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Kent McManigal’s longtime girlfriend, Lisa, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 12:20 pm today. She weighed 7 lbs 6 oz., and is 19 inches long. Her name is Emily Sage McManigal.

Kent McManigal with newborn daughter, Emily Sage

Isn’t she absolutely adorable?

Congratulations, Kent and Lisa, and a big welcome to our very newest libertarian, little Emily Sage!

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Since Kent and I are very good online friends, and talk every day (sometimes several times per day) via IM and email but have never met or spoken in “real life”, this was a very big treat for me. After you watch this, you’ll see why I’m proud to call Kent my friend, and why we became friends in the first place. He’s just one helluva nice guy, very intelligent, and extremely personable.

Hat tip to one of my other online friends, Jake Porter.

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Presidential SealAll you have to do is answer 25 questions.

Admittedly the site could be improved, since it lists no LP candidates except Kent McManigal (who’s no longer even running except as a write-in candidate) and references a lot of organizations that I’ve never even heard of (but they expect me to say whether I agree with their platform).

It would be a lot more accurate if, for example, you were given a choice to state you believe the war should be ended immediately. As it is, the only options are setting or not setting a deadline for returning the troops, or neither (and that could mean anything).

That being said, the results still appear to be fairly accurate, since Ron Paul came up as #1, followed by a Democrat (I used to be a Democrat, so that sounds about right even though I’m not familiar with the candidate).  Kent McManigal tied for #3, while the vast majority of Republicans are at the end.  Honestly, I’m not familiar with all the candidates listed, and the lack of specificity with regard to issues such as war could have thrown it way off.  I suspect that, with more specific answer options, the results may be quite different.

It is very strange that Kent McManigal and two Democrats tied for third place, though. LOL

The following is my full ideal candidate list according to that site, based on percentage of agreement and level of importance on the issues:

Ron Paul 72%

Dennis Kucinich 62%

Al Gore 60%

Barack Obama 60%

Kent McManigal 60%

Christopher Dodd 58%

Wesley Clark 53%

Mike Gavel 52%

John Edwards 51%

John McCain 49%

Hillary Clinton 47%

Bill Richardson 47%

Joseph Biden 47%

Alan Auguston 46%

Newt Gingrich 45%

Tommy Thompson 43%

Tom Tancredo 37%

Chuck Hagel 36%

Fred Thompson 36%

Sam Brownback 36%

Mitt Romney 36%

Duncan Hunter 34%

Rudolph Giuliani 34%

Jim Gilmore 29%

Elaine Brown 20%

Mike Huckabee 18%

I’d be interested to know how accurate others believe their results to be, and it might be interesting to take them up on their offer to provide free code for our own candidate survey. I bet it would be a lot more accurate, at any rate.
Hat tip Kent McManigal

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Kent McManigalFormer LP presidential candidate (now a write-in candidate) Kent McManigal is engaged in a very interesting forum conversation with some folks from France who took an interest in his views and his campaign.

Here’s a taste of the questions they asked Kent:

Political fiction, again. You’re at the White House. Iran just acquired nuclear weapons, with abilities to launch them to Europe’s doors. It now threatens to launch one on Tel-Aviv if the Israelis don’t evacuate the territory under 48 hours. As the Commander in Chief, what do you do?

Ask Israel if they would like to purchase some nuclear weapons from America. Once again, America must stop interfering in world affairs, even when it seems like a good idea. It is a “slippery slope” to start down. Where does it end? There would be nothing to stop private American citizens from offering to aid in the evacuation, or to take steps to disable Iran’s weapons on their own, without government sanction or assistance, if they choose to do so.

What assessment do you make of George W. Bush’s presidency, and on which points will you be inspired or distance yourself from him ?

I think he has been a typical US President: an out-of-control megalomaniac. He has worked tirelessly to increase the strength and reach of the US government in America and across the world. He has violated the Constitution and Bill of Rights on a daily basis, which is treason. I would not be like him (or any other previous President) in any way.

Could you tell me about you day of September the 11th, 2001 ?

I was at work when the attacks happened. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center I knew it was not an accident. I quickly realized that once again, our government had helped kill many people. (If the people on the planes had been allowed to be armed, hi-jackers would not have had a chance. They were required by law to be victims.) I was angry that anyone had decided to kill so many innocent people. I was afraid that the US government would use the tragedy as an excuse to destroy more freedom in America.

