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Libertarian Party: Why a President Romney Would be More Dangerous than President Obama (June 28, 2012, 01:58 PM)

The Libertarian Party released a press release following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare. It entails why electing Mitt Romney for President would be disastrous.

Republicans fiercely oppose, and often defeat Democratic Party attempts to massively expand government involvement in Health Care ? such as HillaryCare.

But Democrats usually vote for Republican Party legislation to massively expand government?s role in Health Care.

Republican President George Bush?s $1.1 Trillion Government Prescription Drug Program was voted into law by Republicans and Democrats.

Republican Governor Mitt Romney?s Massachusetts state government expansion into Massachusetts health care ? RomneyCare ? was voted into law by both Republicans and Democrats. With virtually no resistance.

A Republican-controlled House of Representatives and US Senate would oppose Democratic President Barack Obama?s health care proposals.

But a Republican majority House of Representatives and US Senate would support and vote for a Republican President Mitt Romney?s Big Government health care proposals. And most Democrats in the House and Senate would, too.

Read the rest at LP.org: Supreme Court Obamacare Decision Highlights Why a President Romney Would be More Dangerous than President Obama

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Johnson Campaign to Organize Protest at CNN HQ (June 28, 2012, 03:22 AM)

According to a Facebook Page created within the past hour available at:

http://www.facebook.com/events/400994866604633/

Southern Region Director for the Gary Johnson 2012.com campaign Chris Hill (http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/state-contacts) has announced an organized protest at the Cable News Network (CNN) headquarters in Atlanta Georgia to be held Monday, 16 July 2012, beginning at 10:30am in EDT.

According to the page:

Gary Johnson, as Governor, led the nation in job creation (#1) and left as one of only 4 states with a balanced budget. So why is CNN hiding him from the American public? He’s interviewed, gets endorsed, and then gets edited out of footage. He will be on the Debate stage with Romney and Obama, so it is happening. Come to Atlanta to CNN Headquarters! We need your help. America needs your help! Twitter #BlackoutCNN

This would appear to build on the prior media release regarding  censorship of the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign as reported by IPR last week:

http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2012/06/press-release-stop-censoring-gary-johnson-now/

 

Gary Johnson is the 2012 nominee of the Libertarian Party for President of the United States.

 

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LNC Member Starchild offers analysis of LP (June 28, 2012, 02:22 AM)

In an apparent response to recent criticism of the Libertarian Party  and Libertarian National Committee (LNC) by LNC member Wayne Allyn Root, LNC member Starchild offered the following analysis and recommended reading to all other LNC members:

Wayne seems to be suggesting here that libertarianism qua libertarianism just can’t/won’t appeal to people. That it can only appeal to people if it is peddled as either liberalism or conservatism (and of course he wants it to take a conservative character). But in that case, what is the point of having a Libertarian Party?

It’s easy to criticize what the LP has achieved, because the need for freedom remains more pressing than ever, and we all want to see a freer society. But by the standards of alternative parties in the United States, the LP has actually been quite successful. We’re the third-largest party in the country by most measures, and have outlasted many others. We have arguably had a significant impact on public policy, the public dialogue, and people’s beliefs, even if we haven’t freed any jurisdictions, succeeded in getting major parts of our platform written into law, elected tens of thousands of people to public office, etc.

Am I satisfied with what we’ve accomplished? No. Do I think there are more things we can and should do to take the party to another level? Absolutely! But aping the Republicans by watering down our message, or shutting the door to all tactics and methods of fighting for freedom other than trying to elect people with “L’s” next to their names, are not among them. If we hadn’t kept a relatively strong commitment to libertarian ideas over the years we’ve been in existence, I don’t think we would have had nearly as much impact and sustainability as we have, but conversely if the LP had been more determined in consistently upholding our radical message and speaking truth to power, and less concerned about “being taken seriously” or the superficial benchmarks of conventional success, I think we would today be much stronger in all ways than we are.

While we’re passing along recommended reading material, here’s a piece by Jim Peron, head of the libertarian Moorfield Storey Institute, which I found insightful, in which he discusses one of the things holding us back. Although I think Peron (fortunately for the movement) exaggerates the problem a bit in some respects in the piece below and his follow-up essay, he is right to point out a mindset which can and does unnecessarily alienate people who are often strongly libertarian in many respects and have much to gain from freedom, and which we would do well to be more mindful of in our communications. Be sure to read his comments at the link comparing the LP with Students for Liberty -

http://storeyinstitute.blogspot.com/2011/04/disaster-of-me-libertarianism.html

Starchild and Wayne Allyn Root are two of the five “At-Large” members of the LNC elected at the LP National Convention in Las Vegas in May 2012.  Each has been reported to represent one of the two  more extreme factions within the party:  Starchild as Radical/Purist/Bottom up; Wayne Allyn Root as Reformer/Compromiser/Top Down.

