What follows is an excerpt from Jingozian’s extensive website.
Observations on the Campaign Trail – Libertarians can be Environmentalists Too
The very first Libertarian event at which I spoke was at the Oregon State Convention in early March 2007. I spoke about the six areas of sustainability. Following my speech, a group of people formed around me, and through the crowd, a man approached. When he made his way to the front, I noticed that veins were pulsating in his forehead. He pointed right at me and said, “YOU SOUND LIKE A GREEN!”
I believe global warming is occurring. I know that this opinion is out of favor with some Libertarians. During the candidates’ forum at the Libertarian Party California Convention, held in April 2007, I was the only candidate (out of five) who publicly recognized that global warming exists. (Although to his defense, Steve Kubby did acknowledge that “something is going on with the environment.”)
However, far more Libertarians are concerned with Environmental Sustainability than those who are not. In fact, between 77 and 83% of Americans believe global warming poses a serious problem. The majority of Libertarians are no different. Certainly, there are some who question the data. If that is how you feel, so be it – we don’t harbor any hard feelings. We still live in a free country (that is, unless that Bush Administration gets its way).
Nevertheless, we find that most Libertarians embrace our principles. Regularly, I am approached at events, receive emails and phone calls from Libertarians who support our message. Even many “Purists” like our message as it reminds them of Harry Browns’ position on compromising to achieve political ends. These comments may not be from the more vocal segment of the party, but they are, nevertheless, the majority.
However – and I say this with the utmost respect and sincerity – I will not represent a party where the majority does not believe that global warming exists or who are not willing to compromise on this issue for the greater good.
Building the Libertarian and Green Parties Together
If we have any chance to even start addressing these issues, then we must destroy the 2-parties as quickly as possible. Viable solutions to solve these problems exist today. But, frightfully, these solutions will not be viable for much longer and these problems are growing in money and getting worse.
As a people, we must support only Independent and 3rd party candidates. We must band together during this next election and say: “Enough is enough!” We must elect an Independent Congress and an Independent President and we must do it in 2008! The two political parties that I support are the Libertarians and the Greens.
I am attracted to the Libertarians for its positions on personal accountability, small government, and maintaining and even bolstering freedom and democracy.
I am attracted to the Greens for its concern for the environment and our health and well-being.
The Libertarians and Greens are not in competition; rather, they complement each other in many areas.
Sharing Common Goals… What the 3rd parties have in Common
Each election brings forth Independent and 3rd party candidates. Many of these candidates promote their own agendas or those of their respective parties. The chart depicts our view on the areas of interest among the four major 3rd parties and Independent candidates.
As shown, the Libertarian Party generally addresses issues regarding the Economy, International Diplomacy, and Democracy & Freedom while the Green Party tends to focus more on Environmental, Health & Well-being, and Societal issues. The Reform Party, Working Families Party, and Independents vary in their focuses.
We admit this is a major simplification of the policy issues important to each party. Furthermore, we are not suggesting that Libertarians are not concerned with well-being or that the Green Party is not concerned with economic issues. The chart merely shows how the major 3rd parties relate to the six areas of Sustainability.
Growing our Parties
We want to grow the Libertarian and the Green Parties. Voter distrust is at an all time high. Young people are entirely disenchanted with the Democrats and Republicans and we need to get them engaged. They are also very concerned with global warming and other sustainability issues. Think about it: it will be hard to “grow the party” by attracting young people if we’re considered global warming skeptics. If the Libertarian Party and the Green Party are going to survive (and hopefully, be the party of our next President), then we must address the concerns of young generations.
Furthermore, young people are not as lazy as politicians and the media would like you to believe. They want to get involved, but neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are representing their interests. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit a new generation of Patriots into all major 3rd parties.
Finally, the work that these parties do is very important. As an American, I urge you to join both of these parties right now! Also, tell your friends. Nothing is more important than taking back our government. Don’t worry if you cannot afford to contribute money – just register on their website and show your support.
Pandering to a Political Base
We understand the thrill of receiving a huge applause. In any public forum, there is pressure to say something popular to befriend the core base. However, we refuse to pander to one constituency during the primary – then switch positions on issues during the general election. We will also deliver the same message to both the Libertarians and the Greens. We want to be very upfront on where we stand on issues throughout the entire campaign. The members of the major 3rd parties deserve this from their candidates. We hope that this article addresses some of these issues.
What is Sustainability?
The principle goal of RESET America is to make the United States (as well as our planet) sustainable. So, you may be asking, “How do we define Sustainability?” Well, sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations. In other words, we wish to provide a decent standard of living for the current generation while not jeopardizing the ability of future generations to function as a society.
