Monday, February 26, 2018

Constitution Party of Idaho: 'Caiaphas can never succeed'


Caiaphas can never succeed

CP-Idaho has often pushed the envelope of the national CP clique—Phariees as we call them—by ever challenging their “vision,” or lack thereof. In a way it’s kind of fun to do—but it is also sadly futile.  The national party’s stiff-necked self righteousness—much like the Pharisees—is irradicable; it obstinately refuses any and all correction, much less honest reflection.
Unfortunately in the national Constitution Party, for any innovative ideas and solutions to be allowed birth—rather than be reflexively aborted by ceaseless excuses—we must await the process of natural senescence. Evidently, that is the only effective means to release the grip of the over ripe national CP autocrats.
Perversely, these autocrats (or theocrats) would deny birth itself, if it meant relinquishing their control upon the minds, thoughts and values of what remains of their acolyte congregation.
It is also unfortunate that, in this modern communication age, an opposition party’s political relevance is far shorter lived than the decrepit Pharisees who seek to stop the Sun in order to continue their deeds in the dark. Most people do not want to abide in a permanent dark; nor in Puritanical black.  And thus, a consignment by the electorate to the ash bin of political history results…more rapidly now perhaps than ever before.
In any case, whether the Pharisees like it or not, spring is neigh. Metaphorically speaking, the sun will enter the sign of Aries and bring the magic of necessary regeneration. Pharisees lack the might to restrain it, try though they may.
Ideas are odd substances. They are conceived often in the darkest of times, and yet they have a curious power to them…like stars in the void of deep eternity. They guide. And often illuminate. They warm, and even germinate human sustenance itself.
Not an autocrat alive—or one who has ever lived—has the ability to halt the season of ideas. The national CP clique can do no more to keep the Temple Veil shrouding the light of citizen-inspired solutions than could Caiaphas, who rent his own clothes at what he called blasphemy.
Attempts like what the national CP continues to try…to force all ideas and state affiliate actions through its ever constrictive executive controls until every  citizen germinated solution becomes parched to death by the deliberate aridity…are destined to fail just as Caiaphas failed.
CP-Idaho shall continue to forward a solutions oriented array of ideas, shall continue to provide rains in the despotic desert, irrespective of however thuggish and abusive the national CP Pharisees may become. They fight to keep their money changing monopoly and gross rituals so as to mislead behind that veil.  We fight for enlightenment…and the right of free will.

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Robert W. Peck: 'Does the Constitution Want to Establish a Theocracy?'

This is not just a Constitution Party issue
but a question everyone needs to answer
A question, and sometimes accusation, that we in the Constitution Party are often confronted with is whether the party wants to establish a theocracy. The answer to the question depends on whose definition of “theocracy” you’re using.
The word theocracy originates from the Greek θεοκρατία meaning, “the rule of God.” So, if you’re asking whether the Constitution Party wants our nation to be subject to the rule of God, then the answer is “yes.” As in the pledge of allegiance, we want to be one nation “under God,” not a nation out from under God, or a nation in rebellion against God, but a nation in submission under the Creator and His revealed will for the governing of the civil societies of His creation, which will includes the restraining of evil, preservation of the moral order, justice, and the protection of individual, God-given rights.
However, when people accuse the Constitution Party of wanting to establish a theocracy, most of the time they are talking about the idea of the organized church directly running the institutions of civil government, or government passing laws that require specific religious practice or observance. If this is your definition of a theocracy, then the Constitution Party strongly opposes it.
Nations will either acknowledge the Creator God of the Bible and conform their governing policies to His revealed will, or, they will deny God and rebel against His will for the governing of their society. Government will either recognize that God has endowed men with certain rights and that civil government exists to protect those rights, or government will think itself to be God and to be the granter of men’s rights, in which case, government will soon become the violator of its citizens’ God-given rights. Government will either establish laws that protect the moral fabric of society, or it will adopt policies that open the door to the unraveling of the social order.
In this regard, the Constitution Party most certainly does acknowledge the Creator God of the Bible and further acknowledges His rightful authority to prescribe the proper role of civil government and the just standards for the governance of the civil society.
Some people oppose the idea of civil government prescribing any moral code at all. However, every government must govern according to some moral code. To say that murder, robbery, or anything else is wrong is a moral judgment. The only way not to impose a moral code would be to choose anarchy and the law of the jungle.
If you don’t want anarchy, then you do want government; and you do want that government to govern by a moral code, so it’s just a question of which code? Will it be the moral code of a single dictator that lops off heads at will? Or will it be the moral code of pure democracy that lops off heads at the whim of the masses? Might it be the code of Islam and Sharia law that lops off the heads of some and makes slaves of others? Or how about the moral code of secular humanism and socialism rooted in evolutionary belief? Today that system calls any views critical of Jews forbidden hate speech, but about 80 years ago it allowed for the Nazi genocide of Jews because that code has no fixed standard and is constantly subject to change.
There are many moral codes out there, but, as for me and the Constitution Party, we choose the moral code of Biblical Christianity which protects both the God-given rights of individuals and the moral fabric of society with a fixed and dependable standard. If you’re wondering how that translates into political policy, please read the Constitution Party platform here.
While the Constitution Party does not want the Pope, the Southern Baptist Convention, or any other religious entity running the country and making its laws, we do seek the election to all public offices of citizen legislators who understand – and abide by! – the principles and precepts prescribed by a just and loving Creator who desires moral and lawful institutions of civil government that will secure for the people and their posterity, “The Blessings of Liberty.”
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Vermont Libertarian Party Opposes Governor Scott’s Change of Heart on Gun Control

*Press Release*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
February 23, 2018
View full release here: https://goo.gl/xDPY6E 
** Vermont Libertarian Party Opposes Governor Scott’s Change of Heart on Gun Control
Governor Phil Scott hasn’t been paying attention if he thinks Vermonters will sit idly by as he changes his position and enacts new gun control. The ocean of orange at the January 30th statehouse hearing should be enough to inform anyone that Vermonters cherish their gun rights, as protected by both the second amendment and the Vermont Constitution’s sixteenth article. 
The Vermont Libertarian party fully supports the inalienable right to self defense by keeping and bearing firearms. No law abiding citizen should be deprived of their rights because of the actions of a criminal. 
The Governor states that it is his duty to keep the people of Vermont safe, and the Vermont Libertarian party agrees with him on this point. But to enact new gun control measures that violate due process and the right to keep and bear arms will not help achieve this goal, but will work in the long run against it. What we need instead of feel good measures are actual, tangible methods of protecting our children, and this is the lesson that the Governor needs to take to heart...
To read statement in full, click here

Libertarian Mark West Enters Arkansas Governor's Race

Mark West
by Jacob Kauffman, KUAR

Mark West is throwing his hat in the ring for the race for Arkansas governor. The pastor and business manager out of Batesville filed to run on Monday after being nominated over the weekend at the Libertarian Party of Arkansas’s convention in Little Rock. The governor’s office tops the Libertarian ballot for a number of reasons. Notably, the party’s gubernatorial or presidential candidate has to get three-percent of the vote if it is to retain ballot access in the next election. For the past four election cycles its fallen short of that threshold and had to petition its way on the ballot. West thinks he’ll be the candidate to breakthrough.
“The percentages we receive in the races go up every election and right now we are at the point where we are going to be able to push through. I think we’re going to be able to get the right coalitions together to be able to blow right past the three-percent,” said West.
In 2012 the party’s presidential nominee Gary Johnson drew 1.52-percent of the vote. In 2014, gubernatorial candidate Frank Gilbert drew 1.92-percent of the vote. And in 2016 Johnson ran again, garnering 2.65-percent of Arkansas’s vote. The Libertarian Party of Arkansas is hoping in-part  to draw votes from down the ballot by fielding more candidates than it ever has before, with 33 office seekers from the state Legislature to the governor’s office...
To read more, click here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Governor John Kasich Statements About a Multi-Party System for the U.S.

