Why I Am a Libertarian

I honestly cannot remember a time when I wasn’t interested in politics.  Even before I was a teenager, I was a current events junkie and was distinctly interested in politics.  I was raised in a home where political opinions were not only expressed, but my parents were both very politically active and astute.

My mom and dad were both registered members of a political party and my mom got involved in a very grassroots way.  She attended speeches and meetings, was there for the voting of leadership and so on.  So it is no real surprise that I have ended up doing the same!

I was not always a libertarian but started realizing I leaned more in that direction five or six years ago.  People balk at being part of unlikely or widely unknown political campaigns, often choosing the “lesser of two evils” or believing that nothing can ever change.

I refuse to be that negative.

Austin Powers says freedom with responsibility is groovy, and I agree!  Freedom is a huge thing.  It is a powerful, empowering idea.  It also involves risk and responsibility. 

The Libertarian Party espouses the best ideals of freedom and individual responsibility.  We believe in fiscal responsibility and all-encompassing civil liberties for all people.  We believe in peace and prosperity with other nations.  We believe that you are the person best capable to make decisions regarding your own life. 

People argue that being a part of a third party that is so small is a waste of energy and makes no change.  I disagree.  Furthermore, no great change was ever easy.

I am a member of the Libertarian Party, both nationally and at the state level.  During the 2016 election campaign, my sister and I hand delivered 6000 door hangers in our local area advertising the “other” option.  I am tremendously proud of having been a part of that historic campaign.

I have heard every argument against libertarianism.  But not one of those people felt as positively about their own choices as I do about mine.  Their arguments were tempered with negativity and scorn, whereas mine were full of hope and positivity.  I have friends and family who think I am absurd, but I am okay with that.    There is nothing wrong with an underdog, and also nothing wrong with a loyal, opposing voice – one that wants the best for this country and for everyone, even if we disagree on the methods.

Some people aren’t ready for freedom.  Until then, we will keep spreading our ideas!

A few years ago, I worked with a friend of mine who does graphic design and shirt printing to make tank tops that say “Libertarians Do It Better!”   I get a lot of compliments on it when I wear mine, a sign of hope that other like minded folks value freedom, too!

The first woman to ever recieve an electoral college vote in a presidential election was awarded to Tonie Nathan, a Libertarian candidate back in 1972.  She was also the first Jew.  The Libertarian party has a history of ground breaking inclusion, and this is just one example!