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Palm Beach County Libertarians Reach Milestone

May 26, 2012Posted in Blog, News

By Karl Dickey

Libertarians in Palm Beach County seem to be growing in numbers and as of today, reached the milestone of 1,000 registered voters in the county, up from 413 in 2005. The Party has many more members than registered voters as some choose to register NPA (Non Party Affiliation) or as a Democrat or Republican for strategic reasons. The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County recently changed leadership and is interested in getting their message out to more county residents as they know many have libertarian values, however do not label themselves as such.

The local party is affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Florida and the national Libertarian Party, who has two-term New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson as their Presidential nominee. Johnson came out this week with a new campaign ad called “Peace is Cheaper” (seen to the left) and the party feels it is better to freely trade with countries than drop bombs on them. The party believes in a strong defense for the country, and finds some military by President Obama and past presidents to be unwarranted. The national Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the nation and Johnson is expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states.

Libertarians tends to be fiscally conservative and socially tolerant. They want the country to live within a balanced budget while enabling patients of cancer and AIDS access to medical marijuana. Libertarians are interested in maximizing freedom for the American individual, so long as that individual is willing to accept the consequences of their actions.

One of the largest challenges the party faces on election day is getting people to vote for their candidate by overcoming the “wasted vote syndrome” that seems to affect many voters. It is common to hear from registered voters things similar to “I like your candidate the best, but we just can’t have four more years of…”

Another challenge the party faces for its candidates is the media blackout. Mainstream media will not allow their candidates a level playing field. For instance, the Libertarian Party nominee for President, Gary Johnson is a qualified candidate who will be on the ballot in all 50 states, enabling him to be the next President of the United States, however 75-80% of Americans have not heard his name as media, from local to national, do not cover him. Media broadcasts will talk about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at length, however will exclude any mention of Gary Johnson. There is an abudance of evidence this is done with purpose, rather than it being an oversight.

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