Vote Different – Your Pragmatic Libertarian Alternative to the Ds and Rs

Fed up with the polarization and dysfunction in Washington? Offended by the divisiveness of Trump and the irresponsibility of congressional Republicans? Appalled by the mobbing incivility and the ever-growing list of “free stuff” from congressional Democrats? Seeking something other than the politics of resentment and demonization being practiced on BOTH the Left and the Right in Washington?

If so, as described in this video, you have the opportunity on November 6 to vote different and send a pragmatic libertarian to Congress as a powerful swing vote in a split Congress: Me, David Lashar, who is…

1. Tolerant, responsible, and civil. Accomplished in both business and government. Thoughtful and innovative on the issues of the day.

2. A distinct alternative to the leftward-lurching Democratic incumbent, Rep. John Sarbanes, who after 12 years in the Congress has failed to register a single noteworthy accomplishment; who is pushing the big-government, low-quality list of “free stuff” advanced by Sanders / Jealous; who willfully rendered a third or more of his own constituents politically irrelevant so as to keep himself in office via gerrymandering; who has been stoking hysteria and polarization in Washington as the chair of a purely partisan task force launched by Rep. Nancy Pelosi in early 2017.

3. A distinct alternative to the Republican candidate, Charles Anthony, who has expressed himself to be an unqualified supporter of Donald Trump and has failed to offer ANY opinions or ideas on ANY of the issues of the day, whether on a website or social page of his own; whether in response to candidate surveys from the Baltimore Sun, League of Women Voters, etc.

I myself am standing as alternative to the D and R options for the Maryland 3rd Congressional District after coming to conclusion in late 2017 that our democracy is going to remain victim to a polarized and dysfunctional politics until such time as we escape the us-against-them two-party system that is no longer bringing us government that is representative of the American people. In other words, I finally came to see that the two established parties are no longer hearing or serving those who are regular people in America. These two parties therefore need to be abandoned by regular, decent, responsible voters.

After reaching this conclusion late last year, I decided to leave the GOP and join the Libertarian Party (LP). I joined the LP because it is the ONLY party that consistently respects the dignity of ALL individuals, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality; consistently insists on restraint and accountability from ALL authorities, whether government, corporations, or unions; and consistently resists coercion of ALL types, whether personal, commercial, or political.

Again, here is the link to the video.

And for convenience, here are links to two voter guides with my positions, along with a brief presentation on what is at stake in this election:

1. Baltimore Sun Voter Guide
2. League of Women Voters Election Guide
3. What’s at Stake this Election

Donald Trump, the Modern GOP, and the Modern Left — Time to Vote Different

In this video, I provide my critique of Donald Trump and the modern GOP, explaining why I myself left the party earlier this year.  Below in this post, I also critique the over-reaction by the modern Left to Trump.  All of which polarization and dysfunction is probably inevitable until such time as we escape the modern two-party system.  It is time to vote different.

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For Democracy in America: It’s Lashar, not Sarbanes

In this video, I compare my own proposals for preserving democracy in America to those of my incumbent Democratic opponent, Rep. Sarbanes, who conspired in 2011 to render the votes of 1/3 or more of his own constituents meaningless through gerrymandering that protects him from political competition; who is proposing a deceiving election-reform bill that would only reinforce the advantages that incumbents already possess over their challengers; and who is perpetuating and intensifying the polarization in Washington by running a task force established by Nancy Pelosi in 2017 for partisan bickering, sniping, and sparring.

My own priorities and proposals are for a nationwide end to gerrymandering; for term limits that would not only create turnover in Congress but would also strike boldly at the influence of money and the power of party bosses in Washington; for increased ballot access for new political parties as well as all eligible individuals; and for vigilant protection of our rights to free assembly, free speech, and due process.

By standing as a third-party alternative to the Democratic and Republican candidates in the Maryland 3rd Congressional District, I am also providing opportunity for my neighbors to invigorate democracy in America by sending a new voice… a tolerant, responsible, and civil voice… to Washington for speaking sense and seeking cooperation in our dysfunctional, resentful capital.

