Choosing your words wisely

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 30, 2017

By Daniel Wise

In the last days, several political leaders have issued statements which have stirred much debate. From Republican Mississippi Representative Karl Oliver’s Facebook statement suggesting Louisiana politicians should be lynched, to The National Libertarian Vice Chairman Arvin Vohra releasing controversial statements about our military; one thing is evident, words have power.

Written words are full of potential. They have potential to create or heal or unify or the potential to harm, destroy and divide. We should choose our words carefully.

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One of the defining principles of libertarianism is the Non Aggression Principle (NAP). This holds that aggression against the person or property of others is always wrong.  Applying this principle is paramount to those who support liberty and those who ascribe to this principle should strive to cause no injury in their deeds, words and thoughts.

I vehemently support and defend our first amendment right to free speech and expression, however I urge those in power to consider the implications of their words.

I also urge Mississippians to stay diligent and focus on those things we can influence. June 6 most of the state holds municipal elections. These elections are crucial, as what happens in our cities flow up. Electing freedom loving, level headed leaders from on the local level is one of the best ways to ensure we have the same up the line.

Also remember that the Mississippi Legislature begins a Special Session June 5.

Not only will this cost Mississippi taxpayers up to $100,000 per day, historically it has been used by the special interests to push their agendas. The potential for our taxes to increase and our rights to be eroded is great during this time. Remember the words of Gideon Tucker, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

In Pearl River County we have a special election July 25 to fill the Mississippi House District 108 seat. These special elections have notoriously low voter turnout, so please do your best to educate yourself on the candidates and most importantly show up and cast a ballot.

I encourage all Mississippians to stay focused on what matters, our individual freedoms. Choose your words carefully, as they can unify and heal and help us bring our great state forward.