L. Neil Smith's
Number 282, August 1, 2004

Happy 50th Birthday Michael Badnarik!

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Letter from the Badnarik Campaign

Letter from Rex Curry

Letter from Stephen P. Gordon

JULY 28th, 2004
P.O.C. Steve Gordon


Austin, TX—If the presidential election was held today, only three of one hundred Americans would vote for Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik. But he's the second choice of more than four in 10.

According to a nationwide survey of 1,000 American adults conducted last week by Rasmussen, Democratic challenger John Kerry (D-MA) leads incumbent president George W. Bush by a slim margin of 46-43%—within the 3% margin of error.

However, when polled on their second choice, 43% of voters chose Badnarik rather than their first choice's main rival.

Badnarik is not surprised. "The American electorate is extremely polarized this year," he says. "And the Libertarian Party arguably constitutes the new center of the debate. The Democrats and Republicans stand at two extremes, characterized by which parts of our lives they emphasize their desire to control. Libertarians reject both extremes in favor of the government leaving control of your life to you."

The Libertarian Party's emphasis on individual liberty and personal responsibility cuts across traditional party lines—and may prove decisive in this election.

"With Michael Badnarik's candidacy, the Libertarian Party is finally coming into its own right as an arbiter of political power," says campaign manager Fred Collins. "Win or lose, we're now enough of a factor that Republican and Democratic politicians will have to fight us for the swing votes that we control. That's good for liberty, because fighting us for those votes means adopting our agenda."

"Second choices" don't count on election day, but Badnarik's 3% showing covers the margin of error at the poll's middle and his strength in several "battleground" states may determine the election's outcome. Bush and Kerry remain closely matched in New Mexico, Arizona, Ohio and other states. In 2000, Harry Browne's 2,000-odd votes changed the outcome in New Mexico to George W. Bush's detriment (Democrat Al Gore carried the state by about 300 votes). Browne's 16,000 votes in Florida helped throw that state's decision into question.

The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party. More than 600 Libertarians serve in public office at the local, state and federal level.

The eye-popping new version of the popular graphic "All in favor of gun control raise your right hand" is at http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgewonschik.html

The original Nazi-style salute to the U.S. flag is touted at: "All in favor of a Pledge of Allegiance raise your right hand."

And read amazing libertarian arguments now before the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time ever.

Wonschik v. United States is bigger news than the Elk Grove case and is at the same url.

The graphic shows the original Pledge of Allegiance on the left and on the right it shows the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. It explains that the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag is the origin of the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

School is starting again and a webpage is working to repeal laws that require teachers to lead a robotic chant of the pledge in the oddball states where government schools begin each day with the Pledge on cue. The webpage also encourages students and jurors to stop chanting the Pledge of Allegiance and explains to students and to jurors their right to refuse, written by an attorney. http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge_lawyer.html

Another url helps students learn about the Pledge's true terrifying history: http://members.ij.net/rex/stopthepledge.html

The history of the Pledge has been suppressed because it is so unlibertarian. The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a self-proclaimed National Socialist in the U.S., who wanted a government takeover of education to produce an "industrial army" for the authoritarian vision portrayed in his cousin Edward Bellamy's book "Looking Backward." The Bellamy cousins promoted national socialism worldwide for decades. Their acts resulted in racist and segregated government schools that lasted through WWII and into the 1960's, setting a horrid example for hate-spewing socialist groups worldwide.

For more mind-boggling photos and articles about the pledge see http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge2.html

The only website that provides the scary original speech given by Francis Bellamy for the debut of his Pledge of Allegiance is http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgespeech.html

There is also the only website that collects and displays true historic photographs of the original Pledge of Allegiance (with the straight-arm salute). http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge2.html

And fan mail praising the expose' of the totalitarian Pledge of Allegiance is at http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge_heart.html

The Elk Grove court case was a blessing in disguise, by providing a temporary delay. It allows the fight to widen against the entire Pledge, not just two words. New court litigation is being spearheaded by a libertarian lawyer as a pro bono service to the public to liberate Americans from government pushing the totalitarian Pledge.

The Wonschik court case will be a blockbuster sequel to the Elk Grove case. The Elk Grove case led to scary discoveries about the Pledge's pedigree. It led to the historic news-breaking discovery that exposed the Pledge as the origin of the salute of the monstrous National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis). It is a myth that the Pledge's original straight-arm salute is an ancient Roman salute. http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgesalute.html

Rex Curry

Dear Badnarik Supporter,

As most of you know, [August 1] is Michael Badnarik's birthday. This year, we don't have to search for the perfect present for him, as we already know what he really needs—and why.

This is not just any birthday, but it will be Michael's 50th. If your family is like mine, special birthdays call for special gifts.

I intend to give Mike his birthday present in just a few minutes by visiting https://badnarik.org/. I strongly urge you to do the same.

Wouldn't it be nice for Mike to see a very large amount of incoming contributions on his birthday? This can be the ultimate surprise birthday party of Mikes's life. But it is up to you to ensure this happens.

Please make this birthday the best one Mike has ever had by making your generous contribution to liberty today at https://badnarik.org/.

In peace and liberty,

Stephen P. Gordon
Communications Director
Badnarik/Campagna 2004

P.S. For those of you who have already contributed your maximum amount, there is another way in which you can further help Mike. There is a PAC called Freedom Ballot Access, and your donation to this fund will help put Mike on the ballot in the states where we have not absolutely secured ballot access yet. Please contact me at 800-807-7552 or communications@badnarik.org for further details—or make your donation at http://www.freedomballotaccess.org/ today.

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