Skip to comments.Libertarians survive PA ballot challenge
Posted on 10/11/2012 1:55:11 AM PDT by Siegfried X
Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson Survives Brutal Republican Ballot Challenge
Commonwealth Court Senior Judge James G. Colins ruled late today that the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania has filed nominating petitions containing more than the required 20,601 valid signatures and that the entire slate of statewide Libertarian candidates will remain on the November 6 general election ballot.
The ruling was a stinging defeat for Republicans who waged a grueling and expensive 9-week battle to force their Libertarian Party competition off the November ballot...
With little money and an army of dedicated volunteers, the LP stood up to the superior resources of the Republican Party, never once considering capitulation, even though faced with the possibility of a significant assessment of costs, sanctions and attorneys fees that may be assessed on the losing party...
Libertarians were required to field teams of at least 20 people each day for two weeks in Philadelphia. Each was paired with a Republican and a computer operator in order to tediously review challenged signatures. A similar operation was conducted in Harrisburg the following week. After this effort, approximately 14,000 signatures remained contested. For the next four weeks, four teams of lawyers and volunteers meticulously re-reviewed the contested signatures under court supervision.
The herculean effort to defend against the challenge was supported by more than 85 very dedicated volunteers hailing from seven states. Roy Minet, who coordinated the massive, marathon volunteer effort, stated, Our volunteers are truly noble. We appreciate that we even had a few Green Party volunteers. Surprisingly, the Greens were not challenged this time around. Some Republicans, who said they couldnt stomach what their party was trying to do, helped us as well, Minet added.
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Unlike the Constitution Party, which completely folded in Pennsylvania.
Way to go !! this is america so vote for whoever you want to, But remember how clinton won two elections, not saying he wouldn’t have won anyway but maybe not.
- Anti-illegal "immigrant" laws lead to racial profiling
- "Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers"
- Pledged to cut the military budget by 43 percent in his first term as president
- Stated that he does not believe Iran is a military threat, would use his presidential power to prevent Israel from attacking Iran
- Highest score of any candidate from the American Civil Liberties Union
- Pro-choice on abortion
- Endorses same-sex marriage and has called for a constitutional amendment protecting equal marriage rights
- Supports drug decriminalization
Such a "Libertarian" = a RINO on steroids.
Even Romney's anti-conservatist positions do not reach the 50% level of Johnson's.
Even Romney's anti-conservatist and suspect conservative positions do not reach the 50% level of Johnson's.
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Why do they exist as a Party?
To run interference for Democrats.
You should be happy they are there. A large part of what they do is prevent Republicans from going totally forsaking LIBERTY. It’s the 2% of those in the U.s. that can cost the R’s an election if they go FULL Big Government, which they seem to love in their unique R (vs D) way.
Depends if you define “conservative” in terms of “defense of LIBERTY” (which is the opposite of authoritarian...). Otherwise, yea — Radical Islamists are “conservative”
BOARDERS AND ILLEGALS, this is fundamentally an economic issue tied to government entitlements and labor intervention, such as the enticing minimum wage. America was founded by hard working, independent thinking immigrants with a deep bias towards self governance and liberty, who earned the wage they were able to gather through their own hard work, not thanks to some government program and union entitlement, etc. Who cares who comes to the country as long as they support themselves, produce things of value to their fellow citizens? Frankly, so many U.S. citizens are not worthy of their citizenships, expecting handouts of government entitlements, or simply thinking they are blessed by God thanks to the lucky sperm that let them be born in the U.S.A., “and that’s enough to protect me from any labor competition”
If you want to make people take a pledge to protect liberty and prevent citizens who are against it from coming to this nation, I’m all for it. But we should also put all authoritarians and quasi-authoritarians on a boat and ship them off tomorrow. Lord knows, we have enough of them among both the R and D establishment who care not one whit for TRUE LIBERTY.
MILITARY SPENDING: What’s the stat — The U.S. spends more than the next 20 nations combined?? (Give or take a few) We borrow money from China, Japan and Korea so we can protect Japan and South Korea from China? We can’t compete with German quality, yet we pay the majority of NATO?? We shelter the rest of socialized Europe from paying their own military so socialistas in the U.S. can say “look how good their safety nets are in Europe, and they can make ends meet”?? We have troops in over 100 nations. We pursue a foreign policy that the CIA long ago acknowledges breeds and galvanizes enemies against the U.S. vs. their regional enemies.... The R’s have an awful LIBERAL definition about foreign policy. Hawkish and bomb dropping it may be, it is also very UN CHRISTIAN. But fundamentally, it all comes down to LIBERTY. I’m not going to force you to pay for bombs I may want to drop just because I think it’s a good idea, the same way you probably don’t want to pay for some lefty’s version of charity via your taxes going to some welfare entitlement. You may be perfectly charitable, but you have your own ideas of what that is and you don’t think paying people to have kids and sit on their butts is a good idea. If I agree or don’t shouldn’t matter, and a LIBERTARIAN candidate will do whatever they can to make sure the choice is yours, not some politicians or the flunkies that achieve the critical voting mass to elect him.
