The biggest change to spur on the transition from the GOP to the LP is the Internet. All voters want a socially and economically libertarian alternative to a pro-democracy party. Austrian economics, broad tax reform, laissez faire, free market deregulation, global free trade, market-based solutions, privatization of services, is the Libertarian Party of the future.
The religious social policy of the GOP is turning away many young voters who don't agree with many of the paternalistic social policy pushed by the party.
The GOP hasn't been really been fiscally conservative since Nixon destroyed the gold standard. This once great divide between the Democrats and the GOP has been steadily eroding since.
There is a growing number of youths that believe in fiscal conservatism but don't see America as the world police as the major parties do.
There is a great potential to draw voters from both parties.
People are getting frustrated with both parties now; the leadership is terrible. The Republican party especially seems dead, considering that hardcore Conservatives and Libertarians are fed up with Republican leadership. The Democratic party I think could still survive on account of the Liberals cozying up with each other, but that party is becoming more left-wing than ever before. The parties aren't satisfying either side, and the Libertarians are doing what is necessary. Just look at Rand Paul.
Much of what attracts people to the Republican party are libertarian principles. However, when people become involved in the Republican party, they are slowly indoctrinated to swallow an agenda that includes a whole host of unpopular and bad ideas. They are led to believe that the only way they can get what they want (smaller government, liberty, freedom, and respect or individual rights and property) is to also become cheerleaders for corporately controlled government, fraud and wasteful military adventures. They must align themselves with Bible thumping crazy people and evil corporate fraudsters.
The Libertarians don't make people swallow bad ideas to support good ones. They are more viable and in line with the will of today's people.
I predict within ten years big money, to be blunt, will build the libertarian party up to something comparable to the other two parties. In terms of cost effectiveness, if the libertarians had a tenth of the funding of republicans and democrats, the congress, senate and president would all be libertarian run. This is not an exaggeration. Seven lib candidates achieved over a million votes in the 2012 election. I suggest your readers find out how little money each candidate raised against the other two main party ones. Believe me, it makes a difference sadly enough.
I'm a libertarian. Not a Libertarian (capitalization implies the Party). I despise the Grand Old Party and much of what it stands for. The GOP stands for military interventionism, Keynesianism, and stands against liberty as we know and love in America (see the PATRIOT Act). The Libertarian Party is already the largest third party in the United States, and got nearly 2 million votes in the General Election, so I see it as a possibility that it will rise to be a major party, perhaps even knocking the outdated GOP out of the game.
America's divide is occurring between themes rather than policies. The racial policies of the Democratic Party are very frightening to so many people in the 21st century -- affirmative action is not a good policy and alienates many voters. Libertarianism is turning the page and forcing a new Democratic Party.
The Republican Party is no longer true to its small government philosophy, it has also been tainted by corrupt and power hungry leaders. It has come to be viewed as the party of rich old white men. Now even though being ruled by rich old white men may be a western tradition it is not true to the rebellious nature our nation was founded upon. Therefore the party has drifted too far from the nations true ideology and needs to be replaced by a more youthful "classically liberal" party.
I think it will still be called the Republican Party, but the platform will be very similar to the Libertarian Party platform. The Libertarian Party is a little extreme when it comes to cutting government spending. Republicans could adopt some of their policies to make more palatable for Americans, Two states have already legalized marijuana (states' rights). Same sex marriage is becoming more accepted (again states' rights). In addition many people are fed up with government abuse like the IRS scandal as well as our national debt going through the roof.
Source: Last 14 years...Republicans are lost, unable to find their way and refuse to stop and ask for directions. They are the quintessential male driver; who, instead of admitting they are wrong and correcting their mistakes; they find comfort with the voices in their head that convince them they will be right and just enough time needs to pass by.
The American People will soon come to the realization that spending needs to be cut and the size of Government reduced. Americans have also become more Liberal in the way it views individual rights and the libertarian system supports those rights. Unfortunately many intellectuals and schools of thought are still teaching a form a socialism that has proven to fail throughout Europe.
Many people agree with the Republican stance on the economy, having the government keep it' hands off people's money. They believe that it should be laissez-faire; that people should have the right to what they own. But their stances on homosexuality and marijuana, among other ones, are rapidly becoming less popular, which will either force them to change to a Libertarian perspective, or they will die and the Libertarians will fill the void.
