This November 2nd, Libertarian candidates across the country are offering REAL change to the voting public ... that of Minimum Government and Maximum Freedom.

To learn more about Libertarianism, visit the Libertarian Party website at: http://www.lp.org/ and to learn more about Libertarian Candidates running in your state, visit http://www.lp.org/candidates-10


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jejst...
Oct. 20, 2010 at 9:02 PM

ladyluke: Thanks for taking the time to respond ... a little dialogue is always a good thing.

To address your concerns ... Libertarians live by some very basic principles (individual freedom, personal responsibility and constitutionally limited government) and those principles serve as a litmus test for our actions. Elected Libertarians would use those same principles when creating and/or voting on legislation. If legislation would be in opposition to individual freedom, personal responsibility and constitutionally limited government, then it simply could not be supported.

That said, since you are interested in voting for the individual candidate (rather than strictly voting by party)  may I suggest that you give the Libertarian Candidates in your area/state a look. There might be a particular LP candidate that piques your interest and/or that you would feel comfortable voting for. Here's a link: http://www.lpo.org/2010-candidates.html

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suzyq...
Oct. 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

I embrace Libertarianism because it is the only political movement and philosophy rooted in non-agression and individual rights.  

Libertarianism recognizes that healthcare, housing, and food are necessary for individuals to remain productive and reach their full potential, but they understand that governments are by their very nature ill-equipped to deal with the unique needs of each individual.  Individuals are best equipped to provide these things for themselves and individuals, not governments can best help those in need.  Moreover, individuals have the right to choose their housing, their education, their healthcare and not have those choices mandated for them by government. Libertarianism is truly pro-Choice.

Libertarianism argues that an individual has the right to make their own choices and pursue their own happiness as long as those choices do not interfere with another individual's right to do the same.  

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jejst...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Well said suzyq

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ethan...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 12:43 AM

ladyluke- I'm kinda curiouse why you agree with the line "No thank you, I'll pass" (on specifically voting for a Libertarian) and then clarify with the line 'I vote for the best idiot'.

Are you insinuating that Libertarian are NOT idiots and therefor don't meet your standard for an elected official?

Why would you completely exclude an entire party based on the fact that ALL parties 'lie'? Why bother voting?

I ask in sincerity.

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jewje...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Your title.

do you really believe a Libertarian will give you real change?

64 million voted hopefully for real change last time. Why in the hell do you think your POLITICIANS will be any different?

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jewje...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

and besides.....how many years in a row are we gonna hear " Change" from candidates. Kennedy ran on that, Clinton ran on that, Obama ran on that, You are spouting that, and Palin is starting up with same mantra.

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jejst...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 2:11 PM

jewjewbee ... Your reluctance to put any stock in career politicians and their promises is understandable.  And I can see why you might wince at the title of this journal due to the behavior of far too many elected Republicans and Democrats who have shown little-to-no respect for their oath of office or to the constituents they are suppose to represent.

That said, I absolutely do believe that a Libertarian candidate if/when elected would invest him/herself in an ongoing effort to bring about genuine change ... as we Libertarians embrace the philosophy of non-aggression i.e. we do not believe in the initiation of force or fraud (whether we are speaking of our own individual decisions and actions or those introduced/supported by government). This was explained well in an earlier post here by suzyq.

I urge you to review the Libertarian Party Platform (which I have included in this journal) along with the many Libertarian candidates running for office ... if you do, I assure you the change of which I speak will be apparent. 

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jewje...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I have. Over 3 years ago. I cannot say I agree moreso with the LP than with the RP. I can only say to you, if you are not a plant, I'm happy your happy with your choice. As far as change being apparent, I'm not into change.I'm into repeal and restore. GL over the next few years.

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suzyq...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Jewjewbee,

Your point about not being into "change" but being into "repeal and restore" is well stated, and I actually think that sentiment is more in line with the Libertarian message. Libertarianism wholeheartedly supports restoring the original constitutional framework of this country.  I understand your reaction to the "change" heading.  I agree! I would personally like to see every unconstitutional law and program immediately repealed so we can restore this county as a constitutional republic.

And that truly would be a real change from the rhetoric of most of our elected officials.

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jejst...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I also agree with repeal and restore  ... which is in fact a change from today's direction (so perhaps you and I are dealing more with semantics rather than actual differences, eh?  :-)

Below is one of my favorite quotes by the late, great Sen. Barry Goldwater in which he eloquently speaks of the need to repeal and restore ...

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."

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