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Libertarian Party Epic Failure

Posted by Billy On November - 7 - 2014

After 43 years as a established political party, as well as the third largest political party in America for the past three decades, the Libertarian party has failed miserably in the 2014 election cycle. Most notably in the state of Florida.

How can any party with the history the Libertarian party has over the past few decades, lose as bad as it did in all state races it had a candidate running in? In my opinion, it’s because the party on the national level doesn’t do anything for any candidate. I personally worked for two campaigns over the years (2010 & 2014). I have seen first hand how the organization has never donated, promoted or even supported legal action during any election.

In 2010, I worked on the Alex Snitker campaign when he was running against Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio & Kendrick Meek. During the campaign we traveled around the state to get his name out. We pushed his name and his plans for being in office. We received donations, but none from the national or state level party. Alex and his team raised the money without any help from the LP or the LPF. When it came to the debates, Snitker could not get in while the LP sat around doing nothing for their candidate.

Fast forward to 2014 where we had the best chance to change the tides of politics with Adrian Wyllie running for Governor. Adrian was running against two candidates who had previously held the position. Charlie Crist and Rick Scott were the two candidates running for Governor. During the campaign, the same effort was put forth for Wyllie as it was for Snitker. Again Wyllie was shut out from the debates and again the LP and the LPF did nothing to help push for his attendance in the debate.

Both Scott and Crist made fools of themselves in the three debates, especially in the second one in Miami where they butted heads over a fan under the podium. If Wyllie was in the debates, he would have shown Florida what a real leader who is not politically motivated looks like. Adrian would have won the three debates and would be Governor today.

Unfortunately that scenario never played out because of the Libertarian party’s lack of effort for it’s candidates. I’ve come to realize this will always be a one party system where it’s the political class against the citizen class. The politicians don’t want to upset their control over America while the people are so out of touch of the situation. The Libertarian party is also to blame for the system that is in place.

Let’s not forget there were also several candidates running for state and federal level positions in 2014. Bill Wohsilfer was running for Attorney General, Lucas Overby was running for U.S.House of representatives, Omar Recuero and Tony Caso running for State House. Each and everyone of them had horrible showing in the final count on Tuesday night. Both Wyllie and Wohlisfer recieved only 4% & 3% of the votes, while Overby got 24%. As for Recuero, he got only 3% and Caso did the best with 28% of the votes. The sad part of it was the two candidates which did double digits results, were only one of the two candidates in each of the races. That alone shows you how little the Libertarian party did for their candidates.

As it is now, I will not pimp, pump, push or prod any candidate running under the Libertarian banner. I will continue to vote for them because I (unlike others) will not think of my vote being wasted. I can no longer spend my valuable time when the party itself doesn’t give a shit about it’s own candidates. The Libertarian party is no better than the Republicans or the Democrats when it comes to bettering this country.

My heart goes out to Wyllie, Wohlisfer, Overby, Recuero, and Caso for their defeat in their races. I know first hand the work they put into their campaigns only to be let down by the Libertarian party and the Libertarian party of Florida.

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Florida Governor Race 2014

Posted by Billy On October - 23 - 2014

We are currently in an election cycle once again (there always seems to be one going on). This year being the midterm elections with the control of the U.S. Congress up in the air. Who knows how that will play out, but here in Florida, we have the Governor race going on between Rick Scott (R), Charlie Crist (D) and Adrian Wyllie (L).

This year is quite different from other races we’ve had in this state. Two of the candidates have already held the office they are competing for. Rick Scott currently is in the Governor’s office. To become Governor, Scott had made some alliances with corporations and in return would help those corporations (typical political move). Elected in 2010 Gov. Scott beat out Charlie Crist who was in office from 2007-2011. When Crist was in office, he was a Republican. During his time in office he switched party affiliation and became an Independent. Crist is now running as a Democrat (he just can’t make up his mind).

So in the last eight years these two candidates have been in charge of running Florida. Unfortunately Florida isn’t in any better condition than when Jeb Bush left office. There have been way too many political alliances made during their terms as Governor. As long as candidates from one of the two major political parties hold this office, nothing will ever change except for taxes to continue to go up and better paying jobs will continue to go elsewhere.

So the good news is this year we have another choice. Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate is also on the ballot. The media makes sure you don’t know much about him so here’s a link to Wyllie’s About page to learn more. The man offers great leadership skills as well as a proven track record. His plans on reining in the government spending are sound and will in turn give the state a balanced budget. Neither of the other two candidates have been able to accomplish that task. We need to break the cycle of crony-capitalism if we are to move ahead economically. Voting for Adrian Wyllie would be the best choice when you sit down a look it all.

Wyllie has four points to his promise to Florida:

*I will dramatically cut the size and scope of state government, reduce regulation, and eliminate property tax for all Florida homeowners.
*I will keep government out of your wallet, your bedroom, your body, and your business.
*I will veto any legislation that infringes upon your economic freedom or personal liberty.
*I will defend ALL of your inalienable, Constitutional rights from an overbearing federal government.

I’ve added links into this post for all three of the candidates. Look over what each of them are offering and see for yourself. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist have spent millions of dollars on their campaigns. All of their TV ads attack the other candidate instead of talking about what they have already done for the state. That alone should send red flags to every voter out there. The Wyllie campaign has raised a tiny fraction of that and has already grown in the polls over the past few weeks leading into the final stretch of the race. Wyllie’s growing number have caused Scott and Crist to do everything to keep him out the media and the debates. They know he has been polling well and with him in the debates would mean certain doom for both of them.

