More and more Americans are becoming socially liberal and economically conservative. They are then stuck between two evils. The current Democratic Party is well structured and they can convince a large chunk of the population to vote for them. However, many of their policies don't work and they tend to look at the intentions rather than the results. The Republican Party has a lot of good economic policy, but is downright scary for their social values. Republicans do value more self reliance and a smaller government. Since the Libertarians have the same small government, self reliance philosophy as Republicans, they should merge with this party because it would be a way to capture many more of the votes and get good policies passed.
The way I see it, the Libertarian Party doesn't have nearly enough voters in it to get anywhere, seeing as to there are at least 5 times more Republicans and 5 times more Democrats as far as I know. As it stands right now, if Libertarians and Republicans can work on a truce and vote on mutual grounds, we can put a stop to further progression the Welfare state the Dems are working towards. It would be an uneasy alliance, sure, but sometimes you have to side with the lesser of two evils...Once we get that problem out of the way, it would be possible to make the next step towards a more Libertarian-friendly country. These things take time, and the Libertarians just don't have enough manpower in the polls right now. I hold more to a Libertarian philosophy, and have been offered a journalist job by a primary Conservative because he also feels the same way, saying a "cease fire" between the Republicans and the Libertarians may be the best way to go for now. Rome wasn't built in a day and whatnot.
The arrangement would initially be an agreement for the President and VP and would be shared between the 2 parties. If both have primaries we would take the top 2 and have another vote to determine which one would be the presidential nominee and the other would automatically be the VP nominee. Republicans would benefit from an increased voter base and Libertarians would have a stronger shot at the presidency. Even if the president is republican, the libertarian would be known and able to run as the nominee with a republican VP. It would be a symbiotic relationship that yields better results.
Moderate Libertarians will be willing to sacrifice some radical ideas in order to have the best possible candidate in the white house, while the number of family-value oriented Republicans is decreasing. Hopefully the Republican party will move past its GW days, and hopefully the 2-5% of libertarians in this country will realize what's best, stop worshiping Ayn Rand and extremist ideologies, and unite to form a coalition, like in any other 1st world country.
I’m glad you asked that question. Im willing to bet that most of the NO people are democrats. Anyone who doesn't realize that half of the reason why Romney lost is because of Ron Paul might merely be following the motions of the party. They may not really understand just how much common ground Libertarians and Republicans truly have. I'll start by saying that many Libertarian’s argue that they don’t wish to join Republicans because they are corrupt. While some Republicans may be corrupt the statement in general is irrelevant to the Republican message and should not be something to be said about the party as a whole. Republicans like Libertarians are conservative; this aspect alone should be enough reason for us to unite. Being conservative is basically being the same party for three main reasons: pro-constitution, pro-limited government, and pro-capitalism. This alone makes us entirely different from the current Democrats. So why not unite? Isn’t that what the United in USA stands for anyway? Isn’t that what being American is all about? Isn't that what our founding fathers intended? I say we put aside our petty differences.
I’m glad you asked that question. Anyone who doesn't realize that half of the reason why Romney lost is because of Ron Paul might merely be following the motions of the party. They may not really understand just how much common ground Libertarians and Republicans truly have. I'll start by saying that many Libertarian’s argue that they don’t wish to join Republicans because they are corrupt. While some Republicans may be corrupt the statement in general is irrelevant to the Republican message and should not be something to be said about the party as a whole. Republicans like Libertarians are conservative; this aspect alone should be enough reason for us to unite. Being conservative is basically being the same party for three reasons: pro-constitution, pro-limited government, pro-capitalism this alone makes us entirely different from the current Democrats. So why not join unite? Isn’t that what the United in USA stands for anyway? Isn’t that what being American is all about? I say we put aside our petty differences.
I think Libertarian and Republicans should unite. They have similar views and similar wants. Also a libertarian is much closer to a Republican than it is to a democrat. If they had united maybe Mitt Romney would have had a better chance of winning the election. A libertarian candidate isn't going to win the Presidential election so there vote is kind of going to waste.
The Republican Party will not change to accommodate Libertarian ideals. Men like Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are not embraced by the GOP which has continuously resisted inner change for a very long time. The 2012 election showed that when Republicans overwhelmingly rejected libertarian candidates.
Now the GOP is slowly dying because of the flaws of its own platform while the Libertarian Party is growing in popularity. Why should Libertarians hop onto the GOP's sinking boat? It is undeniable that the Libertarian Party is getting stronger. As we get stronger, we can do far better on our own in the future as the Republicans continuously shrink from power.
As a libertarian I can see that the republicans and the libertarian party have little to no common ground. Though both support free markets republicans for the most part are against allowing many valid markets, such as drugs and prostitution, to be legal under their of family values. Republicans also have a bad habit of supporting war and attacking liberties. Finally republicans often compromise fiscal discipline for democratic deficit spending and in the words of Ayn Rand "In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win."
The Libertarians have nothing to gain by being in one of the two major parties as both sides are corrupt in the end. The Libs are better off gaining traction and support on their own away from the influence of the big two, than if they merged with them and became one of them in effect. So no I don't think the Libertarians and Republicans should unite, from the Libs perspective, they wouldn't gain anything from it.
The Republican party has drifted too far from the ideals that true Libertarians would want. Republicans are actually quite in favor of big government nowadays: they want to have the government enforce socially conservative views on people, and many Republicans want a much bigger and stronger military than what most Libertarians would advocate. The two views have some similarities, but it's not like the Democrats and their socially liberal views are any more (or any less) dissimilar.