Daily Archives: January 11, 2012

Tiffany Briscoe: Any Place for Moral Values in Government?

In a piece on her campaign site blog, Boston Tea Party presidential candidate Tiffany Briscoe speaks out against coercive social conservatives. In a twist reminiscent of a recent controversy in the Libertarian Party presidential race, she touches on the subject of bestiality:

This election cycle is a crucial one. The [read more]

Gary Johnson compares Obama to Santorum on gay marriage

In his first issue release after switching to the Libertarian presidential race, Gary Johnson compared President Obama to Republican hardliner Rick Santorum on gay marriage:

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson today assailed Sen. Rick Santorum for the ex-senator’s opposition to gay marriage equality and for Santorum’s past comments equating Gay marriage with polygamy, child molestation and bestiality. Johnson also offered criticism of President Barack Obama, who he said was “playing politics” with gay rights.

“Rick Santorum’s position is unconstitutional. The Constitution requires that all citizens be treated equally and makes no reference to gender in assuring those equal rights,” said Johnson. “By any fair measure, equal access to marriage for all Americans is a right — guaranteed by the Constitution. Senator Santorum’s claim that legally recognizing gay marriage would be no different than legalizing polygamy, child molestation or bestiality is repugnant and insulting to millions of gay Americans,” said the former New Mexico Governor.

Johnson had equally harsh criticism for President Barack Obama. “The New York Times reports that while President Obama gives lip service to gay equality, the President will not support gay marriage before the election because of the opposition of African Americans, as reflected in his polling, and the need to assure maximum support from African American voters in November,” said Johnson. “Instead the President sends out surrogates to imply that he will support gay marriage in a second term.

“President Obama did the same kind of dance around the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. He promised to repeal it in his campaign, then dragged his feet on repealing it as President, even sending the Justice Department’s lawyers into court to defend it. Then when ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was finally repealed by Congress, he claimed victory and a promise fulfilled.

“As for Rick Santorum, at least he is consistent. He not only opposed the repeal of DADT, he has promised to return our military to the Dark Ages and reinstate it, and claims that repealing such a discriminatory policy has somehow been ‘detrimental’ to gays.

“I, for one, am tired of seeing candidates for president – including the President himself, play political games with people’s lives and happiness. Perhaps it’s time for a president who leads based upon principle instead of polls,” he said.

Johnson announced on Dec 28th that he would leave the Republican Presidential contest and seek the Libertarian Party nomination. If nominated by the Libertarians, Johnson will be on all 50 state ballots as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. “The two-party system is broken,” Johnson said when he announced. “I’m ready to offer the American people a Libertarian alternative.”

About Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2002, has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty.

At The Daily Caller, Steven Nelson speculates that Johnson may cut into Obama’s [read more]

South Carolina Libertarian Party Endorses Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson has received another endorsement from a Libertarian Party state party, this time from the state of South Carolina.

South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee Endorses Gary Johnson

January 7, 2012 COLUMBIA, SC – In the style of the Continental Congress, Members of the South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee have endorsed Gary Johnson. A Resolution was penned as follows:

Whereas, the South Carolina Libertarian Party supports the libertarian principles demonstrated by Gary Johnson and appreciates the efforts the candidate has been making to bring the message of libertarian ideas of personal and financial freedom to the voting public.

Resolved, that the following South Carolina Libertarian Party Executive Committee members endorse Gary Johnson for his bid for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the Office of President of the United States at the upcoming national convention in May of 2012 and we encourage our delegation to support him.

This resolution was signed by:

SC National Delegate and Charleston County Committeeman, Stewart Flood
SC National Delegate and Anderson County Committeeman, Adrian Banks
SC National Delegate and State Chairman, Victor Kocher
SC National Delegate and State Vice-Chairman, Michael Carmany
SC National Delegate and Berkeley County Committeeman, Jeffrey Dimit
Richland County Committeewoman, Jennifer Schulz
Lexington County Committeeman, Dr. David Morris
York County Committeewoman, Marge Wakefield and her husband, Arch Wakefield

“The fact that Governor Johnson brings to the table his executive-level experience and a proven record of fiscal responsibility and that he left his term-limited post in New Mexico with a balance budget and a $1 billion budget surplus, I believe that he would be the best candidate to represent the Libertarian Party on a national level”, said State Chairman, Victor Kocher.

This endorsement comes on the heels of the Nebraska Libertarian Party’s endorsement of Gary Johnson, which can be found [read more]

Candidates named for the Peace and Freedom Party Presidential Primary

According to Ballot Access News, the primary ballot for the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) in California will list four candidates for the party’s presidential nomination: Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) presidential nominee Peta Lindsay, [read more]