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SARVIS spoke to the CRUSADE for VOTERS Tuesday night and HE NAILED IT!

I was there tonight (Thank the Lord!) tonight for the remarks of Robert Sarvis, Libertarian candidate for Governor to the Crusade for Voters and he was fabulous!

He started by discussing the need for the Rule of Law – how we have to stop special interest perks and tax breaks from both parties.  How we need to have liberty, especially to run a business so long as you do not hurt anyone.

Sarvis cited such items as the COPN – the odious turf protection act restricting choices in health care.  (Read my post on the Certificate of Public Need here)  He said something clever later in the questions about how he was glad that people did not need a COPN to develop a smart phone as he showed his phone to the audience!  Just nailed it!

Sarvis also argued that the drug war was “…making all the mistakes of prohibition…” and also called for decriminalization of drugs to stop more felony convictions that render the felon often unemployable.  There are also racial disparities arising from drug convictions.

What can you do if elected with a legislature dominated by the two major parties, asked one questioner.  Sarvis suggested that he could use a veto pen to stop bad laws and would seek relationships with members of the General Assembly from both parties to support good ideas.  The Libertarian also suggested that a independent voice could go after pet tax perks of both parties without the suspicion that either one of the major party candidates would raise in trying to just go after the other parties’ perks but not their own.

The Libertarian nailed the question about racial set-asides for so-called minority businesses by saying simply he was against them – any kind of racial favoritism by government where government can pick winners and losers.

Near the end, an audience member commended Sarvis for running against the establishment of both parties.  That drew applause from the rest of the audience.

He did stumble just a bit on the so called composite index for education but he basically said that governmental indexes for aid to school such as the SOLs and No Child Left Behind should be abolished.  But some did not think he answered the question. Sarvis also did not cleanly hit the question about appointing people to the state board of education by raising an issue about unfunded mandates.

Sarvis offered to stay after for one-on-one interactions and did so.  When I got home I was greeted with good news:  Another poll where the vastly underfunded Libertarian drew double digits (10%) again!  That is the evidence that Virginians are looking for other options.  I have other news to report that might come to pass but cannot yet…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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