I am thinking that folks my age 39 and younger that have fiscal responsibility and less ardent religious views will become Libertarians. I find the Democrats horrible on fiscal issues and especially now very bad on personal liberty and freedom (Holder), and hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. Still evil. We hard working people are tired of BS and BS promises.
The United States was based on the ideals of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Our founding fathers established a government that was intended to stay small in nature and only to protect our rights according to the constitution. The American people should decide how they want to live within their own communities and states and not how everyone in the country should live.
From my experience (which I realize doesn't mean much since I am only 23) most devoted Republican supporters are of an older generation (at least 30, but typically somewhere from 50 to 80 years old, baby boomers). But most young conservatives (under 30) are actually pretty libertarian. We want our freedom, we value our freedom, and the burden of debt placed upon us by an older generation needs to be reduced by cutting programs and making the government smaller until it can pay off what it owes. Eventually the older Republicans will literally all die off, the direction of the youth is the direction of the future.
The Neocons (Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, GWB) are seen as corrupt politicians who would be happy to spend taxpayer's money on unnessary warfare at the expense of structural and social infrastructure. The Born-Again Christians would impose their religious views to other voters, rendering them the Christian version of Hezbollah. Thus, the only viable option long term is the Libertarian wing of the GOP. The GOP will still exist, but in the future, the views are Libertarian, especially that neo-con war strategy, Born-Again Christian social views, and bailouts (especially banking) is anathema to Libertarianism. If there is a viable libertarian GOP candidate, the Democrat Party will be in big trouble.
The only republicans winning elections for the most part are the ones leaning towards the libertarian slant. Ron Paul was first a member of the Libertarian party before changing to republican for his voice to be heard and it seems that it may be a continuing trend. As the establishment starts losing more and more the libertarians will be the only ones winning republican seats. The younger generations just starting to vote can see that both parties are essentially the same and are looking for the change that they had hoped would come with our current president.
It'll probably be slow, who knows. They younger generation is much more liberal than they used to be. A smart thing to do is to allow Libertarian ideology attract the younger liberals who aren't statists. The smartest move would be for the GOP to evolve into libertarian ideas.The biggest problem would be to get the stubborn evangelical tyrants off their high horses. Though to be honest, if the democratic party keeps churning out minority politicians, it's not like they'll have a choice anyways.
The best way to politically support our Constitutional Republic is by supporting and protecting the libertarian ideals upon which it is founded. Republicans think they're doing this with fiscal conservatism and war. Although fiscal conservatism is part of it (better to say limited government), war, in the way the GOP has been prosecuting it for over 100 years, is not. People (republicans) are figuring this out for themselves. The surest way to turn a republican into a libertarian is to show him Mises, Bastiat, Locke, Ron Paul and ask him to think critically about what they say.
The Republicans have been talking to themselves and like-minded partisans. They haven't branded themselves in away that reaches the widest demographic. Libertarians have a core Ideology that leaves wiggle room for people and organizations of all types to adhere and support them. The GOP has become exclusionary, whereas the Libertarians are inviting and inclusive in nature.
The LP will take over the GOP as the evangelical Christian Right successfully did in the 1980's. Young, much less (or even atheistic) electronically-engaged activists will redefine the GOP and give it the same enthusiasm that the Democratic Party currently has (and especially had in 2008) much of. As Rand Paul said, "Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom", and it is that inconsistency that young Libertarians seek to fix.
I think the debate over drones and civil liberties started a firestorm that will lead to a competitive third party. The similarities to the end of the Whig Party and anti-slavery movement are stunningly parallel to the political activity taking place in the United States, today. I feel a movement for liberty has begun.
Unfortunately due to the two party monopoly, it is nearly impossible for non-mainstream parties to get any traction. Most Libertarians would rather work within an existing party to move the parties politics closer to what the Libertarians want. Republicans have a history of Libertarian leanings, and so I think most Libertarians will choose to try to change that party as opposed to the democratic party. Long dong silver!
