If it wasn’t evident in 2016, it was about as obvious as Joe Biden’s cognitive decline in 2020: The Libertarian Party has lost its way. America’s third-largest political entity failed to garner voters’ attention or even ignite the torch of liberty during the contentious 2020 U.S. presidential election. Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen and her running mate, Spike Cohen, attempted to transform the porcupines into woketarians, invoking the hebetudinous description of “fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and we oppose racism!” The LP is now at a crossroads: Continue down the path of attracting milquetoast libertarians or embrace the Misesian philosophy of Ron Paul that piqued the interest of millions of young Americans in 2008 and 2012. More importantly, is it time to abandon the hopes and dreams of the White House and start allocating the party’s resources to state and local electoral contests? Perhaps it is time to dismantle the LP to build it back up into an authentic freedom-oriented political force.
What Happened in 2020?
In November, there were two critical battles for the LP: the White House and a United States Senate seat. Spoiler alert: Both were unsuccessful plights for the gold-and-black brand.
First, the Jorgensen/Cohen ticket failed to crack two million votes, receiving a little more than 1% of the popular vote. This was way down from 2016 when two ex-Republican governors – Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts – captu...