Steve G.

Mike Jingozian: Libertarian/Green Fusion Presidential Candidate

In Global Warming, Green Party, Libertarian Party-US, Mike Jingozian on July 18, 2007 at 6:03 pm

What follows is an excerpt from Jingozian’s extensive website.

Mike JingozianObservations on the Campaign Trail – Libertarians can be Environmentalists Too

The very first Libertarian event at which I spoke was at the Oregon State Convention in early March 2007. I spoke about the six areas of sustainability. Following my speech, a group of people formed around me, and through the crowd, a man approached. When he made his way to the front, I noticed that veins were pulsating in his forehead. He pointed right at me and said, “YOU SOUND LIKE A GREEN!”

I believe global warming is occurring. I know that this opinion is out of favor with some Libertarians. During the candidates’ forum at the Libertarian Party California Convention, held in April 2007, I was the only candidate (out of five) who publicly recognized that global warming exists. (Although to his defense, Steve Kubby did acknowledge that “something is going on with the environment.”)

However, far more Libertarians are concerned with Environmental Sustainability than those who are not. In fact, between 77 and 83% of Americans believe global warming poses a serious problem. The majority of Libertarians are no different. Certainly, there are some who question the data. If that is how you feel, so be it – we don’t harbor any hard feelings. We still live in a free country (that is, unless that Bush Administration gets its way).

Nevertheless, we find that most Libertarians embrace our principles. Regularly, I am approached at events, receive emails and phone calls from Libertarians who support our message. Even many “Purists” like our message as it reminds them of Harry Browns’ position on compromising to achieve political ends. These comments may not be from the more vocal segment of the party, but they are, nevertheless, the majority.

However – and I say this with the utmost respect and sincerity – I will not represent a party where the majority does not believe that global warming exists or who are not willing to compromise on this issue for the greater good.

Building the Libertarian and Green Parties Together

If we have any chance to even start addressing these issues, then we must destroy the 2-parties as quickly as possible. Viable solutions to solve these problems exist today. But, frightfully, these solutions will not be viable for much longer and these problems are growing in money and getting worse.

As a people, we must support only Independent and 3rd party candidates. We must band together during this next election and say: “Enough is enough!” We must elect an Independent Congress and an Independent President and we must do it in 2008! The two political parties that I support are the Libertarians and the Greens.

I am attracted to the Libertarians for its positions on personal accountability, small government, and maintaining and even bolstering freedom and democracy.

I am attracted to the Greens for its concern for the environment and our health and well-being.

The Libertarians and Greens are not in competition; rather, they complement each other in many areas.

Sharing Common Goals… What the 3rd parties have in Common

Each election brings forth Independent and 3rd party candidates. Many of these candidates promote their own agendas or those of their respective parties. The chart depicts our view on the areas of interest among the four major 3rd parties and Independent candidates.

As shown, the Libertarian Party generally addresses issues regarding the Economy, International Diplomacy, and Democracy & Freedom while the Green Party tends to focus more on Environmental, Health & Well-being, and Societal issues. The Reform Party, Working Families Party, and Independents vary in their focuses.

We admit this is a major simplification of the policy issues important to each party. Furthermore, we are not suggesting that Libertarians are not concerned with well-being or that the Green Party is not concerned with economic issues. The chart merely shows how the major 3rd parties relate to the six areas of Sustainability.

Growing our Parties

We want to grow the Libertarian and the Green Parties. Voter distrust is at an all time high. Young people are entirely disenchanted with the Democrats and Republicans and we need to get them engaged. They are also very concerned with global warming and other sustainability issues. Think about it: it will be hard to “grow the party” by attracting young people if we’re considered global warming skeptics. If the Libertarian Party and the Green Party are going to survive (and hopefully, be the party of our next President), then we must address the concerns of young generations.

Furthermore, young people are not as lazy as politicians and the media would like you to believe. They want to get involved, but neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are representing their interests. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit a new generation of Patriots into all major 3rd parties.

Finally, the work that these parties do is very important. As an American, I urge you to join both of these parties right now! Also, tell your friends. Nothing is more important than taking back our government. Don’t worry if you cannot afford to contribute money – just register on their website and show your support.

Pandering to a Political Base

We understand the thrill of receiving a huge applause. In any public forum, there is pressure to say something popular to befriend the core base. However, we refuse to pander to one constituency during the primary – then switch positions on issues during the general election. We will also deliver the same message to both the Libertarians and the Greens. We want to be very upfront on where we stand on issues throughout the entire campaign. The members of the major 3rd parties deserve this from their candidates. We hope that this article addresses some of these issues.

