I expect quite a bit of down-voting here.
Some things that have been on my mind about the LP for a while now.
I was very active in the Texas LP while I lived there (I live in Arizona now), and following the start of the Afghanistan War, I fell away from being active in the party for a number of reasons, and have continued to keep my distance except in continuing to be a LP voter wherever there is an LP candidate on a ballot. Some of the reasons for my distance are detailed below.
I want to see a Libertarian Party that approaches the current leadership crisis the United States has been facing for decades with something resembling seriousness. In the past 20 years I have seen the party move further and further from this as we allowed crackpots like Vermin Supreme to use the Libertarian Party as a platform for a Satire. We’ve let candidates like James Weeks turn our conventions into laughing stocks, or cabarets – take your pick, and we’ve nominated woefully unprepared candidates like Gary Johnson (“what is Aleppo?”) to represent us in the Presidential nomination.
I want to see a Libertarian Party that doesn’t simply knee-jerk and say, “The opposite of whatever the Federal Government is doing is what must be done!” as we have done on so very many issues in recent times. We’ve stood with the far Left as atheists in a nation that is supposed to support freedom of religion, not freedom FROM religion. In a nation that self-reports as better than 70% Christian, and another 15% some other religion it would be better to keep our atheism to ourselves and instead talk about policy. Religion is a personal choice, just as not practicing religion is a personal choice. The party shouldn’t be condemning personal choices as I’ve seen it do on this ground. We’ve fortunately not stood with the far Right on anything I can immediately recall, but I’m sure we’ve been stupidly and perilously close.
I want to see a Libertarian Party that realizes that we are not going to get elected if we take an all-or-nothing approach to implementing a Libertarian program. We have spent decades beholden to the talking points of Libertarian speakers like Michael Cloud and Harry Browne who talked a great game about big versus little “L” Libertarians, but all that has brought us is lost opportunities to grow our party and bring Americans closer to our ideas. All while the Democrats and Republicans have picked up what could have been our voters (had we been serious, see paragraph one) and been willing to incrementally roll back programs that might be too difficult to roll back without enabling the private sector to take up the work of implementing a safety net before we rip off those band-aids.
We are supposed to be the party of original-ism plus the best lessons learned – which means the Constitution PLUS the Amendments to the Constitution. The Constitution was written by serious men, who had a serious esteem for freedom and liberty, but this party acts like a Greek fraternity that has had too much to drink and thinks it’s time for them to run the University.
We shouldn’t be calling for de-funding the Police. Rather, we should be calling for reforming the
Police-state as a whole, including Prosecutors, Judges, Private Prisons (which despite being a Libertarian I am wholly morally opposed to as they contribute to State corruption and bad incentives), and the responsibilities and training of Police. We should be calling for the end of Qualified, Prosecutorial (Absolute), and Judicial Immunity and restoring the right of legal Remedy to the People.
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