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Sunday, 20 March 2022

Help Yourself to an Abandoned Russian Tank? Why Not?

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:05 PM (15:05)

A few days ago, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty [RFE / RL] re-posted a video clip (“Ukrainian Tractors Versus Russian Armor”) on Facebook and YouTube

So when the hoplophobes and victim disarmers start screeching “u think you should be able 2 own a TANK?!?!?!!!!!!” because you support civilian ownership and carriage of handguns and military-pattern rifles, you can simply point to those Ukrainian farmers making off with abandoned Russian tanks, BMPs, and trucks.

Never mind that in the controlling precedent from American case law that “supports” their “argument,” United States v. Miller, Justice James McReynolds said that the National Firearms Act of 1934 was “Constitutional” because the sawed-off shotgun possessed by Miller didn’t qualify as a “militia weapon” protected by the Second Amendment because it didn’t have “military utility.”

Never mind that the sawed-off shotgun could be said to have “military utility” as it was in military usage by American and ANZAC troops in World War I in the Western Front trenches. Or that many military and law-enforcement agencies have been using short-barrelled shotguns as breaching and entry weapons for close-quarter-battle stuff for the past few decades.

Never mind that the AR-15-pattern and M4-pattern rifles that the hoplophobes and victim disarmers demand that you turn in for pennies on the FRN because they’re “weapons of war” are almost functionally identical to the M-16 / M-4-type rifles used by the U.S. Armed Forces should also be protected by the Second Amendment as per U.S. v. Miller.

Never mind that in the same conflict that spawned the above-embedded video clip, the Zelenskyy Administration is handing out not only AK-pattern rifles and handguns (basically the same sort of rifles and pistols that the above-mentioned hoplophobes and victim disarmers want to take away from you) but also belt-fed machine guns and anti-tank rocket launchers to anyone who can carry them and is willing to use them to shoot at Russian troops.

Side note: I have one simple question for the hoplophobes and victim disarmers who are so bravely cheering on the Ukrainian civilian resistance, yet are so insistent that American civilians voluntarily disarm:

Why is OK for the Ukrainians to carry rifles, pistols, belt-fed machine guns and anti-tank rocket launchers, yet you have all sorts of problems with my owning or carrying my 9mm pistol here in the States?

Actually, I suspect that there are several reasons:

  1. The Ukies are OVER THERE — several thousand miles away, out of sight and mind, with plenty of terrain features, the curvature of the Earth, etc., between them and the local Starbucks, where I, on the other hand, could be right outside that same Starbucks. No chance of them being “triggered” by the sight of armed Ukies.
  2. The Ukrainians are shooting at Russians, who are operating under the aegis of the 21st century Hitler, Vlad Putin. Trump isn’t a ready target for their ragefest, so they have to make do with Putin for the time being.

And it seems, contrary to what the First Drooling Child-Sniffer said in 2020, American private citizens DID own not only cannon but also warships in the 18th and 19th centuries[1].

The power of the sword, say the minority …, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.
Tench Coxe, Letter to the Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 February 1788

Still, if you DO decide to get yourself any sort of tracked armored vehicle, have fun changing track segments and road wheels.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. American Institute for Economic Research [AIER] — Private Cannon Ownership in Early America by Robert E. Wright. Retrieved Saturday, 19 March 2022.The Washington PostFact Checker ⋅ Analysis: Biden’s false claim that the 2nd Amendment bans cannon ownership by Glenn Kessler. Retrieved Saturday, 19 March 2022.

    PolitiFactJoe Biden’s dubious claim about Revolutionary War cannon ownership by Louis Jacobson. Retrieved Saturday, 19 March 2022.

NOTES

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  2. Approximate reading level — 13.7
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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Wayne Allyn Romney (The Extended Version)

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:55 AM (07:55)

7 April 2012Left Coast Rebel: Did Wayne Allyn Root Snub Gary Johnson And Endorse Romney?

19 June 2012Wayne Allyn Root: Whose side are you on?

30 August 2012Wayne Allyn Romney

1 September 2012Adam Kokesh: Rooting Out WAR (Wayne Allyn Root)

7 September 2012Adam Kokesh: W.A.R. leaves LP, Liberty for America, September 2012

16 September 2012Wayne Root, Traitor

Free Republic postings (see also http://freerepublic.com/tag/wayneroot/index?tab=articles):

