Libertarian Party

Tom Cotton's Only Challenger Is a Black Libertarian Prison Chaplain

Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., is running to keep Tom Cotton out of the White House.

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Sen. Tom Cotton's Democratic challenger, Josh Mahony, dropped out of the U.S. Senate race just hours after the filing deadline closed. Between this and Cotton's comments over the past few weeks, which range from calling slavery a "necessary evil" to calling for military force in American streets, many Arkansas voters worry that the Republican incumbent is running unopposed.

Actually, there's Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr.

"There is an alternative to Tom Cotton," reads a Tuesday headline from the Arkansas Times, reminding voters that Cotton's race is not as uncontested as some people believe.

A Libertarian prison chaplain who hopes to be Arkansas' first black senator, Harrington is indeed a unique candidate. The 34-year-old Pine Bluff resident is a husband and a father. He's also the son of a corrections officer and a nurse, which he says is particularly fitting since his campaign's main issues are criminal justice reform and health care reform.

And he's running, in part, to keep Cotton out of the White House.

"The Libertarian Party of Arkansas is very enthusiastic about the campaign of Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr. to unseat Senator Tom Cotton," says Michael Pakko, the Libertarian Party's state chair. "It is rare to find a high-profile race like this featuring a two-way contest between a Libertarian and an incumbent. We intend to make the most of the publicity.

"Ricky is an exceptional candidate," Pakko adds. "He is an ordained minister who has experienced life as a missionary overseas, giving him a worldview that is both expansive and nuanced. His experience as a counselor in the Arkansas prison system has given him a first-hand view of the problems of our criminal justice system, providing him with the initial motivation to run for office."

Ricky Dale Harrington Jr for US Senate/Facebook
Ricky Dale Harrington Jr for US Senate/Facebook

Harrington was brought to libertarianism by Ron Paul's 2008 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Paul's non-interventionist stance on American foreign policy won him over, Harrington recalls.

"I would have voted for him if he won the nomination," says Harrington. "Going to war should be one of the last things humans do."

Harrington decided to run for Senate for two reasons. The second, he says, is that "the executive branch is becoming exceedingly bloated and expanding its power." And the first? "Tom Cotton."

In a 2016 speech, Cotton insisted that America is actually suffering from "an under-incarceration problem." The statement enraged Harrington. During an interview with Larry Sharpe, Harrington said he wanted to look Cotton in the face and challenge him on the statement.

"I think Tom Cotton is just placating people's fears and uneducated proclivities. If he had a chance to walk in a penitentiary with any ounce of compassion, he would issue a public apology for a statement like that," Harrington says.

If anyone is qualified to teach Cotton about the realities of the criminal justice system, it would be Harrington. Growing up, his father "scared him straight" with horror stories about the prison system. So when Harrington applied for a number of jobs after moving back to America from mission work in China, he was surprised that the only call back he received was for a position as a prison chaplain.

"I never thought I'd do something like this," he says. "But it's one of the best things I've ever done in my life."

Harrington delivers death notifications, both to prisoners about their families and families about the prisoners. He was also tasked to be a chaplain for both the families of murder victims and families of death row inmates during executions.

He mentions the fight to posthumously test DNA evidence in the case of Ledell Lee, a death row inmate executed in 2017. The Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a Freedom of Information Act suit to use DNA testing to see if Lee was innocent. If the DNA tests show that Arkansas killed an innocent man three years ago, Harrington says he will "vehemently oppose" the practice. As a chaplain for both the families of victims and the families of death row inmates, Harrington has seen how both sides are affected by capital punishment. "But," he adds, "it's hard to justify a system that executes an innocent person."

Harrington has ideas about reforming other parts of the criminal justice system at the state and federal level, beginning with sentencing.

Harrington wants to change an Arkansas law that keeps prisoners who commit certain crimes ineligible for parole until they complete 70 percent of their sentence. Many of the crimes affected by this rule are violent, but it is also applied to such crimes as the manufacture and/or trafficking of methamphetamines. Harrington would like to see the end of mandatory minimums and the War on Drugs, the latter of which he says has "done more harm than good."

"People shouldn't be in prison where there is no victim," he says. "They should deal with a doctor or a therapist, not be thrown in prison where they're subject to gangs, abuse, sexual assault, or mental health issues."

