Debate Badnarik

Thursday, December 16, 2004


I just wanted to wish everyone a merry Christmas! After the holidays (Christmas and New Years) I've got something nice up my sleeve. Stay tuned. And remember, don't drive after drinking all that spiked egg nog.


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Thursday, November 11, 2004


Moving Forward


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Originally posted by Michael Christenson on unstableman
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Now that the election's over, we can all breathe a bit.

Badnarik didn't get more than 400k, no Libertarian Governor or Congressman yet, the Author of the Patriot act is still in office, and now more than ever it's important to stand up for liberty and what is right.

So how can I say we can breathe now?

I can say that, because it is what we will need to do, to be rested and have the energy we need, to prepare for the work that we must commence to lay our hands at for the next 2, 4, 12 years. Not only that, but we need to take time to let our anger cool so that we may make better decisions going forward from here. It is vital that we do not get burned out accomplishing our goals; future generations depend on this moment now, as they do every moment of a freedom loving individual.

So, it is my suggestion and I would say take a break until after the new years, before getting seriously back in this. Take a breather and when you get back tell us what you did while you were gone. Then we can get back to some serious work.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004


You are a Precinct Captain, give Michael FIVE.

Your efforts on behalf of MB to date have been fantastic. Can you go for one more task? Give Michael FIVE for all his hard work. Five more voters that is.

Treat this as precinct work. Wherever you go and everyone you see up until election day is in your precinct. Convince everyone you can to vote Badnarik. There are still many undecided voters and plenty who are not comfortable voting for Bush or Kerry. All these voters are looking for is one good reason to NOT vote Bush or Kerry, and to make the decision easy for them we have created a list of 100 reasons why Badnarik is the better choice.

Print off this list and pass it around to friends, family and co-workers. Tack it up everywhere you go and on every bulletin board you see. At work, school, the grocery store, Laundromat, anywhere you can legally paste it, do so. E-mail the list to everyone you know. We need to generate as many votes as possible to make a strong showing that can not be ignored on election day.

Again be your own precinct captain. Approach everyone you see and share your enthusiasm for Michael Badnarik and his message of smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom. Everything you do today builds toward a better future for all of us.

Give Michael FIVE!

Gary Feezel & the DebateBadnarik Team

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004


It's crunch time, give Michael five

With a week to go everyone needs to become a precinct captain. For the next week everywhere you go and everyone you see is in your precinct. Get out there and work your precinct to get five more votes for Michael Badnarik! If you've already got people convinced to vote Libertarian, fantastic. Now go get five more. Never say die, people are looking for someone to believe in, they just need you to convince them. Give them a reason, and give Michael Badnarik five more votes!

We'll be posting a list of top reasons to vote for Michael for you to pass on. What reason are you using? Let us know.

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Friday, October 15, 2004


Final CNN Report



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Editor: As originally reported on the Badnarik forum: http://badnarik.org/supporters/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
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Well it's over. Things went worse and better than I expected. Never before have I been as fired up as I was yesterday; as well as completely alone.

CNN did come. Because of various uncontrollable circumstances, no other Libertarian could make it. So I stood alone against the crowd of Republicans, and a few Democrats, mostly driving by, sneering at both the Republicans and me, holding my yard sign high, and spreading the Libertarian message with everyone that passed by, for over an hour straight.

It is interesting the responses that I got from the Democrats. I've never seen so much venom, spite, and pure rage, directed towards anyone who did not agree with them, in my life. It was very saddening that, while Kerry touts himself now as a great unifier, his followers indeed have no interest in unification. They are simply greedy for political power, from what I saw yesterday.

To be fair I did get one decent response from a Democrat. He was a construction worker and seemed like a decent fellow. He would pace up and down doing his work with a Kerry sign taped to his back.

The response from the Republicans was one of wariness. They weren't mean and, with the exception of one person, they were glad I was there; many went as far as to thank me for being there. Many told me, as I walked around and through them, that they would vote for Badnarik if they thought he could win.

And that brings me to the next part. Everyone seemed very focused on winning. While I stood there and called for an end to property taxes, finance reforms, supporting our troops by bringing them home immediatly, ad nauseum, the Republicans only chanted "four more years, four more years, ... " and tried to get people to "... honk for Bush". Hardly anyone seemed to care about the real issues that matter. The idea I received was to get Bush back in office and then let him do all the thinking; he'll take care of the hard work and leave us to more entertaining aspects of life.

A truly sad moment came when I realized that Bush and Kerry, or the Republicans and Democrats respectively, are only in office because people don't want to care for their country: they just want to get this damn election thing over with as quickly as possible, so that they can get back to their "lives": and that I wasn't just making things seem like that before; that the whole nightmare was real!

The most important part of the day was not getting on the camera, they took time to give me an exclusive not just a background shot, but it was having serious discussions with people driving by and walking by. I received a lot of support from bystanders and many promises to vote for Badnarik this election from people who had never heard of him.

I further showed everyone that, even if there is only one person to stand up and share the truth, that a libertarian is willing to be that one person, despite being all adversity, to get the right things done and to say "I will fight for your rights and your freedom, even if you are not willing to do the same for me."

Originally posted by Michael Christenson at http://unstableman.blogspot.com/2004/10/final-cnn-report.html
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Final CNN Report



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Editor: As originally reported on the Badnarik forum: http://badnarik.org/supporters/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
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Well it's over. Things went worse and better than I expected. Never before have I been as fired up as I was yesterday; as well as completely alone.