17 September 2012Why This Ex-Libertarian is Voting Mitt Romney (re-post of townhall.com column)

Coverage by Independent Political Report [IPR] on part of Root’s antics (see also independentpoliticalreport.com/?s=Wayne+Root):

6 April 2012Wayne Allyn Root Tells Radio Audience to Vote for Romney

7 April 2012Wayne Root’s Clarification of Cunningham Show Comments

27 June 2012Is Wayne Allyn Root Leaving the Libertarian Party?

1 July 2012Threats Fly Between Two LNC Members

18 July 2012Wayne Allyn Root: How Romney Can Win The Presidency – This Week

20 July 2012Alexander Snitker: Whose side are you on?

31 July 2012Wayne Allyn Root: Media is Mad Because Mitt Told the Truth?

7 August 2012Drudge Report Links to Wayne Allyn Root Obama / Columbia Article

30 August 2012LP Members Express Concern that Wayne Allyn Root is Campaigning for Romney

1 September 2012Adam Kokesh: Rooting out WAR

6 September 2012Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party leadership, will seek US Senate seat

7 September 2012Wayne Root To Endorse Romney For President

9 September 2012Wayne Root Endorses Romney on Fox News

LewRockwell.com coverage (see also http://lewrockwell.com/blog/?s=Wayne+Root):

6 September 2012Wayne Allyn Root Quits Libertarian Party

Liberty Unbound (formerly Liberty magazine) coverage (see also http://libertyunbound.com/search/node/Wayne%20Root):

12 September 2012Another Surprise Endorsement

Reason magazine coverage (see also reason.com/search?q=Wayne+Root):

6 April 2012Wayne Root, former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate and Current Member of the LP’s National Committee: “It’s Gotta Be Romney, There is No Choice”

6 August 2012Wayne Allyn Root Is Why the Libertarian Party Can’t Have Nice Things

7 August 2012Reason Rewind: Wayne Root Was Saying the Same Stuff (Minus the Birther Twist) Four Years Ago

6 September 2012Former Vice Presidential Candidate Wayne Root Leaves the Libertarian Party

10 September 2012Libertarians on Root’s Departure From the LP

14 September 2012An Exit Interview With Wayne Allyn Root

Sites Devoted to Wayne Allyn Root

http://rootforamerica.com/

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RootForAmerica

http://examiner.com/topic/wayne-allyn-root/articles

http://foxnews.com/archive/author/wayne-allyn-root/

http://personalliberty.com/author/waynerootpl/

http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/

Articles, Radio Shows, Video Clips, Facebook and Twitter URLs, Screenshots

19 January 2012The Blaze: The Perfect Political Trade: Obama’s college transcripts for Mitt’s tax return

20 January 2012Newsmax: Release Romney’s Tax Records and Obama’s College Transcripts

29 January 2012

15 February 2012

6 April 2012Wayne Root on the Bill Cunningham show (700-WLW)

13 June 2012

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/212963444016680960

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/212968310189457410

15 June 2012

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213628779778674688

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738283291774976

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738446831882241

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738560250064896

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738681142476800

18 June 2012

townhall.com: How Romney Can Win the Presidency – This Week

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/214724846796550145

19 June 2012

newsmax.com: Marco Rubio Is Romney’s Wild Card

rootforamerica.com: How Romney Can Beat Obama and Win the Presidency – this Week

22 June 2012

personalliberty.com (YouTube channel): Mitt Romney Can Lock Down The Election – THIS WEEK

5 July 2012

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/468330509846315

 

11 July 2012

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/442302579133477

 

13 July 2012

15 July 2012

 

17 July 2012

18 July 2012

19 July 2012

23 July 2012

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/121689671308023

 

24 July 201

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/342215642522448

 

27 July 2012

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/367818186623156

 

28 July 2012

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4178319213926

 

31 July 2012

townhall.com: Media is Mad Because Mitt Told the Truth?

 

3 August 2012

The Blaze: What Mitt Romney Should Tell Harry Reid

 

5 August 2012

Wayne Root on the Bill Cunningham show (700-WLW)

6 August 2012

The Hayride: UPDATED: Wayne Allyn Root Nails The Romney-Taxes Debate (quoted by “MacAoidh”)

The Ulsterman Report: Hey Mitt Romney – “Call Obama’s Bluff” (quoted by “Ulsterman”)

7 August 2012

rootforamerica.com: Obama’s College Classmate: “The Obama Scandal is at Columbia”

Joe Pags Show: Should Obama Put Up or Shut Up?

