Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

Libertarian Reality Series – “Who Wants to be the Next President?”

Here’s a thought… one of the problems with the Libertarian Party is getting our name out there to the general public and getting them to understand our positions and how we are more about the people than anyone else.

I propose that the Libertarians start a major three season reality series (probably on TLC, but maybe CNN would pick it up).  The series, “Who Wants to be the Next President”, basically lets the people of the US decide who the next Libertarian candidate will be (both Pres and VP).

The first two seasons of the show (2009-2010 and 2010-2011) will pick 4 finalists each from a field of 16 or so, with one ‘player’ being eliminated per episode.  These final eight will compete again in the 2011-2012 season with the winner being the presidential nominee and second place being the VP nominee.

Some ideas for the competitions:

  1. Diplomacy in action – the contestants are all put into a room and represent major countries.  Each is given a card with their information and their diplomatic goals.  They talk, trade resources, etc.  The winner is the one that most accomplishes his or her diplomatic goal.
  2. Educate the Country – the contestants are assigned a group of five kids from all over the country.  They must teach them a trade or skill.  The winner has the most success in teaching the kids and the best review from the kids.
  3. Foreign Policy – we get diplomats from 5 foreign countries as guest judges.  Each candidate will have 5 minutes with the judge and then must develop a complete foreign policy statement.  It will be delivered to the diplomats and the press with after speech questions by the press.  The winner is the one that the press and the diplomats think gave the most complete and functional foreign policy.
  4. Budget – The contestants are given 10 billion dollars and must spend 5 minutes with visitors from all the government departments and 20 lobbiest groups.  The winner is the one that best creates a comprehensive policy that match Libertarian goals and the needs of the current government.
  5. Defend the Platform – the candidates must defend the Libertarian Platform statements from people who are vehemently against each of the statements.  The winner is anyone who convinces someone to change their mind.

Reality shows like this are all the rage, with large profit margins for the studios and channels (no cast or writers to hire, etc).  This will put the Libertarian platform and the winner’s name in the ear of 30-45% of the population of the US.  The ‘Survivor’ series gets huge press every morning on the Today Show (or whichever one it is), why not us?

I just have one request.  Can I be a contestant… or the host?

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Libertarian, Politics | Leave a comment

Obama and Liden

Am I wrong or was Liden quoted Monday as telling the press that “you’ve got the wrong man” when asked if he would be Obama’s VP nomination?

If that’s true, he lied to the press.  Why do they accept that and move on?

Sad.

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment