Steve G.

LFV Exclusive…….

In Constitutional Rights, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Personal Responsibility, Politics, War on May 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

First of all, it’s great to be back at the “new and improved” Last Free Voice. I like what Elfnino’s Mom is doing to the site and hopefully she’ll let me stay here as long as she can stand me. Face it, she did endorse me but due to financial reasons I had to terminate my campaign. Maybe I’ll try again in eight years!

Now that I am no longer a candidate for office and will be graduating next Saturday (party at my house, B.Y.O.Beer, if you’re in the area, you’re invited), I’ll just give you my opinion on all the serious candidates (yeah I’m excluding those like Milnes, Burns, Hollist, Imper-wacko, Link and other not-so-serious candidates).

Now who can I ridicule, I mean, talk about first. Let’s talk about Christine Smith. I think she’s crazy personally. I contacted her early in her campaign and she seemed like a nice person until she stopped calling or e-mailing me. Then again she doesn’t return e-mails to anyone. Steve Gordon has tried to get an interview with her for TPW. I think Tom Knapp has tried for Rational Review. Even her supporters can’t get a hold of her. What a way to blow off your base support by ignoring them. Great campaign strategy! She may have enough support to make to the debate in Denver. Out of all the candidates who would have an easy time to get to Denver, it’s her, even though she failed to make it to her own state party’s convention. Good luck Christine, run for Congress next time. Besides, I think she’s threatened by Mary Ruwart’s celebrity status.

Next is Mike Gravel. I’m glad to see a former Senator in our party even though he’s been out of office for 25+ years. He brings to the party a lot of passion. He’s not going to be our Presidential candidate. He’s supports the “fraud tax” and universal health care but he’s anti-war, anti- drug war and anti-Income Tax. He needs some grooming in our party.

Next is George Phillies. I like George, he’s a nice guy, not Presidential. He should be running for an at large spot on the LNC. George and I worked on Russo’s and Badnarik’s campaigns back in 2004. I have to say this much: George’s campaign is better organized than the others and I’m impressed. Now the big problem I have with George is that it seems like he has no respect for pro-life Libertarians and that he favors the continuation of the Federal Reserve and the Inflation Tax. Run for LNC in 2010, I will vote for YOU!

Next is Mike Jingozian. Mike is a nice guy, I spoke with at length in Kansas City. Very smart business man; a man with a plan! Unfortunately, Mike, you would be a great Gubernatorial candidate in Oregon. I can’t say much about Mr. Jingozian but I think his time is not now, maybe 2012.

Next is Bob Barr. Bob would be my third choice right now. There’s a huge problem why Bob Barr isn’t higher. He supports the “fraud tax” and he doesn’t fully agree with decriminalization of drugs. Bob, just answer the questions, we Libertarians have been trying to get you to answer since your grand announcement. Please re-clarify your stance on these issues or DON’T RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

Next is the oh so arrogant Wayne Allyn Root. I dislike him; he’s like a used car salesman selling a lemon. He’s just another conservative trying to hijack the LP. A Root nomination will effectively destroy the LP. Mr. Root can not see that the LP is NOT a wing of the “Torture” party. Libertarians aren’t conservatives and if you can’t see that, just leave the party-wait I’ll help you pack your bags.

Next is Steve Kubby. Before I jumped into the VP race, I supported Kubby. Kubby would be my second choice right now but I hope he doesn’t let his ego get the best of him and run for VP. Besides Tom Knapp would kick my ass if I didn’t say something nice about Kubby.

Finally, there is Mary Ruwart. I’m endorsing Mary because she’s the best candidate for the party. She will bring members into the party that will last. She’s the type of candidate that would be able to bring in the younger people, more women and possibly minorities into our homogeneous party. She’s not loud nor shy. She’s angry but soft-spoken. She’s articulate and principled. It’s just too bad I won’t be able to make it to Denver to cast me vote for her. I’ll be glued to C-Span all weekend though watching our convention but it’s not the same. At least if Mary is our nominee we will have our party intact and to me that’s what’s important.

  1. I wish I could agree with you, but the fact is, no matter who our nominee is, the Party will never be the same after Denver, at least not for awhile.

  2. Chris,
    First off, I commend you on your efforts and a mighty CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation! Wish I could make it to the party! I concur with your thoughts and observations as well. I too will be glued to CSPAN — I like some liveblogging of the convention may be in order.

    It will be like that SouthPark “World of Warcraft” episode where they never leave their pc’s.

