Category Archives: Syndication

Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark Nails It On This ACLU Survey!

Will Decide Shortly On Endorsement!

Nicholas Sarwark is now running for County Attorney (Prosecutor) in Hillsborough County (Manchester/Nashua) New Hampshire. I endorsed Nicholas for Mayor of Phoenix!

Now Sarwark and his family moved to New Hampshire and he is eligible to run for County Attorney. Here is his website. Here is his FB page.

Now one thing I think gives Nicholas an edge as a prosecutor is his experience in Colorado as a public defender. He’ll know both sides of the criminal justice system.

The NH ACLU did a survey and here it is:

Do you believe systemic racism in the criminal legal system of NH is real? Explain.

  • In my 12 years of legal practice I’ve handled hundreds of criminal cases, including more than 35 jury trials. There are only a handful of times I’ve observed overt racism from a lawyer, judge, or law enforcement officer. Most people in our criminal justice system want to treat people equitably regardless of race or ethnicity. That said, the outcomes in the criminal justice system are worse for people of color. Lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers have a responsibility to identify the root causes of the disparity of outcomes and work to build a system that lives up to our shared values of equal justice.

2. According to data released by the NHDOC, people of color make up a disproportionate percentage of the NH prison population. Do you believe people of color are disproportionately incarcerated in NH? What role, if any, do you believe prosecutors have played in the disproportionate incarceration of people of color in NH? If elected/re-elected, what will you do to end the disproportionate incarceration of people of color in NH?

  • Data doesn’t lie. People of color are overrepresented in the New Hampshire prison system and they are often sentenced to a longer term of incarceration than similarly situated defendants who are not people of color. Prosecutors are responsible for setting policies for offering plea bargains to resolve cases outside of trial as well as for policies about what sentence to request after a guilty verdict. There may not have been any conscious effort from prosecutors to incarcerate people of color more frequently and for longer sentences, but that is what has happened and needs to be changed.

    As Hillsborough County Attorney, I will seek equal justice before the law for everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity and establish that as a priority for all attorneys and staff in the office. We will do a review of cases that have been handled by the office to see if there are patterns of disparity that have occurred and work to eliminate disparities in treatment of defendants going forward.

3. If elected/re-elected, how will you promote police reform, specifically accountability for police misconduct including falsifying police reports?

  • A prosecutor is called to seek justice, not just win convictions. Justice is served by prosecuting crimes within the bounds of the Constitution and the law, including fairness to the accused and not presenting questionable evidence. My office will not tolerate police misconduct, such as falsifying reports. If we discover it, we will inform defense counsel of the misconduct and work in cooperation with the law enforcement agency to ensure that it is corrected and that the offending officer is held accountable. We owe that to the people of Hillsborough County and to the majority of police officers who are honest and professional to not allow bad apples to spoil the bunch.

4. Do you support ending the enforcement of low-level drug offenses? Explain. If yes, would you commit to decreasing/deprioritizing the enforcement of low-level drug offenses in your county?

  • As county attorney, I will take an oath to uphold the laws of the State of New Hampshire, which presently include criminal penalties for drug possession. The legislature is responsible for reforming or repealing those laws if appropriate and I will be happy to testify at the General Court about the effect of the existing laws on public safety in Hillsborough County. In talking to members of the community, they are most concerned about efficient use of limited resources and focusing on violent and property crimes that are the greatest threat to the quality of life that brought our family to the Granite State.

    Every prosecutor’s office deals with limited time, staff, and money. The citizens of Hillsborough County expect their county attorney to effectively manage the taxpayer dollars they are entrusted with. That means focusing prosecution resources on those violent and property crimes that are the greatest threat to public safety, not simple possession offenses. Diverting people with a substance abuse problem out of the criminal justice system is less expensive and more likely to prevent repeat offenses than prosecution and imprisonment.

5. Do you support the decriminalization of sex work? Explain. If yes, would you commit to establishing a strong presumption against prosecuting pandering or prostitution related offenses in your county if elected/re-elected?

