Thomas L. Knapp takes an illegal selfie of his ballot for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. One offense is far worse than the other.
Thomas L. Knapp, the saintly, lily-white, ideologically-pure “libertarian” has outdone himself.
On the Knapp Stir Podcast sponsored by his so-called “friend” Darryl W. Perry, Knapp betrayed Perry by refusing to write him in for President, opting instead to vote for the Statist ticket of Gary “TPP” Johnson and Hillary Clinton-apologist Bill Weld. After voting he committed a lesser offense of taking a ballot selfie, a criminal offense in his home state of Florida. This forever memorialized his Statist act and ultimate betrayal of Perry.
Thank you, for you have inspired me to usurp your position. Without the corruption and disrepute you have brought to the party, I would not have considered politics; however, by allowing in globalists criminals like William Weld, outright criminals like John Mcafee, and inept ideological criminals like Gary Johnson to take over the party, I have decided that it is necessary for popular reform in the LP.
What was done at the convention with your knowledge was unacceptable, and Ron Paul’s absence should have made that clear to all. Specifically, allowing pollsters and the media to strong arm delegates and candidates like Alicia Dearn into giving the Vice-Presidential nomination to Patriot Act supporting, Neocon, CFR member Bill Weld. And as we will not obtain anywhere NEAR the 5% “WMD”, (aka the great lie) American libertarians are realizing now that this is only a pipe dream, and that you sold out the party for nothing. You have set the party back four years in what should have been our breakout year.
In fact, had you never allowed ANTI-libertarians to run the party like Bill Weld and the CFR and John Mcafee and his #votedifferent PAC (aka the syndicate), libertarianism could have had as much success as Ross Perot this time around. However, instead, you perverted this party from a populist, patriotic, and constitution loving party into a pro-globalist centrist party like the Tories in England, and Brexit taught us what the people think of that ilk.
Libertarians are populist by nature ; this party was founded on populists who disagreed with certain aspects of the Civil Rights Act in defense of limited government and states rights (Ron Paul said those words, not me, and you have alienated the liberty branch of the GOP, our strongest ally). It is abundantly clear to me that by your support of individuals like Bill Weld and the mainstream political establishment, populism is not your goal.
As a recovering English Major turned living in the flesh PROFESSIONAL anarcho-capitalist, I will tell you now that any third party that discourages populism, discourages patriotism, discourages respect for the Constitution will fail. It will fail not only because it is hollow and without that Principle (like your used car lot), but because such corrupt parties designed to chide and curb populism are market redundancies. The globalists, cake baking parties are already in power—no one cares for a third. That is why our ticket will fail to get not only 5%, not 3%, and maybe not even 2. You have turned this party into a pro-globalist, anti-populist tool of the Clinton Foundation and gave the contract quill to Bill Weld.
I will be running for chair of the LNC to undo the damage that you have done. I intend to make this party a populist one like UKIP that puts American Citizens and their constitutional rights first, forge alliances with out populist, pro-liberty allies like UKIP, Front National, the Ukraine Internet Party, and the Constitution Party. I intend to purge all establishment influences that you have let in. And I intend to lay the groundwork for a COMPETITIVE Libertarian ticket in 2020 that Ron Paul himself will be more than happy to endorse.
I must also give some credit to Charles Peralo. While he might not admit it, I am somewhat of a mentor to him. And if he can pose a mild threat to your reign of terror and the rent-seeking establishment you represent—you ain’t seen nothing yet.
I will see you in New Orleans. Je me souviens un libre America. Do you?
Libertarianism to put simply, is either committing suicide, or being exterminated.
In the last two years and from working on two political campaigns this years, I believe it is a force that most are not willing to acknowledge, but does in fact exist.
Whether you like Trump or not, these are the forces at hand we’re dealing with, those desperate to stop him. When you point to who that includes, it’s generally what libertarians have considered arch-nemeses. George Soros, Clinton Foundation, Saudis. The party establishment invited them in on the pretense of 5%, and WHEN THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN, the party will explode like a neutron star. Outlets such as Reason, Being Libertarian, Liberty Republic, etc. they will decline in popularity, traffic, and alexa ratings.
Simply put, the LP is on the wrong side of the playing field. The LP is a populist party and by accepting Clinton foundation money in the form of purchasing a seat for Bill Weld—aka Hilary’s protector in her worst times of need—-the LP has distanced itself from populism. It no longer has that integrity. Simply put, 2017 will be like a Game of Thrones Winter for both the LP and alas, even the Liberty Movement.
If the LP is about motivating the ideology of liberty, it has certainly drained me. This is not enjoyable anymore. And Libertarians are foolish to think they are alone. If the LP does not act soon, it will implode like a neutron star, and will be as relevant as the anti-masonic party. Adam Kokesh is not the answer, and if he even recovers from this recent hit he’s taken, we are more than glad to expose him.
There is only one option that remains, and that is the party RECALLING the ticket. And despite my battles with both, I believe that should be an Petersen/Invictus ticket. A ticket like that now, while the Clinton campaign is on the major defensive, is the only way 5% is realistically achievable. Gary Johnson has been a historically loser for the 21st century, and I don’t trust him to kick a 3% 20 yard field goal. And Weld turning this into an establishment party has only exacerbated the damage.
