DISCLAIMER: We are a Republican Blog. We do not usually highlight or support candidates running on the Libertarian Party ticket. However, we are also a staunchly Pro-Defense. Any candidate who is Pro-War in Iraq, even if they are running on the Libertarian ticket, will get a hearty Attaboy or in this case "Atta-girl" from LR.
Excerpt from TrannyWebUSA, 01/22/08:
Trannyweb member Bennie Lee Ferguson has recently announced her candidacy. Bennie will be challenging Republican incumbent Michael O'Neal for the Kansas House of Representatives seat in Kansas District 104.
Ferguson resides in America's heartland, Hutchinson, Kansas, and is bravely facing the challenge of being an openly transgender candidate for the House seat, and may be the first openly transgender candidate for the office of President. She is a staunch Libertarian, and is the official Libertarian candidate and her name will be on the ballot.
RW: For those unfamiliar with it, how would you characterize the basic political philosophy of the Libertarian Party?
BF: You could ask this question of a hundred Libertarians and get a hundred different answers. For me, the most attractive aspect of the Libertarian Party is its insistence on the maintenance of basic civil rights and liberties. Of course, the methods used to achieve this goal are a source of considerable debate within the party. For instance, one Libertarian recently referred to me as a "hypocrite" because I generally support U.S. military operations and goals in the Persian Gulf, her rationale being that the very civil rights and liberties I insist on are being denied to Iraqis because of our military presence. I disagree with that contention, but it is illustrative of the debate within the party concerning this issue.
RW: How would you characterize some of the current front running major party presidential candidates?
BF: An in-depth analysis of each of the front-runners would prove to lengthy for this interview. I am a former Republican and member of that party's Log Cabin GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered) organization and am, therefore, inclined to be supportive of fiscally conservative, national security-oriented, and socially enlightened candidates from the moderate ranks of the GOP. My gut feeling is that Clinton is primarily in it for the power and glory. Obama is too inexperienced and too far to the left. Of the Republican candidates, Giulliani most exemplifies the mix of fiscal conservatism, national security concern, and social enlightenment to which I just referred.
RW: The principle issue confronting President Bush and all of the 2008 presidential candidates is the war in Iraq. What is your view with regard to a continued American military presence in that region?
BF: Our goal in these conflicts should be victory and nothing less. Our government and the American people should do whatever is necessary to support our troops in the field and victory in these conflicts. Whether or not these conflicts are the result of ill-advised policy is beside the point. Having become involved, it is incumbent upon the United States to see these conflicts through to a successful conclusion. This is increasingly becoming an issue which affects individual states since so much our fighting force in this conflict is drawn from National Guard and Reserve units.