Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

The Spoiler Argument

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Libertarian Marc Guttman makes a compelling argument:

The Democrats and Republicans are the spoilers in the most important way. We have let them spoil the principles and benefits of self-government that had allowed us to create the most free, prosperous and peaceful society on earth.

Year after year these two parties bring us further down the road [...]

a philosophical challenge…

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

...from crispin sartwell

...about anarchism.

Roundup of Calls For LP Unity (and Divorce)

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Tom Knapp declares that the Barr/Root victory in Denver “was as accurate a reflection of the desires of the party’s membership as our processes were able to produce”, and says the ticket deserves a clean slate and to be supported until and unless it gives reason not to be. Steve Kubby is making [...]

10 Reforms That Would Improve American Government Immediately

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Steve Shives, in American Chronicle, includes in his wish-list two reforms related to third parties. One of them is:

Give minor party candidates access to federal election campaign funds equal to those received by Republican and Democratic candidates

With term limits, the problem of federal elected officials spending more time running for re-election rather than doing [...]

Restore74 With a Denver Accord

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

It’s time for a Denver Accord that restores the symmetry of the Dallas Accord adopted when the Platform was short and sweet.

LP Reform Caucus Video: Faith in Freedom

Monday, May 19th, 2008

About the Platform Committee’s proposal to “help re-awaken America’s faith in freedom”.

CNN Money profiles “entrepreneurial” LP candidates

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

CNN’s financial wing, CNN Money, takes a look at some of the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination candidates in “Entrepreneurs eye the White House.”

The feature includes articles on Wayne Allyn Root, Alden Link, Michael Jingozian, Steve Kubby and Bob Barr.

In fairness, I’m not sure why Kubby and Barr are included in this type of profile when [...]

Looking ahead to November: A cloudy crystal ball

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

by David F. Nolan

While most of the postings here in the last couple of weeks have centered on various candidates’ prospects for the Libertarian Party nomination, very little has been written about how things are likely to shape up in the general election. And since a lot of the discussion here has revolved around how [...]

Why should a radical Libertarian support Bob Barr?

Friday, May 16th, 2008

by Gene Trosper

I have been a self-identified Libertarian since 1988 when I cast my vote for Ron Paul. When I officially joined the LP in 1990, it was a learning experience, to say the least. Because I was moderately libertarian by Nolan Chart standards, there was sufficient room to grow and become educated on the [...]

Libertarian Reform Caucus: Restore ‘84

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Baldwin Aims at Youth

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Chuck Baldwin’s campaign is, more and more, resembling Ron Paul’s. With the obvious change in rhetoric, the emphasis of non-social issues, and the championing of the non-interventionist foreign policy, Baldwin is quickly becoming a known name amongst Ron Paul supporters. Here in Louisiana, I’m getting calls daily—mostly from my fellow Ron Paul activists—wanting to know [...]

A proposal to Alabama legislators: The Truth in Labeling Act

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I’ll be traveling for the next few days and won’t be able to write much here, so I thought I’d provide a quick parting thought. The current version of the Alabama Constitution still contains these words: “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment [...]

How They Can Win The Libertarian Nomination

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

by David Nolan

Here, for everyone’s amusement, are plausible (OK, semi-plausible) scenarios outlining how each of the six leading contenders COULD win the LP nomination for President at the upcoming national convention in Denver. Some, obviously, are more plausible than others. Consider this speculative fiction, nothing more.

BOB BARR - Announces on May 12 that he’s really [...]

Ed Noonan Betrays Constitution Party

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

For a couple days now it has been a not-so-well kept secret that Ed Noonan, the chairman of the American Independent Party in California, is trying to dissafilliate the AIP-CA from the Constitution Party and place Alan Keyes on the ballot. There were whispers of this by Gerald and Grace Hill at the National Convention. [...]

Last thoughts on Kansas City

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Here are some sporadic last thoughts on the Constitution Party’s convention in Kansas City.

First: Alan Keyes. Myself and Red Phillips advised Keyes’ supporters and staff members for weeks. We gave them a very simple rubric by which they could avoid dissapointment, know their opposition and it’s strengths, and even avoid an embarassing 3-to-1 loss. None [...]

Phillips: Right at the Wrong Time

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I’ll have more reports in the coming days about the Constitution Party convention, and hopefully I’ll be able to relate to you some of the more interesting stories and happenings of the Convention. But here is a simple overview of how I felt about Howard Phillip’s speech.

It was foolish.

Was it factually correct? I’ll not speak [...]

Media coverage of the Constitution Party convention

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I appreciate Trent Hill, Mike Ferguson and Stephen Gordon’s eyewitness coverage of the Constitution Party convention. I thought folks might be interested in other media’s reporting. The Muskegon Chronicle ran a story today on Mad Max Riekse who is seeking the vice-presidential nomination. The St. Joseph News-Press ran a story [...]

LP presidential candidates in the news

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Here are some recent news stories about Libertarian presidential hopefuls that weren’t generated by Third Party Watch. I’m mixing some news and some opinion in this article.

Bob Barr at Newsmax:

Best quote: “Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr is seen as the Libertarian Party’s most likely presidential candidate — and he could wind up torpedoing John [...]

Pennsylvania Primary offers excellent opportunity for petitions

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Ballot Access News

The Pennsylvania primary on April 22 is an excellent opportunity for petitioning parties to collect many signatures. The Constitution, Green, Libertarian Parties, and independent Ralph Nader, are all circulating a petition to get on the Pennsylvania ballot. Petitioning at the polls on primary day is one of the best techniques for petitioning, because [...]

Kubby Tax Day video

Monday, April 14th, 2008

As with several other recent videos, this one is based on the candidate’s topical position paper.

Two-party choke hold prohibits true democracy

Monday, April 14th, 2008

By Kevin Zeese and Linda Schade

Citizens from across the political spectrum in Maryland worked together for a dramatic reversal in how Maryland votes. Since 2002 Maryland has experimented with paperless electronic voting. That experiment will end in 2010 when Maryland adopts a paper-based voting system with optical scan recounts.

This is a dramatic turnaround for a [...]

What is it about “exploratory” that Knapp doesn’t understand?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

My good friend Tom just took a jab at the Barr exploratory committee.

The response seems to match the offering—more fizzle. Three days after his kinda-sort-maybe “announcement,” Barr’s fundraising meter stands at less than 1/10th of its initial $250,000 goal.

One might ask my buddy how long it took his candidate to raise his first $20,000. For [...]

Barr launches “exploratory committee”

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Steve Gordon is in Kansas City this weekend, attending the Heartland Libertarian Conference. Presumably he’ll be providing coverage of conference events for TPW’s readers ASAP.

From the outside looking in, here’s the news on the front that everyone seems most interested in:

According to bloggage at the New York Times (confirmed by other sources), Bob Barr announced [...]

Les Riley opposing Alan Keyes

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

This morning, Constitution Party of Mississippi Chairman Les Riley, published an editorial opposing Alan Keyes becoming the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee:

. . . Alan Keyes is an interventionist & a globalist who is a big supporter of continuing & expanding the war on terror — including neo-conservative foreign policy & encroachments on our liberties [...]

New York’s “Clean Money” law would hurt alternative parties

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Yesterday’s Democrat & Chronicle published an editorial by Chris Edes, Chairman of the Rochester, New York Libertarian Party, opposing a bill in the state legislature that would require candidates to collect, depending on the office, between four hundred and fifteen thousand individual five dollar contributions.