The most significant impact of the 2010 elections is neither a mandate for the Republican Party, nor a rejection of the Obama Administration, but in the continued growth of the Libertarian vote at the local, state and national level, said potential Libertarian presidential candidate R. Lee Wrights.
“The Libertarian Party continued its record of putting up more candidates than any other third party in America, more than 800 this year,” Wrights said. “More than one million Americans voted for Libertarian candidates for the U.S. House and 15 of those candidates polled better than five percent of the vote in a three-way race, a substantial increase from what we’ve achieved before.”
Wrights said he was also proud of the accomplishments of the party’s two U.S. Senate candidates who earned more than four percent of the vote while challenging the Democrat and Republican party nominees. “It’s clear that the Libertarian message is reaching an increasing number of Americans, who are beginning to realize that not only is government part of the problem, but so are the Democratic and Republican parties,” Wrights said.
He noted that Libertarian candidates nationwide drew more than one percent of vote total for its House candidates, something no third party has done since the Progressives Party in 1948.
Unlike some Libertarians, Wrights said he doesn’t care to speculate on what the election results mean for the Republican Party. “I’m only concerned about what the results mean for the Libertarian Party and the libertarian movement,” he said. ”
One of their own candidates, Marco Rubio, warned that Republicans would make a grave mistake if the believed the election results were an embrace of the party,” Wrights said. “Rubio said it was a ‘second chance’ for the party to make good on its promises.”
“I can’t argue with the idea of giving anyone, or any party, a second chance,” Wrights said. “But the Republicans and Democrats have had many second chances — and third chances, and fourth chances — yet still continue to grow government, increase spending, raise taxes, limit freedom and expand our nations wars.”
“The question is, at what point do you say enough is enough, and stop voting for political parties who simply do not do what they say they are going to do,” Wrights said.
Wrights is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 should be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. He has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states.
The 52-year old writer and political activist was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and now lives in Texas. He is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All.