Election 2012 is over and laid to rest. In 1,263 days time we will be electing another President Of The United States of America. We have considerable work to do in this time. I feel as Libertarians, we have been severely shirking our work, and missing out on prime opportunities to grow our party and make our voice in the nation known.
For some reason we are foolishly lumped in with the Tea Party. We need to in the next 3 years and 5 months distance ourselves from that movement. They are that. A movement. Not a coherent political party. We can admire some of their stances, but as a whole they have given us no viable anything. They have become fodder for the far left.
We need to take to the streets and spell out our message to the people, in ways that are applicable to their lives. The inner city would be a fantastic place to start. The minorities in the inner city are needing more desperately than any, a savior of a sort. They have been neglected by the Democrats, abhorred by the republicans, yet both make vast promises to try and win them over, election after election. Empty promises. The Libertarian party, with our message of personal strength and ingenuity I believe could be well received if delivered properly.
We need to reach out to the Gay Community and show them that they do not have to follow blindly the Democratic Party just because they “accept” them. The Libertarian party can be a welcome place for the LGBT community. The democratic party has used the LGBT community just as it has other minority groups. Promising the moon, but delivering a pebble. The democrats cram legislation through without doing the necessary legwork to spell it out for the American People, in the process ostracizing those who don’t necessarily agree with the LGBT community, but otherwise have not been hostile towards them.
The overall theme from Democrats and Republicans is of exclusion. They draw very broad lines in the sand of ideology and refuse to move towards the compromises that would unite the country. One side wants to grossly over grow the country, expand the social “safety net” to grotesque degrees and make an already dependent group even more dependent on the nanny state. The other side wants to wage wars in parts of the world we ought not meddle in, and nation build, in addition at home, propping up big business at the expense of the nations well being.
It is essential that the Libertarian Party shows the nation that we are not a party of extremes. We are truly the party of peace, and the party of and for the constitution. We must show the left, we are not here to demonize minority groups. We are here to support our fellow man regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation or the like. We must show the right that we are not here to build bigger government, we are here to reign it in. We are here for liberty. The Libertarian party has a great deal of work but we have so much to work with and its frustrating at times that we don’t do more to show the nation that they do not have to be beholden to a two party system that uses them for personal gain. They do have a choice. They do hold the power.
There is much work to be done, but I feel that we are on our way.