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Originally posted by Cug
....I have wasted many a vote by compromising and I'm not going to start that again!
If they water down the platform to get more voters, why would they change it back when it's "working?" Yep I don't even trust Libertarian politicians.
Second I don't think they could keep the new voters if they only liked the watered down platform. Do your really think those that voted for decriminalizing pot because they may take a hit or two, or don't see it as a "problem" drug, will go along with abolishing the war on drugs alltogether?....
Originally posted by raggedhole
The whole idea of the LRC is to not just change the platform, but to keep it "changed". Further investigation of the LRC will reveal that they want to concentrate more on local elections and not necessarily national ones.
You say that you prefer to align your vote with the strength of (presumably) one of the two larger parties.
That's fine, but if you have Libertarian leanings, I have to ask what have the Democrats or Republicans ever done to advance personal freedoms specified in the Bill of Rights?
Libertarian leanings? Well you could say that, I been voting Libertarian for 6 years now.
They both have done things to advance personal freedoms.. for example the the Republicans support the 2nd amendment, while the Democrats support things like legalizing gay marrage etc.. Both of them pick and choose what liberties to support depending on what kind of support they can get at the polls. If the Libertarians water down the platform, and forsake any personal liberty over any other just to get more support at the polls they would be pond scum just like the donkeys and elephants!
What will happen to the Libertarian Party if it attempts to fool voters about what Libertarians really believe? Will voters reward our deceptive campaigning with more elected candidates? Will diluting and hiding our message increase membership? Or will it open the floodgates to more conservative, religious right, and pragmatic members who have little understanding of our philosophy? And what will happen if other reformers in later years pressure the LP to dilute our message again to gain an even a greater share of the popular vote? Where does this erosion of principles end?