The Weekly Sedition

Friday, 5 February 2010

Adam Kokesh at UNM, 3 Feb 2010

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 5:08 PM

Current mood: ecstatic

Last Wednesday, I braved the falling snow and rain on Central Ave. to make the Kokesh for Congress rally that took place in the atrium of the Student Union Building. I parked at Bryn Mawr and Columbia NE (several blocks to the east of the facility where the rally actually took place) because the parking situation at UNM makes the CNM setup look like a work of genius, and I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle. I spent about 30 minutes looking for a spot before settling on a two-hour curb at around 11:15 AM.

Upon arriving (30 minutes early — I overestimated the time it would take to walk from where I parked to the SUB by about 20 minutes), I met some libertarian-leaning Republicans, in particular Rhead Story and Bob Cornelius, and we talked for a bit. I found out that the GOPNM’s current State Chairman, a Harvey Yates, has allegedly used his position as a party officer to funnel a pile of cash (about 1200) to one candidate in a race while not offering an equal pile of cash to the other candidate seeking the same office. This is apparently a felony under New Mexico state law. Ha ha ha.

At around 11:50 AM, the Kokesh campaign volunteers started arriving, followed by Adam himself at 12:00 PM on the dot. Adam was introduced by Ruben Pacheco of UNM’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. Also present were representatives from Students Against Empire.

Ruben Pacheco introducing Adam Kokesh – Photo by myself

At that point, Adam took the podium, grabbed the microphone and proceeded to . . . have fun with his politics (something I’ve been telling my fellow Libertarian Party members to do for years!) — Adam not only has the principles down, but can articulate them to the uninitiated. After his speech (given without notes, cue cards, or teleprompters), Adam proceeded to talk with volunteers and spectators for a while.

It’s important to note that the assembled listeners roughly doubled in number from the time he started his speech to the time he finished up and left the podium.

Photo by myself

Adam Kokesh at the UNM SUB – Photo by Andrew Sharp

Some of the other volunteers present from the campaign —

  • John Newby[1]
  • Mike Morasco (sp?), who rode his bicycle across the continental United States TWICE to spread the Ron Paul message

After the rally was over, I hustled out of the SUB and headed back to my car, and arrived with five minutes to spare on the parking spot. Still, I checked my tires for a parking-enforcement “boot” — the meter-readers aren’t the brightest, but do have the tendency to be rather capricious. When I got home, the snowstorm was in full bloom.


  1. John came to our Liberty Forum last night (Thursday, 4 Feb 2010) at Fiesta’s and talked for a while with myself, Ron Bjornstad and Bill Koehler about the campaign, the GOP, the LP, New Mexico, Adam, etc., etc. As John was leaving, he asked us, “What can we do for you?” (I’m used to hearing “What can you do for me?”) My response? “Let Adam be Adam.”
  2. The campaign’s official blog posting — Adam Speaks to Students at UNM

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