The LP isn't just about getting ideas out. It is about stopping entrenched parties that will do anything to keep their power. This includes stopping them from destroying the republic and the freedom to choose representatives which is fundamental to how our government works.
House Bill 1842
Strama (D), a Texas House representative filed a bill that would cast a devastating blow to 3rd parties. No doubt seeing the increasing gains of the LP and the number of candidates on the ballot, giving a 3rd choice instead of a false binary choice, has filed a House bill attacking freedom of representation. Instead of working towards a rational voting system, he chooses to defend the archaic and least meaningful plurality voting system. And further to protect this system wants to wipe 3rd parties off the ballot.
This unity primary system would ensure only 2 parties every make it to a general ballot. This only furthers the annoying stereotype that voters are to weak minded to handle anything more than a binary choice. I remind you that the Texas LP works hard and earns its current ballot status by running candidates that get enough votes to maintain it. We are already following the burden of R & D election law to get candidate on the ballot. The cost of getting ballot access is very high and is a massive sink against reach voters with a message.
This bill would also burden candidate with direct fees which further encourages a political class in our country instead of citizen representatives. The burden of giving up part of your life as a regular middle income worker is already high when wanting to put yourself on the ballot. Why does there need to be what amounts to a fine for wanting to represent people on the ballot? This is a massive imposition meant to do nothing more than kill off 3rd parties.
Even if you try to look at this in the best light of a representative worrying about a ballot being flooded with to many choices, that is not a problem we have. We still have races with no choice. Politicians are being put in office because no one is running against them. Libertarians are in 2 way races many times because political district have been gerrymandered such that the two main parties just give areas to one another. There are some 3 way races which voters should have no problem handling. There are few 4 way races and very few with more than that. There is no reason to believe there will be a sudden explosion of 'to many' choices and 12 candidates in each race. We are a nation and state of variety. We get upset when its not available to us. When we shop at a store we are presented with a mass of choices because that is what freedom looks like. Its about choice and not going with what the state gives to you. Why would we want variety in every aspect of our lives except government? Why accept what is handed to you by those with a self interest to remain in power.
There is no more sure sign of success of the LP than those who would attack it with legislation that strips people of freedom of choice. These are ideas of people that have no interest in freedom. They have no interest in you being able to choose from anything other than what they hand to you.
They must be stopped because the LP is your only choice in having a choice.
LP Texas needs support. Its the only party fighting to give you a choice.www.lptexas.org
Link to another blog on the topic: A Solider's Perspective by CJ Grisham