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Huff Po: Beyond Left and Right: Why John Dennis Should Be a Liberal's Pick in San Francisco

By Dustin Reid | Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- There's an unusual candor about John Dennis that you don't often get from a politician who's running in one of the two major parties. But then again, a small businessman from New Jersey who grew up in a housing project can afford to be candid and honest when the media has marginalized him as a mere outlier against the most powerful person in congress, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

He's not even a politician. In fact, Dennis had rarely engaged the political realm until the 2008 Presidential election, in which he actively campaigned for Republican party outcast, Ron Paul. This time around it's Paul helping out Dennis, who he has endorsed.

The question is: Can John Dennis be taken seriously as a Republican when he's running on an anti-war, pro-civil liberties, anti-corporatist, pro-marijuana platform? In Dennis' own formulation, it's the only way to seriously challenge Pelosi, whom he has characterized as a "blatant corporatist."

In this blog, I want to argue that despite running as a Republican, Dennis is essentially running on a pragmatic, progressive agenda that brings together the most salient issues across parties. Issue by issue, I will outline why liberals, as well as conservatives, should consider Dennis over Pelosi in San Francisco.

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Great article...

...about a great candidate.

I don't agree with everything that John Dennis supports (Gay marriage, social welfare programs,etc.) but I recognize that he is LIGHT-YEARS better than his opposition on ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT MATTER.

Rand Paul bashers, are you listening?

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And you believe in liberty?

How could you be against "gay marriage" yet support the concept of freedom and liberty? I'm assuming that you do support those ideas...

Possibly

because "gay marriage" is an agenda to increase government control over even more people's lives, by empowering gov't to regulate and license them.

An agenda seeking freedom would be doing the opposite, and get the gov't OUT of the marriage licensing business, and allow people to do as they wish without gov't strings attached.

as I have said many times.

as I have said many times. There is difference between liberty from tyranny and liberty from Gods Law. Homosexuality is immoral and wrong. Now does that mean to be a lover of Liberty I have to support it? I agree with the poster above. I may not approve of what Dennis has said there but he is Light years ahead of anyone else. I have sent money to support his candidacy. I wish I lived there so I could vote for him.

Excellent!

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I feel all warm and fuzzy

I feel all warm and fuzzy after reading that.

THE main issue must be The War. The War, The War, The War, The War.
End the war and the government's excuses for the encroachments on our civil liberties and our finances will evaporate.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Dustin

nailed it. Great Job bro....

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Go to write comments on

Go to write comments on HuffPost comments-section for this article as now there is only 20 something comments. It would be great to fill the comments-section with DPer comments.

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Great article!

Great article!

And it is great that Reid's article is in HuffPost, but the problem is that it is very difficult to find it when reading HuffPost without having DP's link to it. It is not on their front page and it is not even in their Politics section, but only if one clicks link to "2010 Elections". So very little amount of people will actually find it and then possibly read it. That is very sad; so it is not at all brave of HuffPost to have this article on their page as somebody commented below. It would be brave of them if Dustin Reid's article would be on the left side of their front page where all the BLOGS are, but of course it is not there.

The article has only 19 comments which is less than how many comments Reid's article has on Daily Paul (33 comments by now on DP). That is very lousy as on the regular bases HuffPost articles get hundreds of comments, even thousands of comments and some times even over 10 000 comments.

I wish HuffPost readers would read Reid's article as it would most probably make them think about the false left-right paradigm and what Pelosi is really about and that there might be solutions found from places they would never in thousand years figure out like that there is Republican who is more to their values than the Wicked Witch of the West.

Good work mr. Reid aka mr. silence!

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It is obvious

They don't want anyone to see this article. Anything that criticizes the Dem. party establishment disappears quickly on HuffPost.

Thank you, and baby steps. I

Thank you, and baby steps. I play on the Huff Po softball team with most of the editors-- so I'm making my inroads now for a Ron Paul 2012 run.

That's very good to hear. So

That's very good to hear. So hopefully 2012 you can hit "beyond left and right" Ron Paul Homeruns on a regular basis on HuffPost frontpage!

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

Great article and the

Great article and the comments below it were mostly good--which is a stretch for HP.

We need the left, especially the young left. They are an important part of our country and if we could win them over, we'd have a powerful group behind us for the future and beyond....

Here's the part where I laughed.

The article says, "The question is: Can John Dennis be taken seriously as a Republican when he's running on an anti-war, pro-civil liberties, anti-corporatist, pro-marijuana platform?"

My response is could anybody be taken seriously as a Democrat, while espousing the same positions?
I say, obviously no.
The Dem Party is essentially vacant of support for any of those positions too.
In fact, it could easily be stated that the only bastion remaining to support those positions are in the Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party.

I find it funny how these authors blithely imply characteristics to Dems which are clearly not attributable.
It's just part of the silly left-wing media game to make people think that the Dem Party has some kind of support for everyday people. They never have, and they never will.

The list of Dem infractions of all those criteria listed by the author is so long that I won't even try to make the list.

He was writing for the Huff post audience

He is also a member of the daily paul and posted this. Get over the whole left-wing media thing and see how this might persuade left leaning people to look a little closer at the party they associate with.

Ha!

I didn't open the right/left subject.
He asked a question, and I answered it.
However, I do agree with his points that John Dennis is the candidate for the job.

Good point. Ha.

He definitely did ask a question and you definitely did answer it.

I Agree

I think the Libertarian message is the MOST attractive of the 3 big parties. Unfortunately, its also the MOST misunderstood message. Libertarians are deliberately painted as pothead druggie losers who want to force children to take heroin and get rid of all laws so there is anarchy in the streets. I think this is the moment for the Libertarian Party to shine and they're completely missing it.

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That was a brave article by Reid, and it's

brave of HuffPo to post it. More amazingly, the first page of commments there are all positive! Wow. People are actually thinking, not just kneejerk reacting along partisan lines.

This is a bomb of an article.

This is a bomb of an article. The HuffPo actually suggesting to vote for a Liberty Republican over Pelosi

Its Great

Except that no one is going to see it. We need to get some comments on there.

Right on! Bump!

Right on! Bump!

I've been wondering for some time now

why it has taken the Left so long to discover and embrace Libertarian principles. Am I alone here?

They still aren't embracing them.

Had John Dennis run as a Libertarian, and I'd bet there is one in the race also, then the Huffington Post wouldn't have given him the time of day.

Unless you have a D or R by your name, they are not interested.

Maybe we need to start adding

Maybe we need to start adding a pre-suffix to the (R). Like a (LR) for Liberty Republican?

a prefix. English

a prefix. English terminology is a bit rusty. Never really cared what things were called, I just wrote.

Good idea BMT

Bump

They are conditioned

to see anyone who does not agree with them as crazy. This is a very good article but no one will see it as it is buried on the politics page. Anything that criticizes the Dem. party establishment is still very suspect on HuffPost.