The Weekly Sedition

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The Barr / Root 2008 Provo Campaign

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 2:43 AM

The recent nomination victory of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root to the Libertarian Party‘s presidential and vice-presidential spots on the ballot, respectively, has left many Libertarians outraged, dismayed and pessimistic. Some have already left the LP after the bitterly fought nomination process in Denver this weekend — it was a fight for the heart and soul of the LP, among other things. Others are suggesting that at least one state affiliate decline to place the Barr/Root ticket on the top of their ballot.

To those leaving — I’ve considered it myself. If I don’t like the way this campaign turns out, I won’t run for any further postings in the LPNM — I’ve been State Secretary for the past four years, did two terms as State Vice-Chair, served as a District 1 and At-:Large Representative on the LPNM Central Committee, have occupied the post of Bernalillo County LP chair for ten years (webmaster for about six), Editor of New Mexico Liberty for almost five years, and recently founded the CNM Libertarians. I’ve also done my share in maintaining the LPNM’s internet presence — the Myspace group, -forum on Yahoo and the -discuss lists come to mind.

Considering the time, cash and effort that I’ve put into the LP, I don’t like to see that effort and money go to waste because a candidate seems to want to weasel around issues that he or his supporters don’t want to deal with.

To those fighting the nomination after the convention is done and over with — it’s hard enough getting candidates to be listed ON the ballot. What you’re proposing might require a lawsuit against your state’s Secretary of State. Add to that mix another lawsuit by the LNC, quite probably joined by the Barr Campaign. There HAS to be an easier way to get your point across.

Which brings me to the point of this article. Some have accused both candidates of being less than fully libertarian. Personally, I’m more worried about the support allegedly given by both Barr and Root to other parties’ candidates. I created these banner advert and bumpersticker graphics as a way to keep the hard issues in the public square, and to help the LP’s more radical members to keep the candidates somewhat on track with the libertarian message.

If the candidates and their campaigns like these banners, cool. If not, maybe they should check their premises.

Below each banner, I’ve posted the HTML code for each one, set to link to this article. Feel free to download and post on your site. If you want to link them to the official sites for Bob Barr or Wayne Allyn Root, that’s fine by me too. (The banners for “Barr/Root ’08 will be posted shortly.)

If anyone has suggestions for more banners, or wants to gripe to me about how these “suck,” are “too radical,” whatever, my email address is

NOTE — NONE of these banners have been endorsed by Bob Barr, Wayne Allyn Root, anyone affiliated with their campaigns, anyone in the LP’s National Headquarters, or anyone on the LNC. NOR have they been endorsed by anyone in the LPNM, aside from me, acting in my personal capacity.


  1. Thanks for joining the Boston Tea Party’s national committee.With regard to not putting Barr-Root on the ballot, that story is in New Hampshire, where the petitions had to put someone’s name up, and George Phillies was the name they had.  George tells the story here: is also here:'s campaign site says he’ll probably be on the ballot in Massachusetts, too. occurs to me to suggest that state libertarian party organizations might choose to disaffiliate with national and affiliate with a real libertarian party, such as the Boston Tea Party.  Now that you’ve gone to the trouble of creating a New Mexico affiliate for the Boston Tea Party, approved last night, you might invite your friends from the NM LP.What would they lose by losing the national LP?  The BTPNM can endorse candidates from other parties.

    Comment by planetaryjim — Sunday, 29 June 2008 @ 12:58 PM

  2. @planetaryjim — Already working on it! I’ve got Bill Koehler on the BTPNM Google group. Bill and I have been doing libertarian-themed cable-access TV shows for ten years now, with not much of any help beyond moral support from anyone else in the LPNM. Right now, I’m looking for quality over quantity. And considering that some in the LPNM are rethinking their membership over the Barr candidacy, among other things, the pool might be more limited than I previously supposed, so I’m pitching to the local Ron Paul group, too.

    Comment by kcufmedia — Monday, 30 June 2008 @ 2:57 AM

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