The other race that I’m very excited about is Austin Petersen, who recently announced that he’s running for Senate against Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Austin is a long-time advocate for liberty (a.k.a. “Freedom Ninja”). He ran for president as a Libertarian in 2016, and in my opinion, was the most well-reasoned candidate in the field, and could have had major appeal for those disgruntled conservatives who weren’t happy with the nomination of Donald Trump…but rather than reaching out to conservatives, the Libertarian Party nominated Gary Johnson, and we all know how that worked out for them.
Petersen is running for Senate as a Republican, but he still holds to his libertarian principles. As he puts it, “Republicans run like libertarians, but once elected, they often govern like Democrats.” Just take the current GOP health care bills: Republicans advocated for repealing Obamacare, and even voted for it multiple times during Barack Obama’s presidency. They ran on repealing Obamacare in 2016. And now that they have control of the legislative and executive branches, they have abandoned their talk of repeal, pushing instead for watered-down Obamacare. As Petersen said in the speech announcing his run, “I’m running for office in self defense.” He has felt the sting of Obamacare regulations, and fully understands that the bad law must be repealed.
Petersen is running on a platform of cutting taxes, cutting spending, cutting regulations, reforming our criminal justice system, and getting America out of the nation-building business.
Even though Petersen ran as a Libertarian just last year, his principles and values mesh up very well with many of the principles and values espoused by the Republican Party…and unlike the current GOP leadership, he will actually fight for those principles in the Senate.
I know what you’re probably thinking: “I don’t live in Maryland, and I don’t live in Missouri. Why in the hell should I care about either of these Senate races?” We need more people fighting for liberty in the Senate. Right now, the true fighters are few: Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and maybe a few others. Not living in the same state doesn’t prevent you from donating to a campaign, or volunteering for a campaign. When it comes to real grassroots America, even a small donation can go a long way, if enough of us are willing to show our dedication to the cause.
And if you aren’t sure about supporting these candidates because you disagree with some part of their platform, just keep this in mind: when it comes to liberty in America, we have a LOT of work to do. I have never seen a candidate that I agree with 100% of the time, but if you agree on most of the issues, it’s worth getting behind that candidate on the issues where you do agree.
Give some money. Give some time. Let’s get some liberty up in here.