Originally Posted by Crushaholic
So basically, it comes down to the fact that Bush is from Texas. Alrighty then...
I did a report on the Libertarian Party WAY back in high school. They do have some nice idealistic plans. However, they wouldn't work in real America. For instance, they want to limit the government to providing for the common defense of the country like the Constitution outlines. Too many people depend on government programs these days. I don't like it, but it's reality. The person who tries to eliminate all sorts of government programs across the board will be drummed out of office so fast it wouldn't be funny. The left wants to say that Bush lost X amount of jobs in his tenure. That would be nothing if the Libertarians ever get their way.
The reason to vote libertarian isn't so that they can implement their radical agenda. It is so that mainstream American politics moves in a libertarian direction (more freedom, less government). If the Libertarian party ever became a mainstream party it would only be after they moderated their short term goals to something more practical. But I don't see the Libertarian party ever becoming a mainstream party. Instead, I sometimes vote Libertarian because if they generate enough support, one of the major parties will adopt more libertarian positions. As an example of how this kind of thing happens, look back at the 1992 presidential election when Ross Perot generated a lot of support because he was a deficit hawk. Neither major party was very serious about the deficit before 92 although the Republicans gave it lip service while they were in the minority in Congress. After Perot made the issue popular, Clinton adopted it and both the dems and the repubs in the congress started acting like they'd discovered a new religion.