The Libertarian Party is like one of my ex-girlfriends, it was hot and heavy for a New York minute, but I couldn’t take her crap and craziness.
Sorry, not sorry.
I was an active and dues-paying member of the Libertarian Party from the time I could vote until I was 21. Three years of my life I loved, lost, and learned, but I left because I didn’t think the Party cared about two things:
-Trying to win.
-Actually being libertarian.
Gary Johnson’s “bake the cake” situation was unforgivable. Bill Weld’s pseudo-endorsement of Hillary Clinton made my skin crawl. During my time with the Libertarian Party of Virginia from 2015 onward, my candidates were left out to dry and they tried to demand too much and give nothing in return. That, and it seemed so many more people cared about pot and nothing that regular voters actually wanted to discuss.
I became a Republican in December of 2017 after getting to work for the most civil libertarian congressman of the last decade, Rep. Tom Garrett from Virginia. I also met Delegate Nick Freitas and truly felt that I could have a greater influence on people becoming politically active and liberty curious.
Still, as a member of my local Young Republicans chapter and being a participant in my local committee, I have dedicated myself to good Republicans while also supporting ‘Big L’ Libertarian candidates (such as Kevin McCormick in Arizona, Craig Bowden in Utah, and Larry Sharpe in New York). Does this make me a bad Republican? Maybe, but I don’t really care at the end of the day. I’m agnostic towards the party process in general.
The Mises Caucus, which made a splash at the LNC 2018 convention a few weeks ago, has done a remarkable job at reinvigorating the party. I believe they have done more in six months for the Libertarian Party than the LNC has in 10 years.
Still, while I’m tempted to ditch the GOP and run back to the arms of forgiveness with the Libertarian Party and join the young and energized Mises Caucus, I’m just not sold yet.
I’ve seen this happen so many times—the Libertarian Youth Caucus, the Libertarian Millennial Caucus, John McAfee’s Vote Different initiative—I’ve seen it so many times. Have more Libertarians been elected? Has the Libertarian Party gained positive media for once? Good intentions are good, but results are better.
Do I want them to succeed? Yes.
Do I want them to succeed without me? Yes, because that means I won’t jump into a situation like I have in my past where I get involved in something with Libertarians and do all the work.
Congrats gang, but I’m not coming over yet.