Monday, July 30, 2012

Some days you have to wonder if President Obama even has a foreign policy

Our operations in Somalia--which even US government officials admit may be counterproductive in the long run--are the latest case in point.

In the battle of social media, Mitt Romney is becoming the "third party" Presidential candidate

Yeah, I know, it's only Google+, but . . . .

President Obama has 1.8 million followers

Libertarian Governor Gary Johnson has just hit 1.01 million followers

and Governor Mitt Romney lags behind at 853K.

Traction is where you find it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I missed these from the Cape Gazette covering Libertarian candidates


Libertarian candidates and activists joined Delaware Right to Marry at Delaware State Fair on July 26, to collect signatures for a marriage equality petition designed to convince legislators to move beyond civil unions and approve same-sex marriage during the next session of the General Assembly.
Wendy Jones, candidate for Senate District 6, said she wasn't surprised not to see Republicans or Democrats willing to stand for hours asking fair-goers to sign petitions.  "They seem to be more worried about not upsetting anybody than about taking a stand for the civil liberties of all Delaware citizens," Jones said in a press release.
Libertarian candidate for Insurance Commissioner, David Eisenhour, said of Democratic incumbent Karen Weldin Stewart, "I'm out here asking people to help stand up for the right of people to marry whomever they love.  Ms. Weldin Stewart came by and posed for a couple pictures, but wouldn't sign the petition."
Other Libertarian candidates at the event included Ronnie Fitzgerald, who is running for Representative District 35; Will McVay, who is running for State Representative District 32; and Andrew Groff, the Green Party and Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senator for Delaware.


Delaware Libertarian Party candidate Scott Gesty announced July 19 he would challenge Delaware’s Democratic Congressman John Carney in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election.
At his official campaign kick off in New Castle County, Gesty said if elected he would limit federal intrusion into public education. “John Carney supports corporate control of education with Vision 2015, and he supports Federal control with Race to the Top.  The only type of control he doesn’t support is by parents, teachers, and elected school boards,” Gesty said.
The candidate also said he would campaign to keep the Drug Enforcement Agency from hindering Delaware’s medical marijuana law.   “The war on drugs has become a war on cancer patients,” Gesty said.  “Delaware’s congressman needs to keep the feds from getting in between patients and doctors.”
Gesty said he would challenge Carney on voting to raise taxes on Social Security recipients, exempt corporations from medical billing requirements, and failing to keep America’s military operations under Congressional control.  In his only reference to Republican Tom Kovach, Gesty said, “He’s not going to raise these kinds of questions, but I will.”

A puzzle for Sunday night


What do you think?  Where was this photo taken, and what was happening?

I suspect the answer will astound some of you.

Big surprise from NYT: doctor shortages to get worse with new health care law

This should have been, ah, predictable.  If you have X supply of doctors serving Y supply of patients already, and you extend Y by several million . . . .

The window-dressing mechanisms in the Affordable Care Act meant to stimulate the training of more doctors will apparently provide only about 3,000 of the 45,000 more physicians needed in the next decade.  They actually couldn't do much more because our doctor-training system doesn't really have the capacity to expand that quickly.

There are, of course, more libertarian and market-based solutions that health care policy advisors will now have to examine after the fact, like allowing Physicians' Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to set up independent practices . . . .

Don't hold your breath.  Even had we adopted nationwide single-payer health care as many progressives wanted, we still could not have magically generated sufficient doctors to take care of everybody, despite all the promises to the contrary.  The capacity for bureaucratic wishful thinking has yet--like the speed of light--to be exceeded.

We can, however, almost instantly create the thousands of new IRS agents needed to enforce compliance with a health care system that doesn't have enough doctors.

Delaware Politics: worried about Scott Gesty?

Thirteen hours later and my comment on David Anderson's post on the Delaware congressional delegation and voting for "Audit the Fed" is still in moderation.  What did I say that was so dangerous?

I pointed out that only Libertarian Scott Gesty--and not Republican Tom Kovach--had actually come out with a public statement criticizing John Carney for his vote against auditing the Federal Reserve.

That's apparently the new verboten at Delaware Politics, which still does not show my comment to anyone else.

Well, thanks to the magic of screen capture, you get to see it here:



Saturday, July 28, 2012

More Delaware State Fair petition signing for Marriage Equality

I promised to record what happened with Alexis and her stint at getting signatures for the Delaware Marriage Equality petition at the State Fair.

But first things first--I have to correct an ongoing mistake.  The guy who organized this all (see last photo) is Chuck Mead-e, not Chuck Meade as I have been spelling it.  See, you take Bruce Mead (no "e") and he gets married (that's what's wrong with civil unions, they don't convert into a verb) to Charles Meade (with an "e") and it comes out Richard and Charles Mead-e.  Simple?  I think so.

Anyway back to the narrative. . . .

Alexis worked with Wendy Jones and me for about two hours (Chuck got to take a nap) from 5-7:00pm on Saturday night.  At first she was apprehensive about calling out to strangers, "Sign a petition for marriage equality!" and just handed out the secondary clipboards when somebody's spouse was already signing.

But then she got rapidly into the swing of things, waving the clipboard and encouraging people to come sign.

Wendy and I noticed immediately that even the people who weren't going to sign were a lot nicer to Alexis (that's what we get for being in our fifties, I guess).  They'd just say, "No thanks" or turn away, whereas to me there would be the occasional, "F--k you, fag," under the breath.  In a way she was disappointed, because she had been steeling herself for a confrontation with angry crowds and pitchforks.

When it came it was sort of anti-climactic.  She got one, "I'll sign that when Hell freezes over," and another "Are you gay?" and a couple of mumbles that could have been worse.  Still, I was proud to see that none of it phased her, and she told Chuck see would be taking petitions back to the Gay-Straight Alliance at Charter School of Wilmington for the 18-year-old seniors to sign this fall.


The pictoral chronicle of Alexis Newton petitions for marriage equality is below the fold.

Unofficial Gary Johnson video by Corey Schmidt


They are going to need Gary Johnson in the Presidential debates, because otherwise . . . .

. . . nobody may be watching.

Life as a gay man at the Delaware State Fair (at least temporarily)

To some extent it was funny (OK it was downright f--king hilarious) when the guy threw up his hands and shouted, "Don't touch me, Satan!" after Libertarian Ronnie Fitzgerald asked him to sign the marriage equality petition at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday.

And it was . . . interesting to stand there all day in the T-shirt and listen to the comments or absorb the looks.  "I hope your people can find happiness."  "No sir, I don't have truck with your perversions." "I'm a Christian so I will pray for you."  "You said you had a son, so you must have been normal sometime in your life."

