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Jim Gray: The Case for the Libertarian Party

Many people agree with me that today the only political party that is in the mainstream of American political thought is the Libertarian Party.  Why?  Because Libertarians are the only party to stand up for being financially responsible as well as socially understanding; reducing the use of our military all around the world; calling crony capitalism what it is, namely welfare for the wealthy, and abolishing it; reducing over-incarceration, which is in large part visited upon people of color and always at huge taxpayer expense; increasing excellence in our schools by empowering parents to choose where government money will be spent for the education of their children; vastly reducing the number of licenses that governments require in order for people to earn a living; imposing “Sunset Laws” for statutes, programs and government agencies, which will vastly reduce the cost and complexity of governments; and in implementing a fair and equitable system of immigration.

So if Libertarians win most political discussions, why don’t we win political elections?  Because we have allowed others to label us.  As such, we are often thought of as being greedy, “survival of the fittest,” in favor of the over-use of drugs, and against all forms of government.  Nonsense!  Although I certainly don’t pretend to speak for all Libertarians, those labels are simply not accurate.  We believe that we should have a federal government based upon the powers delegated to it by Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.  But there is nothing in this greatest document ever written by the human hand that provides for the federal government to be involved in education, healthcare, controlling the lives of Native Americans, or prolonged military fighting without a Declaration of War from Congress.  This view is underscored by the Tenth Amendment, which expressly states that all powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the States and to the People.  That means that Libertarians believe that when there are functions that governments should play, they should be performed by the most local government that can effectively carry them out.  Or, better yet, they should be left to the People – which is to say, to Liberty!

In that regard, please consider joining us to stand up for Liberty.  Show you agree with Dr. Milton Friedman, who said that we should judge programs by their results instead of their good intentions.  And with Henry Ford who, although he is not my favorite person socially because he was probably Anti-Semitic, said that any people who believe they can thrive by relying on the government should talk to the American Indian.  Libertarians believe in, and have compassion for, people.  Thus we want to reduce the power, cost and intrusion of government, and give more people an honest break away from the expensive and inconsistent results from Big Government.

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