Anti-War Activist Mounts GOP Campaign for Congress

By
Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:00 am
Adam Kokesh at an antiwar rally in September 2007 (Flickr: ragessos)

Adam Kokesh at an antiwar rally in September 2007 (Flickr: ragessos)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had barely begun to give his acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention when a clamor went up in the upper levels of St. Paul’s XCel Center. Adam Kokesh, a marine who had become a leader of Iraq Veterans Against the War, stood up and unfurled a banner with two sides. On the first side: “YOU CAN’T WIN AN OCCUPATION.” On the other side: “MCCAIN VOTES AGAINST VETS.”

[GOP1] Security guards went into action and dealt with Kokesh’s banner; an irritated crowd of Republicans chanted “USA” until the banner was removed. McCain moved right on, but Kokesh hadn’t finished yet.

“I’m grateful to the president of the United States for leading us in these dark days following the worst attack in American history,” said McCain.

“Ask McCain why he votes against veterans!” shouted Kokesh.

He didn’t get another chance to rain on McCain’s parade, but Kokesh remained proud of what he did. A video that cut together the interruption with jokes, subtitles, and a pounding soundtrack went up on Kokesh’s YouTube account. It’s still there, even though Kokesh’s relationship to the Republican Party is very different now. He’s a candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd district, looking like the Republican front-runner just one short year after he crashed the convention. Over the course of a year, he’s made the move from confrontation-seeking anti-war activist to clean-cut politician in the mold of the man he supported in 2008, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

“The ground has really shifted away from the neocon agenda,” Kokesh told TWI during a break in his campaign schedule. “There was no influx of young people getting into the Republican Party to support John McCain. By contrast, Ron Paul brought a huge number of young people into the Republican Party. It’s really exciting to see that happening again with my campaign.”

Kokesh’s move into electoral politics–he is 27 years old, and this is his first stab at campaigning–unifies two trends that have made the GOP that will fight the midterm elections dramatically different than the one Kokesh used to protest. The first is the rise of Ron Paul’s libertarianism. After years of obscurity, Paul came out of the 2008 elections with a national fundraising base and new respect for his ideas about war and economics among Republican activists and voters. The second trend is the Tea Party movement. After feeling ignored by George W. Bush’s Republicans, the conservative base has come together to demand commitment to the Constitution, commitment to small government values, and guarantees of national and state sovereignty.

“He never had an official role in the campaign, but we could count on him to energize people,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokesman. Kokesh was a late addition to Paul’s 2008 “Rally for the Republic,” an event meant to “bring the Republican Party back to its roots” held in Minneapolis before McCain’s address to the RNC in 2008.

“I’d like to think that this symbolizes some good old-fashioned traditional conservatism making a comeback in the GOP,” said Benton. “Republicans have seen that running as the ‘war party’ is a loser for them.”

Today, Kokesh argues that the efforts of Paul supporters look more or less successful. Bush-era “neocons” are out of the political mainstream, replaced by people like him. “Our nation is drifting dangerously from freedom to fascism,” Kokesh said at a July 2008 rally for Paul in Washington, D.C.; at a 2007 Senate hearing, he was photographed holding up a tally of how many times then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had said “I don’t recall.” But rhetoric that sounded out of the mainstream that year sounds perfectly in line with the comments of Republicans like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) or Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and criticism of the GOP or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are no longer controversial in the party’s grassroots.

“If you want to compare to Washington, yes, I’m a radical extremist,” Kokesh told TWI. “If you want to compare me to normal American values, I’m right in the middle of the road. I’m finding out that the grassroots of both parties are so grossly misrepresented by their representatives in Washington that we have more in common with each other.”

Depending on who’s analyzing the race, New Mexico’s third district is either an ideal or a poorly chosen battlefield for a candidate like Kokesh. It’s the most Democratic-leaning district in the state, having given 61 percent of the vote to the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), the freshman that Kokesh wants to challenge, won his election by 27 points, spending $1.5 million to fend off a Republican who spent only $190,000. One Democratic insider labeled Kokesh as an interesting candidate with an interesting strategy and no chance to win.

“There is almost zero chance this seat will change hands,” said David Wasserman, House race editor of the Cook Political Report, which ranks NM-3 the 133rd bluest seat in America. “It is just too Democratic.”

