The Libertarian Party has historically avoided taking personal responsibility for poor vote percentages. LPers seem to be experts at projecting their failures away from themselves and onto the other guys. "They won't let us in debates." "They control a rigged system." "They won't cover us in the media." "They...." "They...." "They...."

Here are 10 important reasons the Libertarian Party is its own worse enemy.

1. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life in all stages. The LP abortion position needs to state something like: " Life is our standard. We recognize all human life in every stage of development from initial inception to old age has a right to choose it's own destiny. We see abortion as a violation of this freedom of choice and seek to end all government support of abortion."

2. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life in other lands. The LP foreign policy position needs to state something like: "Life everywhere is our standard. We support efforts to preclude and prevent violations of life regardless of borders, regardless of the rank or prominence or entrenchment of the violators. It is not our government's business to police the world, but our government must always encourage voluntary aid to those fighting against violations of life."

3. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life at its healthiest. The LP position on self-ownership needs to state something like: "Life at its healthiest is our standard. We support efforts to encourage maximum health. It is not our government's business to prevent people from making life-style choices which may be unhealthy. Nor is it our government's business to save people from the lessons of the bad choices they have made. But our candidates always encourage the healthiest choices."

4. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life in its fullness. The LP position on religion needs to state something like: "Life in it's fullness is our standard. We support any efforts to help people express maximum love and joy and inner peace, whether those efforts are made by religions or secular organizations. Our candidates always encourage and never in any way hamper such efforts.

5. Over-yapping the NAP (Non-aggression principle). Our deepest natural impulse is to live. But we are not living life to the fullest unless we let live. Thus the Libertarian Way: live and let live, of which the NAP is the "let live" portion. But constantly yapping about "let live" without first and foremost standing strong for "live" invites people to interpret the LP as favoring "anything goes." In other words voters very easily see the LP as libertine, which to their everyday common sense is repulsive.

6. Insulting voters. Most people have voted in the past, many of them having supported either the Republican or Democratic Party. People who have supported these parties may have been mistaken, but they don't want it rubbed in their faces. They are not won over by calling the parties they have supported "evil." When libertarians label Republicans "evil," or Democrats "evil," those who have sided with Republicans or Democrats feel insulted and can hardly be blamed if they respond: "These libertarians think themselves so holy? I don't think so!"

7. Attacking others verbally. People sense at some deeper than surface level that we are all in this together. They vaguely feel that an attack on any human being is on some level an attack on each of us. Certainly holding attack thoughts in mind sabotages one's own love and joy and inner peace. LP supporters extending love would be attractive. LP activists expressing joy would be fun to be around. Libertarians feeling inner peace would be magnetic. But LPers who attack are ugly and repulsive. Who would want to support ugly and repulsive?

8. Holier than thou "we are the party of principle." All political parties have their principles. The Green Party, the Democratic Party, the Republican party ... they all publish a statement of principles they stand for. There is no party that is not a party of principle. The LP should declare itself not the party of principle, which begs the question of which principles, but the party of life in it's fullness. Then they can explain that the human spirit is free and cannot express life in its fullness without political liberty. People deep down really, really want life in its fullness.

9. Intellectual arrogance. Voters are intelligent men and women who are at least somewhat in-touch with the wisdom of their deepest inner life force. In other words, they enjoy some degree of balance between their intellect and what might be called "common sense." So when libertarians seem to act as if mental masturbation provides all their pleasure, but what common people do is outmoded, voters look away. To most voters sterile intellectualism is as much a turn-off as spinelessness, wishy-washiness, flaunted ego masquerading as individualism, or pot-headedness.

10. Avoidance of brutally honest self-examination. What the LP offers needs to be the most appealing alternative available in politics. Otherwise, why bother? But if the LP had been offering the most appealing alternative in the most appealing way, it would not have been floundering for over 40 years. It would have long ago become the most prominent and influential political party on the scene. LPers simply do not honestly with wide open minds ask themselves, "how are we sabotaging ourselves?" Their holier than thou attitude more often has them saying something like, "you tell us how we are sabotaging ourselves, and we'll argue that you are wrong."


fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)

Probably everyone has experienced moments of the fullness of life: the enthralling love that radiates from our heart when it seems we have met our destined soulmate, the joy that explodes out of our being when at the very last split second our team scores the improbable win of the century, the peace that flows from the depths of our soul when the sunrise suddenly bathes our mountain fishing lake and all seems momentarily "on earth as it is in heaven."

The fullness of life is within us, but doesn't too often emanate from most of us because our minds employ many devices for closing down our being. Yet there is a Way which leads us to constant heart and soul opening and nearly uninterrupted experience of the fullness of life. In common street language this Way is often called "live and let live." Although this encompasses all areas of life, when practiced in the context of people's political interactions it is called The Libertarian Way.

