At the Libertarian Party of Ohio, we occasionally get emails, calls and letters from our membership complaining about some of the memes run on our social media pages. And from time to time, we run controversial memes. Many readers prefer serious, thoughtful, and in-depth articles and posts that reflect a professional presentation of solutions to the complex issues of the day.Read more
Recently, in a Facebook thread, another poster asked why anyone would need to own a powerful weapon, such as the AR-15 which was recently used in yet another brutal, senseless shooting of innocent victims. He claimed (and I have no reason to doubt his word) that he has never fired a gun himself, although I can attest personally that he is incorrect in claiming to be the only libertarian who can make such a claim.Read more
“Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.”
– “Over The Rainbow” by Harold ArlenRead more
Even though your taxes are used to run statewide elections, as a member of the Libertarian Party of Ohio, you have again been unfairly denied ballot access. At your local Primary Election location in May, Libertarian ballots will not be available!
Even though the Johnson/Weld campaign got 3.17% of the vote in 2016 and exceeded the state's requirement of 3%, the Libertarian Party has once again been excluded from ballot access by a dastardly partisan election law passed by a Republican legislature, signed by a Republican governor, and upheld by Republican state Supreme Court Justices.
Instead, we will hold our Primary Elections like Libertarians - privately!Read more
America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” -Henry Kissinger.
I grew up in an amazing family, rich in culture, activism, intellect, spirituality and achievement. I was born in October 1968, six months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and four months after the assassination of Presidential Candidate Robert “Bobby” Kennedy. The 1960s and early 1970s was a particularly turbulent political period in the United States, with the protests against the Vietnam War and the ongoing protest internally over the civil rights of American citizens. As a child [as with most children], my social, economic, religious and political views were shaped, and thereby controlled, by those in my immediate surroundings, namely my family and close friends of the family.Read more
Primary and secondary education in this country is an embarrassment. OK, OK, that's an exaggeration, to some degree. We have many fine schools in this country, some private and some tax-supported. But overall, we are being taken to the cleaners by almost every other developed country in the world, educationally speaking. So what do we do about it?Read more
Otter: He can't do that to our pledges!
Boon: Only we can do that to our pledges.
--Animal House, 1978
January 17: Nobody can be harder on Libertarians than other Libertarians. We disagree about policy, we disagree about strategy, and we disagree about who is – or is not! – a real Libertarian! As a group, we have real issues with learning to work and play well with others.Read more
One thing I learned growing up is that communication is the art and the craft of conveying meaning from one person to another. My mother, God bless her, taught me that. This means that the craft just isn't happening until the message has been received and understood. The artistry and elegance with which it is framed is worthless and meaningless until that message is received and understood.Read more
Every Libertarian who has been through an election or two as a party activist knows the frustration of having to deal with the “wasted vote syndrome.”
“Vote for Libertarian Edgar Everyman!” we tell a fellow voter. “Gee, I'd really like to,” says the voter. “Edgar's the man! But I can't vote for him. If I do, Wendy Wickedwitch might win, and we can't have that! So I'm going to have to hold my nose and vote for Sidney Sociopath instead. He's the (wait for it!) lesser of two evils!”