  • Every prosecutor’s office deals with limited time, staff, and money. The citizens of Hillsborough County expect their county attorney to effectively manage the taxpayer dollars they are entrusted with. That means focusing prosecution resources on those violent and property crimes that are the greatest threat to public safety, not pandering or prostitution offenses. Helping those people who wish to get out of sex work find the resources to address their situation and divert them out of the criminal justice system is less expensive and more likely to prevent repeat offenses than prosecution and imprisonment.

6. Do you believe incarceration solves drug use, poverty, or homelessness? If no, what would you do if elected/re-elected to deprioritize the use of the criminal legal system in addressing these issues?

  • Drugs are somewhat more difficult to obtain in prison or jail and incarcerated people have food and shelter, but incarceration isn’t a solution to the underlying problems that cause crime. Incarceration is the cost of not finding better solutions to drug use, poverty, and homelessness. Our entire community needs to come together to work on those solutions. Providing solutions without incarceration is a more effective use of limited taxpayer dollars than providing services inside of jail or prison.

    The citizens of Hillsborough County want to reduce crime and recidivism in the most effective and efficient way possible. It is a much better use of taxpayer dollars to resolve a criminal case in a way that solves the underlying issues in a person’s life than it is to repeatedly lock a person up, just to have them reoffend when they get out of prison because the problems they are facing are still there. If an offense appears linked to underlying substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, or poverty issues, our office would work to make sure any case resolution addresses those underlying issues and save limited prison resources for serious offenses.

I like these answers. I think Sarwark has the proper handle on the issue. If he wins, a Libertarian will hold an important office in a leading jurisdiction in the state. He can help other LP members. So, as long as he does not take Soros money for DAs, he can have my support. We’ll check again just before the election.

It’s no surprise to learn that FBI agents knew about the anti-Trump coup and stayed silent

Newly released FBI texts show that middle-class people will usually ignore principles and take whatever path helps them pay their bills.

In May 2017, Trump fired James Comey. Comey, of course, presented himself (he still does) as the most virtuous man in Washington. But even then, before we knew that Comey had participated in a coup against an American president, it was clear that Comey was not a straight shooter.

At the time, people were talking about how, while the FBI fish might have been rotten at the head, the rank-and-file agents FBI surely still believed in truth, justice, and the American way. In my post about rumors of FBI agents coming clean, after quoting language that some agents “bravely” but Comey’s face on their Facebook pages, I said,

According to Gateway Pundit, though, some agents are thinking of going public about their disagreements with Comey. The link in that article is to an October 17, 2016 article in which anonymous FBI agents say they’re displeased with Comey’s handling of matters.

I was less sanguine. Heck, I totally disbelieved that attitude! This is what I wrote then:

You know what? I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for those agents to go public. I think FBI agents’ courage is limited to Facebook profile pictures.

I say that for the reasons I stated back in April 2016, when I predicted (accurately) that Hillary would get a pass [from the FBI and DOJ]. The basis for this prediction is my unchanging belief that middle class civil servants crave job security and will not allow principles to get in their way. (Please note that I don’t give myself any moral high ground as I have the same cowardly, middle class mindset.)

No matter how principled they’d like to think they are, most middle-class people will turn a blind eye to corruption in their midst rather than run the risk of being unable to pay their mortgage or fund all of the other payments necessary to support a middle-class lifestyle. They don’t think of themselves as dishonest or complicit in dishonesty. They think of themselves as cautious people who aren’t going to risk their children’s future for some grand-standing that, rather than resulting in applause, could leave them unemployed and desperate.

This episode from my past makes me doubt very strongly that Hillary Clinton will be indicted. I know that the rumor mill keeps saying that FBI agents, from Comey on down, will quit if Loretta Lynch lets Hillary walk. Some of the FBI agents whispering this to friendly reporters may even believe that they’ll quit.

Mostly, though, this is a bluff.  Why?  Because the people talking about quitting are middle-class people with mortgages, and school fees, and insurance, and all the other expenses that keep us in the middle-class living up to our own expectations. If Hillary really does walk, 99% of those “I’ll quit if she’s not indicted” agents will manage, very quickly and easily, to convince themselves to stay in their jobs, and get their salaries and pensions.

