TEA Party Leader Endorses Libertarian Robert Sarvis For U.S. Senate

Mechanicsville TEA Party Road Sign

Robert Shannon, founder and past chairman of both the Mechanicsville and King William TEA Party groups in Virginia, has officially endorsed Robert Sarvis (L) over Mark Warner (D) and Ed Gillespie (R) in the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia.  Shannon also endorsed Sarvis when he ran for Governor in 2013 against Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R).

A large 4″ x 8″ Sarvis For Senate sign sits on Shannon’s King William property facing Route 360. Nearly 10,000 motorists pass and see that sign on a daily basis.

Below is Bob Shannon’s official endorsement of Robert Sarvis:

Over the last 5 years it has become clear that continuing to support insiders such as Ed Gillespie will only assist in the fiscal and economic decline of our Nation and lend nothing towards dismantling the “donor class” that Dr. Laura Ingraham referenced when she visited Glen Allen, Va. during the 7th District Republican Primary Race a few months ago.
 
The notion that Ed Gillespie can raise a lot of money should set off alarm bells rather than be seen as some sort of benefit, since it only solidifies evidence of his insider status. Besides, we saw first hand in Virginia’s 7th District with Eric Cantor, the proof that money alone isn’t any panacea or guarantee of victory.  Warner or Gillespie – it doesn’t matter. They are two beltway insiders who have gone on record as big government types.  Both of these men have run the gamut of insider status, from building their personal wealth through government contracts and employment in the lobbying circus in between their stints as beltway boys. Only the most blinded  partisan ideologues would close their eyes to these facts. I am not in that group.  Warner and Gillespie are both part and parcel of the same problem, not a remedy.  
 
Robert Sarvis is a genuine human being running for public office for the right reasons. He has the 3 I’s:  Integrity, Intellect, and Independence . He has the personal fortitude and character to honestly tell you where he stands on an issue. I don’t agree with Rob on several issues, but it doesn’t diminish one iota the primary reason I have come to admire him and continue to support his efforts.  His calm, reasoned, and principled approach to the problems this Nation faces – from fiscal and economic to cultural and  personal liberty – is much more closely aligned with my own than the representatives of the oligarchs that control both major parties leadership.
 
If we as a Nation have any hope of arresting this decline then we must recognize the necessity to look at our problems through the eyes of someone who isn’t “owned” by these oligarchs. No one has their hooks in Robert Sarvis. He will represent us.  That matters much more to me than the differences I have with him on a few issues. Integrity matters, and should matter before anything else. Absent weighing the value of that quality, you end up with more of the same.

Bob Shannon may be reached for comment by sending an e-mail to: robertshannon_44@msn.com

Cuccinelli Political Strategist Says Libertarians Exist To Keep Republicans From Winning

Chris LaCivita

Chris LaCivita served as chief political strategist for Ken Cuccinelli.

When Ken Cuccinelli ran for Governor of Virginia in 2013, he framed himself as a “libertarian-leaning Republican.”  And recently his chief political strategist Chris LaCivita, let the cat out of the bag when he was interviewed for a June 6th, 2014 article at The Washington Examiner concerning North Carolina Libertarian Senate Candidate Sean Haugh.

In the article, LaCivita is quoted as saying: “Libertarians and quote unquote libertarian-minded Republicans exist for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to keep Republicans from winning general elections.”

“From a political standpoint, those individuals are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s best pals.”

Rand Paul & Ken CuccinelliOh what seven months after an election won’t do to one’s memory.  LaCivita forgets that he was part of a team of “political experts” who failed to convince voters that a should-be convicted felon was more “Libertarian” than the real Libertarian Candidate, Robert Sarvis (Sarvis is now running for U.S. Senate in Virginia).  They even brought in former Congressman and 2012 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul (who is known as a libertarian-minded Republican) to seal the deal.  Don’t forget too, that Rand Paul endorsed Cuccinelli over real Libertarian Sarvis.  Of course, Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son) always endorses Republicans over Libertarians, because, well, he is a Republican and, you know, Liberty.

For LaCivita – once you start telling lies, it’s hard to keep everything straight.

And we all know that Ken Cuccinelli himself, also feels the same way.  But the way you woo Libertarians to your campaign is to lie and pretend you are one.  Unfortunately for Cuccinelli – much like Mitt Romney – no matter how dishonest you are, you still can’t win an election.

Exit polls from the Virginia Governor’s race proved that had Sarvis not been in the race, Cuccinelli would have lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe by an even wider margin.  Let us not ever accuse Republicans of being as dishonest as Democrats.

