The Hardest Blog Entry I’ve Ever Posted

Filed under: Campaign Plans,Personal,Site/Blog Admin — Lance Brown @ 2:19 am

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


  1. Hi Lance.

    I found your website quite by accident. I am sad to see you are not going to see it through. I have thought about giving up myself, but I am going to persevere, if only for the sake of persevering.

    Let’s chat sometime about your ideas and beliefs.


    Bob W. Hargis

    Comment by Bob Hargis — 1/23/2007 @ 5:39 pm

  2. As someone who’s long favoured the approach of green/libertarian synthesis —
    — I’m sorry (though by this late date no longer surprised) to hear you’re not running; I first blogged favourably about you back in 2004:
    Best of luck for the future!

    Comment by Roderick T. Long — 1/28/2007 @ 4:21 pm

  3. I love the blog that you have. I was wondering if you would link my blog to yours and in return I would do the same for your blog. If you want to, my site name is American Legends and the URL is:


    If you want to do this just go to my blog and in one of the comments just write your blog name and the URL and I will add it to my site.


    Comment by David — 2/14/2007 @ 11:21 am

  4. Eat my fat dick, you fucking stupid shitwhore. FUCK YOU FOR WASTING MY PRECIOUS TIME WITH YOUR WHINY BULLSHIT.

    Comment by /b/tard — 4/10/2007 @ 11:44 am

  5. Lance,

    While I’m not sure what the hell”b/tard’s” problem is (and perhaps I shouldn’t even dignify those nonsensible ravings with a response) I am disappointed,however, it is an inspiration to witness someone owning his/her current capabilities,strenghts. Thank you for honoring what you need right now, while commiting to the ‘best run’ for presidency possible.And clearly 2008,would not be your personal best,obviously you’re not interested in ‘half-assing’ this campaign, and for that you are stellar. As the saying goes;”preparation is the mother of skill.”

    Be well

    Comment by ginger virago (your old pal ginny) — 5/19/2007 @ 1:55 pm

  6. I had just moved my website from one machine to another, and I was wandering through it to make sure the thing was okay. I came across your picture from Burning Man 2000, and wondered what I would find at the URL on your shirt.

    Last year I ran for Senator in the Green Party of California Primary, and I found that project to stretch the bounds of believability enough for me. I’d say try something else before going for a 50 State Campaign. Just getting ONE STATE to vote for you is a big project. Running for President takes more than that.

    Comment by Tian — 6/7/2007 @ 1:41 pm

  7. In the last two previous elections I changed from Libertarian to Democrat simply because the thought of Bush becoming president and then extending it for another term just scared the hell out of me.
    I’ve been living in Florida for the last ten years and I’m just totally discusted about the way the voting is handled here; I now realize that voting democratic during the elections in Florida was just a wasted vote.
    LANCE, if you run in the next presidential election 2012, I’ll be here to vote for you.
    You need to do some work in North Carolina (like around Raleigh where all the college students are – students in the past have supported libertarian movements [remember clark?]) and the state of Oregon, where voters will work hard for your campaign.
    Florida is hard but not impossible because so many people are so fed up with the current system that I’m sure they will be looking at the Libertarian movement for an answer to the way they feel about their country’s leadership.
    Many libertarian participants lately have given up because they think the libertarian movement is over or because they don’t have a chance in the big elections. This is not the case, We just have to enhance the party by working harder towards our goals and never giving up. We all have to join together like back in the sixties, when everything was hard but nothing was impossible.

    Comment by marc steinberg — 2/1/2008 @ 7:46 am

  8. might be a double post but whatever, i knew you wouldnt be prez2008 hehe jk. anyway just trying to get in touch with an old friend and in case you have no idea who this is i’ll give a couple hints first floor first room on the left of 12 union noho massachusetts or if you prefer dwight dormitory northeast residential area. sent yeah a message on icq if you still use it with my email addy.

    Comment by sean h — 2/8/2008 @ 1:04 am

  9. I met you many (many, many…) years ago at Burningman and it just popped into my head that you had said you were going to run for president in 2008. I googled you and found this last post. Too bad, but I’ll be looking out for you in 2012 or whenever you are back in the game!

    Comment by karen — 5/25/2008 @ 4:07 pm

  10. The above article posted by Lance Brown is very interesting. I found this website by an accident. I preety much liked it. Thanks for the post.
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    Comment by richardsmith — 11/11/2008 @ 11:21 pm

  11. Things have certainly changed in the last 5 years.

    Comment by Sandi McMillan — 11/21/2008 @ 6:28 pm

  12. Forgot to add that I would’ve voted for you, Lance. Good luck in all you do!

    Comment by Sandi McMillan — 11/21/2008 @ 6:30 pm

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