I’ve always been rather concerned about the direction the Libertarian Party has been heading over the last several years. I was attracted to the party because of the strong stand it took in favor of the sovereignty of the individual – every individual – not just Americans. With the nomination of Bob Barr, the LP seems to have become the party of liberty for some people – only if it will “get us elected.”
Suddenly we hear fascist terms like “illegal immigrants” and “state’s rights” coming from so-called ‘Libertarian’ Party candidates. Whatever happened to supporting the rights of all individuals? What happened to our principles?
Libertarianism is the belief that each individual has total and complete sovereignty over her/his own life. As sovereign individuals we have the right to do whatever we want to do in our pursuit of happiness so long as we never infringe on the rights of others. Why, then, the rhetoric about deporting “illegals?” Is there even such a thing as an “illegal” human? And what about “state’s rights?” When is it moral for the state to do something that is it not moral for an individual to do?
I guess I’m just confused. I thought I was a member of a pro-liberty party. When I woke up from the dream and realized it was a nightmare, I decided it was time to do something about it.
Enter, the Liberty Party. Right now we’re just a Massachusetts group. Perhaps we’ll become the latest chapter of the Boston Tea Party. All I know is that I could no longer be a member of a political party that believes in supporting a candidate that supports the rights of “states” over the rights of individuals.
Perhaps one day the real libertarian message will win the day once again and will be the official party platform of the LP. Maybe I’ll rejoin at that time. But until then, here is a little competition to help the market make a better product.