Hannity Interviews Wayne Allyn Root (rough transcript at foxnews.com)

American Thinker: ‘Call Obama’s bluff!’ (by Thomas Lifson)

Conservative Heritage Times: Wayne Allyn Root Gives Romney the Same Advice I Gave Him a Month Ago (quoted by “RedPhillips”)

examiner.com: ‘You show me yours, and I’ll show you mine’ (quoted by Bryian Revoner)

The Stafford Voice: Wayne Root: “The Obama Scandal is at Columbia” (quoted by “Daniel”)

9 August 2012

personalliberty.com: Obama’s College Classmate Speaks Out: The Scandal At Columbia That Ends The Obama Presidency

Steve Malzberg Spreecast: Malzberg / Wayne Root – Obama A Fraud?

 

 

10 August 2012

personalliberty.com (YouTube channel): Obama’s College Classmate Speaks Out: The Scandal At Columbia That Ends The Obama Presidency

11 August 2012

 

 

 

12 August 2012

13 August 2012

townhall.com: How to Turn Paul Ryan into “Obama’s Shadow”

rootforamerica.com: How to Turn Paul Ryan into “Obama’s Shadow”

 

14 August 2012

16 August 2012

personalliberty.com (YouTube channel): Turn Paul Ryan Into “Obama’s Shadow”

17 August 2012

23 August 2012

28 August 2012

rootforamerica.com: Message to Romney: Own the Word “Extreme”

townhall.com: Message to Romney: Own The Word “Extreme”

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/510463435634165

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4313584875483

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/510461612301014

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4313789680603

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/477182795640000

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240494434867875840

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240636498309967872

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240636619831508993

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240638300971487234

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240638438162968577

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240649263498022912

 

 

 

31 August 2012

Fox News: A gold medal for Romney in Tampa

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/511723615508147

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4326758684820

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241702517761789952

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241702615069622272

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241702744640077824

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241702820095610880

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241702880871063555

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241703134680989697

 

1 September 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/494256013920275

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/259660100803968

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/472495782782907

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/521327117883562

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241908065312583680

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/241938435064090625

 

 

 

2 September 2012

Wayne Root on the Bill Cunningham show (700-WLW)

4 September 2012

Fox News: Why Obama has abandoned Israel and Jews should abandon Obama

rootforamerica.com: Why Obama has Abandoned Israel and Why Jews Should Abandon Obama

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/458158484214782

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/352112464874258

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/269930693123726

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/242975494314811393

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/243001042118275075

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/243088245519433728

 

 

 

5 September 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/465637676801785

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/243227254337961985

 

6 September 2012

United Liberty: Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party, backs Romney (quoted by Jason Pye)

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/243790453068144640

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/243790583968194560

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/243790677727670272

7 September 2012

libertarianrepublican.net: Wayne Root formally leaves the Libertarian Party for the GOP, endorses Romney (quoted by Eric Dondero)

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/244114349629792257

angrywhitedude.com: WAYNE ALLYN ROOT LEAVES LIBERTARIAN PARTY – REJOINS REPUBLICANS TO DEFEAT HOPENCHANGE! (quoted by “AWD”)

Free Republic: Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party, backs Romney (by “SumProVita”)

The Rob Schilling Show: Root for Mitt: Libertarian Wayne Allyn Root officially endorses Republican Romney for president (quoted by Rob Schilling)

8 September 2012

Time for Jewish Voters to Dump Obama

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/151804944959232

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/244869030316478464

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/244869145198469120

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/244869242879614978

9 September 2012

9-9-12 Wayne Allyn Root on FNC

IndianaShooter.com: 08 Libertarian Pres and VP say vote for Romney (quoted by “haldir”)

FavStocks.com: Very good news: a prominent libertarian joins the fight (quoted by “Babalublog”)

The Global Dispatch: Wayne Allyn Root leaves the Libertarian Party to go to GOP, throws support behind Romney (quoted by Robert Herriman)

examiner.com: Wayne Root defects from LP to GOP (quoted by Matthew Reece)

INGunowners: Libertarian Party Boss says Vote for Romney (quoted by “Expat”)

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/383878378350714

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/244869242879614978

1070 WINA News Radio: Former Libertarian Leader Endorses Romney

 

11 September 2012

rootforamerica.com: Major Political Announcement – Wayne Endorses Mitt Romney!

