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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Daily 49er: Vote Libertarian to Break Out of the 2-Party System

From a Sep. 22 editorial by Stuart Schmidt on Daily49er.com, "the definitive source for Cal State Long Beach" news:

[...] So what’s the solution to the current big government that seems to do nothing but spend our hard earned money without concern? I have your answer and it’s called the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party is the third-largest political party in the country, but only has 250,000 members. This small, grassroots organization stands for, as they display on their Web site, “Smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.”

Unlike Democrats and Republicans, Libertarians stress financial responsibility and stand to protect individuals from skyrocketing taxes by cutting them. Taxes are not only unfair to the wealthy, but keep the working poor from moving up the socio-economic ladder by taking away what little money they have.

Libertarians also remain firm in their protection of civil liberties, something in which both Democrats and Republicans seem to get away with “bending.” Let us not forget that Obama is continuing many of the provisions of the PATRIOT Act.

In short, this political party believes that freedom, whether it is economic freedom from excessive taxation, or social freedom, is paramount. Ben Franklin had a point when he said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither.”

If there was any time in American history for a third party to enter the fray of mainstream politics, it is now. The current major parties are failing at running this country and it is up to us, the average citizens, to vote for a political structure that promotes the freedom and prosperity we deserve.

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