Reasons to be Optimistic in 2013
2012 was a busy year for our government. There are so many reasons to be upset that you may think I’m in denial for saying this, but there are actually some reasons to be optimistic about 2013. I’ll list a few, and I encourage you to contribute some of your own in the comments section (also, please subscribe to this blog by clicking “follow” in the top right corner, thanks!).
If you enjoy food like I do, then you will be happy to know that this past year saw many victories in the fight for food freedom. We saw victories for liberty in a few areas, including the raw milk battle, the fight against soda bans, and the fight for school lunch freedom. Check out this great article on the top 10 food freedom moments of 2012. The sooner the government realizes that they can’t tell us what food we can sell, purchase, put in our mouths, and swallow, the better. Not only does regulation on the food industry raise commodity prices for everybody, but it is also unconstitutional and immoral. Where does the government think that it gets the authority to tell a girl that the lunch her mom packed her isn’t nutritious enough, and then proceed to feed her fried chicken nuggets? I’m so sick of the USDA, but that is a topic for another, less optimistic, blog.
Another reason to be optimistic is the influx of true liberty-lovers into Congress (being sworn in tomorrow!). Ted Cruz joins Rand Paul and Mike Lee in the Senate, while Thomas Massie and Kerry Bentivolio join Rep. Justin Amash, among others, in the House of Representatives. This is a significant victory for liberty, and I am so thankful to these men for devoting their lives to fight despotism and statism, especially in light of the departure of Rep. Ron Paul and Senator Jim DeMint. Even though our numbers are still small, the liberty movement is growing.
So many horrible things happened in 2012, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hope for a better year in 2013. I will continue to provide my libertarian and Catholic take on current events, as well as on more general topics of philosophy, economics, and social teaching. I will also try to be more consistent with my postings, but I am a full-time student first and foremost. I will also be the President of the Georgia Tech chapter of Young Americans for Liberty starting next week, so this is going to be a very busy year.
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Happy New Year and God Bless!