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Sunday, July 18, 2004
Libertarian candidate puts big 'L' in loony
I am not really pleased with either of the two major political parties. The Democrats are too often spineless. The GOP can be just plain evil. But, third party candidates tend to make the annointed of the major parties look good in comparison. It is the old trick of standing a really homely person next to the one of average visage, I guess. The plain Jane suddenly becomes Halle Berry. I'm thinking about third party candidates because I've been doing some defensive reading in regard to Libertarians. I mean Big L libertarians, the ones who are actually members of a party. A neo-Confederate sympathizer who considers himself a libertarian brought my attention to Michael Badnarik. I am not the only observer amazed and baffled by the party's choice. Kevin Drum, one of my old blog buddies before he went big time, discussed Badnarik (pictured) at the Washington Monthly. The Calpundit is amused.
Badnarik also has a plan to educate Congress.
It is not clear how the videotaping of the oath taking would enhance government. Perhaps Badnarik just likes cameras.
The writer at Liberty is generous.
I am not at all sure that members of the Libertarian Party don't know the man's views. Having happened across some of them in the blogosphere, I believe the problem is not lack of knowledge. It is that persons attracted to the LP are very much like Badnarik -- holders of a mix of boilerplate conservative and unorthodox views. His stated plan to blow up the United Nations does not sound weird to them. To the LP boys (they're mainly men) fantasizing about running the world and things that go boom is fun. In fact, they may have ideas that make that one appear moderate.
Drum ends his entry by telling it like it is.
I don't know why third party candidates in the United States tend to be embarrassments to themselves and others. However, like most people, I've effected by that reality. As disappointed as I am with the major parties, it is them I take seriously.
If you are not already a reader of the Calpundit's blog at Washington Monthly, Political Animal, you should be.posted by J. | 11:45 PM