What do you tell your kids? Teach them American values

These are American values. All candidates exhibit the best and worst of all of us, so teach them the good stuff. Modeling anxiety and fear doesn’t help them or you.

  • Tell them that America used to be a mean place that didn’t think everyone have the same abilities and chances that others had. But America became a better place. People in the past didn’t think that women or people with different skin colors could vote. Now, we have a black President. A woman nearly won.
  • Every person in our country can be successful if they work hard. Sometimes you may
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Why Trump Won

In 2010 I sat in Peru, Indiana’s Harvey Hinklemeyer restaurant with a group of Libertarians. One older guy there had been an auto worker. His job-making dashboards or seatbelts or something had been sent overseas. He blamed Bill Clinton. He had been unemployed for several years and worked odd jobs. He said most of his coworkers had moved out of state to find work. The community had radically changed in the 1990s and the 2000s. Friends had moved away. Schools had closed. Favorite restaurants closed down. Entertainment venues closed. Tax revenue shrunk so basic services were threatened. In the north,

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Series Two, Episode Four: Miah Finds Hope

As we bring to a close season 2, Miah outlines her trip through the mental health field and how it helped her find hope. She also gives a passionate discussion on learning to truly love herself.

Donald Trump Is Wrong About Rigged Elections

Tonight, I felt panic and fear about our country’s future around Donald Trump’s comments on the “rigged election results.” I’ve not felt them since 9-11. His lie of a rigged election undermines the foundations of our Republic in an effort to win an election and to avoid self-criticism. To spare his own ego, he is unleashing an idea as destructive to our nation as the ideologies that sent planes into the Twin Towers.

Over 14 years, I’ve worked for parties, candidates, and the media professionally. Saying that I am jaded and cynical is an understatement. I thought no bit of political rhetoric

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Spangle: Donald Trump Is Wrong About Rigged Elections

Tonight, I felt panic and fear about our country’s future around Donald Trump’s comments on the “rigged election results.” I’ve not felt them since 9-11. His lie of a rigged election undermines the foundations of our Republic in an effort to win an election and to avoid self-criticism. To spare his own ego, he is unleashing an idea as destructive to our nation as the ideologies that sent planes into the Twin Towers.

Over 14 years, I’ve worked for parties, candidates, and the media professionally. Saying that I am jaded and cynical is an understatement. I thought no bit of political rhetoric

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Debate Prep Takes Years

The debate season is crucial for all candidates. It is the greatest test of a candidate’s discipline and preparation. It is hard to explain the pressure a person undergoes as they walk on a debate stage. It does not matter if it is under the lights of a network for a POTUS debate or a local forum for state senate. The nerves any human being undergoes is extraordinary. Imagine the taking a pass/fail test where the slightest mistake can cause all the hard work of any career can end in a flash.

We read about candidates undergoing debate prep. That is important, but

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Join Us For Our Debate Watching Party!

Monday night is a very cool event! Greg, the WAL crew, and I will host a debate party. From 7:15, we will have a live preview of the Presidential debates. We will stream this live on Facebook if you’re not in Indianapolis. Here is the event. Join in on Twitter with the hashtag #WALDebate. All political persuasions are welcome! If you’re a Republican or Democrat, please come enjoy the evening with us.

We will then screen the debates on the big screen with live commentary from Chris and Greg as it happens, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 style. You cannot

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Debate Prep Takes Years

The debate season is crucial for all candidates. It is the greatest test of a candidate’s discipline and preparation. It is hard to explain the pressure a person undergoes as they walk on a debate stage. It does not matter if it is under the lights of a network for a POTUS debate or a local forum for state senate. The nerves any human being undergoes is extraordinary. Imagine the taking a pass/fail test where the slightest mistake can cause all the hard work of any career can end in a flash.

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ReasonTV: The Case for Pardoning Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is possibly “the most influential whistle-blower of our generation,” says Trevor Timm, the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Earlier this week, Timm joined with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch to formally ask President Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor who brought to light bombshell revelations about mass surveillance in the U.S. The campaign to request a presidential pardon was timed with the release of the new Oliver Stone biopic, Snowden.

“It’s certainly an outside chance that he is going to

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Ideological Bigotry

It isn’t often that I can say I agree with Bill Clinton. He made a good point while appearing on the Daily Show.

“America has come so far,” he said. “We’re less racist, sexist, homophobic and anti specific religions than we used to be. We have one remaining bigotry: We don’t want to be around anyone who disagrees with us.”

