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Libertarian Joe Kennedy appears in televised debate

Libertarian Joe Kennedy, running in a special election for U.S. Senator in Massachusetts, appeared December 22 in this televised debate, carried by WBZ in Boston.

Visit Joe Kennedy's website.

LP Monday Message: Stop Subsidizing Health Care!

December 28, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

You have probably heard lots of politicians in recent months complaining about "the skyrocketing cost of health care." They wring their hands about how "the United States spends more on health care..." etc. etc.

Their solution? More government, of course.

But why does the cost of health care keep going up so fast? Most other products and services don't have this problem. Food prices don't skyrocket every year. Electronics don't either. What is so special about health care?

Libertarian Michael Munger comments on insurance and health care costs

Creating competition and offering the right incentives

newsobserver.com

DURHAM -- I hear people complain they can't afford insurance. They need to realize that the real problem is they can't afford health care.

Don’t Waste Your Vote: Vote Democratic!

by William Redpath

(originally published in the December 2009 issue of LP News)

I can’t know what each of you thought when you read the headline above, but probably the most charitable thought was “Poor Bill Redpath. He almost made it to the end of his second term as Chair before he cracked up.”

2004 LP Presidential nominee Michael Badnarik hospitalized after heart attack

The Libertarian Party headquarters in Washington, DC has received various reports that Michael Badnarik, the 2004 nominee for President, has suffered a heart attack and has been hospitalized in Wisconsin.

William Redpath, Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), commented, "While initial indications are that this is possibly a serious heart attack, we're hoping that Michael makes a full and speedy recovery."

Additional information may be posted later. (posted at 3:51 PM Eastern Time)

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LP Monday Message: Happy Holidays - May You Enjoy Religious Freedom

December 21, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

It's the time of year when we see "Happy Holidays!" everywhere. I know some people don't like that phrase, but I think it indicates the variety of religious practices we have in America, which in turn shows that we enjoy significant freedom of religion.

Politico asks Wes Benedict about Gary Johnson

The political news site Politico.com suggests that "Gary Johnson emerges as the next Ron Paul." Johnson is a former New Mexico governor.

The story quotes LP Executive Director Wes Benedict:

What seems clear is that for now Johnson has no plan to leave the GOP. He resisted a draft effort from the Libertarian Party leading up to the 2000 presidential race and now, while noting his disillusionment with the party’s fiscal record during the Bush years, says: “I am still a Republican.”

TV coverage of Libertarian debate battle in Massachusetts

In the campaign for the special election to replace the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, Libertarian candidate Joe Kennedy is making waves. (Joe Kennedy is not related to Edward Kennedy, and will appear on the ballot as an independent.)

The Democratic candidate wants Kennedy included in all debates -- the Republican candidate seems to be dancing around the issue.

Video clip from NECN.com:

LP Monday Message: Happy Bill of Rights Day!

December 14, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Tomorrow, December 15, is Bill of Rights Day. I don't know how much we'll hear about it in the media, but you and I know how important the Bill of Rights is. The Founders recognized that it was important to be specific about what government must not do.

The Libertarian Party platform expresses support for the Bill of Rights in many places. For example:

First Amendment:

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