Still, Democrats and Republicans in the district, with the election 11 months away, expressed some respect for a first-time campaigner (Kokesh is 27 years old) who cleaned up for politics in a hurry. His connections to Ron Paul’s movement have allowed him to raise near $150,000 in a few months since entering the campaign in August.

“He’s an interesting candidate,” said Richard Ellenberg, chairman of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party. “There are some people who surprise me with–I almost want to call it their ‘star-struck’ approach to this campaign. They were star-struck by Obama and they’re star-struck by Kokesh.”

A spokeswoman for the New Mexico Republican Party told TWI that the presence of another candidate in the Republican primary–Tom Mullins, another first-time politician–prevents the party from saying anything more than how its members are “excited to have strong candidates in this district.” But John Otter, a founder of the Green Party of the United States who is the party’s treasurer in Santa Fe, said that Kokesh had a shot at winning over anti-war liberals.

“Personally, I’d vote for him,” said Otter. “I’d be be attracted to someone with a position against the war. Lujan was elected with liberal votes, and he’s just gone with the flow.”

Kokesh’s appeal has a lot to do with the hard-edged activism that launched his career. He has traded in military fatigues for suits and plaid shirts. “I think people have told him that the one-fisted Black Panther salute might not sell anymore,” said Jesse Benton. His message, however, is the same anti-war libertarian populism that used to get him kicked out of buildings.

“You can’t just start chanting ‘End the Fed’ at a GOP county meeting,” said Kokesh. “You have to take a step back and explain this perspective on monetary policy. But what’s so exciting now, in terms of the opportunity presented by this horrible economic situation is that you can start teaching these Austrian economic principles, and all of a sudden they don’t seem so abstract because you can connect them to what’s happening in real life.”

Mullins, who entered the race in October and is running a more traditional Republican campaign, has not chosen to make an issue out of Kokesh’s anti-war activism or argue that his opponent is out of the party mainstream. “I disagree with his characterization of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan as ‘occupations,’” said Mullins. “I think the president made the right decision, and we should finish the job, but to be honest the war doesn’t come up much right now.”

Kokesh agreed with Mullins, after smiling at how his opponent had tried to publicize his own libertarian credentials. (“He’s holding a copy of The Road to Serfdom on his website,” said Kokesh. “Of course, he’s also holding up a copy of Going Rogue.”) Anti-war activists are key to the Kokesh campaign. He received an attention-getting endorsement from former Sen. Mike Gravel, and he’s publicized his support from Tina Richards, a “marine mom” who gained notoriety after a heated 2007 confrontation with Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wisc.) over why Democrats refused to cut off funding for the Iraq War. But the issue that got him to confront John McCain isn’t motivating voters in New Mexico.

“Most of them don’t care, and that’s really sad,” said Kokesh. “It’s not just Republicans, but all voters. The Obama administration is keeping up the Bush policy of keeping Americans isolated from the war.”

But Democrats, even as they write off his chances at a win, say Kokesh’s transition from the anti-war movement to anti-Fed, libertarian populism is coming at a perfect time.

“I think he’s trying to pick up a national mantle, as a national personality in the Ron Paul mode,” said Ellenberg. “I think he’s been successful so far.”

Follow David Weigel on Twitter


Comments

80 Comments

uberVU - social comments
Trackback posted December 18, 2009 @ 7:31 am

Social comments and analytics for this post…

This post was mentioned on Twitter by TMCMemberFeed: Wash. Independent: Anti-War Activist Mounts GOP Campaign for Congress: “I’d like to think that this symbolizes some… http://bit.ly/6c7fer...


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 8:29 am

It would be nice not to have a bunch of clowns to check the neoliberals in charge.


loustreet
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 10:38 am

Adam Kokesh is a man of his word. He will not take bribes, he will not be bought and sold, he is a man of conviction. He has laid down his life on the battlefield and will fight for us at home.

Our country would be much better off with this man in the White House.


GMartine
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 11:14 am

A true patriot! If you live in AZ you are lucky to be able to vote for him.


PAUL
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 11:59 am

As a Democrat, I can see his anti-war platform being viable. The problem will be Republican voters who haven't figured out that War is a Racket.


BruhMan
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

Uh, if you're in AZ and voting for this guy, you must have registered through ACORN. He's running to represent New Mexico's 3rd District.


wakethefukup
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

Yes, but he is running for office in New Mexico. I'm pretty sure that someone who lives in Arizona is NOT able to vote for him…but, maybe you know something I don't.


propitiousmoment
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

He *risked* his life. Laying down your life means you die. If he had done that, he would not be here to protest against the war or run a political campaign.


