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About Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

Good Idea, Bad Movement

Jonathan Alter described a new political movement designed to activate netizens so they will have more impact in the 2008 presidential election. His premise is sound:

He said that successful presidents have all skillfully exploited the dominant medium of their times. The Founders were eloquent writers in the age of pamphleteering. Franklin D. Roosevelt restored hope in 1933 by mastering radio. And John F. Kennedy was the first president elected because of his understanding of television.

Will 2008 bring the first Internet president? Last time, Howard Dean and later John Kerry showed that the whole idea of “early money” is now obsolete in presidential politics. The Internet lets candidates who catch fire raise millions in small donations practically overnight. That’s why all the talk of Hillary Clinton’s “war chest” making her the front runner for 2008 is the most hackneyed punditry around. Money from wealthy donors remains the essential ingredient in most state and local campaigns, but “free media” shapes the outcome of presidential races, and the Internet is the freest media of all.

Then he goes on to describe a new group and their plan to impact the 2008 elections:

To begin busting up the dumb system we have for selecting presidents, a bipartisan group will open shop this week at This Internet-based third party is spearheaded by three veterans of the antique 1976 campaign: Democrats Hamilton Jordan and Gerald Rafshoon helped get Jimmy Carter elected; Republican Doug Bailey did media for Gerald Ford before launching the political TIP SHEET Hotline. They are joined by the independent former governor of Maine, Angus King, and a collection of idealistic young people who are also tired of a nominating process that pulls the major party candidates to the extremes. Their hope: to get even a fraction of the 50 million who voted for the next American Idol to nominate a third-party candidate for president online and use this new army to get him or her on the ballot in all 50 states. The idea is to go viral””or die. “The worst thing that could happen would be for a bunch of old white guys like us to run this,” Jordan says.

The Unity08 plan is for an online third-party convention in mid-2008, following the early primaries. Any registered voter could be a delegate; their identities would be confirmed by cross-referencing with voter registration rolls (which would also prevent people from casting more than one ballot). That would likely include a much larger number than the few thousand primary voters who all but nominate the major party candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire. This virtual process will vote on a centrist platform and nominate a bipartisan ticket. The idea is that even if the third-party nominee didn’t win, he would wield serious power in the ’08 election, which will likely be close.

The key problem becomes more obvious when one looks at the Unity08 site:

Goal One is the election of a Unity Ticket for President and Vice-President of the United States in 2008 ““ headed by a woman and/or man from each major party or by an independent who presents a Unity Team from both parties.

While they claim they wish to get rid of the major party extremes, such a concept is likely to draw more moderates. The Republicans a Democrat would support or the Democrats a Republican would support are very likely to be moderate. Take a look at some of the issues moderates have a history of supporting: the McCain-Feingold Bill, increased spending, the Iraq War, the Patriot Act. What America needs is not watered down tyranny, but extremism in defense of liberty.

I applaud the mechanism but am fearful of this particular result. H/T to Ken H.


Faux News Expands Beyond Fox…

…at least according to this report:

Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies’ products. […]

The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items. […]

One example cited by the report was a Hallowe’en segment produced by the confectionery giant Mars, which featured Snickers, M&Ms and other company brands. While the original VNR disclosed that it was produced by Mars, such information was removed when it was broadcast by the television channel – in this case a Fox-owned station in St Louis, Missouri.

I’m oh so surprised that Republicans would actually act in collusion with corporate interests to disseminate propaganda. H/T to Mike N.


Jeffers Endorsed by the RLC

Libertarian candidate for governor in Minnesota Sue Jeffers was just endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus. Here’s their release:

Sue Jeffers was unanimously endorsed by the RLC National Board in April of 2006 and confirmed by Minnesota RLC Executive Officers as a leading advocate of individual rights, limited government, and private enterprise.

We believe Ms. Jeffers will be a strong defender of liberty as Minnesota Governor and urge our members to contribute to and support this campaign.

Susan is a member of the RLC Advisory Board.

Hopefully, this will help Jeffers in her attempt to be able to appear at the Minnesota Republican Convention.


