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Thursday, October 20, 2005

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The following LTE appeared in the The Tuscaloosa News this morning.
My response follows.
I encourage you to please write a response as well.

Drugs aren’t Libertarians’ top issue

Robert Workman
October 20. 2005 3:15AM

Dear Editor: I find it very disturbing that the only knowledge many people ever receive of the Libertarian Party is its stance on the legalization of drugs. This problem is further compounded its association with candidates who make this issue their campaign’s focal point; for example, we were recently informed that Ms. Loretta Nall, the 31-year-old president of the U.S. Marijuana Party, is seeking the Libertarian nomination for governor of Alabama.

While Ms. Nall is correct that current drug policy is shortsighted, the citizens of Alabama would be much more supportive of a candidate who focuses on restoring all levels of government to their Constitutional limitations rather than harping on drug policy.

The Libertarian Party should focus on eliminating the current system of forced wealth redistribution in which productive citizens are taxed to support nonproductive citizens; the party needs to campaign on eliminating the unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms for law abiding citizens; it needs to work on eliminating the unconstitutional restrictions on political speech codified in the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act; it should work to ensure that citizens have true freedom of religion rather than the current state of two sides pushing equal extremes. In short, the Libertarian Party needs to offer a free-market alternative to the socialism and socialism-lite given as choices by the Democrats and Republicans (respectively), and once the American people see that real freedom can and does work, then we can talk about drug policy.

Dear Editor, Tuscaloosa News

In response to "Drugs aren't Libertarians' top issue", I'd like to invite all of your readers to take the time and investigate the claims made by the media that my campaign for Governor is about drug policy reform and nothing else.

Drug policy reform is a sexy, controversial topic that helps to sell lots of newspapers and get's more people to tune in to the 6 o'clock news. I freely admit it is a very important issue to me and thousands of other Alabama families, but it is far from my only issue.

Most of the other issues the writer mentioned are planks in my platform that have not been reported on by the media.

For instance, my other planks include States Rights, Non-Compliance with the Patroiot Act and REAL I.D., calling for the Alabama National Guard troops to be returned home, no gun control laws, check-box style governing system, legal lottery and casino gambling run by private enterprise, Initiative and Referendum, Ballot Access reform, privatizing public schools and lifitng restrictions on distilleries that produce wood and grain alcohol and encouraging increased production of bio-diesel so that Alabama families might produce their own fuel or start community co-op's for that purpose.

In Liberty,
Loretta Nall
Nall for Governor 2006
Nall for Governor


  • Libertarians or Marijuana Candidates? Who can get the most voter support? Loretta Nall has a legal right to have TWO petitions with her at all times, and she has a legal right to ask voters if they want to sign the first (1): to put her on the ballot as a Libertarian candidate for Governor; and the second peition (2) to put her on the ballot as an Independent candidate for Governor - knowing that she will help balance the budget and power structure in favor of the people versus the politicians, and work to legalize marijuana.
    It takes exactly the same number of signatures to get Loretta Nall on the ballot as a Libertarian candidate for Governor and as for an Independent candidate for Governor. How many people will say they are willing to sign the petition for Loretta as an INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE? How many people will say they are willing to sign the peition for Loretta as a LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE? It is extremely important now, that this argument has been brought up, for Loretta Nall to present the choice of TWO petitions to the voters. Just call the Secretary of State to ask if it is legal for each registered voter to sign BOTH petitions, as laws vary from state to state. It may be possible that voters can sign both, but may be willing to sign only one. It is also extrememly important to ask voters if they know the difference between a Libertarian and an Independent candidate. It is highly likely that they don't have any idea, because Libertarian sounds like an Independent thinker. The problem with the Libertarian party in Vermont, is that the Marijuana candidate got more votes, because most Vermonters, when asked if they knew what a Libertarian was, did not know. When Vermonters were asked what is the difference between the Vermont parties of Libertarian, Liberty Union, Grass Roots, etc., they looked totally blank and expressionless, the average voter doesn't have a clue. They respond to the warmth and personality and smile of the candidate and friendliness of the candidate. They love it when the candidate asks them what issues the major party candidates are not talking about that are important to them, issues that need a third party or independent candidate to talk about, so the issue will be heard.
    Vermont 2004 election results, Libertarians lose to MJP marijuana candidate See results for Governor MJP and U.S. Senate MJP
    Also, be sure to keep up on current court documents in the Marc Emery extradition case. MARC EMERY COURT CASE Court documents will be updated any day now!!!

    By Blogger Marc Emery, at 6:53 AM  

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