Originally Posted by Low Key
The point is there is no mainstream party that supports rights and freedoms in general. If you want to argue that some freedoms are more important than others, do that.
I'll just be left behind wondering why we can't have one party that encapsulates the ideals of America.
The problem is people disagree on what those freedoms are. Libertarianism is definitely simple and elegant, but a country is not. A country is complex, balancing just individual freedoms isn't so simple let alone factoring in actually constructing a society in which someone would want to live.
When Einstein said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." He couldn't have better described libertarianism.
Edit: just for one, try balancing your freedom to smoke with my freedom not to inhale your cancer-smoke