Friday, October 28, 2016

Libertarian Party

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John Stossel, the libertarian host on the Fox Business Network, has set up his own two-hour debate among the leading candidates of the Libertarian Party.

Don’t know who those candidates are? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

The three candidates that will appear tonight at 9 Eastern are former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, former producer for Fox News, Austin Petersen, and anti-virus creator, John McAfee.

Gary, the pot-smoking, mountain climbing Republican turned Libertarian was the party’s nominee in 2012.

Austin Petersen is just over the line for qualifying to be president since he turned 35 this year. Petersen has been an activist and worked for the Libertarian Party before joining Judge Napolitano as his producer on Fox.

As for John McAfee, he was the creator of McAfee anti-virus software that he sold to live a life of relaxation in Belize. That didn’t turn out as planned as he was accused of murdering his neighbor and had to flee the country. Now cleared of legal issues, McAfee has turned to politics. McAfee first tried to run under the banner of the “Cyber Party” which didn’t work out so well as they’re not a real party, so he switch over to the Libertarian Party to take advantage of their access to the ballot.

There are at least 15 candidates seeking the presidential nomination from the Libertarian Party.

Most of those candidates are straight up nuts. One, Derrick Michael Reid, features a photo of himself on his campaign website dressed in some weird, fabricated uniform.

Another candidate, Darryl Perry, refused to file his candidacy with the FEC and, to avoid doing so, only accepts donations of “crypto-currency.”

Stossel, understanding that third-party candidates rarely get any attention, was kind enough to host the debate on his show . . . but given the candidates, it’s sure to be entertaining.

If you choose to watch, take a guess of which candidate bragged of getting “pyramid piles of p**sy” during a recent radio interview.

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Libertarian Party

If you’re going to mount an independent or third party run, the easiest way to do it is by stealing the ballot access of the Libertarian Party . . . or that’s what the GOP Establishment may think.

The LP is the third largest political party and is on track to have their presidential candidate on the ballots of 48 to 50 states in November.

Last week, anti-Trump GOP donors commissioned a study on the requirements for an independent run. The Florida firm who conducted the study, Data Targeting, had a memo leak that concluded, “it is possible to mount an independent candidacy but [it] will require immediate action on the part of this core of key funding and strategic players.”

Essentially, it was an optimistic, “we’re screwed.”

An independent candidate would need over 450,000 signatures of voters just to be on the ballot in 11 states.

Rather than spend millions of dollars on an attempt to get a candidate on the ballot that could challenge Donald Trump, it appears the GOP Establishment has been caught trying to steal the ballot access of the Libertarian Party.

With the permission of the LP, data experts dove into their anonymous Web site traffic to find that, within the last week, visitors have been searching for “Libertarian Party,” hitting, and signing up as members.

The party has received more sustained traffic in the last week than it had seen since October of 2012.

The party has also confirmed that they have had more new members join the party within the last seven days than at any time since 2008.

Unlike the Republican and Democrat parties, the LP requires a minimum donation of $25 to become a member of the party. New members must also sign a pledge tied to the principles of the party.

There are no active, new member acquisition campaigns under way by the LP, and the existing presidential candidates have driven few visitors to the site.

Why would the Establishment drive people to join the LP?

That’s easy . . . to stack the convention and nominate their own candidate.

They can’t compete with Donald Trump, so they have to find another route to maintain their power.

The Libertarians hold their presidential nominating convention on May 27th in Orlando, Florida.

While 1,047 delegates may attend the convention and choose their nominee, historically, only 600 or so Libertarians show up to vote . . . and few are registered to attend right now.

That leaves room for a hostile takeover of the party.

To become a delegate, you have to raise your hand and be selected by a state party to attend . . . you don’t even have to be a member of the national party, but most don’t realize that.

Prospective delegates can even show up at the convention, request to be included in a delegation and be voted in by a state.

Delegate requirements are loose if you can pass the purity suspicions of other Libertarians.

In previous discussions of bylaws changes, party officials considered adding in a “takeover” provision that would require delegates to be members for a period of time, but the change was shot down due to its lack of inclusiveness.

The GOP Establishment, which has openly discussed a “third party option”, could reasonably take over the Libertarian Party . . . and destroy it in one fell swoop.

If the GOP Elites, never being known for their political intelligence, were to nominate Mitt Romney, Rubio or some other establishment candidate using the Libertarian’s ballot line, it would all but guarantee that Hillary Clinton would be our next president.

Libertarian Party leaders would be wise to fill their delegate slots with as many “known” libertarians as possible before GOP donors do it for them.

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gary johnson

Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson has been toying with running for president a second time after his 2012 showing of .99% of the vote as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee.

While not being able to break 1% of the vote seems terrible, for the Libertarian Party, it was the second best campaign in the history of the party.

In 1980, Ed Clark running with David Koch broke the 1% barrier by obtaining 1.07% of the vote.

The relative success of the Clark/Koch campaign was due to the funding available from David Koch of Koch Industries – one of the two Koch Brothers maligned by the left.

Johnson, who showed at the GOP debates in 2012, dropped from the Republican Party to run as a third party candidate – choosing to align himself with the Libertarian Party.

Johnson accepted presidential matching funds, which is frowned upon by libertarians, but still ended the campaign with nearly a quarter million in debt.

Unlike Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians pride themselves in fiscal responsibility so running a 10% deficit is not a strong indicator of competence for a Libertarian candidate.

For comparison, in 2012, Mitt Romney ended with $3 million in debt, .8% of his total funds raised. Barak Obama also ended his campaign with a .8% campaign deficit.

Johnson was over ten times more irresponsible with his funds than the major party candidates.

While the metric is not a fair comparison due to the rules of scale, Johnson does have a strong record of fiscal responsibility as New Mexico’s governor.

Johnson left his position with a balanced budget for the state, along with a budget surplus.

He also cut 1,200 government jobs and increased the state’s general reserve ten fold.

Several other candidates are seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination, although Gary Johnson is positioned to be the clear winner.



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