Wayne Root update: Wayne and Dakota Root on Fox News Channel, more endorsements

Wayne & Dakota Root on FOX News Channel on Sunday May 23, 2010 discussing their remarkable education story: “Homeschool to Harvard.”

New endorsements (see others here):

“I support Wayne Root for chairman, because he can make the Libertarian Party into a serious political force. If we are not trying to cost the Democrats and Republicans their jobs, then there is no reason for us to be incorporated as a political party. That is what Wayne Root can accomplish. Moreover, by accomplishing this, he will be doing more to radicalize the American populace than a hundred thousand LP radical caucuses ever could. The test is easy: How much ballot access and electoral victory did we have before Wayne Root as Chair, and how much did we have after his Chairmanship? I am confident it will be a night and day difference.”

-Jake Witmer

Libertarian Party Ballot Access Petitioner and Activist

“Wayne Root is a dynamic, dedicated, high-profile individual who works relentlessly on behalf of the cause of liberty. What separates Wayne from the pack is that he is not content to immerse himself in intellectual debate or theory. Rather, he is just what the Libertarian Party needs: a man of action. He passionately and unapologetically speaks out on behalf of both economic and personal freedoms, without concern that his words might offend some individual or group with an opposing point of view. As National Chairman, Wayne Allyn Root would be the most powerful national voice ever to represent the Libertarian Party.”

-Robert Ringer
, Author of Restoring the American Dream

New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author

44 thoughts on “Wayne Root update: Wayne and Dakota Root on Fox News Channel, more endorsements

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    I don’t know a lot about national Libertarian politics, or Wayne Root’s other issues, but…

    This interview with Wayne Root and Dakota Root was awesome. I truly loved how he discussed that there should be choices other than public school. (And, I would add, choices for everyone, not just rich people.)

    Also, I liked that he reminded people that it is okay to appreciate homeschooling and to homeschool, it does not mean everyone has to home school. Homeschooling is not for everyone. But, for a lot of folks it makes sense. And, homeschooling should be a right that the public schools support and even welcome.

    If anyone is interested in alternative education and reform, there is a great conference coming up in Albany on the the topic. I think a lot of Libertarians know who John Taylor Gatto is. He is speaking there.

    Web-site with good info and with info on conference:

    http://www.educationrevolution.org

    In Albany…

    7th Annual AERO Conference, June 24-27, 2010. Featuring Herbert Kohl & John Taylor Gatto

  2. Carolyn Marbry

    I’m pleased to see him drawing attention to homeschooling, showing the world a “normal” person with a “normal” family who homeschools. Too often, the media latches onto the (arguably more intriguing) nutcases who use homeschooling to isolate their children and keep them from learning this or that. Nothing could be further from the truth for the vast majority of us.

    That said, I feel a little uncomfortable with the way Root’s using his daughter for campaigning, however. He did it with his Presidential campaign, and he’s doing it now. Marketing? Sure, but using your CHILD? :-\

    I am a HUGE supporter of homeschooling and unschooling as a choice. I not only believe homeschooling is the best way for some kids, particularly the outliers, the kids who are either extremely gifted or those who need a lot of extra help, to get the best education possible but that it frees up schoolteachers to focus on the kids they are charged with teaching in the schools. I had this conversation with a schoolteacher last night, in fact, and she agreed enthusiastically. Homeschooling is not for everyone. Some kids are not suited to it, some parents are not suited to it. Some parents are stuck with financial realities that don’t allow it. But for those of us who could do it, it is incredibly rewarding both for our children and ourselves.

    I homeschooled my son even as a single mother after my divorce, and now he’s at the top of his college class. But I won’t be asking him to come out to St. Louis and campaign for me or nominate me, nor will I be exploiting him in any other way for my campaign. This is the only mention I’ve made of him, and it’s mostly to show that Root isn’t the only successful homeschooling parent in this race. 🙂

  3. LibertarianGirl

    I know lots of LP families and noone says they are exploiting eachother..Perhaps Dakota Root is a Libertarian and working on her dads campaign or for the party alongside him.

  4. Robert Capozzi

    cm, using one’s children in politics is certainly done. It can be creepy. In this case, however, Dakota seems to be enriched by the experience, based at least on this segment. My goodness that young lady is poised! I would not be surprised to hear more from her in the future.