I made a conscious decision that I wasn't going to say, "No, I'm not gay, I just happen to support equality for everybody in America," because I really wanted to find out at least a little something about what it felt like to be Chuck Mead-e or any other gay man standing up for his rights in what could at times be a hostile crowd.

Last night Chuck and Libertarian Wendy Jones had to be escorted to their vehicles at the end of the fair day by the State Police, thanks to some overly aggressive Delawareans who apparently don't like the First Amendment any more than they like gay people.  I didn't see that, though I did see several interactions on Thursday that had the potential to spiral out of control that way.

Chuck keeps his cell phone ready to dial 9-1-1.

I understand that.

This afternoon my sixteen-year-old daughter Alexis will be joining me at the petition table and doing a couple of hours of work soliciting signatures.  She asked if she could come, and I said yes before I knew about any of this.  Then my wife and I discussed it with her, and she still wants to go, even though she knows there is an element of risk involved.  She's a soccer goalkeeper and a basketball point guard, she reminds me.  Those are contact sports and involve a lot of intimidation.

I don't think she understands that this involves hatred and fear as well.

But we're going to let her go.  She's old enough and she's earned her right to stand up for her beliefs (and, besides, Chuck and I will be there on either side of her).

(By the way, she'd like you to know that she's not necessarily a Libertarian just because her gene pool happens to be so contaminated.  She's picking her own political ideology when she gets around to it, thank you.  But she does know it will include equal marriage rights for everybody.)

So I will let you know what happens.  I'm proud of her, and concerned at the same time.  But I'm also--WE are also--unwilling to allow our daughter to grow up not ready to take a stand for what she believes in.

(For yesterday:  thanks to Libertarians Jim Christina and Amy Merlino for their time at the table.)

And my last questions:  where are all the damn Democrats who are supposed to be so concerned with civil rights?  Why, when it comes down to it, are only the Libertarians apparently willing to stand up publicly and be counted with our LGBT brothers and sisters?

Finally! New Gary Johnson ad starts seriously going after Obama and Romney

Friday, July 27, 2012

Participating in the political process apparently makes me a "shil" . . .

On a blog nobody reads, a troll who used to make thoughtful comments has decided that s/he is the arbiter of political purity, and that I'm. well, not.  Or else I am, and that's the problem.

This person (or possibly beta version AI) has previously called all Republicans Nazis, found all Democrats to be hypocrites, and now is trying to peddle the idea that all Libertarians want to starve poor people, end civil rights, and destroy the public schools.

Which would have come as a surprise to the members of the only political party in Delaware willing to get out there and collect signatures for Marriage Equality at the State Fair. . .

Nah, I won't give you the link because s/he will show up here soon enough to tell you personally that Libertarians want you to die without government assistance.

In five, four, three, two . . . .

And now President Obama is thinking about invading . . .

Mali?

Quck, before you have time to look, even tell me where in Africa Mali sits (a point naming any country it borders) and even one fact about the country, even one not relevant to why the Obama adminstration is interested in sending troops there.

How do you plan to explain to our sons and daughters that they will be fighting in Mali?

This has got to stop.

Only Gary Johnson for President and Scott Gesty for US House will bring some sanity back into a foreign policy on steroids.  Vist both websites, find out why they are the only candidates on the ballot with sane foreign policy ideas, and then . . . contribute!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Be Libertarian with us, Delaware! Episode Two: The War on Drugs

Let's face it:  NO Demopublican administration has been willing to come to grips with the appropriate strategy for ending the war on drugs.  In fact, under President Obama the Drug Enforcement Administration has begun to rival the Transportation Security Administration for the title of "America's Gestapo."

In this arena, Delaware Democrats and Republicans have been not just a disappointment, but a disaster.

Perhaps they pat themselves on the back for passing a Medical Marijuana law, but without the will to support our doctors, producers, and patients in the face of DEA stormtrooper tactics, the law means nothing.  Here, from the 2012 electoral platform of the Libertarian Party of Delaware, is the stance of our state and local candidates on the "War on Drugs":

Libertarians at the Delaware State Fair for Marriage Equality

So six members of the Libertarian Party of Delaware answered the call of Delaware Right to Marry and spent the day today collecting signatures for the marriage equality petition.

Chuck Meade, who is spearheading the petition drive has been working the booth by himself most of the week, in no small measure because Demopublicans are afraid that being associated with this petition drive will cost them some votes.  (Of the pictures I wish I had remembered to take was Chuck's T-Shirt:  "I'm not gay, but my husband is.")

Ronnie Fitzgerald and Wendy Jones
Ronnie Fitzgerald (Libertarian candidate for State Rep, District 35) was the first to arrive.  He had the most profoundly spiritual experience of the day when a man he asked to sign the petition threw up his hands and shouted, "Don't touch me, Satan!"

Wendy Jones (Libertarian candidate for State Senate, District 6) proved to be one of our most successful collectors of signatures (see below).  When people would tell Wendy that Jesus commanded them not to sign those petitions, Wendy smiled at them and said, "Jesus made me, too, you know."

Andy Groff at the mid-point of his
fifteen-minute guerilla campaign
Andrew Groff (Green/Libertarian candidate for US Senate) tried to push the envelope by appropriating an empty booth next to the marriage equality table for his own campaign banner.  The Delaware State Fair is efficient, I'll give them that:  within fifteen minutes they had evicted Andy from his short campaign stint, and sent him back to our table to distract people from the booth across the way that was selling small rodents (or trying to, anyway).  Some people were not sure why they actually came into our tent, between the small rat-like creatures being hawked as pets, the marriage equality booth, and the nearby Delaware Right to Life booth with its case of three-dimensional plastic fetuses (you cannot make this stuff up).

Will McVay, waiting for Miss Delaware;
Chuck Meade and Wendy Jones in
the background.
Will McVay (Republican [Libertarian] candidate for State Rep, District 32) scored the major coup of the day when he managed to acquire the signature of Miss Delaware, Alyssa Murray, on the Marriage Equality petition.  Miss Murray, as we shall see in a moment, showed considerably more integrity about the issue than any Democratic or Republican politicians who might have wandered by.

David Eisenhour (Libertarian candidate for Clerk of the Peace and Insurance Commissioner) instilled new life into the effort around 2:30pm when he plunked down a five-dollar bill on the table and said, "This says I can get more signatures in the next hour than anybody else can."  It was at this point that Chuck was very sure that campaigning with Libertarians was something different that he was used to seeing.

