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...

My Exit from the Libertarian Radical Caucus: Getting government out of marriage

The following was my unsubscribe message sent to the Libertarian Radical Caucus, a caucus belonging to the National Libertarian Party. Their foundation is strict adherence to Libertarian principals in promoting personal freedom (or as it’s description says: a free-ranging discussion via email about the Radical Caucus and its role in the Libertarian Party). Their moderation is spotty at best, they’re highly infiltrated by liberals promoting cultural agendas instead of real promotion of freedom. The discussion was originally about Bob Barr’s support of the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) as success for Libertarians in handing more freedom and control back to the state level instead of the Federal level. I think I’m done with this discussion group. Rules of moderation prevent me from singling you out and saying exactly what I think of you, but since this is my parting shot, I’m not going to hold back. I know what the legislation was meant to achieve, but when the intent behind the legislation aims for something but achieves another thing, I think it’s mighty hypocritical for you as a libertarian to call upon libertarians to ‘repeal it.’ As I stated before, it deregulates marriage and de-regulates the definition of marriage down to the state level. This is a step in the right direction. The only reason for the Federal government to recognize marriage is for taxation purposes, and moral gerrymandering. The federal government has no business in my romantic or spiritual life, or the lives of anyone (not to mention income taxing in the first place). Marriage is a social contract with your significant other, your community, with your family...

Ron Paul Watch

http://blog.lewrockwell.com/ Ron Paul has accepted an invitation to participate in the first national presidential debate in New Hampshire on Wednesday, April 4. It will be hosted by Wolf Blitzer and will be carried on CNN TV, radio, and cnn.com from 7-9 p.m. EST. (Thanks to Johnny Kramer.) Politico.com and MSNBC have invited Ron Paul to join their first GOP presidental debate at the Reagan library on May 3rd. Ron’s race will not be ignored. Laughed at and otherwise attacked, perhaps, but NOT ignored. He will be invited to nearly all the debates if he announces his candidacy and will be including in polling and straw polls. I spoke with Ron the other night (at an RLC teleconference) and he was excited about having campaigners at the national YR convention in Hollywood and said he might try to get down here for that in July. I worked like crazy for Ron in 1988 and saw him ignored nationally, although Sean and I made sure he was not ignored in Gainesville, Fla. But he won’t be ignored this time. For one thing he will be in a major party primary and secondly he will be a Republican antiwar candidate, a fact the media will love. So far, the only antiwar GOPers exploring a run are Rep. Ron Paul and Sen. Chuck Hagel. IfChuck doesn’t run, Ron will own that issue. — Philip Blumel, www.rlcfl.org...

Ron Paul for President

Ron Paul for President! You heard it hear first. Representative Paul has not yet made his announcement public yet, but today incorporation papers were filed for the Ron Paul for President Exploratory Committee. This is exciting news. Finally, a presidential candidate that I’d actually want to vote for....

A Day of Foreign Policy Discussion

I’ve had an interesting day of foreign policy discussion, and I capped it off by reading Ann Coulter’s article at Human Events Online about President Ford and the Democrats inability to prosecute a war competently. I have to say, Ann Coulter is one of my favorite writers. She is very compelling, and if you have a conservative bone in your body at all, she knows how to appeal to you quite exquisitely. Of course, bagging on Democrat foreign policy isn’t that hard. History is replete with Democrat screwups – from Truman to Clinton and a host of congressional idiots of all ages. Libertarian foreign policy is harder to pin down. I spent a lot of today conversing with Susan Hogarth of the LRC (Libertarian Radical Caucus – a group of Libertarians who believe themselves to be the core of the LP). I’m a pretty strong LP supporter, but I’ve always had a hard time pinning down exactly what it meant to be libertarian in the realm of foreign policy. Today, the opportunity arose for me to participate in a discussion with Susan that might illuminate it for me. The Green Party press release I discussed earlier today rippled throughout the LP discussion lists, and shortly after my post about it, it was brought up on the LRC discussion group by Susan. Susan Hoggarth: It would be nice to have the LP issue a release something like the one the GP released[.] I guess our platform does not have a death penalty plank and as a Party there is some division on this question, but the other two points (dealing...

Texas Green Party blasts Operation Enduring Freedom

The Green Party of Texas issued a press release today: Here in the holiday season, George W. Bush’s immoral and illegal occupation of Iraq has reached a grim milestone. As of December 31st, 2006, 3000 honorable men and women of our armed forces have died in this reckless and atrocious act of aggression. Every claim made to justify this war has been a lie: The claims that Iraq was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction The claim that somehow Iraq was a clear and imminent threat to the United States The claim that our purpose in Iraq was to “liberate” the Iraqi people from tyranny The claim that the Hussein regime was in some way connected to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The invasion and occupation of Iraq has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi women, children and men, has cost the lives of 3000 American military men and women, has injured almost 25,000 of our military, has cost this country almost half a trillion dollars, has shattered our foreign relations, and has fostered deep contempt and anger against our country across the globe. Our military presence in Iraq is fueling the civil war growing there and is inflaming sectarian violence. Our outrageous policy of torturing prisoners of war in Iraq constitutes a horrific violation of American values and principles that puts our own military men and women in grave danger of being tortured themselves. The Green Party of Texas calls on the White House and Congress to immediately withdraw the American military troops from Iraq and fund an internationally-diverse humanitarian and diplomatic mission to...

One Vulture, Two Wings

The far left crows about how Chavez is great because he “stood up” to Bush, but they completely ignore that he has spooked investors who would invariably help Venezuela’s economy into a self-sustaining system. How many Americans would tolerate Bush calling Keith Olbermann, Al Franken or Mike Molloy “coupist” or “terrorist” or shutting them down completely? Chavez, the enemy of your enemy, Bush, is NOT necessarily your friend. It’s a shame that both sides can’t see how their leader “darlings” are each one wing of the same vulture that feeds on the misery of the individuals they exploit, abuse and kill with their government powers. “Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will not renew the license for the country’s second largest TV channel which he says expires in March 2007,” reports the BBC. “The move could help silence some of his critics in the media who have been a thorn in his side for several years, he says.” In the Cato policy analysis “Corruption, Mismanagement and Abuse of Power in Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela,” Gustavo Coronel details various forms of corruption under Chávez, which demand scrutiny by an active media: “The dramatic rise in corruption under Chávez is ironic since he came to power largely on an anti-corruption campaign platform. To truly fight corruption, the government needs to increase the transparency of its institutions and reduce its extensive involvement in the economy, something that has placed Venezuela among the least economically free countries in the world.” Read More...

Draft = Slavery

A military draft is slavery. Slavery was outlawed by the 13th Amendment. It is ironic that a black Democrat, Charles Rangel, proposes this nonsense regardless of his logic. He will only be encouraging government intervention in the lives of supposedly “free” Americans, thus proving we are not free. A draft is unnecessary in a justified act of self-defense. Read more about it here....

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....