Both liberals and conservatives get it wrong half the time when it comes to talking about how government should function. Both focus more on lofty ideologies than actual, practical functionality. Both also are inconsistent with the ideas of freedom and liberty. Obviously we need the government to make laws to keep a civil society, but we make way too many laws that prohibit freedom.
The liberals/Democrats support a ton of government regulations over anything and everything. They cheer on unions while they singlehandedly destroy our education system. They support heavy gun control without any foresight of the potential implications of such a decision, etc.
Then you have the conservatives/Republicans. They go on about fiscal responsibility, and keeping the government small, and out of our business, but that is obviously hypocritical rhetoric. We haven’t had a balanced budget in quite some time, despite the fact we’ve had a number of Republican conservatives in office, and they’ve all overspent.
Then you’ve got issues such as the war on drugs, which is a total failure. Twenty-five percent of all incarcerations in this country are for nonviolent drug offenses. Do we really need to spend our tax money locking up these people? Alcohol-related crimes dropped drastically after we legalized it. Why not try something similar with other drugs? I’m not saying we should sell heroin at Wal-Mart, but our current strategy is clearly ineffective. Why can’t people recognize this fact?
And why should the government be able to dictate as an individual what I can/can’t put in my body? Right-wingers freak out when some liberal wants to mandate how much soda one can drink, or how many fries someone can order, but it’s the same mentality. It’s allowing the government to have a say in what I ingest.
Then there’s the gay marriage debate, which further divides the left and right. I have a solution: Keep the government out of our personal commitments. Government doesn’t need to recognize marriage. Marriage is a personal, and sometimes religious, commitment between two people. Why my personal relationships need to be a federal matter, I have no idea.
Libertarians form the only party that truly supports freedom and liberty along with practical government functionality. Why don’t we give more Libertarians a shot? What do we have to lose at this point? I couldn’t imagine it being any worse than the mess Republicans and Democrats create.