ACLU RATINGS: who has use for a conservative who is anti LIBERTY? The libertarian stands for LIBERTY — the concept this nation was founded in defending in case you’ve forgotten.
So many Americans wave their flag for the exact opposite of liberty and don’t even realize it.
PRO CHOICE: I have to look into Johnson more specifically, but libertarians vary on this issue, and many side with protecting the unborn as human beings entitled to their own liberty. They are unanimous in that nobody should be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion, though. Even some R’s don’t buy into that. (they may pay lip service).
SAME SEX MARRIAGE - Marriage is a contract between two individuals and their God, and IMO not the business of the STATE. My Christian definition of marriage, and the institution itself, is what I believe it to be, not what someone else tries to make it. Who, with any confidence in their own God and Religion lacks such confidence that they must seek Big Government to do their work?
DRUG Decriminalization: The billion dollar war on drugs is a failure and it is MEGA Big Govt. Business. It is a gross violation of liberty among consenting adults, on top of being a massive loophole used by BIG GOVT to track private financial transactions and basic rights of privacy. It allows police departments to seize any asset they deem to be drug related, especially cash, forcing innocent people to prove their are not guilty merely on the suspicion of carrying cash.... On top of it it is modern Prohibition that, apart from having not stamped out drug use, has made worthless substances worth more than gold and provided a massive profit drive behind pushing their sale in our schools and streets. It also breeds tremendous violence in impoverished areas where drugs are rampant and Al Capone’s of our era kill each other taking innocent bystanders with them, while desperate addicts are forced into hiding to avoid incarceration and left to steal for their fix, further increasing crime.
Yea, that’s a real smart Drug War you got there. Keep defending THAT moronacy.
A RINO? Definitely not, but certainly not a anti LIBERTY Republican like so many flag wavers out there who are really nothing more than quasi-authoritarians of a different stripe, as hell bent on spending others money and allotting others rights without their victims’ consent, just like their Democrat counterparts.
Good for you, though.
You don’t know many Libertarians, then, do you?
Read my Lips and Brady Bill Bob Dole got Clinton elected. Had nothing to do with 3rd Parties.
Just like Obama got elected... Not because of Palin or 3rd Parties, but because McCain sucked.
Same this time around. Willard is about as milquetoast as they come. If he loses, blaming the LP is about as dumb as you can get...
None of which Romney would ever consider.
You are barking up the wrong tree.
Well... Wrong. But don’t let that slow you down.
Maybe in this case, but during the Bush/Clinton election, Ross Perot seriously hurt George H.W. Bush. He also hurt Bob Dole in the subsequent Dole/Clinton election.
Had George H.W. Bush been re-elected, Clinton would never have created the housing Crises, Bin Laden wouldn't have escaped in Somalia, (No 911) we would have two more conservative Justices, and Obama would likely not even be a footnote. He would be the nobody/nothing that he deserves to be.
Thanks Ross Perot.
Read my Lips and Brady Bill Bob had no one to blame but their own less than conservative selves.
If you don’t want libertarians stealing your votes... Don’t run RINO’s.
If you dont want libertarians stealing your votes... Dont run RINOs.
Didn't pick George Bush, Reagan did. Biggest mistake he ever made. Couldn't stand George H.W. Bush, but too many people wanted him in 1988, and he was the nominee in 1992.
You fight with the army you have, not the army you wished you had. "Read my Lips" Badly damaged George H.W. Bush's chances of wining. That was the only thing the Democrat Congress wanted out of the deal they made with him. (as usual, they didn't honor their side at all.)
George Bush was so naive about Democrat intentions that Not only did he not know which side he was on, he wasn't even aware that he was in a war.
The election was still recoverable though, but for the efforts of Ross Perot undermining George Bush's election chances. Ross Perot helped Clinton damage George Bush, and along with the Communist Media, it was enough to saddle us with Clinton, which was a Major disaster far out of proportion to the gripes which Libertarians had against George Bush.
The Libertarians guaranteed we would end up with the worst possible President that time.