NICHOLS: A Conservatarian Awakening

15 June 2016 The TreadKnot Chronicles

By Aaron Nichols

          As a former Tea Party Republican who has spent the better part of the past 8 years heavily engaged in politics, I have recently made the leap to the Libertarian Party. Like most Republicans I

held my nose in 2008 and voted McCain, and again in 2012 when I voted for Romney. I considered myself a staunch “conservative” who toed the party-line with obedience and voted Republican

across the board. That was until 2014 when I voted for a Democrat named Travis Childers who ran against Thad Cochran in the general election. This was a protest vote as I was a supporter of

state Senator Chris McDaniel, who was defeated in the primary when 40,000 Democrats assisted the establishment in reelecting Thad Cochran in the Republican primary. That was the first

indication that the Republican establishment would do anything and everything to keep their guy in office; someone who had been in D.C. for nearly 4 decades. This began my conservatarian



          Slowly I began to realize that toeing the party-line in the name of party unity meant keeping establishment Republicans in office who stood for corporate welfare, crony capitalism, and did

not represent myself nor my fellow members of Tea Party. After years of fighting to change the Republican party I accepted the fact that the establishment has the party of “limited-government”

held hostage and they have an endless supply of funds in their war chest to keep their seats locked down. In late 2015, I realized that Donald Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee, so I

began to look at alternative options. This was the turning point in my conversion to libertarianism as I remembered a speech that Danny Bedwell had given at the Restore Liberty rally that I hosted

at the capitol in 2014. Danny did such a wonderful job of explaining the difference between Nationalism vs. Federalism that I was eager to learn more. I’ve learned from this experience that we

must change the way people view politics in this country.


          The left vs. right paradigm must be abolished, and we do this by showing people that within libertarianism you can be conservative or liberal, as long as you agree not to use government to

force your views on others. Legislating morality on others is nothing short of authoritarian rule, and this is what we want to get away from. Why would someone with conservative views consider

adopting the libertarian philosophy? Danny Bedwell often speaks of the government forcing their will on the people by prodding them with the proverbial spear. Well, after seeing bakers and

wedding service providers fined and bankrupted in Oregon and New York I saw that authoritarianism is not fun when you are on the receiving end of the government’s spear.


          It is apparent that someone with personal views as traditional as my own will not be elected president anytime soon. I recently read a book called “The Conservative Manifesto” by Charles C.

W. Cooke, and I became very fond of the term “conservatarian” as I felt it really resonated with my evolution in politics. I highly recommend everyone read this book. Cooke does a great job of

explaining how government’s role is defined within our Constitution. I am willing to compromise with my socially tolerant friends in an attempt to save my own beliefs from being legislatively

banned by the secular-progressives in our government. The old proverb “live and let live” comes to mind, as I adapt to the libertarian philosophy.


          I believe the majority of Americans are libertarians, but too many are stuck squabbling within the left-right paradigm that has created a massive divide in the country. I see the Libertarian

Party as the beacon of light needed to restore unity for future generations in American politics. As more libertarians are elected the less obstructionism we will see within Congress, State

Legislatures, and General Assemblies.


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