Why I’m a Libertarian and Why You Might Be One, Too

This is the second thing I’ve written since the election.  I’m still processing what Trump means to me and those around me.  Several times I sat down to write a reaction piece, but I just ended up with a jumbled mess.  I eventually decided to talk about my political views, which is quite rare.

I voted for Gary Johnson.  And no, it wasn’t a wasted vote as I’ve had many friends imply.  And no, I didn’t vote for him because I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for Trump or Clinton.  I voted for him because I believe in the principles of the Libertarian party.  But until about 6 years ago, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing.

I grew up in a Republican household.  My mom voted straight Republican in every election and when I was old enough to vote, I did the same.  I had been drinking the Republican kool-aid for a very long time.  The only issue I really understood was abortion and because Republicans were always pro-life, I always voted Republican.  And because I had always been a Republican in a Republican household in a Republican state, I was very closed-minded to other viewpoints.    However, as the years went on, I began to see things in the Republican party that I didn’t agree with, mostly revolving around wars and big government.

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