Ballot Access News

On February 25, Ohio Governor John Kasich was on ABC-TV’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”. He said, “We may be beginning to see the end of the two party system. I’m starting to really wonder if we’re going to see a multi-party system at some point in the future of this country…I’m saying that our young people are fed up and why I’m saying that the prospect of a multi-party system in this country is a real possibility.” Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link. The Kasich portion of the show starts about 60% of the way through.

SUNY-Albany Student Newspaper Op-Ed Says U.S. Needs More than Two Political Parties

Ballot Access News

M. Francis Mirro has written this op-ed for the Albany Student Press, one of the nation’s oldest university newspapers. The Albany Student Press was founded in 1916, and is published at the State University of New York in Albany. Mirro writes that the U.S. needs more than two political parties.

Massachusetts Legislator Changes Registration from Democratic to Independent

Ballot Access News

On February 20, Massachusetts Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose changed his registration from Democratic to independent. Unlike many other legislators who leave one of the major parties, he intends to run for re-election as an independent this year. See this story.

Rocky De La Fuente Wins Washington State Ballot Access Case

Ballot Access News

On February 22, Rocky De La Fuente, an independent presidential candidate in 2016, won his lawsuit against a Washington state law that requires petitioning candidates for president to publish a notice in a newspaper, in each county in which the petition will be circulated, at least ten days in advance of beginning to petition. De La Fuente v Wyman, w.d., 3:16cv-5801. De La Fuente had been kept off the Washington ballot in 2016 because of this law, even though he submitted the required 1,000 signatures of registered voters. Here is the 13-page decision. The decision is by Judge Benjamin H. Settle, a Bush Jr. appointee.
The decision says the burden of running the notices is slight, but still strikes down the law because it does restrict voting rights to some extent and the state couldn’t show that the law is needed for any rational purpose. The decision says, “The present case illustrates how a minor party or independent candidate may be capable of mustering what the State considers to be a significant modicum of support — in this case the signed petitions of over 1,000 registered voters — yet still be excluded from the ballot for failing to give notice.”
The real harm the law does is effectively make the filing deadline earlier. Already Washington state had one of the earliest presidential independent petition deadlines (July 23) and the 10-day publication law make this deadline realistically July 13. Late-announcing candidates like Evan McMullin (who didn’t declare until August 8, 2016) are the type of candidate the law injured.
This is the first constitutional ballot access case any minor party or independent candidate has won in Washington since 2004, when the Libertarian Party won a decision in state court against the old law that required a minor party or independent candidate to poll at least 1% of the vote in the blanket primary. That win lost all significance after Washington state abandoned the blanket primary afterwards.

Prominent Wyoming Businessman Will Run for U.S. Senate as an Independent

Ballot Access News

According to this story, Wyoming businessman David Dodson will be an independent candidate for U.S. Senate this year. He will need 5,036 valid signatures, not easy in Wyoming, which has the smallest population of any state.

Maryland State Health Department Official Will Seek Libertarian Nomination for U.S. House

Ballot Access News


J. David Lashar, a high-ranking official in the Maryland Health Department, will seek the Libertarian nomination for U.S. House, 3rd district, according to this story.
In 2016, the Libertarian Party did not contest this seat. The 2016 vote was: Incumbent John P. Sarbanes, Democrat, 214,640; Republican Mark Plaster, Republican, 115,048; Green Nnabu Eze, 9,461.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

We All Need Protection

by J.R.Myers, Constitution Party National Executive Committee At-Large Member, Founder & former Alaska CP Chairman, ACP Candidate for AK Governor in 2014, and 2016 Presidential Candidate. 

Deliver Me, O Lord, From the Evil Man - Psalm 140, King James Version
"Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence."


We all need protection.  We need protection from those with evil intent in their hearts.  Humans are the ultimate potential weapons.  We need to learn how to proactively protect ourselves with wisdom, resolve and compassion.  We need to equip our caregivers to protect themselves and those in their care.  We need to equip our public servants to protect themselves.  The public needs to be equipped to protect themselves.  We need to equip our teachers to protect themselves and their students.  We need law enforcement to bravely protect and serve our communities.  We need protection from those who seek our harm in any of many ways, whether it be sexual assault, other violent bodily assault, murder, mayhem or ultimately home, school, business or national invasion.  We especially need protection from those who would cynically politicize tragedy to forever strip us of our unalienable rights, such as gun ownership and self-defense.  Remember, that repeatedly throughout history, and even now, millions of disarmed human beings have been killed by their own governments.  We cannot allow the gun control advocates to go unchallenged.  We need to shield ourselves, and go on the offensive against all those who seek our harm, whether it be an individual or organized assault on our Lives, our Liberties and our Properties.

While pondering the situation that we find ourselves in, it occurred to me that the conversation was being confused and confabulated.  There are many motives for and types of violence.  Understanding that may help us to address our reality with greater insight and wisdom.  Violence may be Political, Religious, Terrorist, Gang, Criminal, Passionate/Domestic, Sexual, Bullying/Hazing/Retaliation, Vendetta/Revenge, and/or Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder induced or related.  The solution to mass violence is not general gun confiscation or new restrictions.  Our responses must be sophisticated and multi-faceted, taking into account multiple variables and individual circumstances.  It cannot be fear based, heavy handed and one dimensional.  We must properly identify the causes, formulate cohesive public and private strategies and tailor targeted responses to specific types of threats.

Behavioral Health is certainly one area of concern widely being discussed these days.  From the opioid epidemic to incidents of mass violence, Behavioral Health could use more attention.  I have experience working in a combination of roles within the human services, mental health and substance abuse fields for over 35 years, including many years as an on-call emergency psychiatric responder.  In late 2008, I had just finished a shift from an emergency room call at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.  A few hours later, a disgruntled former employee came into the hospital with guns and attacked, ending in two dead, as well as one wounded and several patients and staff traumatized.  Many of my colleagues experienced the terror first hand.  I helped them to debrief afterwards.  This shattered our communities expectation of our hospital as a safe sacred space, a weapon free zone.  How could this have happened?

From my work there, I realized it takes a well coordinated team effort from the public, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, family, medical professionals, law enforcement, the judiciary and local behavioral health to maintain public health and safety and to initiate a successful emergency behavioral health intervention.  The process is generally straightforward.  If you know or see someone that appears to be struggling, do something, don't just ignore it and hope the problem will go away.  Say or do something.  If you feel safe, let the person know that you notice that there is something different, and ask if you can help them to get help.  Let them know you care.  Perhaps they are already working with a professional team, including a mental health professional and are actively addressing their problems.  Otherwise, if the person declines help, or you don't feel safe to approach them, a public welfare check may be requested from law enforcement.  Depending on where you're at, this may involve a call to local law enforcement dispatch, or a call to 911.  This may be done by anyone that is concerned that something is awry with a patient, relative, neighbor, friend, coworker, classmate, student or even a stranger due to mental illness or substance abuse.  Law enforcement will visit the person and ascertain if the situation requires possible medical/psychiatric intervention.  If law enforcement finds cause of likely imminent danger to self or others or grave disability, they will escort the person to a medical or detention facility.  Such a person may generally be held up to 72 hours in a protective mental health hold.  During that time, once a person is medically cleared, a mental health assessment is performed.  If it is determined that there is imminent risk of danger to self or others or grave disability, due to mental illness, the mental health professional will confer with the presiding physician, and if they concur, a judge will be contacted.  If the judge agrees, an order for involuntary commitment is issued, and arrangements are made for secure transport and admission to a secure inpatient psychiatric treatment facility.   Weapons, and other dangerous items may be secured and temporarily or permanently removed from the home environment.  After hospitalization, a discharge/safety/recovery plan is developed to incorporate community supports such as family, neighbors and employers as well as follow up outpatient behavioral health treatment.  This will often include counseling and sometimes psychotropic medication and regular monitoring to include a plan for decompensation/relapse, possibly including re-hospitalization.  Processes for a 72 hour mental health hold and involuntary commitment for treatment are already generally well established in most U.S. jurisdictions, with some variations.  It does indeed take a coordinated community response to make the process work right.

