July 9, 2013
The proverbial "They" --- whoever "They" are. "They" tell people that Libertarians are whackos, anarchists, atheists, and non-conformists. "They" ridicule candidates that actually believe in the Constitution, limited government, and civil liberties. "They" are the ones that won't let Libertarians on ballots or in debates. "They" are the ones that won't cover Libertarian candidates in the print or broadcast media unless it is to belittle or ridicule. "They" are corrupted by the power of the office and the cronyism. Libertarians need to become active, vocal members of "They" and begin to change the message.
In short, "No". I have not declared myself a Libertarian to the holders of the voting records. While I understand the importance of actually declaring and becoming a "dues paying member" of a political party, a part of me feels that my comments, my social interaction with others, and my vote is what makes me Libertarian...not necessarily a piece of paper in my wallet. That does not mean I am adverse to joining, I just have not yet taken the plunge.
Nebraska native and retired Navy. Married to a local HR girl and together we have two great sons. I am a recovering "Republican"; I left the party years ago when I "saw the light" and realized that the GOP was not what they said, did, or believed.