By: Jennifer Floyd
The recent buzz in social media has been the results of a poll conducted by NBC News/GenForward revealing than 71% of Millennials believe there needs to be a viable third party option. As the largest political party outside of Republicans or Democrats, this potential influx of younger, more educated, and aware voters is the key to the future success of the Libertarian party. However, many believe that Millennials are more socialist than free-market, a thought that keeps people from even trying to reach out to them and introduce libertarian philosophy. One only needs to point out the successes of Bernie Sanders, campus protests, or the Antifa movement to declare them a lost cause. But it only takes a moment to look at the underlying reasons why these movements gained traction to find that Millennials are more Libertarian than they realize.
They are the more Socially Tolerant generation
According to Medical Daily “millennials are twice as likely to identify as gay compared to adults of all ages” with 7% of Millennials identifying as LGBT. They’ve grown up in an era where it’s accepted, and they are less likely to be discriminated against by their peers to be open about their sexual preferences. In the workplace, they are more likely to prefer cognitive diversity – a group of mixed backgrounds, genders, races, and viewpoints to bring fresh ideas and discourse.
Thanks to the Libertarian Party of Chicago and many other groups and concerned taxpayers, including Claire Ball, Libertarian candidate for Comptroller, the citizens of Cook County and surrounding areas were able to fight and defeat Cook County’s dreaded sugar tax.
Cynically, proponents of the sugar tax claimed that the new tax would improve people’s health. But after the tax was finally repealed, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle finally admitted that the sugar tax had nothing to do with health, but with money.
The Washington Post even published an article about the debacle. Though biased towards the sugar tax, the article does begrudgingly acknowledge the following:
Consumers have organized highly visible boycotts, driving to nearby Indiana for groceries, and flooded their representatives with complaints. Several Cook County commissioners who switched their votes in favor of repeal have cited that outrage.
This proves that with hard work and determination, we can win. We can defeat big-government, big-tax lobbyists.
Our victory was well-deserved, but where do we go from here?
By Krysta Walker, Ballot Director for Libertarian Party of Illinois
In 1796, after serving two terms as President of the new United States, George Washington saw his opportunity to retire from the political scene. His service to the American people was extensive, and spanned over four decades of upheaval, trial, and rebirth. But Washington uses this occasion as an opportunity for more than just formalities. His “Farewell Address” reads, in fact, more like a treatise on the paramount importance of the American government and the means by which to safeguard its many blessings. He humbly refers to these cautions as “counsels of an old affection friend”.
“Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” Washington maintains throughout his farewell address that he was never qualified for the task he was given. Yet the aging first President does give some very sound advice regarding the viability of their new fledgling nation. This can be broken down into a few main, and exceedingly important ideas for the people of his era: Keep the Union united; always be an American first; safeguard the Constitution and preserve the checks and balances; protect the nation against the dangers of political parties, especially those along geographical lines; protect the nation against the dangers of foreign entanglements. George Washington understands that these are the hinges upon which their very liberty rests.
White Nationalists Spin Tragedy in Their Favor
As everyone is aware, last week violence broke out between between protesters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia culminating in a white supremacist driving his speeding car into a group of counter-protesters killing 1 and injuring 19. We, at the DuPage Libertarians already strongly condemned hate and violence.
But the lengths that some will go to to defend the driver is staggering.
A video was posted on Streamable and purportedly shows that the driver of the car had slowed down and was apparently calm, until protesters hit his vehicle with a blunt object (such as a baseball bat or stick). A website called Conservative Tribune posted an article about it:
Seconds Before C-ville Car Hit Crowd, a Camera Caught Game-Changing Act
The article was shared by Positively Republican on Facebook.
There are three main problems with this video:
1) It’s not the whole video. It cuts out the beginning. The car was already headed into the crowd before getting hit with the bat/stick. Indeed, the driver blows a stop sign in order to hit the crowd as fast as he could.
A counter protester uses a lighted spray can as a makeshift flame thrower.
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia are tragic and horrifying. Various racist, white supremacist groups converged on the small college town of Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert Lee. Protesters carried flags with Nazi swastikas and chanted racist slogans such as “White lives matter”. Former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke, attended the rally saying, “We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in.”
The white supremacists were met by counter-protesters who chanted “Kill all Nazis” and urged the protesters to die off quickly.
A car drives into a crowd of people killing 1 and injuring 19.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the protesters and counter-protesters to become violent as both sides clashed in the streets injuring dozens of people. Tragically, the clashes turned deadly when a car apparently driven by one of the white nationalists sped into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one person and injuring 19 more, 5 of whom critically.