Drawn by the hand of Michael Madigan, Illinois’s 9th Congressional district starts in Arlington Heights then stretches through des Plaines, bends a path all the way to rogers park, then the lines move north through Evanston, Winnetka, and finally into Northbrook. For almost 20 years, Jan Schakowsky has represented our district, and as someone who works, eats, and sleeps in the 9th I am disappointed in the job that she has done, and even more so, the job she has not done.
The only thing consistent with Schakowsky has been scandal. From giving thousands to former governor and current felon Rod Blagoveich to allegations of being to too cozy with Iran and Turkey to her husband, Bob Creamer, arrest for check kiting, to her husband’s recent resignation because of voter fraud. We have weathered decades of scandal and received nothing in service. the only things to consistently grow in our district have been violence and taxes.Without question, we need change. But grand inquirer declines to endorse someone solely on the fact that they are NOT Jan Schakowsky. On that principle, the Grand Inquirer has decided to NOT endorse Jan’s republican opponent (Joan Lasorde), and instead endorse Schakowsky Independent opponent, David Earle Williams.
Mr. Williams is an honest straight talker and we feel pride in penciling him on our ballots and sending him to the floor of congress. David Williams is the only candidate to serve our country but is also the only candidate to understanding the severity conflict. Williams is by far the most pro-peace candidate, disagreeing with nearly every one of our current conflicts. Yet as a man who respects the constitution, Mr. Williams “A” rating from “Gun Owners of America” is by far the highest among the candidates. also the most pro-gun rights candidate running in our district. Williams received an “A” rating from
An admirer of Ron Paul, David William’s platform is heavy with protecting and promoting our civil liberties. Mr. Williams vows to continue Paul’s mission to “audit then end” the Federal reserve. In a state and district burdened by some of the highest taxes in the nation, Williams’s”fair tax” proposals are refreshing and we would love to see his ideas debated on the floor of congress.
Because of policy, character, and principle, the Grand Inquirer proudly endorses David Willaims fo congress.
Evan McMullin has surged into the spotlight in Utah this past week, actually surpassing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in one poll and running a statistical tie in a couple of others. This has garnered the former House of Representatives Chief Policy Director significant momentum nationally among self-proclaimed conservatives over the past week, particularly #NeverTrumpers. Having entered the race on August 8th, 2016, one would think that Mr. McMullin were on the ballot in every state, had irreproachable financial backing and grassroots stucture, and were the perfect answer for true conservatives who feel disenfranchised by the Republican nomination of Donald J. Trump. Let’s take a look.
‘Who Bankrolls Evan McMullin?’, ‘ Firestorm of Media Attention out of the Gate’, and ‘Who Were These Utah Pollsters and What Led Up to the Past Week’s Polls?’
Ileana Wachtel and Kahlil Byrd left Better for America in order to form the Stand Up AmericaSuper PAC so they would be able to directly raise campaign money for Evan McMullin.
Ileana Wachtel’s resumé couldn’t be more progressive if she had represented Karl Marx himself. Don’t take my word for it, check her LinkedIn. As recently as last year she was in charge of
press releases for the ‘Sister Giant Conference‘, which featured keynote speaker Bernie Sanders and advertised “Williamson will moderate talks given by former congressman Dennis Kucinich, civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, progressive talk show host and author Thom Hartmann, food movement leader Elizabeth Kucinich, host and co-founder of The Young Turks Cenk Uygur, and Lynne Lyman, California state director of the Drug Policy Alliance.”, all whom were to be in attendance.
Kahlil Byrd’s background is only slightly less impressive… to a Hillary supporter. He launched his political career as communications director and senior strategist for the successful campaign of Mitt Romney successor, Democrat Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, just before his term membership with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Although McMullin’s policies will not be touched in this article, it’s important to note that he, too, is a CFR term member (2011-present). Former Governor Deval Patrick (D) was on the shortlist for Hillary Clinton’s Vice-Presidential picks before choosing Tim Kaine. David Axelrod participated in Deval Patrick’s campaign bid as well.
Evan McMullin was the last of a long line of Republican names thrown around by Bill Kristol, the neo-conservative editor of The Weekly Standard. Actually, I’m not even sure Kristol mentioned McMullin. Evan, himself, states that he simply “decided” that he would run. I suppose the BFA ballot efforts, which had only yielded access to two states at the time, was just a coincidental bonus by having been formed? After even unknown journalist David French declined to accept the offer, the search went stale. Kristol had even stated at one point in March that he’d rather see Hillary Clinton win than to witness a Donald Trump presidency. BFA strategist Rick Wilson recently admitted that even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s name was thrown around in their quest to thwart Donald Trump’s path to the White House. I’m a fan of The Rock but do these sound like strategists who were “in it to win it”?
Firestorm of Media Attention Out of the Gate. Why?
