Have I done the right thing or just a waist of time

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
April 21, 2008 9:53am CST
I have today switched my voting regestration from the Republican party to the Libertarian party. I also paid my membership fee to the National Libertarian party. I have always been a little "l" libertarian, but apart of the Republican coalition. I called my self a true Conservative because I believed that government's power needs to be conserved. I still believe that but I believe that the Republican party does not represent that. My problem with the Libertarian party is that it wabt perfection from its members. I am hoping to turn the Libertarian Party into a big tent party made up of people that have libertarian view point, but are not "Perfect" libertarians. Is this just a big waist of time, should I just rejoin the Republican party, or is this a worth while pursuit.
3 responses
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Well even if I thought it was a waste of time, its your time and its your life. I've quit identifying with any party. I'm just me and I need no political affiliation. But Gew, do what you wish.
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@vera5d (4007)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I think is is always best to do what you think is right and do what you believe in, no matter what that is or what the outcome may or may not be. That's just my two cents though. I personally have a hard time afiliating myself with any party...not even independents.
@MntlWard (880)
• United States
21 Apr 08
What do you mean by "perfect Libertarian?" I would think a libertarian viewpoint would be a bit more "live and let live." I'm also a small "L" libertarian in many ways, but the Libertarian Party wants pretty much every function of government to be privatized, and I don't think that's very wise.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
22 Apr 08
A "Perfect Libertarian" believes that to be a Libertarian you must believe in every principle of the party. I have read the there is a civil war going on over this issue. The Reformer that believe in big tent politics, and the Perfects. I side with the Reformers.
@MntlWard (880)
• United States
22 Apr 08
That's pretty authoritarian for a party with the name "Libertarian."
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22 Apr 08
I'm not overly familiar with the US Libertarian Party, but it seems obvious to me that in any collection of more than 2 or 3 people, you're going to have differences of opinion on at least some issues. There's no way everyone's going to be signed up absolutely 100% to every single thing in the manifesto. That's not how free-thinking people operate. We've had arguments in the UK Libertarian Party about some issues, but there's been no real fall outs - we take the attitude that we're all heading in the same direction even if we disagree about details. I hope the US Libertarian Party isn't as bad as you're making it sound, otherwise it's likely to fall apart.