01-21-2017, 09:58 AM
I think it's hard to say. The LP could win a seat, I don't know.. There has to be a grassroots campaign though since the media will ignore them. And with ignoring I mean, zero airtime. And if there is any airtime it's probably to ridicule. They would need 15x the votes they got the last election or so to win a single seat. But then, anything can happen. I'm certainly talking to some people but I find that a lot people while receptive to lower taxes then say 'yes but not for the rich, they have to pay.', so I'm not sure if I can convince that many people to vote for them. On the other hand, I guess the people that voted in the last election are dedicated and will vote for them again. Which is a luxury that most other parties with no seats do not have. They are more of the same philosophy.
I don't know about it becoming more libertarian. There are reasons why I think the future is great and then there are plenty of reasons why I don't think it will be so great. I think people want to be comforted by charismatic people and those charismatic people will run up the debt because they can, play to peoples fears... And while talking a great deal about good solutions, not actually accomplishing any of them. Overall though, I don't know. Anything can happen. If the LP for instance would be featured on some kind of TV program that people actually watch, a single seat would become easy to get. People with zero name recognition have successfully started new parties before, but they got media attention...
In regards to an anti-immigrant stance, yes I do think people will become more anti-immigrant. Which I think is a sad thing since we're all people and there is no reason to have animosity towards others. I do think that we should stop giving immigrants benefits as soon as they come in. I'd like something where people are free to come but they have to provide for themselves for the first 5 years before they are eligible for anything. And I'm not against refugees but I don't like the way anybody can come over right now. It's not safe and we're allowing people with a vastly different way of life, ideology and birth rate over into our country, in large numbers. In my opinion anyone is welcome as long as they respect our ways and traditions.. I'm afraid though that the anti-immigrant sentiment that in the next years will become greater isn't based on such a rational thought. I'm afraid that people won't really see the difference. Which is a shame because there are some great people who happen to be immigrants.