Published on RWMartinez.Liberty.me on April 7th, 2016:
We both know I am far from a party guy, but as long as my national and state member status is still active, I want to plea to you one thing if you’ll give me the time.
When I first discovered the concept of libertarianism in high school, I was introduced to the party by Gov. Gary Johnson in 2012 who said that the Libertarian Party was the perfect place for those who were “fiscally responsible and socially tolerant.” I spent the next several years studying the principles of liberty in order to become a better communicator, and eventually find a platform where I could be active in the Liberty movement.
In 2014 I became a card carrying member of the Libertarian Party and casted my first vote for Robert Sarvis for US Senate and Bill Redpath for Congress. I spent the next year and a half donating to Libertarian Party causes with what little money I had being a full time student. After my time at FreedomWorks came to an end, I worked full time helping Brian Suojanen and his campaign to win the open House of Delegates seat in Virginia’s 87th district. After that had ended, I spent five months as Austin Petersen’s deputy campaign manager in his race for the Libertarian presidential nomination.
I was with the party when it was seen as Cuccinelli’s spoiler; I was with the party when volunteers and donors were non-existent in the 2015 election in the Commonwealth; I was with the party when everyone else decided to “stand with Rand” and the idea of supporting a Libertarian candidate while the great Paul was in the race was seen as blasphemy. I was with the party up and till the point where I could no longer carry water for the racket of candidates who I simply could not morally stick up for (like the Satanist in Florida, the Anarchist from New Hampshire, and the dude who beat up cops in Virginia).
All while I was fighting the good fight with the Libertarian Party of Virginia, where was JD Thorpe?
JD Thorpe, hoping to receive the nomination in Virginia’s 10th congressional district, was funding, voting, and actively advocating on behalf of the neoconservatives and the establishment Republican Party. While he was paying lip service to Libertarian candidates in the last election cycle, the rest of us were working tirelessly to promote a bold, classical liberal message for free minds and open markets.
As an individual I believe that everyone should vote for those who they believe in regardless of party affiliation- but one thing is blatantly clear- Let Republicans nominate conservatives, let Democrats nominate progressives, and let Libertarians nominate libertarians.
JD Thorpe is no different than Donald Trump. You can’t spend a lifetime of activism in support of policy contrary to libertarianism and then suddenly ask to represent the party on a large scale as their anointed messenger.
It is better to not have a candidate at all in the race than to promote someone who doesn’t have your interest at heart.
For those of you who I met at the LP HQ in Alexandria this summer, I hope you remember my speech in which I quoted Barry Goldwater in saying that:
Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Please consider that principle over party is more important than partisan success. I hope you will make the right decision when it is your turn to cast a vote at the upcoming convention.