Today's youth, who are the future of America, seem to be far more libertarian leaning due to the libertarian's socially liberal policies, while still retaining the fiscally conservative mindset of the traditional GOP. The uniting of these two principals under one party that appeals to members of both traditional parties, bodes well for the libertarians future.
Libertarian ideals which generally at one end or the other of the political spectrum, small government in fiscal and monetary matters as well as small government in social issues, has the ability to ignite passions in youth voters. The 'Old Guard' of the Republican party cannot reach across the aisle and find issues on which both parties can agree, which when it comes down to it will favor the Democrats more when it comes time to go to the polls. Either the Republican party must find a way to fire up independents and youth voters by adopting Libertarian principles and make the base take it if they ever want power back, or the Libertarian party itself will step into the vacuum caused by a week 2nd party.
There are no core differences between Democrats and Republicans anymore, therefore the existing two-party system cannot include a lot of political variety in it. Libertarians will get their place with half of libertarian-leaning Republicans. The other half will join Democrats because it's the only way for survival for them. Libertarians are also will get votes from the Constitutional party if they can prove their power.
The Republicans of today are very similar to the Democrats of today. Sure, they redistribute tax money to corporations instead of poor people and a few other nuances. It's all the same in terms of continually growing the government powers, overspending, driving the war machine, and removing rights from those they disagree with. The only things that differentiate the GOP anymore are the anti-gay, anti-women's rights, and heavily pushing religion into government. These are positive attributes to a shrinking group of people; highly negative to everyone else. Libertarians don't have those negative attributes.
Libertarianism comes from two principles - self-ownership and non-aggression. The GOP has no such principles and is therefore neutered in the game of making intellectually coherent policy. A sufficiently powerful party may get along just fine with this, so long as their constituents are as intellectually inconsistent as the party itself, but sooner or later (sooner in this case) the debate about principles is going to spread throughout the public like a meme and the GOP will not have the ammo to counter the barrage of attacks it will face.
You can see it happen when Ann Coulter answers questions on John Stossel; it is very apparent that in terms of logical consistency and principled stances on issues, she's a lightweight. When 1 out of every 100 people you know are Libertarians, it is easy to ignore their philosophically strong, if odd, stances on things like the drug war, personal privacy, and free markets; when those numbers shift to 1 in 10, you've either got to do a little self-examination (and what member of the GOP doesn't turn LP after they've done so?) or be in for a long slog, trying to justify your views, half of which are inconsistent with what you've claimed you were for in some other discussion, and ultimately reaching the same conclusion as your 8 other friends, that the world is not flat, that evolution did happen, and that policies directly springing from the principles stated above are the only things the government ought to be engaged in.
Younger generation is much more socially tolerant. But they see the debt and relize that they don't want to keep spending cause they realize lower taxes for them and there children are where they need to go. Eventually gay marriage marijuana will be legel. That's why dems get a lot of young votes. But there starting to see libertarians provide the best of the left and right. And the most important of all freedom
Everyday I watch as more and more individual AMERICAN rights are signed away at the hands of our government. Higher taxes, Obamacare, that forces the American people to be dependent upon the government nipple by punishing the middle class to make the producers provide for the lazy, people who make a living off the system because they lack the character to go get a damned job. The government does not know what is best for us. Give me liberty or give me DEATH! None of us are FREE. We have become asleep and our Republicans have sat and watched and been a part of sealing our fates as human slaves to the system.
The more legislation they pass, the worse off we are. We have become a police state nation. We are ALREADY under Marshall Law. At any moment ANY agency can come with their guns blazing to take everything we own including our freedom and NONE of us alone, can afford to fight them. We are the punished.
We the People need to WAKE up and take our country back!
Both parties are far too intrusive. Don't allow the Republicans to fool you....They are just more subtle with their agenda of Government Control. Examples: Your bed partner, birth control, NSA spying, etc...Etc...And the list goes on! GOVERNMENT....Stay out our lives!! "LET FREEDOM RING..... Vote libertarian!!" We must put the "asses & elephants" out of office in 2016!
