Remember when I wrote about the American election cycle being flaccid and hopeless? Well I’m starting to think that I may have spoken too soon. I mean sure, we are most likely going to be stuck with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton after the primaries. But there is a third party that I think may have a chance – namely, the Libertarian Party.
In retrospect, it’s bizarre that I’ve managed to overlook them because, in this election cycle, they would surely make a great alternative especially considering that public interest in the Libertarian Party seems to have been skyrocketing ever since Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the Republican primaries. At first Google searches for the Libertarian Party spiked, but over the course of the month the party has managed to get attention from the mainstream media, which to me clearly seems like the Libertarian Party is beginning to be seen as a big deal. And why not? It’s now basically inevitable that the US elections will come down to Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump, and both of them have been the most polarizing candidates of their respective parties during this cycles. Something like the Libertarian Party would be seen as a viable alternative to both candidates when you consider that the Democrats are getting the most dishonest career politician of them all while the Republicans get a misguided and barely intelligent nationalist who is turning their party upside down.
As someone who has considered himself a libertarian for pretty much all of his political life, I am more than happy to endorse the Libertarian Party. Whether it’s the Libertarian Party headed by Gary Johnson, John McAfee, or Austin Petersen, this party is the one that’s closest to my principles and the top three candidates all chime with me in certain ways (the flipside, of course, is that it makes it harder for me to decide who to support ultimately). I think that even if the Libertarian Party doesn’t win, I think they will make history. And besides, in this day and age when even Sanders is a big government advocate who is apparently in favor of Britain remaining in the EU, who is more anti-establishment than the Libertarians?