Here, Harrington turns to discussing the current protests against abusive policing. Just a week after returning to America from China, Harrington says, he was pulled over by aggressive officers in Sherwood, Arkansas. And encounters like Harrington's are not uncommon.

"I'm thinking, 'I just left a Communist country to come back to my own country and die,'" he says of the encounter.

Harrington's children are autistic, so he worries each time he sees a story of poorly trained officers brutalizing or killing someone who is mentally handicapped (or their caretakers). He once worked as a takedown specialist at a psychiatric hospital, a job that primarily consisted of simply talking to patients when they seemed like they were about to become violent.

"I find myself perplexed that police officers can't do the same thing."

Harrington says he's tired of hearing stories about no-knock raids and children being harmed by flash grenades. As he puts it, "You can't sit here calling yourself pro-life while supporting babies being maimed over drugs."

Ricky Dale Harrington Jr for US Senate
Ricky Dale Harrington Jr for US Senate/Facebook

Harrington's other ideas include demilitarizing the police ("If police are using the equipment our fighting forces use to crush our enemies, what does that mean the police think about the people?"), better de-escalation techniques ("Every encounter does not need to end in violence or the threat of violence"), easing the burden on public defenders ("It's hard to give someone a good fighting chance if they're overloaded"), and promoting prison rehabilitation programs that offer inmates an education and teach basic life skills ("We want people to serve their time, get out, and never come back").

Besides criminal justice reform, Harrington's other major issue is health care. "My job is to try to remove government's heavy hand in the system," Harrington says. "We need health care revolution."

In Harrington's ideal health care system, communities and patients would have more power. He wants to remove regulatory hurdles like certificate-of-need requirements, which he says "keeps competition out" and "drives up cost." He also rejects the idea that proposed top-down approaches like Medicare for All would lower the exorbitant health care costs passed on to patients.

Harrington worries that his opponent has his eyes on the White House, something that concerns him given Cotton's history of authoritarian comments. "We need to stop someone who has said the things that he's said."

It took a lot of work to get Harrington on the ballot. "In 2019 the state legislature raised the petition signature requirement by nearly 270 percent," Pakko reports. The party then "embarked on a petition campaign while simultaneously challenging the new higher threshold in federal court. With the help of an injunction that survived a state challenge in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Libertarian Party and Ricky Harrington will be on the ballot in November."

Meanwhile, the pandemic has made it hard to campaign. Still, Harrington has grabbed every opportunity he has to talk with voters.

"I always try to find common ground with people. It's just like evangelization," he says. "If Libertarians spent a lot more time sharing the portions of libertarianism that people already agree with, we'd probably bring a lot more people to our movement and we'd put a dent in the two-party system."

Reason reached out to Cotton's campaign for its thoughts on its Libertarian challenger but did not receive a response.

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    2. More unreason horseshit.

      This “libertarian” took a job keeping drug offenders locked up in violation of the US constitution.

      This guy is likely a “libertarian” because there are only a few options for political affiliation….republican, democrat, and other.

      unreason is such a joke that anything they advocate is likely the opposite. In other words, if unreason is advocating this guy, he’s bad news.

      Tom cotton is never getting into the white house and he might be shitty. He is still better than any democrat and any agent of the state that take silver to keep drug addicts in prison with rapists and murders.

      Fuck this guy.

      1. “…agent of the state that take silver to keep drug addicts in prison with rapists and murders.”
        Don’t be stupid. A chaplain is not the same as a guard, or a warden, or the district attorney, or the judge, or the influential neighborhood associations and wealthy donors that put pressure on local politicians to pass curmudgeonly laws to police victimless crimes in the first place.

        F### Tom Cotton who licks the boots (or worse!) of the aforementioned freedom-crushing statists.

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      2. And slavery WAS a necessary evil At the time the republic was formed. The southern colonies would never have signed on without it.

        This whole article smacks of progressive bullshit

        1. Slavery itself wasn’t necessary. But to obtain slave state support of the Constitution, toleration of it may have been.

  1. “Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., is running to keep Tom Cotton out of the White House”

    Tom Cotton is running for president?