HitNMyths
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

Idiot. Acorn doesn't register voters, they submit the application to the county authorities. If you think this fraud is so easy go get an application and fill it out. They'll love your rear in prison.


travlyr
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

Peace, Freedom & Prosperity

“Let us take stock of our commitment to the ideals upon which this country is founded. America without her freedoms is like a body without a soul. The challenge is no less than to bring about a revolution of values, inspire a renaissance of American politics, and breathe new life into the body of our nation. We will meet that challenge with courage and love, and as always, we the people, will prevail.” – Adam Kokesh


BRT
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

Anti-war Republican? Please don't insult my intelligence.

Liberals are about more than being “anti-war.” Being liberal is about educational opportunities, leveling the playing field between corporations and individuals, health care, equal opportunity, and a woman's right to choose.

None of these things are part of the Republican platform. The Republican platform is about cowardice, and keeping the status quo. They are about tax breaks for the top 10%, and destroying the middle class.

It will take a little more than being anti-war for a liberal to vote for a Republican.


BRT
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

I can't.

Most Democrats know that Ron Paul, is a big con artist. He is also a racist, if you had read any of his op eds in the LA Times after the Rodney King incident.

This guy, Ron Paul, and Sarah Palin- they are all made from the same cloth- a bunch of grifters.


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

The last time I posted an anti-Kokesh comment I got a death threat; I'll be contacting Santa Fe police about it to see whether it came from his campaign.

His outburst against McCain is typical of those on the libertarian side of things: they just can't figure things out but instead they have the “act out” gene that causes them to replace thinking with one cheap stunt after the other. McCain was taking audience questions for a couple years, and all Kokesh had to do – if he wanted to make McCain look bad – was really press him on his topic uses the Socratic technique. Instead, he just pulled a stunt.

Even a young lady was able to ask McCain a question to his face, but Kokesh just played a little game. Do you want someone like that in Congress?


brotayo
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

Are you serious!!!??? Really are you serious!!? Are you saying that he should have been civilized and asked a question? Remember the Town Hall Meetings?


parasiteprotector
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

I live in NM District and I've had my eye on Adam for over a year and he not only has my vote but I will do what I can to encourage everyone I run into in my district to vote for him. We need about 400 more in Congress just like him.


Name
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

24AheadDotCom – So how often are you posting anti-Kokesh comments? Kokesh stands for Peace, Freedom & Prosperity. What is your problem with that?

Are you jealous that he speaks for “Liberty” when you wish greater establishment control?


vabelle
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

Are you saying that other candidates are running on the platform of War, Slavery and Destitution? I find it hard to believe.


Name
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

I dont claim a party, I stand behind issues regardless of party affiliation. Lucky for me and Adam I live in the district he's running in. Real new blood is needed for this country and this district in particular. The man he is running against has been in (the family business) politics for a while. A fresh voice (to politics) can bring truth. Change is good.


Anti-War Activist Mounts GOP Campaign for Congress | The Liberty Guardian
Pingback posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

[...] Read More: Washington Independent [...]


BruhMan
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

Idiot. It's called sarcasm!!! The point being, Mr. Kokesh is not running for office in AZ as GMartine was suggesting. And wouldn't petitioning citizens with paperwork that will register them to become voters be registering voters? I don't know, but “some say”….YES!!! I'm not afraid of ACORN. I was using them as a boogieman, get your panties out your bunghole!!!


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

I agree, and I like that he recognizes that the uncrazy fringe groups are not represented by their senators and congressional reps.

Libertarians are closer to progressives in more ways than is realized.
This Democrat vs. Replican paradigm is used to divide the “unwashed” and exploit us. The world isn't black and white. http://www.politicalcompass.org/index

I like his anti-war agenda, and like the libertarians, I don't like Goldman's ownership and control of The economy, The White House, and everything in between. They are moving into the Health insurance market with Blackstone.
If Kokesh can keep his politics secular, and care about the environment he'll have progressives.
It's time to put the R nuts back in the box, and the D party needs to purge the DLC neoliberals, the neocons ideological siamese twin.


georgist
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

i think kokesh would hold true to his word. he is a man you can trust. i wouldn't trust any career liberal or conservative. it would be a wasted vote because the mainstream liberals and conservatives are the same.