[snip]

We middle-class people — the ones who collect paychecks for showing up and doing our job — are not paying the piper. We’re not entrepreneurs who get to make our own decisions. Instead, we are dependent on the good will of the very people who may stand accused of corruption. It’s the government, the high-level management, the business owner, who pay the piper and call the tune. We just dance.  And if we miss a step, we’re out on our derrieres with nothing to show for all the skillful dancing we did for so many years before we alienated both piper and payor.

[snip]

Human nature is fixed. Those of us comfortable with our status are also trapped by our status. While there are people with sufficient moral courage or insufficient investment in their middle-class status who will take a stand, most of us will manage to tell ourselves a series of comfortable lies that enable us to live with the embezzler [and] the corrupt politician. . . .

I’m doing a cynical victory lap right now. We now have proof that many people in the FBI knew exactly what was going on. That proof, ironically enough, comes about because the appellate court and Judge Sullivan refused to let the Flynn case go away. To explain why dismissing Flynn’s case is the right thing to do, Barr’s Justice Department did another document drop and it’s big.

Sidney Powell, in her latest brief for Flynn, includes text messages between FBI agents expressing their concern that the FBI upper management had a monomaniacal, and obviously wrong, fixation on Trump and supported Clinton. I’m including only a few of the text messages here but all of them are devastating.

The messages have a few abbreviations and codes. The agents refer to the Flynn investigation as either “Crossfire” or “Razor.” “FOIA’d” means a request from members of the public for government documents under the Freedom of Information Act. “NSL” or “nsl” refers to a National Security Letter, which is a subpoena demanding documents. It does not require a judge’s authorization. Also, I’ve highlighted pertinent language for clarity. The highlights are not in Sidney Powell’s brief.

In the following four images, you can read as unnamed FBI agents chat with each other about the fact that Flynn was clean, that management insisted on keeping the case going, and that the agents were pretty clear that (a) management supported Clinton and (b) management was intentionally (and without basis) gunning for Trump:

In sum, these agents knew something bad was going on. Did they take advantage of the whistleblower statutes that, to this day, protect Eric Ciaramella, who blew a false whistle regarding Trump’s Ukraine phone call last summer? Of course not. Did they quit their jobs on principled grounds? No way. Did they try to signal their concerns to leadership? You must be joking.

Here’s what they did: They bought insurance. And it wasn’t only these two chit-chatters who bought insurance — it was the entire department and, moreover, they bought the insurance on the taxpayers’ dime:

Did I call it or what? I said all along that the rank and file FBI agents would not speak up. The pressures of maintaining a middle-class lifestyle, especially when living in an expensive area like D.C. and the surrounding suburbs, would outweigh any moral considerations.

Let me say again that, much as I feel disdain for the choices these employees made, I’m not sure that I would have had the moral fiber to do better. I’d certainly like to think that, if I saw the Federal Bureau of Investigation plotting a coup against a duly elected president, I’d speak up, but I don’t know. I can imagine myself thinking, “I’ve got a Mortgage, college funds, insurance payments, car payments, a house in a good neighborhood with good schools,” and a whole laundry list of other things (and people) dependent on my salary and, even more importantly, my benefits. I can then imagine telling myself that the FBI management must know what it’s doing, that everything will work out or, maybe, that I should have the taxpayers buy me insurance to protect all my middle-class concerns.

Middle-class fragility is real. This isn’t like that stupid “white privilege, white fragility” garbage that Critical Race Theory spouts. CRT holds that whites will viciously protect their turf to make sure that all the various non-white groups don’t take from them. Nonsense. Middle-class people aren’t driven by race fear. They’re driven by mortgage payments fear. And these FBI agents were willing to go along with trying to overthrow an elected president to keep paying those mortgages.

Shame on them! And, God willing, if I ever face that kind of moral dilemma, I hope I make better choices.

