LP tidbits

—Despite differences on the Iraq War, Neal Boortz apparently identified himself as a Libertarian when he plugged the Fair Tax and pinged the GOP on fiscal issues in Rogers, Arkansas. From NWA News:

At a fundraising Lincoln Day dinner on Friday night, Benton County Republicans heard radio talk show host Neal Boortz criticize the party. The GOP has done a poor job of communicating with voters, Boortz said.

Boortz, a member of the Libertarian Party, said he differs with the Libertarian Party on the Iraq war.

He believed George W. Bush will be well regarded by history because of his resolve to protect America and battle Islamic terrorists, Boortz said to loud applause.

In any case, he begged the group’s indulgence to find fault with the Republican Party. The GOP is in the doldrums in part because by many measures government has grown larger during Bush’s period in office. For instance, there are twice as many lobbyists in Washington, D. C. as there were eight years ago, he said.


—Paul Jacob spoke at the recent Libertarian Party of Oklahoma convention, according to the Tulsa World. Jacob was recently indicted for petitioning “the government for a redress of grievances.”

Libertarian Party convenes: The Oklahoma Libertarian Party reiterated its support of easier ballot access earlier this month during its state convention in Stroud.

Among those speaking at the convention were Paul Jacob, recently indicted for violating state law regarding the circulation of initiative petitions, and Jason Carini, member of an organization lobbying for term limits for statewide offices.


—Libertarian Sean Shepard seems to have drawn some positive responses from a recent debate. Shepard is running for congress in Indiana CD-7. From the IndyStar:

Democrat Andre Carson drew cheers, Republican Jon Elrod won some laughs and Libertarian Sean Shepard opened eyes in the first joint appearance of candidates for the 7th Congressional District.

Democrat Andre Carson drew cheers, Republican Jon Elrod won some laughs and Libertarian Sean Shepard opened eyes in the first joint appearance of candidates for the 7th Congressional District.

More than 100 people went to a Northeastside church Wednesday night to evaluate the candidates less than three weeks before the March 11 election. The winner will serve the remainder of the term of Rep. Julia Carson, Andre’s grandmother.

The forum was hosted by Indiana Equality, a gay civil rights group, at a church that promotes gay rights. It was the first of three scheduled bipartisan public events.

Carson stressed bold and courageous leadership and spoke of carrying on his grandmother’s tradition. Elrod promised calm and determined leadership with a focus on fiscal reform and constituent services. Shepard said real change means not sending either mainstream party for the same results.

The candidates spoke on a wide range of topics. The format of the event aimed more for breadth than depth, often giving the candidates little time to answer complex questions such as how to save Social Security or bring troops home from Iraq.


—On the Ron Paul front, Paul has dropped a local candidate forum:

Organizers of America’s Energy Future: Houston’s Presidential Summit — scheduled for Thursday at the George R. Brown Convention Center — had hoped presidential candidates would debate how the nation can best improve its energy security.

But only Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Paul, a congressman from Lake Jackson, had agreed to attend the event. And rather than debate, the candidates were to speak separately hours apart.

“Since it’s no longer a debate, Ron is going to stay in Washington and make his votes,” Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said.

Clinton, as of late Friday, was still scheduled to attend.


—Over at Nolan Chart, two writers are weighing in on the third party perspective of Paul’s presidential quest.

[Former Alabama Libertarian Party Chairman???] Jim Hines notes:

Ron Paul is not going to be on the ballot in the fall. That is a tragedy but it is also the truth. The GOP is not going to let Ron Paul Republicans hijack the convention and quite frankly neither will the rest of the country. Once that reality becomes crystal clear, after the initial gnashing of teeth and renting of cloth, what will you Ron Paul Republicans do?

The solution Hines provides:

So what to do?

Vote Libertarian in the general election. A marked increase in this parties vote tally will send a clear message to our political enemies at home and to our friends abroad. The Libertarian platform is as close to Ron Paul’s platform as we can get right now. It doesn’t matter who they nominate although I personally like Christine Smith. Don’t waste this opportunity by propping up the GOP.

Kipper Mathews is of a similar mind:

While Ron Paul has said that he is in till the end and has no intention of switching back to the Libertarian Party, many of his supporters are suggesting that he needs to change parties, if need be, in order to save America.

