source article: https://www.lp.org/whos-driving/why-libertarians-must-go-on-the-offensive/
Big Government advocates are pumping out proposals for expanding government every hour of every day. Where are the proposals for less government?
When we allow talk of sustaining and expanding government to dominate political conversation, we’re conditioning voters and everyone we meet to expect more Big Government – with no alternative in sight.
We should not be surprised that the majority of voters in America – who are more libertarian than they are either Democratic or Republican – become complacent, stop voting, or even vote for Big Government candidates. Big Government is the only choice they ever see or hear, they believe they must vote for the “lesser of two evils” and continue to vote for the two old parties, even when they prefer Libertarians.
We must turn this around. We must show voters how liberty is possible by spelling out an agenda for shrinking today’s Big Government. We must constantly put forth specific proposals, just as our opponents do – but in the opposite direction. And show why this will yield huge benefits for voters and for the people they love and care about.
First, libertarians must wake up to how we’re being manipulated by allowing Big Government proposals to dominate political discourse.
Then we must fight back – and turn Big Government conversations on their head! We must go on the offensive for freedom – and take control. We must put Big Government in the back seat (or leave it off at the curb) – and grab the steering wheel!
We must supplant talk of endless Big Government proposals with specific Libertarian solutions to shrink Big Government:
- Dramatically lower taxes.
- Remove government regulations.
- End the Drug War and other prohibitions.
- Cancel Big Government programs.
- Withdraw from foreign entanglements.
- Dramatically reduce government spending. Not future, phony government budgets. Today’s budget and spending. Cut it NOW!
- Pay off government debt.
- Repeal anti-gun laws.
- Close down mass surveillance and destroy all information about citizens not acquired by a proper warrant.
- End police militarization.
- Dismantle thousands of unneeded federal, state and local bureaucracies.
- Repeal thousands of laws. Rip ‘em right out of the books!
Then we must show how taking these measures will make us freer, safer, more prosperous, better educated, and healthier. Why we’ll have more peace, more justice, and more job opportunities. In short, how living in the United States with minimal government will be dramatically better than it is today.
We must generate this conversation regularly and powerfully. Our candidates and spokesperson must lead the charge for less government and more liberty. Our activists and supporters must interject Libertarian solutions into their emails, their Facebook posts, their tweets, and their everyday conversations whenever possible.
Going on the offensive creates mandates for less government
Articulating Libertarian solutions is especially important for Libertarian candidates.
By running for office on small government, Libertarian proposals and featuring them prominently in campaigns, elected Libertarians create a mandate for implementing those proposals when elected. They need to be able to say, “I got elected on my proposal to [Libertarian solution to shrink government], and that’s what we’re going to do.” This is their most powerful tool for shrinking government while in office.
Without such a mandate, elected Libertarians are far less able to affect change. Special Interests, fellow politicians and the media will put constant pressure on them to go along with more Big Government. They need a voter mandate to counter this pressure and to advance reductions in government.
Even when not elected, Libertarian candidates create mandates for less government and more freedom by publicizing and gaining acceptance for Libertarian solutions. This can lead to those solutions eventually being enacted into law.
For example, past Libertarian candidates have run for office on ending the war on marijuana and on marriage equality. Marijuana is now legal in seven states, with many more expected to follow suit. The Supreme Court has made marriage equality the law of the land.
The game Who’s Driving? empowers Libertarians to lead the charge for liberty and to open up an exciting, life-altering conversation for freedom in America.
For more examples, see the list of Sample Libertarian Solutions here.