Miss Venezuela’s Answer: Conservatism or Libertarianism?

During last Wednesday’s Miss Universe 2012 competition in Las Vegas, a judge asked Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, “If you could make a new law, what would it be?”  To many news outlets’ amusement, Miss Venezuela, whose second language is English, gave the following answer:

I think that any leys [laws] there are in Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have, uh, a straight way to go in our similar, or, eh, in our lives as is this. For example, I’m a surfer, and I think that the best wave that I can take is the wave that I wait for it. So please do our only, eh, law that we can do…

For instance, the Blaze called her answer “painfully awkward” and “rambling,” and the Huffington Post said her answer was “nonsensical.”

However, as a conservative/libertarian in America I heard Miss Venezuela say the following gems of wisdom:

  • America needs no new laws[1] (“[All the laws America needs]…are already made”)
  • New laws can hinder Americans’ lives (“[Instead of new laws,] we should have…a straight way to go in our…lives”)
  • She’d rather surf than make laws  (As a surfer, her “only…law” is to “take…the wave”)

I wish more American politicians would acquire the humility and restraint of Miss Venezuela’s answer. For instance, I’d love to hear President Obama argue against gun control because Americans’ gun rights “are in [the] Constitution.” It’d be refreshing if House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) would, instead of promoting tax hikes to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” emphasize that “we should have, uh,…[spending cuts].”  God willing, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will say the Repeal of Obamacare Act is the “only, eh, law that we can do.”

Instead of belittling Miss Venezuela’s answer to what would be her new law, news outlets should praise her answer’s wisdom.  Her answer suggests she could be a conservative or libertarian. If Miss Venezuela runs for political office and “takes that wave,” I may support her.


[1] I’d argue no new laws except for repeals and laws dealing with “life, liberty, and property,” such as legal protections of the unborn.

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8 comments
E1992
E1992

Libertarians are a bunch of morons. All you want is anarchy. 

sprightlybrightly
sprightlybrightly

"I’d argue no new laws except for repeals and laws dealing with 'life, liberty, and property,' such as legal protections of the unborn."

Laws dealing with "life, liberty, and property" encompass a vast majority of existing and proposed laws - including gun control laws (gun ownership is a liberty, existing for the purpose of defending life, life having a definition to which there is universal accession). I'm not opposed to libertarianism to some degree/in some forms, but the version that one might surmise Miss Venezuela proposed is far from the version that the author proposes. The author's version, depending on how it's actually applied, has the potential not to be very libertarian at all.

Daniela Zurita
Daniela Zurita

Trying not training*** lol autocorrect is not my best friend!

Daniela Zurita
Daniela Zurita

I wish I could hear her response in Spanish and know what she was trying to say... It's hard to express your real thoughts if you're not fluent in the language you are speaking.

Daniela Zurita
Daniela Zurita

I wish I could hear her response in Spanish and know what she was training to say... It's hard to express your real thoughts of your not fluent in the language your are speaking

Fergus Hodgson
Fergus Hodgson

Superficial comment: It helps that she is easy on the eye. :)