The Weekly Sedition

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

From BTP National: Briscoe Nomination Invalidated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — weeklysedition @ 2:34 AM

Recently, the Boston Tea Party’s membership debated a question about invalidating the nomination of Tiffany Briscoe.

National Chair Darryl W. Perry opened a poll. The results were nine (9) votes in favor of invalidating the nomination of Briscoe, with three (3) members voting against.

As per National Chair Perry, the BTP nominee for President of the United States is now “NOTA” (“None of the Above”).

Kimberly Brighton-Barrick remains the BTP nominee for Vice-President of the United States.


NOTES

  1. Links to this post
  2. BTPNM State Committee Yahoo! Group
  3. BTPNM Yahoo! Group


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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Boston Tea Party endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 2:37 AM

Boston Tea Party endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2009
By Douglass Gaking

The Boston Tea Party National Committee has, by a vote of 4-0 with two members not voting, endorsed Joe Kennedy for US Senate. Joe Kennedy is running as an independent in the special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Edward Kennedy from Massachusetts (he is not related to the late Senator).

Joe Kennedy recently announced his support of HR 4248, the Free Competition in Currency Act, a bill endorsed by the BTP National Committee as part of the “Honest Money” Resolution. At-Large Rep. Darryl W. Perry said, “Joe Kennedy is the only candidate (in this election) that supports a Competitive Currency (establishing an effective monetary policy to maintain strong currency at home and a competitive currency abroad for balancing trade,) and an Audit/End of the Federal Reserve System.”

BTP Chairman Douglass Gaking added, “He supports Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed and Free Competition of Currency acts and takes a strict libertarian position on just about everything.”

In accepting the endorsement, Kennedy commented, “I am very excited to receive the endorsement of the Boston Tea Party. Before I was a politician I was a TEA Party Activist and like millions of others I see the looming problems with our government. Our great nation is rapidly racing toward bankruptcy. Taxation is growing without restraint and the freedoms and ideals we grew up with are vanishing. All the while our politicians have stopped caring and stopped listening to the wants and needs of the population. As a country we deserve lower taxes and a smaller, more responsible and less intrusive government. As TEA Party Activists we insist on more freedom, State’s rights and a government that listens to the people it represents not one that takes our money and turns a deaf ear to the population it supports. These are the needs of our nation and the foundation of the Boston Tea Party and my candidacy. I am running on Tea Party Principals and I will represent them fully in the Senate. My gratitude (goes out) to the Boston Tea Party for the honor of their endorsement.”

The Boston Tea Party was founded in 2006 with a one sentence platform, “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.” In October 2008, the party’s National Convention adopted the four point program of the Campaign for Liberty. Their program calls for an end to overseas occupation, a restoration of privacy and other liberties, no increase in the national debt, and a thorough review of the Federal Reserve.

For more information, see the following —

Kennedy’s website

The Boston Tea Party Official Site


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Thursday, 7 August 2008

Stanhope for President 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 6:45 PM

Just recently, I was reading Tom Knapp’s blog and found this post — Reconsidering Stanhope.

I had first heard of Doug Stanhope when his potential candidacy was stumped for on the [Libertarian2008] Yahoo!  group, by of all people, Eric “the Shake” Dondero. This was back in the middle of 2006.

Eric was saying that the LP should nominate Stanhope because Doug had some name recognition. Since name recognition seems to be Shake Dondero’s ONLY criterion when supporting LP candidates, I was initially dismissive of the idea. Still, I was intrigued enough to look him up on the net, and found an interview that Doug had did with the now-defunct hammeroftruth.com. It was great stuff — this wasn’t another Russell Means shopping for a nomination in the hopes of getting some “free” TV time and then absconding with the campaign treasury. Doug addressed the issues raised very well, and showed a fresh take on those issues. One of the issues raised was “9-11” (the 11 Sept 2001 attacks), and he managed to talk about it without coming across either as a nut or a lamestreamer. When hammeroftruth.com took a dirt-nap, that interview went with it. Doug had copies posted to his Myspace pages, but those seem to have been taken down as well. Which really sucks, as it was a great interview.

