At the age of eighteen, I registered to vote. At the time, politics seemed like a lame subject amongst my peers. I didn't know of anyone else my age that was registered, or even cared about voting. The first president I voted for was George H.W. Bush. Because of an error on my part after moving to Arizona, I wasn't allowed to vote in the 1992 election. When Bill Clinton won that Presidency, it carried a sense of foreboding to me.
This foreboding went from being a sense to something more substantial a few months later when the incident surrounding the Branch Davidians took place in Waco, Texas. I had recently read the Bible, and started attending a local church again. Granted, I had joined a mainstream denominational church, and not a "cult" like the Branch Davidians. But at the same time, I knew that there were things about how I viewed, and related to life that were Biblical, but not mainstream, and would likely result in my associating with some people whom the rest of the world would deem a cult one day.
This incident would be the first in a series of events that took place throughout the 1990's that demonstrated that the condition of the United States was changing rapidly, and that freedom, as it has been generally accepted, would come into serious question. Things looked like they were coming to a head with the contentious election of George W Bush in 2000. Right after voting for him, I attended a weekend covocation at a ministerial college in Virginia, and the keynote speaker read the following quote from someone associated with their denomination.
The Lord would have His people bury political questions. On these themes silence is eloquence. Christ calls upon His follwers to come into unity on the pure gospel principles which are plainly revealed in the word of God. We cannot with safety take part in any political schemes. We cannot labor to please men who will use their influence to repress religious liberty, and to set in operation oppressive measures to lead or compel their fellow men to keep Sunday as the Sabbath. The first day of the week is not a day to be reverenced. It is a spurious sabbath, and the members of the Lord's family cannot participate with the men who exalt this day, and violate the law of God by trampling upon His Sabbath. The people of God are not to vote to place such men in office; for when they do this, they are partakers with them of the sins which they commit while in office.
At the time this was written in the later 19th century, there was a Sunday law movement in the United States which had gotten a bill before the House of Representatives. And while this movement does not have the clout that it did then, the principle of cause and effect was clear enough to see that I could no longer support the Republican Party with a clear conscience. And as a result, I stopped voting altogether.
In January of 2003 I moved to New Mexico, and started to learn about the principle of freedom on a spiritual level. Freedom, in it's most fundamental sense, is a quality of life where one can live according to the dictates of their conscience without interference from another, particularly from another who represents a state power. In the days of ancient Israel, they were instructed to reckon time in seven year blocks. At the end of seven blocks, which is forty-nine years, they were to observe a feast called the jubilee. One of the procedures in the jubilee was to proclaim liberty throughout the land. Based on the reckoning of time that our Church was observing in New Mexico, October 31, 2007 was the 490 year anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of his ninety-five theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, thus initiating the Protestant Reformation. We commemorated that time by proclaiming liberty throughout our land. A year later, on the exact same day, Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin white paper as mentioned on the sound money page.
Soon after moving back to Pennsylvania in 2012, a book came across my desk entitled, Why Government Doesn't Work by Harry Browne. Upon reading it, I learned about the Libertarian party, and how they are more of an anti-political party in that their approach to the needs of society are based on solutions that don't require government intervention. And, as the book demonstrates, when government does get involved, the only thing they can contribute is the use of force. This may sound normal to those who believe in the use of force as being a righteous act ("might makes right"). But for the rest of us, this is purely unacceptable.
In November of 2015 I went to Arizona to work on a house for a client I acquired in Pennsylvania, who moved there to be closer to her daughter. Because things worked out, I was able to move there altogether. Upon getting my driver's license, the MVD clerk offered to update my voter registration which I accepted in order to vote for Libertarian candidates. In the wake of the 2016 election, someone from the Arizona Libertarian Party contacted me, and invited me to participate in the party's functions, to which I accepted. From there I have gone on to become the chairman of the party in Yavapai county.