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9/11/01: Where were you?

Last year, I posted a blog entry detailing where I was, and what I was doing, during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.  I thought it was a potent reminder of the events of that day, and reflecting on it keeps the memories fresh in my mind.  I'd like to repost what I did last year.  Please email your stories at, and I'll post them on here.  Thanks. 

Third-Parties and the Philosophy of Liberty

Perhaps it is the acrimonious environment of a two-party system, or simply a "strength in numbers" struggle that makes strange bedfellows among third-party candidates in today's politics.  Whatever the cause, third-party candidates often reach out to others for support and assistance in the mutual struggle against the tyranny of the duopoly.  Be it in pooling resources, or simply an extra hand in meeting ballot access requirements: Third-parties are a band of political outcasts struggling for a right to compete for the votes of American people, the same as Republicans an

To our supporters and volunteers

I have been hearing a lot from many LP Members about concerns over Bob Barr not attending Ron Paul's press conference.
However, before you form an opinion, perhaps you may want to consider the facts and not rely on blogs for your news.

Take Action Against the CPD Criteria

From Volunteer Coordinator Austin Petersen:

This past week, Bob Sullentrup (Secretary of the LNC) and I delivered a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates.  In it, Bob criticized the selection criteria requiring at least 15 percent in three national polls. The CPD lists specifically in the rules that to be included in the debates:

Have eight years of Bush made the GOP stupid?

It wasn't that long ago that I was in the heyday of my Republicanism, engrossed in books by the likes of Michael Savage and Ann Coulter.  In these books, the Republican authors discussed the idiocy of the Democratic Party and their liberalism.  Particularly Coulter, who wrote the book Slander, which talked of the inability of liberals to argue past childish name-calling, celebrated the intellect of her Republican comrades. 

Gustav statement

As Hurricane Gustav approaches the U.S. shore, our thoughts and prayers are extended to all of those who will be impacted by the hurricane.  Times of disaster are often when the American people are at their best; helping one another to rebuild and recover.  No greater sign of American altruism is that which comes from the voluntary effort of neighbors reaching out to neighbors. 

Should Libertarians be happy with Palin?

Should Libertarians be happy with Sarah Palin, the current Alaskan governor and now Sen. John McCain's running mate in his presidential bid?  The gut reaction is yes, Libertarians should be excited about Palin. Palin has a reputation for fighting government corruption, wears fur, shoots guns, eats moose and has earned the respect of our state affiliate in Alaska. 

I used to like Obama, but…

From Volunteer Coordinator Austin Petersen:

This past weekend at 10AM an Obama supporter dropped by my apartment. A quiet voice from my speaker system asked if I would be voting for Obama in the coming election. “I’ll be right there,” I said.


A text message arrived at my phone this morning announced that Democratic Senator Barack Obama had selected Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.  I looked at it, said, "No surprise there," and went back to sleep.

Reason takes a hard look at the LP

Dave Weigel, an associate editor of Reason magazine, has recently penned a fantastic article on the Libertarian Party and the potential it has with nominee Bob Barr at the top of the ticket.  

The highlight of the article was the focus on the success of the Libertarian message in transforming Barr, who once was the target of Libertarians, into its presidential nominee.  "After hoping for so long to win prominent converts to the cause," writes Weigel, "the Libertarian Party finally had managed to do it."


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