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Jo Jorgensen: Here is What I am Fighting for

2020 Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen sent the following fundraising pitch today to her email subscribers:

Over the past week I’ve been asked several questions from both Republicans and Democrats regarding where I stand on the issues.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s records of policy failures, racism, and inappropriate behavior are making many traditional voters reconsider who they will cast their ballot for.

Allow me to briefly tell you what I am fighting for:

  • Healthcare FreedomWe can reduce the cost of health care 75% by allowing real price competition, and by substantially reducing government and insurance company paperwork. This will make health care affordable for most Americans, while also reducing the cost of legacy programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA.
  • Criminal Justice Reform: As President, I will use my Constitutional authority to end federal civil asset forfeiture prior to conviction, and pardon persons convicted of non-violent victimless crimes. I will also work with Congress to end the failed War on Drugs and other victimless crimes.
  • Auditing the Federal Reserve: Our reckless monetary system threatens to destroy the value of the U.S. entirely and must be stopped. As President, I will audit the Federal Reserve and begin shutting down the money printing machine.
  • Peace: I believe we should turn America into one giant Switzerland — Armed and Neutral. It’s time to bring our troops home and engage in free trade with our neighbors across the globe.
  • Spending & DebtAs President, I will draw a line in the sand. NO MORE DEBT. I will use my authority to block any new borrowing and veto all new spending increases.

I believe 2020 has become a pivotal year for our movement.

The demand for criminal justice reform has never been greater… the two-party system has utterly failed to produce candidates worth voting for… and Americans are desperate for a leader with real solutions.

I hope you will consider joining our campaign. Please consider making an online contribution of $20.20, $35, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford by clicking here.

Thank you,

Dr. Jo Jorgensen


  1. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island June 20, 2020

    Of these five issues, I am for 3 and a half of them 🙂

    There is still a few shreds of libertarianism in me . . .

  2. Jared Jared June 26, 2020

    From her website’s issues page: “Here is a brief overview of my bold, practical, Libertarian vision for America’s future:”

    I would like to see more specific proposals and roadmaps, fewer libertarian platitudes about government being too involved and needing to get out of the way. Sure, most voters aren’t policy wonks, but as she is the LP nominee, I would hope it’s obvious she wants to reduce the size and scope of government. “Helping Americans to keep more of what they earn” is not a tax policy. “Becoming a giant Switzerland” is not a trade policy. “Reducing the paperwork burden on medical insurance providers” is not a healthcare policy. I get that these snippets are allegedly only bite-sized summaries of the campaign’s positions, so where can we read up on the details?

  3. paulie paulie June 26, 2020

    I would hope it’s obvious she wants to reduce the size and scope of government.

    A lot of people still don’t know what we stand for, even approximately, or think they know and are way off.

  4. Jared Jared June 27, 2020

    The FAQs page is actually a lot more informative than her Issues page:

  5. wolfefan wolfefan June 28, 2020

    I’m a little surprised that she favors continuing the arbitrary distinction between different types of income in a manner that favors the wealthy.

  6. paulie paulie June 28, 2020

    haven’t read that myself. Sad if true.

  7. Jared Jared June 29, 2020

    “[C]onsensual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape.”

    That one surprised me.

  8. paulie paulie June 29, 2020

    I married a 17 year old when I was 15. Who was raping whom?

  9. Jared Jared June 29, 2020

    You must have been raping each other, statutorily of course, and I didn’t see anything in her FAQ about a statute of limitations for sex crimes.

    Pray she doesn’t win, or you’ll be living on borrowed time.

  10. JCY JCY June 29, 2020

    I mean, I’m for two of them and I’m the exact opposite of a libertarian. I think that’s pretty good evidence that she’s offering some pretty broad appeal here.

  11. wolfefan wolfefan June 29, 2020

    I missed that one. It makes no sense to me.

  12. paulie paulie June 29, 2020

    Jcy I think it’s better evidence that you are not as much of an opposite of libertarian as you think you are. If you really were you would be for zero of them. I’ve met many people, especially on the left, who presume they have little or nothing in common with libertarian views but talking issue by issue we agreed at least directionally more than we disagreed.

    For a true opposite of libertarian you’d need to favor the sort of totalitarian government that the worst dictatorships in the world have had. That’s not exactly a popular position in the us. You may want to make the country slightly more populist, technocratic or light authoritarian but that’s still a long way from polar opposite.

  13. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 29, 2020

    Not to worry… President Biden will pardon all offenders. 😉

  14. paulie paulie June 29, 2020

    Realistically that’s not even a matter for the feds to address. Not sure why Jo or anyone on her staff felt the need to comment on it at all.

  15. Jared Jared June 29, 2020

    Here are a few more responses that struck me as odd, awkward, confusing, or at least in need of further elucidation:

    Q: Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?
    A: Yes, but they should be strictly regulated to prevent mismanagement and corruption.

    Q: Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?
    A: Not if the crime did serious harm to others.

    Q: Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?
    A: We should not coerce China, but encourage them to embrace freedom.

    Q: Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?
    A: No.

