Michael Monaghan

I’m a native of Southwest Ohio and I live near Dayton with my wife Stacy and our girls Laila (9) and Ruby (5). My wife and I met when we were about 10 at church and have been married fourteen years. We love sports, and much of our spare time is spent at soccer fields, softball diamonds and basketball courts. Stacy and I are very close to our families and are involved with daughters’ school.  Having spent much of my professional career working outside of Dayton, I realized that I want to build something of my own within my community and be more involved with the businesses in Dayton. I am currently working to open a business in southern Dayton.

I went to Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton and later graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Finance. I have spent most of my professional life in sales or management.

I was raised in an entrepreneurial household and found myself exposed to much conservative thought. I never fully bought into that. I thought, like many do today, that you are either conservative or progressive. I didn’t even know what a Libertarian was, but I knew I didn’t want to be put in those binary buckets.

I have come to believe in the power of the individual and the individual’s right to do whatever they like as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else. I believe, 'Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely'. The state, if it must exist, MUST be put in check by the people. No branch of government should have more power than any other. The government must serve, NOT rule the people. I believe in term limits along with a transparent and inclusive election process.

With all that is facing society today, so many people are willing to abdicate individual control in their lives and it saddens me to think of a future that we are beholden to the state for our very existence. We cannot let fear supplant Liberty.

Why be a Libertarian? That is the million-dollar question… How is the electoral duopoly beaten? What is the best way to spread Liberty? Is it best done within the current duopoly or within a political party that is still struggling to gain influence? Honestly, I don’t know. I do know that I love building things and being an underdog.

The folks that I have met through my limited exposure to the LPO have been a great group that are truly devoted to the advancement of individual freedom. I think that there needs to be a focus on the advancement of Liberty through any step however small. Small wins become big wins. Internal debate is great but we must remember to advance Liberty. Messaging and image are vital. If Libertarians remain focused on winning converts rather than arguments, the party will continue to grow. We must remember the golden rule and know that “Truth” and “Fact” are on the side of Libertarians.