    1. You didn’t know? Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Doug Collins, and Josh Hawley are running, too. Along with Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham. I gave the guy a few bucks – he sounds decent enough and Tom Cotton really is the sort of hard-core law-and-order Oberführer you should fear. (It doesn’t help that I’m pretty sure Tom Cotton is a child molester, that’s one fucked-up dude.)

    2. Yep, Cotton is positioning himself as Trump’s successor. Which makes sense, since he is just about the worst Senator in Congress right now.

      1. Chuck Schumer’s going to kick your ass when he reads that.

        1. Lol, when a fifty-center goes off message.

        2. Hey, at least Chuck has a great rack.

      2. John McCain has some pretty big shoes to fill. Cotton’s got his work cut out for him.

      3. At least the democrats admit that they never really believed in the idea of a Republic for the People. Democrats don’t believe in the rights of the People because they don’t believe that People deserve to be trusted. Virtually all democrats are classical statists. The republicans should know better. Therefore most republicans are either boot-licking cowards or hypocrites. Either way this country is finished.

        1. Democrats don’t believe in individual rights, or private property. Not really.

    3. Yes, Tom Cotton is running for president. Just as a number of other politicians who haven’t announced are running for president. Some politicians are ALWAYS running for president, and Cotton doesn’t even bother to try hiding that he’s one of them.

  2. Ok then. I predict Cotton in a landslide.

    It is Arkansas you remember.

    1. I also predict that all the media outlets that usually go crazy for identity politics will be eerily quiet about Mr. Harrington’s campaign.

      1. I agree with this. I don’t suspect Harrington will be the subject of any bizarre soft-focus features with Annie Leibovitz photoshoots in the Washington Post.

      2. Careful, don’t walk too far out on that limb. /sarc

      3. Are you sure? It’s a chance to hurt Republicans.

        The time to show their true colors would be if he was running against a white Democrat.

        1. They would just hire some Black people to call Harrington and “coon” and be done with it.

    2. Ok then. I predict Cotton in a landslide.

      It is Arkansas you remember.

      Is this some sort of weird reference to your dating life?

    3. The state that elected Bill Clinton as governor?

  3. Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., is running to keep Tom Cotton out of the White House.

    What am I missing here?

    1. Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr.

      Either a serial killer or a NASCAR driver.

      1. NASCAR, his middle name isn’t ‘Earl’.

        1. Or Lee or John (e.g. Jared Lee Loughner, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, John Wayne Gacy, Paul John Knowles)

      2. ^^Damn that was funny!^^

  4. Harrington sounds like a genuinely good guy.

    1. Yup. I’d vote for him… if I lived in Arkansas and wasn’t a Canadian.

      He’d probably get eaten alive by the press because he doesn’t have a “D” behind his name, though. You have to be as obnoxious as Trump or Cotton nowadays to survive the modern media if you’re not a “party” member.

      1. There’s too few of you and a little too much of everything else. This country is done for.

  5. I assume Arkansas will ‘pick Cottons’ . Too much?

  6. So… fuck, this is starting to get annoying. I heard about Tom Cotton’s remark, but I only heard it from media outlets. Now I’m reading the context and… once again, I’m struck that his comments are taken without any nuance. From the Reason article link:

    “We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction,” he said.

    Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” Cotton said.

    I believe that Christopher Hitchens once said that he ‘swore on his mother that he’d never place ellipsis in a quote, where the rest of the quote fundamentally changed the nature of what was said’. (highly paraphrased but you get the idea).

    Now I know that some people are going to see this as a defense of Tom Cotton the politician. While I disagree– Slavery was NOT a “necessary evil” on which the union was built, when I kept reading the press accounts of Tom Cotton, it made it sound like Tom Cotton simply said that “savery was a necessary evil” full stop. The full context of “necessary evil” indicates that Cotton said the “Founding Fathers noted it was a ‘necessary evil’ (still working on the reference to that) but that they created a system where slavery was put on a collision course with its own demise.

    We need to create a Journalism school class called “nuance 101”. If you’re older than 19 and haven’t passed it, you’re kicked out of Journalism school because you’ll never learn it beyond that age.

    1. “Slavery was NOT …. evil” – Paul

      1. When I had heard this media take on Tom Cotton, I found myself in deep thought about how some people create unnecessary apologias for slavery which are often poor arguments– whereas one can note its existence within the cultural context of the time, but still not apologize for it.

