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Thursday, November 20, 2008

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November 20, 2008

The Utah votes are almost all tallied. My campaign for Attorney General did not do as well as I had hoped, but we worked hard and did our best. I have had several people express, since election day, that they did not know I was running, and would have voted for me if they had. Oh well. With several counties still not reporting their final totals, my votes have just gone over 34,000, which is still an improvement in both raw numbers and percentage (up from 3.2% to 3.9%) from 4 years ago. Our party also did pretty well, with our governor candidate getting just about 2.5% and our candidate for State Auditor getting about 6%. We will remain on the ballot, and will work to increase the size and influence of our party.

On a national level, the Republicans have been soundly beaten, and we all hope for things to get better. I do not conceal my relief that there will be no more Republican judges appointed for a while to our Federal courts. but, of course, the current Democrat dominated government is likely to be more free with our tax money, so we will have plenty of work to do in opposing the increasing size and cost of government.

Speaking of judicial appointments, it was sad to see the Utah Senate refused to approve the appointment of Judge Hilder to the Utah Court of Appeals. Some gun rights advocates will cheer that very political decision; but we have lost a good judge for that Court. And there can be little doubt that the Republican Senate will only approve the most conservative judge -- one who likely agrees with them on issues of state sponsored morality, and a futher loss of personal freedom. As the Federal courts become more receptive to individual rights, the State courts are likely to become less so. Once again, lots to do to oppose this movement.

On a cheerful note, my little blog has been chosen by a national libertarian organization as one of the top 100 libertarian blogs on the internet. It makes one wonder how high the standards for such a thing might have been; but I very much appreciate the honor, and will try and make this page worth turning to once in a while. I am not going away, and will continue to "stick it to the man" and fight for more freedom, lower taxes and smaller government. Join me in the fight, and see our Libertarian Party website at to get more involved.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Thanks again

November 4, 2008

To those who worked for my campaign, thank you very much. I also worked hard, and honestly hoped for better results. I will keep this blog going, and will have more thoughts on the election, the Libertarian Party, and the issues, very soon. In the meantime, if you see any of my signs out and about, help me get them taken down. It is a big job, and they are all over the place. I do not want to leave the state littered with them.

Talk to you all soon.

Monday, November 03, 2008

The time is here!

November 3, 2008

Well, the time is indeed here. We have spent a lot of money, for a third party candidate; and have advertised heavily on the internet, in newspapers and even on TV. We have put up lots of signs, talked to a lot of people, and tried to be as visible as possible. When I have been left out of debates and media coverage, we have bought our own ads to be heard, and to protest the exclusions.

We have brought new ideas to the campaign. We have refused to parrot the same old line of being "tough on crime". Instead, we have suggested looking anew at the failed war on drugs, respecting the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures (repealing the Patriot Act, among other things) being more cautious about interfering with families, and putting a human face on the legal system. These are REAL changes which MUST be addressed; and I am the only one who is saying so. The Ogden Standard Examiner says my ideas are "outside the mainstream". That is all the more reason that they must be presented by a third party candidate. That is how change is achieved.

There is still time to tell your friends and to forward this blog as well. There is still time to maximize our influence and let our voices be heard. Tell someone tonight or tomorrow about my message, and ask for their support. If we pass up this wonderful opportunity, we will regret it.

The revolution is here! Let it be heard loudly!
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