“I Was Never An ‘Evil Monster’ Until You Decided That I Was…”

Ourfuturesucks.com
DECISIONS, DECISIONS! – Pelosi “divinity” – Ourfuturesucks.com

<<<   ——————————————–   >>>

POSTED BY DYNACHROME, FREEREPUBLIC.COM

“I Was Never An ‘Evil Monster’ Until You Decided That I Was…”
An unwelcome site ^ | 9-24-20 | TylerDurden

Posted on 9/24/2020, 7:26:52 PM by dynachrome

“I was never an evil monster until you decided that I was…

I never cared if you were ‘gay’ until you started shoving it in my face, and the faces of my children.

I never cared what color you were, until you started blaming my race for your problems.

I never cared about your political affiliation until you started to condemn me for mine.

I never cared where you were born until you wanted to erase my history and blame my ancestors for your current problems.

I never cared if you were well-off or poor, until you said you were discriminated against, when I was promoted because I worked harder.

I never cared if your beliefs were different from mine, until you said my beliefs were wrong.

NOW I CARE!

My patience and tolerance are gone.

I’m not alone in feeling this way, there are millions of us who do and we have had enough!”


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: tiredoflibtardlies

.

Inflated Covid-19 Numbers

“I ain’t ‘bout to adapt to the wack s***

You n***** got dat wack s***

we got dis…..”

187 

Billy Danze

M.O.P. (Mash Out Posse)

Street Certified

2014

Working from home, I get to listen to the news all day as my grandmother is watching television. The report from the time I sit down to my Mac Book Air is that “200,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.”

It is plastered across the television from the early morning, mid day, evening into the late night. At 7 am, 12 noon, first at 4, live at 5, 6, 7, and late night 11. But, the issue is that  many of the American people are NOT fact checking. According to the CDC website out of the 200,000 that the mainstream media is reporting have passed away from the Covid-19 virus, in reality 6% passed away from the virus. The other victims being included falsely in these inflated numbers had pre existing medical conditions. Why do people who consume the mainstream media report not fact check. Maybe people are too busy, maybe people do not really want the truth, maybe as Jack Nicholson said in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!!!”

Six percent of two hundred thousand does not look as sensational. And then on top of the inflated numbers, the media want the public to blame one man, President Donald J.Trump. The more I sit and listen the more I sit dumbfounded and shaking my head. I have been an essential employee since Covid-19, I have been on the front line. Washing my hands, wearing masks, wearing gloves, coming directly home and changing my uniform. I have no pre existing medical conditions. Many people in the Commonwealth of Virginia State office did contract the virus. As a Supervisor, I had subordinate employees walk off the job or fail to report for work. As a Supervisor I just did what I needed to do in order that the shift would be covered.

I feel the same level of frustration that my brother Billy Danze does in his hardcore delivery of 187. Why does the fake stuff get so much pump and the real need to remain independent and underground? And why do the people not search out an alternative to the mainstream especially when the information is not speaking truth with fact. I guess that is the reason that we have publications such as Virginia Right to provide a different perspective to the readers.

HOW TO WIPE OUT FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND ALL THE REST OF THEM IN MAYBE 5 MINUTES

HOW TO WIPE OUT FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND ALL THE REST OF THEM IN MAYBE 5 MINUTES:

Just Quit!

STOP!

DON’T USE THEM!

<<<  ——————————————————————–   >>>

WHY DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BE PROPAGANDIZED AND MAYBE EVEN INFLUENCED BY THESE LUNATICS?

BECAUSE IF THEY TELL YOU SOMETHING IS TRUE, THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE.

APPARENTLY, IF THEY JUST INSIST ON SOMETHING OFTEN ENOUGH THAT MAKES IT TRUE FOR YOU?

 

Pop star Lizzo said that the “body positivity” movement is “commercialized” and has yet to “normalize” women sizes 18 and over in a recent Vogue interview.

Lizzo said that women featured in the “body positivity” movement are not big enough, and “girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated” are not being featured often enough.

Flash!! LIZARD:

It’s because to me you’re disgusting and unhealthy. I do not want to look at you.

