Longtime Prohibition Party activist Leroy Pletten died earlier this year at the age of 68. Pletten, an anti-smoking activist, differed from his fellow party members in holding generally progressive views. In 2004 and 2008, as the running mate of Gene Amondson, Pletten served as the party’s vice presidential nominee. In addition, he had a major role in the party split between 2003 and 2007 as leader of the faction opposing multi-time presidential nominee Earl Dodge. His advocacy against Dodge continued after Dodge’s 2007 death, spreading even to wikipedia.
Consumer advocate and four time Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader appeared yesterday on Fox Business Network calling Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “breath of fresh air,” explaining that he was “delighted” by Trump’s refusal to rule out a third party bid.
“The two party tyranny that blocks voter choices and dominates the political scene on behalf of big business needs to be broken up and Trump is the one to do it,” said Nader to host Deirdre Bolton, “it takes a billionaire. Ross Perot got 19 million votes as an independent candidate in 1992. And Trump has every possibility of doing the same, and by the same token, opening up opportunities for multi-party systems; more voices, more choices.” Continue Reading
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Republican Continue Readingcandidate , former commissioner of the (IRS), filed a complaint on Monday with the (FEC) to challenge his exclusion from Thursday’s first Republican Party presidential debate. Everson argues his exclusion violates Title 11 of the in that debate hosts must not “structure the debates to promote or advance one candidate over another”, and must “use pre-established objective criteria to determine which candidates may participate in a debate.”
“Americans, whatever their thinking on [same-sex marriage], should worry about what the [Obergefell] majority’s claim of power portends.”
–Justice Alito dissenting in Obergefell v. Hodges
Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck State prohibitions on same-sex marriage, establishes a troubling precedent for democratic institutions and limited government. Through the “reasoned judgment” of five of its nine justices, the Supreme Court bypassed traditional democratic means to establish the issuance of public benefits for same-sex marriages as a fundamental right under Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process. Though many libertarians now celebrate the decision, a careful reading should temper any jubilation. This decision promotes the Cult of the Court, which may now work to restrict rights and actually expand government. Continue Reading
Dylann Roof committed a heinous act in Charleston last week when he shot up an historic African-American church and killed nine people therein, presumably based on a racist ideology. When condemning Roof’s action, it is important to remember that Roof’s ideology itself did not commit the act. Rather, Roof himself acted with a depraved. murderous mind that even the most vile racists do not share. It is not wise or fair to use this act to silence those with what some perceive as similar views. Specifically, this act does not provide a compelling justification for banning or desecrating symbols of tradition and pride, such as the Confederate battle flag. Continue Reading
Potential 2016 presidential candidates take heed. Donald Trump has delivered one of the best presidential announcement speeches in a long time. Continue Reading
Some argue offensive words like “whore” or “slut” should be banned from usage—not in a legal sense but as a matter of social acceptability. I believe society need not render more words as so socially unacceptable that their very utterance destroys lives, causing those that speak such words to be shunned or lose their jobs. An example of one such word in existence is “nigger.” The word is so toxic that even words that sound similar (“niggardly”) create Continue Reading, no matter the outrage they cause.
As reported in The National Prohibitionist and at Independent Political Report, Rev. Greg Seltzer of Maryland is ending his 2016 campaign for president and is stepping down as Chairman of the Prohibition Party. This comes as the new Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan, a Republican, named Seltzer to the state’s Election Board.
Seltzer is a retired history professor and Presbyterian Minister. He took over as Prohibition Party Chairman early last year when Rev. Toby Davis, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, stepped down due to a busy schedule. He previously served on the Maryland Election Board from 2002 to 2006 during the state’s last Republican administration. Continue Reading