The Six Areas of Sustainability
RESET America is about changing how we think about ourselves and our long-term impact on our planet. We are appalled and saddened that the well-being of our children is in serious jeopardy due to the affects of the 2-party system caused by the Democrat and Republican parties.
We look at Sustainability in six ways. If elected, we would reorganize our Cabinet around these six fundamental categories. Within each of these areas are many pressing issues that threaten our way of life. They are: (1) Economic, (2) Environmental, (3) Societal, (4) Health & Well-being, (5) Foreign Policy, and (6) Democracy & Freedom.
The following chart lists some of the immediate issues that exist within each category. A more complete list is available on our website. We call this list the “Problem Chart.” Keep in mind that we will have a corresponding “Solutions Chart” as well. This chart will be published in the spring of 2008.
Rapidly Increasing Debt forced on our Kids (includes National, State and Local Debt)
Increasing Yearly Deficits and resulting Inflation
Continuing Collapse of the Dollar
Selling America to Foreign Nations ($2 Billion a day!)… We are losing our sovereignty!
Accelerating Trade Deficits
World Financial Centers moving out of the US
Social Security Crisis
Medicare and Medicaid Crises
Cost of Living Increases
Unstable Housing Market
Increased Economic Costs of Global Warming
Uncontrolled Spending on Pork Projects to finance Promises, Favors and Perks for Campaign Contributions
Global Warming (and Increased Costs due to Changes in the Ecosystem
Increased costs for Infrastructure Repair from
Depletion of Resources and Materials
Loss of Farmable Land and resulting Higher Costs for Food
Loss of Biodiversity and resulting Increased Costs for Products
Throw-away, Consumerist Society
Greater Reliance on Burning Fossil Fuels (coal and gas) for Energy and resulting Increases in Global Warming and Pollution
Higher Costs for Waste Disposal
Increased Costs for Damages caused by Forest Fires (Increased Building in Fire Zones)
3. Societal (Public Welfare)
Loss of Personal Responsibility due to Wrong Incentive’s placed throughout Society
No Savings among Families
Dangerously expanding Household Debt
Shamelessly Neglecting our Veterans
Shrinking Middle Class and resulting Increases in Poverty rates
Collapse of Public Education and the resulting Non-competitive Workforce
Teenage Pregnancy and the epidemic spread of SDTs
Increased Drug use including Meth and the resulting Sharp Increases in Identity Theft and Property Crime
Immigration Crisis that is bankrupting Social Services and Spreading Crime and Disease
Rapidly Aging Population that Contributes Less to the system yet Withdraws More
4. Health & Well-being (Personal Welfare)
Worst Personal Health among Industrialized Nations
33% of Children will Develop Type-II Diabetes
Increases of Diseases and Pandemics (impacted mostly by Immigration)
Weakening of our Immune Systems
Increased Rates of Depression (9.5% adults and about 5% of children suffer depression )
Along with Risks of Food Contaminants from Chemicals and Imports
Unknown Risks of Medications, Cloning and Genetic Engineering
5. Foreign Policy
Reactive, Band-aid approach to all Issues
Increased Hatred and Animosity among Foreign Countries
Increased Terrorism and War
A Hundred Years of International Credibility Destroyed (This is why the only viable way to regain our image in the world is to “reset” America.)
Trade Agreements that undermine our Economy
Forcing a Fake Version of Democracy and Christianity onto Others
Increased Competition for Resources, Water and Energy
Loosing our Sovereignty since too many Countries are Buying our Debt
Dependence on Foreign Oil benefits Countries who hate our Government
6. Democracy & Freedom
Government Sold to the Highest Bidder
Threats to Civil Liberties and Free Speech
National ID Card
Politicians Living in a Separate Class (and out-of-touch with the average American)
Facts and News Withheld
Data and Projections Manipulated
Illegal Election Violations
Illegal Signing Statements
Rampant Censorship and Manipulation of News
Undemocratic Primary and Election Process
Breakdown of the Balance of Power
Collusion with the Media
Treasonous Violations of the Constitution
Equally Corrupt “Shadow Government” or the “4th Branch of Government,” such as the EPA, FDA, OSHA, FEMA, IMF, FED, FNC, World Bank, FTC, SEC, Department of Homeland Security, and most other Government Agencies that are changing our laws with neither your approval nor knowledge
And if this list isn’t bad enough, these problems are getting worse and growing in number. Even worse, there are:
Problems that we don’t know about yet,
Problems being hidden from us
The compound effect of these problems, and
Examples of these problems exist on our website. Fortunately, solutions exist to correct the problems. There are viable solutions: some require little or no funds to implement. However, time is short: We have 1-2 election cycles left before these solutions are no longer viable. This is why we have such an urgency to take back our government from the 2-parties now.