Ideologically intolerance seems to grow more and more as move further into the internet age. We have built information silos. Hell, I’ve personally made one with We Are LIBERTARIANS.

I think this problem is also due to rampant codependency. We want everyone

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Bill Weld Isn’t Going Anywhere

News “leaked” over the weekend from legendary reporter Carl Bernstein that LP Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld would be dropping out to support Hillary Clinton. Weld said it was wishful thinking. Clinton sees the Libertarian campaign hurting her so she had an old friend start a disinformation campaign knowing that Libertarians would be good sheep and attack their candidate. What’s sad are the many libertarian sheep that bleated in terror.

Nicholas J. Sarwark, the National Chairman of the LNC, said it best, “I don’t know which explanation is sadder: that a once respected journalist is reduced to making up stories

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Bill Weld Isn’t Going Anywhere

News “leaked” over the weekend from legendary reporter Carl Bernstein that LP Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld would be dropping out to support Hillary Clinton. Weld said it was wishful thinking. Clinton sees the Libertarian campaign hurting her so she had an old friend start a disinformation campaign knowing that Libertarians would be good sheep and attack their candidate. What’s sad are the many libertarian sheep that bleated in terror.

Nicholas J. Sarwark, the National Chairman of the LNC, said it best, “I don’t know which explanation is sadder: that a once respected journalist is reduced to making up stories

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Gary Johnson to Appear on 60 Minutes

Gary Johnson will be on 60 Minutes tonight. I can’t believe how great this cycle has been. It’s a vindication for all the years of people telling libertarians to give up on growing a third party and change it from the inside. Not once have I been asked in 2016, “Who are you guys running?”

He’s on the ballot in all 50 states and is a serious enough candidate to be on every major news program. We hear there is no chance that he will win. He has every opportunity if people vote according to their conscious. Math doesn’t prevent him

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Gary Johnson to Appear on 60 Minutes

Gary Johnson will be on 60 Minutes tonight. I can’t believe how great this cycle has been. It’s a vindication for all the years of people telling libertarians to give up on growing a third party and change it from the inside. Not once have I been asked in 2016, “Who are you guys running?”

He’s on the ballot in all 50 states and is a serious enough candidate to be on every major news program. We hear there is no chance that he will win. He has every opportunity if people vote according to their conscious. Math doesn’t prevent him

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Announcing the Dispatch, Our Email Newsletter

An email newsletter has long been something I’ve wanted to add to We Are Libertarians. Time has prevented us from starting one, and it will be our foe in the future. We will email one a day as time allows, but there may be some days where we just don’t have the chance to put it together. Sign up here.

Our goal is to arm you with information. Greg Lenz, our contributors and I spend hours a week reading and studying for each episode. The Dispatch is the byproduct of that work. If you see articles, videos or podcasts, please

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My Top 10 Libertarian Podcasts

I am often asked what are my favorite libertarian podcasts. Everyone has different tastes, so here are the ones I personally enjoy the most. We have a full list of libertarian websites and political sites here. Maybe I missed some on the list? Let me know. Spangle@wearelibertarians.com

  1. We Are Libertarians  – We Are Libertarians brings all of the irreverence modern politics deserves. Chris Spangle and other co-hosts blend humor and intelligence to explain to you what the hell is happening in our world today and how we can fix it by thinking differently by blending comedy and the
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Series Two, Episode Three: Reaction to Episode 2, Why the LGBTQ community must be armed

Chris Spangle and Miah Akston review the reaction to last episode, discuss Orlando and why the LGBTQ community must be armed, and have some laughs when Spangle draws out a mock tattoo for Miah’s new sleeve.

Series Two, Episode Two: Bathrooms, Miah’s Emotional Life, Suicide

Chris Spangle and Miah Akston sit down to share an intense and emotional discussion about a trip Miah is taking, what goes on in her mind, and suicide. We also cover trans bathrooms.

Should You Vote Today (Primary Day)?

And now for the post no one asked for: how Primary Day election law works. Primary Day is a selection and not an election. So should one vote tomorrow?

When a voter walks into the polls on Primary Day they are asked to to select a Republican, Democrat, or nonpartisan ballot. A nonpartisan ballot lets a person vote on referendum, school board, or other measures. A party ballot contains those PLUS inter-party races for public office.

Indiana has a closed primary. Republicans and Democrats are private organizations like all political entities. These private organizations select their candidates and not the public. Essentially,

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