Yesterday, I announced the creation of a mailing list and a special event on Facebook. The premise of the event is simple.
This Saturday, donate $17.76 to the Johnson/Weld Campaign.
Regardless of what happens in terms of the Presidential Debates, they can always use more resources to advertise with. For this evening, let us take a step back to the end of the Libertarian Party Convention.
A lot of people were concerned with Johnson himself, seeing it as more of a compromise than a viable Presidential ticket.
With that said, the Untied States came about as a result of a compromise on ideas. In other words, several individuals met in the middle and hashed things out.
After the 13 colonies were able to win their Independence as a result of winning the Revolutionary War, a new challenge arose. Money was owed, there was no method of resolving quarrels between different states, and inflation was causing economic damage.
After Shay’s Rebellion was put down, there was concern over responsiveness of the government. The Articles of Confederation saw the 13 colonies through the war, but it wasn’t designed for certain situations like this.
The Constitutional Convention changed everything.
The initial plan was the Virginia Plan, which would have created three branches in government and it would have all but erased the existence of the individual states. Those same branches would later be included in the final draft. Next, came the New Jersey plan, which would add the regulation of commerce and the ability to levy taxes.
Further plans offered proportional representation.
The ultimate fight was between centralized power and leaving it to the states. The compromise ultimately allowed for both. The Bill of Rights were eventually amended to the Constitution, with the 10th Amendment clearly stating that anything that the Federal Government didn’t have enumerated to them would be left the states.
In other words, the individual states would be able to handle their own affairs.
In the end, not everybody got what they wanted. The delegates all had to meet in the middle, and through amendments, the original fundamentals of elections would also change.
We weren’t always able to be involved in the Presidential election, let alone vote for senators for each state.
That is the beauty of this republican form of government.
In much the same way, with our current candidates in the Libertarian Party, we’re not going to get everything we want right now. The ideals are wonderful, but we also must also recognize that everyone else may not completely agree with them at this time.
So let’s start the conversation by showing them what can happen if a Libertarian President is in office this year by helping out Johnson/Weld anyway we can.