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Charles Ballay, M.D., Libertarian Candidate for POTUS -- Why 2024 Is the Year to Vote Libertarian

In the contemporary American political landscape, a growing sentiment among voters is dissatisfaction with the two major parties, prompting many to seek alternatives. The Libertarian Party, standing on principles of individual liberty, minimal government interference, and fiscal conservatism, starkly contrasts the often polarized and promise-laden platforms of the Democrats and Republicans. 2024 can be a significant political shift in the US voter paradigm.

Over time, the two major parties have presented the American electorate with candidates who, some argue, still need to thoroughly represent the country's diversity of thought and needs. This concern is compounded by perceptions of age and dynamism, where candidates from these parties are often seen as being at a stage in their careers that aligns differently with the vibrant and forward-thinking leadership many Americans seek.

Furthermore, a critical examination of the performance of both major parties reveals a pattern of unfulfilled promises, particularly concerning fiscal responsibility, international engagement, and domestic policy effectiveness. This disillusionment is reflected in public opinion, with recent polls indicating a pervasive sentiment that the country is headed in the wrong direction. As of March 6, 2024, Ballotpedia's polling average showed only 25% of Americans believe the government is moving in the right direction​​.

Trust in the federal government remains a significant concern, with a long-term decline noted since the highs of the post-World War II era. Today, trust in the government is near historic lows, with only a tiny fraction of Americans expressing confidence in the federal government's ability to do what is right "just about always" or "most of the time." This decline in trust spans decades, influenced by various political, social, and economic crises. Pew Research Center's 2023 findings highlight that only 25% of Democrats and 8% of Republicans trust the federal government almost always or most of the time, emphasizing the bipartisan nature of this distrust​​.

Moreover, the public's overall view of the government's performance is increasingly hostile. A significant majority now believe the federal government needs very major reform, with this belief more pronounced among Republicans than Democrats. This sentiment is rooted in concerns over government size, perceived corruption, and inefficacy in addressing critical issues such as the economy, healthcare, and national debt​​.

Given these perspectives, the Libertarian Party's appeal lies in its commitment to reducing government size and scope, promoting individual freedoms, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. These principles contrast the DEM and REP parties' perceived failings, aligning with many Americans' desires for a less intrusive, more efficient, and more accountable government. To be clear, there will always be two dominant parties in the United States, assuring a natural balance of power and representation of all views; however, the effectiveness and balance-achieving purpose of the current two parties has run its course.

The choice to support the Libertarian Party comes at a critical time of considerable public disillusionment with the traditional political establishments. It presents an opportunity for voters to align with the diversity-embracing platform that addresses the core issues of trust, governmental overreach, and fiscal irresponsibility which our majority now feels to be inadequately addressed by the current two major parties. If concerned about the "Wasted Vote", be assured -- this is a fear-mongering threat from two failing parties who fully realize that the more broadly representative Libertarian Party can indeed become #1 by vote, and transition federal government into a more accountable, representative and efficient government.


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