When all the swamp critters flee your campaign and the most honest man in Washington is all who remains, you must be doing something right. That is exactly what has happened to Judge Roy Moore this past month. After The Washington Post published a potentially defamatory article about Moore, and women with obvious axes to grind came forward with stories of sexual misconduct, nearly every Republican politician in the nation condemned Moore, retracted their endorsement and/or demanded he exit the US Senate race in Alabama. One notable exception was Senator Rand Paul who maintained his support even as polls (some with questionable methodology) showed the Democratic nominee with the lead. The reason Paul stayed loyal may lie in Moore’s political positions. Continue Reading
Back in 2010 I witnessed the future of politics. A little known councilman went before his local party and delivered the most passionate speech of this century thus far. Though the speech concerned, of all things, the Stark County Treasurer’s office, it harkened back to the exciting and entertaining aspect of politics. As the speech went on, I felt something special happen. Politics became fun again. Continue Reading
For the first time in my life, I am voting for a major party presidential candidate. My reasoning, however, has not changed. Tomorrow I will vote for Donald Trump for the same reasons I voted for Ralph Nader in 2004, Chuck Baldwin in 2008, and Gary Johnson in 2012. I am voting against the corrupt, globalist establishment that has ruled this country for decades and left us in a state of economic stagnation, never-ending war, and social degradation. Continue Reading
As part of Wikinews’ monthly series on the 2016 presidential election, I briefly interviewed write-in presidential candidate Darryl Perry.
On September 29, writer and former 2016 Libertarian Party (LP) presidential candidate Darryl Perry, the newly-elected chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire (LPNH), announced the creation of a write-in campaign for president across several states. In a press release, he stated three goals for his run: “(1) to run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history; (2) to proclaim the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible; and (3) to give as many people as possible the opportunity to vote for an actual libertarian in November.” Wikinews reached out to Perry to discuss the campaign. Continue Reading
Adapted from the Wikinews series On the campaign trail and originally posted at IPR
As soon as Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination, Libertarian Party (LP) membership applications doubled. Longtime Republican consultant Mary Matalin, former Massachusetts governor William Weld, and former Congressman Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, were among those who left the GOP in May to find a new home in the LP. While Matalin enthusiastically backed Libertarian presidential runner-up Austin Petersen, and Weld won the party’s vice presidential nomination; Bentivolio, who had endorsed Dr. Ben Carson for president before joining the party, had a much different experience. Continue Reading
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson tapped former Massachusetts Governor William Weld as his pick for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 vice presidential nomination. Though ardent Johnson supporters laud the move as making the Libertarian Party ticket “viable,” there has been a strong backlash from those who do not believe Weld is libertarian. Analysis of Weld’s policy positions gives credence to the detractors. Delegates to the Libertarian National Convention ought to consider Weld’s history carefully when they meet to select a ticket at the Convention later this week. They may just be on the verge of making a gun-grabbing big government neocon, a standard-bearer of the party. Continue Reading
The below article was lost from IPR following a switch to a new server. It is posted below (with comments intact) as it looked before the switch.
IPR conducted a poll with SurveyMonkey from May 20–23 asking readers to select their preferences for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential and vice presidential nominations. 303 individuals participated in the poll. Continue Reading
Originally posted at IPR
During the first hour of the Libertarian Party presidential forum that aired Friday night on the Fox Business Network, leading Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson admitted that in his view, Jewish bakers should be forced by government to bake wedding cakes for Nazis.
The issue arose when fellow Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen brought to the attention of moderator John Stossel that in an earlier debate in Oregon, Johnson declared that bakeries should be forced to bake wedding cakes for gay couples. Johnson affirmed the position, arguing that being able to discriminate on the basis of religion is a “black hole.” Continue Reading
Originally published at IPR
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Last week, libertarian theorist Walter Block
announced the formation of Libertarians for Trump (LFT), a group supporting the election of businessman Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican Party presidential front-runner.
Block, an economics professor at Loyola University, writes at LewRockwell.com that he and retired cardiac surgeon Dr. Donald W. Miller Jr. created LFT to mobilize the “massive support for Donald Trump within the libertarian community.”
Although Block admits that Trump is not perfect on the issues and that whoever the Libertarian Party nominates will likely have views more aligned with his own, he considers Trump the closest to libertarianism among the candidates with a chance of winning the election. He argues: Continue Reading