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Governor Bill Weld Is the Best Libertarian Choice in 2020

Sanders Jett-Folk | United States

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has faced intense heat from members of the Libertarian Party since he ran alongside former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on the 2016 Libertarian Presidential ticket. However, as we enter the 2020 primary season, it is fully clear Weld is the best choice for the Presidency. He is the liberty-minded man that seeks to dethrone President Trump for the Republican nomination.

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Libertarian Jeff Hewitt Delivers Passionate SOTU Response

Sanders Jett-Folk | United States

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump presented his long-awaited State of the Union address to the American people. The Libertarian Party, represented by Riverside County (CA) Board of Supervisors member Jeff Hewitt, quickly gave a passionate response to the President’s address. In doing so, they hoped to unite Americans in the face of political division.

Jeff Hewitt: Bringing Americans Together?

Of the many themes that Hewitt presented in his statement, bringing Americans together was among the most important.

Hewitt stated that despite the division that Democrats and Republicans are trying to cause in our country, “…Americans are finding new ways to work together, to prosper, to help each other and to help themselves.”

He went on to say that new markets, voluntary exchange of ideas and goods, and innovation has “given all of us new ways to learn, to communicate, to travel, to heal ourselves, and to heal our world.”

He also denounced fearmongering politicians, such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump; Hewitt claimed they “try to frighten Americans by pronouncing disaster after disaster, which they say only they can save us from.”

Progress In America

A strong focus of Jeff Hewitt’s powerful statement was how far America has come over the years.

Hewitt spoke of America’s “agricultural and technological revolution” and expansion of “the circle of humanity to embrace the natural rights of people who were previously beaten down by centuries of oppression.”

One point made was how crime rates have decreased; “Here in America, violent crime rates have plummeted by 74 percent since their peak in 1993.”

Another strong assertion came about the decline of rampant poverty. “Since 1990, 1 billion people have transcended extreme poverty,” Hewitt said.

This fantastic progress, in Hewitt’s words, is the result of our laws holding “arbitrary political power subject to the rule of law.”

Limiting Government

Hewitt then discussed what the Libertarian Party firmly believes is holding our nation back: the government.

Speaking against rampant discrimination and division, Hewitt asserted that “Old-party politicians seek to divide us by nationality, by race, by religion, by gender and sexuality, and by any other means they can think of to create categories of people whose rights somehow matter less than the rest of ours.” He then affirmed the Libertarian belief that “All Americans should be equal before the law”.

Moving onto our economic situation, Hewitt stated that “Our federal government lacks fiscal discipline. Our national debt has skyrocketed to almost $22 trillion.” Affirming another Libertarian belief, he stated: “It is not acceptable for politicians to rack up this kind of debt.”

Hewitt then spoke out against the “absurd security theater” of the TSA, and the NSA’s “unconstitutional mass spying on Americans”. To summarize, “End the surveillance state!”

Continuing the Libertarian Party’s grievances against the government, Jeff Hewitt spoke against rampant war, stating that “Never-ending wars make Americans less safe.” He also renounced the “acts of cruelty” occurring against peaceful immigrants at the Southern border: “The United States should welcome immigrants.”

A Libertarian Future

Hewitt affirmed that the Libertarian Party can bring Americans together in this era of divisiveness.

“Libertarians stand against these injustices, and for the proposition that Americans deserve better”, he testified. “While Republicans and Democrats careen toward socialism and fascism, Libertarians stand for the timeless principles of justice; the self-evident truths of individual freedom; and the rights of every person to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

He went on to state that “Americans are better than our current government,” and noted that “elected Libertarians are already hard at work cutting taxes, slashing red tape, shrinking government, and offering thoughtful, pragmatic solutions to day-to-day problems.”

He ended his address by inviting people to “join [the Libertarian Party], as we seek peace, prosperity, and liberty for every American.”

Jeff Hewitt, the former Libertarian mayor of Calimesa, California, narrowly won a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2018. He represents the county’s 5th district. He defeated his opponent, former Republican Assemblyman Russ Bogh, with 51.9% of the vote. Many saw the race as a critical victory for the Libertarian Party, as Riverside County’s population is greater than that of 15 states. His delivery of the official Libertarian response shows how crucial this victory was.


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Republican Nominees for 2020: Who Will Challenge Trump?

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The 2020 Presidential election season is rapidly approaching. Despite low approval ratings, President Donald Trump is running for re-election. Many Progressive Democrats are planning campaigns. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may run as a centrist independent. On that note, will Trump stand alone in the race for the Republican nominee?

Potential Republican Nominees

No one has officially announced a bid to challenge Trump for the Republican nominee in 2020. However, a few notable party members seem to be toying with the idea.

Governor Larry Hogan is likely to challenge the sitting President. Hogan is a cancer survivor and known as the second most popular Governor in the country. He was re-elected by a heavy majority in the blue state of Maryland. Hogan is also vice chair of the National Governor’s Association.

Bill Kristol claims that Hogan has opened the door to a run for President with recent speeches that renounce divisive politics. Kristol is a well-known conservative political commentator and a fierce critic of Trump. However, Kristol has also stated that he is considering a run for the Presidency. As a commentator and former chief of staff to VP Dan Quayle, he may have the executive experience and base to pull off a primary run.

