On The Campaign TrailSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:58
On December 31, 2011, as he signed the National Defense Authorization Act, President Obama lost the support of Sarah Harvard, then a freshman in college.
The bill included a provision that allows American citizens suspected of terrorism to be detained in military custody without being charged or given a trial, an element that led Harvard to question her devotion to the Democratic Party.
“In 2008 and up until my first semester of freshman year, I had been a staunch Obama supporter,” Harvard, a rising sophomore at American University, said. “However, I had faced the hard hitting reality of the deterioration of America’s founding principles through his signing of the Patriot Act, NDAA, and his blatant use of crony capitalism.”
“After [President Obama] signed the NDAA, I was done with liberals and the Democratic Party.”
During her freshman year, Harvard immersed herself in the readings of John Locke, John Stuart Mill, and Milton Friedman, as well as other Libertarian thinkers. As she developed her own views, Harvard began to follow the campaign of Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX). When Governor Romney captured the Republican presidential nomination, Harvard turned her attention to former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
“I believed in liberty so much that I wanted to continue on spreading the message,” she said. “Gary Johnson had a lot of the same stances that Ron Paul campaigned on.”
A personal conversation with Johnson at the end of July cemented Harvard’s belief that she had selected the best candidate for her views.