ATLANTA, GA – “This is just the beginning of the new Libertarian Party,” says Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian Party nominee for president. “In these next four years, there will be an even greater need for a political party fully dedicated to lower taxes, smaller government and more individual freedom—a voice for liberty.”
“This year, we set a solid foundation for freedom, on which we will build a strong and united political organization that advances freedom and liberty in the United States,” says Barr. “I, and all Americans who support true liberty, owe a great debt of gratitude to our staff, donors, volunteers and voters who helped support this campaign.”
It sounds great, but it’s pretty much the same thing I’ve heard from the Libertarian Party every four years or so. 485,000 votes does not mean very much in a nation of 300,000,000 people and it’s hard to see where the LP goes from here that’s any different from what it’s done every election cycle since 1980.
I’m proud of my vote for Bob Barr. Except for a few missteps, I think he ran a better campaign for President than any recent Libertarian Party nominee. I’d love to see the LP become successful enough that it’s taken seriously as a force in American politics, I just don’t think that’s very likely at this point. This election was a chance to make a statement. Apparently, there weren’t enough people willing to vote for freedom to do that, and that is depressing.