When asked about a run for the Presidency, former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker simply stated: “I haven’t ruled it out.” Corker is also a repetitive critique of  Trump, which is likely what lead to his decision not to run for Senate re-election in 2018.

Former 2016 Republican Nominees

John Kasich of Ohio and Chris Christie of New Jersey, have also touted the possibility of running for the GOP nomination. Both are have held governor office and ran against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Kasich recently joined CNN as a political commentator, energizing the belief that he stands firmly against Trump. He has stated that he could run either as a Republican or an independent. On Monday, Kasich’s staff team sent out a fundraising email. The email stated that Kasich is “keeping all options on the table” for a 2020 run. Kasich was one of the final three Republicans left in the 2016 Primary along with Senator Ted Cruz and obviously Trump.

Christie will soon release a book about his time in the White House, titled Let Me Finish: Trump, The Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics. He recently told a crowd in Indian Wells, California regarding a 2020 run, “Never say never.”

Even Bill Weld, the former Governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, has considered taking on Trump. Weld received an invitation to speak a “politics and eggs” event in New Hampshire. It is organized by the New England Council and Saint Anselm College. The event is regarded as a key event for Presidential hopefuls. Weld is supposedly open to running either for the Republican or Libertarian nomination.

Who Is Not Running?

Many of the key leaders in the GOP have outright denied the idea of a campaign, as well as endorsed the current president. This list includes some of 2016’s primary candidates.

Some Republicans, such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and many others, have endorsed Donald Trump. Rubio stated that “The president’s going to be the nominee for the Republican Party,”.

Rumors have risen that Vice President Mike Pence would replace Trump as the 2020 nominee. Both the Trump campaign and Pence have vehemently denied such claims. Pence responded to a report from The New York Times that entertained such speculation. He stated that the notion, as well as the report, were “disgraceful and offensive.”

Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake decided not to run for Senate re-election in 2018. He recently joined CBS News as a Contributor. He used the formal announcement of his new position to rule himself out as a challenger to the President.

“I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary,” he said. “I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won’t be me.”

With no official challengers for the Republican nominee yet and a continuously growing list of diverse of Democrats who have announced their campaigns, the 2020 election season could be a rough one for the Republicans.


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John McAfee Is Running for President, but He Doesn’t Want Your Vote

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72-year-old cybersecurity legend John McAfee started off his new year with a barrage of posts on Twitter, covering topics such as the Bitcoin bear market, Pacific Islanders’ having intercourse with whales, and, yes, a 2020 Presidential campaign. However, this time around, McAfee’s campaign, in which he is running for the Libertarian nomination, comes with one odd circumstance; he does not want anyone to vote for him.

So, Why Is John McAfee Running?

McAfee’s Presidential campaign platform, according to his campaign website, is based on one sole idea: “…How do we free ourselves from a government that no longer serves us, but instead has become our master – controlling our every action, down to the detail of what we may or may not put into our bodies and minds.” His platform consists only of four brief paragraphs. They state that we cannot solve issues like immigration, education and foreign affairs until the people are free. He infers that because our government hides information from us, we do not know the true state of national issues. On the contrary, we only will be able to know when the size and scope of government are much smaller.

Despite this plea for freedom, his campaign slogan is simply “Don’t Vote McAfee”. In another tweet, McAfee stated that he plans to use his platform to promote personal freedom and cryptocurrency. However, he does “not want the job.”

Helping the Campaign

His campaign website also gives examples of how supporters can help his campaign. For example, interested people can volunteer, contact media outlets, form a Political Action Committee (PAC) and donate money. He moreover encourages supporters to spread the word via social media, calling it the “single most consulted data source for determining audience size and engagement in our modern world”. To show the power of social media, he started a meme contest. he personally pledged to give the creator of the best McAfee 2020 meme one Bitcoin.

McAfee’s campaign has already hit a roadblock in its first few weeks. He, along with his wife Janice and four campaign staffers, has been charged with an “unspecified” felony regarding his use of cryptocurrencies. In a video he posted Tuesday on Twitter, he stated that he is running his campaign “in exile” from a boat.

Not His First Rodeo

John McAfee previously ran a powerhouse campaign for the Libertarian nomination in the 2016 election. Initially, he had announced his candidacy under the banner of his own Cyber Party.

McAfee gained notoriety among Libertarians, not only for his strict philosophies of personal freedom and limited-as-possible government but also his bold speaking. For example, in a Google Hangouts debate, fellow candidate Austin Petersen attacked McAfee for being a “former drug dealer”. McAfee doubled down, encouraging Petersen to take a hit of acid, telling him it would “change your life.”

McAfee also made waves in the Libertarian Party by refusing to endorse the party’s nominee, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. He expressed his disdain with Johnson’s supposed willingness to compromise on issues such as gun control. Overall, McAfee labeled Johnson as “Libertarian in name only.”

In the end, John McAfee received the second-highest percentage of the vote in the party’s six primary elections. At the Libertarian National Convention, he placed third with 14.1% of the delegates.


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