In our earnest search for lasting solutions, we must remain a nation adherent to the rule of law.  We must enforce existing laws before we enact new restrictions.  We must preserve our God given Right to Self-Defense, which is expressed in our Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  (Ratified December 1791.)  In cases with a question of whether or not there is an Imminent Risk of Danger to Self or Others, this may be accomplished via our Fifth Amendment: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."  (Ratified December, 1791.)

President Trump is right.  Gun Free Zones are invitations to would be attackers.  We must harden soft targets such as schools, churches, malls, etc. with some form of enhanced perimeter and onsite campus/facility security.  This may likely include properly vetted and trained staff, family and community volunteers with concealed carry firearms and other defensive means in all public spaces, including schools.

We must provide better access to enhanced professional training for law enforcement, educators and other public servants and the general public in situational awareness, community resources, response protocols, signs of potential danger, and signs of mental illness decompensation such as interfering psychosis/delusions/command hallucinations or acute substance intoxication.  And for those who are willing, weapons training.  We must more aggressively identify, arrest and deport foreign criminal elements and radicals and tighten immigration and border controls to better protect our citizens and communities.

Ultimately, we need to remember to Trust In God, to trust that God's Providence is still with humanity.  We need to trust our neighbors and to be able to build healthy relationships with others around us.  We Americans need to remain vigilant, and to have each other's backs every day.  We need to more robustly support community based behavioral health.  We must preserve All of our God given Constitutionally Enumerated Rights, while using our God given creativity to develop and employ wise self-defense and public safety strategies.  We do not need to panic, react and attack the Constitution and its defenders.  We need to be thoughtful, resolute and proactive.  Together we can work to find real and innovative solutions to prevent future mass tragedies without sacrificing our liberties.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alaska 2018: Faded Promises & Accelerated Decline - How Apathy, Greed & Corruption are Rapidly Destroying The Last Frontier, and What Can Be Done About It?

by J.R.Myers, Constitution Party National Executive Committee At-Large Member, Founder & former Alaska CP Chairman, ACP Candidate for AK Governor in 2014, and 2016 Presidential Candidate. 

After many years of adventure in Alaska, he has now returned to his native State of Montana to live, where he remains connected to local, Alaskan and National politics.

I have spent about 15 years, or more than a quarter of my life in Alaska, The Last Frontier.  I have known, witnessed and participated in many of its struggles, dreams and successes.  My family has been involved in The Great Land for much longer.  My grandfather served in the Army in Alaska during WWII in the 1940's.  My grandparents then homesteaded in Alaska in the 1950's.  My father operated a HAM Radio link to the outside world from Anchorage, after the devastation of the Great Quake of 1964.  My grandfather also worked on the oil pipeline in the 1970's.  My grandmother worked for Alaska Airlines in the 1980's.  An uncle retired from the Alaska Railroad in the 1990's.    They staked out a homestead.  They used dog-sleds for transport.  They used the permafrost for refrigeration.  They felt the earth shake and roll and the sea roar.  They watched volcanoes explode.  They burned wood for heat in the long dark cold winter.  They worked odd jobs, gathered berries, panned for gold, and hunted and fished to survive in the nearly perpetual light of summer.  My relatives served Alaska in many ways over the years, as they worked hard to help it grow and prosper.  It was an historic, challenging and rewarding existence.

I was an Alaskan resident from 1963-64 and again from 2003-2017.  While there, I served as a Licensed Professional Counselor & Chemical Dependency Counselor I, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor & Master Addiction Counselor.  I worked in community mental health, tribal behavioral health and also had a private practice.  I served as Vice-President and President of the Alaska Counseling Association.  I helped many, befriended many, was supported by many and was accepted into the communities of many Alaskans of all kinds across the state.  I was actively involved in trying to make many positive systems reforms and changes.  I still own a cabin and pay property taxes in Alaska, while maintaining an interest at a distance.

Despite recent increasingly negative and sad political and economic events, and lost opportunities, overall I have many fond and enduring memories of the Great Land and its people.  I've witnessed many changes too over the years.  What can compare to the unique features of Alaska such as the incredible wilderness views?  The Northern Lights?  The Bipolar Seasons and light cycles?  The moose, bear, caribou, cranes, eagles, ravens, seagulls, coyotes, wolves, lynx, hare, salmon, halibut, octopus, beluga, orca, otters, seals and other fauna?  The quirky coffee kiosks everywhere?  The bountiful community Farmer's Markets?  The powerful Native Arts & Crafts?  The Subsistence based culture with freely shared fresh fish and game?  The freshly picked blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and other flora?  The plethora of excellent micro-breweries and micro-distilleries?  What about the newly sprouting legal recreational cannabis shops and support industries?  The alternate universe of reality based TV programs?  The world renowned Extreme Sports industry?  The massive cruise lines with their floating cities of thousands.  The professional fishing, hunting and wilderness guides?  What about the horrific exponential expansion of the petro-dollar fueled Nanny State?  Indeed, Alaska, and Alaskans are in the midst of several profound and potentially permanent changes.  A true struggle is underway for control of the heart and soul of Alaska and its resources.  My prayer is that Alaskans quickly get actively involved in any and all peaceful ways possible to reclaim Alaska from the enemy within while they still can.  It is in this spirit that I share my following experiences, observations, warnings, opinions and encouragements.

Once holding incredible riches, potential and promise, Alaska now finds itself in an existential political, moral, and financial storm.  Perhaps it was too ambitious a project to begin with, after all it was called Seward's Folly.  Some would say the geographical area was too vast, the people too few.  From the beginning, there was too much government control, not enough private sector opportunity.  Too much judicial activism, too few involved citizens.  Too many political opportunists, carpetbaggers and gold diggers, not enough earnest statesman, pioneers and decent settlers.  Now, there is a more recent and fundamental disconnect, a widening chasm between the ruling political elite and the rest of the population.  Alaska's Constitutional Republican form of government has been turned on its head.  Official cynicism rules the day.  Alaska increasingly resembles a top down authoritarian Banana Republic.  Power mongering and greed have replaced public service and civic virtue in the isolated, off the road system, Capitol of Juneau.  Collusion between Lobbyists, Politicians and the Media has driven Alaska far beyond established boundaries and nearly over a cliff from which it will not likely recover.  Alaska has again become the American poster child for poor domestic policy.  We can call the latest round, Walker's Folicies (folly+policy, similar to a state  imposed fallacy).

