A Libertarian President?
Interesting conjecture here where the author predicts a libertarian winning the Presidency in 2016. Forgive me for being a bit skeptical, having been jaded by involvement with the Libertarian Party for over a decade. I'm used to losing,and losing big time. Then again, the author isn't saying the Libertarian Party, as we know it today, will necessarily be the one winning the office. He predicts some change in the other political parties as well.
I am somewhat offended by his suggestion that President Bush has been promoting libertarian ideals. I guess he is right, though, with the examples he mentions. It's not so much what Bush actually means, in his speeches, it's how other people perceive those remarks. His references to a Bush speech mentioning "freedom" and "liberty" are a bit off, as that's just Bush doublespeak, but overall, I understand pretty much where he's going with this as, again, he's referring to public perception to what Bush is saying.
Where the author and I seem to agree is that individual liberty is the one value most people share in common. Thus, the Libertarian Party being the only party that can claim that as its binding principle, is the one party that will finally bring enough of the various factions of people in this country together to put a libertarian in the White House. He suggests it will happen. Being the skeptic, I'm not so sure, but he makes a decent case. I wonder if I'll live long enough to see if he's right?