Philadelphia, Pa — July 26, 2016 — Democratic speakers at last night’s opening of the 2016 Democratic Party’s national convention made it sound like they were the only political party which held the trophy for equality. From Senator Elizabeth Warren to Michelle Obama to Bernie Sanders, speakers talked about how the Democratic Party (DNC) was the party of equality, yet wasn’t until recently. Not long ago it was the party of inequality, anti-gay rights and pro-War on Drugs.
While its nemesis, the Libertarian Party, never needed to “evolve” on these issues as they have believed in individual equality, pro-gay rights and has been anti-War on Drugs for decades, Democrats are suddenly adopting parts of the Libertarian platform. While the Libertarian Party has stood for what is right for decades even when it was highly unpopular, the Democratic Party is just now coming to see how right the Libertarians have been.
The Democratic Party’s presidential nominee from the 1990s, Bill Clinton, signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which was one of the biggest blows to LGBTQ rights ever, putting in place a federal law banning gays from marrying. The Democratic Party and their candidates worked for decades to continue the War on Drugs going in full force and only recently came to the realization marijuana is not as harmful as they once said. Libertarians knew this all along; yet, like Republicans, the Democrats kept the propaganda supporting the Drug War going to line their pockets and for political gain. Just a few years ago, Democratic Party’s President Barack Obama was strong arming South American countries to keep marijuana illegal when they were suggesting they wanted to make it legal in their country.
The Democratic Party doesn’t even have the issue of drugs on their website anymore; however, in 2000, their platform sounded more like the Republican Party stating, “Our nation is afflicted with drugs. We must continue to combat traffickers. We must have a Drug Czar. We must work with our allies to fight the blood money of the drug trade. We must remember that the drug trade reflects the economics of hopelessness. Farmers have been drawn to cultivate these crops as a means for economic survival. The Democratic Party understands that no policy of prosecution will succeed unless it is combined with robust investment in alternative ways to make a living.” A search on the Democratic Party’s website return no results with the words “War on Drugs” or “Drug War.”
The Libertarian Party is not afraid to confront the drug issue as their platform specifically states, “we favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes. We support restitution to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. The constitutional rights of the criminally accused, including due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must be preserved. We assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.” The Libertarian Party’s website returned multiple pages of results when we searched “Drug War” and “War on Drugs.” Libertarians have been supportive of helping farmers to grow hemp and cannabis to boost their profits to satisfy the demand Americans have had for those products. Democrats and Republicans thwarted those policy changes and over time actually increased the penalties for the those engaging in voluntary trade. Democrats have been complicit in the incarceration of millions of young black men through the failed War on Drugs separating them from their families.
Many view the Democratic Party and their candidates as being positive toward the LGBTQ community; however, this is another myth to brainwash the American public. As we stated above, Democrats actively worked to prevent gay marriage and even Barack Obama after he was elected President of the United States continued to say he believed in traditional marriage and was not in favor of gay marriage. He has since said he “evolved” and now supports gay marriage. Libertarians do not need any “evolution” as they consistently have been on the right side of all the main issues facing America and still wait for America and the older candidates to adopt their agenda of freedom.
The 2016 Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was featured on the left-leaning Politifact and even they rated her position on gay marriage a “full flop.” The same rating was given to President Obama. So what was the Libertarian’s position on gay rights during this time? According to David Boaz, Vice President of the Cato Institute, he noted in a column in The Advocate, “The Libertarian Party endorsed gay rights with its first platform in 1972 — the same year the Democratic nominee for vice president referred to ‘queers’ in a Chicago speech. In 1976 the Libertarian Party issued a pamphlet calling for an end to anti-gay laws and endorsing full marriage rights.”
These are only a few examples of where the Democratic Party has had to be prodded to do the right thing and shows how the Libertarian Party never needed any influence from others to do the right thing, even when it was highly unpopular.
Stop falling prey of the Republican and Democratic parties’ political theater. Do the right thing, vote Libertarian in 2016.