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It must be awfully tempting:  get an incumbent Senator for the first time on your ballot.  But the Alaska Libertarian Party should do a paraphrase of Lloyd Bentsen and proclaim:  “I know libertarianism, some libertarians are friends of mine, and you are no libertarian, Senator Murkowski.”  Here’s a story on the situation.

Here’s a precis of Murkowski’s positions:

She’s for cap and trade but not Obama’s version:

Murkowski opposes cap-and-trade legislation proposed by President Obama, but has previously voiced support for a cap and trade plan that she believes would do less damage to the economy.

Murkowski is for a border fence:

Murkowski said she believes the first thing that needs to be done to stop the flow of illegal immigrants in the country is to secure the border.

This can be accomplished by utilizing a fence, the National Guard and technologies such as video cameras in more remote areas, she said.

The senator is also for a form of health care reform:

“In my version of health care reform, we reduce not only the cost of care, but the cost of providing for coverage and we increase access,” she said. “The health care bill the president signed in March does not do that.”

The senator believes a better health care package would include medical malpractice reform, curtail defensive medicine and increase competition by allowing people to buy insurance across state lines.

“When it comes to insurance, we’re not a very attractive market here in Alaska, because we’re a small market.” she said. “… When you don’t have competition, you’re not going to see your costs reduced.”

Senator Murkowski does not speak to Federal lands in Alaska or other ways to reduce government.  Why would the libertarians endorse her?  She won’t stop unnecessary wars either.

Here’s the libertarian candidate’s positions.  They are basically local control of schools, ending the war on drugs, and muddled positions on global warming and the “war on terror”.

No, the Alaska Libertarian Party must say no to the temptation for power at the expense of principle.  It’s like the Third Temptation of Christ:  “Again, the devil took him [Jesus Christ] to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him,’All these will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.””  (Matthew 4:8-9 [RSV])  Jesus said no and insisted His loyalty was to God the Father.  Don’t do it!

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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