A few months later, the candidates for the LP’s presidential nomination were asked some questions, and the answers were posted in the pages of the print edition of LP News. One of the questions was What makes you uniquely qualified to be president? As the other candidates cited various credentials, Stanhope’s answer went like this —

No one is uniquely qualified to be president. Beware the person who claims to be.

That comment right there told me that Stanhope was the best candidate for the nomination. Of all the available people, he “got it” the most.

Fast-forward to January 2007 — Doug’s comedy tour came to Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema on 21 January 2007. His routine was very close to what you see on his No Refunds DVD. Afterwards, I met with Stanhope outside the Guild, and we crossed Central Ave to Kellys Brewpub. While there, he told me about his campaign ideas — bringing up prison reform, for example. I told him that I thought he would be a great candidate, but he didn’t seem as confident.

In March, 2007, Doug said that in May, a big announcement was forthcoming. On 1 May 2007, the announcement was released. The content of it was that Doug was dropping out of the race, as the path he wanted to take (using his comedy tour as a campaign venue) was outlawed by the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Protection Act of 2002. Which was a disappointment, but understandable.



Saturday, 28 June 2008

The Boston Tea Party v.2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 12:04 AM

Back in July, 2006, the Libertarian Party‘s National Convention saw the LP’s platform gutted by Carl Milsted and cronies, all to get rid of the “extreme” and “wacky-sounding” rhetoric contained in the pre-2006 platform, because that sort of language “scares people off.”

There’s one problem with that sorry excuse for an operating premise — there are people who are NOT scared off by the sort of principled rhetoric that the Milsted Minions are terrified of. Instead of being scared off, they are ATTRACTED by it. I ought to know, as I’m a piece of evidence supporting my side here. Back in 1993, I was disgusted by the Republican Party’s support for anti-gun bigots. At the same time, I received some literature from the LP. One of the news items covered was an “assault raffle,” where the Arizona LP’s Phoenix chapter was raffling off a MAK-90 as a fundraiser. I thought “Here’s a group that I want to be a part of.” I filled out and mailed the enrollment coupon on 1 January 1994, and have remained in the LP ever since.

As a result of the 2006 Portland Platform Purge, Tom Knapp founded the Boston Tea Party. The BTP (v.1) slowly became inactive, but Tom resurrected the BTP platform as the World’s Smallest Political Platform, or WSPP.

Fast-forward to May 2008. There are fourteen candidates for the LP’s presidential nomination. At almost the last minute, former GOP Congressman Bob Barr jumped into the running. There were some serious questions about his past — whether or not he had changed from being a drug-warring, pagan-outlawing, homophobic war pig. There were other questions about the “Bob Barr Leadership Fund” slush PAC.

In the midst of all of this, I saw a note from Jim Davidson on Facebook pitching the revitalized Boston Tea Party. At first I thought it was a joke — the first meeting of the BTP was held in Denver concurrent with the 2008 LP National Convention — but then I noticed that one individual, a Dr. Tom Stevens, was already trying to take it over, and the BTP hadn’t even nominated any candidates. Stevens and cronies have since resigned, after setting up a few bogus “state affiliates.”

When Stevens and his buddies quit the BTP, there was at least one vacancy on the National Committee. Somehow my name came up as a good interim replacement, and I accepted the nomination to the Committee. Since then, I’ve set up a Yahoo! group for the BTPNM and have recently applied to the National Committee for state affiliate status.

And so, I’d like to take this time to invite libertarians, both Big-L and small-l, to consider joining the Boston Tea Party. You don’t need to give up whatever partisan status you have with any other party to do it — all you have to do is sign up on one of the BTP’s email lists or message boards, and signify that you support the BTP platform.

Boston Tea Party USA Official Site
BTPUSA Myspace Group
BTPUSA Facebook Group

BTPNM Yahoo! Group