Bill Maher on the Libertarian Party

time.gifTime just ran a short interview of Bill Maher. Here’s a teaser:

In 2002 his comments implying that terrorists are brave helped prompt the cancellation of his ABC talk show, Politically Incorrect. Now Bill Maher, 50, delivers his piquant comedy on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher, which premiered last week and streams on The satirist talked with TIME’s Rebecca Winters Keegan about his potential as a political candidate, the network news and what his parents taught him about God.

You describe yourself as a Libertarian. Is that even a political designation anymore? I don’t know. There’s no one in the Libertarian Party who breaks through, even to Ralph Nader status. I’ve always thought of it as allowing people to do anything they wanted to do as long as it doesn’t hurt somebody else. Sometimes people say to me, “You’re not a real Libertarian because Libertarians believe there should be no gun control.” I’m not a radical Libertarian, O.K.? Every party has something of a big tent.

Read the entire article here.


Tax Day Protest in Alabama

Here’s some footage of the 2006 Libertarian Tax Day protest in Auburn, Alabama:


Live from Cannes: Two More Russo Reviews

varietydb2.jpgWe reported the standing ovation Aaron Russo received at the Cannes Film Festival. I’ve now seen the first two mainstream (as opposed to freedom movement) reviews of his documentary. I’ll let digitalBURG
provide some of the background

Russo, who is best known as the producer of feature films including “The Rose” starring Bette Midler and “Trading Places” starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, wrote, produced, and directed the film.

“I am disgusted by the direction America was heading,” says Russo. “I made this movie because I want to live in a free country and I want my kids and grandkids to live in a free country. The American people must abandon the myth that America is still the land of liberty that it once was.”

Through interviews with U.S. Congressmen, as well the former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo attempts to provethat there is no law requiring citizens to pay a direct tax on their labor. His film connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May 2008) and the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track citizens.

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The Truth on RFID Revealed


February 31, 2008 — As a result of the continued rioting in Los Angeles, New York City and the District of Columbia over forced RFID implants in the hands or foreheads of American citizens, the federal government announced last month they are stepping down their enforcement efforts of the new Random Access Identification Program (RAIP). Despite the Supreme Court decision in Alex Jones v. Alberto Gonzales, the political cost of enforcing RAIP during an election year seems to be outweigh the national security benefit of knowing the location and spending habits of all Americans.

In spite of the recent government downplay regarding mandatory RFID implants, a private source has revealed to the Hammer of Truth that the real number of implantations has increased dramatically within the gay community and female population. Because of this report from a confidential informant, HoT sent ace reporter Stephen VanDyke underground to expose this breaking news story.

Via his radio directional equipment safe secret decoder ring, VanDyke has managed to sneak his report to our secret overseas server location so we can bring the news to directly to you.

At great risk of personal jeopardy, I managed to sneak into the secret annual Bilderberg, CFR, ZOG, Trilateral Commission and Illuminati conference held in room 666 of the United Nations Building. While I didn’t have an invitation, I announced that I was a member of the Bush/Kerry family and HoT’s CI had shown me the secret handshake.

At the conference, Henry Kissinger’s secret twin brother revealed the heinous plot. The UN plan (code named Operation Sperm) involves using Black Oil to infect sexually active males with nanotechnology, which in turn quickly spreads to gay and female populations. Dr. Josef Mengele (who is actually still alive due to his work on the Methuselah Projekt) explained to the audience that the Black Oil doesn’t work well with gay and female targets unless they are dressed in color coordinated clothing.

With my secret Minox camera embedded in a pack of Camels, I was able to sneak a photograph of one slide of the RFID nanotechnology. The original was taken by David Percy, whom the Rockefeller clan consigliere claims is due the proper credit for the faked Apollo moon landing.

Unfortunately, VanDyke’s transmission broke off at this point, and HoT has no clue to his fate. HoT sent an official FOIA request about VanDyke’s whereabouts and condition to CIA Director Michael Hayden on the hopes that Hayden’s take on transparent government is as clear as his view on the Fourth Amendment.


So Much For Freedom

Speaking of race and freedom, Rob D. just brought my attention to a Free Talk Live video I’d never seen before. Great work on the YouTube job, IMO!


