Toure: The Libertarian Impact on Trump and Ramaswamy’s Campaigns

by | Jan 25, 2024 | Opinion

A few weeks ago, we saw Vivek Ramaswamy suspend his presidential campaign and endorse Donald Trump. Not long after, both made some very pro-liberty statements in New Hampshire, as Vivek joined former U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally hours after pulling out of the Republican presidential race.

Videos from that night are circulating on social media as Americans clamor for their words in hope of a more free America and fulfilled campaign promises.

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Recently, both Trump and Ramaswamy have been taking up an enhanced “limited government” stance, more than usual for both of these men.

Vivek has openly advocated for removing unconstitutional agencies such as the Central Banking Cartel and pardoning Julian Assange.

And Trump’s recent comment on CBDC’s:

“Tonight, I am also making another promise to protect Americans from government tyranny. As your president, I will never allow the creation of a Central Bank Digital Currency.

Such a currency would give the federal government absolute control over your money. This would be a dangerous threat to freedom, and I will stop it from coming to America.

We are also going to put in place strong protections to stop banks and regulators from trying to de-bank you for your political beliefs. That will never happen while I am your president.”

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And though this could seem like a mere coincidence to some, I think it’s important we address the origins and impact of this limited government ideology—for Trump, who was a “big spender” during his time in office, increasing the national debt by $7.8 trillion, and Vivek, who has improved his talking points during his campaign to reaffirm individual rights.

Viveks talking points and approach improved after listening to and learning from who?

LIBERTARIANS.

Where do Donald Trump’s anti-CBDC talking points in New Hampshire come from?

LIBERTARIANS.

One way or another, everyone who wants to save America engages with and learns from libertarianism.

Now I want to be clear…

I’m not advocating for Trump or Vivek here. I think Trump failed in key aspects of his presidency, and I believe Vivek is just getting better at saying what people want to hear. One failed to defend the constitution while in the seat, while the other, never being in the seat, is simply saying what he “would do” if elected.

In my opinion, BOTH are better than EVERY other D or R candidate currently in the running. And I’m open to seeing everyone do what they say they’ll do, but as we’ve learned time and time again, that always “remains to be seen.” My point here is that these two political hopefuls are openly saying what the libertarian community has preached for a very long time now.

Now, regardless of whether these gentlemen are learning and genuinely growing towards liberty or not, we’d be smart to remember that, at the end of the day, they’re still politicians—politicians who rely heavily on polls and shape their talking points around what potential constituents want. And what they are currently seeing all across the country is that Americans want LIBERTY.

It’s clear as day. The general public sees the massive failure that big government is, and they are ready for and want liberty principles and limited government back at the forefront. Liberty and the Constitution built America; it’s the ONLY thing that will save it, and the majority of the world is demanding that, even those that may lack the language or political education to identify it as libertarianism.

And seeing them adapt their talking points on the campaign trail to reflect what the people want to hear flies in the face of people who say, “There could never be a libertarian president!” This is even more evident in Javier Milei’s sweeping Argentinian presidential win and the overwhelming worldwide public support for an Ancap economist who openly advocated for and is now cutting government.

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And regardless of whether Trump or Ramaswamy actually believe what they’re saying or not, American politicians get in line with and repeat the people’s desires during campaign trails. The beauty of that for the liberty movement is that THE PEOPLE are demanding it, and politicians have to adapt. Even if only at face value, they have to say what they think the people want. The people want freedom. And it becomes even more obvious when, at a pivotal time in western politics, libertarian politicians aren’t picking up stale, neocon talking points; it’s Republicans that are tapping into a more freedom-based position.

Regardless of who says it, the public is responding to the message, and that’s a great indication for us to keep pushing.

Forge ahead liberty lovers.

Maj Toure is the president and founder of Black Guns Matter. You can follow him on X at @MajToure999.

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