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The primaries are over. The presumptive nominees have taken their place under the spotlight, and they know it. Despite a boost in Populist power following the shocking Brexit vote, the Donald is revamping his campaign towards a more general election- friendly demeanor. Rumors suggest he is going to refashion his policy on immigrant Muslims, and he has started to fall into step as a true presidential candidate, reading off of teleprompters and actually scripting his speeches. Meanwhile, Clinton is riding the high off some encouraging polls, while still fighting off Benghazi backlash. Lucky for her, Sanders has mostly faded into the Democratic shadows, accepting his fate as simply a senator from Vermont. But a new foe has emerged- a foe that threatens the establishment, that threatens the two-party system entirely. They have always been there, waiting to strike a crumbling framework. And 2016 might just be their year.
Spearheaded by former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, the Libertarian Party adores freedom and hates government. But saying they fall far right of the Republican Party is hasty; many of the ideas across their platform represent a progressive step forward. Guns? They love them. Gays? They love them too. Abortion? No comment. They believe that abortion should be left to the states. They seem to be the perfect rendezvous between tradition and reform and exactly what the American people have been waiting for.
But there is a bit of a flaw in the Libertarians’ unconfined, government-less vision: We have already tried it, and it was called the Articles of Confederation. Some of the founding fathers (the Antifederalists) originally believed that the states should rule themselves, limiting the federal government as much as possible. But the entire plan unraveled in a mere eight years’ time, and it was ousted by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Although the Libertarians obviously do not advocate a country without a president (or Congress or Supreme Court), their ideal country is lead by a skeleton government. According to the Libertarian Party platform, they “challenge the cult of the omnipotent state,” and though Edward Snowden proved the United States is far from perfect, Obama is not Big Brother just yet.
Some of their principles, such as prohibiting America from entangling itself in foreign affairs and individual privacy, appeal to the public at large. But from environmental policies to free markets, many of their stances are in opposition to the popular opinion and the historical record. For example, it has been proven time and time again that “competitive free markets” are not in the best interest of the environment and ecosystem. Simply look at fracking and mountaintop removal mining. In addition, “free-market banking, with unrestricted competition” lead to the human greed and corruption that brought us monopolies and child labor and the Great Depression.
The Big Picture
So maybe they are not ready for the big leagues after all. But it is only a matter of time. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (and Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina and John McAfee…) represent the decay and fragmentation of the two-party system. People are not as interested in career politicians as they are in new faces and proven leaders. This is not to say that the revolution is here and that chaos is going to break out into the streets. But it might just be the beginning of the end. And once the race truly opens up for anyone, the Libertarians will be there. It may take some evolution and mutation until they can appeal to the general public, but they will be there. And it is only a matter of time before America sees its first Libertarian president.