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/435073666555375

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/245566200292200448

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/245566036945039360

 

12 September 2012

The Blaze: Why I Am Rejoining the GOP and Supporting Mitt Romney

The Blaze: Q&A With Former Libertarian VP Candidate Turned Romney Supporter Wayne Allyn Root

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/222536147874113

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/517058388308003

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/429531450417546

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/245921723189432320

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/245974226211835904

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/245921723189432320

 

 

13 September 2012

personalliberty.com: Why America’s Leading Libertarian Is Endorsing Mitt Romney And Joining The GOP

personalliberty.com YouTube channel: Why America’s Leading Libertarian Is Endorsing Mitt Romney And Joining The GOP

rootforamerica.com: Why America’s Leading Libertarian Is Endorsing Mitt Romney And Joining The GOP

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/414400585288530

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/246223687332790274

 

15 September 2012

libertarianrepublican.net: The Real Story behind Wayne Root’s leaving the Libertarian Party: Source – local LPers showed very bad manners during a party/fundraiser at his home

16 September 2012

Wayne Root on the Bill Cunningham show (700-WLW)

17 September 2012

townhall.com: Why This Ex-Libertarian is Voting Mitt Romney

20 September 2012

Root on the Mike Huckabee radio show

21 September 2012

Fox News: Real lesson of the Chicago teachers strike – fire them all and start over!

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/520444597969382

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/248830496614797312

 

22 September 2012

MRCTV: Wayne Allen Root (2008 veep for the Libertarian Party) Explains His Coming Back to the GOP

Posted to Root’s Facebook page – http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/448598905190133

24 September 2012

breitbart.com: Romney Is ‘Bullworth’

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/439846069400447

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/250339525270839296

 

http://www.facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/414048715324466

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/250381312148520960

 

25 September 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/283680881742801

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/250593450909659136

 

26 September 2012

newsmax.com: Message to Mitt: Just Tell the Truth

Eagle Daily Investor: Mitt Romney Election Victory Guide

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/280148138753892

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/251069816948027393

 

27 September 2012

Washington Times: Wayne Root on the Andy Park show (WTNT)

personalliberty.com: Obama’s White Voter Gap

personalliberty.com (YouTube): Obama’s White Voter Gap: Root For America

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/352540524837094

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/251325101339987968

 

The Blaze: Obama’s Suicide Economy

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/505006539528485

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/251394840410083328

 

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/286773808089934

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/251486255840362499

 

1 October 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/417254988334935

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/252829479150432256

 

2 October 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/367519476660280

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/327093914054993

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253120460630396928

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253124826330447872

 
 

3 October 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/517024134992855

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253240432601993216

 

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/526612814019227

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253726532533620736

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253726590998048769

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253727412020469760

 
 

4 October 2012

Fox News: Mitt Romney is the smartest guy in the room

rootforamerica.com: Mitt Romney is the smartest guy in the room

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/357617204326750

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/526755750671600

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/412319708823715

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/475176549171516

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253845917306851328

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253846125000396800

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/253848307078668288

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/254067635715731456

 
 

6 October 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/205575662908680

8 October 2012

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/463957376978146

http://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/255357790304997376

9 October 2012

Fox News: Romney wins in a landslide – Las Vegas oddsmaker doubles down on prediction

rootforamerica.com: Las Vegas Oddsmaker Doubles Down on Prediction of Romney Landslide

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/337928859636124

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/510280652330213

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/529477880399387

11 October 2012

personalliberty.com: Why Romney Will Win By A Landslide, Part 2

personalliberty.com YouTube channel: Why Romney Will Win By A Landslide, Pt. 2: ROOT For America

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/353479428076802

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/448305661887293

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/122857897863921

12 October 2012

Washington Times: ROOT: Mitt Romney heading for a landslide win

rootforamerica.com: The VP Debate: Did Biden Win the Battle, But Lose the War?

