The little party that could is posed to take over the slot of the little party that CAN. Just in time too. There are several reasons that top the list of why the Libertarian Party is a crucial group of citizens in the nextfew election cycles. Here are some of my thoughts…
The Republican Party Needs Help! We are in a strange place in American politics these days with the Democratic Party holding the lion’s share of credibility after the Republican Party was splintered by the Tea Party movement and the strong emotions over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In it’s current position of power, the Democratic Party has no motivation to take risks of innovation or improvement. (Political machines, especially the winning ones, tend to wait for moderate clarification of their wrong directions before they will change course.) In fact, the feeling among the Democrats most likely feels like a vindication of their “let’s have a town hall meeting”mentality toward leadership. Bad for their future and ours. In the near future this will translate to a loss of faith in the base who view their party as innovative leaders of change.
Meanwhile, the Republican leadership has no celebrity statesmen. There are still a cadre of politicians with name recognition – who will gladly reinvent the solutions to yesterday’s problems when the camera goes on. Innovators are nowhere to be found. At a time when they need to rebuild their numbers that’s a losing proposition. Tough on crime, strong offense as defense, tax incentives and pro-business regulations and a feel-good patriotism that doesn’t translate to practical improvement will also not hold the foundation of their base’s faith for too long.
Enter the Libertarians. The party of acceptance. Any idea that does no harm is welcome. This has been a weight on the Libertarians in the past since that way of thinking does not support a succinct platform with which to challenge the big two parties. With a host of energetic leaders, like Brett Pojunis of Nevada, that weight is going to become the rock in the sling of David against a Goliath breakdown of faith in politics.
Libertarians are the best friend the Republicans could hope for. That America could hope for. By inserting real innovation into the debates of the next decade, the party that once seemed like it would never mint more Ron Paul’s will not only take up the torch of change discussions – on issues like the GOOD of the Federal Reserve and infinite currency, how urban farming can bring agricultural jobs to Hispanic population centers where agricultural is a tradition (and lower organic produce costs), recognition of metaphorical strength of political systems as role models for society, lessening of laws and return of Principles and sound judgment to our Justice System, more effective structures of police enforcement that reverse the buildup of “us-against-them” in our communities and return local police agencies to their rightful place as the most respected uniform in town – but will allow the Republicans to use their credible name to enter into and provide wind for the sails of these and many other issues that they might otherwise feel too risky to bring up on their own.
Each of the four most relevant political parties bring with them unique and essential competencies that are, for the next few cycles at least, not a challenge to the others but a compliment. Democrats bring the abaility to bridge gaps of understanding between factions previously divided and the organizational philosophies that lend themselves to large scale collaboration. Republicans bring the credibility of a fierce “can-do”leadership tradition that simply needs the foundation of new ideas to take America into the new millenium quickly and with a little bravado too. Libertarians bring the philosophical arguments, radical detail change ideas and innovative structural perspective shifts that the others can put into swift action by virtue of their large constituent base – and in turn build up their own by bring faith back into politics, not by taking away from the others. Tea Partiers bring the endless optimism of the disgruntled yet hopeful who still salute the flag and raise it every day at dawn with pride. The soul.
When I joined the Libertarian Party last year the first notion I had was to rethink the Gold Standard. It’s a wonderful feeling to be involved with a group of people that have enough integrity to even pay attention to an argument that seems to reverse their traditional view. That’s a reflection of the respect all American’s used to have for each other’s ideas. Good that it’s on it’s way back.
(Opinions expressed are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the Libertarian Party as a whole.)