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Sunday, July 18, 2004

I am pleased to say there will be a libertarian ad in the local weekly coming out in the July 22 edition. There will be an eighth of a page ad in the Rhinoceros Times featuring part of the preamble of the LPNC platform and the penguin logo with the web address of the LPNC.

This is a generic ad and purposely so as it keeps it fropm falling under the campaign reporting act. Don't you just hate paperwork? It mentions no candidates and does not ask for votes so it is just educational and it falls outside the 90 day campaign window as well.

I do believe if people follow the link and read our platform many will find it very reasonable.

In the meantime the Durham Herald Sun printed an article based on an LPNC press release about a Durham Police Department gun buy back program. Here is a link to the article if it still works.

I was particularly disturbed at the Durham PD quote about having siezed 753 guns in 2003 but only 28 of them being reported as having been stolen. That means the Durham PD took 725 guns from their rightful owners in a single year. And people think we have a second amendment that prevents gun confiscation.
11:37:37 AM    comment []

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Our founders understood that of all things a govt might do waging war was the most costly and dangerous enterprise it could be authorized to do. They understood that the people would be the ones ot suffer for it no matter how necessary. It would be the people who paid in blood and treasure.

That is why they felt that only the peoples representatives have the power to commit the people to war. When they seperated the powers of govt they gave the peoples representatives and only them the power to declare war. This was not a power to be delegated any more than the power to determine the constitutionality of a law could be delegated by the Supreme Court from the judicial branch to the executive or legislative branch.

My opponent Richard Burr seems to have forgotten this. In the wake of 9/11 rather than go to the trouble as a representative of the people of North Carolina to find out the truth about who was responsible or what to do about it Richard Burr voted to delegate his job to President Bush.

This is what Richard Burr voted for in the 13 Sep 2001 Resolution to authorize the use of force.

>"a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all >necessary and appropriate force against those nations, >organizations, or persons HE DETERMINES planned, authorized, >committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on >September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, >in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism >against the United States by such nations, organizations or >persons." > >

Emphasis on the HE DETERMINES is added to emphasize Burrs defection of responsibility. Now in the wake of revelations about the untrustworthyness of the information possessed by the president justifying his reasons for going to war I question why Burr did not feel the need ot abide by the rules the people gave him in their Constitution? Why did he leave it to the president to determine who was responsible for the attack?
6:33:10 PM    comment []

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Actually it is silly. What difference could it make to the terrorists which demopublican clone wins the election? I know Kerry has promised to send at least 40,000 more troops to Iraq but does anyone seriously believe Bush is not?

I can see americans terrorising the Coalition by insisting on verifiable election results but the arabs who just want the Coalition out would only benefit by free fair and open american elections. According to the polls they believe the majority of americans are opposed to the war and their govts actions in the middle east.

Now if that majority can only manage to get its voice heard in November. Looks like once again the ones who would benefit most from a terrorist attack are the demopublicans. Can't have trials or elections now! Don't you know there is a war?

As if we did not have elections during the first two world wars. A govt that can not prove its right to govern by consent of the people in free fair open and verifiable elections has no right to govern at all according to the founding documents of this nation.

I guess this election is all about whether that nation still endures. Has the last of the old Constitution been swept away?
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4:53:25 PM    comment []

Kerry the internationalist! I was actually surprised when the people at the gate for the Kerry event refused to allow me to carry my 3'X 5' North Carolina flag inside their perimeter.

At first I thought perhaps it was the flimsy stick I was using to hang it on. But no they would not allow it in even if I left the stick outside. I think he wants international control of more than Iraq.

I knew they would not allow troops to fly the US flag in Iraq but I never suspected Kerry would object to flying the North Carolina flag on the campus of North Carolina State.

Things may be worse than I suspected.

Here is a link to a picture of the offending flag. It may take a bit of time to load and the picture of me with flag is the last one so wait for it. But there is a nice report on the libertarian presence.
12:22:42 AM    comment []

Saturday, July 10, 2004

I am waiting on a ride to the Kerry demonstration. So I might as well try to make a post here. I know I have got to get in the habit of updating this thing more often.

I am really keeping busy posting to other lists though. There has been a lot of discussion on the lpnc executive committee list and the regular lpncyahoogroup list.

One of the big issues before the excom has been invovled with the media buy sub committee which I am part of. We have determined to spend $2,000 on radio ads in the Wilmington and Fayettville areas. This is the first major media buy for the State Party this season.

The ads will be focused on the forced annexation issue. This has been a big deal in the Fayetteville area where the biggest annexation in the state has just taken place against stiff local opposition.

