In her article "Could Today's Libertarian Be Tomorrow's Liberal?" Scottie Nell Hughes begins with "Should I vote with my heart or my brain?"
She then assumes "It's a question most Libertarians will ask themselves when they step into the ballot box in 2014 and 2016."
"Until Libertarians have a serious candidate running on more than just legalization of marijuana," she presses on, "both Republicans and Democrats have an equal chance at recruiting this growing bloc of voters."
Aside from the fact that libertarians have far more on their minds than legalizing marijuana (like legalizing freedom, period) this statement says two things about Ms. Hughes:
1. Her mind is still tightly locked inside the two-party thought-box, and
2. Expecting Libertarians to choose between Republicans or Democrats is like asking vegetarians to choose between beef or pork.
In short, she doesn't get libertarianism and because of that she is woefully out of touch with contemporary politics.
Even though she rightly notes that younger voters "have recently turned to the Libertarian viewpoint as a result of their mistrust of Government" she quixotically expects libertarians to support the government they mistrust by supporting one of the manifestly un-libertarian government-approved mainstream political parties.
Since Ms. Hughes is the news director and chief journalist for the Tea Party News Network, a contributor to Patriot.TV and PatriotUpdate.com, and her article appears in the Christian Post it's easy to see where her rubber stamp politics comes from.
She sees libertarians as "essentially free-market, freedom-loving conservatives who just don't want to be formally affiliated with Republicans" (stereotype one) and then declares "two issues that will cause Libertarians to defect to Democrats in droves" are "the legalization of Marijuana" and "homosexual marriage rights" (stereotype two).
Which brings us back to that false choice of voting with our hearts or our brains.
She foresees Democrats running "emotional campaign commercials" focused on marriage rights, pot and the oppressive NSA to attract "Libertarian hearts" while Republicans should "tweak their message" by championing "small businesses and individual freedoms" to, by implication, appeal to Libertarian brains.
Ms. Hughes clearly can't conceive that political Libertarians will vote according to principle (i.e., the Zero Aggression Principle) which doesn't require choosing between feelings and logic while hardcore libertarians like Voluntaryists and Agorists who not only mistrust but reject government won't vote at all.
Hopefully this will clear up the misunderstandings and misconceptions for Ms. Hughes and others like her.
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