The 2020 Libertarian Party May Surprise You - How A Female Psychologist Made It To The Top Of The Ticket

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What Is the Libertarian Party?

You are no doubt familiar with the Democratic and the Republican parties, but if you are fed up with either one, or both of them, maybe it’s time you learned a little bit more about the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971. Ever since then it has stood by its motto as “The Party of Principle.”  Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, Libertarians believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.

It could be said that unlike the GOP or the Democrats, the Libertarian Party is your only true representative in American politics, because it is the only political organization which respects you as a unique and responsible individual.

“One of the advantages that the Libertarian Party has is that we understand that government has been too big, too bossy, too noisy, and too intrusive, and they usually hurt the people they intend to help,” says, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate for 2020. Jorgensen, is a psychology lecturer at Clemson University.

Jorgensen says if you want to easily see exactly what she means you only need to look at how the “big government” response to COVID-19, actually hindered and did not help efforts to bring the pandemic under control. “We had about 60 American companies making testing kits and the FDA only approved two,” she said in the final Libertarian Party debate. “What the president should have done was use the Emergency Powers Act and say, ‘FDA, you only have to prove safety, not efficacy. Get these kits out there.'”

Trump supported the latest multitrillion-dollar stimulus bill, saying, it “will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation’s families and workers.” Biden called for another stimulus — “a hell of a lot bigger.”

Jorgensen says she wouldn’t sign either bill. “Let the people keep their money,” she says. “Let them decide who should stay in business and who shouldn’t.” That is the Libertarian way.

As the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, Dr. Jorgensen will be on the ballot in most states. Which means, if you are fed up with the “same old, same old,” from both the Right and the Left, you will have a real choice this November.

Libertarian ideas are very different from those held by today’s Democrats and Republicans. Instead of lusting for more money and power, Jorgensen says her party envisions a government that “keeps the peace and, mostly, leaves people alone.”

How’s that for a refreshing change?

 

How Does the Libertarian Party Platform Differ From the Dems or the GOP  

Have you ever heard the expression “live and let live.” If so, then you are already familiar with the main difference between the Libertarian Party (LP) and the other two major political parties in the US.

Libertarians are often considered to be some kind of offshoot of the Republican Party. Comedian Bill Maher once quipped that Libertarians are just Conservatives who like to smoke weed. All kidding aside, while the GOP and the LP sometimes align on certain issues, there are stark ideological differences between them, and either the Republicans or Democrats.

So let’s try to clear up any confusion over the difference between Libertarians and the other two major parties.

Libertarianism is a political philosophy centered on the rights of the individual. Of every political party conceived since the Declaration of Independence was written, it is the LP that most embodies, “…the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The LP is strongly opposed to large government. Libertarians intensely oppose government interference in their personal, family, and business decisions. They believe people should be free to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they do not harm anyone else.

The Libertarian philosophy is largely bound by the non-aggression principle (NAP). This means that no one may aggress with violence, coercion, or any use of force for any reason other than in defense of their rights. In other words, live your life, as long as it doesn’t hurt me or anyone else – c’est la vie.

Libertarians believe that “big government” amounts to little more than a legalized organized crime family. Libertarians claim that by running the police, military and courts, governments have a monopoly on the use of force and violence. Through these entities, governments are able to enforce laws -- whether we agree with them or not -- and tax their citizens to run these and other programs, offering citizens little or no say in how their tax dollars are spent. According to Murray Rothbard, a well-known libertarian, “taxation is theft, even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match.”

Senator Rand Paul is a Libertarian. Other well-known Libertarians you may know include, Penn Jillete, Joe Rogan, John Popper, Peter Thiel, Vince Vaughn, John Stossel, and Big Boi (from OutKast).

The 2020 LP nominee for president is Jo Jorgensen. She has built a million-dollar company in marketing software and is a respected academic, and a lecturer in psychology. She has an MBA, and a Ph.D. in psychology. According to her campaign, Jorgensen “runs on a fairly standard Libertarian platform, but with less of an attitude than is typical of the Libertarian party. She recognizes that ‘utopia is not an option,’ but instead seeks practical solutions with the goal of decreasing the size and scope of government.”

