Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Boston Tea Party endorses Libertarian Party of Delaware candidates

The Boston Tea Party, which is advancing its case as the potential nationwide replacement for the essentially non-functional Libertarian National Committee as the central organizing group for individual liberty and smaller government, has turned its attention to Delaware.

The BTP has now formally endorsed LPD Congressional candidate Mark Anthony Parks and LPD/GOP 4th District House candidate Tyler Nixon.

For Tyler, this endorsement can be added to his earlier seal of approval from the Liberty Caucus.

Given that I'd suspect only a few Libertarians and not many others have heard of the BTP (running Charles Jay and Thomas Knapp as their Presidential ticket), what significance does this have for our candidates?

Primarily, it's another piece of national exposure, however modest. Libertarian candidates run not just to win (go, Tyler!), but also to make a point about the erosion of civil liberties and the continuing encroachment of government on our freedoms--both economic and social.

The BTP has a one-sentence platform:

The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.

There is another point to be taken here, however: whether it's Ralph Nader's independent candidacy, the Libertarians, the Greens, the Constitution Party, the Modern Whigs, or any of a dozen other third parties across America, there is a growing dissatisfaction with the exclusionary two-party system we have allowed to be foisted upon us.

I've said this before, but it bears repeating: if we are a national that supposedly values social and cultural diversity, why do we continue to put up with a political system that offers only two choices?

Congratulations to our LPD candidates!

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