For my entire adult life, I have been a Libertarian. Although I have voted for Democrat and Republican candidates in the past, this was done mainly because there was no other option. What is frustrating is that so many Americans live their lives as Libertarians yet vote for politicians that do not align to their views.

For those who are not familiar with Libertarian beliefs it can summed up quite easily. We are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. This is exactly how most of us live our lives.

Fiscally Conservative
Most Americans get up every morning and go to work. We pay our bills and work within the constraints of a budget. We are fiscally responsible with our expenditures. Although many of us carry debt, we still try to live within our means.

The Democratic Party does not adhere to this way of thinking. The party spends ridiculous amounts of money on social programs that often do not work and traps individuals into a life of government dependence.

Socially Liberal
Most Americans subscribe to a “live and let live” policy. We try not to be judgmental and do not care how others live their lives. Do whatever makes you happy and I will do whatever makes me happy as long as what we do does not hurt others.

The Republican Party does not adhere to this way of thinking. They often try to legislate morality and tell others how to live. The party incorrectly mixes religion with politics.

In contrast to Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians believe in small and limited government, low taxes and individual freedom.

While doing data collection and analysis of the 2016 election, I was very pleased to see that so many Americans voted for Libertarian candidates. I expected to see many votes for the Libertarian Presidential candidate (Gary Johnson) but was amazed at how many Libertarian candidates received votes for House and Senate elections. If anyone tries to tell you the Green Party is America’s third party, they are sadly misinformed. Libertarians receive far more votes. So here are some of highlights of the 2016 election.

Presidential Election
Gary Johnson (Libertarian) received nearly 4.5 million votes
Jill Stein (Green) only received 1.4 million votes

Senate Elections
Libertarian Party Candidates received nearly 1.8 million votes
Green Party Candidates received 647,000 votes

House Elections
Libertarian Party Candidates received nearly 1.7 million votes
Green Party Candidates received 465,000 votes

2018 Election Data