This year we have several Libertarian candidates running for office in Florida. he are their names and links to their sites for you to do your research.

Bill Wohlsifer for Attorney General

Lucas Overby for U.S. House of Representatives Dist. 13

Omar Recuero for Florida House Dist 100

Tony Caso for State Senate Dist 20

I will come clean right now as to the fact that I am actively campaigning on Wyllie’s team. It has never been a secret that I am a Libertarian and this website is a strong supporter of the Libertarian movement. As I did in 2010 while helping Alex Snitker on his bid for U.S. Senate seat (which was won by Marco Rubio, I am doing for Adrian Wyllie. Oddly enough, Charlie Crist also ran in that Senate race and we saw how bad he did in that election.

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Iowa Has Spoken Now It’s New Hampshire

Posted by Billy On January - 6 - 2012

This week has been quite interesting after the Iowa primary. Mitt Romney beats Rick Santorum by a mere 8 points in the final count. Ron Paul Takes the third position and will receive 6 delegates just as Mitt and Rick have done. What I found interesting was the fact that Santorum won most of the counties but still came in second. Looking here at the final results in the Iowa Caucus, you can see for yourself that Romney only won seventeen counties, while Santorum took sixty-two. As for the other candidates, Ron Paul won eighteen counties and Rick Perry was only able to grab two. The other three major candidates, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrinch and Michele Bachmann were not able to win any counties.

Wednesday morning Michele Bachmann announced that she will be pulling out of the race for president after the people of Iowa have spoken. She states in here speech that it would be wiser to rally around the candidate that the people and the Republican party choose. It’s typical for at least one candidate to drop out after the Iowa primary. At the same time, Rick Perry went back to Texas to “reassess” his campaign for president. After a fifth place finish in the Iowa caucus, Perry is wondering if he’ll have any real chance to rise back from it. It’s most likely he will not be in the race after the New Hampshire Primary. Which is fine with me and many others that feel that he was not a strong enough candidate in the first place.

Next week is the New Hampshire primary. Typically the two primaries are a month apart, but since Florida had moved up their primary to January 31, New Hampshire had no choice but to move their date up as well. During the primaries, all the states have agree to hold their caucus’ at certain times and in a certain order (please don’t ask me how it works, I’ve never care too much to look into it so please Google it if you do care).

We will see how the boys(I can say that now) will do next week in New Hampshire and after they have spoken, then we’ll see who will be packing up and going home. My prediction is that Perry will be gone and Gingrinch will be on the ropes with weak knees. I wouldn’t mind if both of them went home together and stopped the madness of trying to be president. Neither one of them are the type of candidate this country needs at this time.

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2012 An Election Year

Posted by Billy On January - 1 - 2012

Today is January 1, 2012. This is the year that we try to take America back from the brink of disaster. The president, his administration and pretty much the entire Congress has changed the face of this country. Of course it’s what Barack Obama has been saying since his campaign trail in 2008. He said and I quote, “we are going to fundamentally transform America”. When those words were spoken nearly four years ago, I had chills down my spin, we are now only eleven months away from removing him from office or falling asleep and letting the liberals and the progressives put him back in the White House for another four years. If that happens, this country will never recover.

So what is it that we can do to assure the removal of Obama from office? We need to do several things to get it done.

We need to get the truth out without getting personal. When people discuss politics, most times it will get personal. Politics has a way of doing that even with the closest of friends. Stick to the facts, don’t let the other person turn the conversation into a name-calling type of discussion. Sticking to the facts will keep it in line. If the liberal, progressive or an independent starts to veer off the topic, just stay the course and the facts.
Talk to people who are not really into politics or don’t follow it. With the way things are with the economy, I doubt you’ll run into anyone like that, but don’t be surprised if you do. Instead ask them questions as to the state of their finances and the immediate world around them. Unless they’re living in a cave, they will see the points your making and see that the present federal government isn’t doing what they need to do for this country.

Ask them about the Constitution. It’s still amazes me to see how many people haven’t read the founding documents of this country. You will see that people will tell you that they’ve read it, but if you question them, you will see their knowledge is limited. Don’t come across as arrogant, it won’t get you too far. people will tune you out if they feel that you are a know-it-all or if you act arrogant. Talk about particular issues currently going on that the government has no constitutional authority to do it. If you happen to run into someone that uses the Constitution to debate you, make sure you don’t let them use the Commerce clause as the end-all to everything in modern times. Remember, the federal government has no authority to force any citizen to buy a product. ObamaCare is unconstitutional. If the person tries to say something in regards to Romneycare in Massachusetts, tell them about the tenth amendment. The States have the right to enact their own universal healthcare, but the federal government doesn’t.

We need to show the Administration’s mistakes. Obama has made so many, that it shouldn’t be difficult for you to point them out without attacking the president or his administration. Obama has made a few, but we need to stick to his staff who has advised him during the past three years. His involvement with the Solyndra scandal is just one of the many he is surrounded by with his administration. What about the Fast and Furious issue which caused the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry? Eric Holder is refusing to admit his incompetence to know what his agency is doing. It’s now gotten to the point that he can’t even come up with any more excuses that he started playing the “Race Card” last week to the review board. If you needed a few more to dicuss, there’s the GM bailout and Light Squared. If that isn’t enough, you can look at this list of Obama scandals to help you on your quest to save America.

To make matters worse, the list of candidates for the GOP nomination is very thin. I don’t see any real candidate saving this country except for Ron Paul who happens to be a Libertarian. That subject is for another time in the coming days. Stay tuned and until then, I hope these pointers will help you when talking to an Obama supporter.

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