  5. John Jay Myers

    If Wayne were to write a book on Home Schooling, I would be the first in line to buy it.
    I am going to need him to get it done pretty quick though.
    In this he was a complete success.

  6. Carolyn Marbry

    RC, yes, she’s very lovely and very poised. I don’t question that in the least, and I’m sure she’s learned a lot about politics from the whole business. I have no doubt that it’s done; Obama did it, Bush did it… The image of the happy family man denotes stability and honesty and having one’s priorities clear. All good American values, right? That’s what I mean. He’s using her to create/bolster this image, and as I said, this feels just a little self-serving.

    Maybe I’m still remembering what he said about how he’s basically controlled this girl’s life, pushing her to get an education as his father pushed him, pushing her to do athletics because he never could to the point where she got an athletic scholarship to Harvard, essentially driving her whole life, and now he wants to do it for the LP. I’m sure that’s not really what he meant, but that’s how it came across. And that’s why this little video of gee, I’m so great because my daughter’s so great, and I MADE her so, makes me raise a brow.

    LG, not sure what you mean by LP families exploiting each other…

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    I’ll admit to agreeing with Carolyn. I’m delighted Wayne has done well with Dakota, and I wish her well, but enough already. I believe it’s undue pressure on a teenager.

    Instead of hearing about the fact that you’re a homeschooling dad for the one-hundred-millionth time, what will you do, Wayne, when you’re chair, to let Obama know his wars are deplorable, and that we don’t condone inter- ventionist wars?

    Oh, and by the way, I raised a terrific kid, also, but he wasn’t homeschooled. HORRORS! He went to one of those public schools. I believe I deserve credit that he didn’t grow up either a sheeple or neo-con, after hanging out with public school kids for 12 years. But I’m letting him do his getting-ready-for-college thing, and not using him to further my career.

  8. Carolyn Marbry

    JJM @ 6, the secret to homeschooling, honest to gosh, is to trust in your child’s native intelligence and curiosity and GET OUT OF THE WAY. A child will learn what he needs to learn to do what he wants to do. I once had a kid in the Shakespeare Theatre Troupe I started for homeschooled kids who was 12 years old and could not read a word. Not a word. But he wanted to act, and he wanted to be in Much Ado About Nothing so much that in the space of 6 months that we devoted to that play (studying psychology, politics, history, geography, costuming, music, dance, dramaturgy and theatre craft… all related to the play) he taught himself to read. He was reading Elizabethan English FLUENTLY as well as everything else he could get his hands on suddenly. As a side note, he also took pains to rid himself of some speech impediments like lisping and dropping his Rs and Ls that he’d had all his life so he could be understood from the stage.

    If you show them something that becomes their passion, or as Maria Montessori called it, their “work,” they will move mountains on their own to get there.

  9. Trent Hill

    How preposterous–the man gives his daughter a good education and gets her on TV (something I’m sure she was DELIGHTED to do), and you think he’s exploiting her? Ugh.

  10. Carolyn Marbry

    Didn’t say ANYWHERE that he was exploiting her. I said it made me a little uncomfortable because it felt self-serving. It also felt self-serving when he put her up to do his nominating speech in Denver, too. Was it good for her? Sure. Did she enjoy it? No doubt. But really, who does it benefit above all? Him. That’s why I said it seemed self-serving.

  11. To Carolyne

    Did you actually talk to Wayne or his daughter to get the impression that he put his daughter up to this, as smart as his daughter is I think she can think for herself by now.

  12. Lisa

    Carolyn, it also benefits families who are homeschooling or unschooling. The more our school-minded neighbors see this on TV, the more openly they approach us, instead of acting like we’ve grown a third eye or something.

  13. LibertarianGirl

    I mean I know many people who are families with numerous people in the party and they have worked for eachother , take the Duensings , Jim has had his parents organizing, paying for and helping him with many events and campaigns , noone has ever said he was exploiting his parents , yet Ive heard several people say Wayne is exploiting his child.

    When I was a kid , my dad campaigned for Sheriff Ralph Lamb , he took me to the headquarters , I stuffed envelopes among other things and even walked the districts with him . I found it a huge learning experience and may be 1 of the reasons I’m an activist today. I did not find it exploitive and neither did my kids when they worked on local lib campaigns and protests with me.

  14. Michael Seebeck

    Sorry, but it’s exploitation. Wayne’s parental ability has nothing to do with any perceived ability to lead the LNC.

