LP Says Obama has Screwed the Pooch with Muslim Countries

I’m eternally on the LP newsletter, having been a card carrying member at one point, and active in the Texas LP when I ran a friend for the legislature. Excuses aside, found this nugget in the letter today about the bombing of Libya: "While the justifications vary in each case, the disturbing common thread is that these are all predominantly Muslim countries. And the goodwill expressed by Arab people about Obama in opinion polls early in his administration has completely vanished: in the most recent Zogby survey, 85% expressed an unfavorable opinion toward the United States, eclipsing the 83% negative opinion in the final year of the Bush administration. Of course, the only reason this upsets the LP is because the national policy has become rather isolationist in the...

Guy McClendon on Ron Paul and the LP Dilemma

Guy McClendon from the Texas State Libertarian Committee had some interesting points on the dilemma American Libertarians face due to Ron Paul’s presidential run: The LP’s big problem is that our LP Nat’l Convention is in May 2008, and the Republican Convention is in ~Sept 2008. However on the plus side, there will have been enough primaries by then to give a great idea as to where he stands by May. The agony is that LP members need to decide much earlier than May 2008 whether to affiliate with the LP [our obvious preference], or vote for Dr. Paul in the Republican primary. For LP folks who tend to support Ron, their inclination is to do the latter. However, that’s a bad decision for several reasons. An additional 500 votes in the USA is most probably not going to impact the Republican primaries. It’s always great to have a Plan B. If all the constitutionalists in the LP vote in the Republican primary, there will be nothing but purists in the LP convention. The purists would very likely not vote for Dr. Paul simply because his immigration position is not 100% open borders. Duh … Instead, they would probably vote for some non-credible candidate like George Phillies, or maybe someone having a criminal record. If 500 constitutionalists instead go to the LP national convention, Dr. Paul would be assured to gain the LP nomination … and, would thereby be guaranteed a slot on the general election ballot … in all 50 states. So far as his chance to win the Republican nomination, it would be political suicide for Dr....

Two Interesting Technorati Things

Hey – check it out. Ron Paul is one of the most searched things on Technorati – this is a great sign for us Libertarians. Top Searches youtube sarkozy galilea montijo myspace ron paul paris hilton joost mario lopez authority shoppero Update: even better, check out this search trend graph.Posts that contain "ron Paul" per day for the last 30 days.Get your own...

Girl on Girl Action!

This is the kind of pr0n LPers look at. This came from the LPRadicals...

Interesting Demographic Factoid

The word Libertarian in the following factoid tripped my Google Alert on the topic, but it’s an interesting nugget to store away: Nearly half of all Connecticut voters (45%) are registered Independant whlie only one-third are registered Democrat. (This would mean that around one-fifth are Republican with the remainder being Libertarian, Green, and "Other".) [via Catholic Democrat ]— /mark "rizzn" hopkinsFor my blog, profile, wikipedia and digg entries, simply Google "rizzn" Check out Season 1 of Podded Meat, my new Vodcast Network (SFW): http://poddedmeat.comCheck out:...

Third Party Explanations

Hey folks. It’s a holiday weekend, and you probably won’t do much reading today, so just to keep you busy over the weekend, here’s a load of links that I found interesting. Check em’ out! /rizzn Short term political action links: http://www.lpalaska.org – the libertarian party with the best chance of a near-term electoral victory, Statewide.http://www.stomptheban.com – the political property-rights cause in Alaska whose support will gain the libertarian movement of Alaska the most short-term political success (and short term political success can be translated into long-term political success).http://www.stomptheban.com/donate/donate.html – Donate online today, to create a libertarian victory at the municipal level. (A victory on the issue of smoker’s rights today will help build a strategic partnership that will reform ’eminent domain’ government land grabs in Alaska). Here is a wonderful perspective about third parties by Rick Gaber: “They give the otherwise ignored, used, abused, betrayed, disgusted, disappointed, frustrated, victimized, insulted, and/or outraged voter a chance to cast a vote without feeling dirty afterwards, a reason to go to the polls AT ALL in the first place, and maybe even to come out of the voting booth feeling GREAT!” In contrast to lesser-evil voters — third party voters proudly vote their conscience. They know that the odds are totally against their choices winning. Yet they do not stay home. They are true believers in American democracy. Their votes are strong messages. They are more strategic voters with long term hopefulness about political reform, as compared to tactical lesser-evil voters hoping against reality that when the two-party pendulum swings to the other side something really good happens. Michael Kerner explains...

