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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have refrained from posting the last little while until the major party races seemed pretty much settled. As Libertarians we sort of have one foot in each camp as social liberals and fiscal conservatives. In elections past I've always looked in the major parties for a social moderate and fiscal conservative or on the other side a social liberal and fiscal moderate. Finding neither I vote Libertarian. I could never vote for a social conservative or a fiscal liberal, i.e. socialist.

For years I have lobbied the Libertarian Party to nominate a big name politician who is disenchanted with his or her party and wants to run as a third party. We have to have it because in many states it would mean Libertarians, with 15 percent or more of the Presidential vote, could run for any and all offices without the expensive process of gathering signatures.

Well guess what folks. With the Republicans getting ready to nominate a crazy person everyone is afraid of, the time is now to recruit a disaffected Republican who can at least pay lip service to being a social moderate while remaining a fiscal conservative. In order for that to happen we have to forego rigid ideology for the greater good, getting the party on the map as the nations first viable third party in many decades. In other words we have to get in game in order to score touchdowns in 2018 and beyond.

So, to Libertarian party leaders. Drop the puritan attitude and actively get in the game. Go out and recruit Mitt Romney or someone with the gravitas to be competitive with Trump.

It is actually the Libertarian Party who must take the responsibility for saving America from a madman who may start WWIII. It is that serious.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, although Cable news has discovered the Libertarian Party as a valid third party option, Republicans apparently have not. If they really want to stop Trump it is now the only way. We are going to have to go with Gary Johnson, a good Libertarian and nice enough guy. but with absolutely no chance of leading the party to the promised land of ballot access without the onerous task of gathering signatures in future elections. I saw the e-mail today begging for petition workers. A sorry way to run a democracy. The system is rigged against us and IMO we are going to have to cheat to beat the system.

Now that I have given up on a Republican or Independent with name recognition and gravitas as our party standard bearer and last chance to beat a rigged two party system I think we need to approach Bernie Sanders about leading the charge. As Gary Johnson said, just about everybody is a member of the Libertarian tribe, they just don't know it. Sanders is a natural Libertarian on the social side but needs a few modifications on the fiscal side. If he can somehow tie his giveaways to generating personal responsibility among the recipients of our largesse, he might make it work by increasing the numbers of those, from a Libertarian perspective, who do the right thing, thereby reducing the need for regulation and enforcement. Which in turn leads to smaller government. Win, win.

Donald Trump will be the equivalent of a mushroom farmer as President. He will treat the working class like mushrooms, keep them in the dark and feed them crap and watch them grow to be food for the rich.

Bad for the country and bad for Libertarian freedom and liberty.

Somebody please ask Bernie Sanders to take the Libertarian test.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I'm down with Johnson/Weld. It's not the big name ticket I wanted but there is an outside chance we get 5 percent in the general. Fingers crossed.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's hoping our delegates have the common sense to make Johnson/Weld our ticket going forward. I like what they are doing, I like their marketing, and I like their frequent cable news appearances. I do have a couple suggestions should anyone care about what I think.

Mr. Johnson was asked on one cable show recently, Chuck Todd on MTP daily I think, what he would make his goal in the first 100 days. That is a standard question which will be asked over and over again in the general election. His answer revealed he hadn't thought it through. Here are a few ideas.

I think he should make a thorough review of regulations a major theme of his Presidency in the first hundred days. It could be a start toward less government, less spending in government and the private sector, more freedom for individuals and business, and set the agenda for the entire term. The review should be massive and include all sectors of government. He should direct that each regulation be reviewed to determine the reason for its existence. Whether or not the regulation is required for public safety, and most importantly, whether the regulation is necessary to enforce personal or corporate responsibility. In other words is the regulation required to keep people honest. The responsibility regulations should be singled out for a more comprehensive review to see what would be required to use incentives rather than punishment to create a climate of self policing and personal and corporate responsibility resulting in abolishing the regulation and the people and/or the government entity needed to enforce it.

Secondly, in the first hundred days he should start in motion something I call the Libertarian "bring me your huddled masses" act intended to set a road map for those seeking a better life in America. No more Immigration Reform act which might as well be called the old white bigot act. It should remove the word illegal from immigration altogether and declare special priority status for people entering the US from the border countries of Mexico and Canada, similar to what is done for Cuban immigrants. We must expose the Republican Party's opposition to fair immigration as a nefarious political fight to keep out those who are likely to vote against them if they become citizens.

Thirdly, in the first hundred days he should start a national campaign to promote responsibility in each and every citizen based on well stated Libertarian ideas of liberty and freedom for all when we all act responsibly in our daily lives including respecting our fellow citizens.

