Libertarian Party says GOP and Democrats ‘barely distinguishable’

The following is a media release from the Libertarian Party:

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2008

Contact: Andrew Davis
Office: 202-333-0008 ext. 225
Mobile: 202-731-0002

Libertarian Party calls record low in Congressional approval ‘a dire prognosis for the future of the political establishment’

Party says Republicans and Democrats are barely distinguishable.

Washington, D.C. – “Single digit approval ratings for Congress are a dire prognosis for the future of the political establishment,” says Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath, referring to today’s Rasmussen poll that gives Congress the worst approval rating since Rasmussen began tracking these numbers.

“Democrats have failed to deliver on their promises from 2006, backing down time and time again to a Republican Party hell-bent on increasing the power and scope of government,” says Redpath. “Voters are tired of being shafted by our elected officials, and are demanding that real change be made—not just more empty, quixotic promises.”

“Voters can hardly recognize the parties to which they used to affiliate,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis. “Republicans and Democrats have rejected so many of their core values for the sake of getting elected that they are barely distinguishable from one another. It’s hard for voters to say that they are proud to be a Republican, or proud to be a Democrat.”

Redpath referred to presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama as “extensions of the same problems we have faced for the past seven years,” saying that only the Libertarian Party had candidates that could “restore the confidence of the American people in their government.”

The Libertarian Party calls for smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom. The Party has opposed such decisions as the invasion of Iraq and the amendments to FISA, while championing tax cuts and reductions in government spending.

“Americans are deeply dissatisfied with the direction their country is going and desperately want real change,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. “But real change will not come from the two major parties, with their well-established commitment to the status quo. It will only come from outside the current system—and through the Barr presidential campaign and the Libertarian Party.”

The latest report from Zogby shows Barr polling at 6 percent nationwide, indicating the libertarian vote could be a significant player in the 2008 election.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

For more information on this issue, or to arrange a media interview, please call Andrew Davis at (202) 731-0002.

7 Responses to “Libertarian Party says GOP and Democrats ‘barely distinguishable’”

  1. Travis Hawkley Says:

    I’ve tried to explain this to people and it is always met with strange glances and comments. People don’t understand that besides minor differences, the two party system causes political parties to gravitate towards each other in their beliefs. This is a logical outcome.
    I find it interesting that we continue to vote for the same people when it is obvious that we are unhappy with their work. If it were a corporate job, they would be out on their butt. We need to change the establishment from the inside out. We need to not give jobs to people that we believe are doing a bad job. We are paying them to do what we don’t want them to. How horrible, but how wonderful that there is another choice in Barr.

  2. Roscoe Says:

    Don’t the polls also show that “My congressman is fine, it is the other guys I’m dissatisfied with?” And if one drills down into the dissatisfaction with Congress you’ll find umpteen different and contradictory answers to “what don’t you like about Congress?” We’d probably love a 90% approval if Congress were made up of all Ron Pauls and hate a 90% approval if they were all Nancy Pelosis.

  3. Rolf Lindgren Says:

    Good news!

    The Green Party has ZERO candidates on the Wisconsin ballot this fall, while the LP has several. The Constitution Party also has zero candidates because they lost ballot access (which is easy in Wisconsin).

    I say this not because I wish the GP ill, but to show that the LP is in far better shape than the other Third parties in Wisconsin.

  4. Steven R Linnabary Says:


    I always try to point out how the democrats and republicans are the same: democrats and republicans both are opposed to free elections, democrats and republicans both favor stupid wars, democrats and republicans both are spending our grandchildrens futures like drunken Kennedy’s, democrats and republicans both believe that homo-erotic torture will win the hearts and minds of a conquered people.

    Jacob Hornberger used to say that democrats and republicans were like two rapists standing over their victim, sneering, and saying ” we know you don’t like what we did to you, but you have to kiss one of us”.

    I really could go on.


  5. Stefan Says:

    The Barr campaign’s chances has improved considerably to tap into the Clinton and especially Obama base, now that Obama and the majority of the senate has decided for FISA and in effect scrapping the 4th Amendment. They should go all out after disgruntled Obama supporters, which there definitely are. I listened to (former libertarian) Thom Hartmann’s response on radio and he is quite depressed.

  6. Craig Says:

    Why doesn’t the LP (and Bob Barr) call out Obama on his flip-flop on telecom immunity and the FISA bill?

  7. Mickey Bennett Says:


    I believe Bob Barr has mentioned it in interviews. There’s now also a press release:

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