Against the status quo
Gary Johnson, the two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, is running for president under the Libertarian banner. The Libertarian Party belief can be split into three categories: Personal liberties, economic liberties and securing liberties.
Personal liberty is the ability to do what you want, as long as you dont harm or stop anyone else from doing the same.
This can be applied to many hot-button issues today, whether that is consuming marijuana or choosing who you are going to spend the rest of your life with.
Unlike the Democratic Party, which recently decided to added support of gay rights in their platform, the Libertarian Party has supported equal rights for all since its creation.
The party platform states, Our support of an individuals right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices. Individuals are able to make those decisions for themselves; it should not be at the hands of government.
Libertarians are for a free and competitive market and are against a tax system that benefits some at the expense of others.
Republicans say they want a free market, but continuing to give special handouts to large corporations is putting small business at a disadvantage. Libertarians believe no one should be punished for their success by paying higher taxes. At the same time, a free market is the best tool to pull people out of poverty.
Libertarians believe in a strong national defense, but do not believe in pre-emptive wars, nation building or foreign aid to dictators. Libertarians want a noninterventionist foreign policy that works with us, not against us.
Libertarians want nothing more than to give you the choice on how you live your life. Gov. Johnson said, If you believe government should be out of the bedroom and out of your wallet, be a Libertarian with me.
The Libertarian Party is not useless in a two-party system. Gov. Johnson repeatedly said on the campaign trail, A wasted vote is voting for someone you dont believe in.
The Libertarian Party is the party of principle. America can be a better place when people start voting for peace and prosperity, not the status quo of Republicans and Democrats.
Bryant Moy is a junior political science major of Jonesboro and is the founder and president of Young American for Liberty
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