Thursday, November 5, 2009

An Opportunity for Libertarians?

Daniel Henninger of the WSJ writes about yesterday's election results:

What was learned Tuesday is that the American voter is absolutely, totally, unremittingly disgusted with both political parties.

I could not agree more. I am not persuaded, however, by Henninger's assessment of what the electorate wants. He says

More than anything, the American voter is desperate for political leadership.
This may be part of the story, but here's a different interpretation: a signficant fraction of the electorate is neither liberal nor conservative but libertarian.

Not over the top, wingnut libertarian like me, but moderate, restrained libertarian: fiscally conservative and socially tolerant.

I doubt this augurs a flood of officially libertarian candidates. But perhaps it means that more politicians will shift toward the soft libertarian perspective.

14 comments:

Matt Purvis said...

Amen!

Steve M. said...

Yes, Jeff... you are a bit of a wingnut. But I can be persuaded to be one as well.

RickySixx said...

Until the greater public realizes that their wants and needs align with Libertarian thought, such an option will not exist for it is not in a Politicians interest to promote choice.

Rather, they must promote what lends to their survival and self existence; the illusion of perpetual welfare/prosperity (D)and assurance of safety (R)

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