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Rare Panel on Millennial Voters

30 Jul

Hosted by Rare Politics Editor Jack Hunter, the event took place in front of a live audience with a Q&A session. What millennials have to say about the state of America, race, gay marriage, fear, the future and more. Panelists were: from left to right: Benny Johnson – IJReview.comJulie Borowski – libertarian personality (aka TokenLibertarianGirl), Olivia Nuzzi – The Daily Beast, Orlando Watson – Republican National Committee.  Both Hunter and Watson have worked for Rand Paul.


Libertarian women’s history month: Julie Borowski

30 Mar

Julie Borowski (October 10, 1988 – ) entered the libertarian movement through the presidential campaigns of Congressman Ron Paul, and went on to create a very popular YouTube channel, Token Libertarian Girl, that reached out to young people by addressing current events with humor, as Borowski donned costumes and persona to address her topics.  She is a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks, having joined FreedomWorks as an Economic Research and Policy Intern in Spring 2010. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Frostburg State University.

While an undergraduate, she was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies, interning at the Center for Competitive Politics. Most recently, she was a government affairs associate at Americans for Tax Reform.  A newlywed, she lives in DC’s Virginia suburbs.
While in college, she developed a passion for the Austrian School of Economics. She served as Vice President and Treasurer of her Maryland Student Legislation delegation and remains active in Students for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty. She has volunteered for political candidates in Kentucky and in her home state of Maryland. Her writings on various topics have appeared in numerous blogs and newspapers.  She also does volunteer work placing foster dogs.



Borowski says though she votes for Libertarian Party candidates, when the Democrat and Republican are not palatable, she recommends political activism inside the GOP to grow the Liberty Caucus and elect more candidates like Rand Paul, Justin Amash and Thomas Massie.

Pro-life, she often the object of criticism by libertarian feminists, including for her views on how to encourage more women to be active in the liberty movement.  She also from time to time has some friction with her social media followers who are Ron Paul fans, who sometimes have views or approaches more paleo-conservative than her own.

Libertarians at CPAC 2015

4 Mar

Your humble blogger started going to CPAC back in 2007 (or maybe 2008?) and has attended every CPAC since.  Both in 2008 and 2015 I ran exhibit hall booths, which limited or changed my perception of what went on at CPAC.

My early CPAC attendance was due to my participation in a local DC metro Ron Paul meetup.  Mitt Romney dropped out of the Republican primaries the day before that CPAC, and the young woman who had spent a huge amount of time organizing volunteers and supplies for his booth was very angry with him.  And Ron Paul was her second choice.  So she told us to take over the booth, which we did with less than 24 hours notice (Ron Paul had, amazingly, not secured one — he was a CPAC virgin only 8 years ago).

I showed up with the only thing I had, a small business card sized brochure I was distributing for Ron Paul door to door in Maryland, and a reason magazine with Ron Paul on the cover as my only graphic for the wall behind me.  By the end of the day a full booth of volunteers had showed up and they had brought more than enough flyers, buttons, bumper stickers etc.  (A comely 22 year old man/boy asked me for that copy of reason, and when I told him I had subscribed to it since I was younger than he, and that only a few years earlier it had been a mimeographed zine, he cocked his pretty head quizzically at the word mimeograph.)  The then libertarianizing George F. Will strolled near our booth and I was able to hop out and thank him for his recent column praising Ron Paul.

CPAC has now moved out of DC, to the Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Maryland.  (Allegedly it outgrew the DC hotel, but the straw poll vote remains in the 3000s, down a little from its peak the last year it was in DC.  Behind the scenes people say it moved because SEIU union ‘crats were paying homeless people to hold protest signs in DC (Andrew Breitbart famously went out to confront them at his last CPAC before he passed away), but the leftover groups now can’t figure out how to transport paid protesters out to the Gaylord, where there is no subway stop.)

Back in 2008, when we did not know Rand Paul would ever run for office, Ron Paul traveled about the Wardman Marriott hotel (back in DC, where CPAC used to be, and where the International Students for Liberty Conference is now) with an entourage of Governor Gary Johnson, Judge Andrew Napolitano and constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein.  This year there was a little friction between the Rand Paul and Gary Johnson peeps, as Johnson said Paul is not a libertarian and the Libertarian Party posted an anti-Rand graphic  (below).

Since then I’ve covered CPAC – what the gays were up to, what Ann Coulter said, who won the straw poll, what the libertarians did – in my old tea party blog (which I actually started originally to cover the divisions at CPAC).

