Weighing in at a whopping 243MB, the 24 minute video is certainly an advertisement for the Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, even if my atribution is a bit of a misnomer. Actually, it was a video of the C-SPAN coverage of the Libertarian debates with the other candidates edited out. That picture, by the way, is quite possibly the only instance in the entire video where Badnarik smiles. While the Bush and Kerry campaigns are swapping barbed ads in 30 second spots featuring Hitler and all that jazz, the Badnarik campaign is still focusing on rallying the troops with old video instead of reaching out with response ads to either Bush or Kerry. Frankly they need to join the fray and lob their own barbed ads which stick in both candidates.
But there was one part of the video that struck me all warm and fuzzy (in contrast to the parts which struck me and bounced off as rhetoric); Badnarik makes an analogy between a fire being safe in the confines of a fireplace and the government being safe in the confines of the Constitution. Here’s the transcript of that part of the video:
“I’d like to share a quote from George Washington: ‘Government is not reason, government is not eloquence, it is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.’
“If you live in a log cabin you’d require fire for your survival. You use the fire to heat your home, and to cook your food. Fire is such a necessary part of your survival that you’d create a special place for fire. It is called a fireplace. Government is necessary for our survival; We need government in order to survive. The founding fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution. [applause]
“Anytime the fire is in the fireplace, it is a good fire. Anytime the fire gets outside of the fireplace, it is a bad fire. Conversely, anytime the government stays within the limitations of the Constitution, it is a good government. Any time the government is outside the Constitution, it is a bad government, and it is time for us to stomp it out. [applause]
That’s golden, except for the log cabin thing, which seems quaint and archaic.
UPDATE (7/9): The format has been updated to Real media (groan) but the file size is now much smaller and doesn’t require anyone to have a T-3 connection in order to watch it.
Viable Alternative [Badnarik]