David Eisenhour gets a photo with
Karin Weldin Stewart, but, alas,
no signature for marriage equality.
Wendy, by the way, won the contest, but David had his own moment in the sun when his electoral opponent, Karin Weldin Stewart, wandered by and posed for a photo with him.  Remember I mentioned Miss Delaware's political integrity?  Democrat KWS refused to sign the petition because, apparently, it might turn off some voters.

I drank a lot of tea and managed to stay out of all the photos.  One guy asked me, "Is this petition on the level, or is it one of them perversion things?"  Another lady told me with great concern that, as a Christian with a gay brother, she was seriously tormented about what she should do, but was afraid that  her pastor might find out if she signed the petitition.

Chuck hasn't totaled how many signatures we got (they are still collecting petitions as I write; the booth closes in about 45 minutes), but it should have hit at least 150.

Several people wearing "Kovach for Congress" T-shirts walked past us without making eye contact.

A couple more Libertarians (Jim Christina, candidate for State Senate, 7th District, and Amy Merlino, candidate for State Rep, District 15) will be helping Chuck out tomorrow, and my daugher Alexis and I will be doing a couple of hours on Saturday.  If you get the chance, come out and visit.

It is a great cause, and a good time was had by all.  Thanks to Bill Humphrey at the Delaware Right to Marry PAC for help getting the cool T-shirts.  Come out tomorrow or Saturday, sign the petition, and meet Chuck or any Libertarians hanging around.

John Carney runs away from his own vote not to Audit the Fed; friends Bernanke

Predictably, US Representative John Carney (D--Special Financial Interests) voted "NO" on the bill to Audit the Federal Reserve yesterday.

Equally predictably (as with his vote to approve indefinite detention in the NDAA), Congressman Carney didn't even have the courage to say why he refused to support governmental transparency and oversight of the national's central bank, which has in effect become and independent fourth branch of the government.

John Carney to his special-interest
contributors:  Don't worry, guys, I'm
holding the line here for you.
Instead, Carney published a love letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke:

"I appreciated the opportunity to ask Chairman Bernanke today about what he believes are the steps Congress must to take in order to encourage economic growth.
“Mr. Bernanke’s testimony today reinforced two important points that must guide the work we do here in Congress as we address the economy and work to create jobs: first, we need to be thoughtful on any cuts we implement in the short-term; and second, the most effective thing Congress can do is quickly pass a comprehensive fiscal plan that includes a long-term tax policy to eliminate uncertainty, which discourages businesses from hiring new workers and investing in new facilities."

Ben Bernanke:  the Fed is like the
Supreme Court, you know, an
independent, non-transparent
arm of Goldmann Sachs, er, I mean,
the government.
Carney's position (if you can dignify his statement with the term) supports Bernanke's own stance that the operations of the Federal Reserve must be completely insulated from all public scrutiny, because any public scrutiny or transparency would represent a "politicizing" of monetary policy.

It's dangerous to let John Carney get involved in major financial decisions, as even our progressive friends at Delawareliberal like cassandra m. understand, writing just two months ago on the Congressman's financial acumen:

I’ve been thinking about this since I saw it this AM and I can’t quite figure out what he is trying to get to here. The choices are:
  1. John Carney thinks  that we really are that stupid.
  2. John Carney actually believes this stuff.

I'm going with option Number One here.

Carney's craven cave-in to Bernanke and his own special-interest backing is one of the primary reasons why Delawareans need to vote in November for Libertarian Scott Gesty, who actually has a position on the Fed and our burgeoning national debt:

America is being consumed by debt. When Congressman Ron Paul introduced House Bill 1207 to audit the Federal Reserve in early 2010, the national debt stood at $11 Trillion. Today, thanks in no small part to the Fed’s “Quantitative easing,” the debt is approaching $17 Trillion—a 55% increase in under three years. We still have not audited the Fed.
Our debt is now greater than America’s entire Gross Domestic Product, the total value of all goods and services produced in this country in a single year. With the Fed printing money, and the current administration spending our grandchildren’s wealth, we are heading into a crisis that will make the 2008 Recession look like a day at the beach. The catastrophe occurring in Greece right now is a warning about where America could be in the next eight years.
We cannot spend or “stimulate” our way back to prosperity. We already know that no miraculous “shovel-ready jobs” are going to put Americans back to work, and we certainly have learned that government money doled out to special interests will not solve our financial problems.
Delaware needs a Congressman who is serious about reducing the size and scope of government. We have to eliminate wasteful bureaucracies like the US Department of Education, while at the same time getting government out of the way of the businesses who can put Americans back to work. Decreasing spending while growing the tax base is the only way to get out of this mess.

Tom Kovach:  Posiions on the issues?
You mean I'm supposed to have them
to run for Congress?  Nobody told me.
I thought you just needed T-shirts.
Oh, and just in case you are wondering, Republican Tom Kovach has NO position on auditing the Federal Reserve, which is possibly the only way you could do worse than John Carney.

In many races, Libertarians already are Delaware's second political party

In seven General Assembly races this year, the choice will come down to a two-person race between a Libertarian candidate and a single Democratic (5 races) or Republicn (2 races) opponent.  (There may be more; we are not completely finished filing candidates).

Here is the list:

State Senate District 1:  Three Democrats in primary; Libertarian Brian Lintz; no Republican filed.

State Senate District 4:  Republican Greg Lavelle; Libertarian Marcia Groff; no Democrat filed.

State Senate District 7:  Democrat Patti Blevins; Libertarian James Christina; no Republican filed.

State Rep District 7:  Democrat Bryon Short; Libertarian C. Robert Wilson; no Republican filed.

State Rep District 14:  Democrat Pete Schwarzkopf; Libertarian Margaret Melson; no Republican filed.

State Rep District 15:  Two Democrats in primary; Libertarian Amy Merlino; no Republican filed.

State Rep District 35:  Republican David Wilson; Libertarian Ronnie Fitzgerald; no Democrat filed.

The Libertarian Party of Delaware will be outspent in all of these races because we're still very much in a beginning organizational state for purposes of fundraising and traditional campaigning.  But it is very telling with regard to the creaking and straining two-party Demopublican system in Delaware.  The Republicans have apparently completely given up on the idea of challenging their opponents in a sufficient number of races to achieve any change in the balance of power in the legislature, while it is astounding that even after redistricting gerrymandering the Democrats cannot find candidates to oppose every Republican.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Delaware Liberal and the Cape Gazette: some love for Scott Gesty

The Cape Gazette publishes my letter introducing Scott Gesty for US House, and--in an amazingly friendly move--jason330 at Delaware Liberal re-posts it for us.