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For Better from Washington: It’s Lashar, not Sarbanes

In this video, I open my critique of the record and the ideas of my Democratic incumbent opponent, Rep. John Sarbanes. In the video, I speak to:

1. His lack of accomplishment after nearly 12 years in Congress,
2. His failure to present innovative ideas for healthcare reform,
3. His demonstrated contempt for the voting rights of his very own constituents,
4. His convoluted election-reform bill that will only reinforce the advantages that incumbents already possess over their challengers, and
5. His plunge into purely partisan politics ever since his appointment by Nancy Pelosi to run a Democratic political task force for never-ending bickering and sparring in Washington.

In forthcoming videos and posts, I will be elaborating. Rep. Sarbanes has had an extended opportunity to make a difference for the people of the Maryland 3rd Congressional District. He has, however, made no difference. And if anything, he is becoming ever more blindly partisan and ever more firmly devoted to the socially divisive and economically irresponsible policies of the radical and oppressive wing of the Democratic Party.

More to come. This is the beginning. From me, David Lashar, the only socially tolerant and fiscally responsible candidate for the Maryland 3rd Congressional District. The only candidate who, being neither a Democrat nor a Republican in a divided Congress, will amplify the voice of… and make a difference for… the people of the Maryland 3rd, if elected by them to Congress this November.

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Authoritarianism: Soul-Crushing Whether from Left or Right

In this video, I draw upon my personal experience in the Soviet Union to summarize the problem with authoritarianism and collectivism, whether it is a socialism from the Left or a fascism from the Right. And the problem is: These ideologies and movements are soul-crushing… they are incompatible with human happiness… in sum, because they inevitably entrench a power elite that exploits the rest of society for its own protection and perpetuation.

This personal lesson for me is the general lesson from the history of the 20th century. We can no more allow ourselves a lurch to the oppressive, collectivist Left than we can allow a slide to the resentful, collectivist Right.

We need to remain vigilant against both types of authoritarianism, preserving the dignity and liberty of individuals while demanding both limits upon and accountability from authorities. Which is a lesson that seems to be lost upon the professors in our universities and the pundits in the mainstream media.

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What is a Libertarian?

In this video, I share my own definition of what it means to be a libertarian; on what attracted me to the movement and the party.

Which is: An abiding faith in individuals instead of the collective… a devotion to steadily advancing justice and prosperity while preserving liberty… a distrust of those who would use their power to tell others how to think and what to decide.

That’s my own version of libertarianism, which guides my social tolerance and fiscal responsibility on the issues. What’s yours?

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Reciting & Reflecting Upon the Pledge

In this video, I join my daughter to recite and reflect upon the Pledge of Allegiance. Written to teach children the values and aspirations for our country, the Pledge reminds adults as well that which is special about America. In my reflections on the words of the Pledge, I emphasize our shared community and future; our gift of power that is of, by, and for the people; our obligation to overcome the voices and forces of division; and our need to remain humble while also sustaining hope. I cite the lessons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as those of Abraham Lincoln.

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Restoring Pride & Civility

In this video, I remind us to take pride as Americans in our history, our people, and our institutions. We are by no means a perfect nation. But we enjoy a level of freedom, justice, and prosperity that is remarkable. When we debate the ways to be even better as a nation, we need to quit demonizing those who disagree with us. We need to engage in respectful, civil debate. That’s the only way to continue to progress steadily and sustainably in liberty, justice, and prosperity through the years, decades, and generations.

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Joining the LP

In this video, I talk about my decision to join the Libertarian Party (LP).  In short, I joined the LP because I found it to be the party uniquely devoted to personal freedom and accountable government… the party uniquely devoted to preserving liberties while steadily, sustainably advancing justice and prosperity… the party that is the proper home to socially tolerant, fiscally responsible persons such as myself.

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Leaving the GOP

In this video, I explain my reasons for leaving the Republican Party, even after serving proudly for over two years on Gov. Hogan’s team here in Maryland.  I am seeking, in short, to give voters an alternative to the entrenched two-party political system and options. The two-party system served us well in the 20th century. But it has become a duopoly and is failing us at the outset of the 21st.

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