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/446781232029991

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/418837634837840


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Monday, 17 September 2012

Wayne Root, Traitor

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:43 AM (00:43)

Current mood: pissed

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Wayne Root, Traitor
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 03:27:01
From: Libertarian Party of New Mexico <lpnm.chair@gmail.com>
To: [LP State Chairs’ List]

On 9/14/2012 1:17 AM, Lupe Diaz wrote:

That’s a good question.  What benefit did we derive?

That our Party is set in ways that might have worked 40 years ago.  The way Wayne was treated, shows how much of a little tent party we have today.  Now, who will the little tent libertarians, witch hunt?

Who will we witch-hunt, indeed?

The next LNCC Chair who uses the position as a tag-line for stumping for a non-libertarian candidate running against a duly nominated LP candidate, that’s who I for one will target.

Just like I did with Wayne Root recently.

The facts, as previously presented to the LNC and State Chairs:

  1. Wayne Root was a member-at-large of the LNC until 6 Sept 2012.
  2. Wayne Root was the Chair of the LNCC until 6 Sept 2012.
  3. Wayne Root was the Vice-Chair of the LPNV Executive Committee until 6 Sept 2012.
  4. From 18 June 2012 to 6 Sept 2012, while serving in those three positions, Wayne Root wrote a few articles, did a few TV and radio appearances in which he talked up Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – both non-libertarian Republicans running for public office.
  5. From 18 June 2012 to 6 Sept 2012, Wayne Root used Facebook and Twitter to publicize his articles and media appearances stumping for Romney and Ryan.
  6. From 18 June 2012 to 6 Sept 2012, Wayne Root hardly said a word about Gary Johnson and Jim Gray – nominated Libertarian candidates for the same offices as Romney and Ryan.
  7. From 18 June 2012 to 6 Sept 2012, Wayne Root hardly said a word about Gary Johnson and Jim Gray on Facebook or Twitter.
  8. Both Gary Johnson and Jim Gray have demonstrated a much greater understanding of the Non-Aggression principle and how to apply that principle to the issues of the day than either Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan.

By stumping for Romney and Ryan while on the LP’s national leadership team after Johnson and Gray had been nominated, Wayne crossed the line, and he knew it.

I suspect that’s why he didn’t try to bluster his way out of this one, like he did back in April.

Here’s the pathetic part about all of this – Wayne’s supporters have yet to deny or dispute ANY of the points that I’ve reiterated above.

He has helped put the LP out on the frontlines.

How so?

Is the Libertarian Party supposed to be a viable organization on its own, or just a “farm team” for budding Republicans?

What’s the point of keeping it alive as an alternative to the GOP and Democrats if we’re going to put up with members of the national-level leadership team who use their affiliation with the LP as part of their biography blurb while they campaign for non-libertarians candidates running against the LP’s nominated candidates?

Now who do we have being a spokesperson for the LP?

Gary Johnson, Jim Gray, 500-plus others.

Spokespeople who behave as Root has in the past three months need to be shown the door.

Why does the LP need someone to go on TV who will tell the audience that they’re with the LP and then proceed to talk up Mittens?

I don’t get it.

If I had behaved as Root has recently – stumping for Romney and Ryan while ignoring Johnson and Gray, all under the LP name – I would EXPECT my Central Committee here to remove me for cause.

We know Wayne is a Salesman, Politician, Businessman, and Communications Expert.  What can we learn from this?  The next person that comes in will get treated the same way, if they attempt to communicate to the outside world.

What was he trying to sell in the last three months?

Mitt Romney as a libertarian?!

Apparently so.

Quite a few of us aren’t buying.

So when the Ron Paul and RLC Republicans were to have come to us from the GOP, all pissed off at being told “Go sit in the corner and shut up – but you BETTER be there to support us when we need it” by Reince Priebus and the RNC Gang on behalf of Romney, and they saw Root campaigning for Romney using the LP name, what then would they think of the LP?

Last night (9-13), one of those Ron Paul Republicans who was an alternate in Tampa came to our meetup here in Albuquerque – he told us that he didn’t even bother sticking around for the vote where Mittens was nominated, just walked out that Tuesday afternoon. He’s planning on voting for Johnson – what would he have said if he were to have seen Root on Fox News talking up Romney using the LP’s name?

Here’s a hint: it wouldn’t have been good.

How does that improve the LP?