if you want change. you have to change they type of person you give your vote.

i don't agree with kokesh on austrian economics, which is really a classical conservative view of hamilton's fuedalistic capitalism. however, i trust he would be willing to engage in fair debate on that topic and trust he wouldn't sell out. if he were going to sell out, he would have been cheering mccain or running as a democrat.

i'm a georgist, believing in the use of property taxes and sales taxes to drive down prices through reduced demand of natural resources, making land and natural resources more available to all, and to use those taxes to pay a citizen dividend, making the taxes progressive, to where people can choose their own healthcare, education, to buy land, pay rent, or meet other needs.

also, i believe in ending the federal reserve since it is a ponzi scheme where bankers put money created from nothing into circulation through the creation of loans without putting the interest to pay the debt into circulation, leading to chronic inflation and debt.

where i differ is that i believe a true public fiat should be instituted which is managed with price indexes to neither deflate or inflate by adding/removing from circulation from state revenue/expenditure. inflation is bad for those who save. deflation is bad for those who borrow. i would also want to end fractional reserve banking but allow the private market to set their own interest rates to loan their reserves and even to use private hard currency reserves.

having the state to be a commodity trader in gold is a bad idea. it is also open to inflation and deflation due to the state being a commodity trader and open to outside manipulation. it also inflates the market price of gold and would interfere with free market use of gold as a hard currency since the state would also be a trader. gold standard would also require capital investment and warehousing of gold and would tend towards the practice of fractional reserves, which is fiat, since it would be difficult to represent the labor of nation with a warehouse of gold.

i'm a utilitarian natural law mutualist anarchist and georgist libertarian. i'm neither left nor right. i'm in the middle.


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

That's unfair actually, This guy doesn't worship at the altar of Palin according to the post.
My father is also a racist, but I'm not, so don't smear this guy with guilt by association, unless you can point to an examples that he harbors those views himself.
And Ron Paul is older and they tend to be racist more than younger people, but he's not all bad, he doesn't have some good points. I couldn't ever vote for him due to his contrarian to libertarian values about women's freedom over their own bodies, but I will align with him when our values intersect.


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

Risk is exposing yourself to danger, It is not loss.
He doesn't have to die to risk his life.

Rule no. 1.
Think first..


georgist
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

and if you think georgism is socialism, you don't understand libertarian philosophy nor anarchist philosophy if you don't understand the native american question of “how can man own the land?” land and natural reserve wealth redistribution is respecting the free market of labor and labor wealth. you're a slave if you have to pay someone else for land and water. land and water was not created by the king or the man who brought it all. it was created by the creator. everyone is an equal shareholder of the planet. everyone deserves a share of it to provide for themselves. one owns their own labor and one doesn't have the right to someone else's labor. that is slavery. one merely rents their land from everyone, including themself. if you don't have the right to an equal share of land and water, you're a slave.


georgist
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

the libertarian party has largely been taken over by hamilton conservatives though there are a few liberals. it needs further liberalization so it can return to the true progressive roots of this nation in terms of stopping feudalistic capitalism found in europe and written about thomas paine, thomas jefferson, ben franklin, adam smith, and john locke. the states use to fund themselves strictly with property taxes.

electing adam kokesh is a step in that direction.

most libertarians are actually pro-choice and pro-gay. the economics is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be more progressive for the sake of agrarian justice.


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

You are projecting values. Liberals today come in more than one flavor.
Neoliberalism is an economic ideology.
The “Liberals” in the D party that belong to the New Democrat coalition, The Blue Dog Coalition, or members of “The Third Way”are neoliberals and very close ideologically to Reagan and Thatcher. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism
The only real difference that I can see is that they will support the barest of social programs, they support equal rights for women, gays, and non-caucasans. They don't extend compassion to illegals that were forced here by the policies they enacted, like NAFTA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism

Progressives are the leftists, which libertarians can also be.
http://www.politicalcompass.org/index

You have to know your enemy before you can defeat them – both internal and external. Our “New Democrats” would love you hate this guy, which probably means you should take a closer look at him.


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

Got a good book reference for georgism, or a website?

