2016 was my first Libertarian National Convention, and it was a wonderful experience! A lot of fun was had, so many media were on hand, and I got to meet so many wonderful and interesting people! I also got to meet so many people I knew from Facebook and IPR, and none of you disappointed. The fun atmosphere really made this special, and I walked out a more dedicated and more passionate Libertarian than when I walked in. My sincere thanks to Nicholas Sarwark and the convention organizers for a job well done!
That brings me to the elephant in the room, the presidential ticket. I was a committed devotee of Darryl W. Perry for president and Will Coley for vice president, and it was a decision I did not expect to come to. I started this election season as an agnostic Libertarian, and it was Darryl’s passionate and righteous defense of all liberty, all the time that made me the radical voluntaryist I am today.
With that said, I knew going in that Gary Johnson was likely to be the nominee, and was resigned to this. In 2012 I was proud to vote for Gov. Johnson, and despite some serious misgivings, was fully prepared to vote for him again in 2016.
That has now been complicated by three specific events, namely:
1. There were deep divisions over Governors Johnson and Weld, divisions that I fear could do irreparable harm to the party, just as happened to the Reform Party. Mr. Perry alluded to this point in his concession speech.
2. Gov. Johnson had an opportunity to heal these divisions by taking to the stage and, while not backing down from his support for Bill Weld, stating plainly that he trusted the delegates and would honor their wishes. Instead, Gov. Johnson proceeded to beg for delegates to nominate Weld over someone they would be more comfortable with, and in my opinion made an ass of himself.
3. Most damningly, it has now been confirmed that the reports of Gov. Johnson throwing Austin Petersen’s peace offering in the trash were very much true, and that he lied when he said he knew nothing about it. I was very public about my distaste for Austin Petersen and his campaign tactics, but a gift in the name of reconciliation and party unity is a sacred thing. Both candidates have claimed to have buried the hatchet, but I am unsatisfied.
It is for these reasons that I announce that I cannot, and will not, endorse, vote for, or in any way support the Johnson/Weld presidential ticket. This is a decision that does not come easily to me, but on which I am firm and unwavering. Governor Johnson’s actions are unbecoming of a Libertarian Party presidential candidate, and it would go against every moral fiber of my being to be a part of this fraud.
In November of 2016, unless either man specifically asks me not to, I will be writing in the ticket of Darryl W. Perry for president, and Will Coley for vice president. I encourage all my fellow Libertarians to do the same.
The only way we can begin to heal, is to stand united against Johnson and Weld.