Darryl W. Perry: Final campaign message: What’s next?

From DarrylWPerry.com, June 9th, 2016:

When I embarked on my Presidential Campaign, I did so with three goals in mind: 1) to run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history; 2) to proclaim the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible; and 3) to give as many people as possible the opportunity to vote for an actual libertarian in November.

I am pleased to report I accomplished two-thirds of the goals I set for my campaign. I ran the most consistent libertarian campaign to date, and I took every opportunity, includingmy well-received Concession Speech, to promote the ideas of liberty.

“The Libertarian Party is at a crossroads. One path is clean and clear and goes to the horizon. The other path, not so much. There’s potholes, there’s trees, there’s logs in the road. We have to work to clear the path. That path is the difficult path. The Pilgrims who came here four hundred years ago had a difficult path. The western settlers who traveled west on roads that did not exist had a difficult path. We are trying to go down that path if we stay true to liberty, or we can go down the path that looks clear. But at what appears to be the end of the horizon is a cliff.
I come today with a warning because I have seen the future, because I have seen the past. In 1996 the Reform Party reached 8%. In 2000 it received a federal welfare check. There are some within this party that want the Libertarians to take a federal welfare check. I don’t want that to happen because it killed the Reform Party. In 2012 the Reform Party had ballot access in three states, just 12 years after getting a federal welfare check. If we nominate two Republican governors as our ticket and we compromise what we believe to take a federal handout, this party will die. I don’t want that.
Elect an actual Libertarian as the Vice Presidential nominee, so that we have an actual Libertarian on the ticket in November. Elect Will Coley or Larry Sharpe. Thank you.”

After giving this powerful speech, I vocally supported Will Coley on the first ballot, and later, Larry Sharpe on the second, in hopes that one of these principled men would receive the VP nomination. Ultimately, the delegates in attendance voted for William Weld, thus giving the LP a Presidential ticket without a philosophically libertarian anchor. Had Coley or Sharpe been able to secure the nomination, I would have proudly campaigned for the ticket to support them.

While my original intention was to either continue my campaign through the November election or support an LP ticket with actual philosophical libertarians, the Libertarian National Convention left me emotionally drained. I will not be continuing my campaign through November, and I will neither do anything to intentionally support, nor will I actively campaign against, Gary Johnson’s Presidential campaign. For those of you who supported my campaign, with generous donations of your time or money, I encourage you to vote – or not vote – this November as your conscience dictates.

Moving forward, I will be focusing my energy and efforts at the state and local level where there are more opportunities to affect positive change. Since not everyone has the time to travel to the statehouse to testify on legislation, I intend to be a positive, stalwart champion for the people of New Hampshire as a lobbyist for liberty. Historically, advocates for liberty have been poorly represented on most issues, so having a lobbyist working in their interests by weighing in on legislation and influencing members of the legislature is of the utmost importance.

For these reasons, I am proud to announce the formation of Liberty Lobby LLC.Liberty Lobby LLC will begin as a one-man operation in New Hampshire as a beta test to efficacy of crowd-funding our own lobbyists. The mission of Liberty Lobby LLC is to advocate for minimal government and maximum human freedom by weighing all legislation against the litmus of our principles and responding accordingly by testifying on the Statehouse floor, holding court with individual legislators, and crafting liberty-minded legislation.

Our goal is to acquire a mere $5,000 per year in contributions from people like you to help pay for travel and administrative expenses. If you are interested in helping fundLiberty Lobby LLC, you can start with a recurring contribution of as little as $5 a month. Every contribution helps bring us that much closer to achieving our goals and ensuring liberty in our lifetime.

20 thoughts on “Darryl W. Perry: Final campaign message: What’s next?

  1. ATBAFT

    Every state and local LP organization should be doing this kind of lobbying all year long and not be “active” merely around election time only to disappear when the real “sausage making” is going on.

  2. Tony From Long Island

    His comment about the Reform Party was a false comparison. The LP has existed for 45 years and will continue no matter who joins or leaves the party. The Reform Party was based around one individual. When that individual no longer was involved, it went kaput.

    For him to call federal election funds a “government welfare check” shows how unrealistic his extreme version of libertarianism is. You have to work WITHIN a system to change a system. It happens a little at a time, not all at once. Money = Exposure. Exposure = more members. More Members = more money and more votes.

    Every party has its factions and generally the more extreme factions – either far left, far right or far “north” usually make up a minority in that party. Thankfully the far “north” faction Mr. Perry represents is a small part of the LP.

  3. Andy

    If the Libertarian Party continues to nominate LINO (Libertarian In Name Only) candidates like Bob Barr, Bill Weld, etc…, the party will either die, or be relegated to being even more irrelevant and ineffective than it has been.

  4. mARS

    I can’t see Darryl Perry campaigning for a candidate helping said candidate in any way, to be honest. There’s a reason he was trending briefly during the debate at the convention.

  5. Joshua K.

    Perry really should have put “liberty lobby” into his favorite search engine before naming his LLC that. Just using the “Liberty Lobby” name is likely to cause him to be discredited among many people.

