Why I Vote Libertarian
by Jeff Wright, posted November 4, 2002
For many years my friends have asked me why I vote Libertarian. I used to give the standard answer that I couldn't vote for the "lesser of two evils" as that was still voting for evil. I used to offer reasoning as to how I never left the Republican Party, it left me and the like. No more.
There is really one and only one reason I have and will continue to vote Libertarian. Because of all political parties, it is the only one that represents the views and ideals of the founders of this country, in all respects, across the board. It is the only Party that will consistently maintain the principles all Americans are supposed to hold dear, but so many have now lost sight of.
Every other party is either devoted to serving special interests or single issues in their progression. The 'Republicrat' party has nothing left to offer EXCEPT special interest politics. They have compromised themselves to such a degree, that together they now represent a real threat to the long-term health and meaning for existence of this nation. There is not "a dime's worth of difference" between them except slightly differing versions of larger government.
The minor parties are typically single interest platforms for demagogues and fringe causes. These will ultimately never serve the long-term interest of the nation. The platform of the LP is the only one that is consistent in the application of the principles of limited government, maximum freedom and liberty under law.
The Libertarian Party is the most successful 3rd Party in the state. It is consistently growing and putting more quality candidates on the ballot each election cycle. One look at the El Paso County ballot makes that clear. The only question it comes down to is when will Coloradans be ready for Libertarian government?
The answer is when they stop living in the bubble of fear, paternalism and control the Republicrats have made for them. Many Americans in their 60s and older understand what that phrase means. It harkens to an America they haven't seen much of for more than 5 decades now. The one that was working towards equality, rights, freedom and liberty without the crushing arrogance, taxes and control of a government that always knows better than the nation's citizens. That substitutes failing government programs for individual, family and community solutions. The government that is demonstrably the worst industrial polluter, the worst property manager, the worst landlord, forester, banker, retirement funder, child protector....pick any category. Government and more government that doesn't work. Older Americans remember that nation as just that, a memory.
I vote Libertarian because I believe in the nation we were supposed to be. Not the one we have become. So, on election day folks, if you actually want to make your vote count for something that has a chance to avert the ongoing long-term decline of this nation, to once again return to building "the land of the free and the home of the brave," vote Libertarian every chance you get. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.