Campaign update: Tom Knapp for President (Libertarian/BTP)

Since Kn@ppster is now the campaign site, campaign updates consist of what is posted at the blog.

UPDATE: Knapp clarifies in the comments,

Saying that my blog is my campaign site isn’t the same as saying that my blog is NOTHING BUT my campaign site. It’s also my blog. Material there is only intended to be campaign-specific if it’s labeled/tagged “Knapp 2012.”

That said, I wouldn’t publish anything on my blog that I wanted to distance myself from as a candidate.

Of the three items you cover, two relate to issues that are important to me (debt repudiation and ending marriage apartheid) and the third happens to be about my campaign chief of staff, Darcy Richardson (although it doesn’t pertain much to the fact that he’s my campaign chief of staff).



Repudiate the Debt! (Update):

Thanks to George Donnelly for getting up a decent-looking Repudiate the Debt! site.

By way of promotion, instead of crossposting my latest piece, I’ll tease here …

Not content with their seizure of a large percentage of Americans’ income year after year, our politicians and their corporate masters have built up a mountain of debt now exceeding $10 trillion and set to contiue growing at a future rate of more than $1 trillion per year according to the recently inaugurated President of the United States.

Helpless in the face of looming economic collapse, more and more Americans long to seize control of their own destinies but fear that they lack the means to do so.

That means, however, exists. It is the Achilles’ heel of the kleptocracy, and it is nothing more than a word:

“No.”

… and point there.

Other news:

Repudiate the Debt! Facebook Group founded yesterday, 261 members already and growing. Related “cause” also.

– Follow Repudiate the Debt! on Twitter.


Today’s pro-family moment


“Fidelity”: Don’t Divorce… from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.


Knapp was planning to have Darcy Richardson on his new radio show, KN@PPSTER: Fridays Live at Five. It did not work out.

Knapp explains,

Sorry, folks … today’s show just didn’t work out.

I think the technical difficulties were on NowLive’s end. I was able to call in, and my voice went out, but their system didn’t recognize callers so that I could get the guest (Darcy Richardson) “on the air,” nor did any of the canned audio/video I tried to play seem to actually make it into the broadcast audio.

I’ll try again for next week — with Darcy if he’s available, with another guest or panel if not. In the meantime, check out his site (linked above) and consider ordering one or more of his books.

On that note, I attest that Others is damn good stuff — sweeping in scope, and written in style evocative of Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative and Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization. If you’re interested in third party politics in America, you’re going to fall in love with it — four volumes so far, three more coming.

He also has at least two forthcoming works apart from that series — a second book on Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaigns (he’s already written one on the 1968 campaign), and something tentatively and tantalizingly titled Collapse: How the Managerial Class Plunged the Nation into the Greatest Depression.


Darcy Richardson’s bio, from his website:

Darcy G. Richardson is the author of six books, including five volumes of a planned seven-volume history on independent and third-party politics in the United States.  A freelance writer and former editor of Consumers Voice, the bi-monthly publication of the Consumers Education & Protective Association (CEPA),
he is also the author of A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign, published in 2002.  A seventh book, The Spirit of ’76: Eugene McCarthy’s Struggle for Open Politics, will be released next year.  He is also working on a biography of Pennsylvania’s Gifford Pinchot, the nation’s first Chief Forester, environmentalist, and fiercely-independent progressive Republican who twice served as governor of the Keystone State.

Long active in independent and third-party politics, Richardson has rubbed shoulders with some of the best-known political figures of the past three decades.  In addition to managing one of the late Minnesota Senator Eugene J. McCarthy’s presidential campaigns and serving as a senior advisor in another, Richardson ran for Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1980 and for the U.S. Senate
eight years later on the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party ticket.  He was also an alternate delegate to the Citizens’ Party founding national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1980, and served as campaign manager for Dr. John J. Logue, founder and director of Villanova University’s Common Heritage Institute, during his 1982 bid for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination from Pennsylvania. 

A former Democratic precinct committeeman, Richardson co-founded the "New Democrats" in 1989, a progressive faction within the national Democratic Party whose advisory board included ex-Senator McCarthy, Larry Agran, the former mayor
of Irvine, California, and longtime left-wing political activist Zolton Ferency, a former Michigan State University criminal justice professor.  Relocating to northeast Florida in 1993, Richardson later managed antiwar activist Brian Moore’s independent campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2006. 

A resident of Jacksonville, Richardson has been quoted in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written numerous articles for a wide range of publications.  He has also been a guest on several nationally-syndicated radio talk shows, ranging from the progressive "Thom Hartmann Show" to Joseph Farah’s conservative "WorldNetDaily Radioactive" program.

Richardson’s books on American politics have been cited in numerous scholarly works, including Scott Merriman’s Religion and the Law in America: An Encyclopedia of Personal Belief and Public Policy (ABC-CLIO, 2007), Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior, Kenneth F. Warren, editor (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2008), and The Strategy of
Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan & Boris Yeltsin
(University of Michigan Press, 2007), co-authored by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and three others.  Richardson’s books are available in more than 750 academic and public libraries throughout the world.

A former senior specialist for a major financial brokerage firm, Richardson has more than a dozen years experience in the financial services industry and recently began working on a book about the country’s current economic crisis, tentatively titled, Collapse: How the Managerial Class Plunged the Nation into the Greatest Depression.


Posted to IPR by Paulie. Disclaimers:

1) I have tentatively endorsed Knapp for the Presidential nomination at this time, at least for now.

2) Both Knapp and Richardson are signed up to write at IPR, although Richardson never has, and Knapp has not posted articles here since July – but continues to comment here.

5 thoughts on “Campaign update: Tom Knapp for President (Libertarian/BTP)

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Saying that my blog is my campaign site isn’t the same as saying that my blog is NOTHING BUT my campaign site. It’s also my blog. Material there is only intended to be campaign-specific if it’s labeled/tagged “Knapp 2012.”

    That said, I wouldn’t publish anything on my blog that I wanted to distance myself from as a candidate.

    Of the three items you cover, two relate to issues that are important to me (debt repudiation and ending marriage apartheid) and the third happens to be about my campaign chief of staff, Darcy Richardson (although it doesn’t pertain much to the fact that he’s my campaign chief of staff). So cool, and thanks!

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

  2. The Pattern

    The other thing to say is that his campaign is more than just his blog, too.

    Blog is campaign plus other thoughts.

    Campaign is blog plus other actions.

  3. paulie cannoli Post author

    When there’s other campaign actions offline, I’m sure they’ll be reported at Knappster and/or emailed to us and/or popping up in other websites, google news alerts, etc. If none of this happens, we won’t write about them, unless we (probably meaning I) are there in person or get a call.

  4. paulie cannoli Post author

    I like this one a lot too, even though it’s not LP/BTP campaign related…

    http://knappster.blogspot.com/2009/02/historic-parallels.html

    Year: —8.

    An outgoing president has escalated a long conflict into full-blown war, ultimately to popular displeasure. He is not seeking re-election. His party rejects its anti-war wing and nominates a “stay the course” candidate.

    The opposing party nominates, and elects, a candidate running on nebulous “new leadership will end the war and win the peace” rhetoric.

    The new president introduces “bold” economic policies, including wage controls.

    1968 or 2008?

    LBJ or GWB?

    Eugene McCarthy or Ron Paul?

    Richard Nixon or Barack Obama?

    The more things change …

    Same guy? Think about it … ever seen’em together?

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