By David Colborne, ElectDavidC.com, May 23rd, 2016:
I’ve been involved in the Libertarian Party for the better part of two decades. I originally joined in the late ‘90s, joined the College Libertarians group at the University of Nevada, Reno, took some time off to get my career off the ground and my family started, then reactivated after the election in 2008. Since then, I worked directly with Gary Johnson’s campaign in 2012, serving as a district coordinator, worked with Eddie Lorton’s mayoral campaign in 2014, and served as part of the Libertarian Party of Nevada’s Executive Committee more or less constantly for the past eight years. I ran as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for County Commissioner in 2010 and am running for State Senate right now.
I say all this to point out that I’ve been part of the Libertarian Party and its campaigns for a while.
In that time, I’ve heard many adjectives hurled at and handed to the Libertarian Party. Some of them have been complimentary, many of them considerably less so. I’ve heard the Libertarian Party described as principled, as hidebound, as unserious. I’ve heard the Libertarian Party described as “a political party by introverts for introverts”. I’ve heard the Libertarian Party described as “a bunch of nerds”. One adjective I have never heard directed at the Libertarian Party, at least in a positive sense, is sexy.
I was at an event recently when a woman approached me. She asked me if I watched the last Libertarian presidential debate (I had, of course). She then said, “I loved watching McAfee – he’s soooo sexy!” I swear she purred. Purred! I had never in my career with the Libertarian Party heard anyone purr about one of our candidates before until McAfee came along. She wasn’t alone, though – I’ve seen this same response from men and women, young people and old. I’ve yet to meet anyone under the age of 30 that doesn’t love McAfee. This is new. Most of the time, nobody’s heard of our candidates. The few that have think about our candidates. They talk about their philosophies, their ideas, their policies. But none of them talk about how our presidential candidate inspires them. In fact, the Libertarian presidential candidate is oftentimes the least popular libertarian in the Party. Ask Libertarians about Bob Barr sometime. Or Michael Badnarik, if you can find someone who recognizes the name. Or, this cycle, about Gary Johnson.
But not John McAfee. John McAfee is popular. John McAfee is inspiring. John McAfee is sexy.
Let me be clear about something. Each of the candidates with a real shot of securing the Libertarian Party nomination – Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, Darryl Perry, and John McAfee – all bring something unique to the table. Each of them bring strengths and weaknesses. Each of them have gifts and drawbacks. All of them would be excellent representatives of the Libertarian Party and its ideals, all of them would make excellent Presidents, and I will be happy to support any of their organizations throughout Northern Nevada after the convention this Memorial Day. However, going into the convention – and being fully aware that I won’t be able to make the convention in Orlando this year, so my opinion won’t be expressed through voting power – only one of the candidates inspires people. Only one of them, when speaking to crowds, brings repeated rounds of applause. Only one of them is tirelessly libertarian – not just intellectually, not just philosophically, but emotionally. Only one of them lives as a Libertarian.
This is new for the Libertarian Party. This is different. This is amazing – and I don’t want it to stop. Not this weekend. Not in November.
Consequently, I am proud to offer, for whatever it may be worth, my personal endorsement for John McAfee as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President of the United States. May his run, with everything it brings and everything it stands for, continue into November and beyond.
EDIT: Greetings, fans of John McAfee! Thank you for liking and sharing my endorsement! I’d like to take this moment to encourage you to support my campaign; if you donate more than $50, I’ll even ship you one of my catchy yard signs – yes, even if you don’t live in Nevada! Thanks again and keep in touch!