    In the same light, if it wasn’t exploitation, Dakota could do the interviews without her father present to shill things. She’s clearly more than capable.

  15. LibertarianGirl

    Its not exploitation. its a child helping their parent , just like mine help me. it makes absolutely no difference whether or not he’s there , that ridiculous…LOL.

  16. Brian Holtz

    Of course it’s exploitation. Anything Root does must be zero-sum. If something Root does seems to benefit Root, then it obviously disadvantages everyone else involved. Libertarians aren’t so naive as to believe in positive-sum voluntary interactions.

    Nor is it relevant to Root’s alleged ability to lead the LNC that he can execute on a multi-decade plan, or inspire world-class achievement by people, or connect that achievement to libertarian policy principles, or put that connection in front of a nationwide TV audience. Nah, that’s not what we want in an LNC Chair. We’d rather have a Chair who doesn’t get on TV at all. Or who gets on TV like this:

  17. sane LP member

    Mr. Holtz with comment # 19, I have to ask if you accidently took too many meds? Maybe you were being sarcastic?

  18. LibertarianGirl

    SLPM_, I have to ask if you accidently took too many meds? Maybe you were being sarcastic?

    me__ B is infamous for his cutting sarcasm…LOL love or hate it ,its razor sharp

    @21 ,ya Ralph Lamb is super old school! do u remember how he got rid of the biker gangs , he shaved their heads in jail and dropped them off at the Cali border. the Lambs just like the Binions are Las Vegas icons . When my dad campaigned for him we had our house spray painted , rocks thru our windows etc , now that was a different time here in Vegas:)

  19. Thomas L. Knapp

    Does anyone think that Dakota Root was in any way forced or bludgeoned into making this appearance?

    I don’t.

    Just try to make a teenager do something he or she doesn’t want to do. It may get done, but not without tell-tale attitude signs.

    It was a positive interview on homeschooling. It got the word “Libertarian” mentioned in association with homeschooling and school choice

    Apart from Root’s initial five or ten seconds of bloviating about how many times he’s been on Fox News, etc., it was about as perfect as could be.

    There are plenty of things to slam Root for. This isn’t one of them.

  20. Kimberly Wilder

    I think the way that this conversation got polarized is the same way a lot of conversations do in politics. Lots of us could use a little training in “Nonviolent Communication” (NVC), or just listening better.

    Of course there will always be electric feelings, both ways, when a young person speaks. So, it makes sense to have those feelings, and probably to express them. (Although, it is kind of off-topic for the important, political issues at hand.)

    But, just because we feel unsure, doesn’t mean the person is doing something wrong. Things that can make a person uncomfortable: Art; Actions that make us think; Bold truth.

    The other thing is, activists and third party members have to use — even if it means exploit a bit — there human side, and their family relationships in order to gain the empathy and trust of real people they are trying to win over and trying to teach and/or work with.

    In a way it is dishonest and “staying aloof” for someone to campaign and NOT mention their family or children.

    Look around. Nearly every politician has campaign literature or a web-site with a photo of their children. It is par for the course.

    If anyone is really worried that Wayne Root is exploiting his daughter, think about it. She’s a teenager, and she is appearing on tv, well dressed and covered up, to speak on a cultural/political issue. What is so horrible about that?

    If you want to worry about exploitation, boycott music videos with 16-year-olds with belly buttons showing, boycott Miley Cyrus-types, and all the under 18 superstars. Fight for labor rules in your state so that under 18-year-olds don’t work for greedy corporations.

    Having an 17 or 18 year-old encouraged, coerced, or whatever to join their family on the campaign trail is the least of society’s worries.

  21. paulie Post author

    Mr. Holtz with comment # 19, I have to ask if you accidently took too many meds? Maybe you were being sarcastic?

    Of course he was being sarcastic. Like, duh! 🙂

  22. JT

    Kimberly: “Look around. Nearly every politician has campaign literature or a web-site with a photo of their children. It is par for the course.”

    True.

    Kimberly: “If anyone is really worried that Wayne Root is exploiting his daughter, think about it. She’s a teenager, and she is appearing on tv, well dressed and covered up, to speak on a cultural/political issue. What is so horrible about that?”

    Bu she’s appearing on a greedy corporate TV network, Kimberly. They’re exploiting a teenager to get viewers and make money for themselves! Why can’t you see that?

    Kimberly: “If you want to worry about exploitation, boycott music videos with 16-year-olds with belly buttons showing, boycott Miley Cyrus-types, and all the under 18 superstars.”

