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News from and Opinions on the Saturday Afternoon Evan Alaska Conference Call

News from and Opinions on the Saturday Afternoon Evan Alaska Conference Call.

I was unable to attend the Saturday afternoon teleconference as something personal came up. I did listen to some of the recording, but for some reason I was not able to rewind it (possibly an issue with my phone) as I had previously done, so transcription was not feasible. What I can say is that there are no major updates and we only have two days left to lobby Ron Paul. If I come across a link of the recording, I will post it. Until then, you can listen to it by dialing 559-726-1299 and then then 811476#, which is the access code. If you are serious about this effort, please send an email to Ron Paul through his house.gov contact form, telling him you want him to at least consider contacting the Libertarian Party about being Gary Johnson’s running mate. And contrary to what you may have heard, it is NOT too late, and ballot access would not be lost in very many states, or any at all if any law suits are won. Nor is a write-in candidacy viable unless Richard Gilbert wins his latest case, which to my knowledge has not even been filed yet. If it is filed Monday, he has five to six weeks to win it and organize a write-in campaign. That’s all fine and good, but on the other hand, the possibility of drafting Ron Paul to the Libertarian ticket has even less time to succeed, which is why if you want Ron Paul to run on at least some ticket, it should be the primary focus, at least until Monday the 17th, by which time it will likely no longer be possible for the LP to do the legwork in enough states, both on the party and on the election level, to change their ballot, as the first ballots ship out September 22nd. If this effort fails, it will not be because it was not viable, as some have erroneously (I can prove that, by the way) been saying since it was first brought up, but because they mistakenly thought other efforts (such as the Richard Gilbert case) were more viable. Or because they stubbornly refused to see Ron on the bottom of the ticket, even if they thought it was viable. Or because they timorously preferred being shrinking violets over actually getting 15% for Gary, which is the only way he can win, and without which there is no real reason to support a Gary Johnson ticket over a Ron Paul write-in, unless perhaps you prefer him to Ron Paul on the issues, which is a perfectly fine reason, but does not reflect even half of his current support, let alone a tenth of the support he needs to win. The only reason for people who prefer Ron Paul to vote for Gary Johnson if this does not happen will be because it counts more, not because he has a chance of winning. Some will think that’s a good enough reason, others, perhaps more, will not. So you see, not only was it viable to get Ron Paul on the ticket, it may have been necessary. But rest assured, if this does not go through, and I expect it won’t, there is still the possibility of a cabinet position or an endorsement. That will likely be the focus of this blog starting in the next few days. It is curious and unfortunate that as the likelihood increases on the scale of our options, the enthusiasm decreases exponentially. I won’t go so far as to say that this is a detrimental characteristic of the Liberty movement, as its opposite would surely play into the status quo’s hands, and make us the worst compromisers.

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News from and Opinions on the Saturday Afternoon Evan Alaska Conference Call

I was unable to attend the Saturday afternoon teleconference as something personal came up. I did listen to some of the recording, but for some reason I was not able to rewind it (possibly an issue with my phone) as I had previously done, so transcription was not feasible. What I can say is that there are no major updates and we only have two days left to lobby Ron Paul. If I come across a link of the recording, I will post it. Until then, you can listen to it by dialing 559-726-1299 and then then 811476#, which is the access code. If you are serious about this effort, please send an email to Ron Paul through his house.gov contact form, telling him you want him to at least consider contacting the Libertarian Party about being Gary Johnson’s running mate. And contrary to what you may have heard, it is NOT too late, and ballot access would not be lost in very many states, or any at all if any law suits are won. Nor is a write-in candidacy viable unless Richard Gilbert wins his latest case, which to my knowledge has not even been filed yet. If it is filed Monday, he has five to six weeks to win it and organize a write-in campaign. That’s all fine and good, but on the other hand, the possibility of drafting Ron Paul to the Libertarian ticket has even less time to succeed, which is why if you want Ron Paul to run on at least some ticket, it should be the primary focus, at least until Monday the 17th, by which time it will likely no longer be possible for the LP to do the legwork in enough states, both on the party and on the election level, to change their ballot, as the first ballots ship out September 22nd. If this effort fails, it will not be because it was not viable, as some have erroneously (I can prove that, by the way) been saying since it was first brought up, but because they mistakenly thought other efforts (such as the Richard Gilbert case) were more viable. Or because they stubbornly refused to see Ron on the bottom of the ticket, even if they thought it was viable. Or because they timorously preferred being shrinking violets over actually getting 15% for Gary, which is the only way he can win, and without which there is no real reason to support a Gary Johnson ticket over a Ron Paul write-in, unless perhaps you prefer him to Ron Paul on the issues, which is a perfectly fine reason, but does not reflect even half of his current support, let alone a tenth of the support he needs to win. The only reason for people who prefer Ron Paul to vote for Gary Johnson if this does not happen will be because it counts more, not because he has a chance of winning. Some will think that’s a good enough reason, others, perhaps more, will not. So you see, not only was it viable to get Ron Paul on the ticket, it may have been necessary. But rest assured, if this does not go through, and I expect it won’t, there is still the possibility of a cabinet position or an endorsement. That will likely be the focus of this blog starting in the next few days. It is curious and unfortunate that as the likelihood increases on the scale of our options, the enthusiasm decreases exponentially. I won’t go so far as to say that this is a detrimental characteristic of the Liberty movement, as its opposite would surely play into the status quo’s hands, and make us the worst compromisers.

News from the Gary Johnson Online Town Hall Meeting that I am Loathe to Report

I listened to the entire Johnson town hall meeting. All policy issues aside (though there were some important things addressed), I would like to give an update on the status of the effort to draft Paul into the Vice Presidential slot on the Libertarian Party’s Presidential ticket. Before I do that let me state a few things: I do not think Johnson can get elected unless he gets into the debates. I do not think he can get into the debates unless he gets 15% in three nation wide polls. I do not think he can reach 15% for a long enough period of time to span three separate polls unless he includes Paul on his team or Paul powerfully endorses him. I do not think either of these things will happen unless we continue to lobby Doctor Paul, Gary Johnson, Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party, and our friends who support Ron Paul or Gary Johnson, even if it means convincing them to change their minds. Without much further ado, the news I promised:

First of all, nobody asked Johnson about the possibility of a GJ/RP ticket. There was one question about whether Ron Paul would endorse Johnson and one about the possibility of Ron Paul being appointed to a cabinet level position in a JohnsonGray administration.

To the first he said it wasn’t likely and that he understood that Ron Paul was between a rock and a hard place in regard to Rand Paul (who might run in the GOP in 2016).

And to the second he said it was a possibility and something he would seriously consider. This is good, but for some of us it won’t be enough. If he were to say he absolutely would appoint Paul to some high post, even if he qualified it by saying he would wait for a request from Doctor Paul, things would be different.

Don’t let any of this discourage you. Gary’s answers may simply reflect the fact that the effort to draft Paul is still up in the air. On the other hand, let’s not get our hopes too high, so that if or when our bubble is burst we don’t lose all hope. If there is one thing Ron Paul supporters know about, it is that the good that happened as a result of an artificial Boom can be completely wiped out by the Bust that inevitably follows. If one effort doesn’t work out, we should reorganize and attempt something else. So far, the Liberty movement has faced setbacks in 2008, and August of 2012. It may yet experience another between now and the end of the year. It may keep experiencing them for a long time to come. But two things are certain. The first thing is that nothing lasts forever (including things like our setbacks and the status quo). The second is that nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.