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Libertarian Party News, Issue 5, Released (May 21, 2013, 01:20 AM)
The newest issue of the Libertarian Party News has been released.
Included are the following articles:
From the LNC
Hardy Macia, Libertarian Activist and Candidate releases
Libertarian Arthur Thomas aims to shrink Spending, Debt in San
Libertarian Levi Tappan hopes to cut Millions in Page, AZ
Abolish IRS, end Income Tax, slash Spending says LP Exec. Dir.
National LPN Columnists
3D Printed Firearm test-fires successfully by Matthew Reece
America tortures People every day, right here in our own Prisons by Robert Taylor
US Senate passes Internet Sales Tax by Matthew Reece
Families of SEAL Team 6 killed in Afghanistan in 2011 blame Obama by Howard Portnoy
IRS admits to Discrimination against Tea Party and Patriot Groups by Matthew Reece
GOP gives in on raising Taxes with Marketplace Fairness Act by Brian Cole
International News: Libertarian wins big in UK by Garry Reed
Local LPN Columnists
CA moves to close Yosemite to the Public by Tessa Dick
Miami Dolphins CEO threatens FL House Speaker by Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux
Miami Neighborhood to decide on new Business Tax District by Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux
Doral announces Ridiculous Traffic Reduction Plans by Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux
Presidential Candidate says No to Second Stimulus by Pierre-Alexandre-Crevaux
Time to review recent Legislation from a Libertarian Perspective by Brian Cole
Judge accused of Bullying, misinforming Jury in Rich Paul Trial by Garry Reed
Man arrested for playing with Toy Gun with Kids in NYC Park by Howard Portnoy
NC Libertarian State Convention in June by Brian Irving
Libertarians call Tax Fairness Act unfair by Brian Irving
Texans closer to opting out of Smart Meters by Garry Reed
National 5-11 Campaign against REAL ID falters, Texans fight on by Garry Reed
Flashback: Richmond reacts to Tea Party Protest with Tax Audit by Howard Portnoy
Vote Libertarian ? for a Change!
You can read it, with live links, here .
Robert Taylor: America Tortures People Everyday, Right Here In Our Own Prisons (May 21, 2013, 01:17 AM)
Published in Sunset District Examiner
Amid the controversy over the force-feeding of hunger-striking inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the admission of a former White House lawyer that the drone program is simply a replacement for Gitmo, the issues of torture and detention are thankfully putting pressure on President Obama and making media headlines.
While the torture and rendition program run by the Bush administration, the illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay, and President Obama’s continuance of these policies in Bagram and Mogadishu are gross violations of domestic and international law, the torture, mistreatment, and abuse inside America’s prisons reveals a systemic problem with our judicial system both at home and abroad.
A Mother Jones exposé by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella on America’s worst prisons document a prison-industrial-complex system that one would expect to find in China, Russia, or some of the worst police states in the world, not in a supposed constitutional republic with a government restrained by the Bill of Rights.
Please read the rest of the article here .
Robert Taylor, Sunset District Libertarian Examiner
I found this article because it was published in the Libertarian Party News, Issue 5, May 19, 2013
NORML New Jersey Chapter Member Don DeZarn running as Libertarian for State Senate (May 21, 2013, 01:02 AM)
Posted on NORML New Jersey’s website.
Posted by Don Dezarn on Monday, May 20, 2013
My name is Don DeZarn and I am the Libertarian Party Nominee for the New Jersey State Senate in the 14th Legislative District. I am an active member of NORMLNJ and I?m committed to making the call for ?full legalization of marijuana? a central theme in my upcoming campaign.
I am currently in the final stages of circulating petitions in order to obtain the required number of signatures from registered voters so that my name will appear on the ballot in November and I really need your help.
If you are a registered voter residing in the 14th legislative district, and you are in favor ofmarijuana being taxed and regulated like alcohol, I hope you will consider signing my petition .
I would also welcome any signatures from family members or friends that you might know, whom reside in the district.
The 14th legislative district includes parts of both Mercer & Middlesex counties and includes the following municipalities: Hamilton, Robbinsville, East Windsor, Hightstown, Cranbury, Plainsboro, Jamesburg, Spotswood and Monroe.
I would be happy to travel to a meeting spot of your choosing if you are willing and able to sign my petition.
You can contact me at don@DEZARN2013.com if you would be willing to assist me with this process.
Signing the petition in no way obligates you to anything. All you would be doing is saying that you wish for my name to appear on the ballot in November, thus allowing my voice to be heard.