Due to Walker's Folicies, Alaska is close to becoming a failed state altogether.  Well over 1% of the population, or about 8,500 people fled the State in 2017, leading to an actual population decline.  The State has been in a worsening recession with an  unemployment rate of 7.3% as of 12/2017.  The Permanent Fund Dividend, the people's share of Alaska's mineral wealth, has been recklessly tampered with by the Governor & Legislature for two years in a row.  Billions of anticipated dollars have been withheld from Alaskans, and thus the Alaskan economy.  This was one of the worst economic moves possible, which has deepened and prolonged Alaska's Great Recession.  This was predicted, and was totally avoidable.  Now Alaska faces a worsening crisis, manufactured with full bi-partisan cooperation.

Also, fisheries are dwindling, millions of acres of forests and mineral resources remain locked up.  People in the villages and interior cannot afford to heat their homes and businesses, so they increasingly flock to the rough urban centers.  Global politics and economics seem to conspire daily against Alaska.  Recently, the Permanent Investment Fund lost two billion dollars in a matter of days during the stock market correction.  This event added even more volatility to the state's economic future.  Under the current administration, Alaska has experienced, a series of credit downgrades, meaning millions annually in greater credit costs.  The State of Alaska can't even seem to make legalized pot functional.  There has been a reported decline in most recent projected Recreational Marijuana Tax & Fee Revenues.

There is a growing disconnect between the people and their government.  The current Governor of Alaska, Bill Walker, has the lowest popularity rating of any state chief executive in the nation with a 26% approval rating as of 1/2018.  There is an increased public awareness and subsequent anger as people realize that the political elite are using government to take more than their fair share of resources.  There is anger that the political elite are rapidly plundering the inheritance of future generations to satisfy their current lusts.  Alaska, once a stronghold of liberty, has clearly lost its way.  In many ways, Alaska seems a future microcosm of the United States.

Perhaps the Alaskan Independence Party had it right all along.  The AIP maintains that the vote for Alaskan statehood was fundamentally flawed.  At that time, the Alaska Native vote was heavily suppressed, while the military stationed in the territory was improperly allowed to participate in the statehood vote.  To add insult to injury, the new Alaska Constitution was (and still is) an ideal socialist and globalist document.  Fifty nine years after statehood, has one folicy built upon another compelled Alaska to become a failing state?

My 2014 race for Governor of Alaska predicted and attempted to expose both the Parnell & Walker wrecking crews and their nefarious plans for Alaska.  While Captain Zero (Parnell) was defeated, Walker, through several unsavory tactics, emerged victorious as an, "Independent."  Walker immediately set to work to implement his agenda.  It has proven to be The Grand Folicy at the expense of All other Alaskans, and their futures.  As an attorney, Walker has mastered the arts of subterfuge and obfuscation.  Walker has repeatedly overturned well established traditions and laws to further his distorted vision at every opportunity.  Walker has literally sacrificed the people and land of Alaska for his irrational obsession to partner with Communist China to create an unprofitable natural gas pipeline.  This pipedream alone will devastate Alaska, if it is allowed to proceed.

At this time of rising oil prices and revenue and record Permanent Fund Portfolio Gains, instead of taking the opportunity to right size government, Alaska's corrupt political elite have decided to double down on the Grand Folicy to confiscate more and more private wealth to continue to fund bloated state government.  As anticipated, they are proposing statewide sales and income taxes, as well as implementing and raising a myriad of other local and state fees.  Alaska's corrupt political elite aim to take care of their cronies, regardless of the fallout on average Alaskans.

Walker's Grand Folicy has twice seized the bulk of the PFD, with collusion from the Alaska Legislature, as well as corporate, media and globalist interests.  Those larcenous acts alone have greatly increased the severity of Alaska's recession by withholding billions of dollars from the people of Alaska and the Alaskan economy.  Alaska's Golden Goose, the PFD, was once a globally envied model of citizen ownership of resources and wise economic policy.  It was designed to be a perpetual economic engine producing larger and larger eggs.  Individual PFDs were projected to be over $5,000 in 2018.  Now, the PFD has been gutted, by the farmyard foxes, and is about to be butchered and consumed, feathers, beak, feet and all.

Years of reckless bipartisan fiscal and public folicies have fostered expansive local and state governments.  In 2016, it was estimated that Alaska expended combined state/federal funds of $14,290.00 per capita, the highest rate in the nation by far.   Alaska remains both heavily constricted via Federal land ownership and resource control, while heavily subsidized by and over reliant upon Federal government payments, grants and projects, as well as its own bloated state government.  Its Medicaid expansion program added 42,500 to the rolls.  Now 196,762 Alaskans or more than 27% of the population are on Medicaid for an additional cost to Alaska of $100,000,000 this year.

Even with this excessive per capita spending, Public Safety is routinely compromised as street and highway maintenance as well as other services are wrongly deferred in order to hold the public hostage during budget negotiations.  Also, despite all the massive public spending, Education and Health results in Alaska routinely rank at the bottom nationally, while crime ranks at the top.  Real lives and opportunities are lost and destroyed as a direct result of the continued implementation of such misguided public folicy.

Faith in the criminal justice system has collapsed.  Too many unaccountable activist judges.  Too much disparity in justice between the elites and the average citizen.  Too many nonviolent offenders trapped and punished forever in an ineffective penal system.  Too many politically based decisions outside of the Rule of Law.  Too many violent felons being released into communities in droves without warning.  Too many Law enforcement too often seemingly at odds with the populace.  Justice and the Rule of Law have eroded as a result of leaders ignoring and deriding the Constitution rather than truly keeping their oaths to uphold the rule of law while serving the public with integrity.

With the longest, and only Arctic coastline in the nation, Alaska remains largely undefended.  There are present and real threats (more surfacing daily) from Russia (which borders Alaska), China and North Korea.  The Russians have been busy fortifying their Far East and Arctic military installations.  Russia and China continue to make aggressive military maneuvers near Alaskan waters and airspace.  Anchorage is well within North Korea's nuclear strike range.  The State of Alaska needs to activate, arm and vigorously train the Alaska Defense Force to proactively protect the heartland and coasts of Alaska.

Governor Walker, a true petty neo-tyrant, and his sycophants in the Alaska Legislature, are eager to sell out the future of Alaskans to the Communist Chinese government, and to globalism.  Walker will not stop at any deception, manipulation or intimidation to steal PFD dollars and more to fund his delusional pipe dream.  He is literally hell-bent on building an ill-advised natural gas pipeline from the arctic to a warm water port, to be funded from Alaska's public legacy.  To add insult to injury, he's also foolishly inviting a permanent and formidable Communist Chinese presence to establish itself within the State of Alaska to develop and control huge gas fields and sensitive infrastructure.  What's wrong with this picture?  When the (democratically elected) Governor seems more interested in courting a murderous totalitarian regime than listening to his own citizens, it is clear the Corrupt Old Bastards Club (COB) remains alive and well in Alaska.  It has transfigured itself.  It is now gender and party neutral, an equal opportunity force of corruption.  The COBs have played, and continue to play a large part in Alaska's unfolding failures.  They will need to be completely uprooted, if Alaska is to truly move forward.

As a candidate, "Independent," Walker even convinced Sarah Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party to endorse him in the 2014 General Election.  He went on to defeat Palin's former running mate, and sitting Republican Alaska Governor, Sean Parnell in an upset, 48.1% to 45.9%.  The margin of victory was only 2.2%, or smaller than either the CP (2.5% ) or LP (3.2%) votes.  Leaving those parties with the so-called balance of power vote, clearly indicating that many Alaskans are really seeking an alternative to the status quo.

