Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Chuck Baldwin speaks out against new Constitutional Convention

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

by Bob Unruh

Globalists are “salivating” over the possibility of a Constitutional Convention at which issues such as the 2nd Amendment could handily be dismissed, according to a leader who warns Virginia likely is the next target for the drive.

“There is no question in my mind that, should a new Constitutional Convention be called, it would [...]

A lesson from Canada’s Green Party

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Canada directly subsidizes its political parties, under the pretext of eliminating big money in campaigns. Now the new conservative administration threatens to end those subsidies.

Here is part of the response from Green Party executive director Maureen Murphy:

This could well be the biggest challenge ever to face the Green Party of Canada….

What does this mean [...]

The two-party monopoly

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Doug Bandow, on his blog, writes about “The Demopublican Duopoly,” and states:

There were alternatives on some of the ballots–including the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, to whom I lent a helping hand. Unfortunately, however, the two big parties tend to make the rules as arcane as possible, while election law bureaucrats often seem to work [...]

Two Mistakes About the LP At Volokh Conspiracy

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Ilya Somin writes at Volokh Conspiracy (ranked 7th in my 2006 list of the top 30 liberty-oriented blogs):
third party politics simply is not an effective way of promoting libertarianism in the “first past the post” American political system. That system makes it almost impossible for a third party to win any important elected offices. And [...]

Self destruction: thy name is Bob Barr

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

by Jonathan Cymberknopf
(Libertarian)

What started out as the most promising Third Party campaign in years is turning out to be the most disappointing one in years.

Looking back at the Libertarian convention, the purists of the Libertarian Party did try to warn us, but we did not listen as promises of gold blinded our eyes.

We forgave Bob [...]

Stop the Smearing and Get the Vote Out

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

by Jonathan Cymberknopf

This 2008 election cycle I have been doing a lot of browsing through the internet looking at various Third Party web sites or so called Independent sites searching for news you normally don’t hear in the mainstream media since I decided to vote for someone other than Obama and McCain.

The crazy thing I [...]

Lets Get A Little Practical: Defining the Constitution Party

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Owing to the unfortunate smear articles here against the Constitution Party, its time to clarify the CP name here… Bill Shearer style.

While there have been many critical articles on the CP, lets start with one written previously by Andrew Davis- he quotes the whole CP Preamble starting off, or does he?
Let’s look at that one [...]

Let’s Get A Little Practical: Why I’m going for Baldwin over Barr

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

This was a long time coming.

Americans who are considering voting ‘Third-Party’ this election year has many choices for those of many different ideologies. However, I will address specifically, the candidates Bob Barr & Chuck Baldwin.

Bob Barr’s candidacy is nothing to scoff at, or even take lightly. A former GOP Congressman that made the switch not [...]

Libertarian Party slams the bailout bill

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Andrew Davis, Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party, scrutinizes the Wall Street bailout bill that has passed the Senate:

At first, it was but three pages.

Then, it grew to 42.

When it was voted on last night, the bill was the size of a novel.

A 451-page novel they most likely did not read before completing the [...]

No Amnesty for Wall Street!

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

by Chuck Baldwin

At the time of this writing, the U.S. House and Senate are poised to pass a $700 billion bailout to Wall Street. At the behest of President George W. Bush, the U.S. taxpayers are going to be on the hook for what can only be referred to as the biggest fraud in U.S. [...]

Is compromising libertarian principles necessary to spread libertarian ideas?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Is compromising libertarian principles necessary to spread libertarian ideas? Dr. Mary Ruwart, a leader of the Libertarian Party, answers that “instead of compromising libertarian principles, [libertarians] can work to craft a persuasive way to present their arguments. The Advocates for Self-Government web site is full of resources to help anyone do just that.”

Dr. Ruwart [...]

Constitution Party Platform - Excerpts For Liberty-Lovers

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
In the wake of Bob Barr not attending last week’s multi-third-party press conference sponsored by Ron Paul, some fans of Paul’s Campaign For Liberty are reportedly considering voting for the Constitution Party nominee instead of the Libertarian nominee.  The LP Platform is a lean and clean statement of Libertarian principles (which Barr has publicly [...]