On Monday, May 13th I held a press conference at Veterans Park in Hamilton Township. The press conference began at 4:00 pm and at exactly 4:20 pm I lit and smoked a joint in honor of all of our brothers and sisters who are currently being held (as prisoners of our failed drug war) by our government.
Please take the time to read and comment on this article (and the ones being linked to) so that readers from the media realize that there is strong interest out there for ending this corrupt, immoral, insane, and racist war.
I have caught a lot of flak, especially from some members of my own party. However, my ‘publicity stunt’ garnered the attention of the media so that I would have a platform to speak out on the utter hypocrisy of the marijuana laws in this state. Looking back, I am glad I did what I did because it raised awareness for this very important, pressing issue.
It makes absolutely no sense that our state taxes and regulates alcohol, which is nothing more than poison, while outlawing a plant that has known medicinal properties, and which causes far fewer problems than alcohol.
I was always planning on making the call for ?full legalization of marijuana? a central theme in my campaign. It has now become my number one issue.
Please visit my website at www.DEZARN2013.com . Here you will find detailed information about my campaign and other ways you might be able to support my efforts.
The race in the 14th district is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive one between the two mainstream parties. As such, I believe this race will afford me the opportunity to speak out strongly in support of legalization efforts and actually be heard.
In a close race every vote will count, and the Republican and Democratic campaigns will be forced to address this issue, particularly when debate time rolls around.
If you have not been actively involved with NORMLNJ recently, I urge you to consider attending one of their monthly meetings. With the successful legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington last fall, you can finally feel the tide turning in our favor.
We have several events and volunteer opportunities planned where you can go out and make your voice heard (and actually feel like you are making a difference).
I sincerely thank you for your time and consideration. We need to seize the momentum we currently have and push forward towards reaching our common goal. The power of the people will finally prevail!
From the Libertarian Party of Colorado Facebook page, May 19th:
We’d love to thank everyone involved in the combined LPCO State Convention and LSLA Annual Conference — all the volunteers, our great speakers, and of course the attendees. Board elections occurred this morning, and the new Board is as follows:
Chair – Jeff Orrok
The positions of Outreach, Membership, Campaigns, Fundraising, and Records Director are up for appointment. If you are interested in one of these positions, please apprise the Board of your interest by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a May 20th email from Brett Bittner, LSLA chairman:
We had a great weekend in Denver.
I’d like to thank the Libertarian Party of Colorado for their efforts in hosting such a great conference in conjunction with their annual state convention. Specifically, I’d like to thank Jeff Orrok, Mike Spalding, and Amy Lunde-Provines for their hard work.
There’s was the fourth state LP convention (with a fifth upcoming in 3 weeks in North Carolina) I’ve been a part of since the 2012 National convention, and as I posted on Facebook last night, I am impressed more and more with our level of dedication and professionalism, as well the progress and growth I see. Thank you guys for making that happen.
I’d also like to thank everyone who made the trip to Denver to participate. Extra special thanks to Pat Dixon from Texas for bringing the largest group to the conference from his state.
We also had some great presenters and speakers, such as the LNCC’s Evan McMahon, The Advocates for Self-Government’s Sharon Harris, LNC Executive Director Carla Howel, LNC Chairman Geoff Neale, LP Texas’ Rob Lapham and Nathan Kleffman, LPNH’s Rich Tomasso, LNC’s Michael Cloud and several others who made the conference quite a learning experience.
I posted (and tagged) a few pictures of the presenters in action here, if you’re interested in seeing them.
I also have some GREAT NEWS for those who couldn’t attend!
Victor Kocher from South Carolina provided an awesome service by recording video of many of the presentations for attendees who couldn’t attend. We’ll be working on editing and posting these videos over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for those.
If you do find value, or you just think you will, please consider rewarding Victor’s efforts with a contribution to the SC Libertarians. I know that LP Arkansas committed some funds yesterday at their Executive Committee meeting after hearing about the videos. Rob Lapham from Texas also coordinated a pledges and contributions as well.
THANKS! You guys rock.
I really do hate to rub it in for those who couldn’t attend, but you REALLY missed an excellent opportunity to socialize, learn, and make your efforts in the LP that much better.
We also had a GREAT time!
I hope that you’ll all be there in Columbus for our business meeting and the events we’re able to put on in conjunction with the 2014 National Convention.
Brett C. Bittner
LPNH Chair Rich Tomasso and LNCC Executive Director Evan McMahon discuss how to achieve legislative success at the LSLA Conference.
