Monday, November 30, 2009
As state chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, I have a message in our monthly newsletter. To subscribe, go to this section of our LPColorado.org website. Here is this month's contribution:
I was at a Nuggets game with two liberal friends recently. One of them said, “being a libertarian is really trendy right now.”
She commented on how people are fed up with the two party duopoly and are looking for an alternative.
Our challenge, as registered Libertarians, is to make sure the trend grows and becomes permanent.
I believe the best way to grow the movement is to find common ground with our statist friends, and explain why we agree on a given issue. From there, apply that agreement to other areas. For instance, with a leftist, we can agree that the government should not tell people what they can do in the privacy of their own home with other consenting adults. The common ground is that the government has no business dictating our private lives.
Then expand that concept. If they agree that our personal lives should be left alone by the state, ask them if anything is more personal than our health. If so, shouldn’t the state stay out of that, too?
They will likely sputter and say, “Well, that’s different.” Ask them, “Why is it different?” They’ll likely say something like, “socialized medicine is for the public good.” You might mention that the facts and history don’t back up that assertion, but for the sake of argument, you’ll accept their premise.
Remind that that social conservatives think homosexual behavior and medical marijuana are bad for society and banning them is “for the public good.” The reason they are both wrong, the left and the right, is that they see the use of government force to compel certain behavior as legitimate. It is not.
Don’t expect them to have a “
For instance, my liberal friend was commenting on the arbitrary and silly liquor laws we have in
She didn’t immediately renounce all statism and join the LP, but I could see the light go on in her head. She understood.
And understanding is the start.
Let freedom ring.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
In several e-mail exchanges, Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and other scientists discussed whether a string of recent years of relatively stable temperatures undermined scientific models that predict long-term warming.“The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t,” Dr. Trenberth wrote.
In a 1999 e-mail exchange about charts showing climate patterns over the last two millennia, Phil Jones, a longtime climate researcher at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, said he had used a “trick” employed by another scientist, Michael Mann, to “hide a decline” in temperatures.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Colorado has received millions in stimulus funding for projects in the 8th, 24th, 45th and 64th congressional districts, according to a federal website tracking the money.But the state has only seven districts.It turns out that the misclassifications were the result of mistakes, faulty interpretations and even guesses born of frustration with the stimulus-reporting software ...
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
"We want fiscal conservatives to be our standard bearers, because we need to restore our credibility on that issue. We lost that credibility nationally, and we lost it here in Colorado, too, when our legislative majorities appeared to be more concerned with social issues than with confronting the beginnings of our fiscal problems five or six years ago."
He wants you to give them ONE more last chance. Just ONE. They really mean it THIS time.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
What's more, it is highly doubtful that the GAO has the technical competence to evaluate monetary policy. If it did try to conduct these audits, at best it would merely rehash known information. At worst, the GAO would generate confusion by offering its own analysis.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've no doubt heard about the close House vote on HR3200, a.k.a. the health care gun to our heads. Aside from just bankrupting us and providing worse health care with ever increasing premiums and taxes, the absolute worst thing about this "reform" is that it creates another underclass that will be dependent on government. After all, if the government did not "give" us health care, who would??
I can guarantee that several decades down the road, our nation will have forgotten that at some point in time, health care was provided by doctors in a relatively free market. That dependency, my friends, is what is so sad about this takeover.
Senator Mark Udall:
Washington, D.C. Office:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0605
Phone: (202) 224-5941
Fax: (202) 224-6471
Senator Michael Bennet:Washington, D.C. Office 702 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-5852 Fax: (202) 228-5036
That's all for now,
Legislative Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado
"Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism." -Mises
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
In your excellent piece on Denver's I-300, you list several groups opposed to the measure. You conclude the list by mentioning that "even the Libertarian Party of Colorado" opposes it. The use of "even" connotes surprise that the LP would oppose the measure. There should be no surprise. I-300 would require that police automatically confiscate private property of individuals for failure to show government issued identification upon request. This is exactly the kind of statism the Libertarian Party opposes. Remember, it is never about "left versus right" with the Libertarian Party. It is always about the power of the government versus the rights of the individual.
I-300 expands the power of the state and decreases property rights of the individual. Of course we oppose such a measure. Let freedom ring.
State Chair, Libertarian Party of Colorado
Wake up and smell the coffee:Censorship gets a bad rap. If the government is not involved, censorship is great. In fact, life would be nigh on impossible without it. Censorship is the examination of something "in order to suppress or delete any contents considered objectionable." If you did not censor, you would have to read everything, watch everything, and listen to everything. That would be hard.
Have you ever turned the channel because you were offended? Have you turned off a movie because your mother entered the room? Do you refuse to buy girlie magazines? Have you been given a piece of art you did not hang on your wall? Do you turn the radio to another channel when a song you dislike comes on?
You, my friend, are a censor. You have personally suppressed something you find objectionable. And that's good. The only bad censorship is government censorship. Unfortunately, people confuse the two. Personal censorship is not government censorship. We cannot do without the former. We must never succumb to the latter.
This unfortunate confusion manifested itself when the owners of a Diedrich coffeehouse recently removed artwork depictingSaddam Hussein and a separate painting of Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (Off Limits, June 16). The artist, Miguel Flores, said the removal of his paintings was censorship. Yep. So what? A private company made a decision about what goes on its walls. Stop the presses.
I have some drawings I would like to display, too. I wonder if Flores would let me put them in his house. If not, he is censoring me and my work.
If the government had ordered the removal of the paintings, I would be right there protesting with Flores. That is not the case. The state does not run this Diedrich coffeehouse. "Mr. Diedrich" does.
David K. Williams Jr.
"So, Republicans, I say: Do not give in! Do not compromise! Do not seek some middle ground between right and wrong. "--Abraham Lincoln, Speech at Cooper Union, New York City February 27, 1860
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth."--Jesus, Revelation 3:15
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the health care overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Monday, November 02, 2009
"the most dangerous entity on earth is a government that has the ability to do whatever it wants whenever it wants without control."