World’s Smallerest Political Quiz

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The ten questions of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz by the Advocates For Self-Government can be squeezed onto one side of a business card, but the quiz doesn’t mention such issues as self-defense, farm subsidies, wage/hiring rules,  government banking, health care, education, reproductive rights, risk-taking, mandated religious observance, or ending the income tax.
Below is an iframe-embeddable [...]

Latter-Day Saints for Chuck Baldwin

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Out of the many groups supporting the candidacy of Chuck Baldwin, one has recently started that makes up a sizable core of Constitutionalists and principled conservatives: Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).

On their website, their introduction speaks about the inportance of the US Constitution-

“...The Lord told us that He inspired the Constitution and that “it should be maintained [...]

Why third parties don’t succeed

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

As someone who votes most of the time for third-party candidates (see my disclosure statement at the end of this posting), I am sympathetic to the cause of greater ballot access for third parties. I abhor the Republican-Democratic duopoly. It’s a sham to fool the American public (and foreigners) into thinking that we [...]

The Green lady in her Hummer

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Simone Kallet is a high school student who recently wrote a witty, wry guest column for the St. Petersburg Times. She starts with the “walking contradiction” she saw recently in a parking lot:

I was pulling into the Carrollwood lot, searching for a space. A woman walked out of the store and headed for the [...]

A great idea from Carey Campbell

Monday, August 18th, 2008

50 debates in 50 states in the remaining 80 days

Barr/Nader/McKinney/Baldwin…....give us the new Lincoln/Douglas.

Travel the country together and debate/discuss in every state in the nation. I bet local TV news shows would host these events on the evening news casts…or local schools.

The simplest logistical way to do it. All [...]

America’s Greatest Threat

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

By Chuck Baldwin

Every time violence erupts somewhere in the world, our national leaders and news media make it sound like that particular outbreak is America’s greatest threat. The conflict between Russia and Georgia is no exception. Almost as soon as news of the conflict broke, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain, was suggesting that [...]

What would a Baldwin Administration Look Like?

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Here’s a interesting video of Chuck Baldwin that answers the above question…

Nader says: Fly Southwest!

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Frugal Flying
by Ralph Nader
August 6, 2008

Two widening passenger service philosophies are contrasting themselves daily. One declares that it is necessary to charge airline travelers for just about everything but breathing and using the restrooms. Count nearly all the major airlines, including Jet Blue in this category.

The other approach is championed by Southwest Airlines, which avoids [...]

Ballotgate: The Scandal

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

From: Lowman Henry
Subject: Commentary- Ballotgate
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 2:51 PM

Ballotgate
State laws governing ballot access are scandalous

By Lowman S. Henry

A subplot to the Bonusgate scandal is the ongoing drama of what state Democrats did to prevent Ralph Nader and his Green Party from gaining a spot on the 2004 Presidential Election ballot. Attorney [...]

Are August 1 petition deadlines for President vulnerable to legal challenge?

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Ballot Access News

Both Pennsylvania and West Virginia require minor party and independent presidential petitions to be submitted on August 1. In both states, one or another minor party is struggling with that deadline.

The Pennsylvania deadline seems very vulnerable to challenge. The legislature has never passed any law saying the deadline is August 1. Instead, in [...]

Oklahoma: Give voters the kinds of choices they have as consumers

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Dustin Hughes, Managing Editor of the Sand Springs Leader, scolds Oklahoma politicians for their determination to keep political choices limited to the Republican and Democratic parties:

Oklahoma has one of the most restrictive ballot access processes in the nation. In most any other state, you’d be able to pick from about five or more other [...]

Greens: Remove barcodes from ballots

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Members of the local Green Party have sued San Juan County, Washington, alleging that the use of bar codes puts ballot secrecy at risk and violates state law. The Revised Code of Washington 29A.36.111 states, “No paper ballot or ballot card may be marked in any way that would permit the identification of the person [...]

Obama and the Hitler Youth revisited; Nader has a better idea

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The following is an article by John Murphy, an independent candidate for House of Representatives in the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania (www.johnmurphyforcongress.org). He is also one of the founding members of the Pennsylvanian Ballot Access Coalition, working to change the egregious ballot access laws in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at johnamurphy@comcast.net.

OBAMA AND [...]