I have considered myself a Libertarian for several years now. I have identified myself as such because of the incredible ignorance of the Republican Party, and the in my opinion, unwise taxation enacted by the Democratic Party.
I believe in low taxes, low governmental regulation, and rights and freedoms for all. Essentially, I am a Democrat when it comes to social policy, and a Republican when it comes to fiscal policy.
After seeing the Tea Partiers out in full force day after day, I grew tired and disappointed with the GOP, the party that I had always had a fondness for, being a boy from Texas.
I have nothing but regret that the GOP has torn itself apart- Libertarians simply don’t have the numbers to be a viable party, not to mention that most of us give us a bad name, so we have no real chance at the presidency. The next few elections will be splinter factions of the GOP fighting each other- evidenced by the fiasco involving Ms. Palin in the 2008 elections. John McCain, the head runner of the GOP, in spite of being very old, was a moderate, someone who reached out to both parties and identified with many Libertarians as well, decided to take on a backwoods woman who idealized the blazing ignorance of the Rabid Republicans. This woman alienated anyone with a brain, with such classic statements as “I can see Russia from my house.” She single handedly cost the GOP any credit it had gained with McCain.
I felt a profound sadness watching a man who had crusaded for the ideals of the Constitution, the most viable Libertarian candidate I had ever seen, sacrifice his own stand in order to win over the lowest common denominator.
Now, the Tea Partiers are calling out fake Republicans, the ones who aren’t as rabid, aren’t as ignorant, and aren’t as blind as they are. They are receiving national press. If these people are convinced that they are true Republicans, than I for one am glad that I left their company years ago.
The GOP is splintering, and will soon grind into dust, just another failed political party in American History textbooks. It has lived a long and productive life, but with age, comes not wisdom, but senility.
Maybe now at least the Libertarians have a shot at anything, if we can find someone who isn’t absolutely insane and wishes to run under our banner.