LP Texas members Rob Lapham and Nathan Kleffman share the importance of a CRM and how we can pay for it. ? LPCO State Convention and LSLA Conference
My favorite Libertarian Sharon Harris sharing why “It’s a Wonderful Liberty”
Michael Cloud shares some fundraising tips.
The following was posted on lp.org on May 20th:
2013 Candidate for
High taxes and corruption are strangling Pennsylvania’s economy, but Libertarian George Brown hopes to fix that in his campaign for an open seat as state representative in Pennsylvania’s 42nd district, against Republican and Democratic challengers.
Brown said that Pennsylvania’s lack of economic growth is a subject that hits home for taxpayers. “We have a roughly 8 percent unemployment rate in Pennsylvania right now,” he said. In order to revive slumping employment prospects, Brown proposes eliminating the corporate income tax along with other taxes and regulations that keep investment outside the state.
“We have the highest corporate income tax, I think in the country, at 10 percent,” Brown said. “We have something called a capital stock and franchise tax. Businesses are taxed on the value of their stock even if they don’t make any money. We have a limit on losses that you can carry forward, which prevents high-tech companies from locating here because they often lose a lot of money the first couple of years, until they get their idea into production.”
Problems like these call for a decisive solution, and Brown is ready to sponsor legislation that will slash the government taxes and policies that now stand in the way of economic growth. Bumping the corporate income tax down a few percentage points simply isn’t enough.
“Eliminate it altogether,” Brown said. “Take it down to zero. Right away ? not phasing it out.” Brown would also eliminate other business taxes, including the capital stock and franchise tax.
His campaign has focused primarily on his district’s many independent voters, as well as those who have traditionally identified with another party but have become disgruntled with cronyism and corruption.
“We’ve got a lot of people, both Republicans and Democrats, who are dissatisfied with the current two-party duopoly that we have here,? Brown said. ?Regardless of who’s in charge, taxes go up, roads don’t get fixed, you have the same problems. Pensions are out of hand, public-sector unions are in control.”
Brown wants to end the power that public-sector unions have over the state’s jobs and economic policy.
“They’re basically running the state,” Brown said. “And that means take away their collective bargaining rights.”
Brown’s campaign has raised about $5,000, he said, which gives him a significantly lower budget than either of the opponents he’ll face at the polls on May 21, Republican Dan Remely and Democrat Dan Miller. He’s used those funds carefully, though, with a team of volunteers going door to door, doing literature drops, and placing yard signs.
One reason Brown has targeted independent households is because Pennsylvania’s May primary elections are usually closed to independents. This special election for an open seat gives them a reason to pay attention ? and that’s why Brown hopes his message of small government and greater economic prosperity will resonate with them.
Brown’s campaign has been covered by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He also recently participated in a campaign forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters that swayed many attendees to his side.
“The people in the room, about 75 percent of them that I was able to speak to afterward, were impressed with the message and said they were going to vote for me, so I think the message resonated,” Brown said.
Green Shadow Cabinet: Updates from the past week (May 20, 2013, 11:06 PM)
On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM, Green Shadow Cabinet <email@example.com> wrote:
Cody Quirk: As an Independent American (May 20, 2013, 10:57 PM)
Cody Quirk is a political activist from Nevada who is the founder of the Clarion Call to Unite Committee (CCTUC). In this latest article, published May 20th on the website Hammer of Truth, he announces he is leaving the Constitution Party for the national Independent American Party (IAP). For more on the party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_American_Party.
Owing to the various events that have occurred within the span of the past two months in the field of American politics, specifically constitutionalist politics, that has caused me to look back upon several decisions that I had made many years ago, and reevaluate them to make several life-altering ones recently, that have been a long time coming, and are significant in which I must now take a different path in order to see my own government restored back to its constitutional foundations, and for my own country to see eventual redemption.
Since 2002, I not only have been active in the political field, but a member of a state party that?s affiliated with the National Constitution Party, which previously was the largest third-party in these United States (in terms of voter registration), and the largest one that favors a return to constitutional government; being government strictly limited and restrained by that guiding document which has been a governing force and beacon to the workings and limitations of American government? Or should be, regardless of what is considered popular and part of the social norm in our present American society.
And it has been this party which has greatly influenced my life to an extent, and has motivated me to stand on my feet and do something about the horrible condition that our government, and especially our country, has devolved into.
