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The Libertarian Party is the third-largest political party in America. They’re active in all 50 states and have more than 280,000 registered voters, or... 0.1% of the United States eligible voting population.
Libertarians are Republicans with training wheels. It's basically a gateway drug for conservatism. Libertarians tend to believe in bootstrap pulling and tend not to believe that some people are born on 3rd base—and Libertarians tend to be born on 3rd base. While this wouldn't automatically make them support Republicans, it does make them diametrically opposed to the efforts of Democrats who (in general) are much more interested in helping the poor, disadvantaged, minorities, the marginalized, the oppressed, etc. The policies of the party include laissez-faire markets, strong civil liberties, minimally-regulated borders, and non-interventionism in foreign policy. There is a plot out there to take over New Hampshire, because fuck seatbelts.
Libertarians believe that the one-dimensional scale of the political "left-right" is insufficient to describe the many philosophies held by the general public. They introduced the Nolan Chart, which measures two dimensions of political opinion instead, conveniently placing themselves at the top, opposite Hitler.
 Current status
 2007 Elections
 2008 Presidential nominating process
Several candidates were seeking to become the party's 2008 presidential nominee. Mike Gravel changed from the Democratic Party to the Libertarian Party. Bob Barr, a former Republican U.S. Congressman, announced on May 12, 2008 that he would seek the nomination. The final choice of Bob Barr (and his running mate, Wayne Allyn Root) was made at the 2008 national convention in Denver, Colorado in late May.
Ron Paul, who was the party's 1988 candidate, had been mentioned as a possible nominee as well, but has officially denied any intent to run under any third-party banner. On December 12, 2007, the Party adopted a resolution requesting Paul to run on the Libertarian ticket if he does not win the Republican Party nomination.
 2012 elections
 2016 election
- John McAfee, a filthy-rich burn out psycho with an endearing amount of honesty but little understanding of the government's complexity. (Trump on steroids.) He'd be the best for getting name recognition up, if only because he could generate the most bizarre headlines. On the other hand, he'd be the worst for winning over anti-Trump Republicans, for the same reason.
- Gary Johnson would be the best for actually winning over Independents...but he's basically a Republican. He's what white bread conservatives become when they go to college. Still, could do worse. (The 'ideal' Libertarian candidate would be an incompetent buffoon.)
- Austin Peterson is the worst possible choice imaginable. He has the exact same condescending, I've been everywhere, seen everything (from my parents' basement) attitude as pretty much any rando you've met on Reddit. If Libertarians want to be a party of alarmist elitists, vote Petersen.
Johnson has stated that he will run again in 2016, "as long as he's relevant," whatever that may mean. Some reports had him running for the GOP nomination and if unsuccessful seeking the Libertarian Party nomination, in a replay of 2012. Considering Johnson's relative level-headedness in comparison to the mainstream GOP, his support of gay and immigration rights, and love for pot, this is likely to happen. If he can gain one percentage point he is on track to win the general election by 2412 with a literal Ron Paulbot as his running mate.
The Libertarian Party website also has some polls for its members, with results that can turn out only slightly saner than WND polls.
- "The White House is starting a media war against Rush Limbaugh. What does Obama hope to distract attention from?" Highest result (48%; 1491 votes): "Economic research showing Obama’s spending plan prolongs the recession and eliminates jobs"
- "What is the cause of "global warming"?" Highest result: (47%; 249 votes): "Cycles of nature"
- "How should we deal with the financial problems of the Social Security system?" Highest result: (53%; 2392 votes): "We should completely get rid of Social Security."
- "Is human-generated global warming a myth?" Highest result: (56%; 220 votes): "Yes"
- "Should we go back to the gold standard?" Highest Result: "No"... Just pulling your leg it was actually "Yes" with 64% of the vote (194 votes).
- "Do you believe people have a "right" to healthcare?" Highest result: "No" with 59% of the vote (547 votes)
- "Do you consider Obama to be a "socialist?" Highest Result: Take a wild guess.
 See also
- Ron Paul - A Lifetime Member, although his beliefs line up closer with Pat Buchanan's. Paul is irrefutably a huge racist and conspiracy nut, and Rand has embraced his father's legacy by showing up on Alex Jones, opposing the Civil Rights Act, and hiring numerous racist staffers.
- ↑ http://www.lp.org/organization/history.shtml
- ↑ Well, that's what they say!
- ↑ As of Feb. 2012
- ↑ http://reasontraditionandliberty.blogspot.com/2008/11/political-theory-is-not-on-one-axis.html
- ↑ Official Website of the Libertarian National Committee
- ↑ "Barr launches Libertarian White House bid"
- ↑ Libertarians want Paul back. Libertarian Party resolution as reported by SmallGovTimes.com. 12-12-2007.
- ↑ http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/front
- ↑ Reason:Gary Johnson Pulls One Million Votes, One Percent
- ↑ Yahoo! News: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson open to running for president again in 2016
- ↑ http://www.lp.org/poll/the-white-house-is-starting-a-media-war-against-rush-limbaugh-what-does-obama-hope-to-distract-
- ↑ Less than a quarter believe it's manmade
- ↑ You'll get the elderly vote anyday now
- ↑ They had to be certain is wasn't real apparently
- ↑ http://www.lp.org/poll/should-we-go-back-to-the-gold-standard
- ↑ http://www.lp.org/poll/do-you-believe-people-have-a-right-to-healthcare
- ↑ Yes with 65% of the vote (856 votes) if you were really curious.