Thanks jason.  And since Scott is ballot-qualified and has been for weeks, how about adding him to your list of candidates?

Uh, Mr. President? The, uh, government, uh, did not create the Internet


Here's what President Barack Obama said:
"The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet."
And Slate, plus legions of others, jumped on the old meme that the Internet grew out of Arpanet, and is a government invention:
Rather than founded on the independent spirit of the Wright Brothers, the Internet is literally the bastard offspring of a government civil defense program and European physics research consortium.
The problem?  Both Slate and the President are full of shit.

First, consider what Robert Taylor, who actually directed Arpanet, said way back in 2004:
"The creation of the Arpanet was not motivated by considerations of war. The Arpanet was not an Internet. An Internet is a connection between two or more computer networks."
Then who did actually invent the internet?
Vinton Cerf developed the TCP/IP protocol, the Internet's backbone, and Tim Berners-Lee gets credit for hyperlinks.
But full credit goes to the company where Mr. Taylor worked after leaving ARPA: Xerox. It was at the Xerox PARC labs in Silicon Valley in the 1970s that the Ethernet was developed to link different computer networks. Researchers there also developed the first personal computer (the Xerox Alto) and the graphical user interface that still drives computer usage today.
And the government (specifically the National Science Foundation, which was actually the only part of the government ever seriously involved in the development of the Internet), what did the government do?

Nothing, as it turns out:
As for the government's role, the Internet was fully privatized in 1995, when a remaining piece of the network run by the National Science Foundation was closed—just as the commercial Web began to boom. Blogger Brian Carnell wrote in 1999: "The Internet, in fact, reaffirms the basic free market critique of large government. Here for 30 years the government had an immensely useful protocol for transferring information, TCP/IP, but it languished. . . . In less than a decade, private concerns have taken that protocol and created one of the most important technological revolutions of the millennia."
The government did not create the Internet.  And to paraphrase Jesse Jackson on Ronald Reagan, if Mr. Obama knew that the government didn't invent the Internet and made that speech anyway, that's bad.  But if Mr. Obama, as President of the United States, didn't know the story of how the Internet was invented, that's a whole lot worse.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WDEL's Electionwatch: Wonder when the intern quit?

At first I was just a little hacked off personally because, when I opened WDEL's Electionwatch page there was absolutely no mention of the Libertarian Party or Libertarian candidates.

There are links for Republicans, Democrats, IPOD, and the Greens.  No Libertarians.

I know we aren't finished getting all of our candidates on the ballot, but a number of them (like Scott Gesty or Wendy Jones) have been ballot-qualified for weeks.  No mention.

No Gary Johnson running for President.

So I sat down to write WDEL a polite "please include us" email, and in so doing I realized that a lot more than Libertarians are missing.

Alex Pires (IPOD) and Andrew Groff (Green) are apparently NOT running against Tom Carper.

Ben Mobley (GOP) is apparently NOT running for insurance commissioner.

There are others, but my favorite is the 32d State Representative District, which I'm obviously interested in because Will McVay is running, and Ellis Parrott is running away from him.

Now, as I understand it, Brad Bennett announced his tearful decision not to run for re-election due to his alcohol problems.  Bill MacGlumphey announced for the Democratic nomination and so did Brad's wife.

On the GOP side, Libertarian Vice-Chair Will McVay changed parties and declared for the spot, causing a mad scramble as frightened GOPers trotted Ellis Parrott out of retirement to try to keep Will out.

Never happened.

According to WDEL, Brad Bennett is running against Ellis Parrott.

The irony here is that the inclusion of Parrott's name means the site had to be updated after Bennett pulled out and all the other candidates declared.  Parrott didn't get into the race until after McVay declared.  And McVay declared as a Republican, so the old "we don't acknowledge Libertarians" explanation doesn't work.

I don't know as much as I should, admittedly, about all the other races in the State, but I am pretty sure there is somebody running for the 6th District Senate seat.  Like maybe the Lopez/Urkle primary?

Having worked for and with organizations like WDEL, I know that it's not Alan Loudell or Al Mascitti who is responsible for  maintaining this page.  They probably never even look at it.

But people interested in Delaware elections using a search engine are very likely to find it, which should be at least embarrassing for the station.

At the very least, Shellhorn & Hill, the company paying to sponsor the page, should be a bit hacked off.

C'mon guys, clean it up.

Twelve things Libertarians wish everybody else knew . . .

. . .  from The Whited Sepulchre.

If FOXnews is worried about Gary Johnson's impact on the Presidential election . . .

It means that the GOP is starting to get serious hives over the idea.

Although FOX tries to spin it as being interested in Johnson's pull from Obama as well as Romney, it's pretty clear what has the conservative TV news network's knickers in a twist.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Some quick hits

1.  Marinol is a synthetic marijuana substitute that doesn't work as well as real pot and has serious potential side effects like psychosis and death.  Obamacare will cover Marinol, not marijuana.

2.  The New York Times actually (surprise, surprise) has a constructive article on improving health care quality while cutting costs that is not simply a shil for a particular political program.

3.  A homeless guy built himself a camouflaged little house out on public land.  Guess he's not really part of the public.

4.  If it was my daughter I'd expect her to do the same thing.  And if necessary I'd take the cell right next to hers.

US News & World Report: first pro-Johnson whispers from Presidential Debate Commission

Just a whisper, but movement toward including Libertarian Gary Johnson in this fall's presidential debates.

Cape Gazette: Sussex Libertarians fill 2012 ballot

Sussex media outlets (WGMD and the Cape Gazette in particular) seem far more amenable to covering third parties than those further north.

Today is a great example with a major Cape Gazette story on our Libertarian Party of Delaware candidates there.

Some snippets (but read the whole thing):

David Eisenhour:
“We’re living in an area where more and more people notice the government is out of control,” he said. “We would allow people to regulate themselves.”
Margaret Melson:
“I am deeply concerned with the daily erosion of our freedoms, the trampling of the constitution and the slide into ever more restrictive and intrusive government,” Melson said.  “I can't sit back and complain about the sad state of affairs if I am not willing to put myself out there and at least try to make a difference.” 
Wendy Jones:
Jones also said she would work to lower the cost of healthcare and taxes on businesses.  “As a small business owner, it’s extremely difficult to operate now,” she said. 
Valerie Valeska:
Valeska said she would also push for criminal liability for police officers and elected officials.  Valeska said she and Jones recently had some guests staying in their Milton home.  One of the visitors was an eight-year-old boy, who was playing in Valeska’s front yard when, she said, he was accosted by a Milton police officer.
“The next thing I know, I’ve got a 6-foot tall police officer interrogating me in my kitchen,” Valeska said.  The officer did not knock or give her any notice before entering her house, she said.
When Valeska asked why police came to her home, she said they told her someone reported a drunk black male at the house.  “I’m thinking, ‘Do you not know the difference between a grown man and a child?’” she said. 
These and other Libertarian candidates will be appearing at a candidates' forum on Thursday, 2 August, at 6:30pm at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.

