I love politics — on Saturday I went to political rally for presidential Libertarian ticket
Where would you rather go: a Mariners game, a Husky game, or a political rally?
For me, the choice was easy — on Saturday, I trekked down to downtown Seattle, plunked down an insane amount of money for parking, and went to the political rally for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the libertarian ticket for president this year.
Isn’t it obvious that I’m loving every second of this stuff? 🙂
Yellow-haired guy is former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (candidate for Vice-President) and to his right is former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (candidate for President).
“Hey, you’re Tim, uh … that car tabs guy, can I get a picture with you?” — here’s my new friend Max.
Mary Moss was chair of the Washington State Libertarian Party in the late 90’s when I sponsored my first initiative — Initiative 200 which prohibited affirmative action in public employment, public education, and public contracting. Hadn’t seen her since then.
Steve Nielsen, a good friend who has also sponsored some great initiatives.
The big guy
Krist Novoselic, who I’ve met on several occasions because he’s also a committed political activist He was the bass guitarist and co-founder for the band Nirvana.
Highlight: I got to meet Bill Weld. In the late 90’s, he ran against John Kerry for the US Senate and the two of them had around 8 debates that were truly iconic. They were true debates — there were no moderators (in one, there was a moderator but his involvement was barely noticed). The two of them just went back and forth, neither interrupting, neither hogging all the time. And they did it for over an hour each time.
For a political junkie like me, it was thrilling. True Lincoln Douglas debates. The courage and confidence it takes to do what they did really can’t be overstated.
Steve Nielson introduced me to Weld and so I got the chance to tell him how amazing those debates were to me. Frankly, the man came across stiff as a board as I talked. But whaddya expect, he had a gushing groupie talking about stuff from the 90’s! Geez, get a life, dude, he musta been thinking.
Anyway, the rally was a blast. Everyone was laughing and smiling, whooping it up. Great fun.
So I’ve now gone to Bernie’s rally, Hillary’s rally, Trump’s rally, and now this. Hey, when’s Jill Stein coming to town? 🙂
You can count on us to fight against next year’s tax-hiking insanity. The voters’ passage of our Initiative 1366 last year certainly shows that the people are in no mood for any tax hikes, let alone increases totaling $3.5 billion.