Let’s get one misconception out of the way: Libertarian is NOT the same as Liberal, they are also separate from Conservatives. Now that you are thoroughly confused, allow me to introduce you to the Libertarian party.
Socially, the Libertarian party operates on the following ideals: “We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.”
In other words, “As long as you don’t hurt anybody, you do you.”
Imagine America without the subtext of social issues in our political dialogue. I can practically see the rainbows and butterflies. No, the division within our nation cannot be solved by a change in political party alone. To heal the wounds of this nation will take time, dedication, and unity within the people.
I simply believe that eliminating social issues from political conversation will shift our attention to more pressing matters. The words abortion and gun control would fade from our topics of conversation to be replaced by taxes and foreign policy, ya know, the real juicy stuff. The idealist goal of politics is to govern the nation and essentially take care of business, not put on a show to captivate voters; If you want to be entertained, get HBO.
Libertarians are somewhat of a lone wolf when international affairs are concerned, their beliefs isolating them from both the Democratic and Republican Party. Their platform states: “We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.” This alienates Republicans, who are pushing for military involvement in the Middle East, as well as Democrats, who consistently seek to aid foreign nations financially. I believe if the libertarian party were to gain momentum, the rhetoric regarding foreign policy would shift based on current events worldwide. Put it this way, I have full faith that this party would not tolerate acts of terrorism towards the USA.
Libertarians find themselves on a comfy middle ground on the immigration issue. They fully support those escaping tyrannical governments in the hopes of obtaining freedom. However, they still want control over the immigration process itself. I think we can all agree that keeping tabs on who comes in and out of the country is simply common sense. This offers a solution far less extreme than the Trump wall, while maintaining control of our borders.
So what’s the point?
The point is this: the two-party system is failing on all cylinders, especially when it comes to the millennial generation, yours truly. 48% of millennials report that they will vote independent in the upcoming election. This tells us that an overwhelming number of young voters are unsatisfied with both parties. This dissatisfaction stems from the extreme ends of the political spectrum, where we find both Democrats and Republicans. These extremes leave us with division, so why not aim for a middle ground in hopes of unifying the US?
Based on my day-to-day conversations, I have found that many Americans identify with the “middle ground” of the Libertarian party. They simply didn’t know it existed.
Bottom line, it’s time for a change in our politics. This is evident simply in the anti-establishment sentiment shared by Republicans and Democrats alike. I’ll leave you with this: look in to the Libertarian party (Their platform is an easy read, no worries) and see if you identify with the platform.
“Platform.” Libertarian Party. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2016. http://www.lp.org/platform
“Sick Of Political Parties, Unaffiliated Voters Are Changing Politics.” NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 18 July 2016. http://www.npr.org/2016/02/28/467961962/sick-of-political-parties-unaffiliated-voters-are-changing-politics