It doesn’t.

Let’s face it – “Romney-tarianism” doesn’t sell well with LP members, or even among libertarian-leaning Republicans.

Hell, take a look at http://freerepublic.com – quite a few of the posters there (the ones who say that all we do is smoke dope and have intimate relations with pets, livestock and kids) have no use for Romney.

At last night’s meet-up, Jon Barrie, the IAP’s candidate for Senate was there – he told me that there really isn’t any defense for Root’s conduct. A week ago, Bobby Bridgewater, the IAP-NM State Chair, asked me “What the fuck’s up with Root?” Then he told me that if Root had done what he did while on the IAP’s national committee, they would have just given him the boot – “he would have been gone in an hour,” something to that effect.

For what it’s worth, Barrie told me he’s going to endorse Johnson, and told me a good bit of his campaign team are Johnson supporters.

Kind of funny – Barrie is campaigning as a conservative Christian, yet he was recommended to me by a long-time enthusiastic atheist and pot smoker.

I often wondered why do we try to keep Libertarianism a secret from the everyday people who matter.

Who’s this “we” you’re referring to here?

I’ve done my share of cable-access TV, written a few letters to the editor, been on the radio, spoke at rallies, that sort of thing.

NEVER once in my life as a member of the Libertarian Party, much less as a representative of the LP in any official capacity, have I EVER had the urge to campaign for the likes of Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan.

How does talking up Romney and Ryan do any good for the libertarian cause?

Anyway, Wayne was supposed to be our “branding” expert – he was the one who was going to put us in the “big leagues.”

To me, “branding” means differentiation from the competition – you don’t pitch RC Cola by going on TV and telling the audience how much you prefer Coke over Pepsi.

We have lack of leadership and direction in our national party.  People are afraid of change, and leadership with action.  We might actually become a major party.

Root’s kind of action is exactly what is NOT needed.

I don’t have any personal gripe with Root, but considering his behavior over the past three months – goodbye and good riddance.

On Sep 13, 2012 10:19 PM, Cisse Spragins wrote:

Wayne was (technically) in the LP working his alleged magic for 4 years.  What benefit did we derive? Hint, look at the numbers, it appears they’re off by a few million… It’s touching Rich and Lupe care so much for Wayne, given that he only cares for himself…

On Sep 13, 2012 9:28 PM, Lupe Diaz wrote:

I would have to agree with Rich, on this one.

I still consider Wayne a friend, no matter what Party he belongs to.

I have come to the conclusion, that Libertarian is a philosophy that is stronger then party affiliation.

I tend to agree, but my sentiments along those lines take me in the direction of Jim Davidson and Tom Knapp.

The way our current party stands, we are our worst enemy.

How so?

On Sep 13, 2012 8:43 PM, Richard Burke wrote:

Mark,

No, I think he was hounded out of the LP.  While he was in the LP I believe that he was positioned and deployed horrifically.  Part of that is his fault, part of it is ours.  All of the personal acrimony against him understandably left a bad taste in his mouth, he’s had enough, and he is taking what he believes to be the most viable course in light of that.  I don’t agree with him, but I don’t blame him.

I agree that Root was positioned and deployed horrifically.

Where we disagree about is what should have been his proper position and deployment.

To be sure, for better AND for worse, Wayne is Wayne.  He’s not perfect, and he’s not a 100% Libertarian (few are).  But he was an awesome bridge to millions of people who might have otherwise investigated the LP because of the credibility he enjoys as a media figure.

I’m not perfect, either, but at least I’m not willing to hose all over the Non-Aggression Principle (what we’re supposed to be all about in the LP) just to make a few brownie points with Hannity.

IMHO, we have missed a great opportunity.

Exactly which opportunity was that?


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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Wayne Allyn Romney

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:48 PM (23:48)

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: For Your Consideration
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:47:40 -0600
From: Libertarian Party of New Mexico [lpnm.chair@gmail.com]
To: [Libertarian Party State Chair’s List], Robert Kraus, Carla Howell, Geoffrey Neale, Lee Wrights, Tim Hagan, Ruth Bennett, Michael Cloud, Bill Redpath, Wayne Root, Starchild, Arvin Vohra, Norm Olsen, Tony Ryan, Vicki Kirkland, Richard Schrade, Jillian A Mack, Sam Goldstein, Dan Wiener, Scott Lieberman, Brett Pojunis, Audrey Capozzi, Rich Tomasso, David Blau, James W. Lark III, Scott Spencer, Dianna Visek, Michael Knebel, John Jay Myers, Paulie Frankel

It seems that Wayne Allyn Root spent a good bit of June, July and August stumping for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (with a little bit for Scott Brown, etc.) on Fox News, townhall.com, and personalliberty.com, etc., and then posting about it to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

This is inexcusable.

