Steve G.

Steve Newton’s “Forty bucks for four Libertarians”

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics on June 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Forty bucks for four Libertarians on July 4?

Here’s what I would like to propose to my fellow Libertarians, especially those who are skeptical/hostile toward the top of the Libertarian ticket this year.

I’m cheap, and we’ve got a household of six people and two cats to consider, so large political contributions are out of the question.

On the other hand, even I can pry loose a measly forty bucks on Independence Day (or the day before; see below).

And here’s what I plan to do with it:

Send $10 to Dr. Michael Munger to support his campaign for Governor of North Carolina (but I’m sending it to him on July 3, because that’s the date of his money grenade–see the left side of the blog).

Send $10 to Allen Buckley to support his campaign for Senator in Georgia (hoping to offset the Barr PAC’s $3,000+ donations to Saxby Chambliess).

Send $10 to Scotty Boman to support his campaign for Senator in Michigan (if he gets $500 from this, maybe he can go to court to add a “W” to his name, which would be worth at least another 25,000 votes–inside joke, eh).

Send $10 to Jason Gatties to support his campaign for the Board of Trustees of Lake Michigan College (because, as a state-supported professor I really wish our trustees were elected).

You might think that $10 doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to these candidates.

But you’d be wrong.

It’s not even so much the money as the profound message you’ll be sending them that other Libertarians around the nation are watching their races, rooting for them, and want to help build a different kind of national political party.

These, by the way, are my candidate picks, people I’ve researched and can support. Feel free to find your own–but find four candidates around the country that you’re willing to support.

And if you’re flush–or willing to forego the second keg before the fireworks–send them each twenty bucks.

I can’t really think of anything better to do with the money this year.

  1. I make a point to eat beans if there is a chance I will be subject to a cavity search.

  2. Oops, replied to the wrong article. :(

  3. [quote]disinter Says:
    Or you could donate here: http://www.freedomslate08.com/ [/quote]

    Took a quick look – and I could be wrong, however NONE of those names looked like any that I recognized from past LP involvement – and most of the organizations mentioned were recognizeable RP groups….

    Nothing “wrong” with that per se, but my impression of a lot of RP folks is that they tend to be heavily on the social conservative side, and often times much more problematic from a Libertarian standpoint than RP himself is (which is bad enough by some standards) –

    No attack on any of the candidates named, I’m not familiar with them, so I make no comment, other than to advise caution…

    Also note that according to the note at the bottom of the page, this is a commercial fund raising venture, with a private company getting an unspecified share of the take raised via that website – again, nothing wrong with that, it’s free market in operation, but you might consider whether the candidates might get more “bang for your buck” if you donate directly to them rather than going through a third party that will keep some of the booty…

    ART

  4. Also, the match of Barr’s press release with his actual supporters is abysmal.

    http://www.calendarlive.com/media/acrobat/2008-06/40351172.pdf

    does a 4-way Obama-McCain-Nader-Barr poll, which shows a 48-33-4-3 outcome. It is especially noteworthy that Nader beats Barr among Liberals, Moderates, *and* Conservatives, and that Barr’s support comes entirely from Independents, not at all from Democrats and *not at all from Republicans*. Even in a 4-way race, there is 2% yet another candidate.

    The Libertarians who were promising our party that we had a great opportunity among conservatives this year need to start delivering, or they should realize that they are going to be made to pay for the consequences of their deeds.

  5. Took a quick look – and I could be wrong, however NONE of those names looked like any that I recognized from past LP involvement -

    Nope, and every one of them are more Libertarian than Bob Barf.

    and most of the organizations mentioned were recognizeable RP groups….

    Yes, they are all Ron Paul Republicans – that are more libertarian the the LP’s prez candidate.

  6. Oops.

    Took a quick look – and I could be wrong, however NONE of those names looked like any that I recognized from past LP involvement -

    Nope, and every one of them are more Libertarian than Bob Barf.

    and most of the organizations mentioned were recognizeable RP groups….

    Yes, they are all Ron Paul Republicans – that are more libertarian the the LP’s prez candidate.

  7. I don’t have his website, but check out Nathan Larson who is running in Virginia. He sounds right on target.

    MHW

  8. Larson is one of my favorite candidates too.

    http://nathanlarsonforcongress.com

  9. Before anybody decides to do the group donation thing at Freedom Slate ’08, please do your own research, or else (if you’re not so inclined), check out

    http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.com/2008/06/always-do-your-own-research-why-i-wont.html

  10. And, by the way, if you send money to Freedom Slate ’08, you will be sending money to EIGHT Republican candidates in races where they have active Libertarian opponents.

    You, too, can be like Bob Barr and fund candidates opposing the Libertarian Party.

    http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.com/2008/06/update-freedom-slate-08-collects-money.html

  11. they are all Ron Paul Republicans

    In other words, anti-gay, government-owns-your-uterus, pro-sex-police right-wing fringe extremists. No thanks.

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