Although our common cause here is non-partisan and not overtly political, we have had conversations here lamenting the low probability that either of the Obamney twins would be motivated to change anything at TSA, DHS, Patriot Act, etc. In the ever-bleak political landscape, I thought this article from the Daily Beast did a good job of articulating why those of us who care about civil liberties and don't see them being defended by either the D or the R wings of the Authoritarian Party should consider Gary Johnson, who's just been nominated as the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. And for those of you for whom the War on Drugs is an important policy issue, the vice-presidential nominee is former federal judge Jim Gray, a strong advocate for ending the War on Drugs and a highly visible and active member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. No, they won't win, and their positions may not match yours, or mine, or anyone's perfectly. But the more media attention, the more potential votes, and the more actual votes they get, the more that the establishment authoritarian parties will have to adapt their practices to respond to principled arguments and policies consistent with civil liberties. That's the most I would ever dare to hope for from a political process.