Notice that when we are in resistance to how others live our resistance serves to close us down. While we are in resistance we are neither radiating love, nor expressing joy, nor enjoying peace. By resisting we have limited the flow of the spigot of our being. Thus by not "letting live" we are not experiencing life in its fullness. If "live" (within the "live and let live" frame of reference) refers to pursuing life in its fullness, then "let live" (the libertarian NAP) is seen as an indispensable aspect of "live."

Consider the logic:

Deep inside, below all the devices our minds use to close down our being, we all really want the fullness of life.

The Way allowing for the fullness of life when living among people is "live and let live."

Therefore deep inside, below all the devices our minds use to close down our being, we all really want merely to live and let live.

In a political context "live and let live" is The Libertarian Way.

Therefore deep inside every one of us human beings, we truly want to live The Libertarian Way.

"Deep inside" is an important caveat. Until we get in-touch with what we really, really want deep inside ourselves we spend a great deal of our lives focusing mostly on surface needs, seeing others as different from ourselves, generating a sense of separation, creating fears, choosing resistance to others, experiencing conflict.

But let's assume we are beyond any sense of separation, fears, resistance and conflict. Assume our lives are already well into The Libertarian Way. How do we then help others let go of their surface focus and begin feeling more fully their true heart and soul desire? The answer is not intellectual arguments about surface conditions, because intellectual arguments are a form of resistance containing the potential for disagreement and conflict.

There is only one answer. People need to experience our own freely extended love, our own freely released joy, our own freely flowing out and permeating peace, an experience which is felt much deeper inside themselves than any surface argument. In feeling our effulgence of freedom, their mostly sleeping innate inner desire for freedom glories in recognition, and awakens as never before.

There is an old spiritual truth which states we teach what we are showing others. If we are resisting, we are teaching resistance. If we are in conflict, we are teaching conflict. If we are fearing, we are teaching fear. But if we are simply living fully, which includes letting live, we are teaching and lifting others into The Libertarian Way.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)


In the past we have heard some fairly scathing criticism of the Libertarian Party, but recently we heard a rant to which some would cry "Ouch!"

"Because the LP sees women's personal selfish convenience on a par with newly conceived human life not yet born, because so many LP members think their selfish desire to freely use marijuana is the most important liberty of all, because the LP nominates bogus libertarian candidates who thrive on ego glorification over principle, and because LP leadership is more interested in attacking other parties than in bringing people together to work toward common goals, I have decided to call the LP the Selfish Ego-Vested Interest Party."

To which we say: Whoa! Wait a minute! Hold on!

In the first place, all political parties now in existence are based on the selfish ego interests of those involved. There are no political parties based on men and women listening deep inside to their spiritual nature, to the universal oneness we all share. Perhaps 99% of all people who associate with political parties or participate in politics do so because their ego tells them it is in their self-interest ... ego interest, not true universally shared interest.

Okay, but just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right. Right?

Yet let's look at this from a different angle.

Some religious people using spiritual language could ask: "Although God wants us to listen deep inside to our spirit, we have the ability to listen to our ego. Why?"

Quantum physicists using scientific language might ask the same question in this way: "Although we are holograms of the entire universe containing all its wisdom, we nonetheless choose to act like separate beings with separate interests and limited perception. Why?"

Why are we free to choose our little ego viewpoint and ego misguidance instead of universal viewpoint and the guidance and wisdom of all-knowing expanse?

We understand that asking "Why?" in this matter is just another ego attempt to feel the self-importance of thinking we can know everything. Yet we nonetheless notice that every time we close down our true nature to hang out in ego, it's like breathing in; while every time we learn a lesson causing us to abandon ego viewpoint and open to universal wisdom, it's like breathing out. The process seems as necessary as breathing.

Even foregoing any "Why?" speculation we recognize that the lessons we create for ourselves are needed.

This is an important libertarian principle. Every liberal-progressive and many social conservatives believe government dictatorship is justified to save people from making mistakes or from experiencing the results of their mistakes ... to save people from themselves. The libertarian way, "live and let live," on the other hand allows people to create lessons for themselves and eventually learn as needed.

In a societal context "survival of the fittest" can sound harsh. But if rephrased and taught as "survival of peaceful civilization because people have been allowed to learn their lessons" then all political parties would quit their insanity of trying to shield us from the damage caused by following our ego.

The Libertarian Party is an association of people who in this respect are just like everyone else. If indeed there are LPers who are breathing in right now, wallowing in ego and catering to ego ... forgive them; for they know not what they do. Eventually their lessons will be learned. Eventually they will breathe out, abandon ego, and open up to universal wisdom. If that happens sufficiently we will enjoy watching the Libertarian Party become a widely appealing and efficient party for nourishing liberty, wouldn't you imagine?