What is Sustainability?

The principle goal of RESET America is to make the United States (as well as our planet) sustainable. So, you may be asking, “How do we define Sustainability?” Well, sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations. In other words, we wish to provide a decent standard of living for the current generation while not jeopardizing the ability of future generations to function as a society.

The Six Areas of Sustainability

RESET America is about changing how we think about ourselves and our long-term impact on our planet. We are appalled and saddened that the well-being of our children is in serious jeopardy due to the affects of the 2-party system caused by the Democrat and Republican parties.

We look at Sustainability in six ways. If elected, we would reorganize our Cabinet around these six fundamental categories. Within each of these areas are many pressing issues that threaten our way of life. They are: (1) Economic, (2) Environmental, (3) Societal, (4) Health & Well-being, (5) Foreign Policy, and (6) Democracy & Freedom.

The following chart lists some of the immediate issues that exist within each category. A more complete list is available on our website. We call this list the “Problem Chart.” Keep in mind that we will have a corresponding “Solutions Chart” as well. This chart will be published in the spring of 2008.

1. Economic

Rapidly Increasing Debt forced on our Kids (includes National, State and Local Debt)
Increasing Yearly Deficits and resulting Inflation
Continuing Collapse of the Dollar
Selling America to Foreign Nations ($2 Billion a day!)… We are losing our sovereignty!
Accelerating Trade Deficits
World Financial Centers moving out of the US
Social Security Crisis
Pension Crises
Medicare and Medicaid Crises
Cost of Living Increases
Unstable Housing Market
Increased Economic Costs of Global Warming
Uncontrolled Spending on Pork Projects to finance Promises, Favors and Perks for Campaign Contributions

2. Environmental

Global Warming (and Increased Costs due to Changes in the Ecosystem
Increased costs for Infrastructure Repair from
Depletion of Resources and Materials
Loss of Farmable Land and resulting Higher Costs for Food
Loss of Biodiversity and resulting Increased Costs for Products
Throw-away, Consumerist Society
World-wide Deforestation
Greater Reliance on Burning Fossil Fuels (coal and gas) for Energy and resulting Increases in Global Warming and Pollution
Higher Costs for Waste Disposal
Increased Costs for Damages caused by Forest Fires (Increased Building in Fire Zones)

3. Societal (Public Welfare)

Loss of Personal Responsibility due to Wrong Incentive’s placed throughout Society
No Savings among Families
Dangerously expanding Household Debt
Shamelessly Neglecting our Veterans
Shrinking Middle Class and resulting Increases in Poverty rates
Collapse of Public Education and the resulting Non-competitive Workforce
Human Trafficking
Teenage Pregnancy and the epidemic spread of SDTs

Increased Drug use including Meth and the resulting Sharp Increases in Identity Theft and Property Crime
Immigration Crisis that is bankrupting Social Services and Spreading Crime and Disease
Rapidly Aging Population that Contributes Less to the system yet Withdraws More

4. Health & Well-being (Personal Welfare)

Worst Personal Health among Industrialized Nations
33% of Children will Develop Type-II Diabetes
Increases of Diseases and Pandemics (impacted mostly by Immigration)
Weakening of our Immune Systems
Increased Rates of Depression (9.5% adults and about 5% of children suffer depression )
Along with Risks of Food Contaminants from Chemicals and Imports
Unknown Risks of Medications, Cloning and Genetic Engineering

5. Foreign Policy

Reactive, Band-aid approach to all Issues
Increased Hatred and Animosity among Foreign Countries
Increased Terrorism and War
A Hundred Years of International Credibility Destroyed (This is why the only viable way to regain our image in the world is to “reset” America.)
Trade Agreements that undermine our Economy
Forcing a Fake Version of Democracy and Christianity onto Others
Increased Competition for Resources, Water and Energy
Loosing our Sovereignty since too many Countries are Buying our Debt
Dependence on Foreign Oil benefits Countries who hate our Government

6. Democracy & Freedom

Government Sold to the Highest Bidder
Threats to Civil Liberties and Free Speech
National ID Card
Politicians Living in a Separate Class (and out-of-touch with the average American)
Facts and News Withheld
Data and Projections Manipulated
Illegal Election Violations
Illegal Signing Statements
Rampant Censorship and Manipulation of News
Undemocratic Primary and Election Process
Breakdown of the Balance of Power
Collusion with the Media
Treasonous Violations of the Constitution
Equally Corrupt “Shadow Government” or the “4th Branch of Government,” such as the EPA, FDA, OSHA, FEMA, IMF, FED, FNC, World Bank, FTC, SEC, Department of Homeland Security, and most other Government Agencies that are changing our laws with neither your approval nor knowledge

