Do you really want the Libertarian Party to have MAJOR Party status in 2016?Submitted by joeinmo on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 11:21
Regardless if you agree with Gary Johnson's Pro Choice stance or the Libertarian Party's open borders platform or not, would you really want the Libertarian Party to have major Party status in 2016? I don't think it's a bright idea if you want to save this country. While the thought of another major party sounds really good, it might be really bad for The United States of America the next 2 or 3 presidential election cycles. The idea is to save the country, not punish a political party, like the GOP. If the Libertarian Party achieves major party status (Generally 5% of the vote nationwide) they get federal matching funds and achieve automatic national debate inclusion - the ultimate Libertarian Party wet dream. But while this sounds fantastic, it will ensure a Democrat/Socialists sweep for some time to come. The old USA will long turn into the new Greece by that time. And those in the Republican Party that you are thinking you are punishing will be laughing all the way to the bank. The power players in each party are not really from different political parties, they just use each party to further their power, corruption and greed. They are ambidextrous when it comes to political party allegiance and will switch to the party in power on the turn of a dime.
So if you think you want to elect Rand Paul, Judge Napolitano, Palin, Lee, or various other liberty leaning or anti-establishment candidates and other possibilities, you may but it won't be in 2016, 2020 or probably not even in 2024 - now if everyone all at once will promise to jump from the GOP to the LP there could be something happening in 2020, but I don't see that happening. On the choice issue, open borders, trade, I think the LP will not attract enough to overcome what's left of the GOP and the Democrat Parties. If the Green Party or some other party variation of the Democrats became strong, maybe.
So if you want to take over the GOP as Dr. Paul suggests, you might want to write him in, vote for the CP candidate, they are not on the ballot in all 50 states and cannot attain major party status, or vote for the LP where the CP is not on the ballot - mix it up.
So let's say you had Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and a yet to be announced Libertarian Party candidate all on the debate stage together, all running on all 50 state ballots, all with federal matching funds. Who gets hurt the worst by the third major party, and who wins. I'm think Hillary wins, Rand comes in 2nd and LP candidate plays spoiler.
btw - doesn't have to be Rand people, just an example