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Libertarians—Not Wanted By The Electorate

We’ve heard a lot about Libertarian Presidential candidates in 2008, but the facts are that the voting public does not want these people.

Congressman Ron Paul’s Republican primary campaign was a flop. Despite raising a lot of money from a core of true believers, Rep. Paul did not have nearly the success of outsider primary candidates Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988 or Pat Robertson in 1988

Wedded to his government job, Dr. Paul did not run for President on a third party ticket in 2008. Instead, he is running for reelection to Congress in Texas.

Libertarians have nominated former Congressman Bob Barr ( photo above) of Georgia as their 2008 nominee. Losing a 2002 Republican primary to keep his seat in the House, alleged Libertarian Barr is now looking for another government job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

No Libertarian nominee has ever won more than 1.1% of the total vote in a Presidential election. And that was way back in 1980. Ed Clark was the Libertarian who delivered the 1.1% for the faithful.

Libertarianism is a philosophy that says, when all is said and done, that no person has any obligation to assist any other person. Even in individualist America, this view has been soundly rejected at the pools. Mr. Barr in 2008 will be yet another in a long line of Libertarian electoral non-entities.

July 21, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , ,


  1. Libertarianism is NOT philosophy that says no person has any obligation assist any other person. Libertarianism is a philosophy that says that the government shouldn’t steal money from the politically unconnected to “assist” the politically connected line their pockets.

    Comment by jwgegler | July 21, 2008

  2. The government doesn’t “steal” when it collects taxes. It collects what is obligated as decided by society according to the rules of our democracy. If you believe you don’t owe taxes, then you believe you have no obligations toward your countrymen.

    As far as lining the pockets of the politically connected, I’m with you on that. As a Democrat who believes government belongs to everyone equally, it chaps my hide to see Republican donors getting sweet deals like tax abatements, corporate welfare, no bid contracts, preferential treatment, and all manner of shady things. We may disagree with Libertarians on the correct size and scope of government, but I think we can agree that what government we do have needs to be competent and professional, with the interests of the greater good coming before personal or political gain.

    Comment by Whosplayin | July 22, 2008

  3. If it wasn’t theft, it wouldn’t be called a tax, it would be called a market transaction. Coca-cola doesn’t tax you in order to suppy you with soda, Nintendo doesn’t tax you in order to provide you with a Wii. Either you want these things, and value them more than other things you could buy, in which case you purchase them and fork over the cash—or you don’t want them, or don’t value them enough to justify their purchases in light of the opportunity costs. With taxes, generally a service is “provided” with little to no regard given to how much you actually use or benefit therefrom, or even whether you wanted it in the first place. And then you’re forced to pay. The fallacy is that taxes are somehow either justified and/or necessary


    Comment by disinter | July 22, 2008

  4. Libertarianism is about following the Constitution and not having a majority rule the minority. It is about having a republic and not a democracy, which is what the Constitution calls for. What shocks people about the Democratic Party is that any of the minority groups that join them can wake up at any time and say “they are only voting for us because we have a coalition with them”. White males, for instance, are a minority who are not in a coalition with the Democrats. What the Democrats do to win is they tie up as many minorities as possible in a coalition and then claim power to overrule the minorities who do not join them.

    Comment by Jack Sanderson | July 22, 2008

  5. Here in Europe, libertarians regularly get 10% of the vote and, thus, get 10% of the parliaments…making them the ones on control between the left and right factions. This is the way it should be in the USA. And it just might end up being that way if Bob Barr’s run scares McCain into chosing a libertarian Republican VP like Sanford or Palin.

    If McCain choses a socon for VP, 10% of Americans who might otherwise vote for him, will not vote or vote for Barr.

    Comment by Jack Sanderson | July 22, 2008

  6. Most people realize that we must have taxes because we live in a society where people have needs that can’t be met by the private sector. Only a few refuse to see this fact. That might be the 1.1% who vote for Libertarians in a good year for the party.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 22, 2008

  7. people have needs that can’t be met by the private sector.

    Like what?

    Comment by disinter | July 23, 2008

  8. Like, Wick that helps poor mothers. do you think private money gives a shit about the poor? the parks the roads, do you think that if enron or exxon was in charge of our parks or roads they would be taken care of? they would drill in graveyards of their own family plots for an extra nickel. There are too many to list disinter are you joking?

    Comment by Bill Brady | July 23, 2008

  9. Yeah!

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 23, 2008

  10. do you think private money gives a shit about the poor?

    Yes, it is called charity.

    are you joking?

    No, but since you couldn’t produce any rational examples it appears you are.

    Comment by disinter | July 24, 2008

  11. charity is a tax write off for the private sector. the real charity is the volenteers who work for free, kids that raise money and give to a cause, what charity is going to take care of the roads and parks? rational examples to who? i am glad the voting majority does not share your view.

    Comment by bill brady | July 25, 2008

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