You mentioned Hamilton conservatives.. Many of Obama's appointments and cabinet members and advisors belong to the Hamilton Group.
http://www.brookings.edu/projects/hamiltonproje…
UCLA is going private, and the tuition will increase by 1/3 and the the students are protesting. When I was looking over this site the other day I saw that UCLA's Dean and another UCLA Professor also belong. The groups members are also the technocrats defining the structure of Obama's HC program that is meeting with such scorn lately.
The difference D and R's between these parties is not really discernible to me any more, just different populist rhetoric. At the top they protect each other despite party affiliation, so to me, hanging on to power and division among class lines is what matters at the top. That's why you see Democrats haul out anti-abortion bills, and also why Pelosi protected Bush from impeachment proceeding. If they were different why does the torture, rendition continue, and AG Holder protects the monsters from justice now?
Will you take a look a tell me what you think?


judesedit
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

I'm confused. The republicans are the ones that love war for it's money making. As for protecting the Constitution, it was ransacked by Bush/Cheney. And small government? Is that why they want to tell us who to worship, who we can marry, what we can and can't do with our own bodies, or when the plug should be pulled? Listening in on our personal conversations, locking up as many able bodies as possible to use for cheap labor, and want to lower the minimum wage? This guy is on the wrong side unless he truly is conspiring to change the existing GOP motto of “To thine own self be true. Screw everyone else” or is a white supremecist hoping for the rebirth. Now that is a war he could back. In all due respect, I will give him a chance. It's my government, too and I want to know who's running it.


kmansfield
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

I think about every 50 years the parties switch sides, and values. The Dixiecrats joined the republicans when the blacks were given the right to vote, and the D's loved their plantation slaves. Look at what they are doing because half the time their votes are in direct contradiction their rhetoric. That's probably why Harry Reid doesn't want to use reconciliation for the HC bill int the senate. It will expose their duplicity.


Week in review « Craig W. Wright
Pingback posted December 18, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

[...] Analysis of David Kokesh’s campaign for the 3rd New Mexico Congressional District. [...]


kmansfield
Comment posted December 19, 2009 @ 2:16 am

Thanks, I'll check them out.


Bill R
Comment posted December 19, 2009 @ 7:30 am

Wait a minute, why werent those Teabaggers whining for this Veterans right to free speech? This vet wasnt even carrying an assault weapon, yet was ordered to leave when under democratic president, those with guns and signs threatening terrorism against the US are allowed to stay, and encouraged to stay by the Teaparty, the party of fascists obviously. Free speech when they carry assault weapons with terrorist slogans on shirts, but when anyone against the fascist platform speaks out, security comes and shuts them up. The Teaparty is such a joke, such a band of future terrorists. Makes me sick.


brendan
Comment posted December 19, 2009 @ 9:56 am

“Kokesh was a late edition to Paul’s 2008″ Jesus Christ, hire a goddamn copy editor.


LemuriaInTheSea
Comment posted December 19, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

Ron Paul planted the seeds in 2007-2008. These seeds needs to be watered in March 2010 so we can have a plentiful harvest in November 2010.


LemuriaInTheSea
Comment posted December 19, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

YES


tylerprochazka
Comment posted December 19, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

You are absolutely and blatantly wrong about almost everything you said.

Ron Paul is not a con artist and is not racist. The “op eds in the LA Times” is not even the right publication. There was a “ron paul report” written by a ghost writer back in the 70s or 80s that had some questionable material. These articles were likely written by Lew Rockwell according to Reason Magazine and Timothy Wirkman Virkkala. He denounced the articles and has never written anything in his name or spoken any of those words in public.


Name
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 11:28 am

Judesedit:

I'm not going to argue with you about your characterization about the Republican Party. But I do take issue with your characterization of Kokesh. He is not a normal Republican. In fact, that's what's wrong with the Republican Party: they've been doing the same thing for far too long. He's a good man, and I encourage you to do some of your own research into him.

He is anything but a white supremacist. I'm guessing he is Native American because he attended a Native American school in New Mexico. Does that sound like a white supremacist to you?

Kokesh is a tireless fighter for the Bill of Rights. So, he won't be telling you what to do with your body, nor will he advocate the government listening in on your personal conversations.


Name
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 11:34 am

You really shouldn't assume that the threat came from the Kokesh campaign. I'm sure that they have much better things to do with their time. That just doesn't make any sense. You know, all kinds of people post to the internet. It's quite possible that the person who supposedly threated you actually does not like Kokesh and wants to make him look bad. You shouldn't make public accusations when you don't know who it is specifically.