        Now that I’ve read Tom Cotton’s actual words, I am again reminded of how modern journalism is a game of telephone, and a pretty shitty one at that.

        What we have, in Tom Cotton’s own words, is a politician riffing on the value of studying slavery and its impact on the nation. He seems to indicate such study in a positive light. He then adds something that the founding father’s noted in regards to slavery (still working on that exact reference material) and then goes on to point out that Lincoln himself indicated that our great and noble system had the end of slavery built into it.

        He then adds some notes (correct, in my opinion) that this nation is not “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country”. Further, he suggests that we are in fact flawed and imperfect (as all nations are if one ever travels or reads the history and current events of any nation on the planet) but then goes on to suggest that America is a great land full of great people.

        Swinging from “Tom Cotton called slavery a necessary evil” to “Tom Cotton never said any such thing” is a pretty big swing in the truth-o-meter.

        1. In the game of telephone, the participants are actually trying to report correctly.

          1. That’s why I said they’re doing a shitty job of it.

        2. He seems to be asserting the common belief that without accepting slavery there would have been no union of the states. Is that what you disagree with?

        3. I am again reminded of how modern journalism is a game of telephone, and a pretty shitty one at that.

          It’s not a game of telephone, it’s deliberate lies and propaganda.

        4. He then adds something that the founding father’s noted in regards to slavery

          For me, this is where he hangs himself. He doesn’t say “the founding father’s believed” or “incorrectly believed” or any such distancing. By saying “as the founding fathers said” and then restating it, it makes the thought his own.

          “As daddy used to say, everyone’s shit stinks” means that you believe it as well, and are merely making sure no one mistakenly attributes the quote to yourself. No one would say that and then say “whoa, *I* wasn’t saying everyone’s shit stinks”.

          He is not an idiot (at being a politician). He knew what exactly what he was saying, saying it in a way that certain people will hear it one way and certain people the other. Perfect dog whistling divisiveness.

    2. Yeah I stopped reading this once I saw that. I really don’t like Tom Cotton and even more so despise having to defend a politician but Katherine Mangu ward Ward needs to do a better job at stopping this bullshit. You can rip apart Tom Cotton without manipulating what he says.

      Now back to the article to read about the other guy.

      1. Here is Christopher Hitchens on this very technique:

        But if you leave out absolutely everything that might give your “narrative” a problem and throw in any old rubbish that might support it, and you don’t even care that one bit of that rubbish flatly contradicts the next bit, and you give no chance to those who might differ, then you have betrayed your craft. If you flatter and fawn upon your potential audience, I might add, you are patronizing them and insulting them. By the same token, if I write an article and I quote somebody and for space reasons put in an ellipsis like this (…), I swear on my children that I am not leaving out anything that, if quoted in full, would alter the original meaning or its significance. Those who violate this pact with readers or viewers are to be despised.

        “Tom Cotton said ‘slavery is a necessary evil’ as a complete, unadorned sentence has altered the original significance of what Tom Cotton actually said. I’ll let you guys decide if the writer is to be despised.

        1. I miss Hitchens, he could be an insufferable asshole at times but the man had tegrity.

          1. His book about how much he hates the Clinton’s was a great read. He was onto them before anyone else in the media. Well, I think some people from Arkansas knew. My old man had a colleague that was a former professor at an Arkansas university in the 80’s. When Bubba running and picking up steam he told my old man that he wasn’t to be trusted and referred to him as “knee deep in organized crime”.

        2. Hitchens was the journalist that all should aspire to be. You could disagree with his conclusions but you could not challenge his integrity. Goddamn shame we lost him.

          1. I suggest you check out his brother, Peter.

            Sort of an interesting juxtaposition, a christian Tory to Christopher’s atheist Trotskyite.

        3. Articles by Zuri Davis deserve a critical eye. Tom Cotton is a piece of shit, but let’s remember he’s the one challenging efforts to turn NYT’s 1619 Propaganda into a curriculum for public schools. And that is what he’s talking about in that quote; the need to be honest with students, to explain the Founders owned slaves and owned slavery, but were cognizant of what they were doing and motivated towards ending slavery as well.

    3. “If you’re older than 19 and haven’t passed it, you’re kicked out of Journalism school because you’ll never learn it beyond that age.”

