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Subj: [projectilluminate] URGENT! Libertarian Party-Full-page ad in USA Today?
Date: 2/21/02 2:22:07 PM Eastern Standard Time
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Sender:? ? firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-to:? ? email@example.com To:? ? firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Dear Libertarian:
Would you like to spit in the eye of America's biggest Drug
Would you like to prove to millions of Americans that the
government Drug War propaganda isn't just wrong -- it
STINKS like a
Would you like to garner nationwide publicity for the
Party? Perhaps even get us on the nightly news?
We have an opportunity to do all that. But only if we raise
That's a lot of money, but the potential pay-off is huge.
When you hear our bold plan -- and SEE what we propose --
In fact, I think you'll laugh out loud with delight.
First, some background.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has
launched a new
advertising campaign that attempts to link drugs with
The campaign got underway with two TV ads during the
Super Bowl. The
cost to taxpayers: $3.4 million!
One of the ads, which pretended to show terrorists buying
asked: "Where do terrorists get their money? If you buy
drugs, some of
it might come from you."
In the other ad, young people made matter-of-fact
statements like, "I
helped kill a judge."
The ads were so outrageous that we issued a press
release calling them
We noted: "For the Office of National Drug Control Policy to
drug users are to blame for financing terrorists is like a
kills his parents, and then throws himself on the mercy of
because he is an orphan."
We said: "The fact is, the War on Drugs CAUSES the very
ads complain about. It turns ordinary, cheap plants like
poppies into fantastically lucrative black market products.
The War on
Drugs enriches terrorists, finances violence, and makes
Unfortunately, ONDCP bureaucrats don't read our press
releases. Or just
don't care about the truth.
Last week, they rolled out the print version of the
full-page ads in 293 newspapers around the USA.
One ad shows a young woman's face. The text reads: "Last
week, I washed
my car, hung out with a few friends, and helped murder a
The bottom of the ad says: "Drug money helps support
terror. Buy drugs
and you could be supporting it too."
The ad ignores the fact that the War on Drugs -- and the
it spawns -- drives up the price of illegal drugs by as much
(according to the Hoover Institution).
Without the War on Drugs, there would be no link between
terrorism, and the financial engine that fuels many
organizations would sputter to a halt.
(At the end of this message, I'll give you a link to the
and you can see them for yourself. I don't want you to think
The ONDCP's strategy is clear: It's trying to take the
inspired hatred of terrorists, and use it to bolster the
And, by implication, it's suggesting that if you oppose the
Drugs, you help terrorists.
Well, we hate terrorists, too. In fact, we hate them so much
to squeeze their funding down to almost ZERO.
We'd like to see the $40 million the U.S. government says
raised from heroin dwindle down to a FEW PENNIES. We'd
like to see the
$300 million that Colombian rebels raised from cocaine
shrink down to a
HANDFUL OF PESOS.
Can you imagine how destitute terrorists would be if
marijuana sold for
the same price as lettuce? If poppies were worth the same
And if cocaine-producing coca plants were no more
If the War on Drugs did not artificially inflate their
17,000%, that's exactly what would happen. And many
terrorists would be
We Libertarians understand that. We know the War on
terrorists the money they use to kill Americans.
But how do we get that message across?
How do we reach the American people -- when those full-
page ONDCP ads
are spreading lies and distortions?
Then we had a brainstorm: We'll create our OWN ad.
And that's what we did.
At first glance, it looks just like the ONDCP ad.
But in OUR ad, the face of Drug Czar John Walters is staring
And OUR text says...
"This week, I had lunch with the President, testified before
and helped funnel $40 million in illegal drug money to
groups like the
Bang. We take the Drug Warriors' ad -- and throw it right
back in their
At the bottom, our ad says: "The War on Drugs boosts the
illegal drugs by as much as 17,000% -- funneling huge
terrorist organizations. If you support the War on Drugs or
the politicians who wage it, you're helping support
terrorism." We give
a website address for more information.
Can you imagine John Walters' reaction when he sees our
Can you imagine the squawks of outrage from the Drug
The ad is ready to go. At the end of this message, I'll give
you a link
so you can see it for yourself.
We want to run it in two newspapers: USA Today and the
USA Today reaches 2.1 million people. It's the nation's most
The Washington Times has a circulation of only 105,000.
But, as the
capital's "conservative" newspaper, it reaches EVERY
and Senate member.In fact, it's one of the six newspapers
George W. Bush reads each day.
Can you imagine President Bush's face when he sees our
ad staring at
him from the pages of the Washington Times?
When the ad runs, we'll shift into overdrive to try to
ADDITIONAL news coverage.
We'll fax copies of the ad to major media around the
tell them: "The Drug War Debate Is On!"
We'll challenge journalists to ask John Walters for a
comment -- or to
debate us on talk shows.
If we do it right, our ads could generate twice as much
coverage as they cost to run.
But the ads won't be cheap. It will cost $60,350 to run it
Today. And $9,450 for the Washington Times.