    Belly buttons showing? That’s horrible! Where do you live that many 16-year-old girls don’t choose to wear belly shirts when it’s warm out? That’s actually a very common occurrence. I’m sure it would be scandalous in the 1950s though.

    Kimberly: “Fight for labor rules in your state so that under 18-year-olds don’t work for greedy corporations.”

    Right. Fight for rules so they don’t work at all. Even for a little extra spending money they’d like to have despite having no work experience.

  23. @22 I was young didn't know much

    My dad didn’t tell me a whole lot, he wouldn’t for reasons. I know my dad knew him well. But what you shared I liked that. Yes! as much as I hate Vegas, the ole days were better than the new tin can circus they have built now on the strip. I use to get buffets at the Stardust and swim at some at the hotel back then. Flirt with some of the lifeguards, I was just a young idiot then. LOL, They ruined the Sahara, I used to like the rice puddings and swim there as well. Big pool gone, diving boards gone. Now it just a bigger uglier casino over where the pool use to be.

  24. Brian Holtz

    Ms. Wilder, you had me right up until “labor rules”. Libertarians believe that 18-year-olds are competent to decide who they should work for, under what terms.

  25. Carolyn Marbry

    I express that bringing his daughter on to Fox News RIGHT NOW seems to me a little self serving. That’s all. I didn’t say he forced her, I didn’t say he beats her or keeps her locked in a closet or anything. He’s not pimping her out to the exects. He’s not holding her at gunpoint. He’s not initiating force.

    I didn’t say it didn’t benefit her or other homeschooling families by showing the world a “normal” family that homeschools — in fact, I said the opposite. And still, everyone starts screaming “HE ISN’T EXPLOITING HER!”

    It is perfectly possible to capitalize politically on something that benefits someone else and that that person does voluntarily. Yes, I know, what a shock, but it is. So no, it’s not a zero sum game, Holtz, not in your direction, either. The fact that he’s not exploiting her does not mean he’s not capitalizing on this interview for his campaign. Is that part of politics? Sure. It still seems self-serving.

    Talk about overreaction…

  26. LibertarianGirl

    Carolyn , I wasnt necessarily talking about you , altho u did express uneasiness about him having his daughter campaigning/working for him .Ive heard from several people who say he is exploiting her , I say he isnt .

  27. Kevin Knedler

    I have an idea. Instead of trying to figure out what is going on in Dakota’s head, why not just ask her at the national LP convention and put an end to the guessing games. She is VERY bright, articulate, and frankly will probably put her ole dad in his place, in a debate. One thing is for sure. We are seeing an emergence of a new-generation of libertarian coming along (under 35) and I welcome them! Afterall, they are going to inherit the mess the babyboomers left them. In a short time, it will be time to turn the “keys to the car” over to them.

  28. Brian Holtz

    The first use of the word “exploit” in this thread is @3:

    I homeschooled my son even as a single mother after my divorce, and now he’s at the top of his college class. But I won’t be asking him to come out to St. Louis and campaign for me or nominate me, nor will I be exploiting him in any other way for my campaign.

  29. Brian Holtz

    OK, I’m glad to learn that your promise not to “exploit” your son in your Vice-Chair campaign had zero to do with any implicit charge of Root “exploiting” his daughter in his Chair campaign. It seems that several of us owe you an apology.

  30. Carolyn Marbry

    I quote: “This is the only mention I’ve made of him, and it’s mostly to show that Root isn’t the only successful homeschooling parent in this race. “

  31. Brian Holtz

    I quote: “Marketing? Sure, but using your CHILD? :-\ ”

    As Knapp said, there are many things to criticize Root for, but this isn’t one of them. Nevertheless, where there’s a will, there’s a way…

    I agree that it was “self-serving” of Root to appear with his home-schooled daughter. He should have appeared with your home-schooled son, or with Hancock’s private-schooled kids. What was he thinking? 🙂

  32. Nicholas Sarwark

    “Wayne Root is a dynamic, dedicated, high-profile individual who works relentlessly on behalf of the cause of liberty. What separates Wayne from the pack is that he is not content to immerse himself in intellectual debate or theory. Rather, he is just what the Libertarian Party needs: a man of action. He passionately and unapologetically speaks out on behalf of both economic and personal freedoms, without concern that his words might offend some individual or group with an opposing point of view. As National Chairman, Wayne Allyn Root would be the most powerful national voice ever to represent the Libertarian Party.”