Lizard -
Lizard – https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/09/24/lizzo-body-positivity-movement-too-commercialized-sizes-18-not-benefiting-from-it/

.

HEY, KIDS! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?

YOU give them their power.

YOU earn them the shekels.

YOU make them popular.

JUST QUIT THEIR SERVICE AND MOVE ON TO SOMETHING CONSERVATIVE

Quit!

.

 

 

Bail project organizer **Holly Zoller**… delivered riot equipment in a U-Haul ahead of tonight’s violence.

Bail project organizer **Holly Zoller**… delivered riot equipment in a U-Haul ahead of tonight’s violence.

https://videos.whatfinger.com/2020/09/23/bail-project-organizer-holly-zoller-board-member-of-louisvilles-books-to-prisoners-delivered-riot-equipment-in-a-u-haul-ahead-of-tonights-violence/
https://videos.whatfinger.com/2020/09/23/bail-project-organizer-holly-zoller-board-member-of-louisvilles-books-to-prisoners-delivered-riot-equipment-in-a-u-haul-ahead-of-tonights-violence/

CLICK!

.

.

.

Mars drops Uncle Ben’s, reveals new name for rice brand

** These Mealy-Mouthed, Liberal, Scum, Woke, Kneeling, Chanting, Groveling Spokes-Person Bastards make me physically ill. I will never buy their steenking, frothing, runny, renamed products.

Jeffrey A Friedberg - AI Experiment 51
Jeffrey A Friedberg – AI Experiment 51

<<<   ——————————————————-   >>>

.

Mars drops Uncle Ben’s, reveals new name for rice brand

NEW YORK (AP) — The Uncle Ben’s rice brand is getting a new name: Ben’s Original.

Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Packaging with the new name will hit stores next year.

“We listened to our associates and our customers and the time is right to make meaningful changes across society,” said Fiona Dawson, global president for Mars Food, multisales and global customers. “When you are making these changes, you are not going to please everyone. But it’s about doing the right thing, not the easy thing.”

Several companies have retired racial imagery from their branding in recent months, a ripple effect from the Black Lives Matters protests over the police killing of George Floyd and other African Americans.

Quaker Oats announced in June that it would drop Aunt Jemima from syrup and pancake packages, responding to criticism that the character’s origins were based the “mammy,” a black woman content to serve her white masters. Quaker said packages without the Aunt Jemima image will start to appear in stores by the end of the year, although the company has not revealed the new logo.

The owner of Eskimo Pie has also said it will change its name and marketing of the nearly century-old chocolate-covered ice cream bar. Beyond food brands, the Washington NFL franchise dropped the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo amid pressure from sponsors including FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America.

Geechie Boy Mill, a family-owned operation in South Carolina that makes locally-grown and milled white grits, is also planning a name change. Geechie is a dialect spoken mainly by the descendants of African-American slaves who settled on the Ogeechee river in Georgia, according to Merriam-Webster.com.

“We are in the process of changing our name and have developed a whole new brand. We look forward to sharing it with the public,” said Greg Johnsman, owner of Geechie Boy Mill.

Mars had announced in the summer that the Uncle Ben’s brand would “evolve.”

Since the 1940s, the rice boxes have featured a white-haired Black man, sometimes with a bow tie, an image critics say evokes servitude. Mars has said the face was originally modeled after a Chicago maitre d’ named Frank Brown. In a short-lived 2007 marketing campaign, the company elevated Uncle Ben to chairman of a rice company.

Dawson said months of conversations with employees, customer studies and other stakeholders led the company to settle on “Ben’s Original. She said the company is still deciding on an image to accompany the new name.

Mars also announced several other initiatives, including a $2 million investment in culinary scholarships for aspiring Black chefs in partnership with the National Urban League. It also is planning a $2.5 million investment in nutritional and education programs for students in Greenville, Mississippi, the majority African-American city where the rice brand has been produced for more than 40 years.

Mars said it has set a goal of increasing the ranks of racial minorities in U.S. management positions by 40%. The company did not give a timeframe for reaching that number.

