Daily Archives: July 17, 2008

Workers World Party formally endorses McKinney

The Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party has announced its formal endorsement of Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney:

McKinney’s campaign is Black-led, anti-imperialist, working-class-centered and has a multinational radical base with the potential of unlimited growth.

Of course, we believe that the struggle should not be confined to the electoral arena, especially as the capitalist ruling class completely dominates the electoral process.

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Classically Liberal: Barr ‘always accompanied by handlers’ to keep libertarians away

“Barr is always accompanied by handlers whose job is to keep libertarians away from their presidential candidate so they can’t ask him questions about his Big Government positions,” says CLS of the Classically Liberal blog.

Referring to an encounter between Marc Victor, an attorney and sometimes radio host, and Bob Barr at last weekend’s Freedom Fest, which Barr chose to attend instead of Ron Paul’s Revolution March, CLS reports the following: “Marc says that when he brought up Barr’s anti-libertarian position on drugs that Barr glared at him and then gave one of his handlers a signal.… Read more ...

BreakTheMatrix: Bob Barr ‘taking action to defend Constitution’

In a statement issued last night, Bob Barr encouraged his supporters to join Accountability Now PAC in the PAC’s efforts to remove from power the key enablers of the “tyrannical and lawless FISA compromise.”

BreakTheMatrix, which sponsors the PAC, hailed Barr’s supportive statements as “an action to defend our Constitution.”… Read more ...

Ron Paul vs. Bob Barr on Fannie/Freddie

Appearing on Glenn Beck last night, Ron Paul said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be allowed to fail. Unlike Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, who says Congress should provide a “temporary line of credit” to boost the share price of the publicly traded stock — and give the Fed more “oversight” over the housing industry — the Republican congressman said Congress should eliminate the GSEs’ implied line of credit to the Treasury and allow the companies to be liquidated.… Read more ...

Brownlow on aid for AIDS: Right motive, wrong method

Dave Brownlow, the Constitution Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Oregon, has issued a statement criticizing the Senate’s recent 80-16 vote to triple foreign aid to fight AIDS in Africa.

“While it is admirable for the U.S. Senate to show $48 billion worth of compassion for the people of Africa, there is a little matter of the U.S.… Read more ...

Medill Reports covers Boston Tea, Prohibition parties

“Wait, other people are running for president?” a headline from an article in last Thursday’s Medill Reports sarcastically asks. “You wouldn’t know it, but yes, more than a dozen candidates are hoping to be the longshot winner who will upset the favorites.”

The article makes passing reference to the Green and Libertarian parties (no talk of Chuck Baldwin), but chooses to focus on the lesser-known Charles Jay and Gene Amondson:

But third parties come in a variety of flavors, including Earl Gray.

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Bob Barr’s online dominance slipping; McKinney, Baldwin on the rise

Last month, IPR reported that Bob Barr received a staggering 57.69% of Google News hits for all the “major” (defined very loosely) third-party and independent candidates. This month, though Barr’s lead remains commanding, it has slipped noticeably to under 50%.

Independent Ralph Nader‘s position is relatively unchanged, remaining at #2 with 35.38% vs.… Read more ...

Alan Augustson says Cynthia McKinney only appeals to ‘guilt-stricken white liberals’

“I was actively discouraged from my original presidential run, because GP didn’t want to counter the Democratic nominee with a white male,” says former Green presidential hopeful now running for Congress, Alan Augustson. “When I objected, it was implied that I was racist and sexist.”

“[To me, the Green Party has been useless,” Auguston continued in an on-the-record statement to IPR.… Read more ...

What is wrong with Third-Party Watch?

Since IPR’s inception, Third-Party Watch has linked to several of our stories — usually crediting them to Austin Cassidy, whether he wrote them or not. But recently, at least one TPW author has begun copying IPR content and reposting it as his own.

Take for example: Bob Barr contradicts LP: Government ‘has to do something’ to bail out Fannie/Freddie on TPW.… Read more ...

Barr gets specific on Fannie/Freddie bail-out proposal: Give the Fed more power

“In the short-term,” Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr said in a press release, “government has little choice but to provide an explicit but limited loan guarantee, thereby capping the public’s liability, now widely assumed to be without limit. At the same time, Congress must restrict the number and size of loans by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and set more substantial capital requirements, while authorizing greater Federal Reserve oversight of their operations.… Read more ...

Jason Gatties seeks Boston Tea Party vice-chairmanship

Jason Gatties has announced that he will seek the office of vice-chairman of the Boston Tea Party National Committee. The election will be held in late October.

“It is my goal to help the Boston Tea Party continue to grow and eventually become what the Libertarian Party once was,” said Gatties.… Read more ...