The military, corporate, and religious lobbies are drowning out the voices of your average moderate conservative. The same thing is happening in the democratic party with environmental, union, and ethnic and gender lobbies, but not as much. As the electorate becomes more informed and sophisticated while the lobbies get bigger, the multi-party spoiler effect will get worse. What would work better are coalitions. The Democratic nominee could choose a strong Green as a running mate or the Republican nominee could choose a Libertarian as a running mate. Its not as if Libertarians and Greens are any crazier than Democrats and Republicans, just more principled and idealistic.
The ideas being supported by the Libertarians are far more intelligent than the Republican ideas. The Republicans are crumbling as a party due to rather silly concepts. Many Republicans have a fair amount of Libertarian views. So it's not that unreasonable to say a shift is coming. They have lost a lot of support across the country. It will take time for major change, but I really believe it's headed that way.
If the republican party is all about limited government and all about the constitution they should now be involved in the same kind of regulating and being involved in people's lives like gay marriage, the drug war, and the use of force, when people have and truly have liberty the world will be a better place.
Conservatives like myself are disgusted with the current state of the GOP. The Neocons have moved away from their base and no longer serve the people. The last presidential election was proof, from the underhanded tactics to last minute rule changes (at the RNC) that shifted balance from the bottom up, to the top down was proof to me, that the Neocons know their reign is over and are grasping to maintain their hold on the party in hopes that Libertarians will fade away before they essentially take over the party.
They have no idea of the thoughts, will, or needs, of the American people ! I don't know who they represent, but it's NOT my neighbors, friends or me. They seem to represent the type of American who only cares for THEIR interest. Their "smoke screen" positions have "gone with the wind". People are smarter now and can see through what they say, to what they mean !
The Republicans of today are not Republicans that Thomas Jefferson would in any way endorse, support or join. They are sold out to special interests. The Constitution and the founding vision of America is no longer their focus or motivation. They have lost their way, and in doing so, they have lost me as a voter.
Republicans do not stand strong enough on any platform. Their social ideology loses the new generation, and their economic stance is still too much government control. Most people in this country support more economic freedom and social freedom, they just don't vote for it. I think if the ideas were just promoted more without giving away the party name more people would realize that this is the way they feel.
GOP "leaders" Boehner, Ryan, Cantor, McCain, Graham, Rubio are weak and without focus. Very few Republicans are true to the core Conservative beliefs or to the Conservative interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and the founding principles. Life-long Conservative voters such as I are looking elsewhere ( many turning to the Libertarian Party ) for leadership and for coherent national policy.
Republicans support policies that many find outdated or discriminatory, and that is why they lose votes. The Libertarian Party not only has a good message but is inclusive to any one who agrees with them. People generally want an inclusive and rational government, which is what Republicans cannot and will not provide.
... But it won't happen right away. With the vital swing states becoming increasingly center-left in the political spectrum, we will most likely not have another republican president ever again. The republican party will, slowly but surely, die off and give way to the Libertarian party. It might take a couple of decades for the libertarians to gain enough ground to compete with the democrats, but I believe that eventually enough people will grow tired of Liberal policies and begin to turn to the Libertarians.
The repunlican party is too narrow minded. They don,t understand the vast majority. They are not a people party they shall soon meet their demise. The party appears to only cater to the rich. Most americans are not rich the republican party has gone far down the wrong path and no matter what they do or what groups they solicit they shall never recover. They themselves committed suicide
The Libertarian party is growing strongly and will soon replace it I think. Everyone who I know is either "Liberal" because they think they can get free stuff or they are Libertarian because they actually want the government out of their life as much as possible. Libertarians are actually well educated people. More libertarians voted this year by over 500,000. That was more than ever. It will be a matter of time. Not now, but in the future I can see it.
Eventually Americans are going to come to their senses and realize that neither the Republican nor the Democratic party reflects their views. The Republican party will still exist for the uber conservatives, the Democratic party will still exist for extreme leftists (and yes the green party will always be around in its own way) but most reasonable Americans will break off and support this third party bringing it into the mainstream. It will steal members from both major parties, one day Americans will realize they don't have to choose the lesser of two evils.