Minority Outreach and the Libertarian Party

I was born in Alabama in the middle of the civil rights struggle. The impact of the injustice of that era was probably the first real political awareness of mine — and my desire for equal justice under the law has not changed since then.

Right now, we are working on a ballot access drive in Alabama. When all is said and done, this drive will have illustrated once again that black people are considerably more likely than white people to sign our petition.

When I’m working city council races in Birmingham, black people are generally more receptive to door-to-door canvassing. They are generally more willing to speak with poll workers passing out push cards on Election Day.

Perhaps Alabama is an anomaly because so much of the history of the civil rights movement happened on our streets, but I don’t believe this to be the case. I’ve directly seen (or studied) similar responses in DC, Detroit, Watts and Compton, Chicago and Atlanta. My theory is that many black people are understandably protecting their recently won rights of equal representation at the polling place. Additionally, many black people with whom I speak don’t feel that most black political leaders represent their political interests.

It is my opinion that the Libertarian Party has not placed enough emphasis on minority outreach. Part of this is because (IMO) a lot of black leaders have co-opted the civil rights movement into one which pads their wallets or gives their egos some laurels to rest upon. Libertarians universally accept the “one man, one vote” concept, but are naturally skeptical about any movement which calls for black people to have any decided advantage in the polling place.

The other side of the coin presents that while many laws state that “all pigs are equal”, there are many areas in real life where the white ones are more equal than the others. Issues such as the impact of the War on Drugs, racial profiling and the disproportionate rate of minorities to caucasians in our prison systems serve as examples. Most libertarians, especially of the constitutionalist variety, believe that no majority should be able to impose its will on the minority.

A great deal of the black people I know either own or have an immediate family member running a small business. It is my belief that many black people have a stronger natural or environmental predisposition towards libertarianism than their white counterparts. However, I’ve looked at many libertarian crowds around the country and I’m often disappointed about the minority turnout at these events.

With such a large and friendly block of voters, candidates, volunteers and contributors out there, why isn’t the libertarian movement and the Libertarian Party attracting a greater number of minority participants? Part of the reason may be that many libertarians are so color-blind that they don’t even see race as an factor when dealing with others. Another reason seems to be that libertarians tend to prefer a safe and comfortable libertarian crowd, as opposed to becoming involved in outreach efforts with non-libertarians. Loretta Nall seems to be a recent exception to this rule, but she’s been criticized for speaking at events organized by racial minority political groups.

I certainly don’t claim to know all of the solutions to this problem, but I would like to start the dialogue about how to effectively reach out to our allies in the black community.


Phillies Pumping Them Out at YouTube

Here is the latest from George Phillies:


This Might Be Strike Three for the Constitution Party

Back during the Badnarik campaign, Constitution Party candidate Michael Peroutka’s e-mail list was used to call Michael Badnarik a Sodomite because Badnarik rightfully believes that the law should apply equally to both straight and gay people. I called their campaign manager on the issue and the e-mail attack stopped.

A former client of mine, Aaron Russo, dumped the CP he founded because they had been taken over by a bunch of religious zealots.

Yesterday, Tom Kovach wrote an article stating that the CP is “the true third party.” Here’s the context:

According to research that I conducted in 1998, there were more than 400 political parties in America. (That number has grown smaller in recent years, but is still over 200 “” far larger than the “mainstream” media admits.) According to research by Richard Winger, the publisher of Ballot Access News, the third-largest political party in the United States is the Constitution Party. Thus, the CP is the true third party. Statistically, the CP has more members than any political party other than the Big Two.

Considering that I’m in frequent communications with Winger and the contact has been almost daily for the last few weeks, I popped him an e-mail for clarification on the issue. My question:

Do you know what research Kovach is citing?

Winger’s response:

No, I don’t. I guess if he finds any group that calls itself a “party”, he labels it a “party”.

I think I e-mailed him about this earlier. My article in the April 2006 Election Law Journal defines “national political party” the way the Federal Election Commission does. It’s a very, very easy definition. And it shows that there has never been a time when there were more than eleven parties in the U.S. Of course I’m not counting state parties, or local parties, and I’m sure he is. In many communities in Connecticut and Illinois, muncipalities use partisan elections, but the major parties, and even the minor parties that we are familar with, do not participate. Instead there are parties, two or three, organized just in that town, and they compete. So if one counts municipal parties, one could get into hundreds very easily.