Milton Friedman, a Leading Economist, Dies at 94

As a libertarian, Mr. Friedman advocated legalizing drugs and generally opposed public education and the state’s power to license doctors, automobile drivers and others. He was criticized for those views, but he stood by them, arguing that prohibiting, regulating or licensing human behavior either does not work or creates inefficient bureaucracies. Mr. Friedman insisted that unimpeded private competition produced better results than government systems. “Try talking French with someone who studied it in public school,” he argued, “then with a Berlitz graduate.” Socialists really hated this guy. They heckled him when he received the Nobel Prize and he was harassed by them on many other...

An Interesting Selection of Quotes

I found an interesting series of quotes. Perhaps I’ll be able to tie them all together into a cogent article with a theme, but don’t count on it. More than likely, Smokey will come up with a smart-ass theme that will be common to all the quotes after it goes up to the list, count on that. I have altogether too many news alerts dumping into my email box these days, but they do provide interesting fodder with which to talk about – it’s just that I spend the first two hours of my day cleaning out my box and clipping quotes that I share with you, my loyal Rizznites, who are by now no doubt sick of hearing of Libertarian politics. Well, I’ll probably be done with this LP news kick here in another week or two – or maybe not. We’ll see. If it ceases to interest me, we’ll probably go back to updates about other things. Finland for Thought, a libertarian blogger, misses the mark today when he pegs the LP as not ‘socially liberal, fiscally conservative.’ What the U.S. needs is a “socially liberal, economically conservative” libertarian party and the LP isn’t, and will never be, it. You might say, “well even 20% of the vote isn’t enough to get elected”, but it is enough to be taken serious by the media and get the usual 5%-15% support required to participate in major debates. Honestly, what we need is a well-known, wealthy America to get things started. John Stossel would be an ideal candidate. On the one hand, John Stossel would be an ideal candidate....

Bill Redpath of the LP Speaks Out

November 14, 2006 FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY:Dear Libertarian, The days after Election Day are never a fun time for Libertarians. Let’s face it, we work as hard as we can over a long period of time all for one single day, and when the votes have been cast and counted, our success seems to be as far away as ever. I wish I had some amazing story to share with you of a miracle “big” win for the LP but I don’t as we probably both know that there is no such thing. We have to work for every vote and there is no silver bullet for electoral success. But there are significant signs of progress . . . This year, well over 700 Libertarians ran for office! We saw victories at the local level in at least Alaska, California, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In Texas, we witnessed something amazing happen. Due to the very hard work of the Texas LP, 168 of our candidates were on the ballot. These candidates significantly increased vote percentages and of state and federal candidates, 22 of them received over 20% of the vote. The last time a Libertarian candidate broke 20% in Texas was in 1992! Other successes include maintaining ballot access in many states including California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Those victories will save the LP hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for 2008! Over the weekend, our executive director, Shane Cory, told me a story from last week in which a reporter called him for comment on our election...

Target G.O.P.: At Last, a Libertarian Party Strategy

Sean Galt of the Broward LPers sent this to me a couple weeks ago. I pass it along to you. http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle1997/le970601-01.htmlBy L. Neil Smith lneil@lneilsmith.org Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise Americans could have a free country again — starting within less than two years — if Libertarians show enough intelligence, courage, and integrity. Since its inception 26 years ago, the Libertarian Party has never had anything resembling an overall, long-range strategy. During that time, argument has raged over whether the LP’s first priority should be educating the public or getting its candidates elected (and whether either of those alternatives excludes the other), and whether — assuming the latter of the two were chosen — state parties should attempt to fill every slot on the ballot or focus all their limitedresources on a single “winnable” race. D([“mb”,”\nthe staggering amount of time, energy, and money expended without\nsignificant result on seven presidential campaigns that educated nobody,\ngot nobody elected, and, unforgivably, squandered limited LP resources\non the single least winnable race in American politics.\n\nEven more unforgivably, with each year wasted this way by the so-called\n"party of principle" (a salutary expression we seem to hear less and\nless these days), America has come more and more to resemble the very\npolice state that the LP was created to prevent.\n\nThe hour has passed for further examination of this failure. It\’s\ncrucial now — for the first time — to produce a real strategy which\nwill not only make America free within a reasonable amount of time, but\nquickly engender enough easily-seen improvement to forestall the violent\nreaction which the major parties appear suicidally determined to foment.\n\nSuch a strategy already exists and has...

A Message from the LP-Texas Chair

Fellow supporter of Liberty, Before much time passes, I want to share with you my candid impressions of Tuesdays results, concerns that I have, and future plans. Generally, the elections results were a dramatic boost to the Libertarian Party of Texas:– It is irrefutable that our numbers went significantly up. Comparing similar races and candidates to previous years, this conclusion is obvious.– We automatically qualified the party for the ballot in 2008, saving us a quarter million dollars– We had excellent press coverage and very little negative about our party or candidates– The fact that we were in excess of the margin of victory in several races gives us additional negotiating power in the legislative session– Both our staff and many of our candidates are highly motivated with the results and ready to start working on 2008– Having lots of candidates on the ballot gives us more data and better analysis of our results A few concerns I have are:– Several of our more active campaigns may not have measured up to your expectations and investment. I donated money towards these campaigns as several of you did and appreciate the market forces of getting a good return on investment. It is unclear whether active campaigns muster significantly better results than paper candidates at this point. – A key metric is to exceed 5% in a 3 way statewide race. We are not quite able to reach this goal. In 2002 Barbara Hernandez got the highest 3 way statewide vote at 4.12% and this year Judy Baker got 4.38% in a statewide 3 way. – My perception is that our...

