Steve Kubby was a candidate for the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 2008, and the runner up for the party’s VP nomination in 2008 and 2000. He was also the party’s candidate for Governor of California in 1998. He is currently working on a new business venture in the medical field. Disclosure: I worked on his presidential campaign.
REQUIEM FOR BARR/ROOT
“The common theme of requiems is prayer for the salvation of the soul(s) of the departed, and it is used both at services immediately preceding a burial, and on occasions of more general remembrance.”
The Barr/Root campaign is now history. Although I campaigned vigorously in opposition to both men, I supported them once they got their respective nominations. Not only did I attend their victory celebration and congratulate them publicly, I was the only one of a crowded field of 12 presidential candidates to do so.
Like many Libertarians, I set aside personal differences and did what I could to support our ticket. In fact, I even endorsed former drug warrior Bob Barr in my 4 page interview in High Times, a controversial act that brought me only grief.
Frankly, I think Barr and Root did a pretty good job. They worked hard, covered a lot of ground and stood tall on important issues like ending the Drug War, terminating the Patriot Act, and opposing the Bailouts.
But I have not come to praise Barr/Root, but to bury them. Well, more explicitly, I’ve come to bury the bogus ideas about media and celebrity, that propelled Barr/Root into a ticket that over-promised and under-delivered. The bottom line for this ticket is that they promised $30 million in campaign contributions and a popular vote of 5%. Instead, they raised just over $1 million and failed to break 0.5% of the vote, landing them a 4th place finish for LP presidential campaigns. Barr and Root received a record amount of media coverage and they are celebrities in their own right, but it didn’t work out the way we were told it would.
So much for media and celebrity.
The Barr/Root campaign was an honest test of media and celebrity and the results are clear. Media and celebrity is not the answer. Our ideas and our ability to communicate those ideas, is what sets us apart and earns us serious attention. The hunger for new ideas has never been greater and our ideas, about limited government, ending personal income taxes and upholding personal freedom are more mainstream than ever.
If we dilute our message and rely upon celebrity, it gets us nothing but empty rhetoric. On the other hand, if we transmit a pure signal and only a handful get it, but they totally and earnestly get it, then that is revolutionary.
The time is late and our Republic is being crushed under the weight of an illegal, unconstitutional government that doesn’t hesitate to use force and fraud to support its bloated, stinking corpse. The time is past for empty rhetoric and revolution is in the air. So let the revolution begin and let it blossom as a libertarian revolution of new ideas about liberty.
Let us now bow our heads in prayer for the salvation of the soul(s) of the departed myths, about media and celebrity. Now let us resolve, to never again place our trust in style and to remain faithful to the substance of our message, instead.