Hi all. It is with great disappointment and much thought that I write to tell you I have decided not to run for U.S. Congress in 2014. I spent a lot of time this past weekend discussing it with my wife Traci and my close friends and advisors. After thinking deeply about the nature of running for political office and being a member of Congress I have decided that running for political office at this point in my life may not be the best use of my time for the cause of freedom. Although the appeal of reaching more people with the case for freedom entices me, there are lots of things about the entire project that discourage me. Politics is a dirty business, and it involves telling people what they want to hear. I am more likely to tell people what they don’t want to hear. Modifying or watering down my position is not something I am willing to do.
Although I remain an activist for freedom, I am just not a political guy. I don’t like the “dirt” and gamesmanship of politics. I also don’t like asking people to donate money to my campaign. There are many other factors as well. In the end, this just isn’t the right time in my life to endeavor into the political realm. I remain open to the possibility there may come a time I decide to wade into those political waters once again, but it isn’t now. I apologize to those who have already begun to assist with my campaign. I appreciate all the efforts of those who have offered to assist me. Anyone who has donated to my campaign will receive a refund for the money you contributed. For those who have volunteered, I wanted to get this out as quickly as possible to you to thank you for all you have done so far. Also, I wanted to make this announcement early so you would not commit more of your time and resources.
I hope we can nonetheless continue the fight for freedom through other non-political avenues. I will continue to fight for freedom in my law practice, with my radio show, in future articles, in speeches, and in many other ways. I invite you to use whatever talents you have to also promote freedom in whatever peaceful ways fit best with your skills and desires. Slowly, people are realizing freedom works better than enslavement and coercive government. As I have said many times, there is no centralized plan for freedom. Let’s keep up the fight.
Since the age of fifteen, I have been an activist for human freedom. Whenever I interview someone for employment at my law firm, I make it clear that freedom is more important to me than money. I advocate for freedom in all circumstances, at all times, and for all people. It is impossible to know me at all without knowing of my deep and absolute commitment to advancing the case for human liberty. It could be said my mission in life is promoting individual rights and responsibilities, free markets, and the sovereignty of the individual. The absolute right to define and peacefully pursue one’s happiness is of utmost importance to me. I believe it is the very nature of what it means to be an American.
Promoting freedom is a vast and worthy enterprise. I have given countless freedom related speeches to a countless number of groups. I co-founded the Freedom Summit which has attracted nationally well known speakers for annual freedom conferences in Phoenix. I have written several articles which promote freedom in various ways. I have used my position as a criminal defense attorney to promote freedom to many different actors in the justice system. I used my appointment as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem to make a stand for freedom. My law firm has accepted many clients and cases not for the money, but for the freedom. I have participated in countless debates advocating for freedom. I have appeared on countless radio shows to promote some aspect of freedom. I have used my status as an honorably discharged United States Marine to promote freedom to veteran groups. I have done my best to live my life consistent with the principles of those who abhor and reject coercion and embrace voluntary transactions. In short, I believe a truly voluntary society best serves humanity; and I practice what I preach.
In economics, central planning has been a failure. The free market works well because, among other reasons, it rewards individuals for doing a good job when they voluntarily choose to do something they are well suited to do. As with economics, centrally planning to promote freedom is a bad idea. As such, there is no effective central plan for freedom. Each of us has a unique blend of skills. We are not all well suited for the same tasks. Freedom can only be achieved and preserved when freedom minded people are vigilant and promote freedom in ways which best suit them.
There are no written words that can achieve or protect freedom. As we have seen with the United States Constitution, virtually anything can be justified as consistent with those words by those who interpret them. We no longer have a government of limited powers. Rather, we have a government constrained only by the laws of physics. The only way to achieve a free society is to win the hearts and minds of those who live in that society. Only when Americans once again cherish freedom will America be free.
I don’t know if my running for office will help win hearts and minds such that people once again cherish and value freedom. However, I am willing to try my best. I will strongly advocate for freedom to as many people as possible. I will not be modifying or watering down any of my long held pro-freedom positions to make them more palatable to some voter who prefers coercion. I am focused solely on promoting freedom and wherever that road leads is where I will go.