“You only have two options,” they told me. No, no I don’t think so.
After the dust settled that Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican nominee, I began searching for a new candidate to support. Hillary Clinton? Nah. Bernie Sanders? Nope. Gary Johnson? Maybe, but let’s keep checking.
“Meet Austin Petersen, Libertarian candidate for president,” the website proclaimed.
Petersen on trade: “Lower barriers to trade with foreign nations, and allow American companies the leeway they need to develop domestic energy production, in order to create good paying jobs at home.”
I must admit I am an adamant free trade supporter. I believe wholeheartedly that free trade allows the United States to grow, prosper, and lead from the front while also lifting up other nations. Support of free trade is a must to earn my support. Free trade allows the specialization and creativity to take over in order to move a nation upward. By lowering barriers to trade, we reap the benefits of cheaper access to high quality imports. Thus our burden decreases as we focus on our specialties and both trade parties obtain more goods, better goods. When Petersen mentions “leeway,” he’s allowing American companies the opportunity to tap into their creativity which improves economic standings across the board. Creativity allows gas prices to remain low, for industries to emerge, and for Americans to continue to thrive despite a growing population and limited resources. Unlike Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump, Petersen actually embraces America’s creativity and trusts her citizens will continue to lead. We need that trust in the White House.
Petersen on spending: “Urge congress to adopt the “Penny Plan,” across the board spending cuts of 1% per program.”
As the United States watches debt and debt-to-gdp ratio grow, we need bold leadership and ideas to deal with the problem. Mrs. Clinton only plans to increase spending, and who knows what Mr. Trump truly wants to do. We actually know Petersen’s intentions, and, while difficult to swallow and enact, we know he’ll move us back in the right direction away from debt growth. Now, I admit, debt is such a nuanced and complicated issue that it can’t simply be solved with this blanket plan. However, Petersen put forth the best and boldest option to begin solving the debt issue. Petersen is far and away our best hope if we want to cut government spending and debt growth.
Petersen on foreign policy: “Strengthen national security by reducing/ending foreign aid to nations hostile to the USA. No more nation building.”
The United States spends billions in foreign aid each year, and one could easily argue the U.S. wastes billions in foreign aid each year. Too often, we support and prop up hostile regimes and corrupt administrations. What if we said no more? Could U.S. withdrawal of aid push some nations into action to embrace protective institutions and shun corruption? How hostile will regimes remain without our money? It’s clear after decades of failed attempts that we cannot force democracy and markets onto nations. They have to want it themselves. It’s worth exploring what affect our country rescinding financial support would have on certain countries and administrations. Perhaps it could kickstart an embrace of our values that force never could. Petersen believes in strong, efficient foreign policy, and clearly does not want our treasure and blood to go to waste. I support his position of strength and realism in dealing with the world.
Petersen’s commitment to liberty cannot be matched, certainly not by Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. He has the vision our Founders shared that made this nation great. I am fully prepared to support Johnson or another third party candidate should one arise, but Petersen is the best option for these United States.
Confession of a Former Republican: I support and intend to vote for Libertarian candidate Austin Petersen in 2016.