Lee Enochs: Why I am endorsing Austin Petersen for the Libertarian nomination for president


Austin Petersen

The following was published by Lee Enochs on TheLibertarianShaman.wordpress.com on April 9th, 2016: 

After Giving all Three of the Major Libertarian Candidates a Fair Hearing, I am Officially Endorsing Austin Petersen for the Presidential Nomination of the Libertarian Party Today

by Lee Enochs

The Libertarian Shaman

I hereby endorse Austin Petersen for the Presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party. 

I have given this a lot of thought and while for different reasons, I really like Gary Johnson and John McAfee a lot, I believe Austin Petersen is the best candidate moving forward to lead Libertarians now and in the future.

As a life-long conservative with distinctly Libertarian political beliefs, I have become increasingly dissatisfied with the Republican Party. While I have fought joining the Libertarian Party most of my life, I can no longer resist the call. I have left the GOP and have officially joined up with the Libertarian National Party here in New Jersey.

As I look at the three major candidates running for the nomination of the The Libertarian Party (LP), I am looking for the best candidate that promotes civil liberties, free markets, non-interventionism and equitable laissez-faire capitalism and yes, the right to life for the unborn.

I know my views on the right to life and abortion may be a sticking point to many Libertarians,  but, I must now exercise my own First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression.

I am a Christian who believes in the right to life.  I am unashamedly pro-life and make absolutely no-apologies for this. Also, for me the right to life is not a side issue, it is a fundamental conviction of mine. I believe all human beings are created in the image of God and have been endowed by our creator, Almighty God with the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As a Christian I believe in the inspiration, authority and inerrancy of the Bible which is the Word of God and teaches that the ultimate answers to life’s most important questions are found in Jesus Christ and that if we sincerely turn from our sins and place our faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose again from the dead we will receive the gift of eternal life.

Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except but through Me” (John 14:6).

While many people know me as this enthusiastic supporter of Liberty and Ron and Rand Paul, they may not know that I am a life-long Christian who believes in the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things.

I have a been heavily influenced by the Dutch theologian and former Prime Minster Abraham Kuyper who famously said that Christians should be involved in every sphere of human activity including the political realm.

Kuyper said,


Having said this, my Christian faith compels me now to stand for the rights of those who cannot defend themselves. In Matthew chapter 25, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of the importance of helping those most in need in society.

Jesus said in Matthew 25: 34-36

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

I have a calling from God and firm conviction that life begins at conception and that if the government and State is to exist at all, it exists as Robert Nozick argued in his classic book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974) it must protect us from violence and those who would do us harm.

Nozick argued that respect for individual rights is the key standard for assessing state action and, hence, that the only legitimate state is a minimal state that restricts its activities to the protection of the rights of life, liberty, property, and contract.

If it is true that the State exists to protect the right to life, than we are morally obligated to protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves such as the mentally and physically disadvantaged and the unborn.

Of all the candidates running for the Presidential Nomination of the Libertarian Party, Austin Petersen is the the Libertarian candidate who best encourages a culture of life. Petersen emphasizes adoption over the termination of the lives of the unborn.

I fully concur with Austin Petersen that the death penalty must be abolished as well. Since the vast majority of people executed in this country were impoverished and did not have adequate legal representation, I do not believe the capitol punishment system and prison industrial complex in America is predicated upon a just and equitable criterion. Because of this, I concur with Petersen that the death penalty should be abolished.

His concern of the legitimate needs of his fellow human beings is a trait that we should all emulate. For the essence of Christ’s “golden rule” is; “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39 and Mark 12: 31).

Yet, in attempting to analyze the liberal position of a candidate such as Bernie Sanders, I believe there is essentially a fundamental difference in opinion on what is the best way to help my neighbor. As the old adage goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” That is, while classic liberalism attempts to help our citizenry by utilizing the power of the federal government to meet genuine needs, such efforts can cause an unhealthy culture and tendency towards dependency on the State to meet our every need. Simply put, Libertarians believe that we the people know what is best for ourselves and our families and not the federal government.

This tendency to depend upon the federal government to meet our basic needs has created the massive bureaucracy that we see in Washington D.C. today. In effect, dependency on the state for its promise of monetary benefits and entitlements has caused the rise of an elite class of federal bureaucracy that constantly need our tax dollars to sustain its existence. This federal bureaucracy is not mentioned or justified in the U.S. Constitution and is a system of government in which most of the important decisions about the details and quality of life are made by state officials rather than by elected representatives.

On the other hand, Libertarianism (Latin: liber, “free”) is a political philosophy that upholds liberty and human autonomy as its principal objectives. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgment.

Simply put, Libertarians do not look to the federal government to meet our basic needs. On the contrary, with the help of God, we look to ourselves and our voluntary networking with others to provide a way of life for our families that is truly free from external coercion and dependency. While we believe in minimal state to protect us against unlawful force, theft, fraud and the enforcement of contracts and so on, we believe the best government is the least amount of government because we generally know what is in our own best interests. Libertarians seek to be free from all external controls.

