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 see this. You have to show up! Morty’s has great food and lots of alcohol! Our opener will be Maranda Barnett! Buy your tickets now because we expect a large crowd. Admission is only $5!

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 its effect is only to bring to the surface the information ingested over the many years leading up to a run. A serious candidate for any office should have spent hundreds or thousands of hours studying policy before the decision is made to run. A lack of depth is made obvious in debate season.

This is where Hillary has the advantage in tonight’s debate. She can stop the tide of slipping numbers by showing that she is the experienced choice while Trump lacks depth. Trump can counter it by surprising the public with policy. Hillary’s campaign is largely built around a Never Trump message. He’s a racist, misogynist, liar, etc…, and she is the steady, experienced hand. Trump can smash her campaign to pieces by jumping over the low bar the American public has set for him in terms of policy knowledge and temperament.

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 get pardoned, but I think it’s something Obama can and will consider,” Timm said during an interview with Reason’s Nick Gillespie. He continued: “As he’s winding down his presidency, [Obama] is probably looking at his legacy. And one of the most disappointing aspects of his presidency has been his treatment of whistle-blowers and the fact that they have prosecuted more leakers in history than any other administration. He himself has said that this debate that Snowden sparked has made the country stronger.”

Timm sat down with Gillespie to discuss the case for pardoning Snowden, the impact the Oliver Stone film will have on the cause, and whether a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton administration would be more likely to consider Snowden’s case.

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 to like us. If we are around people that share our opinions then how can we end up in disagreements? The problem with this hidden behavior is that our wall ends up ten feet higher.

So let’s take Bill Clinton’s advice and be friends with people that are wrong.

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 to sell his book or that a Presidential candidate has to use her biographer to attack Gary Johnson because she’s afraid to do it herself.”

One other note. I thought the 60 Minutes interview with Johnson and Weld went well. It is linked below. The most striking part was the segment following theirs. The gist was”Only the President has access to the end of humankind through nuclear weapons, and he doesn’t have to consult Congress.” Thanks for bringing home the importance of voting Libertarian this year, CBS.

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 to sell his book or that a Presidential candidate has to use her biographer to attack Gary Johnson because she’s afraid to do it herself.”

One other note. I thought the 60 Minutes interview with Johnson and Weld went well. It is linked below. The most striking part was the segment following theirs. The gist was”Only the President has access to the end of humankind through nuclear weapons, and he doesn’t have to consult Congress.” Thanks for bringing home the importance of voting Libertarian this year, CBS.

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 from winning, only fear.

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 from winning, only fear.

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 send by email to editor@wearelibertarians.com.

30 Books To Heal Depression and Codependency and Grow Emotionally

Codependency had always been an amorphous word to me. It was something that plagued weak and needy people. Then I went through a divorce, not of my choosing. I realized I had been codependent through every relationship I’d had. Through the past year, I’ve been through therapy, talked to friends, and have read. A lot.

These are the books I’ve found helpful, and they are from my unique recovery path. Still, I think you’ll find a book for every stage struggling codependents enter: 1. The realization. 2. The Quest for information. 3. Strategies to overcome. 4. How do “normal” people live?

These aren’t in any order, but Scary Close is the book that struck me like lightning and changed my life. It’s the book that shared that codependency wasn’t amorphous. It’s how I thought. The rest renewed my mind.

  1. Scary Close by Donald Miller
  2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  3. The Journey from Abandonment to Healing by Susan Anderson
  4. Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage and Healing from Abandonment by Susan Anderson
  5. Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning
  6. The Self-Esteem Guided Journal: A 10-Week Program by Matthew McKay PhD
  7. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend (And Workbook)
  8. Thoughts & feelings: taking control of your moods & your life by Matthew McKay
  9. Healing the shame that binds you by John Bradshaw
  10. The undervalued self: restore your love/power balance, transform the inner voice that holds you back, and find your true self-worth by Elaine Aron
  11. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine, Rachel Heller
  12. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples OR Keeping the Love You Find by Harville Hendrix
  13. Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others by Art Markman PhD
  14. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  15. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  16. I Need Your Love – Is That True? By Byron Katie
  17. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  18. To be a man: a guide to true masculine power by Robert Augustus Masters
  19. The invisible presence : how a man’s relationship with his mother affects all his relationships with women by Michael Gurian
  20. Self-therapy : a step-by-step guide to creating wholeness and healing your inner child using IFS, a new cutting-edge psychotherapy by Jay Earley
  21. Invisible men: men’s inner lives and the consequences of silence by Michael Addis
  22. Healing relationships is an inside job: when the connection between you and another person is strained or broken by Arlene Harder
  23. Healing your emotional self: a powerful program to help you raise your self-esteem, quiet your inner critic, and overcome your shame by Beverly Engel.
  24. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie (And workbook)
  25. Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey
  26. Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Charles Whitfield
  27. Struggle for Intimacy by Janet Woititz
  28. Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy by David Richo
  29. When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships by David Richo
  30. Mate: Become the Man Women Want by Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller

P.S. If you’ve found this list then it was likely due to a Google search out of desperation. I remember being there. A book won’t change your life. Only you can. Self-care must be the most important driver in your life for a while. Read these books, go to therapy, open up to friends, write in a journal, get sunlight, exercise, eat right, got to Al-Anon meetings, and get plenty of sleep. Time fixes everything else.

