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The Great Libertarian Holocaust of 2017

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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. And I exist, and am a part of that force, and am here to alert you of its existence ; but, once I, Max Dickstein, begin that campaign, I will reveal them to you.

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.

The Mcafee Pump and Dump Virus (MGT)

 

(Two former campaign staffers, now at Grand Inquirer, explaining the unethical and corrupt practices of MGT CEO and former LP Presidential candidate, John Mcafee)

 

Ron Paul Insitute: Gary Johnson and Bill Weld Presidential Campaign Dragging Libertarianism Through the Mud

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Written by the staff of the Ron Paul Institute, RonPaulInstitute.org, August 28th, 2016:

Ron Paul Institute Senior Fellow Adam Dick, in a Wake Up Call Podcast interview posted on Friday, argues that Libertarian Party presidential and vice-presidential nominees Gary Johnson and Bill Weld have drug the term “libertarian” through the mud with their advocacy of anti-libertarian positions on matters ranging from their choices for Supreme Court appointments to PATRIOT Act reauthorization to foreign intervention to the use of terror watch lists to outlaw people possessing guns.

Dick addresses the Libertarian presidential ticket during an in-depth discussion of his new book, A Tipping Point for Liberty: Exposing and Defeating Leviathan Government. During Dick’s interview with hosts Adam Camac and Daniel Laguros, the discussion is centered on topics examined in the book, including the development of a police state in America, the war on drugs, and United States wars abroad. It is when the conversation turns to the book’s section dealing with libertarianism that Dick presents an evaluation of the Libertarian presidential ticket.

Dick begins his discussion of Johnson and Weld by noting that Dick is “sure there are plenty of candidates running on the state and local level” under the party banner “who really are libertarian.” But, Dick continues, “when I saw Bill Weld get the vice presidential nomination, I knew that was trouble because the guy is not libertarian.”

Weld was Johnson’s choice for Vice President, and Johnson has said that Johnson and Weld, who are both former state governors, would pretty much serve as co-presidents if elected.

Discussing some of Weld’s activities prior to becoming the vice presidential nominee, Dick notes Weld “was one of a group of politicians who wrote a letter to members of Congress telling them that it was important to reauthorize the portions of the PATRIOT Act that were set to sunset.” Dick continues that “these are some of the worst sections of the PATRIOT Act, some of the sections that are most abusive of freedom, and that’s why they were the few provisions that had sunset provisions to begin with.”

Dick also discusses in the interview how Weld “praised George W. Bush’s foreign policy not too long after the 2003 Iraq invasion.” This puts Weld squarely at odds with libertarians’ support for a noninterventionist foreign policy.

Looking at domestic policy, Dick argues that Weld has shown extreme disrespect for the liberty at the core of the libertarian message by saying during a campaign interview that nobody on the US government’s terror watch lists should be able to buy a gun. Dick explains that bureaucrats arbitrarily add people’s names to the lists without the need to show any respect for due process rights.

Turning to the Libertarian ticket’s potential Supreme Court nominees, Dick discusses in the interview how Johnson has deferred to Weld on the picking of Supreme Court nominees, with Weld identifying as the kind of people Johnson would appoint to the court current Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and US appellate court Judge Merrick Garland, who President Barack Obama has nominated for appointment to the Supreme Court. Concludes Dick, “There’s no argument that either Justice Breyer or Judge Garland is a libertarian, but here we have the Libertarian presidential ticket saying that is the kind of people they want to put on the court.”

The end result of such significant anti-libertarian positions being advanced by the Libertarian presidential ticket is that, even if the ticket wins a high percentage on election day, it will, Dick says, be “an absolute failure” for advancing libertarianism. That is because “they’ve drug [the term ‘libertarian’] through the mud, made it difficult for people to understand what it even means.” But, Dick predicts that the ticket ultimately will not do as well as some current polling suggests. Instead, much of the early gauged support, Dick says, “will probably dry up” because Johnson and Weld “are being so wishy-washy that they are not giving people a good reason to really support them.”

Listen to Dick’s complete Wake Up Call Podcast interview here.