      But that’s specifically how you get to be an ‘influencer’.

      Journalism is dead. Reading this article confirms it.

      The dialog in the comments is way better than the article.

      1. I don’t have a problem with the general motivation of the article. It does a good job of highlighting an interesting Libertarian candidate (that I wish I could vote for). But in contrasting the candidate with Tom Cotton, the article essentially takes ‘nips and snips’ about Tom Cotton, where the significance of his meaning has been, at best, clouded over, and at worst, entirely taken out of context.

        To beat dead horses, maybe Tom Cotton does believe that slavery was a necessary evil, full stop. Perhaps a good journalist might follow up with an interrogation of Tom Cotton, asking him to clarify what he said (although it seems clear enough to me) or perhaps just ask him, “Sure, Tom, but what do YOU think about Slavery– was it a necessary evil” at which point he might hang himself and say, “Yes.”

        Who knows.

        1. The problem for me is the mixed motivations. Reading just the Harrington portions I come away with a decent spotlight of the Libertarian candidate and his background, thinking and positions. Reading the Cotton components and their blatant distortions makes me doubt the accuracy of both sides of the comparison.

          1. You touch on something important here. If the invective against Cotton turns out to be inaccurate or distorted, what about the glowing, soft-focus account of the candidate we like? Do we trust it? Or do we now call that into question.

            I don’t have any special love for Tom Cotton. I’m not making an impassioned defense of Cotton, I’m only interested in the truth. And when you see the truth continuously bent, and going bent unquestioned, you start to question everything you read.

            Which… maybe is a good thing.

            1. Someone either has integrity, or they don’t. Full stop.

            2. The aim is to confuse rather than convince, to trash the information space so the audience gives up looking for any truth amid the chaos.
              Inside Putin’s Information War – Peter Pomerantsev

          2. Absolutely. The best sounds pretty good. How bad is the worst?

          3. My problem is that this article is full of enough bullshit that I can’t trust anything in it.

    4. Just gonna gloss over the 1st clause “as the founding fathers said” are we? And you accuse the libs of poor reading comprehension?

  7. Is it to late to replace JoJo with this guy? Asking for a friend.

    1. He’s not a failed former Republican, and he sounds too level-headed to be accepted as a homegrown Libertarian presidential candidate.

      1. Exactly. If he were a Democrat, I’d still vote for him.

        1. Same, sounds like a guy I could vote for. Although we’re still not sure if he knows where Aleppo is, definitely need to clear that up before I can decide.

          1. Is Aleppo even still there?

            1. The half leopard half hippo hybrid? Its indefinite, if you know what I mean…

    2. He’s only 34.

        1. Harrington2024!

          Hey, if Obama was ready for the presidency four years into his first Senate term…

    3. That would be the “actively anti-racist” thing to do, no?

      1. Pretty sure it would be.

  8. he was surprised that the only call back he received was for a position as a prison chaplain

    A black guy, forced into the prison system, running for U.S. Senate? He’s going to get votes both from libertarians, and woke idiots!

    1. He’s going to get votes both from libertarians, and woke idiots!

      He said he doesn’t support Medicare for All, so he can probably forget about getting the woke vote.

    2. On first glance I read that as “He’s going to get votes from both libertarians,” which is probably still accurate.

      1. There’s 2 now? Libertarian Moment, FTW!

        1. Yeah, but you know the old quip: Put ’em in a room together and the only thing they’ll agree on is that there’s only one libertarian in there.

        2. Exciting growth, party doubles in size overnight!
          Perhaps this time it’ll get invited to the debate.

          1. Perhaps. But it will only agree to attend if the event is a Lincoln style debate.

    3. What kind of idiots will Cotton get votes from? Oh yeah every-f###ing-body. This country is done for.

  9. If the dude is intelligent, fact-oriented, Libertarian and has two autistic kids, what are the chances this guy is autistic?

    No issue with autistics in government (probably a great thing), just that party people (R’s and D’s) tend to crush autistics on the popularity scale and that’s not good in politics.