    Glad to see you back at LFV!

  3. My rebuttal

    Smith: My first impression of her was that she was crazy. Delusional, really. But then she grew on me. She’s a great speaker. She seemed reliably libertarian. But then she supported that LPHQ press release calling for a beefed-up FBI. That drops her below Root on my list now.

    Gravel: I agree with what you said, but he doesn’t have a lot of time to be groomed, unless you mean literally, like in a nursing home. Dude is old.

    Phillies: You are right on the money here, but it goes even further. He supports a very left-liberal understanding of the Constitution and centralized power. His assertion that “abortion clinic protesters are the greatest domestic threat” in America should disqualify him from holding any elected office outside of the Socialist Party, in my opinion.

    Jingo: Seems like you have him pegged. But he’s also not a libertarian. Like Phillies (another knock!), he’s a protectionist.

    Barr: You are right about him. Either the people he hired to advise him are absolute idiots or he’s not listening to them — the idea that he could float the FraudTax and LIBERTARIAN delegates would support him shows either extreme hubris or outright stupidity. I’m betting its both. I do not like this guy at all, and he would honestly be my last choice.

    Root: I mostly agree, but he’s grown on me. His taxation proposal — to restore proportional taxation of the states — is by far the most libertarian, constitutional proposal out there. But then he shoots himself in the foot by proposing the use of federal power to stop states from having their own income taxes. He just doesn’t get it! And I don’t trust him, either. But he’s a helluvalot more libertarian than everyone above (with the exception of Smith, who, while more libertarian, is probably crazy).

    Kubby: I was a Kubby supporter, but his campaign has been an unmitigated disaster. Still, he has a shot if Mary’s chances are ruined by her “scandal.” I can’t really see anyone but Mary or Steve being the LP nominee. When the other candidates are made to explain their anti-libertarian positions, the delegates will turn on them.

    Mary: There’s no contest. She’s the best by 100 miles.

    If Mary or Steve are not the nominees, I will vote for Chuck Baldwin. Despite being a radical religionist, he’s still more libertarian than Phillies, Gravel, Barr, and maybe even Root, and unlike Smith, he’s not crazy.

  4. Hiya, Chris! I’m very glad to see you posting again, and I’m happy you are enjoying the changes. At the behest of Jason Gatties (thanks, Jason!), I’ve made us a blogtalkradio account, which I’ll be trying out for the first time at 11:30 tonight (just for 15 minutes, to be sure I have some idea what I’m doing). Why so late? It was the first slot they had open, unfortunately.

    After that, I’ll schedule regular weekly shows (I’d love some input on what would be a good day and time for everyone), and it would be great if the LFV contributors wanted to pitch in and do some shows of their own, or at least be a guest. I’m also going to be contacting some interesting non-LFV guests for interviews, to make sure the shows are worthwhile. 🙂

    I figure we’ll do a one-hour regular show, broken up into segments for news, an interview, and general discussion (including call-in questions for the interview guest). I’d like to incorporate some offbeat stuff in there as well, to keep it interesting. I have chosen an excerpt of “Man In The Box” by Alice In Chains as our initial lead-in music. Of course, I’m open to suggestions on that as well (in fact, I’m open to suggestions on all of it).

    Everybody can find the link to our blogtalkradio page on the right margin, second item down; feel free to tune in tonight, if you’re bored or are wondering just exactly how lame I really am in real life. If you’re registered on blogtalk, send LFV a friend request so we don’t all look lame for not having any friends. 😉

    Oh, by the way …. for the record, Chris, you’re welcome here as long as I’m welcome here. 🙂

  5. Elfnino’s Mom,

    You know I know your real name right? Anyways, “Man In A Box” is good but I prefer “Prison Song” by System Of A Down:)

    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,

    Following the rights movements
    You clamped down with your iron fists,
    Drugs became conveniently
    Available for all the kids.
    Following the rights movements
    You clamped down with your iron fists,
    Drugs became conveniently
    Available for all the kids.

    I buy my crack, I smack my bitch,
    right here in Hollywood,
    Nearly 2 million Americans are
    Incarcerated in the prison system,
    prison system of the U.S.

    (They’re trying to build a prison)
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    (For you and me to live in)
    Another prison system,
    Another prison system,
    Another prison system,
    (For you and me)

    Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
    You don’t even flinch
    All our taxes paying for your wars
    Against the new non-rich,
    Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
    You don’t even flinch
    All our taxes paying for your wars
    Against the new non-rich,

    I buy my crack, I smack my bitch,
    right here in Hollywood,
    The percentage of Americans in the prison system,
    prison system has doubled since 1985.

