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Adam Kokesh to Wikinews: ‘I Don’t Really Care if Someone in a Black Dress Calls my Policy Unconstitutional Because it is Unconstitutional’

Recently I conducted an interview for Wikinews with 2020 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Adam Kokesh.

See an excerpt below:

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngWhy did you join the Libertarian Party?

Kokesh: I joined the Libertarian Party first in my mind in high school because at some point I was given the choice between being a Republican or Democrat and thought, “Wait a second! This is America! I’m supposed to have a choice, right? I don’t have to be lame, do I?” Fortunately, I found the LP, but at first, mainly because I thought pretty much every politician I’d ever seen on TV was a crooked asshole. (I had never seen a Libertarian on TV at that point. It’s still rare!) It wasn’t until reading Rothbard about ten years later that I came to understand what the party and the philosophy were really all about.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngIn 2016, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee Gary Johnson received 3.28 percent of the popular vote, the most of any previous Libertarian presidential nominee. What can you do as the party’s nominee to increase the vote share?

Kokesh: For the last three election cycles, the LP has pursued the losing strategy of hiding behind someone who we like and we think others will like, but doesn’t represent what we believe. It’s time for the LP to elect a libertarian again. If we can do this — it doesn’t matter if it’s me or any of the other great potential nominees — we’re going to win a lot more votes! As for me personally, I think my advantages are that I’m good at making the message easy to understand and relate to, I have a broad base of existing support and name ID, and being a combat veteran gives me a unique advantage in challenging militarism, which is something our movement has struggled with. More importantly, I think there’s something very inauthentic in saying, “You should be free! But this guy should be your President!” My platform of the peaceful, orderly, and responsible dissolution of the federal government in which I resign on day one is the only one right now that addresses this problem and is in line with libertarian principles. This strategy of uniting under the principles of localization rather than fighting for ideology is how we (in the long term if only starting in 2020) build a winning coalition of independents, non-voters, and reluctant old party voters, to WIN not just get more votes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngAs President Trump learned early in his presidency, federal courts can effectively nullify controversial executive orders. If you are elected president, what will you do in the event a federal court rules your executive order creating a process to dissolve the federal government as unconstitutional?

Kokesh: I don’t really care if someone in a black dress calls my policy unconstitutional because it IS unconstitutional. That’s kind of the point. We are invoking the higher authority outlined in the Declaration of Independence which says we have not only a right, but a duty to alter or abolish systems of government that no longer serve us. The old parties and their overlapping sponsors will never let a Libertarian win with 34% of the vote vs 33% and 33%. They will kill one of the old parties to keep the system going before they will let us win. To win on this platform or any other meaningful libertarian one, will require a clear mandate that is undeniable even if they cheat at the margins. When the American people decide that we are not going to put up with this nonsense any longer, no lackey in a suit in Washington is going to stand in our way.

Visit Wikinews to view the entire interview.


  1. Starchild Starchild November 9, 2019

    I like Adam’s approach here of invoking the “higher authority” of the Declaration of Independence and its language about altering or abolishing forms of government when they become destructive of the ends of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in his bid to dissolve the federal government.

  2. NewFederalist NewFederalist November 10, 2019

    According to a report over at BAN former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney has endorsed Kokesh for the Libertarian presidential nomination. He seems hyper- radical to me but I agree with Darcy Richardson that the polarization that is likely for the 2020 presidential election will probably suck all the air out of the media reporting except for Emperor Trump and the Anointed Successor. In other words, it probably won’t matter much who get nominated by minor parties… combined they will get next to nothing.

  3. dL dL November 11, 2019

    the 2020 presidential election will probably suck all the air out of the media reporting except for Emperor Trump and the Anointed Successor.

    Oh, I’m sure there will be some reporting vis a vis minor parties to inform viewers/readers that voting for a 3rd party will be a vote for Putin.

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