I haven’t made a formal endorsement of a presidential candidate for the LP for 2016, and I hadn’t planned to until right before the convention when I could gather all my facts and thoughts, but as it might be somewhat obvious, I’m supporting Team McAfee and tonight I was blocked on a comment thread after stating my reasoning why.
We have an interesting set of options this year, when it comes to viable candidates.
We have an eccentric former tech millionaire with a past that includes jail and prostitutes and drugs. We have a successful click-bait site owner who comes off majorly scripted and has posts on his site and his Facebook that are juvenile, trolling, and that others will perceive as misogynistic, anti-gay, or worse. We also have a two term governor who mishandled his campaign finances in 2012 (read a book called “Can’t We Do Better” by George Phillies to learn more), and whose operatives multiple people have told me directly and in confidence have offered to pay their way to the convention for a vote.
Yeah, we’re the fiscally responsible non-corruption party with THAT guy at the head.
Every one of them potentially makes us look bad. There isn’t a single candidate that isn’t in some way an embarrassment on some issue.
But for the first time we have an election where taking the safer road has not served any of the candidates in the major parties.
Now – I will work to support any one of these potential candidates once they are nominated. But I’m rooting for the guy who actually seems to grasp liberty in a way the others don’t — who knows what it’s like to lose liberty, to fight a corrupt government and win, and what’s at stake in that fight – the innocents who suffer, property damages, beloved dogs killed by government agents. A man who stands up for sex workers’ rights with his former sex worker wife, with a powerful attitude of “Liberty is the concept that you own your mind and your body. You decide what you do with it, put into it…”
Yes. That’s essential. I love how he breaks it down because it is something he’s been living and breathing. It is instinct for him. I’m convinced, particularly in this year, that he’s the best candidate for the audience.
For the record, I’ll support others just fine if they get the nomination. I want the LP to do well, I won’t take my crayons and go home if my guy doesn’t get the nomination, but I’ll work to try to get him there.
With Hillary’s looming potential indictment and other controversies, and Trump’s statements and scandals and everything else – I’m officially *not* worried about McAfee’s past.
This won’t be the end of the LP no matter who gets the nomination, but I think John McAfee would bring about a birth of relevance, and I’d like to see it.a