Judge Jim Gray
I’m not a Libertarian at heart, either, though I find myself agreeing with them more often than not. I believe humans should be allowed to make as many choices for themselves as possible, without any interference from outside sources, especially governmental interference. That sounds like the Libertarian credo, doesn’t it? As long as your choices don’t materially affect my choices, health, or safety, then do, sir, as you will.
The problem with this is that the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Constitution Party, the Justice Party – all of them have different and equally valid views to the Democrats and Republicans, but because of this artificially maintained duopoly that exists in the US today, they’re not given equal opportunities to secure votes.
I don’t mean to say that every guy with a sign and a flag should get to be on the ballot. That’s just silly. But when a statistically significant percentage of the country is represented by a so-called “third-party candidate”, then they should have the same opportunities as the others. They should be allowed to take part in the national debates (which are NOT run by the government, but by a for-profit corporation), they should be given the same amount of funding subsidies, and they should be afforded the same amount of air-time as the two major political parties.
This election, for the first time ever, the Libertarian Party is very close to that goal. With just 5% of the vote, they will secure that government funding, to the tune of $90,000,000. To put that in perspective, the Libertarian presidential campaign has, thus far, raised less than $1,000,000 (roughly). What would this 8900% increase do for the Libs, and for the system in general?
It would end the two-party system. Forever. Not because the Libs are better than the Dems or Reps, but because it would prove that it was possible. That a third-party candidate can put up just as good of a show as the other two, and it would force the others to take stands that actually meant something. How much of a difference is there, really, between the two parties? Not very damn much. It’s a matter of tenths of a degree. But throw in a third party that actually gives a damn, and suddenly it’s a whole new ballgame.