Libertarianism is Advancing   Leave a comment

 

More and more Americans are taking note that a vote for either of the two major parties produces the same bad results:

  • fewer jobs
  • endless wars
  • ominous government intrusions in all areas of life

Voters continue to hand both the Democratic and Republican parties and their candidates low approval ratings. You just keep wondering how long it will take for them to decide to stop voting for them and start selecting an alternative. But, wait, that’s happening.

Image result for image of libertarianismLibertarian Mark Wicks won 6% of the vote in Montana’s special election for the state’s only U.S. House seat on May 25, demonstrating that America’s third-largest political party is gaining ground.

Wicks’ vote fell shy of beating Republican Greg Gianforte’s seven point lead over Democrat Rob Quist, but it’s not the only election where Libertarians have pushed up against or exceeded margins of victory in U.S. Senate, U.S. House, gubernatorial, and even presidential races which is why their proposals and their voters are increasingly impossible to ignore.

Governor Gary Johnson, the 2016 Libertarian nominee for president, won 3.3% of the vote, beating the 2.1% difference in popular votes between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Fourteen Libertarians running for House seats against both a Democrat and a Republican won over 5% of the vote last November, up from eight who did the same in 2014.

Their votes are more than just a rejection of the established parties. They’re a demand for meaningful changes in government policy that might remedy the fear and suffering so many Americans experience today.

Many of those Libertarian voters are millennials who align with key agenda items of the Libertarian Party: legalize marijuana, end mass surveillance of citizens, stop U.S. meddling overseas, and end crony capitalism.

Voters of all ages support other libertarian mainstays: downsize government, repeal paralyzing regulations, restore the right to self-defense, and slash taxes.

The benefits that these measures will yield cannot be overstated. Cutting taxes, spending, and government debt will reduce the threat of an economic collapse, dramatically improve Americans’ standard of living, and allow private charity to thrive.

Ending the destructive war on drugs will make crime-ridden neighborhoods peaceful, end violence in South and Central America, give drug addicts a safe and dignified way to escape the clutches of addiction, and unleash the bountiful benefits of industrial hemp.

Closing unneeded military bases and bringing American troops home will reduce government spending, keep our soldiers out of harm’s way, reduce the threat of terrorism, and give peace a chance.

Removing, rather than replacing, government entitlement programs, along with repealing obstacles to innovation, will allow the free market and charitable giving to create unimaginable opportunities for human health, education, opportunity, and well-being.

Libertarians don’t even need to win elections to make these changes possible. The Socialist Party has elected only two candidates to Congress, yet managed to co-opt both the Democratic and Republican parties, both of which have embraced much of their statist agenda.

Growing Libertarian vote totals – and their impact – cannot be ignored. They will force Democrats and Republicans to move in a libertarian direction while making it possible to elect small-government candidates to high levels of government. This is the surest path to bringing the scourge of big government to an end.

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Posted July 25, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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