Why is Andy Horning running against Mitch?

Knowing that I am friends with Andy Horning, some have asked why Andy Horning would run for Governor as a Libertarian when Mitch Daniels has been so successful? I don’t know, lol.

I’ll let him explain himself:

“In fact many of us say we want a Real Leader, that is, someone who’ll authoritatively rule our lives, liberties and property. If you are such a person, I suggest you vote for Mitch Daniels. He really is the best leader Indiana has had in quite a while. Without any perceptible ideology or partisan loyalty, and certainly without any constitutional restraints, he very effectively does what he thinks is best with your rights, money and property. “

Read the rest here: http://wedeclare.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/the-choice-is-clear/

My Thoughts on GOP Shenanigans

Ronald Reagan did not believe in third parties. He believed that a person should choose a party that most closely identifies with a person’s beliefs and values. For myself, that is the Republicans. But what happens when a party loses its way? The Republican sins of big government are too numerous to mention for the last eight years. The largest sin is hypocrisy. Because while they commit their sins, they admonish and preach.

Ths occurs in two ways:

1. Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and David Vitter. Enough said.

2. “We are the party of limited government.” Then they vote on every spending bill they possibly can. Bush did not veto a bill until it was time to protect the unborn.

Then came Ron Paul. A person who walks the walk in addition to talking the talk. But because he opposes the war, he is considered a radical and his supporters kooks. But many Classic Liberals, Libertarians, and thinking Conservatives flocked to his message. They are hungry for their party to actually do what it says.

Freedom is the buzz word of the Bush administration and the current Republican Party.

But try to open debate on the party platform or the party talking points, and you are immediately shut down. Try to vote for a candidate that is not the party’s chosen candidate, and they will remove you ability to make that choice. Delegate status removed. Party Chairmen replaced. Rules illegally changed.

Freedom.

So what is a grassroots or regular member of a party supposed to do when their party loses its way? There are a couple of things they can do. A member of a party is punish it by sitting out elections. Large-Scale losses in a party cause a purging of the establishment. When John Kerry lost big in 2004, many of the Clinonistas were tossed out of the DNC. They were replaced by the more radical Howard Dean section of the party.

Or they can switch to a third-party. To you disillusioned Republicans, take a look at the Libertarians. There are more of us moving to a party that actually will practice what it preaches. Third-Parties aren’t as much fun as the big two. There is not as much free pizza, the signs are not as flashy, and the T-Shirts aren’t as nice. But maybe democracy and good government are not about those things.

P.S. The Democrats have the same shenanigans going on.

Another Libertarian Note

This note from Sean Shepard:

Hi there,
Sean Shepard has invited you to The Indianapolis Bob Barr For
President Meetup.

Sean Shepard says:
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Bob Barr officially announced that he will seek the Libertarian
nomination for President of United States.  Thought we’d go
ahead and get an Indy MeetUp set-up for interested parties.

Initial MeetUp(s) will be 30 minutes before the regular monthly
libertarian meetup (which is always the best fun I have each
month).
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To find out more and join, click here:
http://bobbarr.meetup.com/11/t/if_1597524/?gj=ej4

Somewhere, The Great Porn Dragon is Crying

People of the second district, we need to talk.

Maybe you don’t get Abdul in the Morning. Maybe your internet service provider doesn’t allow you to check HoosierAccess.com. Or it could be that your television does not get Countdown with Keith Olberman. Most likely it’s that you can’t read the South Bend Tribune.

With all that, I still would have hoped your friends or family would have given you the memo on Tony Zirkle. Mr. Zirkle is the slayer of the Great Porn Dragon. The man who went to Hitler’s birthday party thrown by Illinois Nazis. And the man who won 16% of the vote in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District…. WTF!?!

Almost 6,000 Republicans in the 2nd Congressional district voted for Tony Zirkle… WOW. I had been hoping that only Tony and those 58 Illinois Nazis believed this stuff, but I am amazed that 6,000 support those beliefs.

Either way, you’ve not voted for Tony Zirkle as your nominee, and the Great Porn Dragon is very happy with that situation.

Still No Lake County

Still No Lake County. They closed 45 minutes ago. This could mean a major shft in Presidential, but Obama is still down 20,000ish… I doubt Lake can shift 25,000 votes for Obama though…

I’d say Hillary, Jill Long-Thompson, and Andre Carson are your winners.