Yet again, with the brass, naive outlook and drive of youth, which those of the adolescent phase endure and dwell upon, along with the energy and passion of that age; my opinion and outlook wasn?t always accurate or wise, and indeed at times had made me gullible to the many individuals of the National Constitution Party of which I had once considered my friends, and through recurring trial and error, discovered to be wolves in sheep?s clothing.
However, the more involved with the Constitution Party I got, the more my young gullibility learned and improved to easily see the red flags and develop a sixth sense to the perceived dangers and threats to the Constitution Party that I was many times eager, and willing to confront and combat on my own until such a threat was either dealt with, or removed from the CP completely.
After all, with that ferocious zealotry and Irish relentlessness which runs in my own family, I have always been a firm believer that if you get involved with a group, or a cause, or a topic that you care very much about- then such a subject, or ?subjects?, are something in which you must never be faint or weak-hearted in when it comes to your drive to see such a subject, topic, or group succeed, and also in being unwavering in one?s loyalty to it, especially in defending it against doubt and attacks from both the inside and out.
Yet it is this zealotry, this sheer loyalty which has driven me, on both the conscious and subconscious level- that also functions as a double-edged sword.
And it was this double-edged sword that, while gradually overcoming that brass, overly optimistic outlook from those days of my youth, along with the previous lack of experience and understanding of both politics and of the inner-workings of the CP, that was quickly overcome and learned through my extensive study of it and it?s history, and also the sheer first-hand experiences that I went through and became enlightened on afterward- that those ?rose-colored glasses? would soon come off, and those previous perspectives that I had of my own political party, began to dim and afterward, would decimate my own dedication and pierce through the once iron-clad armor of my own loyalty to the CP.
After the eleven years of my own general involvement in politics, one thing I had learned, and learned the hard way, was that in politics itself, while principles and beliefs can stay the same, or at least remain invariant throughout each generation- everything else is susceptible to change, and in fact will change.
So many times before have I seen good friends turn into bad enemies and even once bad enemies into good friends; for in the world of politics, regardless of what side, and what extreme of the spectrum it falls on- there is no clear path, nor consistent direction.
In reality, politics is a maze, and one where we have to backtrack whenever we come to a dead end.
And unfortunately, it is also one where sometimes one may never find his/her way to the exit in their lifetime.
So far, I would say I?m right in the middle of this maze, and after coming to a dead end; being, to continue onward within the CP without giving any thought to the rival parties out there that believe as we do, and yet, regardless of their size and strength, continue to splinter our end of the spectrum in which we upon, to the point of dividing resources and even the vote itself.
So I started a group that would bring these other parties together on this side of the spectrum, and backtracked to what I thought was a clearer path, to the exit.
I was correct and justified in doing so, but I soon discovered, after coming to a ?T? in my part of the maze, and taking what I thought was the right way? That I came to another dead end.
As large and as organized as the CP is, or was, the long held belief that my own political party was one that was governed by sincere, dedicated patriots that always put ?Principle above Politics?, was soon disproved; as the leaders of the CP, whom I once looked up to and respected, were as unscrupulous and equally petty as the typical mainstream American politician, whom are the responsible culprits for our government being the way it currently is, and which parties like the CP were first created to counter and fight against in the first place!
And when I protested such efforts and actions taken against my sincere, humble efforts to bring all patriots and like-minded parties together in friendship and harmony- that the true nature and motivation of these individuals came fully out in sneering arrogance and haughty demeanor, tarnishing my long held views and beliefs on this party that I had belonged to for so long. And when a few other individuals from the fringe side of the CP made several threats to harm my own physical person, in addition- then not only was my long held, iron-clad loyalty demolished, but I was pushed to make a very serious and irreversible decision that would greatly come to affect the long-term aspects of constitutionalist politics.
Many years ago, I had come across, and butted heads with a rival party known as the National Independent American Party, whom shared the same same as the Nevada affiliate (my affiliate), of the CP, and whom previously contained individuals that I found to be of extremist and reprehensible character.
Hence my negative view of this party for many years before, until recently.
This national political party only had ballot access in a few states and indeed lost all of that ballot access before to ineffective leadership and the passing of their national leader, Bruce Bangerter, years ago.
Then again, in politics, things change.
Over the past two years, this political party redid their website, voted in new national leadership,regained ballot access and ran a candidate for U.S. Senate, along with fielding candidates in the presidential race that was on the ballot in one state and had write-in status in several others. While this may not seem at all impressive at first sight; the fact that a long-dormant political party which hadn?t fielded it?s own candidates for office, or even was on the ballot anywhere for nearly ten years, to suddenly became active again and regain those two factors after a ten year hiatus, is indeed a matter that is worthy of praise and a second look.
