December 12th 2013
There is a new website for Libertarian candidates and Libertarian Activities nationwide in 2014. The website is http://www.libertarian2014.com.
We have also set up a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LibertarianParty2014, Twitter page https://twitter.com/Libertarian2014 and a weekly email that will go out every Wednesday morning http://eepurl.com/Kw6YP.
Why a new Libertarian website?
This website has a specific goal. Libertarian 2014 was created to promote all the activities of Libertarian candidates and activities in Florida and Nationwide. This site will be totally focused on ACTION.
I have been asked by several sources regarding RSS feeds and one location to find our Libertarian candidates and activities. This site is the answer.
I have a page specifically for submitting information. You can send me candidate information and activities. I would also like to add activities by Libertarians in an effort to grow the party (big switch and double the LP kind of things) http://libertarian2014.com/submit-articles-and-events/
The website is broken down in categories. Each of them will serve a need.
Candidates: This deals specifically with candidates. I would like to have as much content as possible. The more you put out the more chances people have to donate to you and to help you. People do not want to help people who are not taking action. They are looking for people who are doing something. Help me by sending me content to help promote you.
Breaking News: This is for information that needs to get out right way. No stale news in this category it needs to be current.
Multimedia: This is for audio interviews, videos, commercials or anything that people can watch or listen too. The 1787 Network will be increasing our interviews with candidates and will post them here as well as http://www.1787network.com. If you are a Libertarian candidate and would like an interview contact Alex Snitker @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Events: This is for all of your events and activities. People want to help but many times do not know where to go. Send me speaking engagements, precinct walks, get-out-the-vote efforts and anything that you think would fit into this category. Please do not send me monthly meetings unless you have a speaker that would fit for the goal of this page.
News: This is for Libertarian candidates and party news. I would like to be sent articles from other outlets so that I can post them here. The more the merrier.
Issues: This is for thoughts on current legislation. This is not a philosophy section per se, it is for responding to specific legislation.
Take Action: These are action items. Things that you would like people to do. Remember that the more times you are telling people to take specific action the more action you will see (and others will see too).
Libertarian Media: This section is to promote Libertarian Media outlets.
States: This is where your articles and information will go so that people can see what is going on in their state.
This site is not an official Libertarian or Libertarian Party of Florida site and I have no plans on making it one. I will offer ads to candidates and state parties (there will be a cost associated) but I will post articles free of charge.
Help me promote you and let’s take the LP to another level in 2014.
Interview with Randy Taylor, Libertarian Candidate for Florida House District 69 http://www.voterandytaylor.com/
This is an interview with Paul Henry with the Liberty First Network discussing Red Light Cameras and what you can do to help eliminate them in Florida
Red light camera reference page:
This special Congressional election will go quickly and March 11th will get here before you know it so every day counts.
We have a full day of important volunteer projects planned, none of which involve walking, telephoning or anything that would be “hard labor.”
If you have an hour, 2 hours or more that you can donate to help Lucas in his campaign to become the first Libertarian in Congress, we appreciate everyone’s efforts!
Please drop by at the Datex Center between noon and 3pm on Saturday.
We have a plan to reach voters that has never been done before in campaigns and we are about to make history in Pinellas County. We also do not want our competition (who is watching everything we do) to get the same groundbreaking idea and use it for their own campaigns or harm our effort. So we cannot give you all of the details but can assure you that anyone can help.
Don’t miss out and feel free to drop in anytime and spend whatever free time that you have available to be a part of making history in our district.
You can RSVP by clicking on the FB Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/646287565413974/ or by contacting Larry Potter, Volunteer Coordinator, Lucas Overby for Congress, email@example.com 727-480-0049
Being a Libertarian candidate for governor means that I reach out to a wide range of people from all political ideologies. My campaign stops across the state of Florida range from tea parties to business organizations to gay pride events.
Libertarians believe that the highest duty of government is to defend the inalienable rights of the individual, as expressed in our founding documents. One thing that I’ve found in my travels is that most people support the vast majority of the Libertarian platform.
But, there is always one or two sticking points with every group. So, I wanted to address a couple of those minor disagreements that Libertarians generally have with the Left and the Right.
THE RIGHT: GAY MARRIAGE
My position on marriage is that the government has no authority to outlaw any private agreement between consenting adults. Why would anyone have to be granted a license — which by definition is government permission to do something that would otherwise be illegal — in order to be married? The current government position is that all marriage is illegal, unless specifically permitted by government.
What gives government that authority? Why should anyone have to ask government permission to love another? As governor, I would work to eliminate marriage licensing laws, and leave those decisions in the realm of individuals and/or the churches.
THE LEFT: ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS
There is absolutely no doubt that there are many people in need in our state and nation. I strongly believe that we, as a society, have a duty to help them. But, does government have the authority to force people to help others…under the threat of violence and imprisonment for failing to do so?
As we know, government entitlement programs are always astronomically inefficient, extremely costly to our economy, and ripe with fraud and abuse. Also, the nature of entitlement programs fosters dependency upon government, and provides no incentive for people to take personal responsibility to improve their own lives. Private charities are generally much more efficient, promote independence, and have a much more positive outcome on the people they serve.
As governor, I would seek to reduce government entitlement programs, while simultaneously promoting and encouraging participation in private charitable organizations.
THE RIGHT: ABORTION
Though I am personally pro-life, I strongly believe that the government must weigh the rights of the two individuals involved. My position is that up until the point of viability outside the womb, it is the woman’s choice. Beyond the point of viability, the government has a duty to protect the life of the child.
This is the current law of the land. Rick Scott has no intention of changing it. Neither does Charlie Crist. If your position is that all abortion should be illegal, there is no candidate in this race that agrees with you. So, perhaps you should consider some other issues when casting an informed vote.
