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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The "L" Word

As midnight approaches here in metro Atlanta, the local fishwrap is updating poll results, along with "winner" calls where apparent.

I don't care about those races.

I care about these results:

1) John Monds: The Libertarian candidate for governor, with effectively no campaign budget, has received more than 90,000 votes as of 12:10 am edt, with 94% of precincts reporting.

2) Chuck Donovan: A squared-away former Marine pilot and current commercial airline jockey, the Libertarian candidate for US Senate has received more than 61,000 votes with 88% of precincts reporting.

Similar results for other Libertarian candidates in Georgia are being reported.

So what?

Tens of thousands of folks in this state were willing to break from conventional wisdom and do something different.

Tens of thousands of folks who can, at the very least, spell "freedom", "liberty", and "limited government".

Tens of thousands of adults who understand that the foundational document of America is the Declaration of Independence, not the poor, ravaged, beaten-to-a-bloody-pulp Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Tens of thousands who could, given the right circumstances, form the basis of a campaign to restore freedom, by any means necessary.

Food for thought and further development on an otherwise-equivocal night.


Blogger daniel said...

Georgia - Free State of the South?

November 3, 2010 at 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

We're still screwed.

Many of our fellow ...er... citizens... voted Harry Reid back into office. Lots of so called "conservative" victories, but lots of hard core collectivists were rehired by their monkey hands-out-for-handouts constituents.

This election changes precisely nothing. We have merely hired a new crew of people to steal from us.

The unelected officials setting policy, the state sponsored terrorists, the gears of the machine remain intact.

Don't get your hopes up.


November 3, 2010 at 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

Yay, Georgia!
I'm HOPING that many Republicans who got elected are also submarine libertarian/Tea Party/constitutionalist believers who felt it necessary to have that sacred "R" after their name to even be considered.
The actual Tea Party candidate for my congressional district got the usual 7% of the vote that independents always get here. The Democrat didn't seem to mention anywhere on his website that he WAS a Democrat. Wonder why.
Now-majority leader Eric Cantor says it's time for Washington to listen. MAYBE he's felt the earthquake, after 12 years there.

November 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me among those who voted with the L in GA.


November 3, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Pat H. said...

Take a look at what happened in Ohio re the Libertarian candidates. Adding up the congressional libertarian votes generates a total of 98,788 votes, that's a significant number supporting lawful government, or else.

November 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on we are still screwed. The fact that a few amature politicians were elected does not balance the vast number of professionals that still hold office. There is still more than enough to game the system and keep us in slavery for generations.
We need wholesale replacment to acheive any kind of real reform. We wont get that level of replacement unless we storm the capital building and ride them out on a rail.


November 3, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This map shows incidents of police misconduct.
Its a good idea to know where the bad guys are.


November 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tens of thousand (dare I say millions) voted for Perot in 1992 and gave us Clinton.

Here is the problem: The Demorcats are made up of special interest groups and they are very organized and undemocratic. That is they vote in a block. Even so-called "moderate" Democrats in congress MUST vote as they are told or they will be booted at the state level. There are a handful of Democrat congress people I actually like and have voted for but they will of necessity vote against my interest and the people's interest to satisfy their special interest bosses. Because they are strong and organize they will (almost) always win every split election. Voting for the thrid party is voting for a Democrat who (no matter how nice he is) will vote in lockstep with their leadership.
If you want to cast a negative vote or a vote against whomever, then vote out Rino Republicans and the worst of the Democrats but do not vote for people who cannot win simply as a way of demonstrating your anger with the system. Because, the most organized political party is depending on exactly that to hold onto power.

We are screwed! I mean it this country is going to suffer. We will get new and repressive taxes. We will get more debt at an astronomical rate. We will lose our homes our savings or assets and all the while the Democrats will be getting elected to do even more to us just so you can say you voted against all of them or didn't vote at all. We are so screwed...

November 3, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous EJR914 said...

I voted an entire Libertarian ballot here in Georgia and it felt great! I don't give a damn that none of them won. All I care about is that I made the right choice and I can put my head to the pillow at night and sleep with a sound conscience.

I agree, it appears GA may one day become the free state of the South.

November 4, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the foundational document of America is the Declaration of Independence"

That document is full of bald-faced lies of fact. Consider:

"The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America"

This declaration wasn't unanimous among the states, the politicians, or the residents. Far from it. Not even a majority.

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

Every clause is a lie. The agenda of the DoI is not to secure rights, it is to justify a new American aristocracy to replace the British aristocracy. The government's powers aren't just. The politicians don't have consent.

"whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise"

Liberty is the opposite of ruling power vested in a legislature. If the legislative powers are incapable of annihilation, then Liberty can never exist.

Turn off that PBS/Lincoln echoing civic prayer sound effect in your mind, and just read the words. The DoI belongs in the historical trash heap next to that other seminal apology for statism, Leviathan.

November 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tens of thousands of folks in this state were willing to break from conventional wisdom and do something different.

Tens of thousands of folks who can, at the very least, spell "freedom", "liberty", and "limited government".



Here's is someone's list of what the Tea Party won't do in the next two years -- and remember, spending bills originate in the House, so they have the power even without the Senate and President.
1. Reduce the federal budget by any amount, in either absolute or inflation-adjusted dollars.
2. Hold the federal debt ceiling to its present level ($14.3 trillion). In fact, I predict they will increase the ceiling at least twice in the next two years, to at least $15.8 trillion.
3. Cut the military budget by any amount, in either absolute or inflation-adjusted dollars.
4. Reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan -- currently about 100,000 -- except by redeployment elsewhere in Central Command's area of responsibility (e.g. Yemen, Pakistan).
5. Eliminate the use of "earmarks" in spending bills.
6. Reduce, to any extent, Medicare benefits or eligibility (e.g. by means testing).
7. Reduce, to any extent, Social Security benefits or eligibility (e.g. by raising the retirement age).
8. Allow any major bank to fail (by refusing to authorize bailout funds).
9. Eliminate any federal agency or bureau (e.g. by removing its budget).

A Tea Party Republican is no different from an Establishment Republican, or a Democrat, or any other politician: once they're in power, the incentives of power dominate their actions. They'll abandon principles, conceal their activities, cut deals, spend irresponsibly, pander to lobbyists, pay off their supporters, and do whatever it takes to hold and extend their power.

November 4, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Dennis308 said...

Down here in Texas the only successful libertarian to ever win was Ron Paul and he is now a Republican, not really important as his views are still libertarian. And I'm happy to say that this year I nearly voted a strait Libertarian Ticket, I just could not bring myself to vote for Jon Roland for the state Attorney Gen. I just could not understand what it was that He was about.


November 5, 2010 at 12:35 AM  

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