Voter turnout in Alaska has been low to moderate with 17.22% in the August 2016 Primary election and 60.77% in the November 2016 General election.  The lack of public engagement has allowed relatively small political cabals to seize control of elected and appointed office.  They have thereby hijacked public policy for decades to suit their private agendas.  It doesn't matter if power has been held by Republicans, Democrats or Independents.  They can all be COBs.  There is no longer any sense that the government is serving the best interests of the public.  True government oversight and accountability is practically nonexistent, except for the ACP, and its Tundra Coalition allies.

For better or worse, political representation in Alaska is fragmented into several political parties and groups.  The election laws make it confusing and difficult to establish and maintain a new political party.  Campaign rules are strict.  Mistakes are potentially severely punished with huge fines.  There are four officially state recognized political parties.  They are the Alaska Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence (AIP) Parties.  There are also Limited Political Parties.  They only run a Presidential ticket.  In 2016, the AK Constitution and Green Parties were in this category.  There are also several official Political Groups.  These are the Alaska Constitution, Green, Veteran's, Patriot's, Moderates, Progressives, Twelve Visions and UCES Clowns parties.  The largest blocks of voters are Undeclared and Non-affiliated.

Then there is the Bureau of Fear, otherwise known as The Alaska Public Offices Commission or simply APOC.  APOC was allegedly instituted to thwart political corruption, but has instead become a direct assault on citizen involvement in the political process. The official APOC Mission is, "To encourage the public's confidence in their elected and appointed officials by administering Alaska's disclosure statutes and publishing financial information regarding the activities of election campaigns, public officials, lobbyists and lobbyist employers."  Sounds good, but in practice, its onerous rules and disproportionately huge fines for minor infractions dissuade the average citizen from even contemplating a run for public office.  APOC routinely terrorizes and silences many Alaskans who want to establish true political alternatives.

2018 looks like it may be a repeat of the same choreographed elections we've witnessed for years.  There is hope in several of the candidates lining up for the many legislative races, and in a few running for Governor.  Unfortunately, Walker/Mallott have filed as Independents to retain their seats.  Former Republican Senator Dunleavy (current favorite), and former Republican Speaker of the House, Chenault, as well as several lesser known candidates have also already filed for Governor in the Republican primary, which will likely be crowded.  The Libertarians will likely have a ticket.  It isn't known what the Democrats will do.  Even though it is a qualifying race to become an officially State recognized Political Party, it is unlikely the Alaska Constitution Party will field a Gubernatorial ticket in 2018.  Likely, the ACP will look at endorsing the Gubernatorial candidate of another party, if asked.  It is widely thought that the seat will revert to a GOP candidate in 2018, especially without the participation of the ACP.   

A big part of the problem is that most of the current candidates are incumbents who were in power in Juneau over the past few years presiding over the precipitous decline of Alaska.  Like wicked swamp puppets, they've emulated the worst of Washington D.C. politics.  They have usurped authority, created a protected enclave in Juneau for themselves and set into motion a cascading effect of statewide destruction.  All in a nakedly vain attempt to satisfy their lust for power and control.  Hopefully a decent candidate, such as Senator Dunleavy will prevail.

More than half of Alaska's population of 730,000 live in the Anchorage metropolitan area.  Anchorage is basically a Sanctuary City.  Often referred to by Alaskans as, "Los Anchorage."  Criminals and gangs now cast a blanket of fear over the city. Shootings, stabbings and general mayhem are on the rise.  There are unsolved serial killings.  Many areas are unsafe.  Uncontrolled illegal immigrants roam freely throughout the land.  Meanwhile the native population is increasingly demonized, restricted and taxed beyond endurance.

Alaska endures some of the highest suicide, substance abuse, domestic abuse, sexual assault, violent crime and sexually transmitted disease rates in the nation.  Substandard housing and an insufficient sanitation, transportation and utility infrastructure further hamper progress.  Vast regions of Alaska resemble third world conditions without running water, sewer or on-grid power.  Corrupt public folicy has perpetuated the economic and moral poverty and lack of development throughout much of Alaska.

Now, with the historical bipartisan Federal multi-trillion dollar hyper-deficit budget being signed, the unbridled corruption within has become so great that our nation is at real risk of soon perishing before our eyes.  Is Alaska the proverbial canary in the coal mine?  It appears as if Juneau has become the mini-me of Washington, D.C.  Obviously, we need a quick shift to a new political paradigm.  One that is focused on We The People, the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  We need a strengthened Tundra Coalition of like minded individuals and groups of which I have spoken before.

There are hopeful signs that Alaskans are waking and taking action.  The Constitution Party was able to place its Presidential nominee, Darrell Castle on the Alaskan ballot in 2016 via petition.  The Alaska ballot is where Castle received his highest vote percentage in the nation at 1.21%.  Though it was not enough to maintain Limited Party ballot access for the Constitution Party, it gave thousands of Alaskans a real option without compromise of their sacred ballots. 

Will such efforts be enough in 2018, and in time to restore the government to its proper limited role?  Or, will it be too little, too late?  Time will tell and it will likely be sooner, rather than later as markets, geopolitics and history relentlessly impose their wills and pressures upon Alaska and the USA.  Hopefully soon, the struggle will no longer be between philosophies of Liberty & Tyranny, but rather between competing Humanist and Creationist visions of Constitutional Liberty.  I envision the Constitution and Libertarian Parties, or at least their basic philosophies, as poised to be the likely contenders to inherit what's left of our system.  After the current scourge of  public apathy and political corruption ends, and the gold dust settles, that is.

A bold crime was committed in plain view of all.  I am a witness, one of many.  Just as it reached its greatest potential, Alaska was hijacked, plundered and pillaged for billions of dollars by those who proclaimed to be its protectors, its saviors.  It will take a true miracle indeed to turn Alaska around and into a viable State.  The land will remain in some shape or form, but what of the people?  Believers should be in earnest prayer about Alaska's future.  It will require divine intervention, a mass change of heart and boots on the ground.  Short of a Constitution Revolution, expect further brain drain, and an exodus of talent and capital as more Alaskans choose to vote with their feet and their dollars in search of a better life elsewhere.

Without a renaissance of hope, a vicious cycle of desperate dependence will accelerate.  Those reliant upon government will grow in proportion to the productive citizens and squeeze them more and more of their energies.  Instead of downsizing to a sustainable level, the government has taken the known path to misery.  They have chosen the treacherous path of increasing wealth confiscation, regulation and population control to maintain the corrupt political elite.  This has already further destabilized the economy, forcing increased capital flight from Alaska.

Hopefully, sour dough Alaskans of all political persuasions will rise up at the ballot box and throw off the yoke of their oppressors this November.  Hopefully, many will choose to run for office themselves.  Hopefully, others will decide to support a campaign of their choosing with funds and volunteer time.  How refreshing it would be to have a glut of liberty candidates generating high public interest and voter turnout.

The defenders of the Constitution must remain strong and united, regardless of party affiliation.  The Alaska Constitution Party will continue to uphold a high standard.  The ACP, and its allies in the Tundra Coalition, will remain the impetus for true political correction and reform in Alaska.  In the Land Of The Midnight Sun, freedom loving Alaskans must choose to act as catalysts of restoration together.  There is no one else.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Daily Oklahoman Carries Op-Ed By Libertarian Chris Powell, Describing How Top-Two Systems Actually Work

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The Daily Oklahoman has this op-ed by Libertarian Party leader Chris Powell, describing how top-two systems work in practice.

