Monday, December 1, 2008

Ranked Choice and Top Two Articles

Tune in to Kelly Haughton's Blog (now with RSS feed) for update about RCV in Pierce County and also about the Top Two Primary in Washington State. His recent post is an update on the 2008 Pierce County Elections.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Bane of the LPWA, The "Wasted Vote Myth"

Person on the street A, "Yeah, I like your candidate, but I really hate Mccain, so I am voting for Obama this year. We can't have another four years of the bush doctrine!"

Person on the street B, "Obama is a socialist and if he gets in there will be welfare for the illegal immigrants and handouts for everyone. I like your candidate, but I have to vote for Mccain."

To the people on the street, and for anyone pondering about how you can ever justify voting for a Libertarian in the presidential race when so much is at stake, let me offer a few simple observations.

We use the electoral college in America for this particular race. On top of that washington has been, typically, one of the most blue states in the union.

True, we have many who are fond of the Bush agenda and defend it to absurd lengths, but again, we use the electoral college to elect our president.

Even if this were not the case I would still argue for voting for the person you believe is best suited for the job, not the lessor of evils.

But let's get more specific than that.

The 2008 Washington State Electoral Race- The Obama/Mccain race 08`

Washington state (and likely the country) will go to O'bama. I would really be amazed if Mccain could even come close to him in this state.

Since we use the electoral college, you are free to vote for who you truly believe in AND it is beneficial if want to send a message to the top two parties that you will not take their waste and abuse.

I have felt good about every vote I have ever cast.

Also, I often tell people who are thinking of voting for the republican or democrat for whatever reason, that this is their choice, but come down and volunteer for the libertarians. Give them money. Do something to help grow the voice of dissent against the abuses of our system.

The Democrats and the Republicans have traded off being in charge, and they have neither reduced spending nor the constant growth of the number of laws used to violate the rights of we the people.

Best wishes and always know that we will ALWAYS be fighting for your rights, no matter who you vote for,

Scott Lindsley~
Chair, Libertarian Party of Washington State

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Call to Action for Washington Libertarians!!!

Dear friend of the Libertarian Party of Washington,

America needs your help urgently! The gravest threat to our individual liberty since passage of The Patriot Act is upon us. Unless We The People make our dissent heard, the US Congress is about to impose an economic dictatorship that will nationalize the American banking industry.

I choose my words carefully. Section 8 of Treasury Secretary Paulson’s proposal* states “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”

Stop and re-read that sentence. It gives the Treasury Secretary unlimited power to do whatever he wants, without fear of a court looking over his shoulder. Because it violates the Rule Of Law by prohibiting judicial review, it gives the Treasury Secretary permission to ignore the US Constitution. The limitation implied by “pursuant to the authority of this Act” is a sham, because no court will be permitted to dispute the Secretary’s idea of what that phrase means. At the least, the US Government will be able to seize private property without just compensation. At the worst it permits suspension of all civil rights, including the ability to speak out against the act once it is enacted. There is no limit to the authority given the Treasury Secretary in this proposal.

Another part of Secretary Paulson’s proposal nationalizes the American financial sector. This is not hyperbole. Section 2(b)(3) authorizes the Treasury Secretary to be “designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Government, and they shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Government as may be required of them.” The word “reasonable” is designed to calm people’s fears, but it will not limit government action in the least. The word will mean anything the Secretary says it does, because courts will not be permitted to question his definition. This section gives the Treasury Secretary dictatorial power over all financial institutions.

Section 9 is a sunset provision. I expect it will be as effective as those in the Patriot Act were.
When Secretary Paulson tried to justify these proposals on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, the host said “Conservatives are saying this smacks of Socialism.” Paulson responded by saying how he was opposed to intervention, but finished with “I would just tell you it’s necessary right now.”

The Libertarian candidate for President, Bob Barr, disagrees. “Capitalism involves losses as well as profits. When government tries to insulate businesses and investors from paying for their mistakes, we all lose. In a Barr administration, there would be no more corporate bailouts or takeovers. The days of loss-free capitalism would be over."

I will give you more details in a moment, but I think you are getting the idea of what a pernicious idea this bailout proposal is. These three sections alone make this proposal every bit as dangerous as The Patriot Act. It must be stopped before our entire financial system is nationalized into another government agency as efficient as FEMA.
Here are three things you can do to protect our financial freedom and civil liberties:

FIRST: call both your US Senators. Say “I want my Senator to vote AGAINST the bailout proposal when it comes up for a vote this week.”

SECOND: call your US Congressman. If you aren’t sure who that is, go to and plug your address into the form on the left. The website will tell you who your Congressman is, and will give their DC phone number. USE THAT NUMBER to tell your Representative that you want them to vote NO when the bailout comes up for a vote this week.

THIRD: Write letters to the editors of your newspapers. Email them if possible so they have the chance of getting printed quickly. Keep them to less than 250 words. If you concentrate on only one part of the bailout proposal in your letter, it is more likely to be printed. Make sure you include your name and your cell phone number, because most papers call letter writers to confirm that they are the ones who wrote it.

I told you I would give you more details about other dangers posed by the bailout proposal. It ain’t pretty.

