What is the true state of liberty in our society today? The most honest answer is, "it depends."
Whether along economic, social, or political lines, for a select few the freedom to do whatever one pleases is almost without limit. For most of us, however, freedoms are being eroded more and more with each passing day. As the newly appointed Executive Director, I need to know what you think the Massachusetts Libertarian Party can do to help reverse this trend. What does homegrown liberty look like to you?
Regardless of past political affiliations—independent, republican, democrat, or libertarian—as citizens we all know that our nation is capable of so much more. The desire to make America great again is real, but what makes America great is not one group having the authority to impose its will upon others. What makes America great is the balance of authority that protects liberty for everyone equally. Instead of a government that is the guardian of liberty, we have let it become the instrument of those in power. That is why I believe the Libertarian Party—the party of principle—is crucial to restoring liberty in Massachusetts and across the nation. By taking away the majority from both parities, we can become the fulcrum upon which balance is restored.
I first joined the Libertarian Party during Gary Johnson's 2016 campaign because he was the only candidate to speak the truth. By 2012 I had already left the party in which I was raised, and in 2014 I ran to get on the ballot as an independent in the largely uncontested reelection of Ed Markey to the US Senate. Having seen the devastation wrought by both establishment parties in Congress, I aspired for unaffiliated voters to become the voice of reason over the constant partisan bickering. Despite being the largest population in Massachusetts by far (54 percent), unenrolled voters are entirely without meaningful representation. Yet, without proper organizing, this disparate body of voters stands zero chance of being effective in a partisan system.
I firmly believe that the Libertarian Party can restore balance in government, but only if we can become bigger than ourselves. Where both establishment parties are shrinking, we must grow, and as with any construction project, we must begin with a solid foundation. Without a viable base, the Libertarian Party will remain no more than a footnote in Commonwealth politics. In 2016, over one hundred and thirty-six thousand Massachusetts voters cast a ballot for Johnson. If just ten percent of those voters supported the Massachusetts Libertarian Party, we would have enough resources to open an office, help local candidates, and begin preparations for statewide and federal elections.
To start this challenge we need our first two hundred active members. Will you answer the call? Massachusetts was once the bedrock of liberty, isn't it time we take the lead again?
I look forward to hearing your ideas, so please comment below or contact us to share your ideas.