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It’s been a while since I’veÂ posted anything personally. I’ve been busy at work and on a recent vacation.
I justÂ want to let everyone know that yours truly (Sean Scallon just to reveal my secret identity)Â has become CHT’s first elected official to public office (correct me if I’m wrong). I will take my seatÂ on theÂ Pepin County Board of Supervisors for District No. 8, which includes my home community of Arkansaw, Wisconsin, next month
Actually I was appointed to it. The long-time incumbent decided not to run again and no one filed to run for his seat before the spring election deadline. So that meant that whomever had the most write-in votes would win the election which was held back on April 19. I got my wife to vote for me so that tied me with three others with two votes while another fella got three write-in votes. Bigger family I suppose.
Well this fella’ found out he wouldn’t have the time to put into serving on the board so he declined the office. That left the three reamining vote getters. At first the county board said they were just going to draw straws to decide who would get the seat, but members of the Waterville Township Board, which includes Arkansaw, stepped in and said they wished to make a recommendation to the board. After all,Â it’s their township that’s being represented on the board, they wanted a say on who would represent them. I met with one of the board members working in my yard, wearing some pretty crappy work clothes with a two-day beard to boot.Â Needless to say I didn’t thinkÂ I would be given any recommendations. But maybe my look made me come across as a man of the soil just enough to impress the old retired farmer. It’s didn’t hurt either that I’m going toÂ be youngest member of the board. In a lot of rural counties like Pepin, public offices like these are going unfilled because there’s fewer people around to do them or who are interested in serving. They’re basically turning into nursing homes.
Well my budding political career now begins on the county board and I now officially delcare myself to be the first Libertarian-Constitutionalist fusion politician in the nation.
Â With the Libertarian Party sensibly rejectingÂ the silly Mary Ruwart for the sensible Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root at their convention last weekend, I find it perfectly acceptable to declare my allegiance to both non-major parties.
They both share some things in common:Â smaller government, a non-interventionist foreign policy, being against managed trade and globalism, being for more local control and decentralization, more adherence to the Constitution.
Of course there are issues where they differ upon greatly. But more than just issues, whereÂ they differ the mostÂ is that the the LP is secular party, the CP is a religious party or I should say, a party whereÂ oneÂ isÂ comfortable being religious.Â And that’s fine. On the local level both parties should be able to compete in the communities they fit the best. Indeed, it is beneficial that we have similar parties in this way so that the ideas that they do share in common can be best promoted.
I wouldn’t say Pepin CountyÂ is necessarily an overtlyÂ ”religious” county but it’s not Amsterdam either, not by a long shot. It’s like any traditional rural place where people believe in God and there are lots of traditional (and beautiful looking) churchesÂ but where people’s private affairs stay their own so long as their not bothering anyone else. (I supposed one could have an escort service in Pepin County, so long as it was quiteÂ secret).
So why not represent the best of both? Especially when we see what happened this weekend with Barr’s nomination. As I said before, it would have been a lot easier for Chuck Baldwin if Mary Ruwart were nominated. But with Barr’s nomination, Baldwin will almost certainly have to take a harder line on immigration and trade to differentiate himself from Barr and the LP (pretty much going after the Buchanan/Tancredo vote or what’s left of it). While this would certainly bring in more people into the CP, it’s not exactly a growth market demographicÂ either.
That’s why I think it mayÂ very well be time that the LP and CP pool its resources for a new national party that combines their stands on foreign policy and other “national” issues, leaving them to agree to disgree on local issues. This would not be easy to do I understand. After all, Ruwart and her cohorts managed to get control of the Libertarian National Committee and if the Barr campaign of 2008 is a rerun of the Ron Paul camapaign of 1988 then Ruwart, Starchild and the Chief Wana DubiesÂ of the party will be back in control again in 2012 embarked on another 20-year disasterous reign. Barr had overcome someÂ prettyÂ vehement opposition to his nomination and there’s some talk ofÂ LP state chapters going off their own to nominate their own candidates and slates of electors (ala Alan Keyes and the CP, more egomania onlyÂ libertarian style). But such a fusion of theÂ LP and CP on theÂ national levelÂ will only make for a stronger non-major party and one that could attract more mainstream politicians like Barr to its fold. Ron Paul proved this was possible with his presidential campaign this past winter and spring.
Anyhow, I’ll take my oath of office on June 18th and hope to serve my constituency well for the two-years I have onÂ the board to the best of my abilities. MyÂ officialÂ titleÂ (although the board, like all localÂ boards in Wisconsin are non-partisan) is Sup. Sean Scallon (LP-CP Arkansaw), District No. 8.
Oh I have my latest article up on Etherzone.com. My next article will be entitledÂ ”In Defense of the Rotten Borough”