Name
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 11:38 am

Ok, well, I don't think that Ron Paul is a racist. But even if he were, that doesn't make Adam Kokesh a racist. As I pointed out above, Adam actually attended a Native American school in New Mexico. He's also a strong supporter of tribal rights. Does that sound racist to you?


Liberty Lover
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

Thank goodness there are finally some people who are truly anti-war running for office. If anyone reading this entry truly wants to stop the unconstitutional mass murder perpetrated by the US government in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, please donate to Kokesh and other candidates who support a non-interventionist foreign policy. Its time we stop the killing.


dusty175
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

Kokesh is the real deal. He won't be bought off by special interests like BUSH & OBAMA. Like he says in this article, the grassroots for Democrats and Republicans have a lot more in common with each other than they do with there national leadership. Democrats and Republicans need to unite and remind BOTH parties to follow the constitution, and elect pro constitution candidates no matter what party they are. Left and Right politics is meant to DIVIDE… it is time we UNITE behind people like Adam Kokesh.


Sally O'Boyle
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

God bless Adam Kokesh! He is just what this country needs: a return to the Constitution.

Thank you, Huffington Post, for noticing and reporting. The entrenched MSM will ignore the new blood (anyone not bought and paid for by corporate interests) as long as possible.


David McElroy
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

Kokesh is singing my song…lyrics many of us are chanting these days. As the late great Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. Smedley Butler, said, “War is a Racket!” Pledging allegiance to the flag is difficult because the republic for which it stands no longer exists. Our American system of limited government bound by checks and balances outlined in the binding contract frequently breached, the U.S. Constitution, are ignored and tyranny is rampant in the District of Criminals.
Instead of limited government for, by, and of a free people, we have a lawless government enslaving us with inescapable surveillance and micro-management in a program of stupendous deficit spending which tramples all of our God-given rights while destroying our opportunities and refusing to be accountable to us. As Kokesh supports Ron Paul's efforts to rein in the Federal Reserve Bank System which is engineering the bankruptcy of the American people, and returning to the timeless principles of the U.S. Constitution, I support Kokesh. And I live in New Mexico…USA!


Ryan
Comment posted December 20, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

If they thought they had trouble keepi ng Ron Paul out of the press and from speaking the truth in Congress they aint seen nothing yet!!! They should have listened to Paul…now we've got a whole new generation of free-thinkers running and WILL WIN for Congress. Shoulda just let us have our one Texan, now we want the whole damn Congress!!! Woot woot!


Anti-War Activist Mounts GOP Campaign for Congress
Pingback posted December 21, 2009 @ 12:42 am

[...] [...]


J-red
Comment posted December 21, 2009 @ 1:24 am

Bravo. Good Article


Freedom2012
Comment posted December 21, 2009 @ 2:49 am

You make me sick. How would the Tea Party imply notions of Facism? Get your facts straight, douche.


Chud Hucker
Comment posted December 21, 2009 @ 11:01 am

Finally, a Republican who doesn't practice John Wayne politics.


Atilla
Comment posted December 21, 2009 @ 11:43 am

The Paulistas are nothing but Born Again John Birchers. Idiots and nutjobs.


Jack C
Comment posted December 21, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

If he's anti-war what the F is he doing in the Republican party?????


n2qDisqus
Comment posted December 21, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

We need more non-establishment candidates like Adam Kokesh. If we keep electing more of the same, then we get what we deserve. Stop listening to the sound bytes and deciding, do some real research and get to understand the real cause & affect, THEN decide who is best to represent us.

I would vote for this guy over the others.


josedsoto
Comment posted December 24, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

Wow! I am apalled by the idealism of this individual. It is a shame that he can be put in the same category with those of us who have served our country “honorably.” He was lucky to have done his time in a different branch of service than I. I could have taught him a thing or two about “loyalty, Integrity, and Respect.”

JOSE D. SOTO
Master Sergeant, USAF, Ret
jdsoto59@yahoo.com


travlyr
Comment posted December 25, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

Jose – Loyalty to your oath, or loyalty to the military industrial complex?


travlyr
Comment posted December 25, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

Atilla – That is not true. We are constitutionalists (rule of law) for peace, freedom & prosperity.


travlyr
Comment posted December 25, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

Winning!


Stephen
Comment posted December 27, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

The Republican party used to be the anti-war party. Paleo-conservatives and libertarians both agree with non-interventionist foreign policy.

