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Monday, November 30, 2009

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This month's Letter from the Chair

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:

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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 “Eureka!” moment and immediately see the light. But the idea has been planted and the concept of freedom will simmer in the back of their heads.

For instance, my liberal friend was commenting on the arbitrary and silly liquor laws we have in Colorado. I made the offhand comment that if some have their way on health care, the same people that made those silly and arbitrary liquor laws will be deciding what kind of doctor you can see and if you should get certain medicine.

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

Goebbels on man made global warming

Joseph Goebbels understood propaganda. His words apply to the fraud pushed by members of the Al Gore Cult of Global Warming:

“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

Just another discontented, racist, insane teabagger nut clinging to his guns

"The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

--Thomas Jefferson

Nope.

"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free?"

Friday, November 20, 2009

Memos from inside the fraudulent Al Gore Cult of Global Warming

It is hard work defending a cult. Especially when the truth might harm its foundations.

Cult leaders will suppress the truth to protect the religious movement. Scientists seek truth.

That, my friends, is the difference between members of the Al Gore Cult of Global Warming and actual scientists.

The New York Times reports that the Cult's internal memos demonstrate a deliberate intent to suppress the truth to preserve the religion.

Some examples:

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.

An actual scientist faced with data contrary to his hypothesis would ask if his hypothesis was wrong. A religious zealot curses the data and calls it a travesty.
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.

Actual scientists do not use "tricks" to fool people. Cult leaders and snake-oil salesmen use tricks, to, well, trick people into believing a lie.

"Drinking the Kool-Aid" has become a cliche, but Jim Jones would have made an excellent climate change advocate from his campground in Guyana. Jones led a very successful cult.

Just like Al Gore.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blind faith in the Cult of the State

From today's Denver Post:

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 ...

Yet the members of the Cult of the State continue to worship their Government God as the answer to all of society's ills, real and perceived.

Perhaps these cult members should reevaluate their fealty to such a feeble deity. Perhaps they should look elsewhere for solutions.

Maybe the cult's members are right and government's impending takeover of health care will not suffer from similar incompetence.

However, it takes an unwarranted and unearned faith to believe so.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hubris: Exaggerated pride or self confidence.


i.e. Going for it on 4th and 2 on you own 28 yard line with a 6 point lead with two minutes remaining.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mitt Romney: An excellent Republican.

I just saw an advertisement on Facebook for a group that supports Mitt Romney.

It says

Conservative principles are absolutely essential to keeping America strong, prosperous and free. Join Our Team.

What a hoot! The guy who brought socialized medicine to Massachusetts was claiming to be a champion of "conservative principles."

I clicked on the link, assuming it was a some kind of spoof. It took me several moments to realize that no, it was all too real.

That Romney is considered a serious, "conservative" representative of the Republican Party tells you all you need to know about the Republican Party.

It may not be a spoof, but it sure as heck is a farce.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me....you can't get fooled again.

Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams, in a Westword article, recognizes the problem his party has:

"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.

Trust him and the GOP. This time it will be different. They promise.


Obamacare in a nutshell.

Jump Start

The Victim Mentality as Political Discourse

Cartoonist Keith Knight, in his comic The Knight Life, today asks "Do you think, when people say socialist, they mean something else?"

The character responding to the question says:

"Listen... I got nothin' against 'em!! I sat next to one in 2nd grade!! My uncle hates 'em, but he has a good reason to: he got robbed by one when he was younger!! I'm fine around one or two.. but any more give me the heebie jeebies!! I wouldn't let my daughter marry one. Their kids would be confused!!"

The implication is that people that use the word "socialist" are racist.

If one believes this, one can avoid any actual discussion of statism, because one equates the political discussion with racism. There is no need to engage with someone that calls you a racial epithet, so you can dismiss them as idiots.

However, the premise is wrong. Calling someone a "socialist" is not the same as using a racial epithet.

Friedrich Engels was an Aryan. Nancy Pelosi is a rich old white lady. Michael Moore is a rich white fat man.

They all have socialist ideas. Asking them about those ideas is not racist. If one attempts to avoid the discussion by crying "racist," one is either immersed in the victim mentality or is intellectually dishonest.

Both of these choices, of course, are symptomatic of the left.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Why Al Gore leads a cult.

Science is all about questioning, not agreement. At one point, the "concensus" was that the world was flat, that the sun revolved around the earth and that bloodletting helped cure disease.

If not for questioning, and overcoming those fallacies, we'd still be stuck in the middle ages.

What makes the global warming movement a cult is that it's priests shun all non-believers as heretics, and refuse to acknowledge any dissent.

That's not science. That's religion.

The Priests of the Green Movement have many proposals to solve their make-believe problem. All of them involve increased government control of the economy.