See for example: http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2012/05/lnc-elections-thread/

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John Jay Myers: Stop Stealing My Stuff (June 28, 2012, 01:55 AM)

John Jay Myers gave a speech tonight  at an event in Dallas, Texas, before economist Peter Lewin spoke.  Myers is running for United State Senate as a Libertarian.

You can find his website at www.JohnJayMyers.com

You can find the videos here, posted in four parts:

Intro & Stop Stealing

Wars and Ignorance

Corporate Welfare and Republicans

Live As You see fit and the Media

Mr. Myers is the owner of 2 businesses and is also an At-Large member of the Libertarian National Party.

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Johnson Campaign: Promote Jim Gray (June 28, 2012, 01:27 AM)

Andrew Miller, social media marketer and self-described “Provocateur, Street-Fighter, Shit-Starter, Smart-Ass, Wing-Man, Wise-Guy, and Lover of Women” (http://twitter.com/#!/andrewmiller83/) and Johnson campaign staff member (AndrewMiller@garyjohnson2012.com) has launched a campaign to promote Judge Jim Gray. In an email received earlier today, Miller writes:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please Pass this video around.

Note in your posts “Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate.”

Judge Jim Gray on The Six Groups Who Benefit From Drug Prohibition

Make sure you Hit Facebook and twitter as well

examples

http://www.facebook.com/cnnpolitics

http://www.facebook.com/ronpaul

http://www.facebook.com/barackobama

http://www.facebook.com/FoxNews

http://www.facebook.com/mittromney

http://www.facebook.com/GOP

http://www.facebook.com/electdemocrats

 

Former California superior court Judge Jim Gray is the 2012 Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential Candidate

 

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Gary Johnson to NAACP: Allow me to participate (June 28, 2012, 01:07 AM)

The following letter to NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), President Benjamin Todd Jealous, was released by the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign earlier today.

 

June 27, 2012

Mr. Benjamin Todd Jealous
President
NAACP
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

Dear Mr. Jealous:

The NAACP’s tradition of inviting presidential candidates to address your annual conventions every four years is a proud one – and one that has come to be a key opportunity for candidates to outline their positions, their credentials, and their hopes regarding the issues of the day.

Your upcoming convention in Houston, TX, is no exception. However, as the Libertarian Party nominee for President, I would respectfully suggest that inviting only President Obama and Governor Romney to your upcoming convention leaves not only a significant voice, but also a significant portion of the electorate unrepresented in terms of 2012 election choices.

I am the only “third party” candidate likely to be on the ballot in all 50 states along with President Obama and Governor Romney. Our campaign has already demonstrated sufficiently broad support to qualify for federal election matching funds. And, voters who identify themselves as neither Democrats nor Republicans represent fully one-third of American voters.

Most importantly, I will bring to the convention dialogue a differing point of view from the other candidates on several issues of importance to NAACP members – and the credibility of having served two successful terms as governor of one of the nation’s four “majority-minority” states.

I am the only candidate who has pledged to bring our troops home from Afghanistan immediately, and who opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. While President Obama has recently expressed support for gay marriage equality – while deferring to the states, I am the only candidate who has unequivocally stated that marriage equality is a fundamental right that must not be infringed upon by government.

While the Democrat and Republican candidates support continuing the failed War on Drugs, I have long advocated the legalization of marijuana and the treatment of drug use as a health issue rather than as a crime. As the California NAACP and others in your organization have made clear, the consequences of current drug law and policies fall disproportionately upon minorities all across America. Does that issue not merit a balanced discussion at your convention?

Likewise, I am the only presidential candidate to publicly challenge New York’s  “stop and frisk” policy, which has been widely and appropriately criticized as inherently discriminatory to minorities. Unlike the other candidates, I advocate the repeal of the Patriot Act and other laws that are threatening the fundamental civil liberties of all Americans.

Based upon my positions on these and other issues, the ACLU has rated me the highest of all presidential candidates, including President Obama, on civil liberties.

If the NAACP is truly interested in presenting its membership – and the nation – an opportunity to better understand their options in the November election, it would seem that there is room on your program to hear from a successful two-term governor who will be on the ballot nation-wide, and who credibly offers real alternatives to the two major party candidates on a wide range of issues.

