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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Elections and politics

November 4, 2009

It has been too long since I blogged. Will try and make up for it here just a little.

Last night, Republicans won the Governor's races in both Virginia and New Jersey. Republicans are crowing that this is a referendum on the Obama administration.
Well, everyone is concerned about the economy and the deficit. Hopefully, this will remind the President that we cannot spend our way back to prosperity on borrowed money. But, the Republican Party in my native State of New York continued its march to oblivion, losing one of the three congressional seats (out of 29) it has held there. National Republican leaders, including Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh had endorsed the New York Conservative nominee against the Republican, and the result was a Democrat victory. Is the country on a move back to conservatism? I certainly hope not, and the results from yesterday do not show this. The sometime Republican Mayor of New York was barely re-elected, though he outspent his opponent well over 10 to 1. Most other races in the City went to Democrats.

Perhaps the most interesting election was in Maine, where the voters refused to approve of the new law passed by the legislature which legalized gay marriage. At the same time, they approved of a more liberal medical marijuana law. Mixed results for those of us who think neither item is any of the government's business. We still have so far to go to our goal of getting the government out of our personal lives. Now is not the time to quit. We need to keep working at it, confident that we will win in the long run.

Here in Utah, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff withdrew from the U.S. Senate race today for family reasons. I actually like Mark (but not his politics) and wish him and his family well. It is now one year from the election for Utah's Governor, the Senate, and a host of other races. Our little Libertarian Party receives inquiries every day, and I joke that we will soon be bigger in Utah than the Democrats. There are many people who do not like the choice between the two "major parties". The Democrats are way too free with our money. The Republicans, while claiming they are for smaller government, constantly interfere with our personal lives, pushing their personal ideas of morality on us with the force of the State. We need to build a real third alternative, and today would be a good day for you to get involved in it. Join us in the fight for real freedom.


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