Japheth Campbell is a native of the Ozarks. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and spent his formative years in the Natural State. His family moved to Texas where he lived in the Dallas metropolitan suburb of Waxahachie and the west Texas town of Sweetwater. Upon graduation from high school, he relocated to Springfield, Missouri to attend Central Bible College and has remained in southwest Missouri since that time.
Japheth grew up in a conservative Christian family as a preacher's kid. His childhood took place during the era of Ronald Reagan and that's where he first began to learn about the world, learn about politics, and learn about the United States. Reagan’s words and speeches greatly influenced Japheth and helped shape his political ideology.
Japheth was not only influenced by his parents who were good Republicans, but he greatly admired his grandparents who were part of the WWII generation and good Democrats. Most importantly, they were all very good people. This fact shaped his understanding that good people are in both major parties.
George Bush Sr. was the president while Japheth was in high school. He promoted a plan to regulate the cable industry, keep competitors out, and create monopolies. Japheth recalls being shocked as to why a Republican who was supposed to be part of the party of capitalism was enacting such a policy. He wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper going into detail why it was wrong and why society needs competition. He received praise from people in the community about his letter and the arguments he made.
During his senior year of high school, Japheth took US history. He spent time reading through and internally processing The Constitution and amendments. He read in his history textbook that the power is not supposed to be at the top, but the power is supposed to be local and work its way up from the people to the state and the federal government. It was a light bulb moment for him as realized that America needed a change in direction because the government at the top had become too powerful.
It was during high school that Japheth first became involved in politics. He assisted with his father’s campaign for the local hospital board. He served as an election judge to manage a voting poll and count election ballots during the Republican primary. He was selected as an alternate delegate to the state convention for the Republican Party of Texas.
After high school and college, Japheth focused less on politics and more on his career and involvement in church activities as a minister with the Assemblies of God. His career lead him to heavy involvement in the IT industry with a focus on web applications development. He is also an entrepreneur working toward building businesses in both technology and entertainment. As a minister, he conducted under civilian contract with the US Army chaplaincy a weekly service for new recruits at Fort Leonard Wood, preached in the inner cities of the Los Angeles area and to Yup'ik Eskimo teens along the Yukon River of Alaska, and ministered to youth for several years as both a church staff member and as an evangelist.
Politics returned as a focus in later years as Japheth faced a dilemma of finding candidates that truly aligned with his core beliefs of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise. Through much research and soul-searching, he discovered and determined that his lifelong beliefs had a label, libertarianism. It is a relatively new name that embodies the overarching principles of the Founding Fathers’ beliefs. Ronald Reagan said, “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”
Japheth was always one to toe the party line but later realized that one’s core beliefs are more important than the parties designed to group individuals by their beliefs. The complete polarization in American society caused by party association convinced Japheth to take a hiatus from his lifelong party during the recent election cycles. His overall sentiment is best summed up by Ronald Reagan when describing his own changes with party affiliation, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic Party left me.”
Japheth was approached by political activists in 2017 and encouraged to run for U.S. Senate. After a few months of consideration and counting the costs of political life, he agreed and declared his candidacy. Two factors motivated his decision. First, he had the privilege to spend time with his nieces and nephew the previous year. He saw the influence of the current state of politics and government on their lives. He realized they have no chance for a positive future in this country unless something changes. Second, he believed someone should bear the message of liberty to the nation and the next generations. With each passing generation, the purity of the Founders’ original message gradually becomes lost.
The theme of Japheth’s campaign is “Take Back the Power” that was taken from the people. His goal as Senator is to empower the people and not the government. He desires to limit the powers of the Senate to those listed within the framework of The Constitution. He believes that all individuals have a right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.