Why Ken is a Libertarian

If you’re not sure what you think of the Libertarian Party, Ken Armstrong understands.

Ken has identified as a “libertarian” (with a small “l”) for nearly a quarter-century, but it’s only been the last dozen years or so that he became convinced that the Libertarian Party was a good fit for his world view.

Like many people, it took Ken some time to understand the philosophical underpinnings of the Libertarian platform. “It seemed to me,” Ken said, “that Libertarians just wanted to legalize every kind of questionable behavior I could name. I wasn’t comfortable with a lot of that.”

Eventually, Ken came to understand that Libertarians weren’t advocating for behaviors, but for rights and liberty. As he became more familiar with many of the passionate people within the party, he began to grasp the nature of the one party that truly advocates for the Bill of Rights, and the only party that stands firm on the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. “When the framers of the Bill of Rights wrote the First Amendment, they weren’t encouraging offensive speech, but they were advocating for the freedom to speak offensively. Understanding the important difference,” he said, “is to understand why I am a Libertarian.”