THE LEFT: CORPORATE GREED
There is little doubt that many multinational corporations are engaged in practices that are unethical, illegal, and harmful to the prosperity of all Americans. On this, we agree. Many on the left blame capitalism. But, we do not currently have a capitalist system. We have a crony corporatist system.
The solution is not more government regulation or intervention. It is the exact opposite: free-market capitalism. Currently, government protects, bails out, incentivises, and rewards bad corporate behavior. Government allows these global corporations to privatize their profits, while socializing their losses.
True free-market capitalism always ensures that bad business practices are punished, and good corporate stewardship is rewarded. For example, what if the government had refused to bail out the banks on the backs of the American people? The banks that engaged in mortgage-backed securities fraud would have been bankrupted because of their greed. Many small, local banks would have filled the vacuum that they left behind.
The true solution is to revoke government’s authority to regulate, subsidize, bail out, and give preferential treatment to corporations.
For more information on Adrian Wyllie and his campaign for governor go to http://www.wyllieforgovernor.com
Lucas Overby could be the first Libertarian in Congress. Lucas could make history in Pinellas county and defeat the Republicans and Democrats with your help.
Let’s just say that you want to see Lucas win. Here is what you do. Get Lucas 300 votes. Contact the campaign and get involved in direct voter outreach efforts. Going door to door or making phone calls for the campaign and find him 300 people who will vote. Do the follow up to make sure each and every one of your 300 voters go and vote.
The advantage you have is that you will be able to talk to everyone and not just Republicans or Democrats. You can tell them that you are helping a Libertarian and explain his positions and that only 25% of the people will vote on average. Let them know that you can select a true citizen legislator and not a person who has been in the system for years.
The people as a whole are not happy with either party and are looking for a real change. The polls show this over and over again. The people do not really want either of them. It is up to us who want to see principled candidates win to do everything we can to make it happen.
It is not going to happen on line. It is going to happen by helping the campaign by going door to door and delivering as much of the vote as possible.
There are about 468,704 registered voters that will be able to vote in this election. If 25% is the expected turnout then there will be about 117,176 voters going to the polls. In a 3 way race 40% would be a sure win. That is about 46,870 votes and we win. If each person who supported Lucas were to get him 300 votes we would only need about 156 volunteers.
Are there 156 people in or near the Pinellas county area that want to make history? I hope so.
If you want to help sign up on Lucas’s campaign website E-Mail Larry Potter the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://lucasoverby.com/ and sign up as a volunteer.
I know that I will be there knocking on doors to help Lucas win. Will you join me? And if you are worried about if the support is out there let me assure it is. If you need more proof then read this recent article breaking down the voters.
What happens when your political party is much smaller than the very corrupt one party system? Answer: Your opposition gives you a lot of help! That’s what has happened here in Florida this week, a banner week for Libertarians.
Adrian Wyllie (http://www.wyllieforgovernor.com)
Adrian Wyllie, after learning more about his huge support base statewide, garnering 40,000 miles of campaign stops, has come out swinging at the GOP with a clear warning, Don’t try your Robert Sarvis strategy in Florida! As you may remember the Republicans in the Virginia Governors race, attempted to sell themselves as “The Real Libertarians” and it backfired. Wyllie is reminding voters that the GOP has been courting him all over the state attempting to get himself (Wyllie) to primary the most unelectable Governor in state history, Rick Scott. Wyllie has made it clear he’s not joining the party of corruption.
Lucas Overby (http://lucasoverby.com/)
A few weeks ago, a Republican Congressman Bill Young, Fl. District 13 (Pinellas County) died in office. Libertarian Lucas Overby who had already announced his intention to run, was caught in a quagmire as now the election would be moved up by 8 months. Overby, not having the money for ballot access, needed 1,172 signed petitions all within a 2 week period. We couldn’t make this up if we tried, but this week, the Pinellas County Board of elections, denied many of Overby’s petitions, leaving him short by 19 signatures, this after the newspapers had announced Overby would be on the ballot.
Not to be deterred, Overby, announced he would raise the $10,440 in three days to get on the ballot. Ha, Ha, Ha, sure Lucas the Libertarian! Libertarians don’t donate! Many including myself thought, no way! Boy was I looking like a fool when Overby walked into the board of elections Tuesday with $12.000 in hand and national attention. I should have remembered my own words when I wrote the article “Mr Overby Goes to Washington”. We couldn’t have done it without those sweet Democratic and Republican ladies at the Pinellas Board of Elections.
One thing is sure, Overby is smart enough, ambitious enough and eager enough to win this race on March 11th, no matter who he runs against.
Ray Netherwood (http://www.ray2014.com/)
Ray Netherwood, running a very high profile campaign for Congress in the 19th Congressional district (Naples area), woke up to a very wonderful gift this week. The gifts name is Trey Radel, the incumbent Congressman in the 19th, came fully wrapped in Nationwide Newspaper Articles. Radel, who has been a champion of drug testing just about anyone (except himself), has been charged with cocaine possession in Washington DC home to major corruption in our nation. Poor Trey!
Ray Netherwood is running a state of the art campaign and the Collier County Lp is very large and well organized. Many in District 19 had already believed that Ray Netherwood would surely give Radel a real good fight for the seat. Now, with the heat on, voters will take a much closer look at Ray Netherwood from Florida’s 19th. Libertarians would go easy on Trey Radel and the drug issue, if it wasn’t for his unbelievable hypocrisy.
In closing, Libertarians have announced “The Big Switch” campaign to begin in February, which if successful will switch tens of thousands of voters to the Libertarian Party. To learn more about the LPF, please go to http://www.lpf.org