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October 15th, 2008
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Not Dead Yet

If you haven't seen it yet, http://www.tumblerockfarm.com is live and in desperate need of one of us having some time to actually do some site design work. Nis four weeks old today, and doing great.

Q is doing well in school. His friend, E, is coming over to spend the day with us on Saturday.

Because of my long commute and unpredictable overtime, I cast an absentee ballot today. I did not vote for John McCain. I desperately wanted on some level to be able to vote for Obama, but in the end, I just couldn't. The socialist agenda of the democrats frighten me, and no matter how independent Obama claims to be, I can't help but think that he would have a hard time vetoing the bills that will come out of a filibuster-proof democratic congress. I voted for Baldwin, nationally of the Constitutional Party, but in Virginia on the Independent Green ticket. For those well-versed in their [info]happypete lore, they are nodding in recognition that the Independent Green Party-then known as the "Fairfax Greens" co-endorsed my run as a Libertarian candidate for House of Delegates in 1999. Needless to say the "Independent Greens" are not part of the national or state "Green Party." Most Green Party members wouldn't be caught dead endorsing me, nor any candidate [such as Baldwin] endorsed by Ron Paul. I did do my bit to fire Frank Wolf for his part in further bankrupting the United States in the guise of a "bailout." I hope Judy Feder wins--she did creditably in her last run, and Wolf is substantially weaker now than two years ago. I voted for my friend William Redpath, the Libertarian. I wish I had volunteered time and money for his campaign this year, but there was just no way I could help in any meaningful way.

 

 

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From:lonebear
Date:October 16th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
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The 'constitution' party loss me on planks 1 and 3.
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From:teddywolf
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
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Given your political beliefs I'm simply glad you didn't vote McCain. I'm glad on another level on that too, though: I feel a vote for McCain by you would be a significant betrayal of your political beliefs.
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From:teddywolf
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
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Err, this was meant to be a reply to the original post - sorry about that lonebear.
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From:rubberella
Date:October 16th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
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i vote absentee also, yet I have not cast it, as I'm still researching and learning and undecided. On the GA ballot we have Dem, Rep, & Libertarian.

I'll have to read the article on McKinney, but for fun, you should read about her and her Dad (a former GA state senator) if you so incline yourself for amusement purposes. She's got quite a few screws loose.
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From:davidkevin
Date:October 16th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)

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You do realize that Baldwin and his party would have you (and my wife nilajean, and me, and most of the people on our Friends-lists, and thousands more) executed by the State for "crimes" against his God? The Constitution Party is a Christian Reconstructionist party, made up of followers of the late R. J. Rushdoony.

They're about as non-libertarian as they can come. Even Bob Barr is less non-libertarian than they are.

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From:unix_vicky
Date:October 16th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)

Constitution Party

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Well, not sure how much stock to put in Wikipedia, but according to them, among the party's positions is this:

The party also opposes government recognition of same-sex unions, and believes state and local governments have the right to criminalize "offensive sexual behavior" [For this, they cite the party website, although I suppose a generous interpretation could be that they oppose state recognition of any marriage.]

I may be weird, but I think even my "socialist" Democratic candidate has better positions than that (and I am rather peeved that he voted for the Telecom (spying) immunity legislation).

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From:happypete
Date:October 16th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)

Yeah...that position is a bad one...

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...but we are seeing that the war here is slowly being won, state-by-state...so long as the federal government doesn't take an affirmative "against" position, we could continue to win this one state-by-state.

My position is that the civil government should get out of the business of recognizing any marriages. Let people freely choose their families, seeking recognition--should they feel the need--from their familial, cultural, or religious communities.
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From:happypete
Date:October 16th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)

I didn't realize that.

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It's a good thing they won't win, then, isn't it.

I saw a pretty straight-forward "strict constructionist" platform in what I read--but that may have been colored by the fact that most of what I knew of him came from Ron Paul's endorsement statement, which probably steered clear of the religious wacko side of things.

Bottom-line, though, is that I was essentially by my vote registering a protest against runaway federal power, spending, and interference. I imagine that the judiciary of the states assembled would continue--as recently seen in California--to rein in tyranny against minorities.
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