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Friday, November 13th, 2009
10:10 am
Nov 13 WND letters

Take a look at the good letter before it rolls off.

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009
4:50 am
The Pauls Discuss Third Party Politics
Riding in the wake of Hoffman's big election results in New York district 23, Judge Andrew Napolitano  invites Ron and son Rand Paul, both doctors, for a discussion on elections. The judge announced Rand, who is running as a Republican in the Kentucky senate race, is leading in the latest poll commissioned.

Although Ron ran on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1988, he seems less-than-enthused on taking that route these days. He points out that there wasn't a primary in the upper New York district, and that Dede was hand-picked. Where there are fair primaries, we can extrapolate, he must believe that's where the battle should be. But that extrapolation contradicts Paul's 2008 endorsement of Chuck Baldwin for president.
Some might call battling in one party primary and losing, then to keep fighting under the flag of another party in the general to be "sore loserism", but the Pauls, the TEA partiers, and all the sons and daughters of liberty see this as a fight for the republic to the end. 

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
6:08 am
Politico Can't Compute The Concept
The term "cognitive dissonance" is thrown around a lot by pundits trying to back their arts in the more concrete ground of science. But with an article by Politico, one political writer truly can't perceive what is impossible for him to conceptualize.

Josh Kraushaar manages to write a whole post about Doug Hoffman being the "dirty Republican" pulling tricks on Dede Scozzafava. Indeed, the post about an attack ad on Scozzafava is entitled "Republican Dirty Tricks."

Just one problem. While Hoffman is undeniably right of Scozzafava, Dede is the Republican! Indeed, he buried this fact extremely deep, yet never once mentions what party Hoffman belongs to. Maybe it's just inconceivable that a third-party candidate (who isn't a plutocrat or celebrity like Mike Bloomberg or Jessie Ventura) is on the verge of crowding one major party candidate out of the race.

Maybe for some it is impossible to conceive that a Conservative Party separate from the GOP can rise up and be an actual contender.

And I have to agree with a lot of the commentators. Hoffman's attack ad isn't only about Scozzafava. By presenting her as the "progressive choice," he may siphon a wing of disenchanted support from the Democrat, Owens, to  Scozzafava's camp, even as rank-and-file GOP shift to the Conservative. In that case, the splintering is brilliant. Perhaps it's a model for all third-party candidates to follow?

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
1:55 pm
can't we all just get along? (evidently not)
Tammy Houle, CPMN State party Chair:

It was a warm September evening when leadership from the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party and five Ron Paul Republicans met at a Minnetonka restaurant to strategize about restoring Constitutional government in Minnesota. At least that was the perceived purpose for the meeting. Wayne Zimmerschied, vice-chairman of the CPMN and I, were on hand to represent our party. Because it was assumed that all in attendance were of a like-mind, dedicated to a renewal of liberty, albeit by different means, we were happy to sit down with this distinguished group of patriots.
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Friday, November 7th, 2008
12:27 pm
what happened?
With the historic low approval ratings for Congress and President, part of me really expected to see 2008 as "the year of the third parties". But that dramatically failed to occur. Did anyone else have similar expectations? What do you think happened? Are Americans truly so ignorant that lurching back and forth from Democrat to Republican is the only change they can conceive of?
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
3:52 am
Building an Effective Alternative
Given that this was already a bad year to be a third party supporter even before Super Tuesday, anyone seriously interested in overtaking the two-party duopoly should focus on not only getting ballot access in 2010 and 2012 but also winning some seats at all government levels as well. I am suggesting a different method because there are issues that neither party will touch and other things that both parties have logical points on but won‘t budge because of their own ideologues. Instead of just building a party from scratch, people who don’t particularly belong to either one of the two major parties should join forces with several regional parties that share the given platform. This group would more or less show flexibility when the two majors--and current minor parties--won’t.
Friday, October 24th, 2008
10:05 am
10/23 debate
So, who caught the debate last night? What did you think of it?
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
1:00 pm
this could be interesting…
“Fight for the Right” Debate Added to 2008 Conservative Leadership Conference on the question, "Should conservatives and libertarians vote for the presidential candidate most ideologically similar to themselves…or for the candidate polling says is most likely to defeat Barack Obama?" x-posted
Friday, August 29th, 2008
8:58 am
more confirmation...
Here's another poll confirming the results of the one I posted a year (*gasp*!) ago: Polls show more reject both McCain, Obama

