The Militant Libertarian

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Operation Clean Slate 2010

from the Bytestyle.tv Action Center

Our Objective:
It's time to clean house in Congress, and replace our old-school, do-nothing, so-called "representatives" with a new generation of political leadership that will stand up to the entrenched failures of our political system (like 1500-page bills that are passed without being read) and fight for our rights, freedom & prosperity as individuals.

HOW HAVE THEY SOLD US OUT?
1. They've passed bills without reading them (see one example here)
2. They cater to special interest groups rather than their constituents (see one example here)
3. They've gotten lazy (this one's obvious)
4. They've forgotten they work for us
5. Washington changed them instead of the other way around

ERGO... They're fired!

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TASK #1:
Support "Clean Slate" candidates
A new generation of political leadership that will stand up to the entrenched failures of the system and fight for our rights, freedom & prosperity as individuals.

This list is being updated frequently - please check back often & leave a comment if you have a candidate that should be added!

KENTUCKY
Rand Paul
http://randpaul2010.com
Senate (still in exploratory committee)

NEW MEXICO
Adam Kokesh
http://kokeshforcongress.com
NM District 3 - House of Reps
Kicking out Ben Ray Luján
Adam is almost halfway to the $100k he needs to raise in order to initiate his first round of campaigning. If we can get him the rest of the way there, he'll have a good shot at winning in the primaries.

OKLAHOMA
RJ Harris
http://rjharris2010.com
OK District 4 - House of Reps
Kicking out Tom Cole
See what RJ needs help with

PENNSYLVANIA
Jake Towne
http://www.nolanchart.com/article6373.html
PA District 15 - House of Reps
Kicking out Charles Dent
Jake's new website is launching July 15th, but in the meantime, please join his Facebook group.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Dr. Mike Vasovski
http://www.vasovskiforcongress.com
SC District 3 - House of Reps
(more info coming soon)

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TASK #2:
Identify & Encourage New Leaders
Identify & encourage people who have the potential to be great leaders to become "Clean Slate" candidates.

What is a "Clean Slate" candidate?
* NOT a career politician
* Committed to representing his or her constituents with integrity
* Passionate about upholding the Constitution
* Impervious to special interest bribes
* Understands what the role of our government SHOULD be, as set forth by our founding fathers
* Prepared to stand up to the establishment and demand transparency and accountability throughout government

Priority Replacement Districts:
Top 20 districts in which the "representatives" have perniciously failed their constituents. We need to focus on identifying Clean Slate candidates in these zones.

This list will change frequently as Clean Slate candidates are identified and added, new districts will be targeted. In order of State & District:

Rep. Mary Bono Mack [CA-45]
Rep. Diana DeGette [CO-1]
Rep. Michael Castle [DE-0]
Rep. Allen Boyd [FL-2]
Rep. Neil Abercrombie [HI-1]
Rep. Leonard Boswell [IA-3]
Rep. Mark Kirk [IL-10]
Rep. John Dingell [MI-15]
Rep. Keith Ellison [MN-5]
Rep. George Butterfield [NC-1]
Rep. Paul Hodes [NH-2]
Rep. Frank LoBiondo [NJ-2]
Rep. Shelley Berkley [NV-1]
Rep. John McHugh [NY-23]
Rep. Steve Driehaus [OH-1]
Rep. James Clyburn [SC-6]
Rep. Steve Cohen [TN-9]
Rep. Henry Cuellar [TX-28]
Rep. Dave Reichert [WA-8]
Rep. Tammy Baldwin [WI-2]

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TOOLS & RESOURCES

I've done some training with the Leadership Institute, and I can vouch for the quality of their programs. If you're considering running for office, or you just want to become more effective in your activism efforts, check them out:
Future Candidate School
The Future Candidate School trains potential candidates and community activists how to run for office successfully and build a grassroots organization. The training focuses on your personal and political preparation for a future career as an elected official and community leader.

The nation’s top policy experts and political veterans show you how to prepare yourself for a successful candidacy.

Topics covered include:
• attributes of an effective candidate
• developing your strategy
• building your grassroots organization
• issues important to conservative constituencies
• fundraising

Campaign & Activism Schools

Fundraising Workshops

Also, Young Americans for Liberty and Campaign for Liberty are making GREAT progress in these areas. Find a chapter in your area and GET INVOLVED!

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Spread the Word
The only way this works is if enough people are willing to take action. We need to let new people know what's going on, so we're not just preaching to the choir.

Make this happen by blogging, tweeting, facebooking, emailing, having a dinner party, wearing a conversation-starting shirt etc.

Submit blogs & videos on this site to digg, reddit, stumbleupon, current, sodahead etc.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT & EFFORTS :)

I'm being told I'm "tilting at windmills" by trying to kick out the people who have failed us... but this time, the WINDMILL IS GONNA LOSE.

- Shelly

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4 Comments:

  • At 4:48 PM, July 08, 2009 , Blogger Kent McManigal said...

    Kokesh's campaign contacted me, asking for an endorsement, and saying he would be willing to be interviewed. So, I wrote back with my one question: "Do you support the absolute right of everyone to own and to carry any type of weapon they wish, everywhere they go, in any manner they see fit, without asking permission from anyone, ever?"

    He never answered. That sets off alarm bells in my head.

     
  • At 4:56 PM, July 08, 2009 , Blogger Militant Libertarian said...

    When did you ask (he only announced his run a few days ago)?

    The following is from his website:
    "We have a right to self-defense. The founders wrote the Second Amendment to protect this right by specifically enumerating the right to, “keep and bear arms.” Our leadership has forgotten why this was so crucial to our founders. Our right to self-defense has been slowly eroded by unconstitutional laws."

    That was all I could find on that issue there, but his site, while it looks nice, is sparse. Much like Ron Paul's was in the beginning.

    I'm not defending Kokesh, since I don't know him all that well, but I've seen him speak and know many who are supporting him.

    What I know of the guy is that he's got to be 1,000 times better than the other 200 chumps we have in the Senate now.

    I've given up on making "change" in Washington, so I don't follow candidates very closely.

    As far as I'm concerned, we're going to have to have a real, full, total, all-50-states-involved Revolution in this country before any real change happens.

     
  • At 5:14 PM, July 08, 2009 , Blogger Kent McManigal said...

    They contacted me on June 2nd. I still have the email in my "politics" folder, so I checked the date on it.

    Perhaps they thought the question was too radical. I still think it is the most important one for discovering exactly what a politician thinks of "the people".

     
  • At 9:49 AM, July 09, 2009 , Blogger Militant Libertarian said...

    You're right, it is a good yardstick question.

     

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