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Individual endorsement

Since endorsing this and that has been the topic de'jour, I thought it would be good to also note that I have personally endorsed Wayne Allyn Root for LP National Chairman.

This decision was not made lightly. Without going into detail, there are what I believe are good reasons that I have chosen to endorse W.A.R. for National LP Chair.

The endorsement letter follows.

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Official Statement on My Endorsements

It has come to my attention that I need to weed out claims of endorsement or otherwise make clear my opinion on a few matters. Due to the efforts of a good friend, it has come to my attention that I "endorsed Rand Paul" and someone, somewhere is still making this claim.

I did endorse Rand at one point. My resignation from the LPKY last year to support him is a matter of public record. Rand was an acquaintance and a bright hope for freedom activists around Kentucky. To some extent, he is still viewed this way by many activists. I don't judge him for selecting expediency over principle, but he arrived at a place where I could no longer support his candidacy. I elected to return to the LPKY shortly before Jan. 1st, 2010, where I now serve as Vice-Chair.

In an effort to make my position perfectly clear: I am publicly withdrawing my support for Dr. Paul. I had refrained from doing it in this dramatic fashion, but I want my position to be clear. Neither I nor the Libertarian Party (Kentucky and National) endorse or adhere to the candidacy of Dr. Rand Paul in any way. We have issued a statement to that effect, and I request that anyone seeking clarification do so, either from myself or from other members of the Executive Committee. While some Executive Committee members have made personal decisions to support him while sitting on the committee, neither I nor the LPKY support his campaign.

History of the Political Party system in America

I wrote a few articles for the now-defunct Freedom Digest, explaining the role of so-called third parties in the history of the country. I didn't quite finish it, as the research involved took a lot of time.

The point of it was to show that so-called third parties played a vital role in the history of politics in this country, and to explain why they're less effective than in the past.

I didn't get quite get to the end, but here's what I had written:

Ballot Access - what does it mean?

Many people, even within the Libertarian Party, don't understand the issues surrounding the Libertarian Party of Kentucky and ballot access. This is a very important issue, so I thought I'd take a moment to explain it.

Kentucky has essentially 4 levels of ballot access.

A Brave New World

I had truly hoped I would not have to write this blog entry; that there would have been enough heat from all of us who've been to DC, who've called our senators and congressmen, and who've protested on street corners, political polls, and online communities, to have prevented this conversation.

Unfortunately, the Democrats had invested so heavily in this so deeply, for so long, that they were going to take a political beating next year anyway; and so, the health care plan passed the U.S. House tonight; with a vote of 219 - 212

To my liberty-minded friends in the Republican Party

Earlier today, I was in a facebook discussion about Republicans and Democrats. It brought up a couple of interesting points that I'd share more broadly.

First, let's all remember the difference between "debt" and "deficit".

Bush doubled the "debt" in 8 years, from 5.5T to 11T. However, if you factor in Medicare Part D, which wasn't there before, it added another $15T in unfunded liabilities (aka, more debt) which grows every single day. So really, Bush grew our country's indebtedness by at least $20T.

Interesting tool

While answering a question from a prospective member, I found an interesting tool that let me put a version of their inflation calculator on this website.

It's interested to see that from 1914 to today, that 35 cents in 1914 is the same as $7.56 today!

Last call for candidates

The end is near for those seeking nomination as a Libertarian. April 1st is the cut-off for the first paperwork to be submitted when filing as a Libertarian. If you are interested, or know someone who would make a good candidate, please contact us.

Take the Quiz

Glenn Beck showed the Nolan Chart on his show on Friday. That's great! People do need to find where they are, politically. Unfortunately, his website doesn't point you right to the quiz. It's located here: http://www.nolanchart.com/survey.php

However, the home of the Nolan Chart, nolanchart.org, is currently being obliterated by web traffic (possibly specifically to prevent you from taking this quiz and finding out you aren't who you thought you were).

So here are some other ways to take the Quiz.

Americans are angry

Americans are angry. A new Rasmussen poll shows that 75% of Americans are at least somewhat angry with government, and that 60% of voters feel that neither Republican political leaders nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today.

This shouldn't be a surprize. In fact I predicted this was going to be the case in January or February 2009.

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