<<<   ——————————————————-   >>>

[O! M! G! Be Still, My Beating Heart! This is sooo NIIICE!

But what if they are not “African American?”

What if they are not even African?

What if they are not even American?

What if they are Somali, Caribe, Jamaican, Russian, Swedish, French, British, Belgian, or Syrian, or something? OMG!!]

___

AP Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed to this story.

Blogger Sandy Changes his Mind! (Well, Mostly…)

But If Trump Does It…We Better Fight Smart!

It started with a friend at church trying to work out the apparent hypocrisy or at least inconsistency between the 2016 situation (Garland) and 2020 (Trump’s pick). He was struggling; I had placed my post up Friday night or Saturday night.

Then I started reading: Various different scenarios; this is different than a year where the President is term-limited; take the chance; no don’t do it – the effort will galvanize the Dems to vote against Trump and GOP senators; etc., etc.

But Bob Shannon placed his comment and that moved me – I do have a lot of respect for Bob – and while I can justify my position as a potentially sound political move – I was really wavering.

There is a media source I trust (even though is a bit more hawkish than I am) and that is the End of Day Report by Gary Bauer.

Bauer’s analysis today was this:Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been clear that the president’s nominee will get a floor vote.  Here’s some additional history bolstering the case for why this president and this Senate should fill this vacancy: 

15 times in U.S. history, a Supreme Court vacancy arose in a presidential election year and the president nominated someone that year.

7 of those 15 times, voters had put in place an opposite-party Senate. Only 2 of these 7 nominations were confirmed, the last in 1888.

8 of those 15 times, voters had chosen a Senate majority of the same party as the president. 7 of those 8 nominations were confirmed.

Historical precedent supported the Senate majority’s decision in 2016 and historical precedent supports the Senate majority’s decision in 2020.

So I have decided to change my mind about the matter. Mostly! I still think the position of the GOP this time would be stronger if they had given Judge Garland a hearing and then voted it down. But I know why they did that: Squishy Republicans! “Well, Garland’s is certainly not like Scalia, but he is eminently qualified for the Supreme Court and there is no scandal or any other good reason to vote NO…”

So the only way to be sure is to deny Garland a hearing. Here is the take of National Review and they make a good point:

Garland was doubtlessly disappointed that he came as close as he did to achieving such an honor, only to be denied a hearing. But Senate Republicans were under no obligation to give him one, much less to confirm him. Moreover, Republicans avoided personal attacks on Garland, instead arguing that, because the president and Senate had opposite views on the matter, voters should be given a voice in the kind of justice who would succeed Scalia. Ultimately, Garland was not a satisfactory pick to a majority of senators, so he was not elevated. Compared to how Republican judicial nominees have been treated for the past several decades, Garland’s treatment was positively heartwarming.

Here is NR’s take on the history of nominations and I find it compelling. It is as much an indictment of our full-time Congress (I’d try to get rid of it if I ran for Congress) as evidence of hypocrisy on SCOTUS nominations:

It is, however, true that none of the nominees confirmed before the election passed the Senate later than mid-July. Why? Mostly because the Senate was out of session. It was once common for the Senate to be out of session for much of the summer and fall.

There’s a cause for someone: Get Congress home by July 4, if not Memorial Day! The Republic would be better off.

Thank you, Bob Shannon and National Review and Gary Bauer!

But if we fight, let’s fight smart! Get the pick selected and then fight to keep the Senate and the Presidency. 2020 is NOT 2016. Fill the Seat!

Am I imagining a change in children’s books?

Am I misremembering my and my children’s books, or have today’s children’s books abandoned individual accomplishments for collectivism?

One of my favorite books, back when I was quite little (younger than 5 or so), was The Little Engine That Could. I also loved the Burl Ives song that went with it:

Another of my favorite books at that time was Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.

Both books celebrate an individual’s ability to achieve something through hard work. Neither is about a team effort. I vaguely remember more books like that — books about successful individuals — although sitting here I’m just too tired to put a name to them.

