Saturday, December 10, 2016

Libertarians

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The Republican, anti-Trump establishment is concocting a strategy to hijack the Libertarian Party by taking over its ballot access.

The Republican establishment wants to fraudulently become members of the party, attend our state conventions to become delegates, and take over the national Libertarian Party convention.

Not on my watch.

I have and will continue to fight off these attempts by the Republican establishment, no matter whether at the local, state and or national level.

Donald Trump’s rise to prominence in the GOP is a byproduct of their insistence to run establishment, big government candidates and ignoring liberty-loving candidates. I’ve seen how they’ve treated liberty-loving candidates by denying them party office and their rights as delegates at their conventions.

The GOP establishment is losing control of its own monster. It’s reaping what it sowed, and now it’s looking for the Libertarian Party’s ballot access to bail them out.

Back off!   You have to go through me.

It’s imperative that we continue to appeal to individuals yearning for more liberty and less government. As the Republican and Democratic parties continue to struggle with their identities, disenfranchise voters, destroy individual liberties, wage needless wars, and spend us into oblivion, the Libertarian Party must continue to be the rock where liberty and sanity are cherished.

As a political party that prides itself on principle and our adherence to peace, individual liberty, free markets, and minimum government, we cannot and should not be tempted to entertain the idea of endorsing, nominating, or supporting an establishment Republican candidate simply for the lure of a victory, and we must do everything we can to ensure that our candidate for President is a Libertarian one, dedicated to advancing peace and liberty for all.

My message to establishment Republicans who want to steal the hard earned ballot access of the Libertarian Party:

I have fought you as State Chairman of Indiana, a member of the Libertarian National Committee, a Vice-Chair of the National Libertarian Party and as the Chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee.

You want a fight.   I’ll give it to you again. I promise.

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A longtime aide to presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), has been indicted over payments that allegedly intended to buy an endorsement for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), the father of Rand Paul, is a libertarian folk hero, who ran for President in both 2008 and 2012.

Federal prosecutors allege that Jesse Benton–who currently leads Rand Paul’s super PAC but previously worked for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign– arranged to pay an Iowa state Senator, Kent Sorenson, $70,000 to shift his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to Ron Paul for the 2012 election. The payments were apparently concealed from others on the Ron Paul campaign, including Ron Paul himself.

Two other former Ron Paul staffers were also indicted for their role in the payout scheme.

This latest blow comes at a bad time for Rand Paul. Paul has continue to slip in the polls for the Republican nomination, and last month announced lackluster fundraising totals.

Worse, it seems that Paul is having trouble even holding on to his father’s libertarian base. Last week, Ron Paul’s former head of fundraising, Jonathan Bydlak, penned an article in Politico, entitled “Why I’m Tired of Defending Rand Paul.”

With the primaries just now kicking into high gear, Rand Paul’s campaign isn’t dead in the water just yet–but it remains to be seen how this latest corruption scandal will affect the reform-minded image that the Paul campaign is trying to project.

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson–who ran for President in 2012 and is flirting with the idea of another run in 2016–thinks parties are our problem.

Johnson, as a Republican, was Governor of New Mexico between 1994 and 2003. After losing the Republican primary for President in 2012, he switched to the Libertarian Party–and ran as their standard-bearer in the general election, which he lost, despite racking up one of the Libertarian Party’s strongest numbers in history.

But despite his party switching, Johnson makes it clear that parties are the problem–because they force candidates into positions where they have to appease different wings of the same party in order to progress.

“There are issues on which we do not agree, and those tend to be issues that have become litmus tests for Republicans,” Johnson explained. “It is essential that voters have the opportunity to see and hear a candidate who is not constrained by litmus tests.”

He was referring specifically to Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican who is running for President, but it’s a problem that runs deeper than that.

Generally speaking, because different factions in the GOP are opposed to each other, it’s usually the best-financed candidate who ultimately comes out ahead–not necessarily the one that most people support.

“If recent history is an indication,” Johnson explained, “the candidate who finally emerges [as the GOP’s nominee] will be the one the establishment wants and who has the most money. And watching the Republican National Committee limit participation in its own debates, that appears to be their plan once again. That leads to Jeb Bush.”

Johnson was, famously, only allowed in one debate in 2012, while running for the Republican ticket–after polling too low to gain an invitation to the rest. He did not debate either Gov. Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama in the general election, either.

Johnson has not yet announced whether or not he intends to run for President on the Libertarian Party ticket again in 2016.

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