Bold, provocative and politically astute, just who is Austin Petersen, America’s Newest Libertarian Rockstar?
An Exclusive Report
By Lee Enochs
The Libertarian Shaman
The Austin Petersen campaign is trending right now as more and more conservatives are finding out the Libertarian candidate that many are calling the “last liberty candidate still in the race,” and, “the only candidate left with principle.”
Since his stellar breakout performance on the nationally televised Libertarian forum hosted by John Stossel a few weeks ago, interest in Austin Petersen, the man and his message, has spiked dramatically across America.
But who is Austin Petersen and why is his campaign exploding at this precise moment, just a few weeks ahead of the Libertarian National Convention where delegates of America’s fastest growing political party choose their Presidential nominee?
Austin Wade Petersen is the 35 year old founder and leader of the Libertarian Republic, a Liberty minded media enterprise that exploded upon America’s Libertarian scene during Ron Paul’s bid for the White House in 2012.
A 2004 graduate of Missouri State University (B.A.,Musical Theater), upon graduation from his Midwestern college, headed East like many talented and good looking young men, to the bright lights of Broadway to make his fame and fortune. As baby blue eyes, Frank Sinatra once crooned,
These little town blues
Are melting away
I’m gonna make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I’ll make it anywhere…
After working a variety of modeling and other related jobs in Gotham’s do-eat-dog entertainment industry, Austin Petersen’s interests eventually took him in the radically different direction of Libertarian politics.
A voracious reader and astute student of politics, Petersen eventually became a Libertarian activist of sorts, trying to get as many of Manhattan’s subway passengers to listen to his compelling message of minimal government and maximum freedom Libertarianism as possible.
Eventually Petersen parlayed his Libertarian street activism into a media consultant job with Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano.
Petersen was able to build Judge Napolitano’s Facebook following ten-fold as over 800,000 people began to follow the Judge via social media.
After working with Napolitano and raising over a million dollars for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, Petersen started The Libertarian Republic and started getting massive exposure from Libertarians and Liberty-minded conservatives across America.
The incredible story of how a Midwestern farm boy from rural Missouri became a Libertarian media sensation is nothing less than phenomenal and now Austin Petersen is setting his sights on winning the Libertarian nomination for President.
Petersen’s rapid climb to the top of American Libertarianism has not been without its problems as jealous detractors have arisen to try to knock him down a peg.
Some say Petersen is brash and overly ambitious. Others say he was too aggressive in defending his views in the early days when he started to make his climb to the top.
Recently one writer for a conservative online magazine unfortunately even took it upon himself to question why Austin Petersen used a dating website several years ago. To this, Petersen hilariously said,
“Yes, I used a dating website because I like women.”
In my exclusive interview with Austin Petersen last night, I asked him if he regrets anything he did or said online and he replied,
“No, absolutely not. I do not regret defending the truth. Sometimes it gets a little rough and tumble out there but it’s not like I did something like getting people killed as Hillary Clinton did in Benghazi.”
Austin Petersen is a young man on the move and in a generation of Bernie Sanders worshipping millennial slackers who want a free ride from the federal government, I have personally found Petersen’s go getter attitude to be encouraging.
Petersen pointed out to me that there is a double standard out there in the way fellow Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson can get away with using the same language that Petersen uses.
When Johnson uses the “P-Word” to describe Donald Trump, for example, he is seen as bold and provocative. Yet, when Austin Petersen uses the same rhetoric as Gary Johnson, Petersen’s critics say he is being arrogant and petulant.
Like his style or not, Austin Petersen is a gifted young man on the move who might just win the nomination of America’s fastest growing political party.
Since Ted Cruz dropped out this past Tuesday, effectively making Donald Trump the Republican nominee for President, membership applications for the Libertarian Party have skyrocketed with Austin Peterse leading the #NeverTrump movement.
Only time will tell if he will crash to the earth like the mythic Icarus who flew to close to the sun and was burned, but right now Austin Petersen is a political super nova. He is American Libertarianism’s “rocket man,” and the now only the sky is the limit.
“And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no no no
I’m a rocket man
Burnin’ out his fuse up here alone.”
“Rocket Man” (by Elton John)