Happy Birthday, LP!

The Libertarian Party turns 35 years old today and the LPHQ folks appear to have put together this nice little video:

It’s a nifty little video recap of the last 35 years, including lots of cool video clips from just about all the Presidential campaigns. Although Hospers didn’t exactly “EARN” that electoral vote… but anyway. A very nice 10 minute documentary, very slickly produced, and hopefully a sign of things to come from the party.

Also, to read more about the LP’s 35th Anniversay, go here:


28 Responses to “Happy Birthday, LP!”

  1. Anthony Distler Says:

    Happy birthday. Though I don’t completely understand Libetarianism or it’s principles, I’m glad to see a third party stick around this long and still going strong.

  2. Mike N. Says:


    This may help, if you are interested:


  3. Roscoe Says:

    I don’t remember us looking that young, but we sure had fun.

  4. Gary Odom Says:

    To all my friends in the Libertarian Party, Happy Birthday and congratulations for surviving this long. 1971 marked my real beginning in active politics, too, so I have have an appreciation for what “a long, strange trip its been.”

    Here’s to the ultimate victory over the “Two-headed Dragon.”

    PS: The California American Independent Party will be celebrating its 40th birthday next June.

  5. paulie cannoli Says:



  6. wyatt earp Says:

    The LP ha some good achievements but it should learn to investigate its campaign managers in the future.

    Recently the most recent LP presidential candidate Michael Badnarik ran for Congress and was ripped off for $400,000 plus $200,000 (alleged) debt
    by campaign manager/treasurer Allen Hacker and his “secret plan” whicch is now hurting LP fundraising.

    Hacker is demanding an additional $200,000 to divulge how the money was spent.

    Apparently they did very little outreach: a very minimal number of radio ads and appearances, two very lame billboards, no TV, lots and lots of overhead, a retarded looking “smile if you love liberty” sign brigade.

    Oh yeah, they got 4% of the vote.

    So who is Allen Hacker? Since he demanded a list of qualifications from anyone questioning his campaign tactics, a preliminary inquiry has been launched into his own qualifications - which he considers it “illegitimate” to ask about.

    Allen Hacker has a webpage for his campaign management company which lists Badnarik as his only client.

    Doc Holliday wrote at


    This was emailed to me.


    New host Allen Hacker talks about his up coming program, the State of Aescir. He explores his understandings of the Galactic Consciousness and how we each play a role in it.


    Does this have anything to do with the “ten thousand years of freedom” thing?

    “Ultimately, it’s about the future of freedom in our world for the next ten thousand years.”

    1. doc holliday Says:
      December 11th, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    This was also emailed to me.


    check out FAQs, glossary, and site map.

    Still haven’t found a client list, though.

    1. doc holliday Says:
      December 11th, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    Last email I received: re Hacker

    Apparently, Allen was a former Vegas Scientology staffer who was kicked out of scientology and tried to start his own cult. He promoted himself as a “group” but in reality it was only him.

    (link posted by Mike Nelson yesterday)

    “The former Las Vegas Scientology Staff Allen Hacker,

    calling himself the “Speaker” for
    his one-man Acceptance Services Mission “Group”, - it
    consists only of one person, himself, and zero assets - has already been declared Suppressive
    due to his public support of
    the known anti-social-personality Dennis Erlich.
    (see RI-ACT-57, enclosed)

    1. wyatt earp Says:
      December 11th, 2006 at 6:10 pm


    you forgot this other email you sent me…

    Allen’s resume.

    Among other things, he invented and trademarked the socratic method (!)

    who knew?


    Favorite Allen quote yet:

    “Face it. You guys have taken a wrong turn, and I’m your mentor toward getting back on track. I know you don’t like it, but you appointed me and I am trilled at the prospect of helping you find your way, one way or another.”

    Who appointed “speaker” Allen as our mentor?

    To avoid such monumental embarassments in the future, the LP or interested members should create some way of screening self-appointed gurus, svengalis and saviors who come to manage us.

  7. Mike Linksvayer Says:

    A sign of things to come, indeed … more of the same abject failure.

  8. Executive Detractor Says:

    The Libertarian Party fielded 168 candidates in Texas in 2006. The Constitution Party basically had one in Texas and he was an alien from hyperspace:

    From San Antonio News, “’Alien’ hoping to abduct votes”


  9. Mike N. Says:

    Sure he wasn’t an alien from the State of Aescir deriving infinite wisdom from his Galactic Consciousness?

  10. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I think Avery pulled in about 10 or 12% of the vote, though. Not bad for an obviously quirky candidate with practically no campaign budget.

