WASILLA — Libertarian nominee for president in the 2020 general election Dr. Jo Jorgensen made her first visit to Alaska on Sunday at Iditapark in Wasilla.
Jorgensen left from Florida at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday and spoke in Wasilla at 6 p.m. to a large crowd of more than 100 people. Jorgensen spoke with strong libertarian values of personal freedom and individual liberty, discussing various federal departments she would defund if elected president.
“What we have now is not a drug problem, what we have is a prohibition problem. There should be no law preventing you from owning an object, whether it be a gun to support yourself or a drug for whatever reason you wish. If there is no victim there is no crime. As your president I will defund federal involvement in policing including the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, that means ending the supplying of military tanks, tear gas and everything else. I will end no knock laws which too often end up killing innocent people like Breonna Taylor,” said Jorgensen. “When I am president I will end qualified immunity so that police are held to the same standard as everyone else.”
Jorgensen is running as the Libertarian nominee for president against Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Jorgensen has taught at Clemson University since 2006 as a senior psychology lecturer. Jorgensen earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Baylor in 1979 and her Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in 1980 before earning her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Clemson in 2002.
Jorgensen has served as the National Marketing Director for the Libertarian Party in the past and is running for President of the United States with Jeremy “Spike” Cohen as her Vice Presidential running mate. While Jorgensen espoused several theories on how to improve the federal government by maximizing freedom with minimal government, the crowd of over 100 supporters was riled up by the call to ‘let her speak.’
Legislative Director for the Father’s Rights Movement David Vesper led a chant with the attendees to let Jorgensen participate in the nationally televised debates.
“They’re telling us who wears a mask and who doesn’t wear a mask.That’s not freedom, it’s not liberty and I believe Dr. Jo will secure that freedom, I truly believe that so when we’ve got people that don’t want to let her speak that’s a problem because that’s the one time that the left and right, the Republicans and Democrats are actually unified in anything is when they want to shut us out. They want to shut out your voice. They don’t want to let her speak,” said Vesper.
Jorgensen’s campaign director Jess Mears said that Jorgensen will be in the city that each presidential debate is held at the time it occurs, hoping to receive an invitation and preparing for an offsite format to answer questions that Biden and Trump are answering.
“Once I get on the stage, if you don’t like what you hear don’t vote for me but at least let’s get another voice out there because the two voices we have right now are really not any different from each other. In fact I’ve been saying #fakedebates, we’ve got two people again who both want to make decisions for you, both want to spend your money and neither one is going to bring the troops home, and limiting the debate to those two people aren’t helping the American people, they’re actually just helping the Democratic and Republican parties and that’s whose in charge of the debates,” said Jorgensen.
Jorgensen has been a member of the Libertarian party since 1983 and received 4,286 votes in the 1992 election for United States House of Representatives in South Carolina. Jorgensen was the Vice Presidential nominee in 1996 for the Libertarian Party and received the endorsement of Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash who switched his party affiliation from Independent to Libertarian this year as the Representative to the United States House for Michigan’s 3rd District. Jorgensen noted the strong Libertarian presence in Alaska.
“Alaska is probably the most Libertarian state, the rugged individualism, the people wanting to be left alone to do what they want to do,” said Jorgensen. “I absolutely never wanted to get into politics. I look at voting Libertarian as an act of self defense and that basically we need to take the power away from them and let us make our own decisions.”
Jorgensen noted the history of Libertarian success in Alaska politics. Andre Marrou was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1984 and served until 1987. Marrou ran as the Vice Presidential nominee alongside Ron Paul in the 1988 Presidential Election and was the Libertarian party’s 1992 Presidential nominee. The first Libertarian candidate to win an election in the United States occurred when Dick Randolph won a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives in 1978. Randolph served until 1982 as an advocate against a state income tax before running for governor, receiving 15 percent of the votes.
“It’s time to move money out of the government sector and back to the people who earned it, politicians and bureaucrats don’t know what you need, you do and when it comes to cutting spending we can’t take any solutions off the table. I would encourage baseline budgeting so instead of assuming an increase we start at zero every year and then decide what’s vital. It’s time for the government to balance its checkbook the way American families do,” said Jorgensen. “I ask for your vote this November it’s not because I’m asking you to vote for me, instead I think you should vote for you. You know best how to spend your money and you know best what your families need. You know best what’s best for you.”