The Libertarian Party nominated its presidential candidate on May 23rd. After 4 rounds of voting, Jo Jorgensen won with 524 votes and a 51.07% majority among delegates. The Libertarian nomination process was full of competition and at some points had several dozen candidates. We saw several in-person debates before the COVID-19 government shutdown caused state party debates to go digital. Dr. Jo Jorgensen among other candidates displayed the utmost professionalism and didn’t result to yelling or personal attacks like the recent Democratic primary debates.
Jo has a history of political involvement in the Libertarian Party at a local, state, and federal level. Her party involvement began as a member in 1983 when she officially joined the Libertarian party. She proceeded to run in 1992 for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, where she received 4,286 votes or 2.2% and media praise for her debate skills. Jo didn’t stop here. She kept fighting for liberty and received the Vice-Presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party under Presidential candidate Harry Browne in 1996. She avidly pushed for the libertarian platform and spoke on over 300 radio shows and campaigned across 38 states during her run for vice president. Additionally, she “served as Greenville County Chair, state vice chair, and national marketing director for the Libertarian Party.” Her heart is set on libertarianism and the freedom and rights it supports for everyone.
Don’t be mistaken by all the involvement. Dr. Jo Jorgensen isn’t a career politician or out of touch billionaire. She’s an ambitious and accomplished person from everyday society. “She holds a Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has taught full-time since 2006.” Jo has also been a business owner since 2002 and runs a business consulting company. Most importantly, she has stuck with the same political views and party for decades. She isn’t swayed by voter popularity of donors. There’s a set platform she has chosen to immediately adopt. Dr. Jo Jorgensen’s 2020 campaign page states her views and plans for major issues facing the United States.
“As President, I will use my Constitutional authority to block any new borrowing. I will veto any spending bill that would lead to a deficit, and veto any debt ceiling increase. I will give every Cabinet secretary a specific spending reduction target to meet and hold them accountable. There is simply no excuse for sticking our children and grandchildren with the bill for these bipartisan bloated budgets.”
“Turn America into One Giant Switzerland: Armed and Neutral – with the military force to defend America’s shores and soil against any foreign attackers or invaders. Protected by an armed citizenry and by a military laser-focused on defending America. No US involvement in foreign wars. Bring home our 200,000+ American military personnel stationed in foreign countries. No US military aid to foreign governments. No US blockades or embargoes of non-military trade. Peace.”
“Republican and Democratic policies over the past fifty years are the reason health care has become so expensive. Their latest proposals to ‘fix’ health care will further micromanage your doctors and restrict your access to care while failing to solve the underlying problem. They differ only on whether this should be done by private insurance companies or government bureaucrats. This is the exact opposite of what needs to be done. We can reduce the cost of health care 75% by allowing real price competition, and by substantially reducing government and insurance company paperwork. This will make health care affordable for most Americans, while also reducing the cost of legacy programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA.”
“I will work to remove government barriers to replacing coal-burning and oil-burning power plants in the United States with safe, non-polluting, high-tech nuclear power plants – and allowing off-grid use of solar power. Worldwide, I believe we need to consider all scientific & economic knowledge to care for our environment, not cherry-pick data to support a pre-determined outcome. Most pollution is generated in developing countries, so reducing pollution worldwide requires cost-efficient zero emission energy sources like nuclear.”
“Do you trust politicians to keep their promises? I don’t. They’ve spent every cent in the Social Security Trust Fund on other spending, leaving behind worthless IOU’s. Other countries have successfully replaced their government-run systems with individual retirement accounts safe from greedy politicians. As President, I would work to implement a solution like the Cato Institute’s “6.2% solution”, which would allow any American the opportunity to “opt out” of the current system while making the current system fiscally stable for those who choose to remain.”
Trade & Immigration:
“The freedom to trade and travel are fundamental to human liberty. As American citizens, we should be free to travel anywhere we choose, and to buy and sell anywhere in the world. As President, I will use my Constitutional authority to eliminate trade barriers & tariffs, and work to repeal arbitrary quotas on the number of people who can legally enter the United States to work, visit, or reside. “
Criminal Justice Reform:
“I am appalled that the United States ranks number one in the world for having the highest percentage of people imprisoned. I am also appalled that the federal government permits police to seize a person’s assets without first convicting them of a crime, and then keep most of the assets seized. This is literally highway robbery. As President, I will use my Constitutional authority to end federal civil asset forfeiture prior to conviction, and pardon persons convicted of non-violent victimless crimes. I will also work with Congress to end the failed War on Drugs and other victimless crime laws.”
“From 1959 to 1969, the poverty rate was nearly cut in half while government did little to address poverty. However, after the war on poverty was fully implemented in the early seventies, progress stopped. Fifty years of federal anti-poverty programs – zero impact. Government anti-poverty programs don’t work. The real cure for poverty is a vibrant economy that generates plentiful jobs and high wages, combined with an affordable cost of living. As President, I will work to eliminate policies that cripple economic growth. I will give special attention to regulations driving up the cost of housing and health care, as well as those creating barriers to creating new businesses or entering professions. Finally, I will work to repeal laws and regulations that prevent individuals and charitable organizations from helping those in need.”
“The Department of Education has failed. In the forty years since the Department of Education was created, government spending on education has skyrocketed, while the quality of education has declined. Students used to be able to work their way through college and graduate debt-free. As President, I will work to eliminate the Department of Education and return control of education to where it belongs – with parents, teachers, and students.”
“Taxes are never voluntary – they are always paid under threat of punishment. If you fail to pay what government says you owe, you can be fined, have your wages garnished, assets seized, even go to prison. Voting for more government spending inevitably leads to higher taxes to pay for it – now, or in the future. As President, I will work tirelessly to slash federal spending, make government much, much smaller, and let you keep what you earn.”
The November election is the chance for millions to choose different. People have a second choice on the ballot. Someone can vote for an everyday person who has let their ambitious mindset drive them to success. Anyone can pass up the duopoly names of the billionaire and career politician on the list and elect someone who understands how an everyday person lives. Dr. Jo Jorgensen offers an opportunity to elect someone who understands the everyday person because she is one. No billionaire. No career politician. Just a genuine person with life long ambitions of bringing liberty back to the United States from the taxpayer draining duopoly.