Well, another Pride has come and gone, and I’m glad we were there again. This year we added our Spinning Wheel of Crazy San Francisco Laws, and I’m glad we included the ordinance and government code numbers because most folks were astounded at how crazy most of the laws are. They have such faith in government in this city—perhaps our spinning wheel helped a tiny bit to create a speck of doubt about the wisdom of our elitist leaders. If not, it was good fun anyway. Of course, we also had the world-famous World's Smallest Political Quiz. I just compared the results of the last 4 years of our WSPQ (I save the charts for the record), and as usual the Left Liberal and Libertarian quadrants were fairly evenly matched. The Centrist quadrant was especially heavy this year. One man felt the quiz needed nuancing, so he scored his results as 52 and 48—that was a first!
This year, as expected we had a lot of questions and interest in Gary Johnson, and also quite a few inquiries about Brexit and gun control. I didn’t see any reason to pussyfoot around about gun control, so I let them know we generally favor no restrictions at all on guns and the Second Amendment—and no registration too because the criminals and crazies aren’t going to bother with all that. Surprisingly, when folks landed on one of the 2 winning slots (things that are still legal, for now) of our spinning wheel and chose to pick a button, quite a few picked one of the leftover buttons from one of the gun shows: “I’m not a Gun Free Zone.” Definitely not politically correct for San Francisco, and good to know that some folks are not afraid to run against the tide. Also another thing I noticed that I hadn’t seen before was folks coming up to our booth and asking what is a Libertarian and what is Libertarianism. There does seem to be more interest in the topic these days—even in a leftist city. Also, the Chelsea Manning contingent marched again this year, and a few folks inquired about the status of Chelsea (they may have noticed her poster at the back of our booth). All in all, everyone seemed to be in good spirits, and most of those who stopped by seemed to be at least moderately interested in our ideas. If there was any Libertarian within a few miles of our booth, they definitely found their way to us and were grateful to have us there!
We are trying, Marc. We will keep trying to be what you described in your epic "I am that Libertarian" speech in Orlando.
What you want to be Libertarians
Anarchist no apologies success freedom Ninjas world class bad-ass Libertarians
No pain no gain get those petitions signed in the rain Libertarians
Sorry I’m not sorry Libertarians
No excuse Libertarians
Rest in peace, our friend.
The Pride Celebration is always a big time for the Libertarians. It brings us back to decades earlier when “equality” was not even an "in" word, when you better love the “right” person, when others told you who you are. Way back then, Libertarians already felt in their hearts and minds that equality is a given, and who you love is your own business. Since its founding in 1971, the Libertarian Party has held equality and individual liberty as core beliefs.
Years ago, one of our members, Michael Acree, wrote Honoring LGBTQQII Rights – And Everyone Else’s: A Libertarian Tradition. To this day, the LPSF distributes this popular brochure at Pride – and everywhere else. To this day, the Libertarian philosophy, so clearly expressed in the article, remains constant: “Pro-choice on everything – everything peaceful. The Libertarian philosophy, nicely captured in that slogan, embodies a profound respect for individual differences.” We invite you to read the entire article, in the Issues section of our website.
The LPSF booth will be located on the south side of McAllister between Polk and Larkin Streets. Thank you to the volunteers who will set up and staff the Libertarian booth at Pride this weekend June 25 and 26, 2016.
The old, fuzzy picture? Members of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco marching at Pride 2003. The one riding in the car is Michael Denny, 2003 candidate for Mayor of San Francisco. To his right wearing the white T-shirt is Michael Acree, author of Honoring LGBTQQII Rights – And Everyone Else’s: A Libertarian Tradition.
The Libertarian Party of San Francisco has once again defended its lifetime record of recommending NO votes on ballot measures, even while expecting San Franciscans to vote YES on every proposal. We Libertarians have nothing to gain by recommending NO on the tax-and-spend measures that dominate San Francisco ballots, other than maybe saving some dollars in taxes and retaining what Liberty We the People still have. Can the YES endorsers claim the same? We retired our recommendations to the website's section "Elections & Campaigns." But here is a picture of our recommendations a voter posted on the LPSF Facebook Page.
There are factions in every political party, and the LP is no exception. Referring to the convention delegates, Johnson promised to represent “everyone in this room.” That promise, the fact that Johnson has received more media attention than any other recent LP presidential candidate, and dissatisfaction withe the major parties' candidates might propel all liberty-leaning voters of all political persuasions to get behind Johnson, push him up the polls so he has a chance to get into the national debates, and vote for him in November.
C Span covered the Libertarian Party convention, and clips are on the C Span website. There are numerous articles on the Web regarding the convention; among them is one in The Washington Post which describes the issues involving the candidates well.
Gary Johnson, along with other Libertarian presidential candidates, will be on the June 7 ballot as well as the November ballot.