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A Real Presidential Candidate for 2012 (if Ron Paul doesn't make it)

A Real Presidential Candidate for 2012 (if Ron Paul doesn't make it)

On MSNBC, Libertarian Wayne Root Criticizes McCain and Questions Palin Tea Party Credentials



March 27th, 2010 · 13 Comments
On Friday Mar. 26 a Bloomberg News story was headlined “Tea Party Advocates Who Scorn Socialism Want A Government Job”. The article was about a Bloomberg poll that found 26% of Americans agree when asked “Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Tea Party Movement?” Of those supporters, 70% agreed with the vague statement that “the government needs to do a lot more to create jobs”.

The poll also found that 53% of Tea Party supporters favored privatizing Social Security and Medicare, compared to 33% of everyone polled. 30% of everyone polled strongly agreed that “health care is a private matter and individuals should make sure their needs are taken care of, through insurance, public clinics, or by paying for services directly”. 52% of everyone polled said that for deficit reduction the nation should consider “reducing annual cost of living increases for Social Security participants”.

MSNBC asked 2008 Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential nominee Wayne Root about the poll, while displaying a graphic saying “Tea Party Hypocrites?” Root hadn’t seen the polling data and reiterated the Tea Party philosophy of “smaller government, limited government, lower taxes, economic freedom”, and said “government is a failure at creating jobs”.

Root went on to call John McCain “a big-government Republican” who “tries to scare you to death that the sky is falling, the world is ending, the terrorists are coming, and we’ve got to spend money. And by spending money, the government gets bigger and more powerful”. Root said: “What the Tea Party is about is common sense, and I think Libetarians have common sense. Sarah Palin has been involved in the Tea Party movement, but there are a lot of people who are questioning whether she’s a Republican who wants to get the Tea Parties to support Republican candidates, or whether she really stands for limited government, even if that means electing Tea Party candidates who aren’t necessarily Republican. That’s certainly where I stand.”

Root is the #2 headliner behind Sarah Palin at today’s Tea Party Showdown In Searchlight, Nevada. Before today’s rally this morning, Palin spoke at a rally for McCain.

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Wayne Allan Root is a neocon scaremonger

Wayne Allan Root is a neocon scaremonger. He wants Obama to use aggressive rhetoric against Iran. Even Obama is better on Iran than Wayne Allan Root, which means W.A.R. really sucks.

So if Ron Paul doesn't get

So if Ron Paul doesn't get the GOP nomination, am I supposed to vote for Romney or Obama?

Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.


he was a classmate of Obama in Columbia. did he ever see him there?
maybe Pastor Manning should contact Root.

Wayne Allen Root and the 2012 Presidential election

A Libertarian Party candidate must be comfortable and confident articulating ALL of our libertarian positions. Any hesitation, as we saw with the limitations of Bob Barr and his campaign in '08, whether it is with the ridiculous National Sales Tax, the so called "fair tax" replacing(?) the IRS, or the demand to end all American overseas military presence as quickly and as thoroughly as possible; whether it is in support of honest and sound money and ending the FED, or complete and prompt drug legalization, any failures in expressing clear and consistant libertarian alterantives are seen by both critics and opponents of the LP, and even worse, the general public, as hypocrisy and ignorance, and inevitably discredits the Party and its advocates!

Is Allen Root comfortable and confident articulating liberty? I think that he has a way to go! He is clearly too willing to compromise on monetary policy, foreign policy, so-called "war-on-terror" and "war-on-drugs" issues and policies, Mr. Root displays far too great a willingness to "pick-and-choose". This is entirely understandable as a private citizen who can (and usually does) support the LP because of strong agreement on some of our positions and not others, but as a candidate or campaign director, still less a Party official, it is recipe for disaster, both ideologically and in terms of the LP public relations credibility.

Wayne Allen Root may become another Harry Browne or Ron Paul one day. I certainly hope so. Until then, we can--and must--certainly do a lot better, both with LP candidates and officials!

David K. Meller

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

I also consider myself a

I also consider myself a Libertarian and have a quick question for you. Do you think a Libertarian would be more electable if he were more moderate on certain issues that are more difficult to explain the LP's position? To many people who aren't familiar with the LP, some of their positions might sound radical. I guess what I'm trying to ask is... do you think the Libertarian movement would be more effective if it were more gradual in the direction of liberty instead of candidates promoting changes that many perceive to be too radical?

I consider myself to be Libertarian on pretty much every issue, but do we have a higher probability of success if we promote smaller changes but in the right direction instead of possibly scaring people with major changes?