What Do You Want from Politics and How Will You Get it?
by Harry Browne
May 31, 1998
While the Democrats and Republicans in Washington mud-wrestle over vouchers, Medical Savings Accounts, looting the tobacco companies, and regulating the size of your toilet, perhaps you should stand back and ask yourself what you really want.
Are any of the issues the politicians fight over going to change your life significantly? Or are these battles just more of the intramural squabbling-about-nothing that has dominated Washington for 50 years? Isn't the outcome predictable — that, no matter who wins on any issue, government will grow and your freedom to control your own life will shrink?
Libertarians ignore all this jostling, and are working instead to build the kind of society most non-politicians really want.
In a Libertarian America:
Isn't this what you really want? An end to a $1.7 trillion government. An end to invasions of the Constitution. A society governed by individual liberty and personal responsibility — rather than by Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and Teddy Kennedy.
Ah, you say, it sounds good, but Libertarians can't win.
That's true (for now). But you can't win either. Even when you vote for the winning candidate, you don't get what you want. You get a constantly growing government and more attacks on your business, your income, and your family's values.
When did you last vote for a candidate who actually achieved what you wanted?
No party can give us a free America overnight — or even in one election cycle. The Republicans and Democrats have shown that — whether they have the White House or Congress — they will never give us what we want. The Libertarians, however, are building a party that could be big enough, strong enough, and rich enough to challenge the old parties in 2000, and take the first real step toward a Libertarian America.
Isn't that what you want? If so, call (800) 272-1776 for more information.
Or should you cheer on the mud-wrestlers as they thrash at each other over nothing?