What Is A (small c, small l) 'civil libertarian'?

Many of you have asked me what this means in my "about me" section recently... well, here's your answer.

Also, I've put a permanent link in the sidebar for the future. Being a civil libertarian indicates a political thought process rather than a specific party loyalty.

In a nutshell, this country was founded on freedoms, with an "s" - and our founding fathers' intent should never be interpreted as a tool of restriction, prejudice, hatred, excessive intrusion or any other violation that keeps America from the greatness it once knew.

For the past seven years, "power to the people" has been overtly, blatantly, construed and twisted into "
power to the executive branch." And that royally sucks. I hope we're on our way to changing that.

Freedom is also NOT something we can "
spread" or impose on other people. It's not a tool, it's a privilege. We should treat it as such. Personal freedoms, our civil liberties, are both a collective and a personal obligation. And that's why it's so important to me to protect them... so long as we use them wisely.

Remember: live consciously, be responsible and achieve, think freely and love regularly. That makes our freedom actually mean something.
- WP

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