Be Libertarian with us, Delaware! Episode one: Public education

The pressing need to do something about public education in Delaware just keeps on growing.

From the citizen pushback against corporate lobbying to the latest revelations about Pencader Charter, we are looking at a system wherein students and their education have become not the end, but a means to political power.

At the Federal level there is patronage and special interest power:  one after the other presidents of both parties have elevated ideologues and half-baked visionaries to the cabinet level and allowed them not just to experiment on our children with high stakes testing, No Child Left Behind, or Race to the Top, but they have also empowered these Federal bureaucrats to take unprecedented control of all public education.

And things haven't gotten better for our kids.

At the State level a corresponding bureaucracy of power and entitlement has grown bloated from Federal and corporate money, raked off at the expense of teachers and students in the classrooms in the name of data analysis or statewide assessments that change with roughly the same frequency as well-dressed people change their socks.  First we had performance assessment, but that was too expensive; then we had the DSTP, but that didn't satisfy anybody (because, hint, hint, it was never effectively normed and validated); then we got DCAS, which at least created the initial impression of movement; and soon we are to have . . .  something else.

Want to know how many elementary reading and math specialists could have been provided for what we've flushed down the toilet in meaningless tests and useless standards?

And things haven't gotten better for our kids.

The politicians and the bureaucrats to demonize our school boards and our teachers with programs and "interventions" that have no basis in research, and threaten to take away millions of dollars from the stakeholders in any district who dare to challenge Federal and State authority.

Education bureaucrats publicly imply that a school board member standing up for his teachers is a racist.

A good teacher who won a school board election is mocked and effectively lynched in effigy as a communist.

But no longer.

Last May, all across Delaware parents and teachers voted for advocates of local school board control.

They voted against the Federal tail wagging the dog of public education.

But still the politicians and educrats paid no mind:  they nominated and confirmed (in 45 minutes!) an individual with marginal "real world" qualifications to be our next Secretary of Education.

Where are our Democratic and Republican politicians when it is time to stand up for local control of our public schools?

They're standing solidly behind Vision 2015 and Race to the Top, that's where.

It has to stop.

About ten days ago, Scott Gesty, the Libertarian candidate for US House, made news with a strong statement advocating the dramatic reduction of Federal power over our local public schools.

Now, on the State and local level, Libertarian Party of Delaware candidates have joined together in a strong statement on putting the local control back into public education:

Education
The Federal government provides less than 7% of Delaware’s public education funding, and yet that small percentage comes with mandates, compliance requirements, and strings that take control of our classrooms away from parents, teachers, and elected school boards.  The Delaware Department of Education runs roughshod over our local school boards, using questionable data to declare failed schools, while committing millions to under-researched “reform” initiatives that have yet to demonstrate any ability to improve education.  The General Assembly has abdicated its oversight role in public education by rubber-stamping the appointment of a Secretary of Education whose credentials for leadership are as thin as his political connections are substantial.
This has to stop.  Libertarian candidates propose the following to begin the process of placing control of public education back where it belongs:
1.      The State Board of Education should become an elected board, with members elected by, and responsible to, Delaware citizens and not the Governor.
2.      The position of Secretary of Education should be abolished and removed from the Governor’s cabinet, to be replaced by the traditional State Superintendent of Education, who will be hired and (if necessary) fired by the State Board.
3.      The Delaware Department of Education should be converted from a supervisory and compliance organization to a support organization for the school districts.  Unless specifically authorized by Federal statute, DEDOE should be forbidden to take over 10% of any Federal grants or aid as a pass-through administrative cost.  DEDOE should be stripped of its authority to mandate high-stakes standardized tests as sole or primary determinants of promotion or graduation.
4.      Local school boards should become the primary mechanisms for approving/supervising charter schools, determining the measures of student success/graduation, and developing policies for teacher evaluation.
Like all great ideas, this is a simple proposal.  Return the oversight of public education to Delaware citizens. Empower parents, teachers, and school boards, and let them be responsible for the outcome.

If the Democratic and Republican candidates have something to propose except more of the same, then let them come forward with proposals.

Let's make this year's elections to the General Assembly a referendum on who should control our public schools.

Be Libertarian with us, Delaware, this one time, and the Libertarian Party of Delaware will help you take back your public schools.  If you don't like the responsibility that brings, in the next election cycle you can vote the bureaucrats and politicians back into power over what happens in your child's classroom.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

What Michael Munger says about Gary Johnson

"Gary Johnson is the best Presidential candidate I have seen in my lifetime, in terms of issues and experience."
Pretty strong words from the former Chair of the Political Science Department of Duke University, and the 2008 Libertarian candidate for Governor of North Carolina.

Friday, July 20, 2012

WGMD: Scott Gesty kicks off Libertarian campaign to unseat John Carney

Will Scott succeed in breaking through the Delaware version of a media blackout that has kept candidates like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson away from major news outlet coverage?

Too early to tell.

But it is promising that at least WGMD News decided to carry a piece on his campaign kick-off:

