Not going to lie, it feels really weird. But today I filled out the paperwork and have declared myself unaffiliated instead of libertarian.
Does that mean I won't ever vote libertarian again? No, of course not. If they present a candidate worth voting for - which is becoming less and less often - I will vote for the candidate. There's a local libertarian running in the midterms, and I plan to vote for her. I think she's a great candidate. I just wish the libertarians ran more candidates like her. Heck, I wish they ran more candidates, period! My ballots here are almost always devoid of libertarians.
I do still consider myself a "conservatarian." Nothing has really changed about my political views, I just decided it was time to move on from the party. I wrote an article and did a video about my issues with the libertarian party some time ago. So the general break down of my grievances can be found there.
To be honest, this has been some time coming. In the two above links, I talked about asking questions about immigration and the libertarian reps laughing at me after the democrats, republicans, and green party all took the time to answer my questions. That really was the beginning of the end for me. I didn't feel welcome in the party anymore. And since then I've had several unpleasant interactions, both online and off, with libertarians.
When I no longer feel welcome or wanted, I move on. I was going to wait until after the midterms to change my affiliation, but I found myself today standing at a table at a craft fair (no really) where they were registering people to vote, and before I knew what was happening, I had signed my voter registration card with the change to "unaffiliated" and was handing it over to them. I walked away and got a beer so I could let it sink in. It was done. It was over. I actually walked away from the party. The long standing battle in my mind was finally over, and believe me, that battle has been raging on for over 2 years.
So here I am... unaffiliated.