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The Objectivist Party is a "political party in the "United States that seeks to promote "Ayn Rand's philosophy of "Objectivism in the political realm. The party was formed on February 2, 2008 by "Tom Stevens; the date was chosen to coincide with the date of Rand's birth. The Governing Board of the party currently consists of founder Tom Stevens, Alden Link, Dodge P. Landesman, and Executive Assistant John Connor.
The Objectivist Party has four main principles: individuals have a right to life, individuals have a right to protect themselves, individuals have a right to their own thoughts, and individuals have a right to their own property. People of the Objectivist Party pursue "rational egoism" rather than altruism and believe that in order to act morally, one must pursue what makes them happy. The Objectivist Party also votes for a laissez-faire capitalism.
The party supports the decriminalization of marijuana, gambling, and other victimless crimes. It supports national defense but does not support involuntary service through drafts or the Selective Service Act. The party strongly supports a free market without interference from the government. They support controlling the country's borders and deportation of immigrants, but would consider allowing some immigrants with special skills to stay.
There are various holidays celebrated in the Objectivist Party, such as Free Trade Day, Space Exploration Day and Individual Rights Day, all declared by Stevens.
The Objectivist Party's nominees in the "2008 United States presidential campaign were Tom Stevens for "President and Alden Link for "Vice President. Both were delegates to the 2008 "Libertarian Party "National Convention, where Stevens was re-elected to the national Libertarian Party's Judicial Committee.
The Objectivist Party's ticket of Stevens and Link was "listed on the ballot in two states, "Colorado and "Florida. They received a total of 755 votes: 419 votes in Florida and 336 votes in Colorado.
During the Objectivist Party National Convention in "St. Louis, Missouri from May 29 to May 30, 2010, Stevens and Alden Link were again selected as the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, respectively, for the Objectivist Party nomination in the "2012 general election as a result of a unanimous vote by the delegates. Stevens formally declared his candidacy for President on June 13, 2011.
The ticket was again on the ballot only in "Colorado and "Florida. They also had write-in access in "Alabama, "Iowa, "New Hampshire, "New Jersey, "Oregon, "Vermont, "Wyoming. Stevens and Link received 4,091 votes: 235 votes in Colorado and 3,856 votes in Florida.
The Objectivist Party did not run any candidates in 2016; instead, the party supported Mike Huckabee during the 2015-2016 Republican primaries, and then endorsed the Trump-Pence ticket on August 21, 2016.["citation needed]