“There’s no one in the world if anything is meaningful and truthful that you’re not going to offend someone. You’ve got to be able to say what it is, say how it is and take the consequence.” – Tommy Smothers

Tommy Smothers (CNN's The Sixties)

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL in the early 1950’s. As the leader of the largest black church in the city, it put him squarely in the middle of the civil rights movement’s birth. He would befriend another pastor in town: Martin Luther King Jr. The two would become best friends and the leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He succeeded King as the head of the SCLC after King’s 1968 assassination. Abernathy passed away in 1990 of a blood clot. I found the inscription on his tombstone fitting: “I TRIED.”

We Are Libertarians is not your typical political podcast. Chris Spangle and Greg Lenz blend humor and intelligence to explain what the hell is happening in our world today and how to fix it by thinking differently. Learn more about us at http://wearelibertarians.com/.

This is a great event to bring friends that are interested in politics or libertarianism! It is a ton of fun.

We will be recording a live episode and will interact with the audience through games and question and answer. Admission will be $5.

Morty’s Comedy Joint is a full-service bar and restaurant in addition to being a great comedy club. They are 18+. (Our show has bad language anyways.) Come thirsty and hungry. http://mortyscomedy.com

Date: September 26, 2016
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: We Are Libertarians Live at Morty's Comedy Joint - Sept. 26, 2016
Venue: Morty's Comedy Joint
317-848-5500
Location: 3824 E. 82nd St. Indianapolis, IN 46240
Indianapolis, IN 46240
United States
Public: Public

“Now the crucial paradox which confronts us here is that the whole process of education occurs within a social framework and is designed to perpetuate the aims of society. Thus, for example, the boys and girls who were born during the era of the Third Reich, when educated to the purposes of the Third Reich, became barbarians. The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish. The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it – at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.” – James Baldwin

My Radio Origins on the No Better than Average Show

“This week on the No Better than Average Show the guys have a special guest; Chris Spangle.

Chris is the Digital Director for the nationally syndicated, top-rated morning comedy radio show The Bob & Tom Show as well as the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of We Are Libertarians (a podcast that “brings all of the irreverence modern politics deserves”).

The guys have Chris on to discuss creating and running a successful podcast, how new media and technology is integrating with “dying” mediums like terrestrial radio, of course, some political chit-chat and more.

To follow Chris, check out his site – We Are Libertarians – at http://wearelibertarians.com/. He has a ton of great shows & content online through his network.

A Conversation on Codependency on the Well We Tried Podcast

I appeared on my coworker’s Grace and Jess’s show, the Well, We Tried podcast and ended up discussing codependency.

“The girls are joined for their first threesome… of conversation on the podcast with guest Chris Spangle. Warning: this gets a little deep and meaningful, so if you’re not into therapy stuff, skip this one. Spangle goes over how he’s grown in the past year, where he’s headed and gives Jess and Grace an idea of what a podcast should sound like. Follow us at @wellwetried or email us at wellwetriedpodcast@gmail.com.”

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 libertarian philosophy to explain current events.
  2. Lions of Liberty – These guys have a similar feel to WAL. Enjoy a beer and catch up with friends. They have a ton of great interviews as well.
  3. Johnny Rocket Launch Pad – This is so well produced and entertaining. You are going to LOVE this podcast the first time you hear it.
  4. LAVA Flow with Rodger Paxton. Probably the only “radical” podcast on my list, I appreciate Rodger’s point of view. I always learn something new, and the show is well researched.
  5. The Joe Rogan Experience – Not always libertarian, but most of his interviews are mind expanding.
  6. The Fifth Column – Matt Welch of Reason, Kmele Foster and Michael Moynihan shared a fact-based and reasoned view of the week’s news. You will learn something every week.
  7. The Tom Woods Show – This has to be in any libertarian’s top 5, right? One of my favorite libertarians present wide range of interviews on history, economics, and society.
  8. Leading Liberty with Jenn Gray – A practical approach to communicating liberty.
  9. Cato Daily Podcast – Issues of the day from the top thinkers at the Cato Institute. They also have an audio feed of their events.
  10. Dan Carlin’s Common Sense – Carlin’s Common Sense and Hardcore History podcasts are works of art. There is always a point of view proposed that won’t be heard anywhere else. It is not dogmatic libertarianism, but it is thought provoking.

Honorable mention:

Libertarian Podcast Networks:

Libertarian Podcasts

Other Political Podcasts to Check out:

  • The Axe Files with David Axelrod
  • Candidate Confessional
  • CNN Debates
  • Democracy Now!
  • The Dick Morris Podcast
  • The Ezra Klein Show
  • Face the Nation Radio
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS
  • FiveThirtyEight Elections
  • Fox News Sunday
  • Freakonomics Radio
  • Fresh Air
  • Frontline Audiocast
  • Fw:Thinking
  • It’s All Journalism
  • List of top Conservative Podcasts
  • Longform
  • Louder with Crowder
  • Masters in Politics
  • Matt Lewis and the News
  • Off Message
  • Political Wire Conversations
  • Politico’s Nerdcast
  • The Pollsters
  • Presidential
  • The RSA
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper
  • TED Radio Hour
  • The Tim Ferris Show
  • This Week in Tech

Small Council: Should I Be Dating?

We convene the small council for the first time. A group of my friends and I will discuss whatever issue may be popping up in our lives on these episodes. Today Joe Ruiz, Tyler Weiss, and Mel Bam sit me down for a frank talk about my dating life.