    1. As someone who was diagnosed just recently, but long suspected, and someone who values logic and facts compulsively, the likelihood is fairly high. Asperger’s (now high functioning ASD) wasn’t even an officially recognized diagnosis in the DSM until 1994, the year I graduated. Instead I was labeled as having anger control and low self esteem issues and immaturity issues. At times, teachers were even openly abusive towards me. To this day, I struggle getting people to understand that some of the issues they think I should “fix” are beyond my control. I pointed out you wouldn’t ask a deaf person to just try harder to hear or a blind person to just try harder to see, would you?”
      “While that’s different because they can’t help themselves.” Neither can someone with ASD fuckhead. ASD is strongly related to Torrets, seizure disorders, and dyslexia according to brain scans. In fact the brain scans of a person having an autistic break are nearly identical to an epileptic having a seizure. Also, like most people with high functioning ASD, I also suffer from ADHD and depression. ADHD, true ADHD, is not the result of a lack of discipline but the result of sensory overstimulation, as are many autistic breaks.

      1. We simply can’t ignore outside stimuli that most people can. Additionally, our brain activity tends to be much higher than the mean. And I have an IQ in the 130s and high memory retention of written and verbal. My earliest clear memory is from when I was around 27 months old and involved the Kirby dealer dropping off my mom’s new vacuum cleaner.

        1. Another myth is that people on the spectrum lack empathy. We do lack the ability, to differing degrees, to pick up on social cues and we tend to value honesty, and logic, over emotions. We also tend to value accuracy even when it really doesn’t matter. We also tend to have flatter affects, especially during emotional situations because we tend to have difficulty expressing our emotions (especially strong emotions). People view this as lacking empathy. However, research show that many of the spectrum actually tend to be overempathetic and one of the reasons we do so well with animals are because animals tend to be more emotionally simple. We get burned out and get taken advantage of, because we over empathize with people.

      2. Higher than baseline, but not high. Anecdotal, a few of my co-workers over the years have had autistic kids. One of them was clearly on the autism spectrum (think Sheldon). Most aren’t.

        1. The correlation between male children with autism having father’s with autism is actually fairly significant.

          1. There is definitely strong evidence that autism may be sex linked.

            1. At least some varieties, such as Asperger’s.

            2. There is definitely strong evidence that autism may be sex linked.

              I’m willing to take that chance.

    2. To expand my middle son is also diagnosed (and why I chose to finally pursue diagnosis myself), they also strongly suspect my oldest son is also, but he has asked not to get tested because it would hurt his chances of getting into the military, and I at times suspect my daughter is as well, but it presents differently in girls. My Dad and his younger brother have not been diagnosed but both demonstrate strong traits that suggest they (and their father) are also on the spectrum.

  10. His campaign ad says, “Character, Integrity, Compassion.”

    I don’t think of Libertarians as compassionate politicians. It’s why I like them. Compassionate sounds like more government involvement.

    1. Yeah I concur.

      I don’t want Mother Theresa to represent me to the US Federal Government.

      I want “Patton” and I want him to take the fight to the bureaucracy and ram the Constitution right down the throats of the FBI.

      1. Like shit through a goose.

    2. I don’t know. Isn’t compassionate to let people be and not interfere with their lives without good cause? The other parties idea of compassion is pary of the reason I’m libertarian.

    3. Compassion is not a bad word. It has been hi-jacked by the left to mean more rules which always translates to more of our money.
      One can be compassionate by governing on principle instead of personal interest. Fight for the rights of the individual regardless of financial status, age, race, or gender. How many “public servants” in the Republican and Democrat parties actually do that? All of our “public servants” are statists that merely fight to expand the powers of their preferred arms of government.

  11. If I lived in AK I’d throw my vote away on this guy in a heartbeat.

    1. He’s not running in Alaska.

      1. To be fair, Arkansas postal abbreviation is one I always have to look up. I know Alaska is AK because I lived their and Arizona is AR, both of which would make equal sense for Arkansas. Missouri’s could also make sense for Montana, as could Iowa’s make sense for Idaho, though ID makes more sense.

