Throwback Thursday: For today’s “Throwback Thursday”, ATPR is featuring an article by Charles Peralo, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s position of national chairman, that outlines while Peralo opposes Austin Petersen for the LP nomination. The article was published on January 13th, 2016:
Diving into this, the only way I can start is by stating the kind of libertarian I am.
– Laissez faire capitalist
– Moderately pro-Israel
– For cutting defense spending by 70%
– Registered Republican
– Vote Republican in about 80% of elections
– Not an ancap (well, for the most part)
I voted for Gary Johnson in 2012, and with the fall of Rand Paul and the rise of the GOP unmentionables, I’ve found myself in a spot where I just sit waiting for the third party candidates to come on down. I do this with absolutely no hope of a win, but I do this holding out for a respectable candidate to properly illustrate the ideology of libertarianism and show serious experience to get them taken seriously in national media.
With that in mind, I must say that the Libertarian Party is very rarely an example of this.
From the used car salesman like Wayne Allyn Root, to the endless spree of whack house 9/11 truthers, to the genetic unmentionables; the LP has always found itself as the home of the people who got the promotion at Walmart, felt good about themselves and went home to their mothers going “Gee mommy, I’m so happy! I’m going to seek the LP nomination.”
In examining the newest candidates joining the LP ranks, I got to see the next guy bragging about his blue vest saying “Assistant Manager”, and his name is Austin Petersen.
As a point of departure, it’s important to note I really do not hate Austin. In fact, I agree with him on about 99% of issues.
Sometimes I feel he is strong in interviews and can, at least, debate with the same level of skill as Jeb Bush (which could be taken as a compliment or insult, depending on your perspective).