Dick’s discussion in the Wake Up Call Podcast interview of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld’s presidential ticket brings together separate critiques of the nominees’ stands concerning the PATRIOT Act, foreign policy, use of terror watch lists to outlaw gun possession, and Supreme Court justices that Dick has presented over the past few months at the Ron Paul Institute’s audio show Five Minutes Five Issues.


Copyright © 2016 by Ron Paul Institute. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit and a live link are given.

Gary Johnson campaign opens Illinois Victory Center in Chicago (photos)

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

On August 20th, 2016, the Gary Johnson campaign opened an Illinois Victory Center at 2305 W Foster Ave in Chicago. The campaign held a housewarming party and open to the public to officiate the occasion.

Alex Braverman, a 61-year old immigrant from Russia and a Johnson supporter who told ATPR that he was never before involved in the political process until this election, attended the event and provided ATPR with pictures. Braverman, who donated a coffee machine to the brand new office, said that roughly a dozen people attended the event, but no members of mainstream media outlets like the Chicago Tribune were present. Braverman is the owner of Alex Braverman Photography.

Below are several photos Braverman provided to ATPR, as well as a few taken from Facebook (ATPR would sincerely like to thank Mr. Braverman for providing his photos and providing some background):

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

An attendee uploaded a two-minute video tour of the office as well on the Illinois for Gary Johnson 2016 Facebook page:

Another video was posted on the page the same day featuring Justin Tucker, the Illinois for Gary Johnson volunteer coordinator:

A social followed the office opening at a nearby locale:

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Claire Bell, Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois comptroller (Photo: Alex Braverman)

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(Photo: Alex Braverman)

Meanwhile, on August 27th, 2016, the Illinois for Gary Johnson Victory Center held a phone bank for the Libertarian presidential ticket.

This ATPR editor reached out to a member of the Johnson campaign who attended the August 20th event with some questions regarding the new office, the grand opening, the office’s hours of operation and the purposes for which it will be utilized. If the campaign authorizes the brief interview, ATPR will publish the answers as soon as we receive them.

As of today, the Johnson/Weld campaign has not yet announced when it will hold a rally in the Land of Lincoln. The campaign did announce earlier today, however, that Johnson and Weld will speak at a Serbian center in nearby Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1st.

Gary Johnson: There’s a good chance we’ll make the debates

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show earlier today with his running mate, William Weld. The duo discussed issues facing the nation, as well as the question of whether or not they will appear onstage in the presidential and vice-presidential debates (video length: 6 minutes):

Thomas L. Knapp: Time for Libertarians to Dump Bill Weld

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Thomas L. Knapp is a writer, IPR contributor and political activist who most recently sought the Reform Party’s vice-presidential nomination. The following was originally published on The Garrison Center’s website on August 10th, 2016:

I didn’t pay much attention in 1972 when vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton was removed from  the Democratic ticket and replaced by Sargent Shriver after it came to light that Eagleton had a record of psychiatric hospitalizations. I have a pretty good excuse  for being distracted — I was five years old — and I’ve never looked into the mechanics of how that happened. But I’d like to see it happen again, this time in my own party.

The bylaws of the Libertarian Party’s national committee require that committee to “provide full support for the Party’s nominee for President and nominee for Vice-President as long as their campaigns are conducted in accordance with the Platform of the Party.” But they allow the LNC, on a 3/4 vote, to suspend either candidate. The suspension becomes permanent removal unless the candidate successfully appeals it to the party’s judicial committee.

Why on earth would Libertarians want to dump vice-presidential nominee William Weld? To let American voters, especially gun owners, know that the Libertarian Party still supports their rights as it always has.

Weld won the party’s nomination by a nose on the second ballot at the party’s national convention, after presidential nominee Gary Johnson pleaded for him to be chosen. One reason he was a hard sell to Libertarians was his anti-gun record as governor of Massachusetts (he supported and signed an “assault weapons” ban).

During the nomination campaign he went back and forth, telling Libertarians he had changed his views on guns one day, telling CNN he hadn’t changed his views on guns the next day.

Since the nomination, Weld has campaigned vigorously against the party’s platform — not just on gun issues but on due process rights — often spouting nonsense that makes him sound as ignorant and as nutty as Donald Trump at his worst.