    (They’re trying to build a prison)
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    (For you and me to live in)
    Another prison system,
    Another prison system,
    Another prison system,
    (For you and me)
    For you and I, For you and I, For you and I.
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    For you and me,
    Oh baby, you and me.
    All research and sucessful drug policy shows
    That treatment should be increased,
    And law inforcement decreased,
    While abolishing mandatory minimum sentences,
    All research and successful drug policy shows
    That treatment should be increased,
    And law inforcement decreased,
    While abolishing mandatory minimum sentences.

    Utilizing drugs to pay for secret wars around the world.
    Drugs are now your global policy,
    Now you police the globe,

    I buy my crack, I smack my bitch,
    right here in Hollywood,
    Drug money is used to rig elections,
    And train brutal corporate sponsered
    dictators around the world.

    (They’re trying to build a prison)
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    (For you and me to live in)
    Another prison system,
    Another prison system,
    Another prison system,
    (For you and me)
    For you and I, For you and I, For you and I.
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    They’re trying to build a prison,
    For you and me,
    Oh baby, you and me.

  6. Awesome idea, ENM! Any day other than Monday! My wife has a blogtalkradio show on that night! I did not intend to end every sentence with an exclamation, but I did!

  7. When you said “Man in the box,” I thought you were talking about the SNL skit with Jimmy Fallon doing all of the voices for like a ten-person crew on a radio show. That would have been appropriate.

  8. I’ll see if I can find that song, and make an excerpt; I think Elf has some old System Of A Down CDs around here somewhere. I also made an excerpt of “People Let’s Stop The War” by Grand Funk Railroad, but decided “Man In The Box” sounded a little bit better.

    Any other suggestions for songs?

  9. Something must be screwy at blogtalkradio. I called in at 11:30, and it said I have no shows scheduled for the next 24 hours. I double-checked my segment schedule, and indeed it was scheduled for 11:30 tonight.

    I’ll give it a try again tomorrow, perhaps they are having technical difficulties with new accounts or something.

  10. Hi, GE. No, LOL, I was talking about Alice In Chains’ song. Don’t worry, it cuts off before the chorus, which some people might find objectionable, but it makes its point nonetheless.

    What’s the url of your wife’s show? I might want to check it out sometime. 🙂

    I’m thinking maybe weekends, since people have more free time then, but I’d have to check and see what hours are available on an ongoing basis. I also don’t want to do it on Thursdays, unless I do it in the early evening so I’m free by 8pm. I have a standing appointment with “My Name Is Earl”, “The Office”, and “ER” on Thursdays.😉

    Tuesdays would be good for me, as long as it’s before 8pm (I watch American Idol; yeah, I know, go ahead and laugh), though that season only has a few more weeks left, after which Tuesdays are fine for me anytime. Wednesdays are fine for me anytime, as are Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

    What about everyone else? When would be a day/good time for you?

    I have scheduled a 30-minute test segment for tomorrow (Saturday, May 3rd) at 4pm. Hopefully it will work this time, LOL.

    By the way, in case anyone here doesn’t know, Jason Gatties and his wife Cilla have a cool blogtalk show called “Live From Court Street”. I get a big kick out of it, you should check it out.

  11. Where can you find a list of the shows on Blogtalkradio? I’m curious – sounds like some great stuff is out there. I would love to be a guest or try a show sometime. With a few days of notice I can def. be available. Mondays and Tuesdays would probably be prime, and so would the weekends!

  12. I may help out as well. And for those who care, my next episode of “Live From Court Street” is this Sunday at 6:30pm Eastern.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/livefromcourtstreet

    I’ve also been asked to co-host a wrestling talk show on there. The week I had ENM on the show, I also had a former WWE Ring Announcer. Well, he’s launching a show soon and wants me to co-host, which will be sweet I think.

    Actually…ENM, I have an idea. Not sure if you will go for it. Shoot me an email. I’m about to go to bed but I’ll let you know what I’m thinking.

  13. Hiya, TiGirl! I’m not altogether sure where you can find a complete list of all BlogTalkRadio programs; though I’m sure they’re listed somewhere on the website, there are thousands and thousands of them. They are broken up into categories, though (our category is politics, obviously).

    Jason’s been around blogtalk for a lot longer than I, so he is probably better qualified to answer your question. 🙂

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