Silence of the Lambs: More post-election roundup from an LPer

I know I talked a bunch about this yesterday, but I’m going to talk a bunch about it today, as well. Well, not so much talk about it but quote other people. There is a buzz on the Libertarian effect on the nation’s election results, as is evidenced by an Economist article today: In two of the seats where control looks likely to switch, Missouri and Montana, the Libertarian party pulled more votes than the Democratic margin of victory. Considerably more, in Montana. If the Libertarian party hadn’t been on the ballot, and the three percent of voters who pulled the “Libertarian” lever had broken only moderately Republican, Mr Burns would now be in office. Does this mean that the libertarians are becoming a force in national elections, much as Ralph Nader managed to cost Al Gore a victory in 2000? Similarly, the Dallas Morning News today made an interesting note on the Libertarian vs. Democratic presence in Texas elections: Campaign officials said Mr. Perry won as much as 37 percent of the Hispanic vote, which they attributed to his working with local officials – oftentimes Democratic – along the border. Several Democratic sheriffs made TV commercials with the governor. In addition, his win was attributed to the lack of grass-roots organization on behalf of the other candidates. Independents Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn had to cobble together a constituency, and Democrat Chris Bell was left with a “hand-to-mouth” existence, with few resources. The senior campaign officials likened the state Democratic Party to a car that has been left in the garage for years and has difficulty getting...

I'm Surrounded by Jackasses

… 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 votesWinner: Shelley Sekula Gibbs (write-in) – 85,030 votes U. S. Representative District Texas 10LP Candidate: Michael Badnarik – 9,824 votesWinner: 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 votesWinner: Ricky Perry (Republican) – 2,416,940 votesHonorable Mention: Kinky Friedman (Independant) – 736,988 votes U.S. Representative District Florida 21LP Candidate: Frank Gonzalez – 44,972 votesWinner: 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....

Libertarian Victories…

Karl Dickey is running unopposed for Florida Senate, and I just got his invitation to his victory party in Deerfield Beach, right by my Florida beachhouse. If you’re not doing anything and are in the area, my Floridian Rizznites, go check it out! Karl Dickey for Florida Senate will hold a Victory Party in western Deerfield Beach tomorrow night from 8-11PM and you are invited! Come witness the election of the first “branded” Libertarian to Florida State Senate! If you would like to attend or just want to stop by we hope you will shoot a quick email or phone call to Jodi McMasters so she knows how many people to expect and she can give you further details. Her email is jodirmc@bellsouth.net and her phone number is 561-302-5634. Thank You and we hope to see you tomorrow...

Libertarians File for Redistricted Congressional Seats

AUSTIN – August 24, 2006 – Tomorrow, James Arthur Strohm will file to run as a Libertarian in Texas Congressional District 21, and BarbaraCunningham will file to run as a Libertarian in Texas CongressionalDistrict 25. The candidates or their representatives will file the paperwork at 11:00am at the Elections Division office in the Rusk Building in downtownAustin. Strohm and Cunningham will face incumbents Lamar Smith and LloydDoggett, as well as other candidates. Because of a federal court’sredistricting decision on August 4, party nominations were nullified,and candidates were required to pay a $3,125 fee to re-file for an openspecial election. The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPT) expects to have 167 candidates onthe ballot this November. “We are very pleased that in Travis County, one of our strongholds,every voter will once again be able to vote for a Libertarian forCongress,” said Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the LPT. Travis County also includes part of District 10. Michael Badnarik is theLibertarian nominee for that district. Barbara Cunningham replaces Grant Rostig, who received the Libertarian nomination for District 25 in March, but recently re-filed as a Republican. Benedict continued, “From time to time, Libertarians defect to anotherparty expecting to be welcomed with open arms, and that’s certainlytheir right. It will be interesting to see if Republicans back Rostig,who was against the War in Iraq and against the War on Drugs. At least,that was the case while he was a Libertarian...