I used to cite the data the Libertarian Party published about 600 officials in public office until I learned the data was not well maintained and probably inaccurate. Fortunately, Shane Cory removed it from the LP website. I’ve criticized LP campaigns for inflating data before. With Zero Dues in effect and no third party registration in many states, there is no real way to measure which party is larger except to look at head-to-head election results — neither of which are anything to be proud of. However, Petrouka did worse than Badnarik in the 2004 elections, both in money and in votes.

As I missed the Tennessee LP convention this year, I can’t speak to Kovach’s claim about cross-party nominations. I do know that some of the most exciting LP campaigns this year have serious cross-party implications: Loretta Nall (Alabama governor race) with the USMJ party, Kevin Zeese (Maryland U.S. Senate race) with the Green and Populist parties, William Weld (New York governor race) with the Republican Party, and Sue Jeffers (Minnesota governor race) with the Republican Party. Perhaps the Tennessee LP pulled out some parlimentary procedure to ensure that the candidates they support believe in equal treatment for people of all sexual persuasions and melanin content.

If Mr. Kovach wishes to respond (I’m really curious about the source of his numbers), I’ll grant him equal time on this site.


Blognarik is Back

Note: this article contains dead links, the url is still in the hover/alt text. Keep the web working, curate content well!

Looks like they are getting the site trouble resolved at Mikey B’s site. Here’s Allen Hacker’s campaign update:

It’s been a difficult haul, but here’s the blog again! We lost a few pictures that Michael can probably restore, we lost a little good-will and time, but worst of all we lost a good friend. Sometimes you just never know why someone disappears, or goes off the deep end, or does whatever it is they do when they never return your phone calls anymore. We kept hoping, we allowed too much leeway, and what might have taken days took two months. {{sigh}} We wish her well, just the same.

We’re on a new server now with a different vendor, have a new system administrator (Yea, Ryan! ““Ryan McGuire, Cedar City UT”“), and things are coming back together pretty well. The glitches in the new setup are disappearing rapidly, the email should be perfect again soon and the Calendar restored “” the future looks bright.

We’ve accomplished a lot in the time the blog was down, as many of you know. We’ve passed $276,000 in fundraising. We’re certain we’d be well over $300,000 already if not for the technical difficulties, but now that these are pretty much history, we still have the possibility of going into the LP National Convention having raised over a half-million dollars.

Here’s wishing luck and success to Michael Badnarik and his dedicated campaign team. Props to Trevor.

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Senators Confirm their Disdain for the Constitution

With an overwhelming vote of confidence, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gen. Michael Hayden’s slot as our head spook. From M&C:

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) — As expected, U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden won confirmation Friday to be the next director of the CIA.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Hayden by an overwhelming vote of 78 to 15. More than twice as many Democrats in the Senate voted for the confirmation than voted against it.

The vote was another victory for the White House in what has been a rebound on security issues on Capitol Hill over the past two weeks. President George W. Bush`s proposals on border security, while widely criticized, have also been welcomed by many experts as a balanced and overdue response to dealing with the issue.

Just in case anyone has forgotten Hayden’s view of the Bill of Rights, its time to recirculate this video:


California Court Says Bloggers Have Same Protections as Traditional Journalists

Finally, I can report that secret sources have revealed to me that Ann Coulter’s penis is longer than the Dubya Dong. From EFF:

A California state appeals court ruled in favor of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) petition on behalf of three online journalists Friday, holding that the online journalists have the same right to protect the confidentiality of their sources as offline reporters do.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the rights of journalists, whether online or offline, and for the public at large,” said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl, who argued the case before the appeals court last month. “The court has upheld the strong protections for the free flow of information to the press, and from the press to the public.”

In their decision, the judges wrote: “We can think of no workable test or principle that would distinguish ‘legitimate’ from ‘illegitimate’ news. Any attempt by courts to draw such a distinction would imperil a fundamental purpose of the First Amendment, which is to identify the best, most important, and most valuable ideas not by any sociological or economic formula, rule of law, or process of government, but through the rough and tumble competition of the memetic marketplace.”

