View Full Version : Howard Kearney for US House (La-1, Libertarian Party)

08-08-2016, 05:09 PM
The incumbent in this race is House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

From the candidate's website:



I joined the Libertarian party in 2012 when I finally realized that the Republican Party was not looking to protect its citizens from the government, but rather protect the government from its citizens. Dr. Ron Paul was my inspiration and watching how his ideas of liberty were silenced is what stirred me to take action. This is why I joined a group of people interested in these ideas of freedom and liberty. These were not just campaign slogans, these were foundational concepts. Libertarianism.

The Libertarian party was created in 1971 by people who realized that politicians had strayed from America’s original libertarian foundation, with disastrous results. The new party’s vision was the same as that of America’s founders – a society where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways – with “liberty and justice for all.”

My platform is very much aligned with the National Libertarian Party platform which is based on the moral principle of self-ownership. I accept as true that each individual has the right to control his or her own body, actions, speech, and property. That government’s only role should be to help individuals defend themselves from force or fraud. That includes all people including the unborn, born, or the elderly; the poor, middle-class, or rich; of all kinds of races; or US citizen or someone from another country. Each deserves protection from force or fraud. The government has no role in making laws for a special class of citizen.

Most people deal with each other on the premise of mutual respect. You don’t threaten your neighbors with fines or jail because they make choices that are different from yours. We should hold our government to the same standard.

I respect your rights as a unique and competent individual. I want a system that allows all people to choose what they want from life and that lets us live, work, play, and dream our own way.

I will defend and work for you, and every person, to have the:

- right to life including full protection of the unborn
- right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness
- right to live where you choose and how you choose
- right to privacy
- right to worship how, when, and where you choose
- right to be treated equally under the law

I try to be practical in all matters. I know that I can’t make the world perfect. But it can be better. I and fellow Libertarians will keep working to create a better, freer society for everyone.


Howard Lincoln Kearney, born 1959, current resident of Mandeville, LA, St. Tammany Parish since 1994. Previously lived in San Antonio, Texas. Raised as a “military brat” where my parents retired from military duty.

Married, with three children and (currently) one grandchild.
A computer programmer who has worked for IBM, the world’s leader in computer and information technologies provider, since 1996.
Masters of Science Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.
Active member of First Baptist Church of Mandeville, a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Audio-Visual and Information Systems coordinator.
Worked with the Red Cross and Louisiana SBC for disaster relief and am "yellow-cap" trained.

Why I am running

Have you pondered on these words? I have. And for some reason more recently than before.

Nearly every school child has been brought up to say these words from our "Pledge of Allegiance".

We speak these words in public meetings, at government gatherings, and even special occasions.

But today it seems these words have as much impact as when we walk past someone and say "Hello, how are you doing", or "bless you" when someone sneezes. We really don't want to know how someone is doing; nor do we really mean to call upon God of the eternals to bless someone for a sneeze to prevent a further downfall in their health. They are empty phrases we seem to say every day.

Where have our liberties gone? I suggest that without liberty there can be no justice. You can’t break these two concepts apart. But these words are important and the meaning behind them is critical.

My goal here today is to gain your support for my candidacy US Representative, Louisiana District 1.

I am sure the incumbent is a nice man; I’ve never met the gentleman. But his party I have met; you have met, and we are feeling that encounter every day. From constant compromises of gun-control, pro-life, pro-liberty, and pro-economic issues to flat out caving in on their constitutional oath or even this simple pledge of allegiance.

I want the liberty to purchase milk from a farmer if I choose and to pay a fair price not controlled by the government. I want to get a hair cut from anyone I desire and I don’t care if they have a government issued license to do business. I can go on to tell you all the legislative regulations that strip away our freedoms, bit by bit; but I believe you understand where we are all heading: Socialism.

We understand the problems but what is the solution. I believe we Libertarians need to provide opportunities for people to vote for libertarians. We need to provide them that option. And today I am announcing that option.

Some will say that I have no chance to win; that I’ll only be a paper-candidate. Maybe so, but this paper-candidate will go wherever invited to speak for the cause of Liberty. To remind people that they have an option; they can choose liberty or the continued erosion of their liberties.

So today, I ask you to join me in this struggle to regain our liberties. I need your support not only in votes, but in volunteering your time as well as financial support. Please call or email me or visit with me in person and let’s discuss how together we can bring back “liberty and justice for all.”