ATLANTA - Libertarian Presidential hopeful Chase Oliver calls for all Libertarians to rise against today’s culture wars.
“Why do I think Libertarians need to lead the charge on this?” says Oliver. “Because we're the party of freedom. We're the party of live and let live. We're the party of ‘If you're not hurting anybody, you should be able to live your life without interference.' Because of that, we are uniquely positioned to be the arbiters of peace in the culture war.”
Oliver was speaking on his weekly Live at 5 Facebook broadcast on Chase Oliver-Libertarian.
“It's not new,” says Oliver. “We’ve been seeing this building and building, but I think we're getting to a point where we're at a fever pitch. A lot of it has to do with the current rage of the day. In the 80s, it was the Satanic panic. In the 90s and the early 2000s, it was anti-gay legislation. In the mid-2000s and on and through it was a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment, especially post-9/11.”
Oliver cited the recent elimination of Disney World’s self-governing Reedy Creek District as the latest example of the “woke” battles. The measure, pushed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, was in a clear retaliation for the corporation’s opposition to the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. “Using the government to punish corporations is very anti-limited government,” says Oliver. “It's against what the GOP says they used to stand for, but because it is legislating some kind of morality, they make excuses for it.”
Libertarians can be the difference.
“Libertarians should be advocates for a cultural cease-fire in this country,” says Oliver. “We're about each and every individual choosing to live their life as their authentic self, in peace, free of government oppression. Which is something neither party stoking the flames of this culture war is able to do.”
Oliver, 38, announced his bid to become the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party earlier this month. Oliver is the first openly gay Senate candidate in Georgia, where he garnered over 80,000 votes in 2022, forcing a runoff between his Republican and Democratic opponents.
Oliver’s national attention grew following his debate with incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock and an empty podium set aside for opponent Herschel Walker. Broadcast coverage includes PBS, CNN, Fox Business, and CSPAN. Print coverage includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Rolling Stone, which labels him the “Most Influential Libertarian.”
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