Due primarily to developments in my career path over the past few years, I have decided to withdraw from the 2008 race for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination and the presidency.
Put simply, I’m just not ready yet. I would not be able to be all the candidate I should be, if I were to stay in the race.
I apologize to anyone who may be disappointed — it’s likely that no one is more disappointed than I — though I can assure you that this is for the best.
When I decided in 1994 to run for president in 2008, the reasons for choosing the year were twofold: it was the first year I was eligible to run (I will be 36 in November 2008), and I believed I would be ready to run by then. (By “ready to run”, I mean “in a position to provide the voters with the candidate they need to help them liberate themselves from the current political situation in America”.)
Had circumstances turned out differently, the second of those two things might have been fulfilled. But just as my campaign in general has always been a long shot, so, realistically speaking, was the likelihood that I would be the best choice as a presidential candidate at age 34 (my present age). It was in 2004 that I began to suspect that I might not make that mark, and it was in the second half of last year that I came to conclude that I wouldn’t.
Since then, it’s been a process of trying to figure out the best way to publicly withdraw from a race that I have publicly inserted myself into for so long. Turns out, there is no best way. I just have to do it. And so here it is.
My long-term goal to seek the presidency, which always spanned beyond 2008 anyway, is still in place. It’s actually due to that long-term goal that I feel it’s inappropriate for me to run at this time. This has always been about making the best run I can for the position, not about sticking with a fairly arbitrary timeline. In the service of making the best run I can for the presidency, I’m choosing not to stick with the original timeline I set back in 1994.
It’s been a tough decision, but I’m sure it’s the right one. I do apologize to those who may be disappointed. (I’m disappointed too.)
With that finally off my chest, I hope to post more here soon. Though I’m going to have to change a few things around the site.
Be well, be free,
Lance M. Brown