    Q: Should social media companies ban political advertising?
    A: No.

    Q: Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
    A: This should be decided by individuals, hoping they choose not to harm any animal. The free market will judge their actions.

    Q: Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Should women be allowed to wear a Niqab, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?
    A: Yes, but where there is a legitimate need to identify their identity, provisions must be made for this.

    Q: Should immigrants be required to learn English?
    A: No, but remove multilingual translations from government documents and services.

    Q: Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
    A: This would be determined by the college.

    Q: Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?
    A: Yes.

    There are plenty of other answers she gives that I disagree with, but these (and her volunteered remark concerning statutory marital rape) in particular left me with more questions.

  16. dL dL June 30, 2020

    “[C]onsensual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape.”

    I would assume the same would apply to casual sex as well. No sex in high school!! Shit, in Jo Jorgensen’s libertopia, I would still be in jail for my sex crimes against Jesus. lol

  17. paulie paulie June 30, 2020

    A lot of that has little if anything to do with what she would be doing if she was somehow to be elected. I am guessing it was most likely someone on staff who wrote it, but if she wrote it herself or not, it seems unwise to post all that. The best answer to a lot of these questions is it’s not the president’s job.

  18. Amanda Amanda July 18, 2020

    I would encourage you to ask Jo Jorgensen and her political campaign to explain in more detail what she is fighting for. Its essential for citizens to be informed of ALL parties views and opinions. All parties should be able to answer these question and clarify their views. This is usually done at the presidential national debate. #letherspeak

    Dr. Jo Jorgensen will be included as the Libertarian candidate on most state ballots but, without hearing her values and positions during the debates, voters will not be able to compare her equally to Trump or Biden.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates is currently refusing to allow third parties to debate without polling at 15% in polls they conduct. The catch? They don’t ask about third party candidates in those polls!


  19. George Phillies George Phillies July 18, 2020

    “[C]onsensual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape.”

    In most states, the age of consent is 16, not 18, so this is a truly strange policy position.

  20. rick rick July 19, 2020

    So all white collar crimes would be pardoned how wonderful then Bernie Madoff goes free after bilking
    thousands of people and drug dealers go free if they do not kill anyone ,and politicians go free also how convenient ,need to say who goes free.Kill pipeline, let me guess green new deal

  21. paulie paulie July 19, 2020

    Drug dealers should go free because drug dealing should not be a crime. If you own your body, what you put in it is your business, not anyone else’s. If you don’t own your body you are a slave.

    White collar criminals should remain incarcerated because they have taken people’s property through deception.

    Politicians shouldn’t go free if they have committed crimes.

    Pipelines should not be allowed to simultaneously privatize profit and socialize risks and costs. If they can truly cover their risks and costs without government limiting their liability, and don’t have to use eminent domain, they can build their pipeline.

    Green new deal, as far as I know universally, refers to massive government spending. Libertarians oppose that, although some of us would like to see a more environmentally friendly naturally occurring restructuring of the economy that we believe would generate more wealth and more even distribution of wealth without government intervention. However, I would not call that a “green new deal” even though that’s the end goal the Green New Deal is being sold as serving.

  22. paulie paulie July 19, 2020

    “[C]onsensual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape.”

    In most states, the age of consent is 16, not 18, so this is a truly strange policy position.

    Agreed. And it is also not a federal issue. Why would a presidential candidate feel the need to address it unless being specifically asked?

  23. paulie paulie July 19, 2020

    Amanda, fixed your name link to the working campaign website. Hope you don’t mind. Let’s make sure that is all and not just most state ballots.

  24. Tony Williams Tony Williams October 1, 2020

    Libertarians in a sense hold the core values of most Republicans. But we live in dangerous times, in a dangerous world. Like Switzerland indeed! Although Switzerland was in theory neutral, they really weren’t. If Switzerland was really attacked by an aggressor, they would be helpless. They’re down-low hope and reliance is in the America and her allies and not in any totalitarian state. A true Libertarian should not want to get into anyone’s personal business, allow everyone to succeed or fail on their own merits, encourage charities to do charitable work and not tie their hands; get out of the business of education and treat social media platforms same as any other media outlets or demand that they return to the original intent; and that is to allow posts of all kind no matter how offensive and quit editorializing, letting the market place decide. What I would like to know is what should our relationship (economically and politically) should be with powerful potential enemies? Should you be allowed to serve in the military and be a foreign national? Should be allowed to hold dual citizenship? Should there be heavy penalties for traitors even in peace time? Should the government sanction abortion, LBGTQ+ life style and discussion in schools? Should a valid ID be required in national elections? Should ballot harvesting be allowed in any form, and if not, what should the penalty be for perpetrating such an act? The reason a Libertarian will find it hard to get on the ballot or debate stage is the same reason it is beginning to become more difficult for a true conservative Republican to be elected is that there seems to be a desire by most of the electorate to be ruled rather than to self-rule. Tyranny is on the horizon for the once great nation.

  25. Alan Alan November 10, 2020

    With the blatant hypocrocy From both Republicans and Democrats, Jo offers a breath of fresh air.

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