This year I was in charge of staffing a booth for Gary Johnson’s Our America Initiative, so my experience of most of CPAC 2015 consisted of running the booth and watching the actual speeches on Fox and YouTube.  (CPAC 2015 also created an app you can download, which would allow you to follow what was going on in multiple panels, happy hours, receptions, workshops and parties.) Though I did talk individually with hundreds of attendees and made it to four parties (those of the Republican Liberty Caucus, where Julie Borowski and Governor Johnson spoke, the Leadership Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Rand Paul’s Young Americans for Liberty event, where Rand Paul took photos with supporters, though a third walked out when Ted Cruz spoke).

At the booth I got mainly three responses: people coming up to tell us they were libertarians (including young people who said they voted for Romney but since became libertarians and wish they had voted for Johnson), a few people critical of libertarians, and libertarians from Rand Paul’s booth coming over to give me static over the so very well timed meme posted on the Libertarian Party facebook page (and produced by the gay group Outright Libertarians), comparing Rand Paul to Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

No one had much interest in the particular items Our America had wanted us to push, about the law suit Gov. Johnson has against the presidential debate commission (I killed a tree for nothing), though LP News, Gary Johnson books and buttons, and libertarian bumper stickers were popular.  The Libertarian Party itself has not had a booth at CPAC since 2011 (see video h/t Wes Benedict). (At my first CPAC the LP booth was organized by a not fully ripened Austin Petersen, a lowly intern in the Libertarian National Committee office.)

Gary got his main publicity for faking a heart attack when debating a former, one term, Congresswoman, who said 1 in 5 pot smokers are more likely to have a heart attack from using pot.  (I wonder:  Are 1 in 5 people, those with the worst cardiac health, more likely to have a heart attack from drinking coffee, eating sweets, having sex. or walking up stairs?)

But there was other fun to be had.  reason magazine created a Grindr account to interview the gays, whose organizations (Log Cabin and GOProud) were forbidden from being sponsors – though American Atheists did sponsor CPAC – and Log Cabin director Gregory Angelo was on a panel on (gays in) Putin’s Russia.

The coverage of CPAC by conservatives typically emphasizes how “unfair” and unrepresentative it is when Rand (or Ron) Paul win the straw poll, given that many of their voters have no money and crashed in cheap hotel rooms 4 and 6 to a room and paid only $25 for a student ticket, unlike the more representative Jeb Bush or Scott Walker voters, who are older and rented a $400 a night hotel room for 3 or 4 nights and bought a platinum level $800 CPAC ticket that gets them into fancy dinners.  (Sponsors who have booths also tip the voting in that booth volunteer passes are also voting credentials.  I am pretty sure the Our America Initiative booth created 6 votes for Rand Paul.)  There is a big age divide between Rand (or Ron) Paul fans and those of the other candidates, and the Rand people are willing to walk out, boo, etc. the other politicians.

CPAC has lots of pricey or exclusive parties.  You can buy a VIP pass that gets you into everything; I bought one in 2011 and was constantly shocking the young door keepers at the more silk stocking events, when I would show up in jeans, under 60 years old, plastered with Ron Paul and libertarian buttons, looking like someone they were sure did not belong in the front row or the annual Reagan Dinner ($450 a la carte without the VIP pass).  (I used my old VIP lanyard this year with my booth pass and the CPAC 2015 staffers kept thanking me and giving me a thumbs up.)  Other exclusive events include the annual Breitbart party on Capitol Hill (I was invited once, it’s Breitbart and other bloggers, minor Fox News contributors, and anyone they thought was pretty) and Reaganpalooza, the annual party for young conservatives and conservatarians.  Rand Paul supporters and other libertarians have their own after party at a DC metro area libertarian group house, the Casa de Liberte, which isn’t strictly invite-only but does require a cover charge and ideological litmus test.

Most of what I think is interesting about CPAC this year is the tension between the Rand Paul and the LP libertarians, so I’m just going to end with quotes from around the net this week, some occasioned by the Outright meme, along with photos of people and swag from the exhibit hall (I will be adding comments and photos all week, so check back later):

Bruce P. Majors 
Washington DC

It’s sloppy and wrong. You can criticize Rand Paul for not being libertarian enough or Ron Paul for not being your kind of libertarian without saying they are like the Clintons. The posters on the LP page completely rip them for this idiocy. Someone keeps deleting my comments there.




Jeff Olson
The Midwest

I’d say he’s about 70% libertarian, versus RP’s 95% libertarian. He certainly isn’t less “anti-immigration” – something that RP in recent years has totally de-emphasized and Rand sends me emails daily protesting about (Obama’s “amnesty”). To give one illustration – Rand thought Snowden should’ve gone the “legal route” while Ron declared him to be a hero. That’s a huge litmus test right there. Rand is much more soft-spoken about the USG involvement abroad, where Ron just straightforwardly says it’s bullshit….

All that said, I like Rand a lot compared to anyone else out there.



