And one more thing…This past Sunday I had Matthew C. Scaro, who is running for Illinois Governor under the Libertarian Party banner, on my show. Before I get into this, I’d like to thank Mr. Scaro for coming down and traveling four hours in a snowstorm to arrive come on my show. With that being said, the debate that followed was legendary. We debated on many issues for an hour and a half. One issue though that left a sour taste in my mouth was his stance on drugs. Mr. Scaro believes that all drugs should be legalized. Yes…I said all drugs. It’s a common argument to say cannabis should be legalized, but the claim that all drugs including hard drugs such as meth or crack should be legalized is a far cry. I think it is safe to say that 98% of the people in Illinois do not want hard drugs like meth legalized. I asked Mr. Scaro if he supports this position (which is fine, he is entitled to his own opinion), how does he expect to get enough support to win the election when the vast majority of the state rejects this position. He replied he was staying strong to his principles of libertarianism and would not waver. Do I consider myself a libertarian? Yes, but there is only a minority faction of the party that has these radical views which include legalizing all drugs. This wing of the party seems to get the most attention and drives people away from libertarianism with these outlandish claims that are not based in reality. These people claim to be the most “libertarian” of libertarians, but I think mainstream libertarianism should be closer to classical liberalism than radical libertarianism. Here is the thing…Mr. Scaro is in a race to win the Governorship. He won’t win if the majority of the people don’t agree with his positions. He may be the most “libertarian” of libertarians, but the majority of the state is not made up of the most “libertarian” of libertarians. He needs to reexamine his policies quickly as the convention is closing in. If he gets the nomination with these positions there is no way for him to lead the party to a victory never the less 5% for future ballot access. In fact, this could bring about disaster for all down-ticket candidates as the party will be associated with these radical views. But, that’s just how I see it…until next time…I’ll see you on the airwaves.
Brody Anderson is a student at Monmouth College. He studies History and Education. He is best known for hosting Wall to Wall Politics on WPFS 105.9 out of Monmouth. You can listen to him every Sunday from Noon till 1pm world wide from the WPFS website below.