“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” -Thomas Jefferson
Let us learn together that we may continue to be free.
If that wasn’t refreshing enough, in his blog post dated May 05, 2008, he discusses “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat:
Our Founding Fathers gave us a republic based on liberty – not a perfect republic, but a republic nonetheless. I pray that we will not stray any further from the foundation for a just society. That’s right – first and foremost a just society. Let’s continue to “Try liberty.”
Bastiat was an economist and the work was translated by the Foundation for Economic Education, demonstrating that individual liberty is tied to economic freedom and private property.
Then in a blog post dated February 03, 2008, talking about Collin County’s slide towards socialism, Mr. Self says:
Government should not be a growth industry. Government should stick to core functions and encroach as little as possible on the freedom for its citizens. Ronald Reagan once said, “We are a nation that has a government, not the other way around.” The Constitution’s core function is to preserve individual freedom and to limit government; and authority flows from the people to the government, not the other way around. Freedom is the first responsibility of government, including national defense, but includes much more just national defense. Freedom. Freedom is not the government coordination of every aspect of life. Nothing is better than freedom. Nothing is more productive than freedom. Nothing is more protective of our citizens than their individual liberties.
As you might expect, the Republican establishment has its panties in a wad because an elected Republican is actually, well, a Republican:
Some longtime Republican leaders, however, dislike Mr. Self and think his brand of conservatism is too far to the right. Dixie Clem, executive director of the Collin County Republican Party from 1968 to 1998, lashed out at him when he endorsed challengers to Mr. Jaynes and Ms. Cole.
“Judge Self, I have never been so ashamed of a Republican Election Official as I am of you,” she wrote in a March 10 e-mail. “You knew when you ran for office you were the new kid on the block. It appears you didn’t want to learn about county government, you just wanted to change everything to fit your own agenda.”
I think it is safe to say this very honorable man is at least a Ron Paul Republican, if not a closeted Libertarian. Keith Self definitely has my support.