Flag Descration: Amendment Failed

An attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow Congress to prohibit acts of desecration to the American Flag failed to secure the 67 votes necessary to send it to the states for ratification. In my view, this is the crux of what true freedom of speech means. It means defending even the most despicable verbal comments or harmless acts of protest, including flag burning, even when we find it personally utterly offensive. Any compromise on this position begins that slippery slope to “interpreting” away our individual rights. The party that was founded to champion liberty, Republican, only showed one member voting against it – Ron Paul. Given his libertarian background, it’s not surprising he’d vote this way. What is surprising is that he’s the only Republican with an ounce of common sense. Murray Rothbard had an interesting take on the the whole flag-burning issue which I think resolves the issue with little room for debate: Keeping our eye on property rights, the entire flag question is resolved easily and instantly. Everyone has the right to buy or weave and therefore own a piece of cloth in the shape and design of an American flag (or in any other design) and to do with it what he will: fly it, burn it, defile it, bury it, put it in the closet, wear it, etc. Flag laws are unjustifiable laws in violation of the rights of private property. (Constitutionally, there are many clauses in the Constitution from which private property rights can be derived.) On the other hand, no one has the right to come up and burn your flag,...

2006 Texas Libertarian Party Convention Wrap-Up

Howdy, Rizznites! Alright, I’m sipping on a beer, responding to emails, and returning the 78 voicemails I received over the weekend, and it’s close to 4:30 in the afternoon. Hopefully this whole week won’t be shot to snot completely. It’s almost end of day to humpday and I’ve not got any money making work done yet. :-/ Thank goodness for retainer checks! Project NewsAs for general project news, I do have a number of interesting things to report. It looks as if the plans are in place to launch a brand new blogging network. Yes yes, I know in today’s age of whatever, Yet Another Blogging Network sounds like a load of useless tripe – but this one is different. It isn’t going to be an open invitation type deal… only hand-picked bloggers will be on this network. Hand-picked by me! Because, as we all know, I am the arbitor of cool. I’m not sure of the network name. I would call it the rizzn network, like back in the day – but unfortunately someone scooped rizzn.net out from under me, so that’s out for an idea. Maybe I’ll give $10 to the person to come up with the coolest name for the new blogging network. Payable through paypal. It needs to not be genre specific, reflect prolific writing style, and make me want to go to a site named that. I’m also cooking up some super-secret business plans again – the following people in the RIC need to email me: Jeffman, and Jonboy. The LP ConventionThos and I had a great time in Houston this weekend at the...

Tired Rizzn Update

Hey there everyone. I’ve got two quick things to talk about… I’ll go into more detail later this week. First of all, I want to say that I had a great time this weekend, if not an exhausting time. I attended the Texas Libertarian Party Convention down in Houston, and enjoyed meeting Ron Paul, Michael Badnarik, James Werner and Rock Howard – all very important politicians and members of the Libertarian Party. Thos and I got a whole lot accomplished while we were there, and I’ll be detailing that here and on the campaign website, but I just wanted to check in with everyone and let you know I’m alive and back in town now (although I spent most of today in Dallas recouperating and wrapping up campaign business with Thos). In other news, my landlord and I had a raucous argument over the phone today. When I got back to the apartment in Tyler, there was an eviction notice on my door. This ain’t no Orlando Vacation Home Rental, this is my castle – so as you might imagine, I was a little miffed. The landlord has been targeting for eviction people who live in the complex for no other reason other than I think he really likes evicting people – and then complains that he has too difficult of a time keeping tenants. I’m the latest target, and the whole tiff seems to be mostly over the fact that I put my cigarettes in glass containers on my porch. Last week some time, he brought the owner over to my apartment and tried to force his way...

Frank Gonzalez is a Dummy

[Rizzn’s Note: Frank Gonzalez is running for congress on the Democratic ticket down in South Florida. He has been courting the libertarian vote pretty heavily, but recently, his true colors have been showing, as he has repeatedly insulted the party chair in public forums, insulted leaders in the party, as well as making public calls for all Christians to be put to death. Frank is an immature, idiotic man running for a serious office. Granted, I’d like to see someone in office who represents libertarian ideals, but this man lacks a fundamental understanding of the nature of politics, and would be more of a hinderance to the cause than a help, were he elected. The following conversational thread came off the LP-Broward message board. The joke at the end is a reference to the fact that Frank’s answer to every question of his abilitiy or tactics is that “I got 55,000 votes in the last election.” And no, 55,000 votes isn’t nearly enough to win in Broward County.] Sean:Ha! Still not sure whether to laugh or to cry. It’s not deceptive, just delusional.Frank:Sean, you are talking to me about delusion? I gave you a long list of my accomplishments for the Libertarian cause even BEFORE my 2004 election results. What have YOU done by comparison? Please detail it for me. Mark: I’ll let Sean speak for himself, but it seems to me he’s the most active organiser for the LP in Broward. Seems to me it’d be someone you wouldn’t want to anger or insult, but then again, I’m only a campaign manager for a state campaign… not a...