It's a start. add what you will. Go Libertarians. We can win the day because we're right and the majority agrees with us.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw Gary Johnson on Meet the Press today. I thought he did a good job for the most part. He is still not ready to address specifics when pinned down. He is now very close to the big leagues. Platitudes like " I'm for smaller government" or "I oppose overseas intervention" might be fine at the Libertarian conference but it is not going to excite independents or those who don't like their party's candidate and are seeking an alternative.

I think Johnson and Weld need to develop a list of ten things they would do for the country specifically, five socially liberal and five fiscally conservative.

For instance :

What to do about healthcare in America.

The Libertarian view of immigration policy.

The Libertarian view of recreational drugs and enforcement of their responsible use to avoid impacting others.

A proposed Libertarian amendment to the Constitution to prohibit government intrusion into the freedom of people to live any lifestyle they choose, including gender issues and the rights of women to do what they wish with their bodies and their health.

The Libertarian view of how the government should be involved in ensuring non-discrimination in all its forms.


A strong view on what to do specifically to reduce the size of government. If eliminating cabinet members and government agencies, which ones and why.

Develop a tax plan to compete with The Repubs and Dems.

Review government regulations as described in my last post.

Develop a plan to encourage job growth with specifics.

Make a foreign policy statement intended to cut costs, stabilize international trade and avoid costly military adventures.

Just suggestions as Trump would say. Bottom line, enlist a group of advisers and think tanks to put together a Presidential agenda and then go on every talk show you can and talk about it.

Call me and I'll write if for you for free if you can't find anyone else. I live in Newland NC right now and have a web site, RussAndersonPottery.com if you need to find me.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok so why are our candidates in radio silence mode? Where are the call ins? Where are the major policy speeches? How are they going to introduce themselves to the voters? Have we nominated some more guys with no money and no way to raise any?

Come on former governors, you guys know what it takes. Get on TV somehow. Call Trump names, sue Clinton, do something to get noticed. How about you name a series of proposed cabinet members? Put out a list of potential Supreme Court nominees.

Maybe you should invite me to be your political advisor. I work for free and have a Masters degree in National Security studies from the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island. My Libertarian bona fides are unquestioned and I have more good ideas in 5 minutes than the rest of your crowd combined.

Anyway, please do something now before your third party effort dies from neglect. The iron is hot but cooling. DO SOMETHING! CALL ME AT 251-223-1381 and I'll write 10 position papers for you, if you don't believe me read the last 6 years of the Alabama Libertarian forum.

GET WITH IT
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everybody and their brother is all over cable news about Orlando and Gun control. Where are our guys. The only Libertarian thing I've heard is the party statement about doing away with gun free zones. Really, that is the primary Libertarian response? I'm embarrassed.

First thing is it is the right of a property or business owner to say they don't want gun toters in their business or on their private property, especially where alcohol is dispensed. It is also the right of an individual not to patronize that business if they don't feel safe without packing an AR-15. So the party is against freedom in this case. Just NRA brainwashing of our party leaders. Or worse, our party is bought and paid for just like the Repubs and some Dems.

Our nominees need to get out there and start promoting individual responsibility with a vengeance and that includes ratting out your neighbor if he is not acting responsibly. We cant expect individual liberty if we don't enforce responsibility.

Come on guys get on TV and participate in the debate.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like gun control, foreign policy, terrorism and specifically the middle east are the main topics at the moment. Hopefully the Johnson/Weld team will soon articulate a solid plan for their first hundred days in office and include a proposed action agenda on these issues.

Given that Libertarians generally wish to avoid greater foreign entanglements overseas, the old adage of conservatives to "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" needs a Libertarian slant since that particular Republican foreign policy is a resounding failure for a million reasons. I think we are fighting them over here.

Given that we Libertarians don't favor 200,000 troops and 2 trillion dollars to take over Iraq and Syria, we must find another solution to two problems. Stop terrorism here number one, and come up with a plan to resolve things in Iraq and Syria.

Libertarians are going to have to rely on the main principles of our ideology, the right of individuals to their individual liberty and the requirement that individuals exercise responsibility in order to get that liberty. From there, Johnson and Weld have to start thinking out of the box for solutions.

For one thing, Johnson should immediately call for a gathering of select Muslim religious and political leaders in the country and task them to come up with a plan to combat radical elements in the US and overseas. In addition, Nominee Johnson should spearhead an effort to bring together Muslim leaders worldwide for the same reason. If they can get together for OPEC, oil and money, they can get together for this. One of the agenda items for this meeting would be to redraw geographical maps to accommodate various religious sects and tribes with a view towards minimizing strife in historically troubled areas. Hey think big and make a splash with original solutions. These things will resonate with independents.

