Mary Ruwart’s Chat with Rocky Mountain News

On Monday, Libertarian presidential contender Mary Ruwart signed on for a chat with the Rocky Mountain News.

Mary held her own on the issues covering health care, gas prices, end even put in a good dig at her competitor, Bob Barr, thanks to a well placed question:

steve_g(Q) One of your opponents, Bob Barr advocates the Fair Tax and denying gays the same privileges as hetrosexuals. He seems to be closer to Mike Huckabee than Ron Paul, yet he claims to have the support of Ron Paul supporters. What is your take on this?

Dr._Mary_Ruwart(A) I’ve worked with Ron since 1988, when he was the Libertarian Party nominee. He was kind enough to endorse my book, “Healing Our World,” (free download at www.votemary2008.com) and write a letter to President Bush on my behalf encouraging him to appoint me as FDA commissioner so that I could do a de facto privatization of that agency. Ron Paul supporters are supporting me in on-line chat groups, by working with my campaign in Denver, and through endorsements. I have this support because unlike Bob Barr, I support an end to all drug prohibition, replacing the income tax with nothing, and honoring the choice of each and every individual to marry as they see fit without government penalty and oversight.

The punches didn’t stop there as “Mark Scrib” setup the islamo-fascist question on Wayne Root:

mark__scrib(Q) Dr. Ruwart, Wayne Allyn Root uses the term Islamo-Facism a lot. He sounds a lot like Rush Limbaugh. Do you agree with Mr. Root. He seems to dislike Muslims, just because a small number of them take part in terrorism. He scares me to death. I thought Libertarians practiced tolerance. Am I confused or is the LP being taken over by neo-cons?

Dr._Mary_Ruwart(A) Some delegates are indeed afraid that our top tier candidates have not fully embraced the Libertarian philosophy. Such candidates will not be able to teach the American public what they themselves don’t know. They are like newly converted “born-again” Christians who want to become ministers just a few days later. They are likely to lead the public and the Party astray because they simply haven’t totally absorbed the multi-faceted diamond of liberty.

Not even Dr. Phillies was spared thanks to the inquiry of an oddly named poster:

Ann_R._Key(Q) It seems to me that Steve Kubby and yourself are the only real Libertarians amongst the front runners. Both of you would make fine presidential nominees. What’s up with George Phillies and his “middle of the road” soft sell of libertarianism? “Middle of the road reminds me of Muzak. Wake me up when his song is over!

Dr._Mary_Ruwart(A) George Philies does seem to have changed his message in recent years. I can’t speak to his motivation, since he hasn’t discussed this in depth with me. However, many other Libertarians have become discouraged and think that we must “soften” the message to attract voters. I’d like to point out that Ron Paul gained a great deal of support with his very radical message of freedom. It’s time to strike while the iron is hot, not backpedal!

Later today, Wayne Allyn Root will take the Rocky Mountain News hot seat.

32 Responses to “Mary Ruwart’s Chat with Rocky Mountain News”

  1. disinter Says:

    Good article.

    I am shocked!

  2. CT Says:

    Every time I hear her or read about her, I like what she says. I’m anxious to see how the cards play in Denver.

  3. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Woohoo, I’ve been copied. Someone copied my name. They didn’t spell it right either. I’m annoying someone.

    I’ve never criticized Phillies. I have criticized Root and Barr. I have praised Ruwart and Kubby.

  4. Brian Holtz Says:

    Ron Paul’s campaign “radical”? LOL

    http://knowinghumans.net/2007/12/teflon-libertarian-moderate.html

    http://libertarianintelligence.com/2007/12/ron-paul-backslides-on-meet-press.html

    Paul will be a “radical” when he comes out for personal secession, immediate non-enforcement of all tax laws, immediate unlimited immigration, legalization of partial-birth abortion, privatization of every last mile of streets and pipes, no laws against child prostitution, no obligation of parents to feed their children, and the other Ruwarchist positions that comprise the Libertarian Matrix. His performance on Meet the Press (above) was embarrassing even to me.

  5. Kenny Says:

    Note the critical tone of the TPW commentary. The bias of the new controller. Get lost Cory!

  6. Scott Says:

    How refreshing. Here’s to hoping Ruwart’s imperfect but eminently noble philosophy will gain more support than the mindless neoconery of Barr or (even worse) Root. I’m not optimistic, however. Fortunately, there are other choices besides the Libertarians come November.

  7. Stefan Says:

    , I picked up a difference between Ruwart and Paul on defense. She mentioned her position during hte antiwar interview, about competitive market forces for national defense, which I found strange. Paul is here 100% according to the constitution: it is one of the responsibilities of the Federal government. You can have smaller/private/independent companies competing for national security product offering, especially in the high tec sense.

    “He denies that markets can provide national defense: “A: I happen to think that the market can deliver any service better than the government can. Q: Even—would you use that for defense too, or no? A: No, no, we’d have defense, but this militarism isn’t defense, it’s the opposite of defense.”

    Most voters would find the idea that markets should provide national defense very ackward and strange IMHO.

