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Monday, July 24, 2006

Doug Stanhope '08

Comedian Doug Stanhope is running for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination. His own website requires one to be 18 to enter, but he also has a myspace blog. He would withhold federal highway funds for states that don't have 18 as the legal drinking age. He would make Election Day a holiday, and would pardon all non-violent drug offenders. More of his platform is forthcoming.

I don't know if he's the right choice for the LP, nor do I know if the LP will make a "safe" choice instead. Stanhope may be too politically incorrect even for people who pride themselves on being politically incorrect.

That's why I think it would have been cooler if Stanhope ran as either a Democrat or a Republican. As a Democrat, this drug user could provoke a intra-party war between the Eat Your Peas Yankees who dominate the party, and regular people who just want to be free. Or, as a Republican, this single atheist could declare war on the fire and brimstone evangelicals on behalf the normal folks who just want lower taxes and less government. The LP may have its place, but I'm looking forward to the day when candidates will appeal to freedom-loving voters of the two major parties.

In any case, I wish Stanhope well. I hope he gets the message of freedom out to people who haven't heard it before.


  1. I am supporting and working for the George Phillies Presidential campaign.

    You don't have to be 18 years old or older to access George's website.

  2. To be clear, Stanhope's site is limited to persons over 18 years of age because it contains adult humor, not because 18 is the legal voting age.

    Doug is both exercising his First Amendment rights (some might say to the extreme), and also being responsible enough to discourage minors from accessing the adult content.

  3. Sorry, I forgot my Blogger account doesn't give my full name. The last thing I want to do is appear to be hiding behind a username.

    --Tim Mitchell