Here’s Weld talking to REVOLT 2 VOTE correspondent Amrit Singh during the Democratic National Convention:

“You know the five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle. The problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells, and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon. And those are independent criminal offenses. That’s when they become essentially a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns is probably even worse than the problem of the AR-15. You shouldn’t have anybody who’s on a terrorist watch list be able to buy any gun at all.”

None of the factual claims he makes there are true, nor is his stated position even remotely libertarian.

Libertarians support gun rights. Libertarians support due process, not presumed forfeiture of rights due to inclusion on secret enemies lists. These items are in our platform, and they’re not negotiable.

Some of my fellow Libertarians believe that removing Weld would damage Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign and possibly even irreparably harm the party itself. I disagree.

In this year of all years, doing the right thing — and being SEEN doing the right thing — is pure political gold. It’s time for Bill Weld to go.

Johnson/Weld Presidential Campaign Launches 50 State Youth Effort

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News release from JohnsonWeld.com, August 10th, 2016:

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Today the Johnson/Weld presidential campaign announced the launch of Youth for Johnson/Weld. Youth for Johnson/Weld (YJW) is the official youth effort of the Gary Johnson presidential campaign to recruit, organize, and mobilize young people to elect Governor Gary Johnson and Governor Bill Weld as the next president and vice president of the United States.

YJW is pledging to start 150 chapters in the first 15 days of its existence. The youth effort will recruit supporters, organize events, and mobilize millennials to support the Johnson/Weld ticket.

In this critical election, a well-organized youth campaign will be the difference between maintaining the status quo or breaking the two-party duopoly. We can change the face of politics,” said YJW National Youth Director, Jason Weinman.

We’ve seen that having an energized base of youth activists is crucial to a successful national campaign. Young people are tired of the same old Republican/Democrat partisanship. Our ticket presents a new way forward,” said Governor Bill Weld.

Join Youth for Johnson/Weld HERE.

The push for 150 YJW chapters in the first 15 days will display the strong youth support garnered by the Johnson/Weld ticket. With polls showing Gov. Johnson appealing broadly to young people, we take youth outreach seriously. The YJW efforts will be a crucial part of helping Governor Gary Johnson get past the 15% polling threshold required to participate in the debates.

Governor Gary Johnson commented on the launch saying, “The launch of Youth for Johnson/Weld is an exciting step toward building a winning coalition. Young people are the hope for the future of this country and I’m thankful to see so many young people stepping up to fight for our message.

CONTACT

Jason Weinman
youth@johnsonweld.com
202-630-7509

ATPR Note: A new poll shows Gary Johnson leading in the 18-24 year old voting demographic over both Clinton and Trump.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld insist they will appear in the presidential debates

The Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket of Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld appeared on MSNBC today to talk to host Chris Matthews . Matthews pointed out that Johnson’s position in the opinion polls has not increased in the past few weeks, to which Johnson countered by saying “Chris, I believe that you think that that’s the case, but from our vantage point, it’s ratcheting up” an mentioned a Fox poll from “a couple of days ago” that put the ticket at 12 percent. Meanwhile, Weld told Matthews that “I’m pretty sure, I feel it in my bones, that we’re going to get there,” with regards to qualifying for the presidential and vice-presidential debates, a feat not achieved by any third party presidential ticket since 1992. The following is the full interview from MSNBC (video length: 8 minutes):

Live stream for tonight’s CNN Libertarian town hall at 9 PM ET

The CNN Libertarian town hall featuring Gary Johnson and William Weld, hosted by Anderson Cooper,  is starting in just a few minutes, at 9 PM Eastern Time. Below is a link to a live stream of CNN:

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld will participate in second CNN town hall on August 3rd

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From LP.org, August 1st, 2016:

CNN will host its second town hall with the Libertarian Party ticket: former New Mexico governor and presidential candidate Gary Johnson, and former Massachusetts governor and vice presidential candidate William Weld, at 9 P.M. ET on Wednesday, August 3.

Anderson Cooper will moderate the one-hour town hall.

Click here for more details.