A third candidate has gotten into the race to unseat John Carney as Delaware’s lone representative in the U.S. House.
Scott Gesty is the Libertarian Party nominee for Congress. He kicked off his campaign last night at the New Castle County Libertarian Party meeting. Gesty says he’ll campaign on limiting federal intrusion into public education, and also getting the DEA out of the way of Delaware’s medical marijuana law. Gesty says the “War On Drugs” has become a “war on cancer patients.”
[snip]
“This year the Libertarian Party is going to be part of the debate,” announced Scott Gesty, the Libertarian Party of Delaware candidate for US House of Representatives.  “We’re on the right side of so many issues that are important to Delaware that a party label won’t matter,” he said, speaking Thursday night at his campaign’s formal kick-off, the New Castle County Libertarian meeting at Panera Bread on Kirkwood Highway.  About twenty Libertarians attended, clapped and asked questions.
Limiting Federal intrusion into public education would be one of his campaign’s main themes, Gesty said.  “John Carney supports corporate control of education with Vision 2015, and he supports Federal control with Race to the Top.  The only type of control he doesn’t support is by parents, teachers, and elected school boards.”  Gesty noted that with state and local funds paying over 93% of public education expenses in Delaware, “The tail should not be wagging the dog.”
Gesty will also campaign on keeping the Drug Enforcement Agency out of the way of Delaware’s medical marijuana law.  “The ‘war on drugs’ has become a ‘war on cancer patients,’” he said, arguing that Federal raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries in California, Colorado, and Michigan have scared Delaware doctors into being unwilling to prescribe the drug.  “Delaware’s congressman needs to keep the Feds from getting in between patients and doctors.”
He also told the crowd that he would challenged the incumbent on voting to raise taxes on Social Security recipients, exempt corporations from medical billing requirements, and failing to keep America’s military operations under Congressional control.  In his only reference to Republican Tom Kovach, Gesty said, “He’s not going to raise these kinds of questions, but I will.”


Find out more about Scott's campaign (and consider donating) here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Examiner covers Scott Gesty, Libertarian candidate for US House in Delaware

Nice write-up.

Who do you side with?

An interesting online political quiz that surprised me in terms of how well it was thought out, how subtle it was, and how accurate it was.

I came out as 89% for Gary Johnson (I was impressed that he was even an option).

Try it here:  I side with . . . ?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Scott Gesty would vote to "Audit the Fed": will John Carney?

A vote on Congressman Ron Paul's HR 459 has been scheduled for July 24.


This vote will be taken under a suspension of the rules, which means (a) no amendments and (b) 2/3s majority needed to pass.


John Carney has been brushing off constituent letters and emails asking him to support this bill.  The staffer he had write back to me included a very condescending "history"of the Federal Reserve, and the promise that he would "consider" my views "if" the bill came to a vote.


That's Newspeak for "I don't plan to support it."


Please bombard Representative Carney's office with emails and calls to (202) 225-4165 demanding that he vote in favor of HR 459.


If he does, we'll give him the appropriate credit; and he'll deserve it, because this is a critical piece of legislation.


If he doesn't, that will be one more issue for Scott Gesty, Libertarian candidate for US House in Delaware, to beat him over the head with.

When in doubt, the IRS just makes it up. . .

The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare provides for certain tax breaks to individuals in the state insurance exchanges.

The problem then becomes what to do if a state declines to set up such exchanges.

Despite the fact that there is no provision in the law for doing so, the IRS has apparently unilaterally decided to extend those tax breaks anyway.

Of course, the fact that the IRS has no statutory authority for such a move has held them up a bit.

Rule of law, my ass.

Ellis Parrott asks you to call or email him about his refusal to debate Will McVay

Here's his message:

For everyone concerned, the reason I will not debate McVay is he owes his allegiance to the Libertarian Party not to the Republican Party. If anyone would like to know how I stand on issues, they can call me 670-8345 or e-mail me at ellisparrott@gmail.com. 
Ellis

I personally think you should take him up on his offer.  Feel free to report back any response you get.

campaign quick hits

1.  Peter Ubertaccio thinks Libertarians and Greens should be careful not to piss anybody off by only running hard in states where their votes influence the presidential election.

2.  If the Miami Herald can take Gary Johnson seriously, why not CNN?

3.  Virginia voters decide this November on a constitutional amendment to limit eminent domain seizures--a tailor-made issue for Libertarians.

4.  By attacking the Harborside Health Center, President Obama's Gestapo (the DEA) may finally have bitten off more than it can chew.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The best Gary Johnson video yet: Win the Drug War by Ending It



Note to John Young:  Sadly, I couldn't find a subliminal in this one.  Maybe you'll have better luck.

Libertarians and other independents, time to face this reality: it takes money

We can't match them dollar for dollar, and we don't have to do so.

But we do have to raise money to play in the game.

The Gary Johnson campaign is a case in point regarding fundraising.  Gary has qualified for Federal matching funds by raising the requisite $200k distributed among sufficient states (with the checks written by the correct proportion of left-handed people).  His first "Everest" money bomb brought in over $58K.  He received over $20K in donations at Freedom Fest, and the announcement of a $1 million pro-Johnson gift to a Libertarian PAC.  The current "debate" money bomb is just shy of $44K.

By Romney/Obama standards these are pitiful numbers; they would not even refill the finger food bar on Air Force One.

But by third party (*not third party independently filthy rich candidates) standards, these are amazing totals and indicate something may be breaking our way.  People are starting to make donations.

The same has to be true locally.

Just consider one election:  Scott Gesty running for US House.  The incumbent, John Carney, is not well liked even by his own party, is totally funded by special interest money, and has an abyssmal congressional record.  That said, he has about $800K in the bank.

Tom Kovach, the eminently forgettable GOP sacrificial lamb, has raised somewhere between $100-200 K to spend in a losing effort.

Scott Gesty is primarily trying to raise a family, so there's not a lot of the personal money that the Carneys and the Kovachs of this election can throw around.

I'll tell you this:  we could beat John Carney (or come awfully damn close) with $30,000.  That's it.  We've got the candidate, we've got issues, and with $30k believe it or not we could offset his financial advantage.

I know you probably can't write even the $1,200 max contribution check, that's cool.  We're the little people trying to be heard over the trial lawyers who paid for John Carney (over $122,000 just from attorneys).

But you could afford $20, couldn't you?  $20 buys on key radio commercial that will be heard by thousands.  With radio and guerilla tactics and social media we can get the word out about Scott Gesty, even if we have to do it $20 at a time.

I can do that.  I can commit at least $25/month from July-November.

What can you do?

Go here and do it:  Scott Gesty for Congress/Delaware can't afford John Carney anymore.

Who's afraid of debating a Libertarian? Apparently Ellis Parrott

In Delaware's 32nd Representative District, retired judge Ellis Parrott is apparently afraid of mixing it up with 27-year-old Libertarian/Republican upstart Will McVay.

The Kent County Young Republicans had scheduled a debate between the two for August 30, but this week sent Will the following email [names etc. extracted]:

Hi Will,
Ellis backed out of the debate. Says he won't debate you unless you step down as the vice-chair of the Libertarian party.
Let me know if you're interested in doing that. Otherwise, looks like Ellis is looking for excuses not to debate.
Let me know either way- if not, I have to make an announcement that he's backed out.