Libertarians have always held an ideology of small government, a lack of government interference, and neo-confederate ideas. This group is far right and slyly promotes racism, homophobia, and other kinds of bigotry. The Republican party has been moving towards this for a while. Now that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is stuck down, they can change voting practices in the South as they please. Through gendermarrying and Voter ID laws, they are separating districts and channeling their vision further and further right. This will alienate voters and will cause problems for the Republican Party as it's supporters diminish. So yes, as the Republican Party continues to move further to the right on the political spectrum, it will become and will probably merge with the Libertarian Party.
Our efforts for the youth vote will pay off in the near future. Only a much much larger amount of cash will give us the ability to run decent campaigns for higher office. At some point we need to advance our party in the most urbanized parts of the U.S., instead of of going after rural republicans. We need to siphon minority votes and white milquetoast votes from democrats where republicans give up. Candidates like Gary Johnson succeed at this better than men like Barr. Repeat in 2016 with proper cash and an urban libertarian campaign and watch the lefts big tent party fall on its face. In other words, I want to see more Browns, Blacks, Women and Asians run as Libertarians. And I would like to see them properly funded. Try this and see what your party can do.
Look, I understand people believe what they want based on Christianity, i.e. Against abortions, against gay marriage etc. Which is where the GOP keeps running. But reality is that those issues at this day and age are ridiculous. For goodness sakes it is estimated that over 80% of marriages since man started getting married were with first or second cousins! These issues are just blinders so people get emotional vested in them and turn a blind eye to serious issues in Washington. Like the fact we have not had a budget for 6 years now. We need to institute term limits on House and Senate and get the career politicians out of office because let's be realistic... They stopped working for "we the people" a LONG time ago. We need a viable third party and fresh blood in Washington that actually understands what life is like outside of the millionaires club. It is not that I begrudge anyone their money from their success, more power to them, but I do get annoyed when they assume every family owns new cars and can afford a healthcare tax. Washington is completely out of touch with the people. It is time to make changes before our window of opportunity closes for good.
No one likes fascism. The Republican Party is retiring behind a sea of misguided pro-war policies and have totally departed from any aspects of liberalism. We are witnessing many conservative voters becoming Democrats. Plus, the racial policies of the Democratic Party will become a thing of the past, and many social liberals will flock to the Libertarian Party banner. So, the Democratic Party will also die off, and be reinvented under a new party that probably opposes privatization, opposes free trade deals, and is in favor of environmentalism, new political restructurings, and public services. I expect the Libertarians to dominate the coasts -- Boston, Pacific states, et cetera -- while I think inland states that are typically safe for the GOP now will become part of the new Dem bloc. Its pretty easy to see how this is already the case in so many ways. The Libertarians are going to have a hard time winning elections though against the democracy party. I think this reality is only a couple years away, especially after an Obama Whitehouse and the next Republican president.
The older members of the GOP, (Ex. John McCain and Lindsey Graham) and countless older conservatives across the country won't be on board. There will likely be a party split, allowing the Democrat party to win elections, unless the Libertarians can appeal to older voters or the GOP can appeal to younger voters. I would call myself libertarian, but many older conservatives don't have the same views on things like abortion.
The libertarian philosophy will not work with the majority of the voting American sheeple. Stop fooling yourselves people, we blew past the point of no return a long time ago. Just go outside and talk to people, ask them a few basic facts about our government, then ask them if they vote, the final step is to hit the bar and don't stop drinking until you have lowered your IQ enough.
It's not easy to make headway with non-mainstream ideals. The PR firms known as MSNBC, Fox, etc. will never give the Libertarians any real time in the spotlight. As much as I would like to see the Libertarians in the fold, the corporations don't really want that type of competition.
As people we've categorized parties, in terms of politics, into two forerunners, Republicans and Democrats, thus I don't see many people switching to what by definition is a neutral perspective. Though it is often nice to have a subjective stance on some issues, many beg to differ. In essence, there are shackles that have been placed on the American society. As a result many citizens don't find themselves hoping change will come. It's easier to live in ignorance then to combat it.
There are too many "conservatives" in the Republican Party who like freedom for themselves, but want to control others. Fortunately, a lot of them won't be around in 20 years, so as long as the liberty-message continues to spread, a liberty party should take power in a decade or two. I don't know whether it will be the Libertarian Party, Constitution Party, a properly-reformed Republican Party, or a not-yet-named future party.