With voters who identify themselves as neither Republican nor Democrat constituting more than 30% of the electorate, with as many as 80% of voters expressing an interest in considering a “third party” candidate, and more than 60% of voters, according to a recent Rasmussen survey, believing that the system is “stacked” against third party candidates, the NAACP has an opportunity in Houston to demonstrate that this year’s election dialogue does not have to be limited to a two-party duopoly.

I would be honored to join you in Houston and to present to the NAACP a vision of an America in which freedom and opportunity are truly protected by our government, rather than diminished. I respectfully ask that you consider allowing me to participate.

Thank you.

Governor Gary Johnson

 

IPR readers who wish to support this request of Governor Johnson’s may do so, in part, by contacting the NAACP at:

http://www.naacp.org/page/s/contact

 

The NAACP national convention will be held July 7-12 in Houston Texas.

 

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Washington Times: What?s Next For Third Parties (June 27, 2012, 10:45 PM)

Geoff Neale, Libertarian National Committee (LNC) chair, in an email to the LNC earlier today, urges all LNC members to read an article published yesterday, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 in the Washington Times titled: “What’s next for third parties after Gary Johnson?”

Neale further comments:

I think this is the kind of feedback/advice we in the LP at every level should at least consider.

The article offers five specific suggestions for Third Party success, includes references to Sun Tzu?s Art of War, advice on fundraising strategy and concludes with the declaration that:

It?s time for third parties to reject the notion that being vanquished is their eternal inheritance.

The article by Washington Times reporter Danny de Gracia can be found in its entirety here:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/making-waves-hawaii-perspective-washington-politic/2012/jun/26/whats-next-for-third-parties

 

 

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IPR: Celebration of Two Millionth Visitor (June 27, 2012, 10:27 PM)

Apparently our 2,000,000th visitor dropped by earlier today:

http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=stats&s=s48indpolrep

Total 2,000,550
Average Per Day 1,045
Average Visit Length 5:37

Not sure who the 2,000,000th Visitor was, but the Party is still going on around here and on behalf of all of us at IPR we would like to offer you a ride in Midas Mulligan’s car through the valley (Rand), the first rock thrown from the moon when it declared independence (Heinlein), a John Hospers for President button, a first edition of Unsafe at any Speed (Nader), a “Party like it’s 1773″ bumper sticker, a complete physical exam by Dr. Paul, a copy of the Constitution and whatever else the other IPR writers, and you, our readers — without whom none of us would be here, and to each of whom we are exceedingly grateful — can think of to memorialize the event.

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Is Wayne Allyn Root Leaving the Libertarian Party? (June 27, 2012, 06:37 PM)

This email appeared on the LNC Discuss List, and made its way to the LP Radicals Caucus page on Facebook.  Is Wayne planning on leaving the LP?   Is this a threat, or an announcement?  
 
At this time, IPR is seeking confirmation of both the authenticity of this email and Mr. Root’s intentions.  
 
 

From: WAYNE ROOT

Date: June 27, 2012 1:42:58 PM PDT

To: lnc-discuss@hq.lp.org

Subject: Re: [Lnc-discuss] Highly recommended reading

Reply-To: lnc-discuss@hq.lp.org

John,

Time to disassociate from abusive people.

People like you have chased decent and honorable people away from the LP for many decades.

You are abusive, negative, jealous, without class or manners.

Good luck to you.

I will have nothing further to say or do with you…or anyone who supports this disgusting behavior.

Some would call this “putting your peals before swine.”

This party has no interest in mobbing forward…in succeeding…in electing…in getting positive media.

Let it be noted…that I have said until now nothing negative about anyone…I stayed positive…I explained what I believe works…I supported Chairman Neale’s recommended reading…

I pointed out my successful commentaries in front of millions in the past few days at FoxNews…at TownHall (about my love of Texas of all things LOL) and at The Project to Restore America.

Not a word of thanks…no recognition of success…only attacks by the desperate and envious among the group.

This party knows nothing…zero…about how you encourage…thank…celebrate…or inspire success. Nothing. Zero.

It has far too many like Mr Meyers who denigrate and attack what others have achieved out of pure jealousy and envy.

So sad.

And everyone else is afraid to stand up for what is right…for fear they might get bullied or intimidated.

You have succeeded in chasing one more good person out of this party.

Enjoy your success- it is very short sighted and short lived.

Wayne

 

 Wayne Allyn Root is the chair of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee, and was the 2008 vice-presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party 

 
 

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Former Governor Jesse Ventura Interview with Alex Jones (June 27, 2012, 06:15 PM)

Alex Jones talks with actor, author, former professional wrestler and the former independent governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura. Alex and Ventura talk about TSA whistle-blowers, his show, politics, and his new book, DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans. The video of the interview is below.

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