To quote kavips:
No one is deserving of office in these United States of America if they can't musturd up the fortitude to debate a Libertarian.
Will, speaking not just as the proprietor here, but as the New Castle County Chair, LPD, go ahead and resign.  Call this fool's bluff.  As you said earlier, Delaware's Libertarians know who you are.

And for those of you who'd like to ask Mr. Parrott why he is so scared to debate his primary opponent, you can ask him yourself at his Facebook page.

Monday, July 16, 2012

I can't help thinking that the New York Times is making the case for government intervention in marriage

No, I'm not kidding.

In a recent article the NYT narrated the differences between the lives of single parents and married couples, and included this demographic information:

The economic storms of recent years have raised concerns about growing inequality and questions about a core national faith, that even Americans of humble backgrounds have a good chance of getting ahead. Most of the discussion has focused on labor market forces like falling blue-collar wages and lavish Wall Street pay.
But striking changes in family structure have also broadened income gaps and posed new barriers to upward mobility. College-educated Americans like the Faulkners are increasingly likely to marry one another, compounding their growing advantages in pay. Less-educated women like Ms. Schairer, who left college without finishing her degree, are growing less likely to marry at all, raising children on pinched paychecks that come in ones, not twos.
Estimates vary widely, but scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40 percent of the growth in certain measures of inequality. Long a nation of economic extremes, the United States is also becoming a society of family haves and family have-nots, with marriage and its rewards evermore confined to the fortunate classes.
“It is the privileged Americans who are marrying, and marrying helps them stay privileged,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University.

It is the language that this is being framed in that is so troubling.  In a nation in which language like "barriers to upward mobility," "growing advantages in pay," "growth in certain measures of inequality," "rewards evermore confined to the fortunate classes," and "marrying helps them stay privileged," often immediately preceeds a call for government intervention, I wonder what this article is setting us up for.

I can think of several ideas that are--when I first consider them--laughable, but which grow less amusing as I reflect that there will be politicians (even in the White House) who will eventually champion them.

If marriage equates to privilege and creating socioeconomic inequality, how long will it be before we see a campaign for a "single parent tax credit" designed to insure that the children in such families are given an "equal chance" at "upward social mobility"?

How would we pay for such a tax credit (which more than likely would take the form of a direct payment, like the current EITC)?

I see several options:

I can see people arguing with a straight face that married couples should have to pay an excise tax on childcare and summer camps in order to share their privilege with others (after all, we must all take care of each other, even if it comes at the expense of taking the best possible care of our own children).

I can see legislators, even in this State, willing to introduce legislation that creates an intentionally larger "marriage penalty" into the tax code to offset the economic advantages of marriage.  In some cases, wherein the married couple's income totaled over $250,000/year, I can see a second Obama administration arguing that "you didn't get married into a college-educated, two income family on your own merits," but that "government created that opportunity for you to meet a suitably productive lifemate in college, and you need to be prepared to give something back."  I

t will be argued that married couples who don't want to share a greater portion of their economic success due the "fortunate advantage" of being married are being "selfish" and "unpatriotic" to want to invest their wealth exclusively toward the well-being of their own children.

This may all sound like amusing hyperbole today, but give it a few years and I don't think you will be chuckling any more.

Because everybody needs to pay their "fair share"--unless they work for the government

Investor's Business Daily has the IRS reports on income tax delinquincy in the Federal government, and--starting with the White House--the numbers are NOT pretty:
A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share. [snip]

The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.
The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.
As usual, the Postal Service, with more than 600,000 workers, has the most offenders (25,640), who also owe the most -- almost $270 million. Veterans Affairs has 11,659 workers owing the IRS $151 million while the Energy Department that was so quick to dish out more than $500 million to the Solyndra folks has 322 employees owing $5 million.
The country's chief law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, has 2,069 employees who are nearly $17 million behind in taxes. Like Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently missed them too.

The total is an astounding $3.4 Billion in back taxes owed by Federal government employees.

Here's the intriguing thing:  that would not be possible with President Gary Johnson in office.

It's a hell of a lot harder to duck (and a lot less paperwork) to duck a consumption tax than it is not to mail in a check.

An Interview with 32d District candidate Will McVay: "I will stand up for what I believe in.":


Will McVay: unrepentent
1.  You're the State Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Delaware, but you are also a serial registration changer.  You've been a Democrat; you've been a Republican.  Right now you're running as a Republican for State Representative in Delaware's 32nd District.  What does all this maneuvering say about you, and about the Libertarian movement?

I've also been registered with the Green Party, and recently started five new Delaware political parties.  You can register to vote as a member of the Order of the Jedi, the Sith Lords, the Lesser of Two Evils, None of the Above, and the Bacon Party of Delaware.  I'm sure plenty of people have their own opinions as to what all of this says about me and the libertarian movement, but I think it says that some of us are starting to look more deeply at the electoral system that has exclusively favored Democrats and Republicans for 150 years, despite the growth of the Libertarian Party over the last 40 years.  We are looking at the rules that have been put in place, both formally and informally, to entrench the special interests funding both parties and to exclude the vast number of Americans feeling increasingly out of touch with their own government.
The Delaware Code sets a number of constraints on your political activities based on your party registration, but to them party registration is just an entry in the voter database that can be changed during the open registration periods.  During those periods, I changed my registration.  Now that I'm registered Republican, those same constraints prevent the REPUBLICANS from keeping me out of their primary election.  The laws they have used to exclude us, we can use to make them include us with a little creativity.
McVay with LP nominees Johnson/Gray 
2.  Your party jumps have even attracted national attention.  A lot of Libertarian commenters at Independent Political Report condemned the Gary Johnson presidential campaign for endorsing you in a race where you were not filed as a Libertarian.  (You are still the only Republican in the country he's endorsed.)  What do you think of that controversy?

They're entitled to their opinions.  I think they're letting a couple of silly state laws shape their thinking.  Delaware's libertarians know who I am.
3.  What have you got to offer the voters of the 32nd District that they can't find with a more traditional candidate--Republican or Democrat?

I've got a different perspective from a traditional Republican or Democrat, because I'm a libertarian.  I also have the kind of tenacity that puts me in a Republican primary anyway because the rules allow it.  If I'm elected, I will press the rules of the House and the Constitution to press for the rights of the people living in the 32nd District and the rest of the state.  I'm not trying to go to the General Assembly to make friends or do what's been done for the last however many years.  I'm going to disrupt "business as usual".
4.  Your primary opponent, Ellis Parrott, seems committed to ignoring you rather than debating you.  Since he is ostensibly the candidate that the district committee supports, how do you expect to get him to come out and play?

kavips endorses Gary Johnson over Mitt Romney

This seems to be an endorsement (sort of).

kavips finds Gary Johnson to be the superior pick for those with Republican leanings.

