The ideal of Libertarian freedom has never been a reality. Even the Freedom so talked about is no longer a reality, if it ever was -- instead, we act by permission. The State allows a scope of actions which can expand or contract depending on the needs and desires of the State.
We are not free to control the fruits of our labor -- the State, through government, decides how much it takes from our income. We are not free to start any business we want to start -- the State decides, through government, which businesses are allowed and what types of licenses are required. If I own a thousand acres of land, I'm not free to do what I want to do with the land -- the State decides, through the government, what's allowed and what's not allowed. If the State, through government, does not allow certain actions, then I'm forcefully prohibited from taking those actions, even if the actions I take do not violate the rights of others. And, soon, I will not be able to not buy insurance without being punished by the State, through government.
If you stop to think about all the restrictions on what actions we can take, you'll get a good picture of how freedom is not a reality, and that we can only hope for more permission from the State, through government, to act in ways we believe are conducive to our interests.
It took our co-operation to get to this point. The American people have gradually allowed the State, through government, to eradicate freedom and establish which actions are allowed through permission from the government authorities. Since we did this to ourselves, we can undo it, if we want to undo it. Or can we? Is the State so powerful, with so much control over a government which has a monopoly on coercion, that it can squash any effort to establish libertarian freedom? This is an important question.
What if the present limited government movement grows to a large majority, and after we've elected new representatives who've been given the message that we expect them to limit government and establish libertarian freedom, they do not follow through? What if the majority protests and creates a third party, and this third party is blocked from gaining power, or gains power but sides with the statist system and does nothing meaningful to limit government power? And, then, what if we take the advice of the Declaration of Independence and demand that this government be abolished so that another can be established in it's place?
Would the State resist this popular movement and force itself on the majority of Amercans who no longer want the present system of government in power and want to dismantle the State? I don't know, do you? It's a rhetorical question.