In February of 2016, I formally changed my political party affiliation to the Libertarian Party. The ideals of the party align with me to a high degree and the Republican Party had strayed far from the principles of Liberty.
Now that I have had time in the movement I feel I can make a strong analysis of the largest 3rd party in the United States.
First off, I have met and interacted with some of the most committed people that I have ever encountered. The thirst for Liberty is the highest within the Libertarian Party and the actions that some of these people show on a daily basis make me have faith in our future.
I started this site back in February of 2016 and have seen many discussions take place on issues and candidates. Many of these discussions have been meet with grace and dignity. However, there is one downside to debating with Libertarians. They tend to box themselves into their tiny little camps and can’t see the bigger picture.
Take the 2016 Presidential election cycle. With many great candidates running for the nomination different camps started to form and then the party faithful started to eat their own. Austin Petersen was the biggest example of this. He was attacked by many of the party elders of being too young and not supporting key LP principles.
On the flip side the Petersen supporters blasted the eventual LP nominee Gary Johnson of being some type of Libertarian lite.
Basically, the biggest problem with the Libertarian Party is their inability to agree with one another and cast aside the people that don’t fit in their camp as not real Libertarians. They go out there and eat their own instead of focusing on the bigger picture, which is spreading the message of Liberty and winning elections. In a nutshell Libertarians are getting in their own way and it is hindering the Liberty movement.
If you don’t agree with this assessment just head over to our Facebook page and read the comments on the recent story of potential LP candidates for 2020. It’s basically a feeding frenzy of Libertarians arguing about candidates and ripping each other apart.
The answer to all of this comes down to one idea. If the Libertarian Party wishes to be successful in American politics it needs to take a hard look inward and self reflect on the goals and visions they have for the promotion of Liberty. This new year can be big for them if they get off each other’s backs and unite behind one key idea.