The act authorizes the Secretary to buy up mortgage related assets from any American financial institution. When the Chinese and the Saudis sell their bad mortgage paper to Goldman Sachs, this act requires the government to buy it -- essentially forcing America to bail out foreign investors.

The proposal lets the Secretary enter into contracts without regard to current legal restrictions. So much for competitive bids. It will be a return to $400 toilet seats.

Libertarians aren’t angry about the cost of this proposal. No, we’re angry that even one penny of taxpayer money is being used. The figure you are hearing in the news, $700-Billion-with-a-B, demonstrates the carelessness of the media. Under the proposal, the Secretary’s authority “shall be limited to $700-Billion at any one time.” No limit on how many transactions in a day, just at one time. The potential price tag on this proposal is every single dollar in America.

This proposal will undermine the stability of the American financial system. Why?

Ø Because it guts our capitalist system. Why should anyone start a business when the government has given itself the power to take over entire industries?

Ø Because it destroys the Constitutional guarantee of the sanctity of private contracts. Why sign any contract when the government has given itself the power to override them?

Ø Because it puts every financial transaction in America under the dictatorial and arbitrary control of an unelected bureaucrat, the Secretary of the Treasury. So much for personal responsibility. So much for freedom.

Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr says “President Bush should fire Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. We need a Treasury Secretary who can be trusted with the keys t o the taxpayer vault. It is imperative for Congress to explicitly limit the authority of the Federal Reserve. The Fed was not created to take over parts of the U.S. economy. Its authority must be limited and its officials must be held accountable for their actions,” says Barr.

The Libertarian Party of Washington thanks you for acting on this alert. Our economic freedom, our personal liberty, and our libertarian way of life are at stake!

Other things you can do:

VOTE LIBERTARIAN on November 4th, and contribute to our candidates’ campaigns.

Thanks for everything you do for Liberty!

* Copy of the proposal in the WSJ:

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Washington State needs . . .

. . . Ruth Bennett! Ruth is a Libertarian candidate for Legislative Dist No. 37 - Position 2. Her campaign is in need of a web designer, and anyone who can help with campaign activities. If you have any experience as campaign staff, or web designer, and would like to help an awesome Libertarian candidate to get elected, please eMail

. . . LP News & Views! We are in the process of putting out a state LP newsletter. If you would like to help, or if you have some piece of news that we can use, eMail, with Newsletter in the subject line.

. . . you! If you want more Liberty, less Government, then you need the Libertarian Party. Join us.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

A Successful Convention

From the business meeting to the Presidential Panel, this was a great event!

To watch more of the video from the event please visit: LPWA 2008 Convention

Saturday, March 15, 2008

2008 Washington State Libertarian Party Convention Agenda

April 19th at the Titlow Lodge the Washington State Libertarian Party will host its 2008 Convention!!!

Note CHANGED Schedule-

10:00 Registration

10:10 Opening - followed by Business Meeting

12:00 Lunch - Fajita Buffet

12:10 Dr. James Peet –
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

1:30 Initiative 1000 "Death with Dignity"

1:45 Presidential Candidate Forum - Just in - Senator Gravel confirmed!

We'll have Senator Mike Gravel, Mike Jingozian of Angel Vision and RESET America, Dr. Mary Ruwart, author and ethicist; Wayne Allyn Root, Las Vegas sports handicapper and TV personality; and Dr. George Phillies, Professor of Physics and researcher. These people have put their time, treasure and personal reputations on the line in the cause of Liberty, and we're excited to hear their ideas for how to begin to solve some of our country's current problems.

3:45 Adjourn

You can register here-

*Time subject to change.

**According to the bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Washington State only credentialed party members can vote in the business meeting. To be credentialed you must have donated at least $120 or 12 hours of volunteer time to the LPWA in the prior year.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

2008 Washington State Libertarian Party Convention ~ Extra!!!

We offer (on availability):

1 Wi-Fi for the bloggers and
2 Carpool (e-mail lpwaconvention at with 'carpool need' or 'carpool offer' in the subject line.)
3 Vendor displays for your business/organizations (contact lpwaconvention at for more details)
4 A drawing for any new monthly donor or any current monthly donor that increases their pledge by $10 or more. Goto

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Press Release:

What do a Doctor of Physics, a millionaire sports handicapper and TV personality, a Doctor of Biophysics who authored "Healing Our World In An Age of Agression", the former senator who read 4100 pages of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, and an internet movie entrepreneur all have in common?

According to Rachel Hawkridge, Convention Chair for this year's Libertarian Party Convention, "They're all Presidential Candidates, all Libertarian, and they'll all be here on Saturday, the 19th of April."

"Libertarian Party candidates are always interesting," says Hawkridge, "they're intelligent, insightful, and usually a lot of fun. We'll have Senator Mike Gravel, Mike Jingozian of Angel Vision and RESET America, Dr. Mary Ruwart, author and ethicist; Wayne Allyn Root, Las Vegas sports handicapper and TV personality; and Dr. George Phillies, Professor of Physics and researcher. These people have put their time, treasure and personal reputations on the line in the cause of Liberty. We're excited to hear their ideas for how to begin to solve some of our country's current problems."

The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions during lunch, and questions will be chosen from the audience pool. Join us in this intimate and informative environment.

The LP Convention will be held at Titlow Lodge in Tacoma, from 10am – 4pm. The cost is only $55, and you can register at