In an email sent to IPR editors and contributors earlier today, IPR’s owner, Warren Redlich, 2010 Libertarian Candidate for New York Governor, endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President.
Mr. Redlich explained the reasoning behind his endorsement as follows:
“1. Unfortunately I do not think the Libertarian Party will mount a credible campaign for president in 2016. There is hope for the LP in the future, but this year does not look good.
“2. With Rand Paul’s departure, there is no hope left in the GOP. There are still a few libertarian-ish members in Congress, with Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and maybe Sen. Mike Lee (Utah). But none left in the presidential race.
“3. Although I detest Bernie’s economic views, he is by far the most credible anti-war, and anti-drug-war candidate remaining in the race.
“Libertarians are universally opposed to our military adventurism overseas. Sanders opposed the Iraq War, the Kuwait War, and more. While Gary Johnson is a credible critic of the drug war, Sanders has done more on that issue while in office than Johnson ever did as Governor.
“Sanders will have difficulty getting his economic agenda through Congress. But as President he will have the power to end the wars unilaterally without needing congressional support. And we can at least hope that a Sanders Justice Department will end federal interference with state drug law reform efforts.”
In subsequent telephone and email interviews, Mr. Redlich expanded his explanation:
IPR: What has been the initial reaction to this endorsement?
REDLICH: I have Libertarian friends who are angry with this endorsement because they see Senator Sanders as a socialist; I have Libertarian friends who are angry with this endorsement because they love the Libertarian Party/LNC; but I truly believe Senator Sanders is our best hope to end the War on Drugs and to end the wars and military expansion around the globe. He is our best hope for peace.
IPR: What if some last-minute, new candidate emerges as the Libertarian Party nominee in late May? Would you reconsider this endorsement of Senator Sanders?
REDLICH: Generally I don’t think last minute candidates are viable. If it was Ron Paul then sure.
IPR: Are you planning on attending the LP POTUS Nominating Convention in May?
REDLICH: I do not plan to attend the convention. If I was invited I would consider it. I do think there’s some hope for the LP in the future but only when it has a candidate with a simple message and a strategy. I have both myself, but am not ready to run. I’m not sure the LP would support me if I did run, because few in the LP appreciate the idea of a simple message and a strategy. That’s the main reason the party keeps floundering.
IPR: Will you be endorsing Libertarian candidates for Governor, the US Congress or other offices?
REDLICH: Very likely yes. I have done so in the past and will do so again in the future. See for example: http://westbocanews.com/2014/10/16/west-boca-news-endorses-adrian-wyllie-for-governor.