    If there is to be a “Meet the Press” interview with the Libertarian candidate, his/or her positions will be under intense scrutiny by Tim Russert and his team. I am sure they are watching TPW diligently and pick up everything.

  8. Lidia Seebeck Says:

    Please Please Dizzy Deva—if you read this respond

    When my hubby was the LPCO Information Director, the RMN was pretty neutral if they covered us, and I don’t think they would have actually done an interview. This by contrast was excellent earned media. What all happened with press relations after Mike? It sounds like things are getting a lot better!

  9. Susan Hogarth Says:

    If there is to be a “Meet the Press” interview with the Libertarian candidate, his/or her positions will be under intense scrutiny by Tim Russert and his team. I am sure they are watching TPW diligently and pick up everything.

    We can only hope to be so lucky.

  10. Ayn R. Key Says:

    I wonder if TPW News will have sufficient integrity to note in the blog entry that the person using my handle is an imposter.

  11. Stefan Says:

    Susan, indeed it would not be easy to get onto “Meet the Press”, to put it diplomatically, but I think one should feel optimistic and if a lot of money can be raised, it will certainly gain attention. There are interviews with John Stossel ABC 20/20 etc. that should be possible…

  12. Stefan Says:

    Susan: just found a nice youtube by Mary on healthcare. Wish someone can upload at TPW. She also had quite a lot of radio interviews: wish her team could systemize them all and make available to download in MP3 format from her campaign website. Wish she could also participate at the reason debate they have today I think…read she was invited but could not attend due to conflict in schedule, but answeres would have been asked.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=HblmoQX5qI8

  13. Kenny Says:

    Barbara Howe, Chair of North Carolina LP, endorses Ruwart.

    http://www.votemary2008.com/node/87

    Why is there is no report here?

  14. Kenny Says:

    Ruwart endorsed by Rob Latham, LPUtah Chairman 2005-2008 and LNC Bylaws Committee Member 2007-2008.

    http://www.votemary2008.com/node/88

    Not reported here!!

  15. Kenny Says:

    Nothing from the FUBARRs?

  16. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    Ruwart supports child porn, and God hates her. Go Barr/Gravel! Please pray for Catholic Trotskyist General Ted Kennedy and his adopted son Barack Obama. Please support the Fringe Alliance strategy, I posted it on the Nader thread. Amen.

  17. Justin Grover Says:

    She managed to knife the other candidates while dodging most of the issues that were brought up. Go Mary?

  18. Eric Dondero Says:

    Hmmn, interesting. So now, according to the Rocky Mountain News if one opposes Islamo-Fascism they are a “NeoCon.”

    Funny, I always thought that those who supported Liberty and opposed Tyrany, particularly Religious Extremist Tyrany were called “libertarians.”

  19. Eric Dondero Says:

    Hey Scott, could you kindly explain to us how it is that someone like Wayne Root who is hardcore Pro-Choice can be called a “NeoCon”?

    NeoCon means PRO-LIFE religious right. It is utterly impossible to be a NeoCon and be Pro-Choice. NeoCons wish to use the power of government to enforce morality, kind of like Ron Paul wanting to regulate women’s reproductive rights with the power of the State.

  20. Eric Dondero Says:

    Scott gets it right on something: Yes there are “other choices come November.”

    And if the Libertarian Party screws it up in Denver by nominating an extremist Anarchist like Ruwart or Kubby, than a massive number of libertarians will bolt to the Republicans and John McCain.

    There’s already a Libertarians for McCain effort going on. If Denver results in a disaster, watch LFM triple in size overnight.

  21. Hugh Jass Says:

    “Funny, I always thought that those who supported Liberty and opposed Tyrany, particularly Religious Extremist Tyrany were called “libertarians.” ”

    It is a contradiction in terms to support both liberty and the patriot act.

    “NeoCon means PRO-LIFE religious right. It is utterly impossible to be a NeoCon and be Pro-Choice. NeoCons wish to use the power of government to enforce morality, kind of like Ron Paul wanting to regulate women’s reproductive rights with the power of the State.”

    Oh god, back to square one. Since you appear ignorant of what a neocon is, how ‘bout we turn to wikipedia as a resource?

    Neoconservatism emphasizes foreign policy as the paramount responsibility of government, maintaining that America’s role as the world’s sole superpower is indispensable to establishing and maintaining global order.

    Hmmm…nothing about pro-life in their. In fact, it sounds just like your philosophy.

    “And if the Libertarian Party screws it up in Denver by nominating an extremist Anarchist like Ruwart or Kubby, than a massive number of libertarians will bolt to the Republicans and John McCain.

    There’s already a Libertarians for McCain effort going on. If Denver results in a disaster, watch LFM triple in size overnight.”

    Somehow I get the feeling that these Pro-McCain “libertarians” weren’t too friendly with the philosophy to begin with.

  22. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Dumbdero,

    Neocon is not the same as Religious Right.

    There are more types of authoritarians than simply Neocons.

    Someone can be pro-choice and still be an authoritarian. You agreed that Hillary Clinton is pro-choice and an authoritarian.