Gun control? Define responsible gun owner and then bar everybody else from buying and owning guns. To heck with the gun manufacturers who want to sell bazookas to five year olds. It's stupid. Let's not be stupid as libertarians, let's make responsible policy and not be slaves to " I should be able to do whatever I want to do" regardless.

The bottom line is Liberty is for responsible people, not everybody. Wow what a concept .
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Johnson is addicted to pot. That's just great. Libertarians shoot themselves in the foot again only this time with an assault weapon.
Good Grief. We Libertarians can't run a one car funeral. Our best chance in 50 years to have an impact and we pick a guy who needs to get high every day to cope with life. Is this kind of party we are? People who use substance abuse to avoid dealing with the reality of life? That's responsibility?

Now what do we do? I'm depressed. More later when I think this through.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to tonight's town hall. I'll opine further after that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to opine about the recent Town Hall on CNN. Overall I would have to give the duo a grade of C. There are two reasons for that.

First and most importantly, they failed to say anything remotely interesting or newsworthy except maybe when Weld said good things about Hillary.

Secondly, neither seemed to have any depth of understanding of the main issues to the point where they could offer solutions to national issues that differ from the other candidates, other than legalizing MJ and testing people's heroin so they don't OD.

Johnson and Weld are going to have to start making news and getting press or they will soon be overwhelmed by the other parties national conventions. Out of the box original solutions to immigration reform, gun control, home grown terrorism, student loan debt, and corporate welfare would be good places to start. I have said previously that they should release 3 or 4 Supreme Court nominees they would appoint. Maybe two left leaning and two right leaning for instance. Or somebody from left field like Colin Powell or Oprah Winfrey, just for shock and awe sound bites on the evening news.

In other words, GET BOLD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. You have 30 percent name recognition. That must improve.

All of this is the reason I said we needed gravitas and name recognition in our nominee. We are blowing the best chance we had at permanent ballot access we've had in 20 years. But, water under the bridge. We are a myopic party as usual and it looks like we'll drift along into oblivion and go back to 10 people dinking coffee in somebody's kitchen every month while we play Libertarian after the election in November.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it's time for Gary Johnson to solve the radical Jihadist/Islam problem in order to attract attention to his Presidential campaign.

Staying with the individual and government responsibility ideology championed by Libertarians, Johnson should use this approach to combat the underlying cause of radical Jihadism worldwide. During his first hundred days Johnson should propose that a summit of senior clerics in each of the known Islamic sects, including Iran and Saudi Arabian sects, Shia, Sunnis and others, under the auspices of the United Nations, shall convene in a country to be named, possibly Iran. The main purpose will be to agree on a way forward to combat radical interpretation of the Koran, including issuing a white paper or Fatwa or something with another name which declares the true purpose of their Prophet and God which will be guidance for all members of the Islamic faith. It should include prohibitions on violent actions against believers and Non-believers alike and be taught throughout the Islamic world.

If Johnson proposes this believe me he will get some attention. He should enlist the aid of an Imam or Ayatollah in the United States. Go for it Gary think big.

And coming soon. The reason wages are stagnant? Republicans killed the unions to help corporations earn irresponsible profits through the abuse of workers. Right to work laws have destroyed the middle class. Go Gary.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had some Medical problems but I'm back. Will post something soon. Keep checking.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG >>>>> What is Aleppo? Once again we get the flake label and no one will take us seriously for another 4- 10 years. I said it before we nominated Johnson that we needed a big leaguer because this was our year. Instead we went with another know nothing pothead who is just as totally unqualified as Trump. God help us. Now we have to vote Democrat again to protect ourselves against the social conservatives. So either we go broke with the Dems or live under Republican Taliban rule. I think I'll chance going broke.

I really blame our national leadership for not recruiting qualified candidates. Our ideology is what Americans want. Putting the unqualified forward as our candidates just kills us every time. Please Lord send us a savior.

Is it too late to switch and put Weld at the top of the ticket and get a new VP candidate? I volunteer, I know all about Aleppo and am an expert on foreign policy.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I more or less have come to my senses and realized that Johnson and Weld can't win in November. That said I guess it doesn't matter that Johnson is totally uniformed and doesn't even watch the news. In that regard he is not much different than a lot of Libertarians who only know they don't want any rules imposed on them by strangers otherwise known as government hacks.

Therefore I take back my Clinton endorsement. I'm back to the idea that I just want the Libertarian tribe to make a splash so I don't feel all alone politically like I have felt for 50 years. We never nominate a big leaguer for President anyway so we need to hope that some of our ideology goes by osmosis to the major parties. If we get a high enough percentage maybe one or both parties will look to see what the appeal is and grab our ideas,

Till next time after the debates.
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