For those who aren’t a fan of the Democratic and Republican front runners, there may be hope on the horizon in the form of a third party Libertarian candidate. The Libertarians just held their national convention and picked former Republican governor Gary Johnson as their presidential nominee. Why should you care? Because the Libs are the only other political party who can get on all 50 ballots in November’s election, and even a small amount of votes in certain states could affect the overall electoral math. Stakes, raised.
You may be wondering what the heck is a Libertarian anyway? Well, essentially most modern Libertarians are in favor of minimum government and maximum freedom to an extreme degree. They are generally more fiscally conservative than Republicans (i.e. pro-free market, anti-regulation, anti-taxes and anti-spending) and more socially liberal than Democrats (i.e. pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun, pro-marijuana). So is there any chance that the next president will be a Libertarian? Well the party got 1% of the vote in 2012, but is polling at 10% currently. And in an unpredictable election year where public dislike of Trump and Clinton is so high, anything might be possible.
So which voters are the Libertarians trying to sway? Mostly they’re hoping to win over the #NeverTrump movement and alienated Bernie supporters. But before you get too excited at the idea of voting for a third party alternative to Clinton and Trump, just be warned that the Libertarian Party is not your typical political institution. Rowdy crowds, Trump-bashing and a super unsexy striptease upped the ante at the bizarre convention. But if you’re a fan of Ayn Rand and unconventional politics then this party might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Wishing you had more freedom? Maybe it’s time to buy a boat, hire a ridiculously good-looking crew and kick government butt? Movie for your mood: Serenity