Gregory Contreras
Baltimore MD

 It’s a false flag operation. Actually, the “libertarian party” has been infiltrated by the far left, I saw it first hand during a recent stint in NYC.


Shawn Quinn 
Lusby MD

I saw the post as the three biggest liers in the upcomeing race and all will hurt our freedoms.


Shawn McElhinney 
Oceanside CA

[In response to the claim that Rand Paul is not libertarian] Neither was Gary Johnson…until he failed to get any traction in Republican primaries in 2011.



Dan Ust
Seattle WA

…I think they’ve both been good gateway drugs, but that can go either way… I mean I’ve talked to people who’ve gone on a journey from either Paul to more radical libertarianism, but I’ve also talked to those who merely reinforced their basically conservative views, just with a wee less mainstream corporatist stance. That probably there are more of the former is either due to a sampling error (on my part) or the tone of our times (where I believe more newbies are more likely to not embrace conservatism).


Nicholas Sarwark
Denver CO

The former Governor of Florida is part of a famous Republican political family. The former Secretary of State is part of a famous Democratic political family. The junior Senator from Kentucky is part of a famous Republican political family.





David Silvers
Alexandria VA

I got their point. Rand inherited power from his father, and his father was a congressman from Texas whose high water mark was chairing a subcommittee after a few decades in office. But okay, I guess that’s just like having your dad be president




Arlington VA

Dear LP. This is how you kick yourself in the nuts.


The Woodlands TX

Rand Paul has his roots in the Libertarian party…. I will drop this page before I drop him!


Nacogdoches TX

How dumb do you have to be to include Paul with Clinton and Bush? This … has gotten childish.



Auburn ME

What are you? Stupid or something? No one would even know about the Libertarian Party if it were not for Ron and Rand Paul. In fact, childish antics like these—alienating the very liberty-minded people you need to grow your party—are the reason why no one will ever take the Libertarian Party seriously.

As a State Senator, I am the highest-elected libertarian in the state of Maine, and right now, I am ashamed to have this organization appropriate the name of my political philosophy.

Shame on you.



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By the way thanks to booth volunteers Juanita Billings, Seth Ryan Levy, Connie Harrigan Frank, Virginia state senate candidate Carl Loser, J. Todd Martinson, former Virginia Congressional candidate Jeffrey Carson, Ashley Edwards, David Valente, Diana Castillo, Kirby Myers, Libertarian National Committee vice chair Arvin Vohra, Arvin’s friend whose name I don’t know, Jason Amatuci, and Charles Peralo.  And to booth cheerleaders/lunch partners Chenelyn Barker and Krista Kirlew.

A Dozen Libertarian Valentine Roses

13 Feb
We’re adding more handsome Libertarians to our earlier lists — watch out for the thorns.

I’m publishing this today so they can punch me at ISFLC if they don’t like being in lists.


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Marianne Copenhaver




Though a Gary Johnson voter in 2012, she is now Senator Rand Paul’s new social media person.  Ms. Copenhaver’s family was depicted in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn.  She was played by Halle Berry in the X-Men franchise.



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Julie Borowski



FreedomWorks blogger and everyone’s favorite libertarian gal to debate pro- and con-.  Apparently it is taking a toll.

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J. Buzz Webb




Buzz Webb of Provincetown, Mass., builds a dance stage in preparation for her annual Big Gay Dance Party, known as the biggest party of the libertarian PorcFest festival.  The founder and organizer of PorcFest, she is handing it off to someone else after this year.

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Sloane Shearman

Sloane is a Talent Management Assistant at the Institute for Humane Studies and  graduated from Penn State University in May, 2013 with a BA in anthropology. She served for two years as a counselor on a crisis and basic needs hotline, inspiring her to learn the mechanisms that create prosperity and teaching her empathic and conflict resolution skills she hopes to bring to the culture of liberty. Her future career goals include identifying and maximizing talent within the liberty movement, and developing robust relationships between the organizations and individuals that compose it.

Sloane’s other passions include art, falafel, and her dog, Gatsby.

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Addie Hollis



Addie Hollis, a writer and photographer, is a jack-of-all-trades. If there is something she doesn’t know how to do or something she wants to learn, she’ll figure it out. She has a bachelor degree in business administration and interpersonal communication, although in hindsight realizes she should have pursued economics and philosophy. Her current interests include cooking from scratch, writing fiction, playing PC games, collecting Japanese manga and talking.  She writes at ThoughtsOnLiberty.


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Nena Whitfield






Now running LOLA, a libertarian women’s group.



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Daria Kafler

Ms. Kafler is a member of Tel Aviv University Students for Liberty

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Ashe Schow

Ms. Schow (right) is a columnist for the Washington Examiner.