I’ve never been one to join the anti-Root campaigns before, but this pushes me over the top.

I know that he said he was just giving Team Romney some “free advice.”

How would George Bush have reacted if GEN McChrystal or GEN Petraeus had put out a press release with some “free advice” for al-Qaeda or the Taliban?

SHOW ME the “branding” guy from Pepsi who gets ahead by talking up Coke in the media.

The proverbial “Duh” comes to mind here.

Hey, Wayne, I don’t have any personal animosity towards you. If you were JUST an oddsmaker posting predictions, I could let some of this slide. If you were JUST a pundit expressing your views, I could let some of this slide. And there’s too much, over too long of a time span, to blow this off as a “lapse in judgment” or “poor choice of words.”

But the fact remains that you’re ALSO the current chair of the LNCC, sitting on the LNC, and sitting on the Nevada LP’s state-level Executive Committee, while stumping for GOP candidates (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan) in direct opposition to the LP’s candidates for the same offices (Gary Johnson and Jim Gray).

THE EVIDENCE

I’ve got a few screenshots and saved web pages. Here’s some URLs for your examination (screenshots are attached at the bottom) – I’m sure there’s more to be found, so check these URLs, too:

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/

http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/

Articles, Radio Shows

Wayne Root on the Bill Cunningham show (700-WLW)

Townhall.com: How Romney Can Win the Presidency – This Week

Newsmax.com: Marco Rubio Is Romney’s Wild Card

Townhall.com: Media is Mad Because Mitt Told the Truth?

personalliberty.com: Obama’s College Classmate Speaks Out: The Scandal At Columbia That Ends The Obama Presidency

Steve Malzberg Spreecast: Malzberg / Wayne Root – Obama A Fraud?

Townhall.com: How to Turn Paul Ryan into “Obama’s Shadow”

The Blaze: What Mitt Romney Should Tell Harry Reid

Townhall.com: Message to Romney: Own The Word “Extreme”

Facebook

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/510463435634165

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4313584875483

http://facebook.com/WayneAllynRoot/posts/510461612301014

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4178319213926

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/367818186623156

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/342215642522448

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/4313789680603

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/121689671308023

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/477182795640000

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/442302579133477

http://facebook.com/wayne.a.root/posts/468330509846315

Twitter

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240649263498022912

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240638438162968577

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240638300971487234

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240636619831508993

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240636498309967872

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/240494434867875840

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/214724846796550145

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738681142476800

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738560250064896

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738446831882241

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213738283291774976

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/213628779778674688

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/212968310189457410

https://twitter.com/WayneRoot/status/212963444016680960

______________________________________________________________________
Mike Blessing
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico
505-515-7015 / http://lpnm.us

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?
______________________________________________________________________
——– Original Message Ends ——–

Here’s a response to this by Alex Snitker, the Libertarian Party of Florida’s 2010 candidate for U.S. Senate:

Wayne Allyn Root: Whose side are you on?

Reason magazine coverage:

Wayne Allyn Root Is Why the Libertarian Party Can’t Have Nice Things

Wayne Root, former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate and Current Member of the LP’s National Committee: “It’s Gotta Be Romney, There is No Choice”

Here’s the IPR coverage on part of Root’s antics for this year:

LP Members Express Concern that Wayne Allyn Root is Campaigning for Romney

Drudge Report Links to Wayne Allyn Root Obama / Columbia Article

Wayne Allyn Root: Media is Mad Because Mitt Told the Truth?

Is Wayne Allyn Root Leaving the Libertarian Party?

Wayne Allyn Root Tells Radio Audience to Vote for Romney

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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Re: Letter from L. Neil

Filed under: Correspondence, Politics, Security, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:40 AM (07:40)

Never forget that immediately after the events of 11 Sept 2001 (some call it “9-11”), the neo-conservatives were up in arms that the Air Force didn’t have F-16s and F-15s ready to intercept and shoot down the hijacked airliners. At the same time, they were also complaining that “airport security” wasn’t “tight enough.”