It was also around that time that when my project for bringing the parties together first took off, I befriended the IAP and opened dialogue with them, along with actively participating in their meetings as well. In contrast to the contentious, sometimes tumultuous national meetings with the CP had; while less sparsely attended, the IAP meetings lacked these features and instead harbored a friendly and productive atmosphere, where resolutions and actions were not hotly debated or torn apart under contention and threats of leaving their own party if one, or several, didn?t get their way; in fact my opening proposition to them about uniting the parties together was rather enthusiastic received in a unanimous voice.
Starting off, my own views and opinions of this party remained negative and pessimistic (as it had been for quite some time before), yet the imperatively of this one goal was enough for me to put aside my animosity and attempt to include their party with the CP, and others, that were open to dialogue on unification; since to accomplish such an effort as this one, which I still am pursuing, requires skilled diplomacy and a lot of patience, regardless.
Yet when their party further included me in their efforts, and warmed up to my own even further, to the point that they began to publicly support the goal of unifying the parties, and in an official manner as well, that?s when my perspective on the IAP started to change.
In contrast, my situation with the CP headed quickly into the opposite direction, which thereupon lead me to that dead end in the maze which we call, ?politics?.
Granted, I could have remained where I was, and simply continue to pound against the wall until I could at least make a dent. But then again, would that get me closer to the exit? Would that have actually gotten me to the other side of that wall and towards another direction within the maze, in the first place?
Then again this is politics; things change.
So I turned around?
The National IAP may not be perfect in some things, especially in terms of organizational strength, and ballot access, at the moment, yet, being their appointed Affiliations Coordinator, I hope to change that, and to better improve the IAP itself, where it can hopefully become a organized, everlasting beacon to all constitutionalists, principled-conservatives, and like-minded patriots- and finally make that gradual breakthrough into major offices that is vital for such a party like this one to become a changing, and permanent force upon American politics; a force that, despite the twenty years that the CP has been in existence, has repeatedly failed to become, and will never be.
? And I turned my back to this dead end, and started for the other direction of the ?T?.
While I will continue in my recently adjusted goal of reaching out to, and including the other parties out there which believe as the IAP does, especially to the good and well-intentioned leaders, members, and state affiliates of the CP, which have not been touched by the whims ofsectarianism, incompetence,and dogmatic approach, that has already consumed many levels andaspects of the National CP itself, yet which is absent in the IAP itself. Nevertheless, I do this after careful and meticulous mediation, and prayer, and without the Holier-than-thou self-righteous dibble, or even the vain, extremist ranting that some of this political persuasion might use in frustration or anger.
Granted, there have been plenty of other dead ends that I have met in the past before, and only through the wisdom of my mentor, the late William K. Shearer, and several others- have I been able to turn around in time, and not end up back in the same spot that I started in.
Now begins another path that hopefully leads to the exit, or at least closer to it, in this maze that we, again, call politics, that I take, and do so? As a Independent American.
Libertarian New Jersey State Senate Candidate Don Dezarn on Adam Kokesh?s Arrest (May 20, 2013, 10:43 PM)
On May 18th, Adam Kokesh, libertarian activist, veteran, radio and TV host was arrested at “Smoke Down Prohibition V” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was a rally in support for maurijuana legalization. Kokesh was arrested before he could even smoke. He is currently being held in a detention center. Fans on Facebook are posting “Free Adam Kokesh” statuses and calling en masse the switchboard for the jail.
In the aftermath, controversy swirled around drugs allegedly having been planted in Kokesh’s pockets. Libertarian Party candidate for New Jeresey state senate Don Dezarn was accused of this. Several posts on his Facebook page attacked him for this alleged setup.
Dezarn released a video on May 20th defending himself from the accusations, which was posted on Adam Kokesh’s official Facebook page.
Here is Dezarn’s website and Facebook page:
Darrell Castle: IRS Scandal and the Rule of Law RIP (May 20, 2013, 10:19 PM)
Darrell Castle talks about the IRS scandal and how it threatens the Rule of Law and the Constitution. Castle is the Constitution Party’s 2008 vice-presidential candidate and is considering seeking the CP nomination for president in 2016. Here is a Facebook draft page for that effort: https://www.facebook.com/DarrellCastle2016?fref=ts.
Libertarian Party of Virginia Candidates Update (May 20, 2013, 10:04 PM)
The Libertarian Party of Virginia (LPVA) is running eight candidates in the Novemeber 5, 2013 elections. They are listed below:
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