Leave the Herd to See Clearly

by Tommy Leung on July 18th, 2018

I voted for Gary Johnson in 2016. I did the same in 2012.

I would do it again if he ran again but, for his sake, I hope he doesn’t. He is just too good of a human being and politics is a dirty brawl.

I have self-identified as a libertarian ever since I came across Ron Paul in 2008.

Party affiliation never mattered to me. It is about the ideas.

Ron Paul ran for President in 2008 an 2012. I voted for him in the primaries both times. I switched to the Republican party to do just that.

I was a registered Democrat before because that’s just what most young people growing up in NYC do.

We fill out our voter registration forms around the time we graduate High School and the one message we’ve heard growing up is: Republicans bad, Democrats good.

The truth is that both parties are bad. Political parties, in and of themselves, will always move towards becoming bad.

I’m saying this as a libertarian and not a member of the Libertarian party. It is a subtle but significant difference.

Libertarians are naturally individualistic so the idea of large scale group think, also known as political parties, is off putting.

This happens every day with the Democrats and Republicans. We see it on the news. Everyone has to fall inline with party doctrine.

Even when it doesn’t make sense. Most of the time the two parties simply take the opposite position as each other.

And because we’ve decided to be a member of these parties, we then feel obligated to tow the party line. No matter how much we actually believe in the latest position or idea.

Regardless of one’s feelings for President Trump, he has made the hypocrisy of the two parties more obvious than ever.

The Democrats will go to any measure to make Trump look bad. Trump can do and say the same things Clinton or Obama has said in years past yet get labeled as a racist, bigot, traitor, and idiot.

Ideally as many insults as possible.

It has gone as far as Democrats making offensive homosexual insults aimed at embarrassing Trump.

What happened to the party that fought for equal rights for gay and lesbians? Homosexuality is now suddenly an insult?

Don’t let political parties drive your thinking. Deep down you know that they don’t matter.

And they are horrified that you will ever come to that realization.

Today the Republicans might be making sense. Tomorrow it might be the Democrats. And the day after it'll be the Libertarians. You can only realize this if you don’t play their game.

Forget the parties. Access the individuals.

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

- John Adams, 2nd President of the United States