Libertarians exist to keep both Democrats and Republicans from winning (you could argue that both parties are the same – and you’d probably be right).  In most elections we pull evenly from both sides.  There have been, on a few occasions, times when we have pulled more from the Democrats or more from the Republicans.  But in general, we take from both sides evenly.

LaCivita, like many other Republicans, is being intentionally dishonest.  It’s a growing pattern within the Republican party.  A last ditch effort to save a dying brand that should have never been popular to begin with.  It’s not as if LaCivita hasn’t looked at the exit poll data from the 2013 Governor’s race in Virginia.  But that data doesn’t fit the narrative he’s trying to sell.  So his only option is to lie through his teeth and hope that nobody does their own research.

Republicans and Democrats do not want Libertarians winning elections.  Republicans seem to be the most vocal about it at this time.  The Democrats just sit back with their feet propped up, laughing, while Republicans like LaCivita make fools of themselves and push more Libertarians away from the Republican Party.

I guess Cuccinelli shot himself in the foot when he claimed to be “Libertarian Leaning.” Because according to his chief political strategist, his one and only purpose was to keep himself from winning.

And that’s really good for the Libertarian Party.

Gary Johnson To Run For President As Libertarian In 2016

Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Gary Johnson

Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Gary Johnson

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who ran for President as a Libertarian in 2012, says he plans to run again in 2016.  The former Republican wants to run on the Libertarian Party ticket because he will have “less explaining to do.”  Libertarians tend to appeal equally to both Republicans and Democrats.  Independents also lean Libertarian as a whole.

In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on the 21st of April, Governor Johnson was asked: “Let’s skip the pleasantries and ask the question everyone wants to know the answer to. Will you be running for president in 2016?”

Facebook and Twitter were buzzing with the news shortly thereafter and calls for his “2016 Presidential web site” have already been heard throughout the land.

Get your “Gary Johnson 2016” bumper sticker here.

The Commission On Presidential DebatesGovernor Johnson is currently the honorary Chairman of The Our America Initiative, which promotes fiscal responsibility and social acceptance.  The initiative has launched a lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates for its partisan and unfair practices.  Hopefully, the 2016 Presidential Debates will be open to all qualified Presidential Candidates who are on enough state ballots to win the Presidency.

Libertarian Vice-Presidential Candidate, Jim Gray

Libertarian Vice-Presidential Candidate, Jim Gray

In 2012, Governor Johnson’s Vice-Presidential running mate was retired Circuit Court Judge James Gray.  Jim was an excellent choice and I certainly hope the Governor chooses him as his running mate for 2016.

Now’s the time to start promoting Governor Johnson and his ideals.  Share his tweets, Facebook status messages, Life Free Blog entries, and most of all, please share the lawsuit against The Commission On Presidential Debates.  Sign the petition to force the commission to include all qualified Presidential Candidates.  Donate what you can to help fund the lawsuit.

Gary Johnson will most likely be the ONLY Libertarian Presidential Candidate on the Ballot in 2016.  A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for true Liberty and Freedom.  It’s also a vote to keep our beloved country from toppling over that fiscal cliff.

Liberty needs all of us!  We can make this happen.  If you believe in Gary Johnson as much as I do, let’s get moving now.  There’s no time like the present.

One thing you can do to spread the word is to get your “Gary Johnson 2016” bumper sticker here.

Fake Libertarian Rand Paul Endorses McConnell Over Real Libertarian

David Patterson For U.S. Senate (KY)

David Patterson For U.S. Senate (KY)

In The 2014 Kentucky Senate race, Rand Paul – the darling of the phony Liberty movement within the Republican Party – has endorsed establishment Republican Mitch McConnell over a “TEA Party” Republican and an Honest-To-God Libertarian.

There are two other candidates vying for that Senate seat.  David Patterson, the Libertarian and Matt Bevin, the TEA Party Republican Primary challenger to McConnell.  Since Paul is no Libertarian, this move to endorse McConnell should come as no surprise to those reading this post.  Rand Paul NEVER endorses the Libertarian.  After all, he made it quite clear that he’s not a Libertarian.  It’s the leaders of the phony Liberty movement within the Republican Party that have tried to dangle Rand Paul in front of real Libertarians in the hopes of bringing them back to the GOP.  But Paul keeps wandering off the reservation.