  11. Executive Detractor Says:

    Avery was in a special election due to last minute changes to the district boundaries which modified some of Tom Delay’s redistricting efforts in Texas. Avery, the Constitution Party candidate, received 12% in his three-person race, but the other two candidates were both Democrats, a possibility due to the special election rules.

    Texas Libertarians did quite well. According to the press release posted here:


    “In 2002, Libertarian candidates in a two-way race for U.S. House received an average of 8.8% of the vote. In 2004, they received an average of 6.9%. In 2006, they received an average of 17.0%. ”

    However it’s likely much of the improvement was the result of having strong independents at the top of the ticket in Texas.

    What’s my point?

    This is another Jerry Springer blog dedicated to trashing 3rd parties. You don’t need a point. Just grab a chair and throw it.

  12. Mike N. Says:


    The very subject of this post is to wish the LP Happy Birthday. How on earth do you interpret that as “trashing 3rd parties”?

  13. Austin Cassidy Says:

    If he thinks so little of the site, I can’t figure out why in the world he comes back all the time.

    Anyway, yes… the special election point is well made. Though the 12% showing wasn’t really bad either. He topped 20% in a few counties for second place.

    But sure, the Texas LP was far and away more successful than the Texas CP was this year.

    Then again the Constitution Party actually elected a state legislator in Montana and now holds the balance of power in a state legislative body. That’s nothing to sneeze at either.

    But I guess by pointing out the CP’s success I’m actually, somehow, trashing them. So… I just can’t win. :)

  14. Chuck Says:

    Man, I was hoping to see some footage of the lesser knowns (e.g. Roger Macbride). Oh well, finally seen Andre Marrou. Never found a picture to go with the name.

  15. Executive Detractor Says:

    These trashy Jerry Springer blogs are amusing, just like the Springer show was. That’s probably why I keep coming back. However, I’m not willing to degrade myself anymore by using me real name, Wes, because I don’t want people to know who I am. I’m not stupid.

  16. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Ummm… ok. I guess. Whatever you want.

  17. Jason Gatties Says:

    Happy Birthday LP!

  18. George Whitfield Says:

    Happy Birthday to the Libertarian Party and best wishes for many more. We are going to keep on trying. Persistence is a necessary and vital factor to success. America needs the LP more than ever before.

  19. Stuart Richards Says:

    Thanks for all the good wishes from all the other third-party supporters. :)

  20. Allen Hacker Says:

    Hi Guys,

    Glad you like the video.


  21. Eric Dondero Says:

    Happy Birthday Libertarian Party. Let’s hope you honor the LP’s history and past successes by nominating a top-notch Presidential candidate for 2008.

    Maybe an Ed Thompson, Penn Jillette, Dennis Miller, Neal Boortz, Larry Elder, Jesse Ventura, Gary Johnson, Sheriff Bill Masters, Judge Robert Gray, Art Olivier, or someone of that 1st or 2nd tier caliber.

    PLEASE don’t nominate some knucklehead Nobody like George Phillies, Carol Moore, Jacob Hornberger, Ernie Hancock or Steve Kubby.

  22. Bill Wood Says:

    Happy Birthday to the Libertarian Party! I will raise a toast to “us” at tonights Libertarian Party of Loudoun County ,Va. meeting tonight.


  23. paulie cannoli Says:

    Please do nominate Steve Kubby.

  24. Joe Thomas Says:

    Happy 35th birthday for the Libertarian Party? To hell with that! The same party that nominated the son of Spock instead of Aaron Russo for President. By the way people need to be promoting aaron russo’s new movie as much as possible. America…fromfreedomtofascism. Check it out. I am on the Executive committee of the Reform Party and I am trying to get a Senate candidate to run on the Reform Party ticket against Gordon Smith in 2008. Smith is terrible on the immigration issue and he is a day late and a dollar short in his opposition to the IRAQ War. He is terrible on the trade issue also. Contact me at 17210 Parkview drive in Brookings,Oregon 97415 if you know of somebody who would be a credible candidate for Senator. It is time to take our country back!

  25. paulie cannoli Says:

    Handy guide to understanding Eric Dondero


  26. Nick Wilson Says:

    Happy Birthday, LP! Thanks for reducing overall net liberty and enabling the major parties and government abuse to grow unfettered for 35 years by making the whole libertarian quadrant choose between either accepting a party with who has put a purist interpretation of “principle” at the most extreme reaches of the quadrant above political realism and electability - or leaving the party, selling out to the major parties and failing there as well. Job well done.

    It’s also too late to change the course of your failure, I sadly feel. Many have tried, but the barriers are just too high and your stereotypes are already engrained in peoples’ consciousness. I hope you are laid to rest peacefully and respectfully and reincarnated as something that actually works next time.

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