNBC talk show, "A Life Without Fear". I didn't even have a political party in mind then. I just knew, after encountering the Clinton administration first-hand in the form of Attorney General Janet Reno, that something had to be done about American leadership.
Well, now 14 years later, I am still on my horse running for the presidency, but I have learned as much about myself as I have learned about politics. The main lesson, however, I had already learned about life in general. William Shakespeare taught it to me. If you are true to yourself, you cannot really be false to anyone.
So, this editorial is as economical a self-description as I can come up with.
I am a pro-life Libertarian.
That about says it all.
I qualify my Libertarianism because I know a number of Libertarian women who consider abortion the first step to freedom.
Hmmm … so I'm a Libertarian who is pro-life!
That won't get me elected, but I won't have to answer a lot of unnecessary questions about what I stand for. Just look up Libertarian and Pro-life on the Internet encyclopedias and you would know what you are voting for.
I have this faith that if America has the audacity to withstand for 34 years the homicidal legalization of abortion, and do so in the same way this country also endured the Supreme Court's support of slavery for 89 years, the United States will eventually learn to endure my platform for both a profound individual freedom and an equally serious acceptance of individual responsibility. In other words, you can get into bed with any adult who agrees to get into bed with you … but if a child is conceived a new American is created in that very same moment, equal to all other Americans … and that new American, and his or her life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are protected by the United States government.
I think such a position is made positively clear by my self-description, that I am, after a long self-examination, a Pro-life Libertarian. That description contains for me the full meaning of the human rights paragraph of the American Declaration of Independence. I think it's about time we all went home again … to the "self-evident" meaning of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact email@example.com.
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