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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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Libertarian-ism Is

Posted by Joanne On September - 16 - 2011

US Citizens, Libertarianism is, in essence, personal freedom and minimization of the state. Many would say that Obama‘s current administration conflicts with this view. The idea is that the state is a burden to the economy – a source of bureaucracy. Obama’s administration seems to contradict these views. One big example of this, certainly, is his health care reform plan. But many questions remain: is “reducing” the state simply abolishing it? Should the state be a thin layer, or completely eliminated? A state without any intervention is no state. So why not, instead of destroying the state completely, let it administrate the basics?

A state shouldn’t care only about its economy. The first thing a “true”, “free” state should think of is, certainly, its citizens. Some people would cry foul here: “why should we be burdened by people that don’t want to work? Let them pay their own bills!” But this is not what libertarianism is about. True libertarianism, and therefore freedom, is not violating the US constitution and invading people’s privacies needlessly. It’s about not enslaving other countries, and spending useless amounts of money with an imaginary war. So, if the state isn’t bad, is it good in every way? Should we let it take care of our lives?

No.

Our State is made by US, Citizens. Obama’s government is certainly not perfect. One example is his making of bold claims. He said he would end the war, for example. He didn’t. He said he would cut the government’s wasteful spending. Did he? Politicians have too many ties, and they should always be taken with a grain of salt. There is a chance that Obama’s government will turn tyrannical. If that happens, it is up to us to claim back our freedom. So, as a consequence, I do not think Obama’s government is evil. It is here to bring many taboos to the spotlight. As we discussed, health is one of them, but economic and education inequality are also taboos in the American society. My point of view about all this? I believe freedom is knowing you can count on your State, and that it actually supports you into times of trouble – not some sort of façade that hides a political agenda made to benefit only a rich minority. I expect our politicians to spend our resources wisely, and I truly think the US hasn’t been doing this for a long time – it’s just that we’re only starting to see this now.

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Libertarian News Shows And Websites

Posted by Billy On July - 16 - 2011

When it comes to political programs and news outlets, there seems to be only two sides of the political spectrum that most people listen to, Conservative or Liberal/progressive. In my opinion, each of them are there just to promote “their” agenda. When in fact these news programs should be there for the people, not the politician. That is why I listen to a wide range of programs and news outlets. either Left or right they do offer some good information, but you are still left to weed through the “spin of the news to really know what’s going on. Listening to each side I hear both sides of the issue and from that, I’m able to get a good idea of what the “truth” is.

I also get much of my information from the internet (like so many others are doing now). The reason for that is because of all the party promoting that is going on elsewhere. Here is a list of the third side of the story. Like “they” say… there are three sides to a story, his, her’s and the truth. I found out over the years that Libertarian website, news program and talk radio shows are there for the people. We have the responsibility to find out what is going on without all the hoopla and these outlets are one way to get it.

The first one is a radio show. Neal Boortz is a Libertarian and talks about the issues that affect us the most. Yes, he is very opinionated, but that’s OK with me since I am too. His show is on throughout the country at different times, five days a week. Even with his opinions, I’m able to get the truth of the issue and a great look to how things can be done to improve this country.

Next is John Stossel, another Libertarian who many remember from his days on 20/20 with his segment of “Give Me A Break”. He is now on FOX Business News, which is a conservative/Republican minded network, but his views are his own. He has said that FOX does allow him to be open with his affiliation with the Libertarian party and he has no problem saying it.

Just because I listed The Cato Institute third does not mean that it isn’t the most important site to keep in tuned with. The Cato Institute is the leader of the news and information for the free market and the Libertarian views. It’s website offers so much that it hard to list it all in just one paragraph. See for yourself and find out what other outlets don’t tell you.

A great Libertarian website/radio show is the 1787 Network. 1787 Network was founded by Alexander Snitker, Libertarian Senate candidate for Florida 2010 and Adrian Wyllie, Chairman for the Libertarian Party of Florida. These guys are not only patriots, but they also served in protecting our freedom. Their weekly radio show airs on Friday at 9am-11am where they talk about the major issues that affect our liberties and freedom.

There are so many others that I will share with you in future posts, but these are the ones I recommend to start with if you’re looking for a different prospective on today’s issues.

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