Daily Archives: March 5, 2016

Freedom Socialist Party: Trump’s rise: a reaction long in the making

From the Freedom Socialist Party website, March 4th: 

The anger, xenophobia, and polarization so sharply on view on Super Tuesday didn’t come about overnight, or even since the Great Recession began or since 9/11 in 2001. It’s been a long time brewing, a product of some 50 years of unfolding bipartisan crisis. Continue reading

Zack Strong: Voting Independent is NOT a Vote for the Democrats

Zack Strong is a member of the Independent American Party. The following was published on his party’s website on February 25th:  Continue reading

Independent American Party releases first newsletter of 2016

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The Independent American Party, a minor right-wing political party similar to the Constitution Party, released its first newsletter of 2016 online on February 25th. Read the full newsletter here. 

About the Independent American Party, from Wikipedia:

The Independent American Party (IAP) is a paleoconservative political party in the United States. It began as the Utah Independent American Party. The founders claim to have been inspired by a 1968 speech given byEzra Taft Benson, former United States Secretary of Agriculture, entitled “The Proper Role of Government”. The party’s first platform was based on Benson’s beliefs for the Proper Role of Government. These 15 principles for the proper role of government, taken from his speech, are held as the IAP’s basis for recruiting.[1]

History[edit]

In 1998 three options were presented to party members:

  1. to remain affiliated with the national American Party (AP),
  2. to affiliate with the National U.S. Taxpayers Party (later named Constitution Party), or
  3. create a national Independent American Party (IAP).

On May 16, 1998, the Utah IAP held a straw vote favoring the formation of a national Independent American Party. A committee of six people was selected to initiate the organization, and by November 7, 1998, the national IAP was recognized by a binding vote of 79%.

In January 1999, the national IAP began holding semi-annual National Conferences. The national chairman attended a number of state and national conventions of other like-minded third parties across the nation to build ties. The IAP website (launched in September 1998) grew and attracted individual members in about forty states.[1]

In 2001, the IAP grew from one-state party to three organized state parties, encompassing Minnesota, Tennessee, and Utah; and twelve prospective state parties. Area Coordinators were assigned to each of four regions of the country. The IAP adopted its first National Platform in August 2002 and ended the year with three organized and 18 prospective state parties. In 2003 the party changed the structure of its officer positions from the traditional Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and elected a Chair and 4 Vice-Chairs. Each Vice-Chair was to be a leader over a geographical area (Western, Mid-Western, North-Eastern, and South), and were each to lead one of the five Standing Committees (Rules, Events, Membership, Issues, and Media).[1]

By 2004, the party involvement dwindled, and it did not have ballot status in any state. However, in 2012, the party gained ballot access in New Mexico. It ran Jon Barrie for the United States Senate. He received 28,199 votes, or 3.63%. However, Barrie left the party after the election and joined the Constitution Party.[2]

The Proper Role of Government[edit]

The IAP espouses The Proper Role of Government as expressed by former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson.[3] According to the IAP: “This talk is the heart, soul and spirit of our Party. If you read this (below) you will know who we are!”[3]

The PEOPL process[edit]

In 2013, the Independent American Party adopted the acronym PEOPL in describing a grassroots voting process. The PEOPL process, which stands for People Electing Only Principled Leaders, describes a way to elect representatives without involving “The Spirit of Party.” Independent American Party officers cite George Washington‘s farewell speech, in which he warns “…in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party,” and insist that the few selecting from the many, and then the many selecting from the few, is not correct principle.[4]

The first step in the PEOPL Process is signing The Independence Pledge.[5] The pledge is two-fold: a commitment to the principles for which the Founders stood, and a commitment to taking action.[5]

IAP annual summit[edit]

On August 2, 2014, the IAP conducted its fourth annual summit in St. George, Utah. Speakers included Sheriff Richard Mack and rancher Cliven Bundy.[6]

IAP Radio[edit]

IAP Radio contains a playlist of conservative speeches and books.[7] Book titles include The 5000 Year Leap and The Creature from Jekyll Island.[7]

Zoltan Istvan, Founder of Transhumanist Party, Virtually Endorses John McAfee for President

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Zoltan Istvan (left) and John McAfee

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for a link to the following, which is an article by Zoltan Istvan, founder of the Transhumanist Party, titled “To Grow Third-Party Politics in America, Make John McAfee the Libertarian Party Nominee”: 

In America and around the world, people are in disbelief over the 2016 US Presidential election so far. Bernie Sanders has risen to become a legend for the youth and hard left leaning. Trump is on his way to forever transforming the Republican Party and likely challenging Hillary Clinton for the most powerful position in the world. Cruz and Rubio, like tens of millions of Americans, are standing baffled at what has transpired in the last year.

The elections have become a flamboyant game show. And the people in the audience cheering the most are shareholders of media companies who are selling more ads than ever.

Unfortunately, much of the chaos and media antics haven’t translated too favorably yet for Third parties. Quietly, candidates like myself at the Transhumanist Party, attempt to spread our messages. Don’t get me wrong. We are succeeding, but not in the way that America deserves. America owes it to itself to hear the plight of the other leading 50 presidential candidates out there, who also bear important messages. Many of them are astute people that would likely govern well, like Harvard educated physician Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rod Silva of the Nutrition Party.

The good news for America is that the Libertarian Party will probably be on all 50 state ballots, meaning it’s possible that the Libertarian Party presidential candidate could significantly alter the outcome of the elections.

Read the rest of the article here.

New York Green state senate candidate Hirsh discusses his campaign

Green Party Watch, March 4th: 

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Seth Hirsh

New York’s Long Island Herald interviews Seth Hirsh, the Green Party nominee in the New York Ninth Senate District special election scheduled for April 19.

Hirsh, “an accountant who runs his private practice from his home, wants to impose a 1 percent tax, what he calls a stock transfer tax, on all Wall Street transactions that involve options and futures trading on essential commodities such as fuel, wheat and barley.” The funds “would pay for unfunded mandates and statewide county revenue sharing that would be used for infrastructure improvements and a new rail system from Albany to New York City. He also wants to create a state-charted bank that would also be funded by the stock transfer tax.”

He said, “I believe private banks are a complete rip off, a state-charted bank is not based on fees. I think it would be a big help like a federal credit union.”

Excerpt from the article:

North Woodmere resident Laurence “Seth” Hirsh said he is running as the Green Party candidate in the special election to fill the vacant 9th Senate District seat in the State Legislature “to eliminate corruption in Albany.”

“He’s well-versed in economic issues, studied the state issues focusing on taxes as he’s an accountant and ran previously for legislator,” said Nassau County Green Party Chairman Jim Brown, explaining why Hirsh was selected as their candidate. Hirsh lost to County Legislator Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) in last year’s Democratic primary.

Incumbent State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and Republican candidate and Hewlett Harbor resident Christopher McGrath, both attorneys, are also running in the special election to be held on April 19, the day of the presidential primary in New York state, for the State Senate’s 9th District seat vacated by Dean Skelos after his December conviction on corruption charges.

Video of Gary Johnson at CPAC

On March 3rd, Gary Johnson, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, delivered a short speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). As far as ATPR knows, Johnson was the only Libertarian Party member to address the CPAC audience this year. The video runs for eleven minutes.