As a former Republican who was appalled and alarmed by the exorbitant amount of free advertising given to Donald Trump during the Republican Primaries, I can’t help but wonder the same regarding Evan McMullin. Don’t others?
In Donald Trump’s case, there was at least the rare phenomenon of a foul-mouthed, crass
businessman conducting himself as childishly as possible, yet leading the polls. Most of us could see right through the favorable media coverage and realize that the liberal mainstream media actually wantedTrump in against Hillary in order to throw the election her way once the party conventions were held.
In Evan McMullin’s case, however, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had been gaining steam nationally as 3rd Party candidates. The conservative side of the #NeverTrump movement was beginning to narrow down their choices between Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle and America’s Party nominee Tom Hoefling. Evan McMullin was entering the race with less than 200 Twitter followers, no name recognition, ballot access in two states with TWENTY-SIX states already having passed their deadlines upon his entering the race (to put that in perspective, he couldn’t have surpassed Darrell Castle’s ballot access from day 1), most remaining states were closing access just two days later on August 10th, there was no party to promote the growth of as an independent candidate (perhaps part of the reasoning?), and his greatest asset was his most recent job as House of Representatives Chief Policy Director – you know? The House of Representatives that has a whopping approval rating of 14.7%!
Despite all the aforementioned, McMullin received an interview on every mainstream media outlet within one day of entering, and many others within one week: Kelly File on Fox News on 08/08/16, Morning Joe on MSNBC on 08/09/16, CNN on 08/09/16, ABC News on 08/09/16, the Hugh Hewitt Show on 08/09/16, Bloomberg Politics on 08/09/16, and so on.
Can you guess how many interviews Jill Stein received on many of these stations? How about Darrell Castle? There are SEVEN presidential candidateswith ballot access exceeding that of Evan McMullin. Them? This amount of press coverage for someone with zero viability is unprecedented, especially considering the plight of actual third parties any given election cycle.
Perhaps the most telling interview was that of Glenn Beck. Glenn had sent an open invitation to Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle back in June, on air. Following the invitation the Castle campaign and hoards of supporters close to the campaign attempted for weeks to cash in the offer to no avail. The national coordinator for ballot access for the Constitution Party literally called in to the radio show and sat for hours at a time on hold, simply to never have anyone return to the line. Twitter was lit up, Beck’s Facebook feeds, nothing…
Within three days of entering the race, his fellow Mormon Glenn Beck had Evan McMullin on the show, but had not yet had Darrell Castle (nor his LDS running mate) on his show. In fact, Castle was forced onto the Pat & Stu Show when he was finally accepted on The Blaze and was diminished to an 8 minute interview. Evan McMullin received a 33 minute interview, failed the only two tests he was given by the Beck crew, then was invited back on 10/13/16 (while being mistakenly credited with Darrell Castle’s ballot access in the headline) and 10/14/16 for two days of interviews on his show.
The Utah Media Leading Up to the Recent Poll Spikes and the Utah Pollsters
Perhaps the most astonishing find in researching this phenomena was the favoritism bestowed upon Evan McMullin by the Utah media. Ben McClintock of defendingutah.org
must have wondered the same. He released simple research just over one week ago, after the first poll showing McMullin closing the gap on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Of the two major news outlets in Utah, KSL TV and The Salt Lake Tribune, Evan McMullin had received over 4800 mentions, only surpassed by Gary Johnson among 3rd Party Candidates jointly, but still with over FIVE TIMES the mentions of Gary Johnson or Jill Stein on KSL. The Darrell Castle campaign only pooled 13 mentions out of both sources combined. Why such a discrepancy? After all, Darrell Castle’s running mate, Dr. Scott N. Bradley, is a Utah native as well and has actually ran for a U.S. Senate seat twice.
So what’s the big deal as long as the polls listed everyone over a certain percentage of national ballot access? It would be fair game, right? There in lies another problem. All five polls in the recent RealClear Politics polling only listed five candidates; Clinton, Trump, Johnson, Stein, and McMullin. The polls are listed here: Emerson, Heat Street, CBS News, Monmouth, and Y2 Analytics. Ever heard of any of them except CBS or Monmouth? Nah? Me neither. Those two have Trump leading while the others show McMullin in a statistical tie or in the lead. It only takes one to start the unearned momentum, that was Y2 Analytics.
Should you worry about who is bringing us Evan McMullin?
My advice is a resounding “Yes!”. Why wouldn’t we worry about Evan McMullin when the circumstances surrounding his bid for the presidency are far more suspicious and just as advantageous for the left as Donald Trump’s run? Why, as conservatives, would we give him a pass? Because he’s a more eloquent speaker? Are we really so gullible and unprincipled. I said early in the article that I would not touch upon Evan McMullin’s policies and I won’t. I will leave a couple of links for that, however. The information in the first link was meticulously researched and the sources for all information within it are linked throughout the article. The second link is a comparison chart between the main four center-to-right candidates in the race. The information regarding Evan McMullin in the chart was extracted from the article in the first link.
If this were ever truly about principles, constitutionalism, and conservatism; then at least do your due diligence. Read them. God Bless.