The case began when Apple Computer sued several unnamed individuals, called “Does,” who allegedly leaked information about an upcoming product to online news sites PowerPage and AppleInsider. As part of its investigation, Apple subpoenaed Nfox — PowerPage’s email service provider — for communications and unpublished materials obtained by PowerPage publisher Jason O’Grady. A trial court upheld the subpoena.

Hats off to John Gilmore and the crew at EFF.


Libertarian Wins Debate in Texas

RockMakesPoint.jpgRock Howard is claiming a victory in the first debate for the District 14 seat of the Texas Senate. From his website:

I won the first debate with Kirk Watson. The event was before the Austin Neighborhood Council on May 24th. In the debate I called Watson out repeatedly for his missteps in office particularly his massive corporate welfare deals. He did not deny or contest any of the allegations. (You can read about all of these for yourself at the Stop Kirk website.)

Meanwhile Watson attacked the Libertarian Party’s stance on education while admitting that my plan to fix the Texas public school system is “interesting”. You should know that I have promised not to resort to “guilt by association” and the other classic political mudslinging mechanisms. Instead I am restricting my comments on my opponent strictly to his actions in office as Mayor and as a lobbyist at the state capitol. I would never attack him for a statement in the Democratic Party platform that he had nothing to do with writing. see more…


Breaking News: Shots Being Fired on Capitol Hill?

UPDATE: MSNBC is now reporting that the sounds might have been an elevator mechanic banging heavy equipment in a elevator shaft. With one reportedly hospitalized for a panic attack, if this is indeed the source of the sounds, it will clearly indicate exactly how silly our national security system is.

UPDATE by Michael Hampton: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) is liveblogging from in his office. He says the Capitol Police have concluded their investigation, but haven’t yet told them what’s going on. The person taken to the hospital was one of Kingston’s staffers, and has since been released.

This story is breaking now. We’ll provide details as they become available. From WTOP:

WASHINGTON – People inside the Rayburn Building are sheltering in place as Capitol police investigate “the sound of gunfire in the garage level of the Rayburn House Office Building,” said an announcement on the internal Capitol voice alarm system.

There is no confirmation of gunfire.

The report has prompted a lockdown of D.C. public schools in the area, as well as private schools.

Montgomery County Council member Howard Dennis, who works for the Government Reform Committee, tells WTOP his office in Rayburn is locked down. see more…


Should the LP Stay or Should It Go, Now?

Kevin Tuma wrote an interesting article suggesting what the Libertarian Party might do to implement effective change in a political direction over at The Free Liberal. Here’s a clip:

Despite the fact that libertarianism is actually becoming fashionable enough that people proclaim themeselves to be libertarian without the slightest clue to its meaning..the Libertarian Party continues to fail. It has existed in the body politic for 33 years and has accomplished nothing, because it has never won. One must win to achieve change in the political world. The pseudo-intellectual denizens of the Libertarian party are not at all unaware of this. Worse: They don’t care.

Taking a cue from Turbett’s article, I have to propose an obvious solution. see more…


LP Indiana Suing for Privacy Rights

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is now listed as a plaintiff to the lawsuit filed in Indiana against a group of telecommunications companies, including the nation’s largest service providers. Here’s their release:

Indianapolis, Indiana May 25, 2006 — “If The Libertarian Party of Indiana doesn’t put itself on the line against our government’s spying on innocent citizens, we don’t deserve to exist,” said LPIN Chairman Mark Rutherford.That is why the Libertarian Party of Indiana is a plaintiff to the lawsuit filed in Indiana and U.S. courts today against a group of telecommunications companies, including the nation’s largest service providers.

The class-action lawsuit challenges the telecommunications companies illegal actions in permitting the National Security Agency (“NSA”) and affiliated governmental agencies to intercept, monitor and conduct surveillance on their customers’ wireline and wireless calls and internet communications without proper authorization. see more…


We Don’t Need No Free Expression

It looks like Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act has moved the “Free Speech Zone” to yet another website. According to The Chicago Tribune, “a 17-year-old high school student who posted comments online about Plainfield School District 202 is facing expulsion because of his blog.”