What are, according to you, the 21st century’s greatest stakes, and how to face them ?

Government is working hard to incite hatred across national boundaries, and among economic classes. Fear and distrust of those different from yourself must be resisted. This in itself will take much power away form governments worldwide.

We were all marked by historical events. What are yours ?

When the US government murdered the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, my eyes were opened completely for the first time. I had not trusted government before, but had not seen it for the inexcusable evil it really is until that event.

What is your “vision of America” ?

I would really like for America to once again be the beacon of Liberty for the rest of the world, as symbolized by the French peoples’ gift: Liberty Enlightening the World.

You can read the rest of it, or join the forum to talk to Kent and others, here. Luckily, the vast majority of it seems to be written in English, and it’s a very interesting read.

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Kent McManigal made the following announcement today:

Kent McManigal The End of the Trail

After a lot of thought I have decided to end my campaign. Last night while trying to delete spam comments, I accidentally deleted most of the content on the Boston Tea Party’s website. That was the last straw for me. I appreciate all the encouragement and support I have received in the past two and a half years. I apologize to anyone who is disappointed that I have withdrawn. I will probably keep blogging, and plan to change KentForLiberty into something other than a campaign site. I have come to realize that we will never get government back in line with the Constitution or with what is right by using methods approved and “allowed” by that same rogue government.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think a part of the LP community is surprised and disappointed by Kent’s departure. When I opened my computer for the day, there were several messages on the subject.

I am not shocked by it, but I wish he had stayed. Kent made the LP race more interesting, as I think many will agree. To my mind, Kent was that dark horse who could have walked away with the nomination, had Phillies and Kubby delegates clashed, not unlike what happened at the last LP presidential convention.

Kent was the one LP candidate who defied categorization. At first, to be honest, I really wanted to put him into the nutcase category. After all, he obviously doesn’t fit into the mainstream category. Yet, the more I read, and the more I talked to him, the more I realized that Kent is an original who defies categorization.

I first discovered Kent’s candidacy through, of all people, Gene Chapman. I looked at his website, and made a smartass comment on a forum about how Kent looks like he’d kick Gene Chapman’s ass for calling him a Communist. I stand by that statement, incidentally. Kent misunderstood and thought I was making fun of the way he dresses, and we began a correspondence which has continued to this day. I’m proud to call Kent McManigal my friend. I can’t categorize him any other way.

Needless to say, I support him no matter what he decides for his own life, because that’s what friends do. I hope I am not betraying a confidence when I say that this is a question over which Kent has struggled for a while now. He has hinted at it on his blog, after all. And now ….. well, the LP world is just a little less interesting for me today. I hope you understand.

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Kent McManigalA few folks have asked me why I support LP Presidential Candidate Kent McManigal. After all, I don’t agree with everything he says and he’s unlikely to get the nomination, but the truth is that Kent is a fascinating individual, a true individualist who has so much more to offer us than politics. He just published an insightful article on Strike the Root, which he calls “A Deep Breath of Freedom” . Here is an excerpt:

I have not really spent much time until now thinking about why freedom is so important to me. I love freedom for the same reason I love oxygen: Both are necessary for life. Government is like a fire in a small room, burning up the oxygen and making me fight to get to the fresh air outside. When the Declaration of Independence speaks of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” I think it is simply repeating itself for emphasis. The three things are so tightly bound together that I don’t think they can be separated.

Most of my thoughts of freedom center around the outdoors. Freedom to me is the ability to enjoy life and not worry about laws or regulations. Freedom is not the opportunity to take advantage of or hurt anyone. Those kind of twisted desires bring their own chains, even if you don’t get caught.

There are many times in my life where I have felt limitless freedom, such as the day I spent sitting on the edge of a cliff, in the roots of an ancient tree. I watched the clouds drifting slowly past far below me, hawks riding the air currents beneath the clouds. I could see the river glistening in the distance and tiny houses that I understood were very important to people I didn’t know, people who were the whole world to someone. For that day, I felt as though I were a part of their world, yet isolated from it. On days like that, freedom is a physical presence.

There are also the days of peeling the bark from poles destined to be new lodge poles for my tipi. Seeing the bark curl away from my drawknife and smelling the freshly exposed wood, there is no way to adequately describe the experience. I immerse myself in it so deeply that I chew bits of the bark to more fully become a part of the tree.

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