Most people in Iowa will agree on at least one thing — American politics is completely broken.
It’s broken in Washington and it’s broken in Des Moines. It is not yet broken in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, for which we can be both thankful and proud. Our neighbors, crazy as they may seem, are still our friends.
The cause of our current political catastrophe is the two-party duopoly. Republicans and Democrats have turned into mirror images of each other. Each side claims the other is not just wrong, but evil! Not just mistaken, but dedicated to ruining our country!
Really? No, not really at all. The reality is we are all pretty much the same, with different ideas about how to make this a better country and a better state. We don’t disagree on the goal, just on how to get there.
Why do I state the obvious? Because there also is an obvious solution — it’s called “vote for somebody else!” If you quit voting for the Democrats and the Republicans they will eventually quit behaving like middle school children. They will learn.
It’s not as easy as that, however. If people who refuse to vote for the oafish elephant and the braying donkey scatter their votes among alternative choices, nothing good will happen. Random voters are easy to ignore, because they never threaten the duopoly powers. What needs to happen is everyone who is sick of the status quo needs to vote for just one alternative party, until that party is big enough to scare the big two.
Today it is obvious that party is the Libertarian Party. In Iowa we are already a ‘major party’ as defined by the state legislature. The Libertarian candidate for governor recently polled at 7 percent — that’s huge.
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Instead of throwing away your vote on one of the two old parties this November, or giving up and not voting at all, the best thing you can do for America is vote for Libertarian candidates. Your vote will be heard loud and clear all across the country — you want something completely different. Something better.
Although many people remain uncertain as to exactly what the Libertarian Party stands for, a quick Google search for ‘2018 Libertarian Party platform’ will be a pleasant surprise for 80 percent of Iowans, who will discover they already are libertarians, they just don’t know it.
• Rick Stewart is a Libertarian candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.
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