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The Liberty Lamp: Libertarian News & Editorials

A blog dedicated to the advancement of libertarian principles, and to the protection of activist groups' privacy and Constitutional rights. Topics include discussions on privacy tips, current events, political topics, and bulletins on how to get involved in various pro-liberty activities.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Libertarians in The News!

Libertarians are everywhere, it seems, based on the media attention the movement and associated political party is getting during this mid-term election cycle! In addition to a great (though short) editorial in the latest edition of The Economist, Bruce Guthrie has received several positive mentions in the news, especially since his 10/17 debate with Mike McGavick (R) and Maria "Everyone's My Bitch" Cantwell (D) on many WA TV networks. Below is an example from the Seattle Weekly:

"The L-Word
Libertarian candidate Bruce Guthrie says what Cantwell can't.
By Philip Dawdy
Guthrie has made a public ripple.
Petrer Mumford

Bruce Guthrie, the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate, appeared on statewide television last week and did what Maria Cantwell hasn't done this election season—firmly aligned himself with the Seattle liberals and progressives.

While Cantwell plays to the muddled, post-9/11 center and GOP candidate Mike McGavick tries to pass himself off as a reformer, Guthrie declared himself antiwar, anti–Patriot Act, pro–gay marriage, and pro-pot. Cantwell, meanwhile, says gay marriage is not an issue, and McGavick recently called for drug testing of welfare recipients. "I'd prefer drug and alcohol testing of members of Congress," Guthrie said during the candidates' televised debate Oct. 17.

In the past, most TV stations have limited debaters to the D's and R's. But KING-TV goes by a set of complicated and lengthy guidelines to measure a candidate's appeal to voters, one of which is how much money a candidate's campaign has raised. This time, it was set at $1.2 million. So Guthrie, a former Western Washington University business lecturer, turned off his instinctual hatred of debt, mortgaged his house, pooled his savings, and landed a loan from a commercial bank, which he gave to his campaign.

And there he was on TV, calling for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq the same day that 11 U.S. soldiers were killed there, while Cantwell and McGavick, in essence, backed the war effort.

Guthrie, a Libertarian since his college days at Cornell, calls the two major parties "big ugly parties" that leave gay voters and many lefties "stuck" with nowhere to turn.

"We're gun-toting economists on drugs," Guthrie says, laughing about the longtime Libertarian rep in his rundown Lake City office, which is located next to an empty storefront and a bar called Cadillac Jack's. Guthrie doesn't own a gun but supports gun rights. He smoked his last joint in 1985, he says, but is all for decriminalizing marijuana use..."

Remember... Don't vote for the lesser of two evils- They are still evil! Vote for principle. Vote for your favorite Libertarian candidate!


At 10/27/2006 2:00 PM, SC said...


I enjoyed reading your blog, as it has some very thoughtful insights. Perhaps you’d like to link to my newly created blog? It’s about politics and life, from a Libertarian perspective, with a slight lean towards focusing on local issues in Delaware. Though new, I'm expecting to have a new, full, post each day. The link is http://theindependentopinion.blogspot.com if you’re interested, if not, have a nice day.




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