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Libby Jacobsen

Libby Jacobson is a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum and a communications professional in DC. Previously she has worked for several free-market think tanks, and her writings have appeared in the Washington Examiner Opinion Zone and TheAgitator.com. Libby’s interests include exposing nanny state regulations and economic illiteracy, tech policy, women and the workplace, and exploring the intersection between feminism and libertarianism.




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Jacelyn Boudreaux



While working at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health near her home in Massachusetts, Jaclyn began to understand the importance of freedom-promoting policies.  Jaclyn was seeking a way to make complicated philosophy, policy, and economic issues accessible to the general public when her search led her to the ideal tool for doing so: Learn Liberty. For maximal happiness outside of her career, Jaclyn requires Tyrion Lannister, mojitos, SPF 30 or higher, vegetarian options, friendly librarians, and non-calorie-listing menus.

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Laura Delhomme

I’m relaxing my rule that friends can’t be in my lists, just for Valentine’s Day, so my buddy Laura Delhomme, candidate and IT whiz, moving to the Institute for Human Studies, can finally be in one.

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Corey Hubbard












Corey L. Hubbard is a recent graduate of International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, Corey founded and worked with multiple organizations dedicated to liberty. In 2010, she was invited England to work in the House of Commons. As an IHS, FEE, YAL, and SFL alumna, she remains steadfast in her defense of market supremacy and self ownership through research, blogging, and networking activists across the globe. 

Breaking News – Token Libertarian Girl Learns to Write, takes over FreedomWorks in Putsch

6 Jan
For years many have assumed Token Libertarian Girl, aka Julie Borowski, had taken to vlogging because of a learning disability that left her unable to read and write.

Apparently this was a clever ruse by a truly Machavellian political strategist.

While much of D.C. was shut down by crippling snow and power outages, Borowski and her associates seized control of FreedomWorks today, displacing Matt Kibbe as CEO of the group, supplanting him as the writer of FreedomWorks‘s twice daily fundraising appeals.  The Borowski faction had been planning a coup for some time, but seized the opportunity of a city paralyzed by weather when they found an old box of guns left behind by former FreedomWorks founder Dick Armey in a storage closet.

FreedomWorks
Bruce,

John Boehner isn’t doing everything he can to defend your civil liberties.
In fact, last year when Rep. Thomas Masssie passed an amendment to protect your liberty and block the NSA’s unconstitutional spying, Speaker Boehner cut a backroom deal and made sure the amendment never became law.

This cannot stand. We have less than two hours to stop John Boehner from being Speaker of the House. We need a Speaker that will stand up for your liberty – not crush it.
Get on the phone right now. Tell these congressmen to vote replace John Boehner as Speaker.

We’re running out of time to protect our freedom.

Julie Borowski

Policy Analyst, FreedomWorks

Kibbe and his wife Terry are said to be safe, but under house arrest, in their Capitol Hill home on 3rd Street.

20 Of The Hottest Libertarian Women Alive

22 Jun
20 Of The Hottest Libertarian Women Alive | Liberty Viral

I might do a version of this in the next few months for the 20 hottest Libertarian guys (if you see me at the hotel pool at the Libertarian National Convention next week taking your photo now you know why).

This weekend’s top Libertarian tweets and status updates

16 Jun
Steve Carpenter

Today marks the 799th anniversary of the signing of the MAGNA CARTA. On June 15, 1215, at Runnymede on the bank of the River Thames near Windsor, King John, in the presence of feudal barons and their knights, sealed under oath the Magna Carta, which by law limited his powers and protected the barons. The sealing of this great document began the protracted process that eventually led to the rule of constitutional law in England and beyond.

It is indeed surreal to observe what appears to be the gradual defenestration of constitutional law here in America today.
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Charles Peralo: “How every single debate on gun control goes in this country.

Gun control advocate: Mass shootings are out of control! It’s time to regulate and ban guns!

People with statistics: Actually mass shootings are not on an increase and peaked in the 1920s. 


Gun control advocate: They are still way too common!


People with statistics: Down 50% in the last twenty years and we’ve seen a liberalization of our gun laws over that time. 


Gun Control Advocate: Ha…


People with statistics: Liberalization meaning less regulation on guns. 


Gun Control Advocate: Well let’s do this again next shooting.”

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Julie Borowski

I understand that we can’t change the past but we can recognize irresponsible foreign policy mistakes and refuse to support the same mistakes in the future. I do believe that it was a mistake to go into Iraq. Did I always believe that? No. I will admit that I used to be a big supporter of the War in Iraq (which started when I was a freshman in high school). I changed my mind a few years later after learning more about the situation.

My recent status is because I just heard someone on the news say that “we” left Iraq too early and should have stayed longer. If we’re discussing foreign policy mistakes, it makes sense to me to call attention to whether “we” should have ever gone in in the first place.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. My hindsight is that I regret that I ever supported the War in Iraq.