And with the wisdom of insight we also forgive the reactive rants by those impatient with the Libertarian Party, for such rants are also of the ego. Ego always imprisons itself in impatience. But the true libertarian impulse inside all of us, the impulse to total freedom, only laughs at ego antics and abides in infinite peace.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)

(Blue = Democrats    Red = Republicans)

If you want to sabotage the cause of liberty, then stubbornly hold onto the misconception that Republicans are every bit as anti-liberty as Democrats.

Far from true!

Although it may be correct perception that misguided GOP leadership has been inept in recent years when dealing with Democrats and the mainstream media, nonetheless the vast majority of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives hold strong liberty-oriented beliefs, as the above chart based on their voting record shows. This 2015 Liberty Index was compiled by Clifford Theis, Professor of Finance and Economics at Shendendoah University, an author at the Independent Institute and a long-time liberty activist legend.

Unfortunately, Professor Theis does not abandon the false dichotomy between social liberty and economic liberty (as if social issues don't have an economic impact and economic issues don't have social influence), but he does create for each member of the House a "both sides of the same coin" combined score.

To read the entire summary and explanation click here: Liberty Index

The top 20 liberty scorers in the U. S. House of Representatives were Republicans, while the worst liberty scorers were all Democrats who Professor Theis refers to as "progressive socialists."

Please consider contacting and expressing your appreciation to these top 20 liberty scorers:


These are liberty's champions, individuals who have done what it takes to get themselves elected to positions of influence and who do their best to fight for liberty where it really counts, in the U.S. Congress.

In the U.S. Senate, the highest liberty scorers were Republicans Rand Paul of Kentucky with a combined score of 93, Ted Cruz of Texas (92), and Mike Enzi of Wyoming (92). As with members of the House, Republican senators were vastly higher liberty scorers than Democrats.

To advance the cause of liberty it is important to abandon the faulty and misleading liberal vs. conservative spectrum and teach the correct and meaningful spectrum of libertarian vs. progressive socialist. Please share this information from the Liberty Index as widely as possible.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)

What do you really, really, really want?

Imagine what would happen if you suddenly set aside all your previously formed beliefs and completely released every fear and every grievance that ever imprisoned you. You would "magically" be in touch with your innermost being, would you not? You would see clearly that your natural state of being is free, and living out this freedom is your deepest innate activity.

Feeling this innate need to freely live, you would also instinctively find yourself craving to experience a maximum extension of freedom in your outer world, right? You would desire liberty in every respect.

It would be clear to you that despite your good intentions all your previously held philosophical, theological, or culturally conceived ideas actually lied to you about what you really, really, really want ... unless ... unless they were ideas aligned with your innermost being.

It would further be obvious to you that your desire for freedom to express who you really are has infinitely more creative power than any other desire ever felt. Understanding the same is true for everyone you might even blurt out in amazement, "Wow! I can see that liberty will be achieved on earth ... guaranteed! The only thing in question is the time it will take for mankind to wake up."

When we consider all the hardship, suffering and death caused by government dictatorship, delaying the advancement of liberty is tragic. Yet nothing could be more delaying than trying to sell liberty using intellectualism. Intellectual considerations are necessarily controversial since they depend on perception and belief, and can therefore be accepted or rejected. All intellectualism is potentially controversial and those who want controversy will find it. Talk about a snail's-pace process!

To speed up the evolution of liberty we must offer an experience.

"But how do we offer an experience of liberty when liberty does not exist out there in our world?"

True, liberty does not exist out there. But freedom exists in here. We are free deep inside. Suppose a man feels or senses your expression of your innate freedom. Regardless of his surface beliefs, his own deeply buried freedom nature resonates and his own inner desire to extend freedom is awakened.

He might ask: "What is it about you?"

You could answer: "I live and let live.

He may say, "Well, I also believe in live and let live."

You would be justified in asking him: "Have you ever supported a politician who votes for preemptive regulations, a form of dictatorship?"

But even if there is no conversation, his own free inner nature has already lit up, ignited by your expression of freedom.

To teach freedom, radiate freedom!

To create liberty, radiate inner liberty!

At this point you could be tempted to resist, "But wait! I'm far too caught up in fears and grievances to live consistently in my true freedom." (For example: fearing Donald Trump, or holding grievances against Barack Obama.)

Yes, the likelihood that we harbor freedom-blocking fears and grievances rising out of our faulty past learning is exactly why we need a preparation device to help us release all these blocks and allow the experience of our natural inner freedom to expand.

There are many such preparation devices, but at this time in the context of expanding liberty the one we highly recommend is:

COURSE IN POLITICAL MIRACLES




fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)