Without implying that he doesn’t still have a chance or that it is in anyway a lost cause to continue to support Ron in his run for President, it would be naive to not at least consider that he might at some point concede.

If…that was to happen, is it more important for his supporters to write-in his name in a show of support for his causes and to let the world know that many Americans across the country are assembling to save The Constitution, or would it be more important to change their votes to another candidate that is running on the same principle issues as Ron Paul, so that they can “save” America.

Libertarian Party Candidate and Nolan Chart columnist Christine Smith is also running for President on much the same platform as Ron Paul, agreeing with all his issues except for her views on gays and abortion (which I personally agree with.)

I’ll note to Nolan Chart readers that Smith is but one of somewhere between 14 and 17 potential Libertarian Party presidential candidates—with two potential heav[ier]weights rumored to be considering announcing, as well. It might serve these readers well to look into some of the other LP candidates, too.

7 Responses to “LP tidbits”

  1. Hugh Jass Says:

    Could you at least tell us who the potential candidates ARE? It wouldn’t interfere with their campaign announcement plans, I would just like to know who these candidates are that are considering runs.

  2. Chris Moore Says:

    One is probably Bob Barr. As for the other? Maybe Ed Thompson, though I doubt it.

  3. stevec Says:

    While Paul is Pro – Life and C. Smith is Pro – Choice, I believe BOTH of them hold it should be adjudicated at the State level.

    The below is copied abd pasted from her website…..
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    Abortion should be neither encouraged or discouraged in any manner by the federal government. It is not an issue for federal executive decision. (Roe vs. Wade was a judicial decision, not an executive.)

    Thus, neither ‘pro life’ nor ‘pro choice’ groups/initiatives should be funded or supported in any way by the federal government.

    Abortion matters must be rightly decided upon only by the people of a given state.

    I will uphold the U.S. Constitution which does not authorize the federal government to be involved in the issue of abortion.———————
    Although her comment about Judicial not Executive seems quite ambiguous—they are 2 of the 3 branches of the FEDERAL gov…so if its a State issue (which she claims) then the Federal Government (whether Executive or Judiciial) would have no say….

  4. Flo Says:

    Actually I don’t think the LP is worth considering. The RP’Rs should be gathering a new third party together as we speak. There are enough volunteers to ready a third party run in 2012. The LP’s had an awesome chance to put a Good candidate in office with Ron Paul. What have they done. They hem, hawed and cryed about every little difference as if some candidate is a perfect candidate. Many of them have actually attacked him worse than a democrat would have. Had they fully run behind Paul and helped him into the presidency, you could bet things would be different for the LP in 2012. What Ron Paul’s run has proved to me and many others is that the LP is actually a dying party. Their behavior over this campaign has lost support they might have gained.

  5. Robert Milnes Says:

    Flo, Go ahead & start your new Ron Paul third party. He never had ANY chance to win even ONE primary. Evolve.

  6. Hugh Jass Says:

    “Flo, Go ahead & start your new Ron Paul third party. He never had ANY chance to win even ONE primary. Evolve.”

    So how’s your campaign going, Bob? I see that your behind Imperato.

  7. Andy Says:

    “Flo Says:

    February 25th, 2008 at 12:11 am
    Actually I don’t think the LP is worth considering. The RP’Rs should be gathering a new third party together as we speak. There are enough volunteers to ready a third party run in 2012. The LP’s had an awesome chance to put a Good candidate in office with Ron Paul. What have they done. They hem, hawed and cryed about every little difference as if some candidate is a perfect candidate. Many of them have actually attacked him worse than a democrat would have. Had they fully run behind Paul and helped him into the presidency, you could bet things would be different for the LP in 2012. What Ron Paul’s run has proved to me and many others is that the LP is actually a dying party. Their behavior over this campaign has lost support they might have gained.”

    The Libertarian Party members who have attacked Ron Paul are a TINY MINORITY. Most of the Libertarian Party membership would welcome Ron Paul as the Libertarian Party’s Presidential candidate. If Ron Paul changed his mind and decides to seek the LP’s Presidential nomination I predict that he’d win it in a landslide, probably at least 80-90% of the vote.

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