        1. For that matter Mississippi’s could also make sense for Missouri.

          1. As could Michigan’s.

            1. Michigan and Minnesota.

        2. Arizona is AZ and Arkansas is AR (says the internet.)

          1. I appreciate the discussion of Asperger’s and autism though. One of my kids has been evaluated three times. They finally decided it’s “social-pragmatic communication disorder” and auditory processing challenges. (Speech therapy got him out of the “expressive/receptive language disorder” territory.) Some professionals were “sure” it was autism but he never scored high enough on all the scales at once. I’ve been working on developing eyes for people who are on the spectrum. I went to a doctor not too long ago who I am pretty sure had Asperger’s. He was very thorough, had some difficulty with eye contact (even over video/telehealth) and while clearly concerned, it manifested in that earnestness about the information, rather than emotional relating. He was also checking himself quite a bit to evaluate his own reactions, to see how he was coming off (video calls are great for watching what people do with their eyes.) I’d go back to that guy over quite a few other doctors who are so sure of themselves they don’t look out for other facts. More recent medical quote, not from that guy: “Fatigue is a non-specific symptom, we won’t just go looking for the cause.” LOL

          2. See I was wrong as well, which just reinforces my point.

  12. Ricky sound like the most rational person running for Federal Office from Ar-Kansas in decades..far better than Clinton, Hockabee, and Cotton…go Ricky

  13. Why would anyone want to be diagnosed and classified as an Ass-burger? Can you get a desoxyn ‘script or something?

    1. I would hope so.

    2. Being one has its advantages. Included enhanced cognition. Being ‘classified’ as one sounds unpalatable. As the classification comes from normies.

  14. You would think the corporate media would be pimping this guy. Goes to show you how much a genuine alternative is despised by the elites when they will settle for a Trump ally instead of change.

  15. Between this and Cotton’s comments over the past few weeks, which range from calling slavery a “necessary evil”

    Wow, Reason is becoming a total conduit for leftist propaganda and lies.

    No, Cotton didn’t say that.

    1. Yes, Cotton said that.

      You don’t have to like that fact.

      It’s a fact whether you like it or not.

      1. No. Cotton didn’t say that.

        1. “Yes he said that!”
          “No he didn’t say that!”
          Scintillating conversation.

      2. See discussion on that above. you’ve been duped again by our mutual enemy the media.

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  18. “Between this and Cotton’s comments over the past few weeks, which range from calling slavery a “necessary evil””

    Cotton no more said this than you did, Zuri.

    1. The fact that we’re even talking about a sitting United States Senator and “slavery” in the same sentence here in 2020 shows how f###ing stupid our side is.

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  21. Another reason to vote republican until the democrat party cannot compete in national politics. Then kick the non-libertarians out of the LP and do the same to the GOP as was done to the Democrat party.

    1. That’s a pipe dream thanks to Trump’s identity politics. Our side is comprised of a deteriorating and diminishing older White populace. Covid-19 is emptying it all out. We allowed the democrats to steal an entire generation of voters over the environment and civil liberties as well as minorities over mostly rhetoric (again). 2016 we won the battle but lost the war. It’s over.

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  27. I’m a nihilist so I just sent him $5 bucks. My pittance will make no difference. He will get blown out in November, but that’s because this country deserves the nasty fate we are headed for. We have horrible leaders who appeal to the worst of our instincts. This man is better than we deserve. On a separate note it is laughable that Cotton believes he has a chance at the Oval Office.

  28. A lowly nigger trying to defeat a superior white man? Hahahahaha!

    1. He’s superior to Cotton. Cotton should withdraw and publicly acknowledge Harrington’s superiority. Every black libertarian is superior to every white non-libertarian. That’s not just my opinion, it’s absolute moral fact.

  29. Send this ape back to Africa!

  30. A lowly nigger trying to defeat a superior white man? Hahahahahahahaha!

    1. He’s superior to you.

  31. Tom Cotton has no chance at all of ever becoming president of United States.
    The next President of the United States after Trump is reelected will be Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida.

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  33. Thank you for putting a blatant, easily disproven lie in the first paragraph so I didn’t have to waste any time reading the rest of the article. Cotton didn’t call slavery “a necessary evil,” and only someone with no respect for the truth would claim he did.

    Best part? I’m an Arkansas voter, and I’d never heard of this guy. You seriously blew a chance to get someone who actually votes in Cotton’s state to look at the challenger, but if you’re any indication of his supporters, thanks, not interested.

  34. The Arkansas article says that Harrington supports the 1619 project. Hard to support a fella that believes in made up, non-factual history. Especially a candidate that claims to be a libertarian. He might be better than Tom Cotton, but that’s a pretty low bar.

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