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The Territorial Dispatch
November 1, 1996


"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party."

That is a typing exercise my mother taught me. We kids would watch in fascination as her fingers flew over the keys of her heavy old Royal typewriter. After that one would function no longer Dad gave her a Remington portable for Christmas one year.

With just a little practice she could type 'Now is the time....' etc. just as fast on the new typewriter, only she complained that it was too light... it "scooted across the table" when she threw the carriage return.

Later on I discovered people used different phrases to gain typing speed. Some said "Now is the time to come to the aid of their country." Others used "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs," which made more sense to me because it contains all the letters of the alphabet.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

I never questioned the meaning of that phrase... I guess because I thought I knew already. It was a matter of simple deduction. If you were having a FUN party, you wouldn't need aid... so it must refer to a political party!!

There are a couple of them around that could use aid. On the other hand I have grown into the belief that even "aid" can't save them now.

I wish I could come to the aid of my 'party'. I'm a Libertarian and these are frustrating times. Many folks confuse the 'liber' in Libertarian with the 'liber' in Liberal.

Constitutional would have been a better name for the Libertarian Party, but that's pretty moot at this point.

Some pretty forward thinking folks set up the ground rules for this nation.

Those who drew up the Constitution of the United Staes were descendents of the people who had become discontent with power-hungry rulers in the old country and came here to seek individual freedom.

The U.S. was a proud country in those days.

Today it is frustrating. So many people are unhappy with the way things are. They just feel helpless.

Voters go to the polls and vote against people instead of for people, as they should.

Laws are so complicated that when we do get a chance to vote on them it is impossible to decipher which way is the way we want to vote.

Many people are complacent and vote the way they always have... the way their parents did... assuming that all is well; that everything has always come out fine and will continue to do so.

But everything is not fine. We're slipping right into Socialism. One single election year cannot stop the problem so people get frustrated and vote against a candidate rather than voting their heart, mind and morals, if, in fact, they vote at all.

Government has gotten too big... out of hand... controlled by a group of politicians who exempt themselves from living under the laws of the land that they impose on us.

We have a president who lacks respect for his country and knows that keeping people broke with low self respect is a way to keep control of them.

His opposition is a man that has been a politician too long to be empathetic to the concerns of common citizens. He may have great respect for his country and better morals than his opponent, but it seems to me that he just wants to be president because it is his 'turn'. Because he has been in the government so long that he hates to retire without first coming to the top.

More than fifty percent of the voters of the nation are against Clinton... only 43% of them were for him last time and that is less than half.

The problem is the opposition is divided so their votes don't total over 50%.

Many of the nation's voters are faced with the frustrating decision of whether to vote for the candidate they think should be president, or to vote for Dole in order to increase the chance that Clinton can be beaten.

A famous American once said "It's not whether you win or lose... it's how you play the game." But playing the game... despite who wins, by voting for Harry Browne, when a vote for Dole might help defeat Clinton is "cutting off my nose to spite my face."


I think I'll wait until almost time for the polls to close. If the race is close I'll go ahead and vote for Dole; if not I'll stick to my inward belief that we've got to start somewhere, somehow, to straighten out this mess.

Either way, the outcome is not fatal, and

Quote of the Week:
That which does not kill us, only makes us stronger. &emdash;Anonymous

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