All candidates should debate

Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers is apparently unwilling to debate her Democratic opponent in the 2nd Congressional District, according to the News & Observer. Steve Wilkins told the newspaper that Ellmers has turned down an invitation to debate on WTVD-TV.

I feel your pain Mr. Wilkins. I believe all ballot-qualified candidates should agree to debate, anywhere and in any venue, and that the media has a duty and obligation to cover all candidates fairly and equally. I think all ballot-qualified candidates should be invited to debates by the sponsors and organizers.

Unfortunately, WTVD and WRAL apparently don’t believe that. I wasn’t invited to take part in the WTVD debate. Nor will WRAL allow me to tape a video for their online candidate guide, a service they’ve offered to the Republican and Democratic candidates.

I believe anyone in office, or seeking office, has a duty and responsibility to accept any and all invitations to speak to groups and especially to debate. Mrs. Ellmers herself has noted that she’s new to the district due to redistricting. That should make such personal contact even more important.

The model I’m using for my campaign is the same model I will use if elected, that of the citizen-servant envisioned by our nation’s founders when they wrote the Constitution.

No amount of flashy TV advertising can substitute for actually meeting and talking with your constituents.

Best descriptions of last night’s presidential ‘debate’

Tom Knapp, Kn@pster:

“It came off like two old spinster sisters who live together carping at each other over whether Mama’s Watergate Salad recipe calls for half a cup or 2/3 of a cup of pineapple.”

John Nichols, The Nation:

“The United States does not have presidential debates in any realistic sense of the word.

“It holds quadrennial joint appearances by major-party candidates who have been schooled in the art of saying little of consequence in the most absurdly aggressive way

“That is because presidential debates have become the political equivalent of a classic rock radio station. You’ll hear all the hits, and maybe even a few obscure tracks that you’d almost forgotten.”

WRAL excludes Libertarians from videos

WRAL.com just debuted a section called MyBallot where voters can view a side-by-side comparison of the response from the candidates who’ll be on their ballot. It includes some 147 candidates in 87 races.

This is a very good resources, and it does include Libertarians. However, WRAL continues its discriminatory policy of excluding all but the establishment parties from its primary news coverage. They invited the major party candidates to record a short video, but did not invite third party candidates.

While predictable its a curious and inconsistent development,  since I did record a video for the primary even though there was no Libertarian primary.

Chatham Partnership for Children

A special thanks to the Chatham Partnership for Children for recording these remarks I made Sept. 24 at their candidate forum.

Gov. Johnson comments on Libya consulate attack

Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson said the death of Americans in the attack on a Libya consulate was tragic, but honoring their services requires asking the obvious question: What U.S. interest is being served by putting our people in places where they can be killed by extremists over a video?

“Protecting America with a strong national defense and a rational foreign policy is our leaders’ most basic responsibility,” he said in a statement “But let us not confuse national security with senseless intervention where our interests are clearly not being served.”

Read the full statement →

The forgotten war and the forgotten debt

Just before the Republican National Convention, the 2,000th American solider was killed in Afghanistan. The death went unnoticed. Afghanistan has become another “forgotten war.”

As the Democratic National Convention opened this week, the U.S. debt topped the $16 trillion mark. That event also went unnoticed.

What’s the connection? Both Republicans and Democrats are complicit in turning the state of our union a perpetual and universal state of war that is driving America deeper and deeper into debt.

It does not matter which of the two major party candidates is elected president in November. America will remain at war, and probably go to war with yet another country, and the debt will keep increasing.

Don’t be fooled by the talk of “cuts” in military spending, Medicare, Social Security or any other federal government program that either the Democrats or Republicans propose. That is another charade, a shell game, in simple terms – a lie. These so-called cuts are not cuts at all. All the are is less of an increase.

It’s like trying to convince your wife to let you buy boat you can’t afford and will have to borrow money to purchase. You tell her you’ll cut spending by buying a $20,000 model instead of the one that costs $30,000.

The real misbehavior was who paid for the trip

The real misbehavior that occurred when a group of Congress members visited Israel last year was who paid for the trip, not what they did.

The real misbehavior that occurred during this Congressional junket wasn’t that a Kansas represented allegedly went skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee. I’m sure that’s been done before.

The real misbehavior is that these supposed representatives of the people were on a junket paid for by a lobbyist group. According to Politico.com, the trip was paid for by the American Israel Educational Foundation, a group related to the prominent pro-Israel advocacy group AIPAC.

These Congressman were supposedly on a fact-finding mission, yet they were staying in a $1,000 a night hotel. Rep. Renee Ellmers told WTVD news that they were ‘working hard.’ If the work was so hard, why was her husband along? And what facts could they possibly find about anything related to their Constitutional duties in a luxury hotel?

I’m sure the donation was all legally reported, and least according to the very loose rules Congress writes for itself. So technically it can’t be called a bride. Since all the Congressman are already avid supporters of Israel, perhaps the lavish trip could be called more of a “reward” than a bride.

Either way, anyone with any common sense recognizes that such a gift is wrong. But as the eminent American philosopher Will Rogers once observed, “Common sense ain’t so common.” Especially not in Congress.

Anyway, Rep. Yoder probably just thought he could walk on water. After all, most Congress members think they have the power to do anything. This trip is a perfect example.

The mainstream media, political pundits, and late night comedians will undoubtedly delight in focusing on Yoder’s antics, and divert the public’s attention from the real outrage – the arrogance and abuse of power by elected elites.

Libertarian veep candidate visits North Carolina

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Judge James B. Gray will visit North Carolina Aug. 267-28 and present a lecture at two colleges in the Triad and Triangle. The topic of his presentation will be “Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It.”

The talk is based on Judge Gray’s book of the same title, which he subtitled “a judicial indictment of the War on Drugs.”

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The lesser of two evil auto repair shops

It never ceases to amaze me that people will not tolerate shoddy workmanship, poor performance or overcharging when it comes to plumbers, electricians and auto mechanics. They won’t even stand for a player on their favorite sports teams who doesn’t given one hundred percent.

But they’ll willingly vote for a political party or candidate who has proven, time and time again, that they won’t keep their promises. They’ll willingly cast their vote for the “lesser of two” evils.

This reminds me of a story:

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Liberty Candidates Endorsement

Today I was proud to receive the endorsement of Liberty-Candidates.org. Here is their press release:

Liberty Candidates 2012 Endorses Brian Irving

Liberty-Candidates.org enthusiastically welcomes Brian Irving to the growing slate of candidates championing a return to Constitutional governance in the United States!

LibertyCandidatesA Liberty Candidate will defend the great American principles of:

  • Individual liberty
  • Constitutional government
  • Sound money
  • Free markets
  • A non-interventionist foreign policy.

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