Monthly Archives: August, 2016

Down Ticket Matters Too

LP_EagleflameRecently, among many Libertarian Party groups I associate with online and off, I have heard many complaints about our top ticket candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. While I certainly agree that there are some valid concerns and issues raised, some individuals have spent a large majority of their time doing nothing more than attacking the top ticket.

I do appreciate dissent, and we should all be willing to declare our lines that should never be crossed. It is one thing that the Libertarian Party has done for the most part as the Party of Principle. We will call out candidates that are wrong.  However, this focus of non stop attacks is not serving the party well. Voice your dissent and move on is the best way to handle the disagreement. I have even voiced my disagreement on my various outlets, but then I move on and get back to work for down ticket candidates, including myself.

One of the legitimate arguments that was brought in for support of Gary Johnson was that other candidates, though more consistent in their application of libertarian philosophy, was that he was the most experienced candidate available to carry the banner at the top of the ticket. It is hard when you compare the experience of a two term governor and self made millionaire to what was on the debate stage with him at convention. Only one other candidate on the stage in Orlando had the credibility and ability to get media, and that was John McAfee, who was a multi-national businessman.

So now is the time to stop focusing so much time on the blunders and start focusing on the candidates down ticket to get elected and into debates. You want to have a strong base going forward over the next four years, so that when we have the next go around, we have those more principled individuals with more credibility to their resume. We have around 100 candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, several gubernatorial candidates, a myriad of state legislative candidates, and plenty of those running for county and municipal races on the Libertarian ticket.  If the people who spent as much time attacking Gary Johnson and Bill Weld went and spent that time promoting and volunteering for those locals, we would see many gains this year, as there is already a much larger interest in what we are saying this year ever since Trump and Clinton, two of the worst candidates possible for Democrats and Republicans, have driven people to seek other options.

We need to direct those people to looking into the people we have available for them to vote for at all levels of government. We’ve been plotting to take over the world and leave everyone alone, but we will only be able to do that if we actually start making headway in other races.

If you are one of the individuals focusing your time on Johnson or Weld in the negative and reading this, I implore you to stand up for the people who need your help. Doors are not going to be answered if no one is there to knock, flyers do not hand out themselves, letters to the editor must be written and submitted, phone calls aren’t made without someone to dial.

We have enough people in the party, and those that agree with us, that if we all went to work for the down ticket, we would no longer be considered a minor party. We would become the most legitimate threat to the two party system and start to dismantle the barriers to liberty.

The choice is yours on how to spend your time, but this is my two cents on the matter.

An Open Letter to the U.S. House & Senate

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Joe Nichols, Candidate for New Mexico State House

Dear Public Servants in the US House and Senate,

In a recent Inspector General’s report from July 26, 2016, there was 6.5 trillion dollars that the Pentagon could not account for. Yes, that’s 6.5 trillion with a T. That’s one-third of our current national debt. If a business couldn’t account for 6.5 trillion dollars, the entire management team would be fired and arrested, and charges would be filed against them.

Apparently, this isn’t the first accounting trouble with the Pentagon either. It’s been over 20 years since a successful audit of the Pentagon has been completed, and they have until the end of September 2017 to be audit-ready. They may not even be ready for an audit by that deadline though, and even if they are, who knows how many trillions of dollars have been wasted in the mean time?

So I’m asking all of you, please, be accountable to your constituents. Let us know what’s going on with our tax dollars. When something like this happens, keep us informed. You all are supposed to be our voices in Washington. How can you speak for us, if we don’t know what’s going on? Get the Pentagon’s accounting practices and spending in check before the national debt crushes our country, and we no longer have anything for a military to defend.
For Liberty Restored,

Freddie “Joe” Nichols III

Candidate for NM State House, District 54

A Libertarian Day Out

10653518_639801622785119_256797751595299941_nYesterday was one of the busiest days I have had on the campaign trail. It all started with setting up for an event in Ogden for the Pride Festival. We had a booth set up to do some outreach on behalf of the Libertarian Party in Utah. After set up,  I headed out to join in a rally for Governor Gary Johnson, this is where things started to get really interesting for me. As a person heavily involved with Utah’s Libertarian Party, I was afforded the opportunity to head back into the Green Room to get some words in with the media and also be with the two former Governors who are the top ticket.

During the time back there, I was able to speak with Governor Bill Weld at some length, and I was glad to have that opportunity. As many of you in libertarian circles know, I have13873127_10208882314609380_8510925225473331989_n been critical of Bill Weld’s past as Governor of Massachusetts. Speaking with him directly has given me the chance to see things from him in a different light, and I can see that he isn’t the same person now he was then. I’ve always prided myself on being able to judge a person’s character when I am able to meet with them, and Governor Weld was being very honest with his answers to me. I still don’t agree with everything, but I never have agreed 100% with every candidate who has run to represent me. The areas that matter most to me, he is on the right side of the issues.

One of the highlights of our conversation, after it turned from political issues, was laughing about how fast our shoes have been wearing out on the campaign trail. It was a very human moment, and something I don’t think I will forget.

13770333_10157325731435381_144355872572393718_nShortly after this, I joined in with the rally to listen to the speakers chosen, including Barry Short, Mark Madsen, and of course, the two Governors. It is definitely looking like Utah may be the place for a state to turn Gold. The crowd numbered between 1200 and 1800 from estimates given, which marks it as the largest libertarian gathering in Utah’s history.

This trend continued as I traveled back to Utah to finish out the day manning the booth at the Ogden Pride Festival. I have to say that in all my years volunteering to help with events like these for the party in Utah, I have never seen such a huge response from people asking questions, taking information, and saying they plan to vote libertarian this election.

Nearly all the material that was brought was handed out and several new libertarians pledged to support our nominees this year. We also were approached by the candidate 13942248_127464721029647_989434929_nrunning for the U.S. Senate in Utah, Misty Snow, where we had a great conversation about civil liberties. She seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders, and I sincerely wish her the best of luck in her efforts; it’s not easy stepping up to run for office. She definitely seems like someone I would be able to work with on several issues that affect Utah, like dismantling the Draper NSA facility.

The best part of the evening was discovering the booth next to us featuring Even Stevens, a sandwich company in Utah. This company has the Libertarian solution to “who’s going to take care of the poor” question we are often asked. Essentially what this sandwich shop does is to donate one sandwich to a charity for every sandwich you buy. They do this without government mandates or interference. They do it because they care about the people who need some help.

I am certainly excited for what has been happening in Utah, and every day that passes I feel we are getting close to being included in the 1st District Debates. That is one thing I would sincerely ask for you all to donate what you are able as we start doing our Top of Utah Tour this week. Just head to www.Craig4Congress.org and give your best donation.

We are getting so close to changing the landscape of politics, and Utah is the place for it to happen.