Hello, and thank you for taking the time to come here. I’m an 18 year old who enjoy’s politics, and enjoy’s it much more than the average person has, is, or probably ever will. I’m a small-l libertarian, and for those who don’t know what that is, it means I’m a libertarian in ideology, but not a member of the Libertarian Party. I have greatly considered them, and at the current rate the Republican Party is working at, I may join their ranks here in Florida soon.
I’m not the in-your-face kind of guy. I’m like many libertarians: more introverted, and probably more shy with my beliefs in a debate. I’m trying to be more out with my politics, and my shell is beginning to crack. I have discussed politics with friends and family, and argued with friends and family before.
I’m pro-liberty. I’m a believer in natural rights. I’m pro-gun, and while I don’t personally own any weapons, I find shooting to be a fun sport. I’m a fan of Austrian Economics, and I’m trying to learn more about it as I go. I’m a big fan of privacy too, and this is evident in the several privact addons that slow my Firefox down. ‘Tis a bit of a drag. I will say the one issue that you should never ask me about is abortion. I understand the life at conception arguement, but I also understand that government restrictions and bans on things don’t work. It’s confusing.
I became politically active in the 2008 election cycle, doing small things for the GOP Rally Center in my hometown of Monroe, Michigan, which is near Detroit. In 2010, I became much more active, in doing phonebanking for the first time and being comfortable with it. The Snyder for Governor campaign was probably the biggest win we had in Michigan that year, and looking back at it now, I’d say Snyder has done some great things, but he’s done some bad things too. No politician is perfect.
In 2011, I found my basis in conservative logic when I began watching Fox News (I know, don’t kill me). I listened to hosts like O’Rilley, Hannity, but most of all, when he had a show on Fox News, Glenn Beck. I’d say out of those three, Beck was my favorite. When Beck left, I continued with Fox, and by now, I’d found out about Breitbart and many other noteworthy conservatives of the time, which would ultimately wean me off of Fox News completely.
The 2012 election was a very complex and confusing election for me. In the beginning, I started out with Herman Cain, followed by Rick Santorum (yuck), Michelle Bachmann (ew), and back to Rick Santorum. I had not watched the debates, and I basically did not know Ron Paul even existed, since Fox News was in full shaddowban mode.
I first found out about Ron Paul when the Virginia Primary was coming up, and it was him and Romney running, while the rest of the candidates didn’t file on time or something like that. At the time, I knew I was completely anti-Romney, and would basically support anyone against him. I’d have to say that the Paul campaign in Virginia was probably the most energetic movement I’ve ever seen. Literally, streets were decorated with Paul signs. The Romney campaign had no edge over the Paulers in Virginia Beach, VA, which was where I was, or at least, from what I could visibly see. Paul sadly lost that Primary, though I didn’t lose Paul.
I finished the 2012 election cycle by doing a lot of phonebanking with the GOP, while learning more about Paul as time moved on. 2013 would end up being my transition year, and for a few more reasons. Besides the elder Paul, there was the younger. I was introdued to him when he did his 2013 filibuster in the Senate on the Brennan nomination to the CIA. That’s also when I got a ‘Rand Paul for President’ sticker, which is still on my laptop today. Another reason would be two very good friends of mine who were much more freedom minded than I was, and they helped me to see further into the realm of libertarian thought. Another reason would be the Libertarian Party and Gary Johnson. Gary is a good man, and I do not agree with him on everything (let’s talk about humanitarian wars, Gary), but that’s to be expected. The Party helped me to see that there were alternatives to the two parties I’d so far been shown so far.
In 2014, I moved to Florida, where I currently reside. The elections down here are different than I’ve experienced in Virginia and Michigan, and I’d say more interesting. Here, I supported the LP’s candidates for Governor (Adrian Wyllie) and Attorney General (Bill Wohlsifer), and several other candidate across the spectrum. I didn’t do as much campaigning as previous years, as we were still adjusting, and school was heating up along with marching band, but I did spend the entire Election Day down at the polling place handing out literature. I managed to not get burned for a surprisingly mostly sunny day.
So now I’ve caught up with the present. Yeah, there’s my story. It could’ve been longer, but for the sake of trying to bore you all away, I’ll spare you.