Since the 2008 campaign season seems to be off to an early start, Americans should think about getting a better handle on one of the other political parties--specifically that smaller one whose candidate finished with 0.3% of the vote in the 2004 Election.
I'm not talking about the Green Party, with whose tenets most Americans are by now familiar but which drew an even smaller 0.1% of the vote. I'm talking about the country's third-largest, yet still somewhat enigmatic, party, the Libertarians--which is often overshadowed by other minor parties (even the Greens, if you can imagine), and whose candidate's name I'd wager most people still don't know. (It's Michael Badnarik.) (OpinionJournal, 03/15/05.)
I recommend you to read Gus Van Horn's post, From Big Tent to Anti-Concept, for you out there who have thoughts on voting on the Libertarian Party. Read also Steve Martinovich's (Western Standard) post, Ayn Rand did call them the "Hippies of the Right". On a related note, Beck of Incite has written a post titled, The Neolibertarian Network. [Via Accidental Verbosity.]
Related: My posts, THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE and THE LIBERTARIAN ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT.