We’re libertarians who refuse to vote for the party’s ridiculous presidential candidate

I’m a libertarian, however I’m completely turned off by the social gathering. And I’m not alone, particularly now that Chase Oliver is its 2024 candidate.

Although libertarian ideology has mass attraction, the social gathering has constantly alienated voters with outlandish antics and out-of-touch nominees, and this election cycle isn’t any exception.

Since Oliver gained the Libertarian major late final month, the former Georgia Senate candidate has been going viral for a few of his extra lefty stances.

In resurfaced clips, the 38-year-old has been dragged for publicly advocating for defunding the police “until [they] restore trust with the people,” describing drag queen story hours as “performance art,” advocating for open borders and defending gender-affirming care for transgender youngsters as “the status quo.”

Chase Oliver on debate stage
Former Georgia Senate candidate Chase Oliver prevailed in the Libertarian Party primaries final month. AP

The basic libertarian precept is “live and let live,” and there are definitely libertarians who embrace that ethos on each the political proper and the left.

But the social gathering is making an enormous error by selecting a hard-left-leaning libertarian with values destined to flip off Republicans who could be wanting for an alternate in 2024.

“The entire country is looking for something different than two old fogies and the same old uni-party,” Mark, a 42-year-old libertarian, advised The Post. “This came to a crashing halt when the party nominated another leftist Libertarian in 2024.”

Chase Oliver with a drag queen
Chase Oliver (left) defended drag queen story hour as “performance art” throughout a podcast look. @goddeketal / X

For Mark, who works in IT in Dallas, Oliver’s nomination was the remaining straw that led him to re-register on voter rolls as beingunaffiliated with any social gathering: “So many wasted opportunities in the last two decades, and I’ve had it.”

Indeed, the social gathering has embarrassed itself for cycles on finish with candidates that no person had ever heard of — like no-name professor Jo Jorgensen in 2020 — and nominees who are downright outrageous, like Gary Johnson in 2016.

The former New Mexico governor, who peaked at 13% in polling numbers, couldn’t identify a world chief he admires throughout an interview and famously didn’t know the place Aleppo, Syria, was throughout the peak of the Syrian refugee disaster.

He truly requested a MSNBC host, “What is Aleppo?” 

Gary Johnson on debate stage
Gary Johnson was booed for defending drivers licenses on the major debate stage in 2016. C-SPAN

To Johnson’s credit score, he was the solely candidate on the 2016 Libertarian major debate stage who replied “yes” to the query, “Should someone have to have a government issued license to drive a car?”

His rivals answered with “hell no” and “What’s next, requiring a license to make toast in your own damn toaster?”

Most individuals affiliate libertarianism with ideas like free speech, small authorities, non secular liberty, and gun rights —not the proper to get behind the wheel with none {qualifications} and endanger others’ lives.

But that viral second was emblematic of the extremist ideological purity of the social gathering.

Chase Oliver wearing a Covid mask
Photos of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Chase Oliver carrying COVID masks have gone viral on X. @EndWokeness / X

“A third party needs pragmatism, first and foremost,” Sam, a 22-year-old disaffected libertarian who works in communications in New Jersey, advised me. “Most people, myself included, associate libertarianism with social free-will and free market capitalism. We aren’t puritans or philosophers.”

But the driver’s license debacle wasn’t even the craziest factor to come out of a libertarian conference.

Other biggest hits embrace a celebration chairman candidate stripping on stage throughout a conference on a dare, and Vermin Love Supreme, who served as a member of the Libertarian Party’s judicial committee regardless of at all times carrying a boot on his head.

Chase Oliver holding a pride flag
Cultural conservatives have taken problem with a few of Oliver’s extra left-leaning stances. @amuse/X

“I changed my registration to Independent when I saw how unserious the party had gotten,” a California finance professionalnamed Greg, 34, advised The Post. “It is not an effective or serious party in any real sense.”

This 12 months’s presidential election needs to be a historic alternative for libertarians. Two incumbents with document low approval scores ought to make a third-party candidate extra viable than ever.

Freedom, liberty and self-determination are values that attraction to the proper and the left. 

And but the social gathering — which has change into an anarchist echo-chamber insulated from any actual market stress — managed to utterly drop the ball by choosing a candidate who is an instantaneous turnoff to many Americans.

Libertarian ideology needs to be taken critically. The libertarian social gathering, nonetheless, has demonstrated repeatedly that it can’t be.

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