For the First Time, a California General News Source Runs Article about How Independent Candidates are Hurt by Law on Ballot Labels

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The Daily Republic, daily newspaper for Fairfield, California, has this excellent story about Steve Poizner’s run for California Insurance Commissioner as an independent candidate this year. This is the first general circulation newspaper article to discuss how independent candidates are injured by the California law that won’t permit independent candidates for Congress or state office to use the ballot label “independent.” Instead, as the story says, they must be on the ballot as “Party Preference: None.”
The story quotes Dan Schnur, who ran as an independent for Secretary of State of California in 2014, saying that major party legislators are never going to change the law to permit the label “independent.” Schnur is also quoted as saying “It takes an unusually well-informed voter to even know what NPP means.” The reporter himself refers to NPP as a “deadly ballot designation.”

California Releases First New Registration Tally in Almost a Year

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On February 16, the California Secretary of State released a new registration tally, the first since February 2017. The total number of registered voters declined since February 2017. The new percentages are: Democratic 44.63%; Republican 25.44%; no party preference 24.95%; American Independent 2.66%; Libertarian .74%; Green .48%; Peace & Freedom .40%; miscellaneous .61%; and a new category, “unknown” .11%. The “unknown” persons are those who were automatically registered to vote by the state because they had a California ID, and they have never filled out a form choosing party preference.
In February 2017, the percentages were: Democratic 44.77%; Republican 25.87%; no party preference 24.51%; American Independent 2.63%; Libertarian .73%; Green .49%; Peace & Freedom .39%; miscellaneous .62%.
The Constitution Party, the state’s largest political body, now has 321 registrants; a year ago it had 326. The March 1, 2018 printed Ballot Access News will have registration data for all states, for all parties.

Independent Party Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Its Lawsuit over Whether it May Attempt to Get on California Ballot

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On February 15, the Independent Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Independent Party v Padilla. The California election law says when a group wishes to qualify as a political party, it must notify the Secretary of State, who in turn will notify each county elections office to tally the number of registered voters in that group. If the group persuades at least 60,000 or so voters to join it (on voter registration forms) then it becomes qualified.
The Independent Party asked the Secretary of State for such a tally, but he refused, saying the name of the Independent Party is too similar to the name of the already-qualified American Independent Party. Ever since 1891, California has banned two parties from having names that are too similar. However, the law has never before been interpreted to ban two parties from having the same word in their names. California permitted both the Democratic Party and the National Democratic Party to be on the ballot in 1896. Also, in 1900, it allowed both the Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party to be on the ballot (later the Social Democratic Party changed its name to the Socialist Party). And in 1912, it allowed both the Socialist Party and the Socialist Labor Party to be on the ballot, in one Assembly district.
The Ninth Circuit opinion was only four pages, and virtually ignored the issue of when two party names are too similar to each other. Instead, the Ninth Circuit expressed the opinion that for a group to call itself the Independent Party was fraudulent. The Ninth Circuit ignored the record, which showed that ballot-qualified parties named Independent Party exist now in Oregon, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, and Louisiana, and were ballot-qualified in eight other states in the recent past (Arkansas, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Vermont).
At one time or another, 47 of the 50 states have had two parties on the ballot simultaneously that shared a common word in their names. If it had not been possible for parties to share a word in their names, the various socialist parties, such as the Socialist Party, the Socialist Labor Party, the Socialist Workers Party, Workers World, could not have existed.

California Initiative to Convert Top-Two to Top-Four Begins to Circulate

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A proposed California initiative to convert the top-two system to a top-four system has begun to circulate. It needs 585,407 valid signatures by August 13, 2018. The proponent is Richard Charles Ginnaty. If it got enough valid signatures, it would be on the ballot in 2020, not 2018.

Centrist Project-Backed Independent Candidate Formally Declares for Missouri U.S. Senate Race

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Craig O’Dear has declared his independent candidacy for U.S. Senate in Missouri. See this story. He is backed by the Centrist Project. He will need 10,000 signatures, due by July 30. Missouri has not had an independent on the ballot for U.S. Senate in many years. Thanks to Ken Bush for the link.

John Kasich Considering Running for President as an Independent in 2020

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According to this Buzzfeed article, persons close to Ohio Governor John Kasich say he is considering running for president in 2020, either as a Republican or as an independent. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

Independent Wins Partisan Race for St. Louis Alderman

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On February 13, St. Louis held a special election to fill the vacant Alderman position in the 8th ward. Annie Rice, an independent candidate, defeated her only opponent, the Democratic nominee. See this story.

Florida Special Election Results

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Florida held a special election on February 13 to fill the vacancy in the State House, 72nd district. The results: Democratic 52.2%; Republican 44.8%; Libertarian 3.0%.
When this seat was last up, in November 2016, the results were: Republican 58.1%; Democratic 41.9%.

Steve Poizner, Former Insurance Commissioner of California, Changes Registration from Republican to Independent and Will Run for His Old Office

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California elects an Insurance Commissioner on a partisan basis. Last month, Steve Poizner changed his registration from Republican to independent. He served as California’s Republican Insurance Commissioner 2006-2010. He has just announced that he will run for his old office in 2018, but this time he will be an independent candidate.
He will be handicapped by the California law that does not permit independent candidates to have the label “independent” on the ballot. Instead he must have “party preference: none.”

Bob Krist, Who Had Said He Would be an Independent Candidate for Nebraska Governor, Now is a Democrat

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On February 12, Nebraska State Senator Bob Krist switched his party registration from independent to Democratic. He had filed a lawsuit on February 1 against the 10% petition requirement for non-presidential independent candidates, but it appears that lawsuit will now be dismissed. He plans to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor, instead of being an independent candidate for Governor. 
Thanks to Mark Elworth for this news.

Well-Known Utah Resident Will Run for U.S. House as an Independent


John Sittner, the founder of Ancestry.com and civic activist, will be an independent candidate for U.S. House this year in Utah’s 2nd district. The 2nd district includes western Utah and most of Salt Lake City. 
It is usually a safe district for the Republican nominee. See this story.

Jim Palmer Creates Fascinating Graphs Illustrating All Aspects of Libertarian Party Metrics

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Jim Palmer, who is not a Libertarian Party official, but who is very interested in data about the Libertarian Party, has created a dozen clear interesting graphs showing how the party has done over the past decades. See them here.
They cover the number of donors to the national party, the revenue to the national party, past ballot access, the percentage of U.S. voters who voted for a Libertarian, the number of members who signed the party membership pledge, voter registration data, and the number of candidates.
After looking at the opening chart, scroll down to see the next chart. Ignore the button that says “next post”.

Ninth Circuit Sets Briefing Schedule for California Independent Presidential Ballot Access Case

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The Ninth Circuit has issued a briefing schedule in De La Fuente v Padilla, 17-56668. This is the case that challenges the California independent presidential petition requirement, which is 2020 will probably be approximately 200,000 valid signatures. Every other state has some means for a presidential candidate running outside the major parties to get on the ballot with support from fewer than 50,000 people. Yet the U.S. District Court had upheld the law last year. No one has successfully completed the California independent presidential petition since 1992. The U.S. District Court upheld the law partly because it felt that the alternate means to get a new party on the ballot are easy enough. But that was a mistake for two reasons. First, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Storer v Brown in 1974 that the independent candidate and political party approaches are entirely different, and states must have adequate procedures for both. Furthermore, the California procedure for a new party is also very difficult. No group has successfully qualified with a registration drive since 1995.

