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Libertarian Party not afraid, wants permanent shutdown

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Anthony Maki
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The leaders of the two largest political parties in the U.S. say they don’t want a government shutdown. As that outcome becomes more and more imminent, the Libertarian Party, America’s third-largest political party, has thrown its support behind making the shutdown a permanent fixture of the federal government.

“Just think how a permanent government shutdown would allow so many Americans to regain the blessings of liberty,” Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict said in a statement.

The Libertarian Party, whose slogan is “minimum government, maximum freedom,” wants to end programs, agencies and other federal activities not authorized by the nation’s founding document. The Constitution explicitly enumerates powers to Congress and to the president, but libertarians contend that that is where federal power should stop.

“We’re not talking about eliminating the federal government … we want to cut everything else as much as we can,” he said.

Benedict made several suggestions for curbing the enormous amount of money the federal government spends — this year $3.8 trillion. He proposed dismantling the Department of Education and its “one-size-fits-all centralized mandates.” U.S. forces would be withdrawn from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, he said, and the War on Drugs would cease.

Americans would no longer be chased down every April by the Internal Revenue Service, which he called “byzantine and oppressive.”

Best of all, Benedict said, “Americans would once again be free of unjust and unconstitutional violations of their unalienable rights,” referring to the warrantless wiretapping program, among other things, the Bush administration started and the Obama administration has continued.

“Things are going the wrong way — fast,” he said.

  • mapletree

    It is not an all or nothing proposition. We certainly ought to move more in the Libertarian direction which means far smaller government and far lower taxes and far less intrusion into people’s lives. It doesn’t mean anarchy.

  • TexasTreader

    Before you jump on the Libertarian bandwagon, study their positions on drugs, sex and the military. If they had their way on drugs and sex, the US would become another Thailand with children abused and no hope of rescue. If we didn’t have forward positioning of military forces, we might not know about a threat until LA or DC went up in smoke. Libertarians BELONG on the fringe of civilization. Let’s keep them there.

    • gatortarian

      So I guess Madison and Jefferson were fringe? Maybe, but they were right.

  • clw

    Well the libertarians have an appeal, but I am NOT against warrantless wiretapping in THIS day and age of terrorism run amok. If you have nothing to hide, don’t worry about it. They can listen in on my phone conversations to their hearts content! Sometimes you just have to suck it up for the greater good if it’s justifiable.

    • Dessic

      “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

      Hmm, nothing in there about ‘this Amendment doesn’t apply if it’s for the Greater Good(TM).’

    • mdiavaro99ro

      Don’t tell me MF slave-minded moron: you’re on your way to Sainthood… Well, guess what moron, by law not even Jesus was innocent. And on top of this, do you bet your gov guardian likes you (the right way that is?!)?????

    • KaraTheAwesome

      clw 20 years in the future:

      “I am NOT against random body cavity searches in THIS day and age of terrorism run amok. If you have nothing to hide, don’t worry about it. They can give me a full body cavity search to their hearts content! Sometimes you just have to suck it up for the greater good if it’s justifiable.”

    • clw

      Uh we’re talking about warrantless wiretapping people. Not body cavity searches, and it is truly no big deal.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ralph-Swanson/100000888700469 Ralph Swanson

    Take a look at how world Libertarians are inspiring people driving world peace and the reduction of poverty and more through voluntary alternatives at: http://www.Libertarian-International.org

  • didistutter

    The Libertarian Party becomes more and more appealing all the time.

    • benhad

      I was thinking the exact same thing as I read the article.

    • gatortarian

      I made the leap in the late ’90s. It really is the only truly consistent ideology. It just so happens to be the one most consistent with the ideals of the founding of our country.

      Even if freedom wasn’t technically the ‘best for me’ however you interpret that to be, I prefer it over any other state of being.