  6. Gene Berkman

    In 1973 I was introduced to Willis Carto, the founder of Liberty Lobby. I had heard he was a Nazi, so I decided to verify. I pointed out the similarity of Richard Nixon’s economic policies to those carried out by Hjalmar Schacht in the Third Reich. Carto was offended by the comparison – he really did not like Richard Nixon, and resented my labeling of Third Reich policies as “Nixonian.”

    The person who introduced me to Carto did get Carto to admit that Hitler was a Keynesian.

  7. George Dance

    Gene Berkman: “Carto was offended by the comparison – he really did not like Richard Nixon, and resented my labeling of Third Reich policies as ‘Nixonian.’
    “The person who introduced me to Carto did get Carto to admit that Hitler was a Keynesian.”

    Wasn’t it Nixon who said, “We’re all Keynesians now”?

  8. itdoesntmattermuch

    A lot of “Ron Paul people” happily associated with “Liberty Lobby” and similar outfits. So, that might not be such a negative for that strain of “pure libertarian” statists.

    People can get on Weld for his great-uncle’s grandfather’s CIA shenanigans, and perhaps rightly so. But then you have these (false) libertarian heros whose best friends spend considerable ink calling for the expansion of the police state and “street justice” and relatives (and various other great friends, employees, etc) who openly advocate for Theocracy (maybe instead of worrying about Sharia, Gary Johnson should worry about Ron Paul’s friends who support Christian Theocracy in the US).

    Those NUTS are OK for Libertarians to associate with? Nutball conspiracy theorists, racists, neo-confederates, people who support police brutality and call themselves anarchists, old crazy guys who want to stone people in America.

    They aren’t a danger or even embarrassing to the movement, but Moderate ex-republicans are?

    OK. Give me a break.

    As far as Perry goes, he seems like a good guy and I support his efforts on a local level. I also tend to think that too many Libertarians want to be professional activists and it might be a little better to help the movement by everyone taking care of himself first (the most local activism possible), but guys like Perry are essential and welcome, if not ideal candidates on the national stage. Reminds me of Badnarik- a guy I voted for but was/is in over his head trying to compete at a high-level for a political party that actually wants to do politics.

  9. AJ johnson

    Liberty lobby is a known Holocaust denier KKK organization. I guess Perry embraces these ideas.

  10. Gene Berkman

    George – you are right – Nixon did say “We are all Keynesians now!”

    John Maynard Keynes was a friend of Oswald Mosley, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who later organized the British Union of Fascists. After Mosley quit the Labour Party, but before organizing the BUF, he formed The New Party which took part in the 1931 elections, with a platform committed to socialism and imperialism. In that election, Keynes voted for the New Party candidate in his parliamentary district, and he sent a letter to Oswald Mosley expressing his support for The New Party. Later, the New Party merged with the British Fascists,Ltd to form The British Union of Fascists.

    Avraham Barkai in his book “Nazi Economics” points to the continuity between Keynesian policy proposals and the economic policies adopted by the Nazis in power in Germany in the 1930s.

    So yes, Nixon and Hitler were Keynesians.

  11. wolfefan

    Interesting that he is now willing to accept paper money now. If he sticks with Liberty Lobby it’s a bad sign. There are too many negative associations with Carto and the white-pride minority of Ron Paul supporters. I am fearful that it was an intentional choice.

  12. langa

    People can get on Weld for his great-uncle’s grandfather’s CIA shenanigans, and perhaps rightly so. But then you have these (false) libertarian heros whose best friends spend considerable ink calling for the expansion of the police state and “street justice” and relatives (and various other great friends, employees, etc) who openly advocate for Theocracy (maybe instead of worrying about Sharia, Gary Johnson should worry about Ron Paul’s friends who support Christian Theocracy in the US).

    Those NUTS are OK for Libertarians to associate with? Nutball conspiracy theorists, racists, neo-confederates, people who support police brutality and call themselves anarchists, old crazy guys who want to stone people in America.

    It strikes me as odd that some people are so eager to go digging up tangential connections to obscure people and events from 20-25 years ago, all in the name of making sure the LP isn’t “associated” with any bad apples. Yet these same people are totally silent when the LP nominates a ticket consisting of two men who both have ties to a very well-known “nutball conspiracy theorist” like Frank Gaffney:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gaffney#Conspiracy_theories

    I guess “nutball conspiracy theorists” are OK, as long as they are also deranged neocon warmongers!

  13. Andy

    Somebody contact Darryl Perry and suggest to him that he change the name of this, just so nobody confuses it with Willis Carto’s Liberty Lobby, even though that Liberty Lobby has been defunct for a long time.

  14. Muh

    This guy is weak and whiny. I listened to his debate with some liberal talk show host, and the second they started getting into specifics, Perry just clowned out, started whining and hung up. What a chump. A guy with real ideas would have taken it on. And yeah, the host was asking you specific questions about how you’d run things…too bad weakling, if you want to run for President maybe you should have some damn ideas about that stuff.

  15. Dave

    Well if nothing else Mr. Perry has become a bit of a meme. I’ve seen more than one person with gifs of his debate performance.

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