What the offense? Expressing his opinion on a Xanga site about a school related issue. see more…


What TotalFarkers are Saying about Libertarians

I sometimes lurk at TotalFark (Fark’s paid service) to see what people are saying about HoT postings which get submitted on their site. They generally pick up a few pieces a week, the latest being “Top Libertarian Songs.” Some of these are somewhat interesting: see more…


Finally, A Democrat Gets It on Ballot Access

Ed Packard, the Democrat that Alabama Libertarians have been endorsing like crazy, just wrote a pretty good piece on ballot access here. I’ll disagree on this point, but feel that it is an incremental change in the right direction:

I’m not saying the Legislature should abolish the signature requirements altogether. I do believe that smaller or newer political parties should meet some reasonable qualifications before being given access to the ballot.

The rest of the article is great, though. Here’s one example:

By comparison, in Texas, an independent candidate for governor has to submit a petition with approximately 45,000 signatures. Texas’ requirement is not much higher than Alabama’s, despite Texas having a substantially larger population and more voters!

He gets it. As long as no Libertarian runs against him, he has my vote. Even if one does, Packard still has my vote in the primary.


Top Libertarian Songs

Libertarian iPod

The New York Times is covering National Review‘s list of the top 50 conservative rock songs. I’d love to get a long list of top libertarian songs so we can set up an online poll to determine the best libertarian songs out there. Please make your nominations in the comments section below. Be sure to include the song title and artist. I’ll commit to running the poll as long as we get a few hundred initial entries — so please make sure other libertarians know about this little online project.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: The LP actually did an article a few years back on their top 25 liberty songs. And I also posed this question at HoT last year (the response is much better now, duh). I’m curious why hip-hop and rap (and punk/indie for that matter) music isn’t better represented in libertarian circles.

Another update by SV: Reader Keith points us to similar debates in three other forum discussions: Free State Project, Anti-State and Free Talk Live . There’s bound to be overlap, but there most likey libertarian-ish tunes we haven’t heard of here.


Standing O for Russo in Cannes

Here’s the release from Cinema Libre Studio:

Cannes Premiere Gets Standing Ovation
Aaron Russo’s AMERICA: FREEDOM TO FASCISM To Open Across America July 28

russocannes.gifCANNES, FRANCE ““ Aaron Russo’s incendiary political documentary which exposes many of the governmental organizations and entities that have abridged the freedoms of U.S. citizens had its international premiere at Cannes and won a standing ovation. The event, which was held on the beach and filled to capacity, was open to the public and drew a crowd of people who stood along the boardwalk to watch the film.

Through interviews with U.S. Congressmen, as well the former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo proves conclusively that there is no law requiring citizens to pay a direct tax on their labor. His film connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, voter fraud, the national identity card (which becomes law in May 2008) and the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track citizens. Neither left nor right-wing in perspective, the film concludes that the U.S. government is taking on the characteristics of a police state. Doc will open on multiple screens in cities across the U.S. beginning July 28.

The international audience at Cannes as well as the European media has been fascinated by Russo’s fiery diatribe against the direction America is heading. The discussion that followed the preview lasted for thirty minutes. Actor Nick Nolte, in Cannes for the premiere of “Over The Hedge,” joined Russo during the event. “The information in this film is something everybody has to know”, said Nolte, who was the lead actor in “Teachers,” a film produced by Russo.

Russo, who is best known as the producer of feature films including “The Rose” with Bette Midler and “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, wrote, produced, and directed the doc. “I am disgusted by the direction America was heading,” says Russo. “I made this movie because I want to live in a free country and I want my kids and grandkids to live in a free country. The American people must abandon the myth that America is still the land of liberty that it once was.”

Russo’s doc already has a tremendous grass root groundswell behind it. The film has previewed in over twenty-five cities with sold out theatres and standing ovations. The website, has been had over five hundred thousand (500,000) streams of the video trailer. Additionally, through the website and from grassroots screenings, over $100,000 in non-deductible donations has been collected to help with the theatrical release.