The Libertarian Party is a growing political party. Overall its goals are to, in a realistic manner, obtain maximum freedom and limited Government.
Many Libertarians were once either Democrats or card carrying Republicans. That's because they didn't know about the Libertarian Party and thought they were the only real options.
An individual may have said to themselves, 'Well, I like the idea of being able to have a gun to protect myself and I don't like the idea of tax increases, so I guess I must be a Republican... but then again, I support marriage equality and I'm pro-choice on the abortion issue, so maybe I should be a Democrat?'
It may surprise you to know that many people have had a similar dilemma; they're conservative on some issues and liberal on others.
The deciding factor of whether the person may be a Libertarian, however, stems from the belief that individuals should have more decision making power and the Government should have less.
There's a common misconception that Libertarians are just Republicans who smoke pot. This isn't exactly accurate. I've known Libertarians who don't like drugs and don't like guns, but what they do like is the liberty for the individual to be able to decide if they want to smoke pot or own a gun.
I personally do not smoke marijuana, but I think you should be able to smoke it all you want provided that you do so without harming anyone else. I don't argue for "medical marijuana", I argue that you worked 8+ hours and if you want to smoke a joint to relax then that should be entirely up to you and you should have the freedom to do so, even as a completely healthy adult.
That's what America was founded on, the idea that citizens should have these basic decision making rights as long as they didn't infringe on others'. Somewhere between 1776 and 2016, however, that concept was lost... but not forgotten.
If you're someone who values individual liberty and believe the Democratic party and Republican party are both antiquated and oppressive, then you may be a Libertarian.
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