Some have suggested that the Libertarian party hasn’t be more clear on our views on president Trump or at least not as aggressive with promoting our views. The national Libertarian party and Vermont Libertarian party never have and do not support Trump. There may be some Libertarian members or members of the Republican party claiming to be Libertarian that support Trump, but they do not represent the party. The reasons to not support Trump are numerous. Below is a chart of some Libertarian views that Trump doesn’t agree with:
The National Libertarian Party ran Gary Johnson against Trump in the last election and the National Libertarian Party issued a release on the their stand on Trump back in March 2018. The national LP has also issued regular press releases against Trump’s views and polices. You can view and read them here. Also here is the Libertarian Party Platform for more info.
Some selected viewpoints below:
Excerpt from “Trump is the opposite of a Libertarian“
“Libertarians are the party of peaceful trade with all nations and entangling alliances with none,” Benedict said. “Trump’s reckless military aggressiveness and trade wars are quite the opposite.”
Trump, unfortunately, has kept two of his worst campaign promises. He promised that the federal government would ignore the responsibility to live within its means, and fulfilled that promise by drastically increasing military spending and maintaining entitlement spending while he cut taxes. The United States is now on track to run trillion-dollar deficits — $3,070 for every man, woman, and child — every year into the foreseeable future.
Trump also promised us a trade war, and has lived up to that pledge by hiking tariffs that will impoverish the American people by raising prices, destroying our export markets, and spurring foreign retaliation.
“Unfortunately, trade wars lead to hot wars,” Benedict said. “The tariffs and boycotts between World War I and World War II demonstrate that beyond a doubt. We also should have expected that Trump would easily be capable of running trillion-dollar deficits. After all, he does have vast personal experience with bankruptcy.”
Excerpt from “Donald Trump Is No Libertarian“
Definition of libertarian:
1) an advocate of the doctrine of free will.
2) A person who upholds the principles of individual liberty, especially of thought and action.
Ladies and gentleman there you have it, straight from Merriam-Webster. It is with a sad heart that I write this article, but I feel I must. Many of us “liberty minded” people need to be reminded of what and we stand for.
Libertarianism is non-aggressive. We don’t steal, we don’t bomb, and we don’t forcefully impose our will on others. We are the only political group that can honestly say we support real liberty. I use the word group instead of party, because you don’t need to support a party to support a principle. We can support a member of any party, or an independent. It is principle that matters. That same core principle, called non-aggression, is at the heart of every stance we take. While we make jokes about the N.A.P. and endlessly debate about how it applies to certain issues, on most issues it is quite clear.
So why is it, that some libertarians are so supportive of Trump? Sure, the TPP exit was a solid win for liberty, and the repeal of the ACA sounds great. Hell, Trump even supports an audit of the Federal Reserve. There is more too, like his Department of Education appointee. In fact, if you cherry pick certain issues he doesn’t sound half bad. However, with that logic I can make any president or politician a “libertarian”. Small government is only a part of what libertarianism is about.
Some libertarian social media campaigns have even started using slogans like “Are you tired of winning yet?” when they post about these supposed victories that have come out of Trumps administration. But let’s make something clear, we have not won anything at all.