Any solution that does not involve increased government control of the economy is dismissed as heresy. For instance, the increased use of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy would help solve the make-believe problem. However, since it would not increase government controls over the economy, it does not fit the gospel of the cult and must be shunned.

If members of the Catholic Church had half the fervor of the Al Gore Cult of Global Warming, they wouldn't be closing any parishes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Let's all wear chicken little suits...

since, after all, the sky is falling.

Al Gore will be signing books in Denver, Monday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. at Tattered Cover Lodo's.

The Fed as Officer Barbrady: "Nothing to see here. Move along."

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed yesterday against the "Audit the Fed" bill pending in Congress. Anil Kashyap and Frederic Mishkin contend that "The Fed is Already Transparent."

Their imperial smugness and condescension to us mere subjects is palpable.

This passage speaks volumes:

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.

In other words, you serfs need not concern yourselves with what is going on behind the curtain. You are too dumb to understand. Monetary policy is best left to your betters.

Kashyap and Mishkin, of course, are your betters.

Trust them.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Liberty Alert from Justin Longo, Legislativer Director, LPCO

Hey everyone,

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.

The good news is that the House bill looks to be "dead on arrival" in the Senate. Pundits are predicting a rough road ahead for Obama Care.

However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't be proactive and contact our Senators Udall and Bennet and let them know how we feel about this government 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,

Justin Longo

Legislative Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado

"Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism." -Mises


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Dr. Jeffrey Miron on "An Economic Analysis of Drug Legalization"

Even if you completely disagree, ESPECIALLY if you completely disagree, tune in for this perspective. If nothing else, you will gain a better understanding of freedom and why you are against it.

You can watch from the comfort of your own computer from 5 - 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Ron and Rand Paul with Judge Napolitano-On The Glenn Beck Show

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Denver's Initiative 300

Westword was kind enough to publish my letter on Denver's Initiative 300 this week (third letter down). Here it is:

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.

David K. Williams, Jr.

State Chair, Libertarian Party of Colorado

An Oldie, But a Goodie: "Censorship gets a bad rap."

The current edition of Westword published my letter as State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado concerning Denver's Initiative 300 (third letter down). When I read it online, I noticed my name was hyperlinked. I clicked on it, and found this letter I wrote, before I was involved in the LP, back in June of 2005, that Westword was kind enough to publish. It's the second letter on the page. Let freedom ring. Here it is:

Censor and Sensibility

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.
Denver

Lincoln and Jesus

Two quotes from Phil Brennan's column, "Moderation be Damned:"

"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

What the hell happened? Republicans have staked out the middle ground and moved in.

"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

Perhaps a bit melodramatic in the political context, but effective.

While I certainly disagree with the theocratic beliefs Brennan espouses in the rest of the article, I admire him for not waffling.

BlueCarp is an apologetic defender of laissez-faire capitalism, no matter how "impractical" that position might be. Nothing moves from the middle. On that, Mr. Brennan and I agree.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

He just wants to get his beak wet.

Two Denver city councilmen agree that medical marijuana sales in the city should be taxed. (See "Two on council back medical-pot sales tax.")

One of them, Councilman Chris Nevitt said, "We're leaving a lot of money on the table."

What he means is that the city should take a cut of every transaction. If there is profit to be made, the government needs a taste.

Kinda like Tony Soprano.

More evidence Republicans are not fiscally responsible

According to this Associated Press story, "Prayer-treatment coverage possible," another big government Republican is at work again:

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.

Senator Hatch, of course, is a Republican.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Who's a threat to liberty?

Rush Limbuagh created a mini tempest on Fox News when he said that Barack Obama is a threat to liberty.

He is.

So are John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe.... and many others. The Republicans have no room to be smug.

Don't let the statists get away with this silly comparison.

Supporters of a federal government mandate requiring everyone in the United States to buy health insurance often point to state laws that require everyone to purchase liability insurance before they can legally register a vehicle.

The comparison fails.

No one is forced to buy a car.
You would be forced to buy health insurance.

No one must drive a car (and many do not).
You must live (at least the alternative is rather drastic).

Vehicle liability insurance protects OTHERS against your negligence.
Health insurance protects YOU, not others.

I completely agree with David Lane

I have mocked Denver attorney David Lane for some of his outrageous statements, particularly as he represented Ward Churchill in his lawsuit against the University of Colorado.

However, I will give props when it is due. The Denver Post ran a feature on Mr. Lane this Sunday.

I could not agree more with Mr. Lane's closing comment:

"the most dangerous entity on earth is a government that has the ability to do whatever it wants whenever it wants without control."

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Jessica Corry on Fox News

Denver's own Jessica Corry talking sense.