This web site advocates voting for independents and third-party candidates in the interest of ending the political duopoly of the Democratic and Republican Parties. This duopoly ensures that virtually every legislative body in the United States is subject to single-party rule following every election. In short, we get to choose which slate of little despots will get to run roughshod over the deposed little despots of the other party until the next election. As a result, we end up with a highly charged, very partisan system of government composed of two elites that are subject to the baser instincts and philosophies of their activist cores. What we need is to elect candidates of one or more third-parties or real independents so that alliance building becomes a requirement for legislating. While no panacea, it would be a significant improvement if our legislative bodies more resembled European parliaments rather than politburos with noisy, but largely impotent members in opposition.

While the preference here is for the Libertarian Party, feel free to vote Green, Conservative, or whatever you prefer if you absolutely can not tolerate libertarianism. However, if you do not have such strong objections, please vote Libertarian for the following reasons:
  1. The Libertarian Party is established in most states and can quickly be a consistent alternative without the requirement of regular petitions for ballot access if the party's candidates will start attracting a greater percentage of votes in the elections. Note that candidates do not have to win just to ensure a broader choice in future elections.
  2. While Greens, Conservatives, and most other third-parties can usually count on an active constituency in the two major parties that result in at least some legislation those parties desire (albeit, not necessarily to their satisfaction), libertarians enjoy little more than lip service from the two major parties. The problem is not the extent of support for civil liberties, economic concerns, or other issues of interest to libertarians. The problem is that both parties consistently erode individual liberty in pursuit of social, racial, religious, economic, and security goals that admittedly differ between the parties; but which ultimately result in less liberty and an ever larger and more intrusive public sector. Voting for candidates of the Libertarian Party rather than one of the other minority parties ensures support for strong advocates of individual liberty.
  3. While some Libertarian Party candidates may be notably eccentric, they are no worse than the most extreme candidates of the major parties. In any case, the really odd candidates are unlikely to win even if this campaign is an unimaginable success. Even if elected, they will be unable to do any real harm while still bolstering their fellow elected party members in advocating for liberty. Most importantly, success at the ballot box will attract better candidates. (This may not be obvious from the choices regularly offered up by the major parties, but I would suggest that the candidates would be decidedly worse if drawn from a smaller, more activist core of either party.)
If you are in general agreement with the proposition of moving from the strictures of a "two-party system" to a manageable plurality that will force alliance building rather than stark partisanship and if you want to support this campaign, please become an advocate yourself and discuss with your family, friends, and colleagues the need to vote for any candidate other than a Democrat or a Republican. Then, please direct them to this web site and the associated public Facebook page.

Whether you become a advocate or not, please give serious consideration to voting for the Libertarian Party to end the political duopoly that is tearing the country apart.

Ned Nowotny
Vote Libertarian!

DISCLAIMER: This web site is not directly affiliated with the Libertarian Party or with any candidate of the Libertarian Party. Instead, it is a personal advocacy site for Edward D. Nowotny (a.k.a. Ned Nowotny).  It is part of a campaign asking voters to consider third-party and independent candidates in the upcoming elections in the interest of moving beyond the entrenched "two-party system."