How Would a Libertarian President Handle the COVID-19 Crisis?  

Trump says he is doing a hell of a job, the Democrats say he is an utter failure. Do you wonder how a Libertarian President would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic? Simple, ask Dr. Jorgensen.

“I think the lockdowns were the largest assault on history in my lifetime. It was tragic, they put us all under house arrest and tens of millions of people lost their jobs. Many of those jobs are not coming back. One of my grandfathers emigrated from Sweden and his family came to America for freedom. You know the land of the free and home of the brave. And while we are all under lockdown, the old country that he left they were all out walking about, going to school, going to restaurants, and having a general freedom that you would expect Americans to have.”

Libertarians, like Jorgensen, also believe that big government is “too big, too nosy, too intrusive, and it often hurts those it tries to help.”

She says that can easily be seen in the typical government response to the coronavirus crisis. According to Jorgensen, when the CDC declared coronavirus to be a public health emergency, regulations were triggered that prevented hospitals and private lab companies from developing their own tests. Then, the CDC botched the rollout of the test that they developed, leaving doctors unable to properly diagnose and treat their patients.

“The lesson for America is simple, says Jo, “while regulations are sold by big government politicians as a way to protect the public, they end up having unintended consequences that hurt the very people they’re meant to help.”

Dr. Jo Jorgensen is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Clemson University. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Clemson, 2002) and has taught full-time since 2006. She graduated in 1979 from Baylor University with a B.S. in Psychology and in 1980 from Southern Methodist University with an MBA.

As the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate for 2020, Dr. Jorgensen will be on the ballot in most states. Which means, if you are fed up with big government, oppressive regulations, corporate bailouts, and the “same old, same old,” from both the Right and the Left, you will have a real choice this November.

Libertarian ideas are very different from those held by today’s Democrats and Republicans. Instead of lusting for more money and power, Jorgensen says her party envisions a government that “keeps the peace and, mostly, leaves people alone.”

How’s that for something rarely heard from a modern political candidate?

Meet Jo Jorgensen - Libertarian Candidate for President

You are no doubt familiar with the Democratic and the Republican parties, but if you are fed up with either one, or both of them, maybe it’s time you learned a little bit more about the Libertarian Party (LP).

The 2020 LP candidate for president is Dr. Jo Jorgensen. She is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Clemson University. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Clemson, 2002) and has taught full-time since 2006. She graduated in 1979 from Baylor University with a B.S. in Psychology and in 1980 from Southern Methodist University with an MBA.

After earning her MBA, she put her education to work as a marketing representative for IBM. Relocating to Greenville, S.C. in 1983, she started her own software sales business.

Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, Libertarians believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971. Ever since then it has stood by its motto as “The Party of Principle.” 

Something for Everyone

Because of those “Principles” conservatives and progressives alike can find something to like about the LP, and Dr. Jorgensen. “Conservatives are attracted to Libertarian values because we understand we understand that government has been too big, too bossy, too noisy, and usually hurts the people they intend to help,” says Jorgensen. “However, I also like to point out – to people on the progressive side that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were both against gay marriage in 2012. And when I mention that to young people, they are shocked. But then I say to them that is the typical “situational ethics” of both major political parties. Obama and Hillary supported gay marriage only when it became a movement among their political base. But we have supported gay rights and gay marriage since the ‘70s because the LP is built upon individual liberties. So a lot of these so-called ‘progressive issues,’ gay marriage, decriminalization of drugs, etc, are at the core of the Libertarian platform.”

Indeed, “live and let live,” is a founding principal of the Libertarian Party. “Twenty years ago when we said government is getting so invasive that at some point politicians will even want to control what you eat, or put a ‘sin tax’ on junk food, everybody laughed at us,” expounds Jorgensen. “Well, now not only has it happened, but then we have Mayor Bloomberg in NYC who has outright outlawed large soda drinks. We Libertarians have always been based on principle and individual rights, not like with politicians on the left and the right who base their policies on whichever way the wind blows that day.”

