IPR talked with Libertarian Party (LP) presidential candidate James Ogle about comedienne Roseanne Barr‘s entry into the race for the Green Party presidential nomination, and the LP’s decision to remove his name from its list of candidates.
Ogle is a self-employed artist seeking the LP nomination. In 1995, he founded a fantasy parliamentary system based on ranked choice voting, which he emphasizes in his campaign. He also sought the vice-presidential nomination of the Boston Tea Party, but lost to Kimberly Johnson in a run-off.
Ogle expresses admiration for Barr and lists her as “Prime Minister” and “Queen” on his parliament website. In response to her announcement, he writes:
Roseanne is a team player, one of the best we’ve got. Not only did she nominate more than 30 names to the team’s executive cabinet, but she also called on all her blogger supporters to nominate names as well. That’s as good as it gets. I don’t know who #1 and #2 (prez/vp) on the team is going to be, but I’m asking all male voters to consider voting for the top woman, and that might be Roseanne Barr [Green Tea], Joy Waymire [Libertarian], Tina Cook [Independent] or Diane Templin [American Independent/Constitution]. They all bring something big to the table. Roseanne brings Hollywood, she’s very smart and spiritual. Joy bring the L philosophy, she was friends with David Nolan (RIP) and she agrees with him 100%, and believes through individual liberty, we can really improve all aspects of the team, the platform and the USA. They’re all team players. I really believe that we need a Green/Libertarian or Libertarian/Green ticket. But getting Roseanne to the L convention will be difficult, because her x-husband Tom Arnold was a L., and Ls have been treating her poorly. That will be a difficult and delicate thing to get Roseanne to vie for tokens at the L convention.
…all male voters to please consider voting for the top woman (and females to please consider voting for the top male)…
Ogle and other LP presidential candidates were removed from the party website several days ago after the LP changed the criteria for listing. In response, Ogle writes:
I’m glad they did that, because it gives the team practice for November when the status quo does the same thing to us as usual. This means our team must work harder and earn every inch we get. What we want to do is completely transform the national L Party, to where we elect 1000 consecutively ranked names, with plenty of consecutively ranked names as back-ups. #1 should be the presidential nominee and chair simultaneously instead of being split in two camps like always. #2 is vice president and vice chair. #s 3 through 1000 have votes on the team as well, but they outnumber #1 & #2 by 998 to two. So it’s no wonder they’re trying to stop us, we’re trying to shake up their whole program
We need to enlarge the L Party, and we can do that simply by counting the votes to elect the top 1000 names, instead of just the top one name, when we elect the presidential candidate. It’s just an improvement to the vote counting process, and it doesn’t take a constitutional amendment to do that
Ogle will be on the Libertarian primary ballot in both California and Missouri.