The biggest struggle that the Libertarian Party has had for years is getting people to take them seriously. Four years ago during the national convention they had a guy dress down almost complete naked and dance on stage which was televised on national television. Now they have allowed a satire candidate to make the main debate stage instead of focusing on drawing attention to their platform and serious candidates. It is time for the party to boot Vermin Supreme from the party.
I remember teaching my college political science course in 2012 and spent time talking about fringe candidates that were running for President. I used this weird democratic candidate in New Hampshire that wore a boot on his head as the example which caused laughter among the class. Now, 8 years later this same guy has infiltrated the Libertarian Party and they are giving him the time and day.
Last night Justin Amash, the presumed LP nominee for President, was featured in a debate hosted by the LP of Kentucky. National attention was on this debate with thousands of people watching. However, there was Vermin Supreme being given a stage next to a host of serious candidates running for President. Yes, he was tamer than usual and didn’t have the boot on his head, but the fact he has gotten this far shows why the LP struggles year in and out to gain traction in elections at both the local and national level.
Libertarianism is a big tent and we understand that people from all walks of life will enter the arena, but that doesn’t lend to the fact that the crazy element of the party gets put front and center. All political parties have their crazy’s but they don’t shine them bright in the national spotlight for all to see.
These are serious times on so many fronts and we need serious people spreading the message of liberty to the masses and some guy with a boot on his head that pledges ponies for all Americans puts us hundreds of steps back on our road to success.