In his list of positives about the Libertarian former Governor of New Mexico he does leave out a couple of things:

1.  Gary Johnson would end the drug war.

2.  Gary Johnson believes marriage equality is a constitutional right.

3.  Gary Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan on his first day in office.

But, hey, I'll take what I can get.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sure, you can trust the government: FDA violates surveillance laws trying to shut down whistleblowers

It's truly interesting to parse the money quote from this NYT story.

First, you have the blaise statement about the Federal government's broad powers to violate the privacy of its employees, followed by the list of ways the Food and Drug Administration went WAY over the edge:
While federal agencies have broad discretion to monitor their employees’ computer use, the F.D.A. program may have crossed legal lines by grabbing and analyzing confidential information that is specifically protected under the law, including attorney-client communications, whistle-blower complaints to Congress and workplace grievances filed with the government.

National Security Agency: collecting data on every American

From The Raw Story:

NSA whistleblower William Binney was interviewed by internet journalist Geoff Shively at the HOPE Number 9 hackers conference in New York on Friday.
Binney, who resigned from the NSA in 2001 over its domestic surveillance program, had just delivered a keynote speech in which he revealed what Shively called “evidence which we have not seen until this point.”
“They’re pulling together all the data about virtually every U.S. citizen in the country … and assembling that information,” Binney explained. “So government is accumulating that kind of information about every individual person and it’s a very dangerous process.” He estimated that something like 1.6 billion logs have been processed since 2001.

What candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party promised us in the last election:
"We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspeted of a crime.  We reject the tracking of citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war.  We reject torture.  We reject sweeping claims of 'inherent' Presidential power.  We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.  We will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine duly enacted law."
"We will strengthen privacy protections in the digital age and will harness the power of technology to hold government and business accountable for violations of personal privacy."
Tell me again why this man deserves re-election?

Good news! Philadelphia is not only the "City of Brotherly Love," but also . . .

. . . the city where people are most open to using a vibrator with a partner.

Wilmington is apparently the city where the smallest percentage of the population actually knows what a vibrator is.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gary Johnson speech at Freedom Fest: America's freedom threatened more by our own government and politicians than our "enemies"


This caps a great 24 hours for the campaign:  a $1 million contribution; polling at 5.3% nationally, and an upcoming protest at CNN headquarters:
“We have reached a sad point in history at which Americans’ freedom is not being threatened from outside, but rather from our own government and the politicians who run it. Yes, there are many around the world, whether they be terrorists or nations who harbor them, who would do us harm if given the opportunity, and who would love to rob us of our liberties. But with a national defense that represents almost half the entire world’s military spending, we are well-equipped to deal with those external threats.
“What we are failing to deal with is the fact that Congress and the past several Presidents have systematically done to freedom and liberty what no foreign enemy could do. If another nation robbed us of hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth, it would be an outrage we would not tolerate. Yet, we have watched helplessly as the politicians and the Federal Reserve have done precisely the same thing by racking up trillions in debt, devaluing our currency with wrong-headed monetary policies, and placed our dollars on the verge of collapse.

Breaking! Gary Johnson now polling 5.3% nationally!

And, yes, he's smiling
. . . up from 2% just six weeks ago.

And for those of you who this will drive crazy . . .

President Barack Obama's lead over Governor Mitt Romney is 5.6%.

It looks like Johnson is taking 1.3% away from Obama and 4% away from Mitt Romney.

The Johnson campaign reaction:
“It’s all good, from our vantage point a lot more money is coming in,” Johnson said Saturday from Las Vegas where he was making a campaign stop at a libertarian-leaning meeting called Freedom Fest. “If people get the notion that I could win, that could be a game-changer. We’re not there yet, I’m not saying that, but these numbers are encouraging.”
Will other pollsters including Johnson’s in their surveys?
“You would think so,” Johnson said Saturday.

Why Delaware needs Libertarian Scott Gesty in the US House race: to force a real debate on education "reform"

John Carney: As far as all you people
who oppose education "reform"
imposed from above, vote for me
anyway, 'cause I'm a Democrat
I've already pointed out that there isn't a hair's worth of difference between John Carney and Tom Kovach on Education, so don't look for either man to ask, answer, or grapple with tough public education questions during the upcoming campaign.

Carney is an astute enough politicians that he will have read the tea-leaves from the May 2012 school board elections around Delaware, and will be trying to distance himself from both Vision 2015 and Race to the Top whenever the topic of Delaware schools comes up.

Unfortunately, John Carney has a long record of supporting both the corporate-driven Vision 2015 and the top-down Federal Race to the Top initiative:


The John Carney Vision 2015/Race to the Top timeline

John Carney and Tom Kovach: Separated at birth?

From the pictures you wouldn't think so, but then you read their websites.

Let's play a game.

Whose issue paragraph on National Security is whose?

Does this one belong to Carney? Or to Kovach?
There is no more vital a role of the federal government than keeping our citizens safe. We must make sure that our military commanders have the tools and funding they need to do their job and keep our soldiers the best-equipped fighting force in the world. Our government must also make sure that we live up to our commitments to our troops, their families, and our veterans.
What about this one?
In the dangerous world we live in today, Congress must work to make sure that the United States is effectively fighting terrorism and maintaining the strength of our globally stretched military. That means having diplomatic policies that do not exclude the global community, sharpening our focus on counterterrorism and protecting America, and conducting rigorous oversight of the ongoing missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also must supply our fighting men and women with the equipment they need in combat, and provide returning service members the care and benefits they deserve.
So both Demopublicans are for a strong military, lots of defense contracts, and taking care of veterans. Neither would actually change a thing about American interventionism or the defense budget that is crushing our ability to pay for anything else.

But, wait, maybe somebody in the race has more to say?

How about Libertarian Scott Gesty?

A few laughers from the 2008 Democratic Party Platform for those of you who think those national platforms matter

One commenter here (who shall remain anonymous) thinks it is a cute exercise to quote either the Libertarian Party platform, or the Green Party platform, or any other cherry-picked item to challenge the legitimacy of anyone who would self-identify as anything other than one of the major Demopublican flavors.   

Libertarians are dangerous because they want to eliminate civil rights or public education; look, it says so right here in the platform, and if you don't subscribe to every word of your platform then how can you claim to be a Libertarian.

So let's take a look at some of the promises and positions from the Democratic Party Platform of 2008 that turned out to be, ah, problematic"