Austin Petersen also wants to reclassify the war on drugs as a medical problem, not a criminal problem. Deschedule all drugs at the federal level and end the federal War on Drugs once and for all.

Besides my firm belief that the State should protect the lives of the unborn, I also endorse Austin Petersen because of his desire to reduce  economic inequality by lowering barriers to entry in the marketplace, licensing, taxation, and fees.

Petersen is urging the U.S. Congress to adopt the “Penny Plan,” across the board spending cuts of 1% per program. Abolish the existing, complicated tax code that discriminates against the most productive Americans, and replace it with a simple, flat tax at the lowest rate necessary to support the core functions of government. Seek voluntary ways to fund public services where possible, lotteries, tolls, etc.

Austin Petersen wants to work with Congress to institute new protocols that will protect national security while placing the balance of weight towards due process and individual rights. Rein in the NSA, and demand accountability in our security agencies so as to protect our 4th Amendment rights.

Austin Petersen, if elected President, would seek to overturn and abolish Obamacare. He wants to seek out market alternatives to problems of health and wellness.

I believe Austin Petersen is the wave of the future and while Gary Johnson and people like John McAfee are great candidates, I believe Petersen’s time has come to lead Libertarians in America.

I personally am impressed with Austin Petersen’s ability to communicate minimal government and maximum freedom principles to contemporary society. In our media driven culture, the ability to communicate one’s message effectively is of paramount importance. Austin Petersen is the wave of the future and it’s time for him to lead.

For all these reasons and more,  I hereby endorse Austin Petersen for the Presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party. 

Lee Enochs,

The Libertarian Shaman

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is when good people do nothing.”


Lee Enochs (B.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is currently a graduate student in Princeton, New Jersey and is the editor-in-chief of the cutting edge media enterprise “The Libertarian Shaman.” Lee is also the managing editor of Liberty Conservatives Magazine. Lee is also the author of two books, “The Case for Rand Paul” and, “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism” that can be found at Amazon.com. Lee is an unbridled capitalist and believes that the best government is the least amount of government and strongly believes in minimal government and maximum freedom.

One response to “Lee Enochs: Why I am endorsing Austin Petersen for the Libertarian nomination for president

  1. Greetings, Lee

    As a new Libertarian, you should be careful to not buy into the false assumption that most Libertarians are not “pro-life”. Even in the realm of today’s common jargon, the number of Libertarians who are “pro-life” is much closer to half than many others would lead you to believe. But actually, the whole terminology has been twisted and is misleading.

    I suggest that essentially all Libertarians are pro-choice in the true sense of the word. At the same time, essentially all Libertarians are pro-life in the true sense of that word. To wit — Consider the issue of abortion. As a “pro-choice” AND “pro-life” Libertarian, I certainly believe that a woman has a right to control her own body, just as men and other categories (“transgender”?) do. At the same time, real Libertarians strongly believe that the natural rights, especially the right to life (whether endowed by a Creator or just existing by virtue of the nature of physics), of all humans are to be protected. So how do we reconcile the supposed conflict between the “woman’s right to choose” and the rights of a new human being (either pre-born or post-born)?

    There is one glaring issue that MUST be settled before we can fully resolve the supposed “libertarian dilemma”: WHEN DOES HUMAN LIFE BEGIN? In my opinion, abortion is acceptable before that point in time, but unacceptable after it. Regardless of what some people might say, this issue has NOT been resolved in a satisfactory manner. Yes, the Catholic Church has evolved over the centuries to the point of believing that human life begins at conception, and that seems to be a valid proposal. But the Catholic Church does not speak for or hold authority over the whole human population. Nor does ANY Government have that “authority”. Nor does “academia”, “the media”, any political party, or any other group. The only valid resolution to this will be when SOCIETY AS A WHOLE reaches a consensus on this.

    It is not within the purview of government to make this decision. Government can only legitimately make laws based on the definitions accepted by society as a whole. Government has no legitimacy in changing definitions. To allow that to happen would make laws essentially meaningless because government could arbitrarily change laws without whatever protection a legislative process provides, simply by changing definitions. We must never allow this to happen. Unfortunately, there are already transgressions in this area that are causing great social turmoil. And regardless of whatever the critics of “conspiracy theories” say, it has been planned that way, by evil people who wish to dominate everyone in the world, in a very anti-libertarian manner. The whole abortion debate has been deliberately muddled by continuously impeding society as a whole from resolving the basic issue of when human life begins. Libertarians need to take a visible leadership role on promoting a resolution.

    Anyhow, welcome aboard. Lee Enochs !
    And regarding the main reason for your article, I consider Austin Peterson to be one of four very good candidates for the presidential nomination of our party. I hope that our fellow Libertarians who go to the Convention in Orlando will nominate either Marc Feldman, Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, or Darryl Perry as our Party’s alternative to either an Establishment Democrat or an Establishment Republican. Then we must work hard to publicize our alternative so that otherwise disgruntled voters do not feel compelled to write in Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Ben Dover come November

    Best Wishes,

    Al Hopfmann


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