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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Political updates

February 14, 2007

First, let me thank those who helped our Libertarian Party regain its ballot status. We have been informed by the Elections Office that we will be ballot qualified this year. In order to stay qualified, we will need to poll 2% of the statewide vote by one of our candidates. This should present no particular problem, as it is my intention to run (one more time) for Utah Attorney General; and to put in the most effort I can afford, both financially and time-wise. If you are interested in helping, please let me know, and see my website at for instructions on making contributions.

And speaking of contributions, the Libertarian Pary will not be receiving tax checkoff money this year, which will be a drain on our limited funds. When you do your tax returns, please consider a small donation to the Party to help us make up for the lack of tax funds. Every $5.00 or $10.00 will help a lot.

Ok, on to political issues. despite a 90% vote for him in the Republican primary in Utah, Mitt Romney will not be the Republican nominee for President this year. And the presumptive nominee, John McCain seems to be drifting rightward to keep his party's "base". After being the champion of efforts to make sure the U.S. does not torture prisoners, he voted against the bill this week to outlaw "waterboarding". Shame on him. President Bush will likely veto the bill, out of his misguided belief that we will be protecting our country by using degrading methods to try and wring information from prisoners.

And, despite pleas from the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our Republican legislature seems bent on taking out their frustrations on so-called "illegals" by eliminating in-state tuition at colleges, and their driver privilege cards. Both efforts are mean-spirited and will do nothing to help either our security or our economy.

A couple of weeks ago I sent a message to an e-mail list of libertarain leaning people about our ballot petition. One gentleman, with a BYU e-mail address, wrote back suggesting that we all join the Republican Party and try and reform it from within, much as he says Rep. Ron Paul has been doing. No thanks. My old party has been taken over by people who claim to be Christians, but have no Christian charity. The party which has claimed to be for smaller government and more freedom spends much of its energy now tryjng to make people live up to their expectations for moral behavior. I prefer not surrender my freedoms for the illusion of safety.

Join the revolution, and protect our freedom. Pass on the message to your friends. You have nothing to lose but your chains!


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