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Phillies Enters Presidential Race

Just received this email this morning. It appears that George Phillies, a current candidate for LNC Chairman, has decided to jump into the race for the LP Presidential nomination in 2008.

The announcement…

America is in real trouble, and most Americans know it. The great majority of Americans agree: We are on the wrong track. The things that matter are getting worse, not better.

Our budget deficit this year is over $700 billion on an accrual basis. (‘accrual’ means the money we owe the Social Security Trust Fund is a real debt.) The trade deficit is another $750 billion a year. We are selling our grandchildren into de facto debt slavery.

American civil liberties are in a state of collapse. The President believes he can ignore any law, so warrantless wiretaps of your phone conversations and email, and warrantless searches of your homes are now widespread conversations. The President believes that there is no longer a right to trial by jury, so Jose Padilla was thrown into a military prison for years without trial or access to lawyers.

We spend billions and billions on airline security, while ignoring the most basic precaution, namely allowing the vast numbers of former military pilots now flying airliners to carry a firearm that they all know how to use. Meanwhile, millions of people are crossing our borders illegally. If every member of Al Qaida were to cross the border illegally this year, they would be needles in a haystack.

Medical care costs are soaring via cost transfers, under which when you go to the hospital your medical insurance pays for care for anyone who lacks insurance.

Just as in the 1950s, when the Russians surprised us with the first earth satellite, American education lags other places. Particularly disturbing is the lag in college graduates in science and engineering, the fields that will eventually create the new products and services that mean jobs for the rest of us.

The Federal budget is under the control of spendthrift profligates who spend money as though there will be no tomorrow. For February and March 2005 of this year, Federal spending exceeded 3 trillion dollars at an annualized rate, while the national debt was climbing at 1.2 trillion dollars a year.

I could go on.

We’re the Libertarian Party. We have the positive, people-friendly solutions to those problems. We have the solutions that America longs for.

Now all we need to do is to put our Libertarian solutions into effect and Save America.

However, those solutions are worth nothing until they are presented to the American people and put into effect.

We need effective spokespeople who will deliver our message in a way that will be heard. Those spokespeople are called candidates. Message delivery is called the campaign. Real campaigns are based on advocacy, activists, and advertising.

How do we advocate for our issues? How do we energize our friends to become active in politics? How do we justify those issue and campaign ads?

We run candidates. Lots of candidates. Candidates at every level. In particular, in every election, every American should have the chance to vote Libertarian. (For more on candidates and campaigns, read my book “Stand Up for Liberty” from Third Millennium, now available from Amazon Dot Com .)

I’m going to do my share. In 2008, I’ll be 61. I have already had a long and successful professional life as a physicist and author. I’ve run for Federal office before, Congress in 1998. I won my debates.

I’ve been active in our Presidential nominating and general election campaigns at a high level. I’ve seen what needs to be done. In fact I wrote a book one what we did in past cycles, and how we might do it better next time. And I can see where we are in the election cycle.

It’s time to get moving! If a much stronger candidate came along, I will be delighted to withdraw and turn my energies to building her or his campaign and our Party. However, I don’t see that happening.

At some point, you have to stand up and be counted.

I am therefore seeking our Party’s nomination for the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

My preferred Vice Presidential candidate, Karen Kwiatkowski, has agreed to be my running mate.

Please join us. Help build a Libertarian future for America.

The preliminary Phillies 2008 web site has just been uploaded.

14 Responses to “Phillies Enters Presidential Race”

  1. George Whitfield Says:

    I checked out George Phillies’ website and I am favorably impressed. Phillies and Kwiatkowski look like a great team. I await some public comment by Ms. Kwiatkowski. We need to get an early start on our Presidential campaign and I appreciate Phillies’ willingness to get started. This is an encouraging development.

  2. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

    What is NOT an encouraging development is that besides occational light bulbs popping off (like over the head of Mike Metti, LP California Lt Governor (2006) candidate) most LP activists have a broad disconnect between theory (smaller government, including the sun setting (abolution!) of non productive and counter productive programs) and real life (where lethal veterans programs are repeatedly among the worst efforts on the local, state (especially CALVETS/ CDVA) and national levels).

    Ya wanna bet that Phillies and Kwiatkowski NEVER get around to addressing the UNPRODUCTIVE, and even IMMORAL, and even ILLEGAL government action(s) against former military and their families?

  3. KenH Says:

    I will watch the Phillies’ website with interest. I, too, will interested to hear from Ms. Kwiatkowski on this idea of her being his running mate. I would love to be able to vote for LP candidates on my local and state ballot.

  4. Matt Sterba Says:

    I would have liked to see Ms. Kwiatkowski as the lead canidate. Either way, she can bring some real credibility to the ticket (media, perhaps).

    Have the rules changed since 2004? I thought Pres. and VP ran separately for the nomination?

  5. Matt Sterba Says:

    Does this statment from Mr. Phillies site trouble anyone else?

    “I’m chair of the Worcester County Chapter, ACLU of Massachusetts”

  6. George Phillies Says:

    The LP National Convention ballots separately for President and Vice President. The Presidential nominee is allowed to address the convention as to his preferences of running mate, before the convention votes for Vice President. Under Federal Law, each candidate for President or Vice President is allowed to do their own fundraising up until the nominating convention. Afterward, there is a unified campaign with a single account and set of donation limits.

    Historically, candidates for the two nominations have chosen to run as separate entities. However, there is no rule requiring course of action.

    Both of us are of the opinion that if better candidates appear we will be happy to withdraw in their favor.

    And I’m proud to be a card-carrying ACLU member, a card-carrying Libertarian, and a card-carrying Gun Owners Action League member.

  7. Devin Ray Freeman Says:

    I see Mr. Phillies’ involvement in the ACLU as a real plus.
    Phillies could choose no better running mate than Ms. Kwaitkowski.
    I too have been wanting to see Kwaitkowski run for president, but vice is good too, so long as she’s on the ticket and campaigning.
    This is the good news I’ve been waiting for.

  8. mark san souci Says:

    If Karen is in, that is great, great news. And it will cause me to look very closely at Mr. Phillies as our Presidential candidate.

  9. George Phillies Says:

    Karen is in, and after due consideration we are running separate campaigns. There are a long series of advantages, not the least of which is that candidates for P and VP can separately take advantage of the same large donor. Separate campaigns reduce issues if one of us in not the nominee.
    See the last few paragraphs for a longer explanation.

  10. Matt Sterba Says:

    This could be the most structured LP campaign to date.
    (if they follow through)

    From the site…
    “I will organize a Libertarian Shadow Cabinet, people who can be identified as ‘the Libertarian Attorney General’ or ‘the Libertarian Secretary of State’, who can travel, give speeches, and make the local and regional news.”

  11. Brent Says:

    yea and it also looks like to me that he at least wants to get the issues out and not be a wackjob like badnarik. Austin are u still playing senate seeker?

  12. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I haven’t played in a while… just too many bugs at the time. Has it gotten better?

    I’ve been playing a lot of games lately… I own every single simulation they’ve released.

  13. Brent Says:

    it was doing alot better but the last 2 days their has been no bills because of bugs, but its better and lol I abandoned the Republican party because I had no voice. I stop playing for a couple of months came back and I am one libertarian senator and close to being another lol.

  14. George Phillies Says:

    Note the new web site

    and appointment of the first campaign staff

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