CNN did come. Because of various uncontrollable circumstances, no other Libertarian could make it. So I stood alone against the crowd of Republicans, and a few Democrats, mostly driving by, sneering at both the Republicans and me, holding my yard sign high, and spreading the Libertarian message with everyone that passed by, for over an hour straight.

It is interesting the responses that I got from the Democrats. I've never seen so much venom, spite, and pure rage, directed towards anyone who did not agree with them, in my life. It was very saddening that, while Kerry touts himself now as a great unifier, his followers indeed have no interest in unification. They are simply greedy for political power, from what I saw yesterday.

To be fair I did get one decent response from a Democrat. He was a construction worker and seemed like a decent fellow. He would pace up and down doing his work with a Kerry sign taped to his back.

The response from the Republicans was one of wariness. They weren't mean and, with the exception of one person, they were glad I was there; many went as far as to thank me for being there. Many told me, as I walked around and through them, that they would vote for Badnarik if they thought he could win.

And that brings me to the next part. Everyone seemed very focused on winning. While I stood there and called for an end to property taxes, finance reforms, supporting our troops by bringing them home immediatly, ad nauseum, the Republicans only chanted "four more years, four more years, ... " and tried to get people to "... honk for Bush". Hardly anyone seemed to care about the real issues that matter. The idea I received was to get Bush back in office and then let him do all the thinking; he'll take care of the hard work and leave us to more entertaining aspects of life.

A truly sad moment came when I realized that Bush and Kerry, or the Republicans and Democrats respectively, are only in office because people don't want to care for their country: they just want to get this damn election thing over with as quickly as possible, so that they can get back to their "lives": and that I wasn't just making things seem like that before; that the whole nightmare was real!

The most important part of the day was not getting on the camera, they took time to give me an exclusive not just a background shot, but it was having serious discussions with people driving by and walking by. I received a lot of support from bystanders and many promises to vote for Badnarik this election from people who had never heard of him.

I further showed everyone that, even if there is only one person to stand up and share the truth, that a libertarian is willing to be that one person, despite being all adversity, to get the right things done and to say "I will fight for your rights and your freedom, even if you are not willing to do the same for me."

Originally posted by Michael Christenson at http://unstableman.blogspot.com/2004/10/final-cnn-report.html

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Kick the dust off those feet...


We may have not gotten Badnarik into the debates yet, but we still have time to bring some attention to the matter.

Details here.

Michael Christenson
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One court battle tied... but the war is far from over


If you haven't learned yet, the AZLP lost the court battle over the injunction; although they did say we could sue for damages. It comes down to the fact that both Bush and Kerry said that if the injunction were placed on the debate, that they would not debate at all, thus leaving only Badnarik on the stage of the debate. the court said that it found the debate to have some educational value, (sick), so they did not want to halt them based on the formentioned.

Now that is, to me an acknowledgment that we are right, but we aren't going to have the injunction granted because the other people refused to debate us.

You can read it as you seem fit to.

One final note. We are not going to stop this battle; even if it whittles down to a skeleton crew again. Here is why.

We've all worked very hard, and I feel, as I've described previous over the phone with William, and through various emails, that we are just starting. This is a long term project. We have to keep working at this for future campaigns.

Think of it this way Gents, remember the earlier complaints that we didn't have time to implement everything we wanted to do, and that we wish we had gotten started earlier? Well we have more time granted to us; not for this election, but for the next one.

If we've done this much in so little time, just think of what we can do with 2-4 years! We have our foot in the door, and all we need to do is get a crowbar in there to help us pry it open more. We are opening the door for future campaigns.

In the spirit of the words of one of forefathers (Sam or John Adams[?]), we are fighting this battle so that the next group can get in the debates, so that the group after can win them and get into the main offices, so that future generations or Americans can enjoy the freedoms without having to do as we are doing today.

Let's keep this fight going, so that it is only we that will have to suffer this hard, so that it is easier for future libertarians, and liberty fighters, to follow after.

Michael Christenson II
m3talsmith@mac.com
m3talsmith@gmail.com
cell: 269-591-0931
http://debatebadnarik.blogspot.com/
http://badnarik.org/supporters/forum/

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004


Keep Pushin'

As I write this we are awaiting the results from the pending court case in Arizona. Anticipation is extremely high and it is difficult to get onto the campaign blog, where I assume the news will be posted before any news source would pick it up. The results of this case shouldn't determine our actions though. Certainly a positive outcome is desired but even with that we can't rest on this one victory, and a negative outcome means we need to work that much harder.

Having a day off of work (in part to watch for the results) I decided to try a little experiment. My media e-mail list has grown to nearly 400 contacts now so this morning I sent a shotgun e-mail to all of them asking a simple question. "Why doesn't the media cover third party candidates?" I may have bit off more than I can chew, but I hope this will begin a dialogue and grease the wheels to get a Letter to the Editor published by everyone who replies.

LTE's seem to be our best bet at getting exposure for Michael Badnarik and has been the most successful aspect of this entire activist effort. Jason of our team has had 13 or 14 letters published, I've had 8 recently, as noted in the post below Michael has a good dialogue going, and there have been dozens more among the other activists.

No matter what your approach it is obviously up to us to spread the word about Michael Badnarik. Time is short, get letters submitted now so we get as much exposure as possible before the election. Keep pushin'.

Gary Feezel

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