Most Americans want small government, says LP Executive Director Carla Howell

LP.org:

Libertarian Party Executive Director Carla Howell on PressTVRepublican and Democratic politicians support virtually identical policies designed to constantly escalate the scope and size of government, Libertarian Party Executive Director Carla Howell said in an interview featured Tuesday on the PressTV website. This stands in sharp contrast to the wishes of the vast majority of the American people.

“The Democrat and Republican politicians are no different,” said Howell. “But the people who support them, the rank-and-file Republicans, are very much like Libertarians, and some Democrats are as well. Most Americans, across the board, want less government. They think government is too powerful, they think government’s doing too much, and they think government is spending too much. And that’s what the Libertarian Party is here for — to advocate to expressly reduce government power, government intrusion, government spending, and government foreign meddling.”

Howell pointed out that politicians habitually use language that conceals their true intentions, misleading the voters who believe that government is far too large and powerful to support parties and political leaders to provide more of the same failed policies. Only the Libertarian Party has a consistent message of slashing government spending, shrinking debt and deficits, and eliminating the laws and bureaucracies that interfere with people’s lives and livelihoods.

“We’re actually representing what a majority of American people want,” Howell said. “But, unfortunately, their leaders don’t vote that way. They [Democrats and Republicans] both vote for Big Government. And the Republicans, in particular, pretend to advocate for less government. They use rhetoric to this effect all the time, and it’s convinced a lot of the rank-and-file Republicans that at least they’re not as bad as the Democrats. We know better. We know that they are voting virtually the same as the Democrats and misrepresenting the people of America who want a much smaller government than we have today.”

By joining the Libertarian Party and supporting its candidates, voters can actually shrink Big Government instead of supporting Republican and Democratic politicians who only pretend they care about what Americans want.

2 thoughts on “Most Americans want small government, says LP Executive Director Carla Howell

  1. Brian Holtz

    rank-and-file Republicans are very much like Libertarians, and some Democrats are as well. [..] the Republicans, in particular, pretend to advocate for less government

    The LP brand should be: neither Left nor Right. Suggesting that we’re just sincere Republicans does not help the brand.



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  2. Robert Capozzi

    bh1: Suggesting that we’re just sincere Republicans does not help the brand.

    me: Yes, except that’s not the way I read CH’s statement. She’s saying that many voters already prefer the L message of less government, and she notes that more of them have been voting R but some of them have been voting D.

    My only critique here is that she didn’t underscore that many I’s are also lessarchists, as are many non-voters.

    I’d say it may be more impactful to say something like:

    Party affiliation is trending down, as voters who typically were loyal R or D voters are now onto the fact that both “major” parties are bought and sold by narrow special interests. Non-voters and independent voters are on the increase. Increasingly, the electorate sees that the emperor has no clothes!

    Historically Republican voters see that their rhetoric of “less government” is a fraud. Historically Democrat voters also see that the Ds cannot be relied on to uphold individual rights.

    It’s time for a third way, a neither “left” nor “right” way, a L way.

    Or something.

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