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LP Monday Message: How to handle Ronald Reagan?

August 23, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

As the 2010 election approaches, a lot of Republican politicians are trying to posture as government-cutters, and they often hold up Ronald Reagan as an example.

But although Reagan often talked about supporting smaller government, most Libertarians know that in practice he did exactly the opposite. For example:

Pennsylvania Libertarian candidates pushed off the ballot

(Above: Lou Jasikoff, chairman of the Northeast Pennsylvania Libertarians, discusses the problem on the Sue Henry show)

Libertarian candidate Alex Snitker resigns day job to focus on campaign

Snitker familyLibertarian Alex Snitker is running for U.S. Senate in Florida. His campaign sent the following in an August 18 press release:

Republican Precinct Chair endorses Libertarian John Jay Myers for Congress

John  Jay Myers on red couchTexas Libertarian John Jay Myers is running for U.S. Representative in the 32nd District. A local Republican Party precinct chair endorsed Myers recently, writing this:

Libertarian candidate Art Lampitt needs help to enter debates

Lampit radio photoLibertarian Arthur Forest Lampitt, Jr. is running for Governor of Nevada. His campaign writes:

Libertarian candidate Mike Benoit goes on hunger strike

Benoit iconLibertarian Mike Benoit, running for U.S. Congress in California's 52nd District, has been on a hunger strike for the last week. He hopes the strike will convince his incumbent opponent to agree to earlier debates.

Politico writes:

Libertarian Dennis Hawver polls 22% among Kansas independents

Dennis Hawver headshotThis SurveyUSA poll includes several Libertarian candidates for statewide offices in Kansas. Dennis Hawver, running for Attorney General, polled 7% overall, and 22% among independents.

Debate: Government Needs to Divorce the Marriage Business

Book Libertarianism A to ZOn AOL News, Jeffrey Miron writes that marriage should not be defined and licensed by government, but instead should be treated as a contractual relationship between individuals. He writes:

...the best path for achieving equal treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex marriage -- the goal of those who support gay marriage -- is to remove government provision of opposite-sex marriage, rather than extending it to same-sex marriage.

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