Sun 7 May 2006
If you want to be bored to tears, I highly recommend you visit Loretta Nall’s web site and start reading. It doesn’t take too long to figure out what she is about, but sometimes the numbers tell it best. For example, if you read her 8,709 word (22 page) platform, you might think it a little lopsided – and you would be right. Here is how it breaks down.
|Issue||Word Count||% of Platform|
|Patriot and Real Id Acts||606||7.86%|
|Initiative and Referendum||383||4.97%|
|Ballot access reform||358||4.64%|
|Religion and Government||237||3.07%|
A quick analysis shows Ms. Nall isn’t even very Libertarian. For example, she advocates legalized gambling and a lottery. Presumably she wants the government to run the lottery. Her reason for wanting to legalize gambling is, “Alabama is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.” Sorry, but I think Alabama has enough tax revenue – perhaps she should start thinking about scaling back spending rather than increasing revenue.
And, to end fuel dependence, she say, “As Governor of Alabama I will encourage research, growth and development in this area.” That could mean tax credits, or it could mean an expensive new government program – in any case, what it does mean is that she wants government judgment is going to replace the creativity of the free market.
Please don’t misunderstand my criticisms. Much of Ms. Nall’s platform is very libertarian, but there is nothing there that is worthy of the rabid defense she receives and there is nothing there worthy of campaign donations (which is probably why she had to resort to “flashing”). Overall, the whole thing is rather poorly written and uninspiring.
But, just reading the platform won’t tell you that Ms. Nall doesn’t wear panties—that bit of information can be found under her list of articles. However, you will learn the following:
Or, if you are like me and prefer to live in a place where you can pee off the back porch without your neighbor spotting you then Alabama offers that in abundance.
Oddly, I’ve never considered that criteria when buying property.
So in addition to flashing for cash, a visit to the Nall web site tells us that she doesn’t wear panties and pees off the back porch
After my previous posting, Mark Bodenhausen added the comment, “The demographics of the house and senate members here [Alabama] in no way represent the REAL demographics of the state.” He may be right, but I don’t think if you poll the voters in Alabama, many of them will have Drug Policy and Prison Reform as their top two issues.
Of the 12 issues in Ms. Nall’s platform, I don’t think most people would give a second thought to any but Education and Taxation (although Immigration has recently been significant, it comes and goes).
Overall, this campaign seems to be about Ms. Nall’s personal problems and has little to do with making life better for the people of Alabama (unless they share Ms. Nall’s problems).
I have to stand by my original statement, Ms. Nall, and her campaign, is an embarrassment to the Libertarian Party.