The American Independent Party platform
looks good on paper and its leadership is solidly in favor
of all three main items on my political agenda: smaller government
(by enforcing the Constitution and following the principles
of Liberty), strong defense, and profamily legislation. The
problem I have with this party is with their registered voters.
There is no greater gap between a party platform and the votes
of those registered with it than with this party.
Here is how the typical American Independent
Party registrant chooses this party. They say to themselves,
“I am an American. I am an Independent. Therefore, I
am an American Independent.” Good grammar, bad politics.
“Decline to State” is the official meaning of
The AIP is the third largest Party after
the Republicans and the Democrats, but I warrant you that
a majority of its confused, rootless registrants will vote
for Arnold Schwarzenegger! That has been the pattern before,
a left of center performance capable of being swayed by emotion.
Any Republican who wanted to quit his party and join this
one would have to make it his priority to change its registration
base into a predominately Christian conservative one, from
one best characterized as unchurched and young. At least this
was the situation the last time I checked.
Any Party with a base out of touch with its
leadership is in trouble. The Republicans had better watch
out for this themselves! Anybody that wants a minor party
to graduate to major party status had better follow a strategy
of appropriate registration, thereby weakening the major parties.
Minor parties can be major players, if they are careful to
use their influence to pressure major parties and have a very
disciplined registered base, which will throw its support
where the leaders say.
Unnecessary Use of Absentee Ballots
Is Unwise and Dangerous
Absentee ballots are much more vulnerable
to voter fraud than any other type of ballot. This is because
they lie around so long with inadequate security, they are
subject to being selectively discarded or altered. Also, you
may not have all the information you need to make a responsible
decision at the time you cast your absentee ballot. The responsible
thing to do is to postpone your final decision on voting until
you have all the information relevant to it you are likely
Remarks on Minor
Of the 119 or so candidates who had valid
contact information and a web site a few stood out as sincere
and pleasant. I hope that some of these will grow in the sophistication
and validity of their views and serve us better in the future
than the present motley crew who infest the halls of the Legislature
and the Executive branches of the State government.
In no particular order here are my comments
on some of the about seventy candidates who weren’t
too important to respond to my questions. Only a few of them
actually were too important to answer personally. I had the
cooperation of John Stoos, a consultant for McClintock, the
most major of the candidates who responded in any sense.
B. E. Smith wants to “return a republican
form of government to the people.” I can get behind
that! That certainly expresses my sentiment about our situation
and our first priority. No single candidate expressed this
more succinctly. Too bad he is in favor of disorganized crime—or
disorganized criminals at least! He is one those who favor
the legalization of marijuana. He comes from a Libertarian,
pro Constitution viewpoint. Bruce Margolin also favors legalization
of drugs, marijuana particularly. He comes at this Libertarian
position from the Democratic side and has the endorsement
of NORML, who are a pro legalization of marijuana organization.
If you want to vote for the most seriously
pretty and truly serious candidate, then Brooke Adams wins
hands down—and you’d better keep them there Arnold!
She is a thoughtful moderate with a good political operative
working for her. I wonder what office she will really run
for and probably win? Another attractive, energetic woman
with a very active mind is Cheryl bly-Chester. She just needs
to work very hard on summarizing her positions, extracting
principles from them and then working those principles back
into her practical proposals. I really like this candidate,
but as for every single one with the exception of McClintock
(CRA) and Templin (AIP), she needs a lot of work on relating
theory to practice, and also like most of them, getting a
Dick Lane is runner-up for the most evasive
candidate. Check out his answers and my comments. At least
we had a little fun! Mike Schmier wins the all-time weasel
award. Check out his answers (or were they the answers of
the assistant he blamed for them) and my comments to see a
little exercise in counter spin techniques.
One of the most
down-to-earth, head screwed on tight was Paul Nave, a body
builder. Gerold Lee Gorman was another candidate who made
his case well. Rich Gosse had an excellent short answer to
the question about what the legitimate functions of government
were, viz. “to enforce contracts and protect us from
Trek Thunder Kelly played the campaign partially
for laughs, but he couldn’t help himself, he made good
sense! I personally think that a good sense of humor is one
of the finest characteristics that a person can have and also
indicative of above average intelligence. I’d visit
this fellow’s web site just to view the graphic!
You have four choices—more than anyone
else! Five of them are on the ballot. If you like a Hindu
Guru flavor, you can have the Natural Law Party candidates.
Yes, the Ommmmmmm crowd couldn’t settle on one candidate,
so they are impartially promoting both Darin Price and Iris
Adam. Actually this makes a strange sort of sense (and they
are nothing if not strange), because neither has a spin of
the prayer wheel chance of election!
If you are an old-fashioned bomb thrower,
who just can’t let the glory days of Vietnam War protests
go, then your party of choice is the Peace and Freedom Party—better
named the Violent Revolution and Socialist Oppression Party.
Their candidate is C. T. Weber, who thought I was being deceptive,
because I didn’t express my bias before asking questions.
Unlike most questionnaires, my questions were unbiased and
they did not represent pressure on candidates to change their
positions, only to express them!
The Green Party candidate, Peter Camejo
put in a good performance in the debates. If you liked his
ideas, then you liked him. If you are dissatisfied with the
Democratic Party because it is not liberal and environmentally
sound and consistent, then this is your party of choice. True
it is not as hard-line Socialist, but at least it can ruin
the electoral chances of Democratic Party candidates if they
don’t pay enough attention to your ideas and agenda!
The Socialist Equality Party candidate,
John Christopher Burton, was unfailingly polite and cooperative.
These are serious ideological socialists. They never abbreviate
their message nor compromise it. For the socialist purist,
you couldn’t make a better choice.