Wath occurred to me is that, when my own kids were little, back in the “long ago” early 2000s, the new generation of books for children was about collective accomplishments. Again, I’m too tired to think about specifics. I just have a memory of classrooms, teams, neighborhoods, communities, etc., accomplishing things.

None of them stand out in my mind as books about an intrepid individual. The only exceptions were the politically correct books telling how someone black, Asian, female, Hispanic, gay, etc., fought back against an oppressive system.

Am I rewriting my childhood as well as my children’s, placing over real memories a political gloss that suggests subtly advancing leftism in books for little kids? It’s been a long time since I sat with my children and read them storybooks and an even longer time since I learned how to read storybooks on my own. My sister thinks I’m correct, but she’s even older than I am and never had children.

Would anybody care to chime in on this one? Don’t be shy. You can confirm my vague feelings or set me straight.

Image: Train image from PxHere, edited in Pixlr.

Should Denver Riggleman Run for Governor as a Libertarian?

Why the LP should reach out to the Congressman? Ballot Access!

I heard the other day that Denver Riggleman, who is STILL a congressman although he will not be on your ballot in 2020 thanks to a silly intra-party fight.

For the record: Sanders at this blog endorsed Riggleman. I also have reached out to him with consideration of helping him out. I also suggested the Libertarian Party ought to recruit him.

Why?

The LP needs a breakout candidate without sacrificing its integrity. Riggleman is a candidate who in a three way race could win. He was actually criticized by his opponent of being (Gasp!) libertarian!

“What does Denver stand for?” Good said in a radio debate between the two candidates last month. “What conservative Republican issue is he strong on? What can you point to? He’s out of step with the base of the party on life. He’s out of step on marriage. He’s out of step on immigration. He’s out of step on health care, on climate, on drug legalization.”

Here’s a interesting Riggleman quote:

“The Republican Party, when you look at the creed to protect civil liberties and religious liberties, could be the most inclusive party in the country,” Riggleman said in an interview. “And you know, why aren’t we a big-tent party? Why aren’t we looking at liberties first? Why aren’t we allowing people to live the way they want to live and stopping the government from reaching into every aspect of our lives?”

I did a brief look at Riggleman’s voting record and I would not say he’s a flaming libertarian. Seems to be middle of the road GOP.

But sometimes a third party has to seek out and embrace the best ways to help itself – without sacrificing principle. Maybe this is such a time.

Normally the Sandy position to the LP is: Run your strongest candidate for Lieutenant Governor. It is the easiest of the three to take the smallest amount of campaign money and get that elusive 10%. But maybe Sandy’s wrxxx (a nod to the scene in Happy Days where the Fonz tries to admit he’s wrong and the word just can’t come out!) this time…

I also think (and I am not speaking for him) Riggleman could get all sort sof time on the John Fredericks network of stations which covers most of the Commonwealth. I could see Fredericks going all out for Riggleman due to his opposition to “rigged” conventions and his moderate position on social issues.

Finally, if the LP could land Denver, the off year election could create – if the Libertarians around the country would sacrificially give to the Riggleman campaign – a BIG if – a decent source of money. Maybe millions.

Even if Riggleman did not win, he should be likely to win ballot access for the LP for several succeeding election cycles. Still need better laws in the Commonwealth to open up the political system. But if you have say former governor Terry McAuliffe v. state senator Amanda Chase (or state senator Emmitt Hanger, seen by many activists as a RINO) v. former congressman Denver Riggleman – that would be “get out the popcorn” election for me. Suburban moms might vote Riggleman, especially if he comes out for reform of the domestic relations laws. GOP activists if Hanger is nominated might get behind Riggleman.

What about former House Speaker Kirk Cox, Sandy? Well, he’ll have the establishment behind him. And I do not know Del. Cox – never met him as far as I know. But I am afraid he will be associated with defeat not victory. He was Speaker when the GOP lost the House. He’ll have to remake himself. Some activists might still back Riggleman.

I would pray about it but I think I would support Denver – if he’ll have me.

PS: One more thing: There once was a Congressman who got redistricted out of his seat by the other party after one term. He didn’t get mad; he got even: George Allen was elected Virginia Governor in 1993.