David Patterson is by far the best choice of the three.  Just take a look at some of these points from his web site:

  • NO BAILOUTS: Companies must live and die by their own merits.
  • NO EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS: Don’t strangle our economy with ideology.
  • NO CAP ON LIABILITY: Companies should be responsible for their actions.
  • INDUSTRIAL HEMP: Allow our farmers to grow a versatile, viable crop here in America.
  • END DOMESTIC SPYING: A warrant should be required for any domestic surveillance.
  • END STATE MARRIAGE: Consenting adults do not need permission from government.
  • END THE DRUG WAR: Prohibition is costly, in dollars and in liberty, and unsuccessful.
  • NON-INTERVENTION: Keep our nose out of the business of other nations.
  • RESPECT OTHER CULTURES: We would not want other cultures pushed onto us.
  • FREE TRADE: Trade is the best way to ensure peaceful international relations.

If you want to fight back against Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, and the many other “Establishment Republicans” who are trying to usurp our Liberty, please consider supporting David Patterson and helping him to get on the ballot in Kentucky.

Keen Umbehr Wins Libertarian Nomination For Kansas Governor

Keen Umbehr For Kansas Governor

 

The Libertarian Party of Kansas held their convention in Wichita on April 25th and 26th to nominate their candidate for Governor, along with candidates for Federal and Statewide races.  

Keen A. Umbehr, Sr. and Tresa McAlhaney were the Gubernatorial Candidates vying for that position.  The voting took LP Kansas Conventionplace on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm and Mr. Umbehr emerged as the winner.  His running mate for Lt. Governor (who was also elected at the convention), will be his son, Dr. Josh Umbehr.  Josh Umbehr is a physician in Wichita, Kansas.

Sporting a brand new web site, Mr. Umbehr highlights the prominent planks of his platform including:

  • DEFENDING constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and liberties
  • FIGHTING for 2nd Amendment Rights
  • EXERCISING fiscal responsibility by reducing the size of government, budgets, and missions
  • UNLEASHING your family’s potential by implementing a ZERO income tax rate for all Kansans
  • EMPOWERING students to thrive by increasing educational choice through innovation and fair funding for ALL students
  • REMOVING tax loopholes and providing taxation certainty by passage of the Fair Tax Plan
  • PROTECTING personal and property rights

Keen Umbehr's Pledge

The Old Dominion Libertarian has officially endorsed Mr. Umbehr for Kansas Governor.  If you live in Kansas, we hope that you will help him to defeat Sam Brownback (R) and Paul Davis (D) in order to bring Liberty and Prosperity to all Kansans.  You can visit his web site and learn all about his platform here.

Libertarian Lucas Overby Poised To Make Political History

Libertarian Candidate Lucas Overby, who is running for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District (Pinellas County), is poised to win that race.  Floridians in District 13 will be voting in a special election to replace the late Republican Congressman Bill Young, who passed away in 2013.

Lucas Overby Debates

Libertarian Lucas Overby (Center) Debates His Opponents.

Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly are running scared, refusing to participate in any more debates or forums.  Instead they are relying on mud-slinging TV ads and voter fear to try and win an election that seems all but hopeless for the two sub-par candidates. A list of debates and forums where one or both the Democratic and Republican candidates cancelled or backed out of, can be found here.

Jolly (R) admitted in a forum that “Lucas Overby is smarter than me.”  You can read more about that here.

In a response to a question about immigration, Sink (D) had the following to say:

Lucas Overby is looking mighty good right now as he and his supporters canvass the district talking to voters and engaging them.

But Lucas needs your help.  Please consider donating whatever you can to help in the final push for this special election being held on March 11th.

If Lucas wins, we all win.  And that’s something grand for Florida – and America!

You can visit Lucas Overby’s web site here and donate to his campaign here.

Lucas Overby will be appearing on The Old Dominion Libertarian Radio Network’s Monday March 3rd show at 7pm ET, for an in-depth interview about his historic race to victory on March 11th. You can listen to the show here.

Welcome To The Old Dominion Libertarian

Hello there and welcome to my new blog.  My name is Joe Enroughty and I am a Libertarian Activist in the state of Virginia.  I am a member of the Libertarian Party Of Virginia and the National Libertarian Party.

From time to time I will be discussing Libertarian politics inside and outside of Virginia.  I will be focusing my attention on quality Libertarian candidates who are running for various offices inside and outside the state of Virginia.

In a broader sense, I will also be discussing any pressing issues that may arise that pertain to the Libertarian Party itself, such as newly elected officers, new chapters that arise around the state, and really just anything I find might be important.

While I applaud Ron Paul’s effort to try and conquer the Republican Party from within (which doesn’t really seem to be working), I feel that our best hope for freedom and Liberty lies within the Libertarian Party.  We are making great strides and have come so far in the last few years.  It can only get better.

I hope you’ll stick with me on my political journey and perhaps even provide your own thoughts and opinions throughout the process.

Here’s to Liberty in Virginia…and beyond!