And if this list isn’t bad enough, these problems are getting worse and growing in number. Even worse, there are:

Problems that we don’t know about yet,
Problems being hidden from us
The compound effect of these problems, and
Their interconnectedness

Examples of these problems exist on our website. Fortunately, solutions exist to correct the problems. There are viable solutions: some require little or no funds to implement. However, time is short: We have 1-2 election cycles left before these solutions are no longer viable. This is why we have such an urgency to take back our government from the 2-parties now.

  1. The study found that global warming since 1985 has been caused neither by an increase in solar radiation nor by a decrease in the flux of galactic cosmic rays. Some researchers had also suggested that the latter might influence global warming because the rays trigger cloud formation. I am find a blog which give some useful information on Global Warming.

  2. i don’t think most libertarians would say that global warming is not happening, just that it isn’t anthropogenic or particularly dangerous.

  3. Being a libertarian should have nothing to do with whether or not you “believe” in global warming. It is not a philosophical issue. It is a scientific issue, and science has no partisan label.

    The science is pretty clear. Global warming is real. It is most likely anthropogenic. It could very well be dangerous. What we should do about it is a political issue, and one Libertarians should be addressing.

  4. I happen to think our output of gases is at least mostly responsible, but even if it were not, the science tells us sea levels are rising and they will rise more rapidly in the next several years (regardless of whether we are causing it or it is completely natural). What this means for the 2 billion people living in areas that are less than 20 feet above sea level is that they will be dead or displaced. Let’s just say it happens gradually enough for people to move inland before impending death. They will have lost all their homes and they will be refugees in other people’s communities. Can the 4 billion inland people accept 2 billion coastal residents in a matter of 10 years? Will space, farm land, infrastructure, energy supplies, building materials, fresh water, standard of living, communications, and everything else be able to handle the influx? Chances are about zero that we’ll all be OK if sea levels rise by 20 feet (conservative by some estimates) in less than a 200 year time span. It is estimated by some scientists we have less than 50 years. If our output doesn’t cause it, but we can alter our output and slow down or turn back the clock, we SHOULD do something about it to combat the threat to our lives and societies. The planet doesn’t care if sea levels rise, so natural occurrence doesn’t mean much. WE care.

    It can be done. The argument that other countries aren’t doing it is stupid. If we stopped giving subsidies to oil companies and started all energy providers on a level playing field, with major fines for pollution, you’d see solar and wind energy virtually over night. The oil companies would have huge amounts of cash invested in new alternatives and they would all of a sudden try to sell those innovations to India and China. That is a libertarian/capitalist way to solve the problem. Conservation is an education so that will take a little more time and effort, but is not that hard, especially since young people understand.

  5. Chris,

    Thanks for pointing out something that should be obvious: “Global warming” is one of those issues that, within libertarianism, is a lot like abortion.

    There are pro-choice libertarians and pro-life libertarians. Both groups are, for the most part, actually libertarians. They’re trying to apply the same principles. What they disagree on are not a questions of principle, but of the facts that determine where, when and how the principles apply — whether or not the fetus, at any given stage of development, is a person with rights; if so, whether one of those rights includes unmolested development to the moment of birth; etc.

    Climate change/global warming questions are questions of science and fact. It’s entirely possible to be a libertarian and come down on any side of those questions … and the answers you choose are in turn going to affect how you think libertarian principles apply.

    I happen to believe that “global warming denier” libertarians are on the wrong side of the facts, but I wouldn’t accuse them of not being libertarians.

    Those libertarians who have concluded that global warming is real, that it is anthropogenic and that it creates public policy questions — which would include, to my knowledge, Kubby, Phillies and Jingozian, have a tougher row to hoe than the “global warming deniers,” because they put themselves in the position of having to propose libertarian answers and solutions instead of just saying “it’s a non-issue.” Hopefully, they can meet the challenge.

    As a side note, although Kubby may not have emphasized global warming at the convention where he appeared with Jingozian, his position paper on energy and environment was published several months before that convention. Jingozian is, of course, free to try to position himself as “THE environmentalist Libertarian candidate,” and in terms of emphasis that positioning may have merit, but he’s been neither alone, nor out front time-wise, in addressing the issue.

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