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53. "We're here, we're queer -- and we're voting Libertarian"

Announcement :: Gender & Sexuality
11 Sep 2004

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Pink Pistols endorses Badnarik for President

... "We're excited to endorse the only candidate in this election who stands for equal rights -- and the means to defend those rights -- for everyone," says Douglas L. Krick, founder of Pink Pistols. "With the 'major' parties competing to see who can be most strident in encouraging different standards for the queer communities, it's more important than ever that we stand up for ourselves -- and support candidates who stand with us."

Michael Badnarik will work to eliminate all federal welfare to state agencies whose paid function, intentionally or not, is to facilitate the breakup of marriages and act as part of the wedge between parents and their children. And he will work to prohibit any state or county agency who receives any federal funding at all from taking any role in servicing the interests of either parent over the interests of the other.

Divorce must cease being the probable outcome of turning to society for help, and child support must stop serving as the keys to debtors' prison and second-class citizenship.
And apparently, women in abusive relationships must stop having publicly funded resources to assist them in getting out ... and just cross their fingers and hope their darling husbands don't have guns, I guess.

Now, I have to hand it to him; he sure does sound like a liberal here:

Michael Badnarik in Congress will:
... compassionately work to secure our borders against destructive elements without sacrificing the opportunities of countless legitimate immigrants!
But here? --

I'm thinking not ... not as the world inside the borders of the US defines "liberal", anyhoo:

There are two major reasons for the high costs of health care in America today: Excess regulation, and barriers to competition.

... Health care and insurance costs will plummet if excess regulation is eliminated and malpractice awards are made only on the basis of real damages caused by real negligence. Lower costs, along with the savings from downsizing regulatory bureaucracy, will fund tax credits for those who establish Health Savings Accounts for themselves, their families, Medicare/Medicaid recipients, and the needy.
... although I admit to not really being able to parse that one. "Tax credits for ... Medicare/Medicaid recipients" ... eh? Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that this means no more Medicare/Medicaid? Have liberals in the US recently abandoned all desire to ensure that people are not excluded from the economy, impoverished ... or dead ... if they can't afford health care?

And of course, it's not like his comments about the systems in "Canada, Britain, and other nations that have turned to tax-supported 'universal care'" actually indicate that he has a clue ... which is something I do tend to look for in my own political candidates.

Michael Badnarik will join the ranks of great Representatives like Ron Paul ... .
Aaaah. He's that Republican fellow, ain't he?

So gosh, what are these Libertarian folk?

The Libertarian Party is:

a valid American political party that represents and defends the rights of individuals against government and social-movement encroachment; ...
Goldarn those social movements. I know that *I* certainly didn't want the vote, or a minimum wage, or occupational health and safety rules, or the ability to go to law school or get a job despite being a woman, or any of that crud. Yech.

The Libertarian Party is not:

... mindlessly pro-choice: although it is pro-choice on everything, there is every caution necessary in the Libertarian Statement of Principles to guide the individual toward responsibility and a decent respect for life; ...
-- and I know I've found the party for me when its leader throws out thinly veiled ugly characterizations of women who choose to exercise their fundamental human rights by terminating a pregnancy. Yay, where do I sign up?

Aha -- I'd thought that since Badnarik is currently a federal candidate, I might have to go looking elsewhere for his views on, as he puts it, "the separation of school and state". But no, here we are, linked from the above site:

We believe parents, and not the state, should be in charge of their children's education. That control may take many forms and levels of involvement, but the state will never be part of the picture.

Mikey should take his platform to Afghanistan, methinks. A lot of girls and women there might like to learn at his feet. Since they're not learning anywhere else ... and they kinda want to.

Okay, I can't resist. Heh heh: "Policy Leaders" who endorse the declaration:

Just to list a few of the organizations said "policy leaders" are affiliated with: Eagle Forum, Cato Institute, Concerned Women for America ... a bunch of obscure thingies (someone more local might recognize them) (lordy, I hadn't followed Russell Means' career; what a wackoid, I now see ... although perhaps I should be more delicate, perhaps he really does have untreated problems) ... and oh look! --

Larry Pratt
Gun Owners of America
I guess Gun Owners of America aren't like those NRA types ... single-issue and all that.

So it's not exactly a tangled web, is it? Kind of a straight line from Pink Pistols to Alliance for the Separation of School and State and beyond.

I mean ... that Loonytarian party line does say:

The Libertarian Party is not:

... a haven for misfits who, as they would in any party, pick and choose from among the platform only those items that serve their egos; ...
-- eh?

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