Illinois Ballot Access Cert Petition Appears on U.S. Supreme Court Docket

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The Illinois Green Party’s ballot access case Tripp v Scholz now has a U.S. Supreme Court docket number, 17-1129. If the state wishes to respond to the cert petition, it must due so by March 14. The case concerns ballot access for the legislative candidates of unqualified parties. In 2016, Illinois was one of three states that had no third party candidates for the legislature on the ballot (not counting a handful of states that didn’t have legislative elections in 2016). The other two were North Dakota and South Dakota.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Alaska 2018: The Faded Promise and Accelerated Decline of a Failing State

Alaska 2018:  The Faded Promise and Accelerated Decline of a Failing State - How Apathy, Greed & Corruption are Destroying The Last Frontier.

by J.R.Myers, Constitution Party Executive Committee At-Large Member, Founder & former Alaska CP Chairman, ACP Candidate for AK Governor in 2014, and 2016 Presidential Candidate.  After many years of adventure in Alaska, he has now returned to his native State of Montana to live.


Psalm 9 King James Version (KJV)I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.King James Version 


Having spent about 15 years, or more than a quarter of my life in Alaska, I have known, witnessed and participated in many of its struggles, dreams and successes.  My grandparents homesteaded in Alaska in the 1950's.  My father operated a HAM Radio link to the outside world from Anchorage, after the devastation of the Great Quake of 1964.  My grandfather worked on the oil pipeline in the 1970's.  My grandmother worked for Alaska Airlines.  An uncle retired from the Alaska Railroad.  My relatives have served in the military, and in many other positions as they worked hard to help Alaska grow and prosper since long before statehood.  They used dog-sleds, used the permafrost for refrigeration, worked odd jobs, panned for gold, and hunted and fished to survive.  I was an Alaskan resident in 1963-64 and again 2003-2017.  As a Counselor there, I befriended many, was supported by many and was accepted into the communities of many Alaskans of all kinds.  While in Alaska, I was heavily involved in trying to make many positive changes.  I still own a cabin and pay taxes there.  Despite recent sad events, overall I have fond and enduring memories of the Great Land and its people.  It is in this spirit that I report my following experiences and observations.  My prayer is that Alaskans quickly get involved in any and all peaceful ways possible to take back their state from the enemy within while they still can.

Once holding incredible riches, potential and promise, Alaska now finds itself in an existential political, moral, and financial storm.  Perhaps it was too ambitious a project to begin with.  The geographic area was too vast.  The people too few.  From the beginning, there was too much government control, not enough private sector opportunity.  Too much judicial activism, too few involved citizens.  Too many political opportunists, not enough statesmen.  Too many carpetbaggers and gold diggers, not enough earnest pioneers and decent settlers.  Oil Snakes, Charlatans and Frauds.  There is a fundamental disconnect, a widening chasm between the ruling elite and the rest of the population.  Alaska's Constitutional Republican form of government has been turned on its head.  Official cynicism rules the day.  Alaska increasingly resembles a top down authoritarian Banana Republic.  Power mongering and greed have replaced public service and civic virtue in the Capitol of Juneau.  Collusion between Lobbyists, Politicians and Media has driven Alaska beyond established boundaries, over a cliff from which it will likely never recover.  Alaska has become the American poster child for domestic folly.  Alaska is close to becoming a failed state altogether.

Well over 1% of the population, or about 8,500 people fled the State in 2017.  The State has been in a worsening recession with an  unemployment rate of 7.3% as of 12/2017.  The Permanent Fund Dividend, the people's share of Alaska's mineral wealth, has been recklessly tampered with for two years in a row.  Billions of anticipated dollars have been withheld from Alaskans, and thus the Alaskan economy.  This was one of the worst economic moves possible, which has deepened and prolonged Alaska's Great Recession.  This was predicted, and was totally avoidable.  Now Alaska faces a worsening crisis, manufactured with full bi-partisan cooperation.

To make matters worse, fisheries are dwindling, millions of acres of forests and mineral resources remain locked up, people in the villages and interior cannot afford to heat their homes and businesses, while global politics and economics seem to conspire daily against Alaska.  Recently, the Permanent Investment Fund lost two billion dollars in a matter of days during the stock market correction.  This event adding more volatility to the state's economic future.  Under the current administration, Alaska has experienced, a series of credit downgrades, meaning millions annually in greater credit costs.  Alaska can't even make legalized pot functional.  It has seen a decline in projected Recreational Marijuana Tax & Fee Revenues.  Alaska has clearly lost its way.

There is a growing disconnect between the people and their government.  The current Governor has the lowest popularity rating of any Governor in the nation with a 26% (as of 1/2018) approval rating.

There is an increased public awareness and subsequent anger as people realize that the political elite are using government to take more than their fair share of the world's resources, and are rapidly plundering the inheritance of future generations to satisfy their current lusts.  In many ways, Alaska is a microcosm of the United States.

Perhaps the Alaskan Independence Party had it right all along that the vote for Alaskan statehood was fundamentally flawed.  The Alaska Native vote was heavily suppressed, while the military stationed in the territory was improperly allowed to participate in the statehood vote.  Fifty nine years after statehood, Alaska has become our first failed state.  Perhaps Alaska should never have tried to become a state in the first place.

My 2014 race for Governor of Alaska predicted and attempted to expose the Walker wrecking crew and their nefarious plans for Alaska.  Walker, through several unsavory tactics, emerged victorious as an, "Independent."  He immediately set to work to implement his agenda at the expense of All other Alaskans.  As an attorney, he has mastered the arts of subterfuge and obfuscation.  He has repeatedly overturned well established traditions and laws to further his distorted vision.  He has literally sacrificed the people and land of Alaska for his irrational obsession to partner with China to create an unprofitable natural gas pipeline.

At a time of rising oil prices and revenue and record Permanent Fund Portfolio Gains, Now, instead of right sizing government, the corrupt political elite have decided to confiscate more and more private wealth.  As anticipated, they are proposing statewide sales and income taxes, as well as implementing raising a myriad of other fees.

Walker has twice seized the bulk of the PFD, with collusion from the Alaska Legislature, as well as corporate, media and globalist interests.  Those larcenous acts alone have greatly increased the severity of Alaska's recession by withholding billions of dollars from the people of Alaska and the Alaskan economy.  Alaska's Golden Goose, the PFD, once a global model of citizen ownership of resources and wise economic policy, a perpetual economic engine producing larger and larger eggs, has been gutted, and is about to be butchered and consumed, feathers, beak, feet and all.

Years of reckless bipartisan fiscal and public policies have fostered expansive local and state governments.  In 2016, it was estimated that Alaska expended combined state/federal funds of $14,290.00 per capita, the highest rate in the nation by far.   Alaska remains both heavily constricted and heavily subsidized by the Federal government, and its own bloated state government.  Its Medicaid expansion program added 42,500 to the rolls.  Now 196,762 Alaskans or more than 25% of the population are on Medicaid for an additional cost to Alaska of $100,000,000 this year.

Even with the this excessive per capita spending, Public Safety is routinely compromised as street and highway maintenance as well as other services are wrongly deferred in order to hold the public hostage during budget negotiations.  Real lives are lost and destroyed as a direct result of the wonky implementation of such misguided public policy.  The criminal justice system has collapsed.  Too many activist judges, too much disparity in justice between the elites and the average citizen.  Too many politically based decisions outside of the Rule of Law.  Too many violent felons being released in droves.  Law enforcement too often seemingly at odds with the populace.  Leaders ignoring and deriding the Constitution rather than truly keeping their oaths to uphold the rule of law and serve the public with integrity.