Looks like turn-out in Marion County will be in the mid-thirties… I think it was 11 or 12 in the Special Election. (We can’t use ANY Marion County data from last year’s primary.)

Looking at the Numbers

Go to those two sites, and notice a few things: The disparity between Marion County Voters, and those of the rest of the State.

Look at the Guv’s race in terms of how many voted for the Democrats, and how many voted for Mitch. Uh-Oh. Same for McCain.

How is Huckabee beating Ron Paul? And who voted for Romney?

In the 7th at this moment, David O is suprisingly close to Woody Meyers, but both are behind Andre, and Center is still out there. Carson is probably the winner there. What if… David or Woody had dropped out?

Does Indiana Matter?

A quick thought… Indiana and North Carolina vote today. If the pundits predict correctly, HRC will win here, and Barack will win N.C. If this happens, then the race goes on until the convention. I guess we don’t matter as much as we thought.

It’s still been exciting to watch the spectacle. Although I am looking towards a nap tomorrow! 🙂

Newt, Burton, Term Limits…

Ten Years ago today….

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/burton050798.htm

There’s an article from the Washington Post from May 7, 1998, referring to events from May 6, 1998. Newt Gingrich calls Dan Burton an embarrassment:

”This contrast was evident during the GOP’s closed conference meeting yesterday, when Gingrich apologized to his colleagues for how staffers distributed the tapes on Friday. When Burton shot back that he was not embarrassed, according to members who attended the meeting, Gingrich responded, ‘Then I’m embarrassed for you, I’m embarrassed for myself, and I’m embarrassed for the conference at the circus that went on at your committee.’”

Hopefully the voters of the 5th District will agree with Newt today, even if it is delayed by a decade.

Now, why do I feel this way? There comes a point in time where a politician or leader stops working for reform, and starts working to retain power. Bart Peterson was this way. Julia Carson was this way. Dan Burton is this way. Steve Buyer is this way. And I find this attitude towards the job of Congressman disgraceful. This is special honor. It is not yours. It is ours, and it should be treated with respect.

The Founders of our Country were concerned with Public Servants being disinterested, meaning no other interest than serving the people.

I can stand Republican. I can stand Democrat. I can stand Libertarian, but I can’t stand comfortable and entitled.

The Problem with the NYT Story

Two Problems with this NYT story:

1. Broad Ripple in the middle of a weekday isn’t really a great representation of Indiana. The Broad Ripple White Liberals are a rare breed in this state. Most people are normal. So I really don’t think this story should be taken seriously.

2. Second, the White Liberal arrogance is showing through in this story. They make a point that most unsophisticated country bumpkins are looking for a reason not to vote for a black guy. Country-folk and Rednecks are not racists. In fact, I have met more racists in metropolitan areas then in the country. Just because you have to drive to see your neighbors, it does not mean you are a racist.

And if they are racist, they are not looking for a reason NOT to vote for a Black man, they have it! His skin! Racisim is fairly easy to spot in the country. It’s a badge of honor in some, but in most, racisim is deplorable. It’s sad that the rebel flag flying jerk-offs in the country give the truly good hearted country-folk a bad name.

At some point, the person who says, “People in rural areas are looking for a reason not to vote for a black candidate” need to examine their own heart.

Minister’s Comments Hold Little Sway in Indianapolis Enclave
Published: May 2, 2008
People interviewed in Indianapolis say the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s highly publicized comments, and the responses that have followed, will have little bearing on their vote.

Operation Chaos

Mike Kole, former Libertarian candidate for S.O.S., has a good blog on Operation Chaos.

Read it here: http://www.kolehardfacts.blogspot.com/

Here is a taste:

“OK, so it’s no dilemma for those who refrain from participating in Primary Elections on the basis of these elections essentially being the private business of the political parties, and not a genuine public function. The basis for this position in some areas?

All Indiana primaries are closed primaries. This means you have to choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot. For instance, there is no Libertarian ballot. There is no independent or non-partisan ballot. The “offices” being voted on include Precinct Committeeman and Delegate to the Party Convention. Primary info from the Secretary of State’s office.”