That's a total of $69,800. We plan to run the ad next
Tuesday, so we
can capitalize on the awareness of the original ads. That's
quickest we can rush into print -- which means we need to
money by this FRIDAY, so we can submit the ad to the
approval. (They require a two-day notice.)
Now, here's the best part of the plan.
Newspapers must approve ads before they run. Our
advertisement -- with
its in-your-face message and audacious take-off of the
ONDCP ad -- may
get rejected by USA Today as "too controversial."
It may get rejected by the Washington Times because it's in
opposition to their pro-Drug War editorial stance.
Great. We hope the ads get rejected.
If they do, we have a chance to create a FIRESTORM of
Remember the TV coverage Ralph Nader got when he ran a
ad during his presidential campaign -- and got sued by the
Remember the media coverage PETA got when it ran
billboards of nude
models with the caption: "I'd rather go naked than wear
Remember the slew of articles that resulted when David
arguing against slavery reparations was rejected by several
We have a chance to do the same thing. We have an
opportunity to get
pundits and columnists debating OUR ad.
If our ad is rejected by either newspaper, we'll immediately
get on the
phone to OTHER newspapers. (They love hearing about
involving rival newspapers.)
We'll blast a press release to the major TV networks,
charging the two
newspapers with "suppressing political dissent."
We'll send a copy of the rejected ad to John Walters at the
National Drug Control Policy -- and dare him to comment.
If we can get Walters to take the bait -- and attack our ad
our arguments -- then the firestorm will begin.
It will be the Libertarians versus the Drug Warriors.
It could land us on national television -- since there's
media loves more than a good, juicy controversy.
Then, we'll take the money we raised and try to run the ad
major newspapers. And see if we can turn that into even
Can we guarantee that we'll get mountains of media
coverage? Of course
not. It depends on what other news is going on, what the
and other factors beyond our control.
But if we DON'T run the ad -- if we don't take chances --
get that kind of national coverage.
If you don't swing for the fences, you won't hit a home run.
This nervy ad could be OUR home run.
But only if we raise $69,800 by Friday.
If we raise the money, we'll submit the ads to USA Today
Washington Times, to run on Tuesday, February 26. (Not on
because Congress is off on Mondays.)
If the newspapers AGREE to run it, we'll let you know. And
out thousands of press releases promoting the ad on
If the newspapers REJECT the ads, we'll let you know. And
out thousands of press releases, promoting the
controversy, as soon as
we hear their decision.
The ad is already produced, and ready to go. Click here to
view it in
.pdf format: http://www.lp.org/issues/drugczarad.html Click here to view the original ONDCP ads, so you can see
what a clever
satire our ad is: http://www.mediacampaign.org/mg/ print.html
Or click here to donate immediately:
http://www.lp.org/contribute?prog=drugwarad EVERY PENNY we raise from this message will go to run
the ad. We wrote,
designed, and produced the ad in-house, so there are no
EVERY PENNY you donate will put our advertisement in
front of 2.2
million Americans, and smack-dab in the faces of the Drug
EVERY PENNY you donate will send the message: The
Drug War Debate Is
Click here to donate: http://www.lp.org/contribute?prog= drugwarad
If everyone who gets this message donates just $10, we'll
than enough money to run the ad. Unfortunately, not
everyone will. So,
could you contribute $50? Or $100? That will help cover the
those who don't donate, and put us that much closer to the
In fact, since this ad doesn't involve federal candidates,
there are no
contribution limits. You can legally donate any amount you
We don't want to pressure you. Look at the ad again. Think
it's worth to you to be able to buy a copy of USA Today next
and see YOUR ad. Then, donate whatever you think is
This is our chance to strike back. To raise the blood
America's most bullheaded Drug Warriors. And to get our
message out to
2.2 million Americans.
You can help. Just click here to donate:
http://www.lp.org/contribute?prog=drugwarad Thank you,
Ron Crickenberger, Libertarian Party Political Director
PS: Remember, if we raise the money, you'll see the ad in
next Tuesday, February 26.
You'll see the SAME ad in the SAME newspaper that will
land with a thud
in the White House and in the Office of National Drug
Or, the newspapers may REJECT our ad. In which case,
we'll work hard to
turn it into a national controversy that generates news
radio debate, and perhaps even national TV coverage.
Either way, your support will make it happen. EVERY dollar
contribute goes directly to pay for the ads. Just click
http://www.lp.org/contribute?prog=drugwarad. Thank you!
P.P.S. Please pass this message on to friends, family
other people you know personally who might be interested,
don't send it indiscriminately -- spam will only hurt our
(Ped) Slavery leads to rebellion which leads to liquor store robberies, rap and hip-hop
good words. i agree with a lot of your points. the american public is hard to sway, but we can keep tryin. we need to have a voice, we need someone to stand up for us. we also need to stand up for ourselves. we cannot allow the u.s. government to control us any longer. break free. everyone is chained. we, as a people, have to stand up for ourselves. we must do something some time, and that time is now............. adios. peace.
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bends the light
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