Speaking of which, now that we have a “liberal” Congress majority and president, has our foreign policy been any different?? Still wars going on in Iraq and Afghanistan last time I checked….

Wake up!


Stephen
Comment posted December 28, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

Our founding fathers were called idealists by those living happily under Brittish rule. Although they were the minority, they were intent on starting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. As a result of the Revolutionary War, we were one of the first trully free countries in the world.

Today we are experiencing another revolution that many call the “Freedom Revolution.” Our country has completely lost its way and no longer follows the Constitution that our Founding Fathers gave to us. Adam Kokesh is a true patiot and has been fighting the status quo to wake people up and to return this country to the bastion of freedom that it once was. He has inspired me and many others in the freedom revolution and I am honored to support his bid for Congress. If I lived in New Mexico I'd vote for him in a heartbeat, but since I don't I will volunteer whatever I can to help him.


Name
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

Wish we had a “Kokesh” candidate in Florida! My choices are between Crist and Rubio – both owned.


marinecorpscapt
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 10:28 am

And can you keep peace without sometimes resorting to war? You can NEVER truly have peace without warriors ready to defend it. Freedom and prosperity are born out of the blood-soaked peace you so readily enjoy today, stud.


More Translation of Republicanese "small government values" | A Second Look
Pingback posted January 5, 2010 @ 10:37 am

[...] More Translation of Republicanese “small government values” Dec 20th, 2009 by Tom. Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the A Second Look RSS feed for updates.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginRe: Anti-War Activist Mounts GOP Campaign for Congress « The Washington Independent [...]


travlyr
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

No. You must defend peace.

Peace is the natural state of being, but you must be ready to defend your right to peace from those who want to control you.

The citizens are the government. Since offense is the best defense, an armed citizenry is the best defense. And a strong national defense is our responsibility (the responsibility of government).

But having 700 military bases in over 130 countries in the world is not defense… it is warmongering. This warmongering would not be so popular if the military industrial complex came knocking on your door for more money each time they needed more bombs. You would be sick of it by now like I am.

War is barbaric, destructive, and backwards, and it destroys prosperity for citizens while it lines the pockets of the elite.

End the perpetual wars. End the FED.

Bring the troops home and defend our homeland.


bandito707
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

Amen brother!


marinecorpscapt
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

And can you keep peace without sometimes resorting to war? You can NEVER truly have peace without warriors ready to defend it. Freedom and prosperity are born out of the blood-soaked peace you so readily enjoy today, stud.


NM Rancher
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

No. You must defend peace.

Peace is the natural state of being, but you must be ready to defend your right to peace from those who want to control you.

The citizens are the government. Since offense is the best defense, an armed citizenry is the best defense. And a strong national defense is our responsibility (the responsibility of government).

But having 700 military bases in over 130 countries in the world is not defense… it is warmongering. This warmongering would not be so popular if the military industrial complex came knocking on your door for more money each time they needed more bombs. You would be sick of it by now like I am.

War is barbaric, destructive, and backwards, and it destroys prosperity for citizens while it lines the pockets of the elite.

End the perpetual wars. End the FED.

Bring the troops home and defend our homeland.


bandito707
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

Amen brother!


LJM
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 8:21 am

Jose, your attitude is un-American and thuggish. The Russian secret police are looking for people just like you.


LJM
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 8:25 am

Nobody has ever suggested never resorting to war. But lots of warriors think that wars should be started under false pretenses.

And no soldier has died for my freedom since 1945. Lots of soldiers have died thinking they were defending my freedom, but, sadly, they died for the political power plays of their bosses. And it's a damned shame.


Arfah
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

I hope this world can be peaceful.


lv
Comment posted August 8, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

Nice list. I try as much as i can to ‘upgrade’ myself everyday i sit on my computer, my daily self-improvement has helped me alot in my work.


lv
Comment posted August 8, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

Nice list. I try as much as i can to ‘upgrade’ myself everyday i sit on my computer, my daily self-improvement has helped me alot in my work.


lv
Comment posted August 8, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

Nice list. I try as much as i can to ‘upgrade’ myself everyday i sit on my computer, my daily self-improvement has helped me alot in my work.


Discount Louis Vuitton
Comment posted August 20, 2010 @ 3:00 am

I could have taught him a thing or two about “loyalty, Integrity, and Respect.”


gucci 211137
Comment posted August 21, 2010 @ 2:49 am

It is a shame that he can be put in the same category with those of us who have served our country “honorably.”


