We have the Libertarians to kick around again! The Libertarian Party of South Dakota submitted 7,859 valid signatures (13% more than the 6,936 required) to win back its status as an official political party in South Dakota. The Libertarians missed their chance to select candidates via primary for Legislature and Congress (and they’re still suing over South Dakota’s unconstitutionally early petition deadline), but they can hold a convention this summer and nominate Presidential electors and a candidate for Public Utilities Commission.
Libertarian Party chair Ken Santema says a Libertarian PUC bid is up in the air (hey, does Chad Haber have a job yet? He could use the money.), but the tentatively scheduled July 23 Libertarian convention will cough up a Presidential ticket, as will South Dakota’s Constitution Party:
Probably the biggest gain by the people of South Dakota in the LPSD attaining ballot access is another choice in the Presidential election. Voters do not have to choose the lesser of two evils. The Libertarian Party will have Gary Johnson on the ticket as the presidential candidate and William Weld as the vice presidential candidate. Additionally the Constitution Party of South Dakota, which also regained ballot access this year, will have presidential candidate Darrell Castle and vice presidential candidate Scott Bradley on the ballot. There is no reason for anyone to feel they have to settle for Trump or Clinton [Ken Santema, “Libertarian Party of South Dakota Recognized by SOS,” SoDakLiberty, 2016.06.17].
Johnson wants to replace progressive income tax with a regressive nationwide consumption tax (tempered by prebates on necessities), legal pot, legal abortion, no more unconstitutional surveillance, simpler immigration rules, Internet freedom, less incarceration, inaction in the face of climate change (interventions are not cost-effective, says Johnson), and universal school vouchers.
Castle wants to take away our right to elect Senators; calls progressive taxation, public schools, and the minimum wage examples of “legalized plunder“; intimates that he would ignore the Supreme Court; would withdraw our country from the United Nations; says Syrian refugees include thousands of terrorists; and accuses homosexuals and transsexuals of being part of “the depopulation agenda.”
Johnson offers debatable alternatives for voters; Castle offers nutbars.
But hey, Green neighbors! If the Libertarians can get their Presidential alternative on the ballot, so can you! Get hustling with those petitions!