    -Robert Ringer?, Author of Restoring the American Dream

    New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author

    1) When was the last time Robert Ringer was involved in the LP or supported a Libertarian candidate?

    2) When weighing the value of Mr. Ringer’s endorsement, one might want to take a look at the front page of his website. Look at the list of people he’s interviewed, and count how many of them aren’t Republicans.

  33. Brian Holtz

    I recognized these names:

    Dr. Ron Paul
    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Wayne Allyn Root
    John Stossel
    Dr. Walter Williams
    Peter Schiff

  34. Nicholas Sarwark

    Ron Paul (R-TX).

    But even if I give you those 6, that’s 6 out of 33.

    For those who don’t feel like clicking, the other 27 are:

    Newt Gingrich
    Dr. Alan Keyes
    Rick Santorum
    David Horowitz
    Ann Coulter
    Charles Krauthammer
    Michael Reagan
    David Buckner
    Jerome Corsi
    Stephen Moore
    Dr. Arthur B. Laffer
    Dr. Keith Ablow
    Star Parker
    Michael Scheuer
    Karl Rove
    Steve Forbes
    Tom Price
    Paul Ryan
    Dick Armey
    Mary Matalin
    Jonathan Hoenig
    Michelle Malkin
    Scott Rasmussen
    Dick Morris
    Michele Bachmann
    Paul Broun
    Herman Cain

    These are the people Mr. Ringer considers to be the “top leaders on today’s most vital and controversial issues.”

  35. Scott Lieberman

    Nicholas Sarwark // May 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    “Wayne Root is a dynamic, dedicated, high-profile individual who works relentlessly on behalf of the cause of liberty.

    Robert Ringer?, Author of Restoring the American Dream”

    **************************************

    Nicholas Sarwark // May 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    1) When was the last time Robert Ringer was involved in the LP or supported a Libertarian candidate?

    2) When weighing the value of Mr. Ringer’s endorsement, one might want to take a look at the front page of his website. Look at the list of people he’s interviewed, and count how many of them aren’t Republicans.

    *****************************************

    Mr. Sarwark:

    Maybe Mr. Ringer mostly interviews Republicans because Republicans win elections.

    The Libertarian Party has ZERO incumbent State Legislators right now. There is no way to spin that as a positive.

    I can’t promise that Wayne Root can get us a State Legislator by December 2012, but if Mr. Root seves two terms as LNC Chair, I bet there will be at least 5 incumbent Libertarian State Legislators by Dec 2014. That is not an official promise from the Root campaign – it is just my personal forecast.

  36. Nicholas Sarwark

    Maybe Mr. Ringer mostly interviews Republicans because Republicans win elections.

    I feel like there might be some other party that wins elections in this country. I think they won the last one and hold a supermajority in the Senate. Oddly, Mr. Ringer doesn’t seem to have interviewed any of them.

  37. Brian Holtz

    Here’s another example of outreach where I’m guilty of “using my child”:


    My children are a huge motivator for my Libertarian activism. I’m financially secure enough that I’ll be fine despite all the money that the government takes from me. Aside from a few rules on campaign speech and land use, it’s hard for me to think of anything I want to do that the government doesn’t let me do.

    Thus my Libertarian activism is so that other people — and most especially my kids — can enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that I’ve enjoyed.

    So leaving my kids out of my activism would make no sense at all. When freedom is lost, it’s usually “for the children”. So why can’t we win freedom “for the children”?

    And here’s one final example, a story that was printed in California Freedom: http://knowinghumans.net/2007/08/6-yr-old-libertarian-challenges-city.html

  38. paulie Post author

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/white-house-jester-beheaded-for-making-fun-of-soar,17495/

    WASHINGTON—After serving 12 years in the position, Motley, the official White House Jester, was beheaded Tuesday after delivering a poorly received jape about the spiraling national debt before President and Mrs. Obama.

    “For crimes of great arrogance and cheek, His Idiocy the White House Jester has been sentenced to a swift demise,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said following the death sentence. “Let it be heard over every city and suburb of this land that the National Debt is no topic for frivolity, and the mailed hand of Obama shall smite all offenders.”

    Motley, who used his last words to beg in vain for Obama’s mercy, was executed on the North Lawn at the strike of noon.

    ………….

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