With a the longest coastline in the nation, Alaska remains largely undefended.  There are present and real threats form Russia (which borders Alaska), China and North Korea.  The Russians have been busy fortifying their Far East and Arctic military installations.  Russia and China continue to make aggressive military maneuvers near our waters and airspace.  Anchorage is well within North Korea's nuclear strike range.

Governor Walker, a true petty neo-tyrant, is eager to sell out the future of Alaska to the Communist Chinese government.  Walker will not stop at any deception, manipulation or intimidation to get funding for his delusional pipe dream.  He is literally hell-bent on building an ill-advised natural gas pipeline funded from Alaska's public legacy.  To add insult to injury, he's also foolishly inviting a permanent and formidable Chinese presence to establish itself within the State of Alaska to develop and control gas fields and sensitive infrastructure.

Voter turnout has been low to moderate with 17.22% in the August 2016 Primary election and 60.77% in the November 2016 General election.  The lack of public engagement has allowed relatively small political cabals to hijack public policy for decades to suit private agendas.  There is no longer a sense that the government is serving the best interests of the public.  True oversight and accountability is practically nonexistent.

The political opposition in Alaska is fragmented into several political parties and groups.  The election laws make it confusing and difficult to establish and maintain a new political party.  Campaign rules are strict.  Mistakes are potentially severely punished with huge fines.  Their are four officially state recognized political parties.  They are the Alaska Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence (AIP) Parties.  There are also Limited Political Parties.  They only run a Presidential ticket.  In 2016, the Constitution and Green Parties were in this category.  There are also several official political groups.  They are the Alaska Constitution, Green, Veteran's, Patriot's, Moderates, Progressives, Twelve Visions and UCES Clowns parties.  Tragically, the existing parties have consistently shown themselves to be either hopelessly stunted and largely ineffectual due to public apathy, legal obstacles, infiltration, constant infighting and lack of resources, or as with the R's & D's, intractably corrupt.

Then there is the Bureau of Fear, otherwise known as The Alaska Public Offices Commission.  APOC was allegedly instituted to thwart political corruption has instead become a direct assault on citizen involvement in the political process. The official APOC Mission is, "To encourage the public's confidence in their elected and appointed officials by administering Alaska's disclosure statutes and publishing financial information regarding the activities of election campaigns, public officials, lobbyists and lobbyist employers."  Sounds good, but in practice, its onerous rules and disproportionately huge fines for minor infractions dissuade the average citizen from even contemplating a run for public office.  APOC terrorizes and silences many Alaskans who want to establish true political alternatives.

"Independent", candidate Walker even convinced Sarah Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party to endorse him in the 2014 General Election.  He went on to defeat Palin's former running mate, and sitting Republican Alaska Governor, Sean Parnell 48,1% to 45.9%.  The margin of victory was only 2.2% or smaller than either the CP (2.5% ) or LP (3.2%) votes, leaving those parties with the so-called balance of power vote.

The Corrupt Old Bastards Club is alive and well in Alaska.  It is now gender neutral, and women are welcome too.  They have played a large part in Alaska becoming a failed state, a third world country within the United States of America.

2018 looks like a repeat of the same choreographed elections we've witnessed for years.  There are already several candidates lining up for the many races.  Problem is, most of them were in power the past few years presiding over the precipitous decline of Alaska.  Like wicked swamp puppets, they've emulated the worst of Washington D.C. politics.  They have usurped authority, created a protected enclave in Juneau for themselves and set in motion a cascade effect of statewide destruction, as they satisfy their lust for power and control.

More than half of Alaska's population of 730,000 live in the Anchorage metropolitan area.  Often referred to by Alaskans as, "Los Anchorage."  Criminals and gangs now cast a blanket of fear over the city. Shootings, stabbings and general mayhem are on the rise.  There are unsolved serial killings.  Many areas are unsafe.  Uncontrolled illegal immigrants roam freely throughout the land.  Meanwhile the native population is demonized, restricted and taxed beyond endurance.

Alaska maintains some of the highest suicide, substance abuse, domestic abuse, sexual assault, violent crime and sexually transmitted disease rates in the nation.  Substandard housing and an insufficient sanitation, transportation and utility infrastructure further hamper progress.  Vast regions of Alaska resemble third world conditions.  Corrupt public policy has perpetuated the economic and moral poverty and lack of development throughout much of Alaska.

Now, with the historical bipartisan Federal multi-trillion dollar hyper-deficit budget being signed, the unbridled corruption within has become so great that our nation is at real risk of perishing before our eyes.  Is Alaska the proverbial canary in the coal mine?  It appears as if Juneau has become the mini me of Washington, D.C.  Obviously, we need a quick shift to a new political paradigm, one that is focused on the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

There are hopeful signs that the people are waking and taking action.  The Constitution Party was able to place its Presidential nominee, Darrell Castle on the Alaskan ballot in 2016 via petition.  The Alaska ballot is where Castle received his highest vote percentage in the nation at 1.21%.  It was not enough to maintain Limited Party ballot access.   

Perhaps, it is time to re-vision Alaska.  We could consider dividing the Great Land into two or three autonomous regions.  I would start by freeing South East Alaska, and the Capitol city of Juneau to their own devices.  This would also tend to liberate the rest of Alaska from unaccountable and unreachable political elites.

Will such efforts be enough in time to restore the government to its proper limited role?  Or, will it be too little, too late?  Time will tell and it will likely be sooner, rather than later as markets, geopolitics and history relentlessly impose their wills.  I see the Constitution and Libertarian Parties, or at least their basic philosophies, as poised to be the likely contenders to inherit what's left after this scourge of  public apathy and political corruption ends and the gold dust settles. 

Just as it reached its greatest potential, Alaska was hijacked, plundered and pillaged by those who proclaimed to be its saviors.  It will take a true miracle to turn Alaska into a viable State.  The land will remain in some shape or form, but what of the people?  Believers should be in earnest prayer about Alaska's future.  Short of divine intervention, and a mass change of heart with boots on the ground, expect further brain drain, and an exodus of talent and capital as more Alaskans choose to vote with their feet and their dollars in search of a better life elsewhere.  Without renaissance, a vicious cycle of desperate dependence will accelerate as those reliant upon government grow in proportion to the productive citizens and squeeze them more and more.  Instead of downsizing to a sustainable level, the government has taken the known path to misery.  They have chosen the treacherous path of increasing wealth confiscation, regulation and control.  This has already further destabilized the economy, forcing increased capital flight out of Alaska.

My recipe for the restoration of Alaska and the rest of our nation begins simply enough.  Mix the present grassroots situation with the Water of Faith.  Allow the mounting great sadness at the realization of lost mass opportunity and increasing disparity and injustice to greatly raise the mix.  Kneed with power and form sourdough activists within a vessel of deep reflection.  Mix with spicy organic frustration.  Sprinkle with a healthy dose of contempt for corrupt leaders, as required to add boldness and bite.  Bake with righteous indignation at an intense fervor and serve hot with plenty of fresh hope.  It should be sufficient to serve and fortify the hungry multitudes towards victory.

Hopefully, fed-up Alaskans will rise up at the ballot box and throw off the yoke of their oppressors this November.  Or better yet, run for office themselves.  Or support a campaign of your choosing.  How refreshing it would be to have a glut of candidates generating high public interest and voter turnout.  The remnant of Constitutionists must remain strong.  The Alaska Constitution Party must continue to hold up a a high standard.  We must remain the impetus for correction and reform.  If we do not act as the catalysts of restoration, who else will?