The two major parties have nominated candidates so unpalatable that for the first time, many American voters would actually take a hard look at some of the fringe parties and the candidates that represent them. This is especially true for many small-government-minded Republicans who have watched as the GOP took their money and their enthusiasm, and in return pushed country club liberal republicans who not only didn’t stand in the way of the Obama agenda, but also helped grease the skids to make it easier for the President to ram through everything he could have ever dreamed of.
So who could have come along and benefitted from the disatisfaction of those who tend to support small government, lower taxes, and a return to the constitutional republicanism the founders envisioned? The Libertarian Party of course.
Then again, maybe not. In a recent interview with Vice-Presidential candidate Bill Weld of the LIbertarian Party, Weld dropped this gem when talking about gun control.
“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses. That is when they become, essentially, a weapon of mass destruction.”
Bob Owens over at bearingarms.com has a great write up on the whole fiasco that is worth a read. When you combine this with the statement the other day from Weld that Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson would nominate Supreme Court justices in the mold of Stephen Breyer or Merrick Garland, it makes you wonder what part of limited government they would actually stand for.
What’s a libertarian to do?