Might Mr. Supreme appear on the 2016 primary ballot as a Libertarian competitor to the nominee of the National Libertarian Party? Whether the thought makes you grin, grimace or shrug, Vermin was on hand to greet local Libertarian supporters and help raise funds to support the Southern California Conference of Libertarian Parties planned for January 23, 2016. The small band of donors met at iconic Chez Jays, in the small private room in the back where Marilyn Monroe was said to have enjoyed intimate dining with JFK back in the day. Indeed the donors sat on the same vinyl-covered benches that reportedly once supported the shapely rump of Ms. Monroe and the powerful but ill-fated buttocks of Mr. President, and toasted to the good health and electoral success of Mr. Supreme.
Vermin is not just some guy with a lot of Youtube views, a minor celebrity for his performance during the 2012 New Hampshire candidate debate (viewable here) and similar antics. He is a “serious” candidate, at least one with papers, an official Treasurer and campaign staff, and plans to raise enough money in 2016 to qualify for Federal matching funds. Talk around the table concerned not only Vermin’s platform for 2016, but also personal history, beliefs and plans for 2016. Vermin’s 2016 platform is similar to his 2012 platform with some refinements, such as pony drones capable of blasting wedding parties to keep America safe, pony conversion kits to convert domestic pets to animals that more closely resemble ponies, and many other policy proposals too fantastic to believe, but that somehow resonant with the consciousness of those concerned about coercive authority. Underneath is all is a gentle and perfectly sane soul on a mission to improve the world, if only by providing a stinging parody of an electoral system and powerful government that is increasingly viewed as a source rather than a solution to injustice and poverty.
Beneath the parody of Mr. Supreme’s campaign schtick lies an earnest anti-authoritarian message that resonates with more and more Americans tired of the relentless regulation and increasing criminalization of healthy and productive human action. Mr. Supreme is an anti-capitalist as well as an anti-authoritarian. His activism grew out of the leftist peace movement of the 1980’s. Specifically, while residing in Baltimore in 1986, he encountered and was impressed by the Great Peace March For Nuclear Disarmament as it passed through town. The rest, as they say, is history. Vermin was committed to leftist political activism from that time on. He met his wife of 23 years during another activist event, and the two live together in an off-the-grid cabin in the woods, from whence Vermin dreams up his (literally) bitingly satirical campaign platforms and organizes his activism.
It is interesting that an anti-capitalist such as Mr. Supreme is considering running as a libertarian. Perhaps it is indicative of a wider merging, or at least a coalition, between long-estranged stands of the broader liberty movement. So long as the the candidate holds strongly to anti-authoritarianism and personal freedom, which is entirely compatible with libertarian principles of non-aggression, most on the right of the divide will find nothing to object to. In left-leaning California, it will be interesting to see how many votes a combination of Vermin Supreme and a Libertarian banner can attract, although it is possible that many of his supporters will refuse to vote at all, on principle.