The Libertarian Party and Libertarian ideals in general are a bit to out in left field for even most Republicans. A lot of the Libertarian platform seems to involve destroying social programs and certain federal regulations that help protect the common man quite a bit, many of which Republicans believe in every bit as much as Democrats. Social Security is a great example of this.
Another aspect of the Libertarian party that will never be okay with most Republicans is that there seems to be this idea about drastically reducing military spending. That is one idea that will never, ever sit well with the vast majority of modern Republicans.
The Libertarian Party will not replace the Republican Party, because so many Republicans do not espouse libertarian ideas. Many people on the right are there, not because they want limited government, but because they want a Christian-based society and government. This often is in direct conflict with Libertarians. The Libertarians may split from the Republican Party, but they will not replace it completely.
No I do not think the Libertarian party will replace the Republican party. While they do share some similar beliefs, the Libertarians are still different than the Republicans so they really cannot completely replace the Republicans. There are many people that are switching over to this party since the Republicans have lost a lot of their way after this recent election though.
The numbers in the Libertarian Party may be increasing, but it will take some time for it to build enough momentum to possibly replace the Republican Party. It takes time for new parties to expand and flourish. Some folks like the ideas of the Libertarians. They may continue to grow and may someday be a strong party.
The Republican party will slowly lose its footing as the voting demographic shifts toward greater diversity. I consider myself a Conservative Libertarian ( but definitely not a Tea Partyer). I feel the Libertarian movement gaining strength, but it will never become a force like the Republican Party because of its already established size and strength. The GOP will be forced to adopt libertarian policies out of necessity, they should be wary of a third party that will draw voters much more heavily from the Right than the Left, which will, in turn allow the Democrats obtain easy victories in elections at all levels.
As solid a premise the Libertarian Party has, it is too extreme for the majority of the public. While it promotes extensive individual liberties, even it is too extreme for the most liberal of Democrats. And while it advocates substantial limitations on the size of government, its proposed ideal size is too small for even the most conservative of Republicans, who typically favor far more military spending and funding for programs that police the people.
I believe that the Libertarian party will rise in power and popularity in the coming years, but it is truly radical to say they will replace the Republicans. I see the Libertarians winning at least 1 state in the 2016 election, which will be a huge gain for any minor party in recent times. The Libertarians are not the only party that will see growth though! I believe the Green Party will develop into a similar party as they are now but change their name. With a name change their party will seem less like a single issue party and more like a true party with a set of different beliefs for morality, economics, trade, environmental policy, and foreign policy. The party already has set beliefs, that honestly could make them a political powerhouse soon. They are truly an excellent mix of conservative and liberal beliefs. I look for them to get a presidential candidate that truly represents the progressive feelings represented in the green party. Best of luck to Libertarians and the Green Party I feel as if I would support both of them depending on their candidate!
Th Republican party will die off if they fail to appeal to Hispanics. There are many elements of the Republican party that are in line with the views of many Hispanics. I think that the Republicans will wise up on this issue soon, come back strong, and win again by adopting a more conservative social platform, and more moderate fiscal platform. People like Marco Rubio are the future of the party in this aspect.
The US is about the people, not a handful of billionaires... Even mainstream Republicans will turn on this extreme philosophy. The dems should begin a campaign of referring to the Liberatarians the way conservatives talk about socialists. We do need both conservatives and liberals in our political system to help balance the political direction of this country. But the Liberatarian philosophy is too extreme and so is Socialism. My fear is that are losing the moderate right and this could clog positive change in our socio economic system...
Everything is tightly controlled by the two party dictatorship. Even if by some miracle the Libertarians gained so much support that the two parties had no choice but to let them into their corrupt political club. That very corruption would spread to the Libertarians. Soon enough the party would be controlled by the same Washington insiders who would then slowly change the parties platform, or just flat out lie to get elected as they do now. Ultimately nothing will change in this nation without a full out revolution.
There's too much reading involved for the average American to switch from being what they know of as a conservative to a libertarian. There is a possibility of the Libertarian party growing in strength due to increased support founded upon good legislative reasoning, but I do not think most Americans would be willing to give up their Statist way of life for "moral" reasons.