Posted 38 minutes ago on Facebook by Libertarian Party U.S. Senate candidate (Florida) Augustus Invictus:
I know that a lot of you don’t like Austin Petersen. So you might be dismayed to learn that I voted for him today at the National Convention of the Libertarian Party.
I never endorsed Petersen because I knew that any connection with my campaign would cost him far more than he could hope to gain. But now that the establishment folks in our Party have won in selecting Gary Johnson and Bill Weld as the Libertarian ticket, I guess it can’t hurt him now if I say nice things about him.
Petersen has been the de facto leader of the group of us young Libertarians challenging the establishment. That alone should earn your respect, if not your admiration.
But let me tell you, the way I saw him comport himself today after his loss was nothing short of a lesson in grace & class. Johnson pulled some trashy shit after a grand gesture of goodwill by Petersen, and Petersen still spoke well of Johnson in the interview I sat in on.
What first struck me about Austin when I heard of his campaign last year was his style. And that’s the game, baby: you either have it or you don’t.
But moving beyond that, I came to appreciate his principles. Yes, I disagree with him on immigration and Israel and a State-level issue here & there, but in the end we are on the same team.
As for his position on the Non-Aggression Principle, I agree with him: We should get rid of it as a cult creed. Yes, we can all agree that you shouldn’t hit people and take their stuff – but the NAP has come to be used primarily as a weapon against people the establishment clique just doesn’t like . . . people like me and Petersen.
I never told Austin this, but my one reservation about him was that I had no idea whether he could withstand some crushing blow. A man who has not had his ass handed to him by Life should not be made President, and I was unsure of his character in this regard. But after seeing how he handled today’s injustices, I am ashamed for having questioned him.
My fellow delegates made a mistake nominating Johnson and Weld. Petersen’s loss today was a loss for us all. I wish you a blessed vacation and the best of luck in what you do next, Mr. Petersen.