Both parties lost their way
FROM: MATT BEERS ELKTON
With less than 100 days until the General Election, voters will soon decide the future of America.
The rise of Donald Trump and the cult-like following of Bernie Sanders has both parties, and their supporters, questioning what they stand for. But how did the two major political parties morph into something that past party stalwarts are unable to recognize? For decades political leaders have been espousing platforms, and promoting policies that rally the base and excite donors. Party direction is dictated not by new ideas, but by pollsters and political operatives seeking to gain power for their party. This has resulted in politicians from both sides of the aisle becoming blindly allegiant to party objectives, instead of fighting for constituents.
While the major parties have bankrupt the government, divided the country, and halted progress, one party still has the distinction of taking a stance not on issues, but on principles. The Libertarian Party takes a principle as simple as the benefit of mutual exchange, which states that two consenting people have the freedom to exchange goods and services freely, and uses reason to apply that principle to topics as varied as taxes, prohibition or international trade.
In less than 100 days we must ask ourselves whether we want to elect people who stand on principles, or do we continue to elect party politicians who will continue to take us down the same destructive path?
Matt Beers is the Libertarian candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District.