Politics Revealed: Obama Campaign Bundler Helping Fund Libertarian in Tight Va. Gubernatorial Race … A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot – a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race. Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis' campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis' name on Tuesday's statewide ballot. Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC's major benefactor. He's also a top bundler for President Barack Obama. This revelation comes as Virginia voters head to the polls Tuesday in an election where some observers say the third-party gubernatorial candidate could be a spoiler for Republican Ken Cuccinelli. – The Blaze
Dominant Social Theme: Libertarians and Tea Party types falter as common sense increasingly prevails in political campaigns.
Free-Market Analysis: We can see from this bit of news (published before the Cuccinelli loss in Virginia) that it is "open season" on the Tea Party and libertarians. The mainstream parties are united only in their disdain and fear of what can certainly be characterized as a growing freedom movement both in the US and overseas.
Like all freedom movements, it has its excesses and unfortunate narratives but the core of it is exasperation and disdain for business as usual, including big government, regulation, taxes and even central bank monetization. People don't want to CHANGE big government; they want to be done with it.
And thus, as the dust settles regarding the tight loss of Republican Ken Cuccinelli to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, questions continue to linger about the Democrat's use of unfair campaign strategies. But it's not just the Cuccinelli campaign. There are other signs that the entrenched power elite is prepared to fight back on a number of fronts.
• As we covered just yesterday, the mainstream media, including Bloomberg, is trumpeting the decline of the "wackos" (Tea Party) and using a marginal and tight race to illustrate it.
• The Washington Times – no friend of libertarianism – recently killed regular contributions by Senator Rand Paul over plagiarism accusations. Rand Paul has now been branded as a "cheat" and surely other aspersions will be subtly cast upon his character. Did he believe he could continue to broadcast his voice without a fight? When Glenn Beck went "off the reservation" Fox fired him.
Really, there is NO CHANGE that can come from within the system itself. The Internet Reformation is driving change but it's not going to come via mainstream political and media facilities – even ones that seem differentiated. Anthony Wile wrote about this when he announced he would not appear on RT anymore.
• Wendy McElroy's first post-conference editorial dealt with why mainstream solutions are not real solutions. She noted that, "The state-aligned libertarian may be a pleasant person with good intentions but the intentions do not change the outcome of his actions."
As change occurs – and it will – people will increasingly look to mainstream solutions to implement new and popular solutions. They will be surprised and increasingly frustrated to find that their expectations will not be met. Instead, the system will be perverted by those who do not want real change and have the resources to prevent it.
The McAuliffe episode is most illustrative in this regard. Here's more from the Blaze article:
Obama bundler Joe Liemandt helping fund Libertarian candidate in governors race … A spokesman for Sarvis provided no direct answers late Monday when TheBlaze asked about Liemandt's Democrat ties and whether Sarvis had been recruited to split conservative votes as a way to aid Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
"We're coordinating Sarvis interviews with Richmond, Norfolk and Charlottesville TV news teams to reach Virginia voters – our first priority – on Election Eve," John Vaught LaBeaume, Sarvis communications director and strategist, responded in an email to TheBlaze.
… In March 2012, ABC News reported Liemandt was among three dozen of the Obama campaign's largest bundlers invited to a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron. ABC News reported the invited bundlers, who also included Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, were responsible for at least $10.7 million of the $250 million the campaign had collected to that point.
… On Sunday, the Danville Register & Bee, a Virginia newspaper owned by Berkshire Hathaway, announced that, for the first time in its history, it would back a Libertarian for public office. It endorsed Sarvis, a political neophyte, saying he "offers a real alternative this year, a break from the two-party paradigm that has not served us well."
According to campaign finance reports, the Libertarian Booster PAC focused the vast majority of its spending on getting Sarvis on the ballot, paying for people to circulate the petitions to collect nominating petitions for Sarvis. News reports indicate the Sarvis campaign turned in 18,000 signatures, well above the 10,000 necessary to get his name on the statewide ballot.
… Some political observers have questioned Sarvis' libertarian chops, pointing to some decidedly un-libertarian views on issues ranging from the economy and tax cuts to climate change. Conservative radio host Glenn Beck touched on Sarvis' policy positions during his broadcast Monday morning, urging Virginia voters to educate themselves before heading the polls Tuesday.
… In addition, it was Cuccinelli and not Sarvis who won the endorsement of former congressman and noted libertarian Ron Paul and his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — two conservatives who share Beck's concerns. Democratic Ploy? So why should a Texan with such extensive ties to big-government Democrats pour money into a Virginia libertarian gubernatorial campaign that has virtually no chance to win?
With a divide between the Republican Establishment in Washington and its conservative grassroots base widening, could strategically leveraging a third-party be Democrats' ace in the hole?
The last excerpt theorizes that Democrats are going to continue to undermine Republicans via various stratagems. But the reality may be a good deal more unpleasant and frustrating for Republicans oriented around libertarian viewpoints. There is ample evidence that it actually will be Republicans who will sabotage the GOP's growing libertarian tendency.
In other words, so-called RINO Republicans would likely prefer Democrats to libertarian Republicans. This may well further establish Barack Obama's power late in his term if Democrats can retake the House. And given RINOs' vituperative hatred for the Tea Party and its various libertarian shades, this trend cannot be discounted.
As we've often pointed out, former Congressman Ron Paul was extremely successful as a presidential candidate, so much so that GOP leaders passed a number of rules to ensure that the party would be able to control further eruptions of libertarianism. Violence was used against Ron Paul delegates, as well. Some were beaten up while others were denied their representative rights via various parliamentary maneuvers that were in no way appropriate or constitutional.
The Virginia campaign and the Democratic victory is yet another reminder that change purveyed by the Internet Reformation will be cultural – as we have long pointed out – and not the result of mainstream economic, military or political mechanisms.
That is not something to be discouraged about, however. Instead of seeking change via the ballot box, those convinced of the necessity of a free society should work to change their own circumstances and to effect change locally, among friends, neighbors and eventually within the larger regional community.
Change within this context is "education" … the least facile and most long-lasting kind of adjustment. It is the culture that needs to be realigned and over time it will be. The trap is impatience; liberation lies in the purveyance of real wisdom about the human experience on this planet. That has been lost because of the perversions and animadversions of the power elite.
Over time, thanks to the Internet Reformation, it will be regained.