… in other words – post election feelings.

I had a conversation with Smokie yesterday morning, as I was combing through the Texas returns… and I was feeling more and more down in the dumps about our results. None of the nation-wide campaigns I had picked to watch had successful results for the LPers.

My picked races:

U. S. Representative District Texas 22 (Tom DeLay’s district)
LP Candidate: Bob Smither – 11,619 votes
Winner: Shelley Sekula Gibbs (write-in) – 85,030 votes

U. S. Representative District Texas 10
LP Candidate: Michael Badnarik – 9,824 votes
Winner: Michael T. McCaul (Republican) – 131,078 votes

Texas Governor(I’ve seen it called for Bell and called for Perry, but the SOS website currently calls it for Perry).
LP Candidate: James Werner – 36,526 votes
Winner: Ricky Perry (Republican) – 2,416,940 votes
Honorable Mention: Kinky Friedman (Independant) – 736,988 votes

U.S. Representative District Florida 21
LP Candidate: Frank Gonzalez – 44,972 votes
Winner: Lincoln Diaz-Balert – 65,368 votes

The California and New York results are too depressing to even mention. Without ballot access in those states, the candidates didn’t even make a percentage point in their races.

There is some good news, however. I recieved this email from Chris Jagge this morning on the Texas Libertarian State Executive Committee list regarding districts where LPers were king-makers:

>They included Texas House Districts 17, 32,
>85, 93, 106, and 118.
>
>In District 17, the Democrat led the Republican by 417 votes, while
>Libertarian Rod Gibbs received 1,281 votes.
>
>In District 32, the Democrat led the Republican by 602 votes, while
>Libertarian Lenard Nelson received 2,026 votes.
>
>In District 85, the Democrat led the Republican by 193 votes, while
>Libertarian David K. Schumacher received 798 votes.
>
>In District 93, the Democrat led the Republican by 473 votes, while
>Libertarian Max W. Koch III received 755 votes.
>
>In District 106, the Republican led the Democrat by 231 votes, while
>Libertarian Gene Freeman received 591 votes.
>
>In District 118, the Democrat led the Republican by 904 votes, while
>Libertarian James L. Thompson received 1,699 votes.
>
>”I’m pleased to see that we acted as kingmaker in several of these
>races,” said LPT chair Patrick Dixon.

Essentially, this means these were races where LP presence actually tipped the balance for the non-incumbent, and thusly won us valuable support in the legislature for us to have permanent ballot access in Texas. This means we’d no longer have to petitition each year to have ballot access, and spend that money instead on actual races. This is a good thing, and a step in the right direction for our party.

Still, I couldn’t help but hold my head a bit and weep at the results. Not only is the country two heartbeats away from being lead by a complete and utter whack-job, the future of the country looks to be in more dire peril with the MSM’s focus still on the primary two toilet flushers on this country’s rapidly increasing drain-circle – the Democrats and the Republicans.

My conversation with Smokie yesterday entailed both of us bemoaning the future of the country, as well as him trying to recruit me into the Republican Party:

12:26 PM smokehouse: just become a republican. I dont see why you’re so resistant to it…I mean, its not like republicans follow the platform any more. You’re conservative, so use the R<!– D(["mb","
12:27 PM I\’m just sayin.
me: because republicans are shite.
they don\’t stand for anything anymore
they vote like democrats did in the 80\’s and 90\’s
and i refuse to take on a meaningless title.
smokehouse: "Hi…my name is mark, and I missed the point"
me: no, i didn\’t miss the point.
12:28 PM join the club, is what you\’re saying
i\’m saying no.
it\’s not a group of people i want to be associated with.
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12:27 PM I’m just sayin.
me: because republicans are shite.
they don’t stand for anything anymore
they vote like democrats did in the 80’s and 90’s
and i refuse to take on a meaningless title.
smokehouse: “Hi…my name is mark, and I missed the point”
me: no, i didn’t miss the point.
12:28 PM join the club, is what you’re saying
i’m saying no.
it’s not a group of people i want to be associated with.
<!– D(["mb","smokehouse: well, I\’m just saying you arent going to get anywhere where you are, and it looks like everybody in the GOP just does what they want anyway
12:29 PM so I dont see the problem
just because I\’m a republican doesnt mean I associate myself with McCain
me: that\’s like saying: join the mob. doesn\’t matter that they kill people, if you want to make money, just hang out with them, and you\’ll make money
12:30 PM smokehouse: in a certain sense maybe
me: when you take on the mantle of a party, you\’ll forever have to explain yourself as to why you believe things you don\’t actually believe.
smokehouse: dude…nobody\’s told us what they actually believe in years
what planet are you on
12:31 PM 🙂

“,1] ); //–>smokehouse: well, I’m just saying you arent going to get anywhere where you are, and it looks like everybody in the GOP just does what they want anyway

12:29 PM so I dont see the problem
just because I’m a republican doesnt mean I associate myself with McCain
me: that’s like saying: join the mob. doesn’t matter that they kill people, if you want to make money, just hang out with them, and you’ll make money
12:30 PM smokehouse: in a certain sense maybe

Maybe I’m a hippy with my head in the clouds, but I can’t force myself to participate in a competition of ideas while promoting ideas that I don’t believe in. I’ve been preaching this my entire adult life – third parties aren’t a wasted vote. A message must be sent … we can’t endure this any longer – we need a government that actually represents our ideals, not pretends to once every two years so they can vote themselves some more income.

/rizzn