So when it comes down to brass tacks, the Busheviks would rather shoot down a plane with 90-100 people on board who haven’t hurt anyone else on the plane—turning them into 600-mph hamburger as their bodies are shredded by the explosion of an air-to-air missile and/or 20-mm or 30-mm cannon-fire — rather than let those same people carry any sort of self-defense technology onto the aircraft.

So much for their support of the Second Amendment.


NOTES

  1. Published at / in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 597 – 28 November 2010

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Sunday, 24 August 2008

Does Condi Need a Boyfriend?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:33 PM (18:33)

Recently I was skimming the list of blogs located at the New Mexico Liberty site. At Brigette Russell’s Moralia site, I found a link to a Pravda article [1] that just has to be read – I was laughing so hard that I was in tears.

It seems that, according to Russia’s national blowhard, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, that Condeleeza Rice is making the comments she’s making about the situation between Russia and Georgia (not the American state, but the former Soviet satellite state) because she needs a boyfriend –

“Condoleezza Rice released a coarse anti-Russian statement. This is because she is a single woman who has no children. She loses her reason because of her late single status. Nature takes it all.

“Such women are very rough. They are all workaholics, public workaholics. They can be happy only when they are talked and written about everywhere: ‘Oh, Condoleezza, what a remarkable woman, what a charming Afro-American lady! How well she can play the piano and speak Russian! What a courageous, tough and strong female she is!’

“This is the only way to satisfy her needs of a female. She derives pleasure from it. If she has no man by her side at her age, he will never appear. Even if she had a whole selection of men to choose from she would stay single because her soul and heart have hardened. Like Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, or Alexander the Great of Macedon Ms. Rice needs to fight and release tough public statements in global scale. She needs to be on top of the world.

“Ms. Rice was always interested in Russia. Now she needs to prove that she does have a certain amount of knowledge about Russia. Her goal number one is to observe USA’s interest. If Russia rises, it means that the USA falls down. Europe has united, China is growing speedily and Russia possesses immense power in terms of fuel resources. The US administration cannot do anything about it.

“The USA experiences the crisis of ideological and moral values. Americans try to talk about positive family values, although the actual state of things is disastrous. That is why they need to protect themselves with such public personas as Condoleezza Rice who gains pleasure from political commotions.

“The civilized world needs to think about a decision when single politicians are not allowed to stay in power. This was a common practice in the Soviet political system. The matter of international relations is very subtle and exquisite. One single word or phrase may play an extremely important role in politics. This is not the place, where one can sublimate their personal sexual problems.

“Complex-prone women are especially dangerous. They are like malicious mothers-in-law, women that evoke hatred and irritation with everyone. Everybody tries to part with such women as soon as possible. A mother-in-law is better than a single and childless political persona, though.

“This is really scary. Ms. Rice’s personal complexes affect the entire field of international politics. This is an irritating factor for everyone, especially for the East and the Islamic world. When they look at her, they go mad.

“Condoleezza Rice needs a company of soldiers. She needs to be taken to barracks where she would be satisfied. On the other hand, she can hardly be satisfied because of her age. This is a complex. She needs to return to her university and teach students there. She could also deal with psychological analysis.

“The true reason of Ms. Rice’s attack against Russia is very simple. Condoleezza Rice is a very cruel, offended woman who lacks men’s attention. Releasing such stupid remarks gives her the feeling of being fulfilled. This is the only way for her to attract men’s attention,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky said.

Let’s see – the American armed forces are busy with the Iraq and Afghanistan Occupations, as well as the Hunt for Osama and the Forty Al-Qaeda, stomping out miscellaneous “terrorist” cells on behalf of various governments, and miscellaneous training and humanitarian missions in about a hundred-some countries. The LAST thing that America needs at this point is any military involvement in the Ossetia situation. It’s a good thing that Condi’s power is limited to holding press conferences and uttering sound bites for the cameras – otherwise, her bosses in Washington DC just might have turned to radioactive plasma by now, courtesy of the Strategic Rocket Forces.


NOTES

  1. You and what army, Condi?
  2. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – Xanga

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