A political platform based on small government and individual rights, sound very refreshing, but could Jorgensen and the LP really have any kind of chance in November?

“Look, a lot of people thought that President Trump didn’t have a chance. But he did win mainly because a lot of people wanted two things – an outsider and/or somebody who they thought would make government smaller and less intrusive. But, look what we got instead. We've got bigger government. Trump said he would get rid of the deficit. The deficit has grown every year. If what you're looking for is a small government, and if feel that Trump let you down, I urge you to look at the Libertarian Party and go to my website - we are the real alternative that you were looking for!”

Meet Jeremy “Spike” Cohen the Libertarian Party VP Candidate 

You are no doubt familiar with the Democratic and the Republican parties, but if you are fed up with either one, or both of them, maybe it’s time you learned a little bit more about the Libertarian Party (LP).

The 2020 LP candidate for Vice President is Jeremy “Spike” Cohen, he is the underside of the ticket running with Dr. Jo Jorgensen, the LP’s presidential nominee. He promotes a vision of common-sense Libertarian solutions that will make us all more free, safe, and prosperous. Cohen started a web design company in 1999.  He retired from that 3 years ago to promote libertarian ideas fulltime.

“As a successful entrepreneur, I saw what happens when a company thrives in America, I got taxed more and more, and constantly had more regulations imposed upon me. And those two things combined made me really start to distrust everything the government said and did,” says Spike. “I recognized that the very existence of government was put here for one reason, and one reason only -- to put burdens and barriers on those who ‘don't have’ to make sure that they can't compete with those who ‘do have.’”

Jeremy hosts two live programs every week, interacting with countless people across the political spectrum. This experience has convinced him more than ever that the Democrats and Republicans have both failed us.

“The ultimate goal of both the Democrats and the Republicans is to make us pay for the enriching of a relatively small handful of well-heeled politically connected, billionaire cronies,” says Cohen.

What Is Different About the Libertarian Platform?

“Dr. Joe Jorgensen is running as our party’s Presidential nominee, and I'm running as her vice president. Our platform is simple. We're running on a campaign of setting this country free, making America free again, and removing the burdens that are making things so hard for every day Americans, so that we can be freer and safer and happier again. Our goal is to see that all Americans can truly live the promise of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ granted to us by the Declaration of Independence,” says Cohen.  

Spike believes Dr. Jo Jorgensen is the right person to counter Trump and Biden. He hopes to work with her to end wars, free the innocent, and end the infringements that impede voluntary problem-solving. He brings over 20 years of experience in leadership positions to complement Dr. Jorgensen’s knowledge and talents.

By Bill Sheridan

 

 

What do you think of the ideals/platforms of the Libertarian Party? Is it time for the country to consider a viable 3rd Party alternative to the Democrats and the GOP? Reply in the comments below!

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  • Anyone who runs on the Free Libertarian party is a goofball.

    Philip Simon on

  • I agree the libertarian party will complicate matters. Our problem now is that Communist extemists are corrupting our cities and nation, while President Trump has been trying to rebuild America, that Obama’s administration destroyed with Socialism. How do you leave it to the people, when Communist forces want to defund the police and military? About 80% of the citizens want the police, but because the mayor and city council are communists, they’ve voted to defund the police. Communists or Soros have funded or threatened these leaders, while the people appear helpless. We are fighting Marxist BLM playing to the Communist Manifesto playbook of the destruction of America. The Revolutionary Communists Party and Communist leaders have endorsed Biden. So how is supporting a compromising libertarian going to stand against the Communist China’s forces at work against our nation? Wiser to stand with Capitalist President Trump and fight for our Constitutional rights, before they leave America defenseless, as they did to Venezuela. No time for apathy.

    Eli on

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