There’s No Such Thing as an Election “Spoiler”

Every election cycle we hear of the “spoiler,” the third-party candidate whose candidacy threatens to swing the election, not by winning, but by siphoning votes away from one of the two major party candidates. Some Democrats are still upset at Ralph Nader, the 2000 Green Party Presidential candidate. They believe he took votes from Al Gore in Florida, handing that historically-close election to George W. Bush.

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A Whole Constitution

“A Whole Constitution, Or A Constitution Full of Holes”

by John Fockler

For some time now, our American “Nativists,” those who believe in “America for the Americans” and oppose most immigration, have grated over the doctrine of birthright citizenship, the principle that any person born on US soil, regardless of the immigration status of his or her parents, is an American citizen.

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To LP, or Not to LP; That Is the Question

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

One of the age-old controversies in the liberty movement is this: “Is it better to work from within the two-party system, or from without?”  This issue came to the fore late last year and early this year when a former candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination opted to seek a US Senate seat in Missouri as a Republican.  More on how that turned out later.

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Ohio HB 571: Taxing a Tax

“Taxation is theft” is a well-used Libertarian motto, even by the minarchists in the party, like me, who concede that some government is necessary, and therefore must be paid for somehow.  The reason we say that is that tax money is extracted from the taxpayer at the point of a gun, at least by implication.  Government levies the taxes, even when the taxpayers themselves have been conned into voting for them, and if you don't ante up, the big, bad taxman will be around one way or another to seize your home, your paycheck, your bank account, or anything else you own, or just haul you off to jail for “tax evasion.”  And if you resist, you'll see that gun.

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Seems to Me I've Heard That Song Before

We've all heard the speech.  In fact, we've all heard it over and over again.  It goes something like this:

 “Friends, and I call you friends because you are my friends, this is a wonderful country we all live in.  It's a great country, and we're a great people.  But we have fearsome challenges ahead of us.  We, as a society, are threatened by those who do not have our best interests at heart.  We are threatened by the forces of self-interest, forces that do not understand, and do not share, our values.  These people must be stopped!

 “We can only do this together.  We must all work together to make this great society greater.  We must sacrifice.  We must put aside our individual interests on behalf of the common good.  We must protect our society, and our values.  If you support me and if we all work together, I know we can make this country truly great.  Thank you.”

Bullcookies!

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Open Letter to Ohio Legislature on SB 260

Dear Representatives and Senators of Ohio,

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

          We know these words. We have lived, and bled and died by these words. We have fought tyranny because of the promise these words hold. As Libertarians (hell, as human beings), we all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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The Road to 2018 Ohio Elections

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Assuming we get the final 5,000 signatures and Ballot Access is restored, we have over 100 candidates lining up for 2018 elections! The process of running as a Libertarian in Ohio in 2018 is a little different to accommodate the legal rules and requirements of the State. But the process can be easily summarized in three easy steps.

 

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Taking Advantage of a Crisis

SB_260_250.png“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  ~ Rahm Emanuel

“And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, [my opponent] is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”  ~ from a speech by “President Andrew Shepherd,” played by Michael Douglas in The American President (1995), written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Rob Reiner

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Why so DE-MEME-ING?

One_dumb_meme_250.jpgAt 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.

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Lessons of the Roman Hoard

Seaton-Down_250.jpgRecently, 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.

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