John_Steinsvold
Comment posted October 30, 2010 @ 1:56 am

An Alternative to Capitalism (which we need here in the USA)

The following link takes you to an essay titled: “Home of the Brave?” which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold


Venapro
Comment posted February 26, 2011 @ 9:13 am

Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back from now on. I want to encourage you continue your great work, have a nice morning!


xuejiao wen
Comment posted May 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

We have all been fond of office 2007 professional plus furniture haven’t we? With ms windows 7  designs available in all parts of Windows 7 Ultimate, Internet is one medium to choose the best Cheap Windows 7 at competitive prices and that too at a store near your Office 2010 Professional. Below http://hohosoftware.wordpress.com summarize some Microsoft Office 2010 to help you choose the best Office 2007 Enterprise for your corporate as well as office 2007 product key : Generally, while http://hohosoftware.blogspot.com are searching Office 2007 Key, we just type in our window 7  and start browsing the http://peaksoftwares.blogspot.com which appear in the Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise. But here is the Cheap Windows 7 : most of the searches we do without specifying a location with the purchase windows 7 , we end up wasting our time. Let http://peaksoftwares.wordpress.com take an example of windows 7 download . Now people go to Google and type “Windows 7 Ultimate ” and start browsing the Buy Windows 7 . They spend a lot of time finalizing Download Windows 7  but when they decide to contact the Win 7  for the price quotes and delivery time, they generally end up realizing that the Microsoft Windows 7  from which they had selected the Windows 7 , belongs to a different country and the buy microsoft office 2007 cannot export to a their Windows 7 Professional. The simple solution to Windows 7 Professional  would have been, assuming that the Buy Windows 7 buyer resides in India, to search for the keyword “Microsoft Windows 7 India” or “Windows 7 Home Premium  in India” instead of the keyword “Download Office 2010” because when the buyer searched for “buy office 2007”, sites from different countries showed up, microsoft office professional 2010 plus might have had good designs Office 2007 download were not available in window 7 but they were of no use. The purchase windows 7 advantage of using a location such as Office 2007 Ultimate, in case it suits the buyers, office professional 2007 plus can go and checkout their Office 2007 Key and maybe get a better design microsoft office downloads has recently become popular but is not ms office 2007 professional on the website.


xuejiao wen
Comment posted May 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

We have all been fond of office 2007 professional plus furniture haven’t we? With ms windows 7  designs available in all parts of Windows 7 Ultimate, Internet is one medium to choose the best Cheap Windows 7 at competitive prices and that too at a store near your Office 2010 Professional. Below http://hohosoftware.wordpress.com summarize some Microsoft Office 2010 to help you choose the best Office 2007 Enterprise for your corporate as well as office 2007 product key : Generally, while http://hohosoftware.blogspot.com are searching Office 2007 Key, we just type in our window 7  and start browsing the http://peaksoftwares.blogspot.com which appear in the Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise. But here is the Cheap Windows 7 : most of the searches we do without specifying a location with the purchase windows 7 , we end up wasting our time. Let http://peaksoftwares.wordpress.com take an example of windows 7 download . Now people go to Google and type “Windows 7 Ultimate ” and start browsing the Buy Windows 7 . They spend a lot of time finalizing Download Windows 7  but when they decide to contact the Win 7  for the price quotes and delivery time, they generally end up realizing that the Microsoft Windows 7  from which they had selected the Windows 7 , belongs to a different country and the buy microsoft office 2007 cannot export to a their Windows 7 Professional. The simple solution to Windows 7 Professional  would have been, assuming that the Buy Windows 7 buyer resides in India, to search for the keyword “Microsoft Windows 7 India” or “Windows 7 Home Premium  in India” instead of the keyword “Download Office 2010” because when the buyer searched for “buy office 2007”, sites from different countries showed up, microsoft office professional 2010 plus might have had good designs Office 2007 download were not available in window 7 but they were of no use. The purchase windows 7 advantage of using a location such as Office 2007 Ultimate, in case it suits the buyers, office professional 2007 plus can go and checkout their Office 2007 Key and maybe get a better design microsoft office downloads has recently become popular but is not ms office 2007 professional on the website.


2856250
Comment posted September 7, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

2856250 beers on the wall. sck was here


RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.