  23. Stefan Says:

    Excellent explanation of what and who neocons are:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4df1soW7Dho

  24. Stefan Says:

    Nope Eric, if the likes of Kubby, Phillies or Root are nominated, many pro-life libertarians may join Constitutionalists and disaffected Republicans and Democrats will vote for Baldwin and the CP may well perform much better than the LP. Baldwin is not so known of course, but has a radio station and can perform quite well with enough money and his platform is quite libertarian with a few exceptions. He is probably their best candidate in years.

  25. FreeMarketPlusPlus Says:

    “Anarchist like Ruwart or Kubby, than a massive number of libertarians will bolt to the Republicans and John McCain.”

    And that would be a bad thing? Sounds like it would help the Libertarian Party stay true to it’s roots.

  26. Kenny Says:

    The biggest negative about Ron Paul is that he was stupid enough to employ Dumbdero Rittberg.

  27. Kenny Says:

    BTW, Dumbdero, did not you not read Kubby’s piece on this site where he says that he is not an anarchist? You really a prize fucking asshole.

  28. MARY/NAMBLA '08 Says:
    1. Kenny Says:
      May 20th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Note the critical tone of the TPW commentary. The bias of the new controller. Get lost Cory!

    WE AGREE! SCREW CORY! SCREW CORY! WE WANT MARY! WE WANT MARY!

  29. MARY/NAMBLA '08 Says:
    1. Kenny Says:
      May 20th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Barbara Howe, Chair of North Carolina LP, endorses Ruwart.

    http://www.votemary2008.com/node/87

    Why is there is no report here?

    WHY? WHY? WHY? WE WANT MARY! WE WANT MARY!

  30. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    Dumbdildo: “NeoCon means PRO-LIFE religious right. It is utterly impossible to be a NeoCon and be Pro-Choice. NeoCons wish to use the power of government to enforce morality,”

    Still lying, I see.

    The term Neoconservative was coined by Irving Kristol in his 1986 book, Reflections of a Neoconservative.

    They’re chiefly concerned with foreign policy, and are mostly pro-choice on abortion.

    You know this. But you lie about it. You lie about it shamelessly. And when you’re confronted with it (as I confronted you with Kristol’s book a couple of weeks ago), you run and hide. Then reappear later to lie about it again.

  31. lee brenn Says:

    DONDEERRRROOOOOOOOO!

    Anyways, I’d wager that “Mark Scrib” is a combination of Mark Selzer and Doug Scribner of The Libertarian Alternative.

  32. Alex Peak Says:

    Mr. Holtz,

    Ron Paul is absolutely a radical. Why do I say this? Because he is a libertarian, and all libertarians are radicals. Libertarianism is definably a radical political ideology.

    Sure, he may deviate from the libertarian position on immigration and abortion, but that in itself does not prevent him from being a libertarian. And as long as he remains a libertarian, he will by definition remain a radical.

    Mr. Dondero,

    Where do I begin?

    You write, “NeoCon means PRO-LIFE religious right.”

    Actually, “religious right” means “religious right.” Neoconservatism has absolutely nothing to do with the religious right. The term “neoconservative” is used to distinguish the secularist, rabidly pro-democracy, pro-interventionist right from the religious right. Neoconservatism poses no position on abortion, although neoconservatives rarely have much of a problem making alliances with the religious right for their shared goals.

    Neoconservatism emerged out of the American “left,” as it began to reject some of the more libertarian qualities of the “left” in favour of more central planning. It did not give up its utopian “leftist” positions, which is why it believes it can remake the world in the image of America through militaristic interventionism.

    Rabid support for democraticisation, even through arms, is the distinguishing characteristic of neoconservatism.

    You claim, “It is utterly impossible to be a NeoCon and be Pro-Choice.”

    It is not impossible for neoconservatism to be pro-choice. I would in fact expect most neoconservatives to be precisely that.

    It’s not even impossible for those on the religious right to be pro-choice, although it is much less likely for such persons to hold such a position.

    You state, “NeoCons wish to use the power of government to enforce morality, kind of like Ron Paul wanting to regulate women’s reproductive rights with the power of the State.”

    Ron Paul is a member of the “Old Right,” in other words a classical liberal who works within the Republican Party and promotes traditionalism insofar as it aligns with classical liberalism.

    Because of this, Ron Paul is strictly opposed to interventionist militarism, and therefore cannot be a neoconservative. Moreover, unlike the neoconservatives, Ron Paul does not worship democracy.

    Ron Paul does deviate from the purist Randian/Rothbardian libertarian position when it comes to abortion. Whereas Rand and Rothbard held that it was acceptable to evict humans from one’s womb, Ron Paul holds a more traditionalist conservative position on that issue. Since neoconservatism has only tenuous ties to traditional conservatism, you’d be more accurate to label this deviation as conservative rather than neoconservative.

    As to other statements you made, I must make it clear that Kubby is not an anarchist by any stretch of the definition, since Kubby supports a constitutionally-limited government like Badnarik. Moreover, only extremists would ever even consider supporting McCain (or Clinton, or Obama).

    Sincerely,
    Alex Peak

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