2-party system: No choice but evil Now if only Americans would grow the cajones to stand by their convictions...
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
10:52 am
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
6:30 pm
I need your help!!!!!
Please do whatever you can to support this effort. It is critical to progressive change in our communities and an open, democratic government that encourages participation rather than hindering voter options. Mayor West's victory is also key in the ongoing fight for environmental sustainability and social and economic justice.

Please feel free to forward this message widely. And please contact me if you have any questions at all. Your help is invaluable.

Thank you!!!

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
10:15 pm
Nader and Libertarians Not Welcome
A Splintered Antiwar Movement
The roster of speakers for the UFPJ demonstration in Washington D.C. on January 27 speaks volumes. The key was not so much who was included but who was not. The list of speakers certainly had a lot of wonderful activists in the peace movement, but to a considerable degree it was a line-up of Democrats and movie stars.
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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
12:51 pm
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
1:10 pm
Medved is...
...now on my do-not-read list. We've recently discussed the issue of why 3rd parties field candidates who are losers (in more ways than one) but there is absolutely no reason to throw more arbitrary roadblocks in the way. All this does is entrench the Duopoly that much more. The American people deserve real choices on the ballot. Medved should save his ire for the establishment media and government that relegates us to the fringes, not to the little guys doing the best they can in an uphill battle.
12:25 pm
short summary of results
Constitutionals won a seat in Montana's legislature.

Greens lost their legislative seat in Maine.

Libertarians lost ballot access in Nevada and Utah due to poor showings.

Any other news of note? This is all I've seen so far above the local/county level.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
8:07 am
happy election day!!
best of luck to everyone today! i hope all of your hard work pays off and the other parties don't act too sneaky!!!
Friday, October 13th, 2006
7:25 pm
sabotaging our own efforts
Here's my question: why do we nominate loonies? Granted, we're all in a third party because we cannot ideologically agree with either head of the Duopoly enough to live there. That said, why do intelligent, well-meaning people (as I believe a majority of them are) in 3rd parties continue to nominate members of the lunatice fringe as candidates for office? These people are unelectable, and tarnish the image of the party as a whole, which hurts the chances of success in the future. Is it because these are the only people willing to go out on a limb as a candidate? Is it because all the sensible/normal folks with the qualifications are too busy in party leadership positions?

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
12:42 pm
races to watch?
Any races worth watching (in the 3rd party sense) this year? Besides Lieberman for Senate in Connecticut.

But, if he were to win, would it help the 3rd party cause? Would people dismiss his win by saying "Oh he's really a Democrat anyway" or would they finally realize that you don't have to have a D/R after your name to get votes (just a big name, big money, good platform, or some combination of the three)?
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
9:21 am
Pass on to all Greens IN THE US -- let's have a strong showing for the NYS Green Party!


"If the election were held today, who would you cast your vote for in the US Senate race in New York? (...in this election, you're allowed to vote no matter what state you live in!)
- Incumbent Hillary Clinton, Democrat
- Peace activist Howie Hawkins, NYS Green Party
- Reagan-era Pentagon official KT McFarland, GOP
- Anti-War candidate Jeffrey T. Russell, Libertarian Party
- Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer, GOP
- Anti-War candidate Jon Tasini, Democrat
- Bill Van Auken, Socialist Equality Party
- Mark Greenstein, Democrat
- Tom Weiss, Democrat
- Steve Greenfield, Democrat
- Other
- I don't know yet"

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
9:44 am
what 3rd party LJ forums are there?
I know of constitutionals, libertarianism, and greenparty. I suppose there are more...where do you all hang out and talk?

And thanks to whomever had the idea for a third-party meta-community like this. There are areas of common ground that we have because of our "excluded" political status, and this is a great place to discuss those.
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