Posted on September 14th, 2010 by Susan Gaztañaga
Robert Glaser, Secretary of the Maryland Libertarian Party, had this encounter with Governor O’Malley today at the polls.
Turnout was light, so I only managed to collect 82 petition signatures.
Around the 8:00 pm closing time, Governor O’Malley came by. He was chatting and having pictures taken, mostly with poll workers. I went up to him:
Robert Glaser: (shaking hands) Hello, Governor!
Governor O’Malley: Hi!
Robert Glaser: Do you believe in competition?
Governor O’Malley: Yes, do you?
Robert Glaser: Absolutely. Would you be willing to sign a petition for the continuation of the Libertarian Party in Maryland?
Governor O’Malley: No Way! (Laughing) But I appreciate you’re trying!
The very first thing I did when I got home was wash my hands.
He hasn’t changed. In 1995, when O’Malley and my husband, Lorenzo were both running for Baltimore City Council in the third district, other canidates signed Lorenzo’s ballot access petition, but O’Malley refused in pretty much the same way.
Posted on August 20th, 2010 by Susan Gaztañaga
- L to R: Bill Buzzell, Steve Boone, Scott Spencer, Mike Linder
The summer campaign seasaon started with a booth at the Chesapeake Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore City.
7th District Congressional candidate Scott Spencer
Posted on May 18th, 2010 by admin
Libertarians do not believe in the initiation of force to attain political or social value. We call this “The Non-Aggression Principle.” Another way of putting it is that the ends do not justify using aggressive force as the means. The purpose of any government (Libertarians say, the only purpose) is to protect the rights of all people. Any power government may exercise that does not have the consent of the governed is unjust.
Libertarian philosophy was eloquently expressed in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men* are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The Declaration of Independence is as revolutionary today as it was in the eighteenth century.
Could you be a Libertarian? Take the “World’s Smallest Political Quiz” and find out.
Here’s a video clip in which I explain Libertarian philosophy.
As the Pyramid of Power below illustrates, there are various levels, or degrees of aggression-through-government—all of them unjust and unconstitutional.
[I will recreate this graphic as a jpg in Adobe Illustrator if you want to use this version of the website]
* We understand this to mean both men and women.