Airing ads so early in the season is a new tactic for the party. I am glad to see it. The usual practice has been to wait till the week before the general election on the theory that most swing voters make up their minds in the last week. The idea is that since we do not have the money to maintain a long media campaign we should wait till the last minute so people don't forget us.
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Thursday, July 01, 2004

I was content living my life pursuing happiness down the roads where I thought I might find it. I had no desire to ruin my reputation, expend my resources or sacrifice my time by involving myself in the political process. But down every road I took, I found myself more and more entangled in the results of that process. During my lifetime it’s been a process dominated by the Democrat and Republican parties. I’ve noticed that while they’ve become increasingly adept at splitting ever finer hairs to create a difference between themselves, they have both adopted the same philosophy. That to every problem, no matter how great or small, there must be enacted a governmental solution. They do disagree, for instance, about whether the government should manage our healthcare. They only disagree on the details of how to go about it. Due to this common basic philosophy, the Democrat and Republican parties are actually a single party, displaying the same disagreements over how to implement the policies which derive from their common philosophy, which is apparent in any other single political party.

This has abrogated our traditional two-party system with unfortunate results. In attempting to solve all our problems, and guarantee everyone happiness, here’s a short list of what Demopulicans or Republicrats have done for my fellow citizens and me.

They’ve placed us trillions of dollars in debt. They’ve inflated our currency five hundred percent, and taken half of all we produce in taxes. They’ve restricted who we may do business with, requiring us to do business with some and forbidding us to do business with others. They’ve forbidden us the use of medicines or healers they have not approved, even when we have been stricken with fatal diseases their approved methods cannot cure. They’ve required us to participate in insurance programs against our will. They’ve openly boasted of using governmental force to manipulate the economy to the benefit of some and to the detriment of others. They’ve used race, gender, age and economic status to determine benefits we may receive from, and penalties we must pay to our government.

They require disclosure of our private business affairs. They’ve restricted the wages we may charge, the services we may provide, the commerce in which we may engage, the products we may manufacture, the plants we may grow and the things we may own, even on our own property, and using our own resources.

They’ve failed to provide justice in the courts, and have abused the jury system. They’ve allowed arrest to be made without warrants or probable cause. They’ve seized property without due process of law. They’ve conducted criminal prosecutions without allowing the accused to confront his accuser. They’ve restricted our right of self-defense. They’ve dictated the education our children will receive and have required them to attend unsafe and substandard schools. They’ve bribed state legislators with Federal highway funds and have used Federal law to dictate to local communities the services they must provide. They’ve passed bills of attainder and ex post facto laws. They’ve used our resources to defend and support tyrants abroad. They’ve engaged in acts of war without permission of our representatives. They’ve subjected the sovereignty of the American people to foreign powers. They’ve done all this at the point of the government’s gun, and often in direct violation of our constitution.

Reflecting the rationale of the old Southern slave holders, they claim they have done these things to better care for us and to protect us from our own ineptitude. The question is less why I am a Libertarian, then why I am not in armed rebellion against such tyranny.

As a Vietnam veteran, I’ve seen firsthand the ravages of war, and would exhaust all other options before resorting to such an extreme. Our founders understood this reluctance, stating in the Declaration of Independence, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. Our founding fathers also understood that some things are worse than war, slavery being one of them. The next line in the same document reads that: “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.

In an effort to allow their posterity a means to throw off the despotic tendencies of government, without the bloodshed and desolation of war, our founders established a political system which would allow for change by the will of the people. For that they have my heartfelt gratitude.

Most people in America today do not see Liberty as a whole concept, being preoccupied with a particular freedom they are denied. Reproductive rights, the right to educate their child as they see fit, gun rights, the right to seek the medical treatment they desire, or the right to run their business as they please are among the individual rights Americans see as threatened. As more and more people realize all these rights are interconnected, as they realize they cannot have liberty for their particular concern if they are willing to deny liberty to others with other concerns; they become Libertarian. This is why the Libertarian Party is the fastest growing party in the nation. Libertarians do not believe in the initiation of force or fraud to achieve social or political goals. They believe all human interaction should be voluntary. They believe free men should be held responsible for the damage they do to others and their property and otherwise should not be molested. They believe the greatest blessing for all mankind come as a result of individual liberty and the greatest evils result from the abridgment of individual liberty.

These are the same beliefs I hold. These are the values I was taught as a child. I may think my friend is taking a foolish risk by not wearing a seat belt, but I would not send an armed man to rob him if I thought he was not taking the safety precautions I thought he should.

I cannot convince myself that it is right to allow my government do things that I would think were wrong for me to do myself. No government should have greater rights and privileges than its individual citizens. No government should be allowed to enslave its people. Duty will not allow me to stand by while mine does. Duty to myself, my family, my God and my country have compelled me to become an active Libertarian.
1:25:12 AM    comment []

Thursday, May 27, 2004

I am about to take off the weekend and spend a bit of time with my son. Before I go I did want to comment on an article I saw in the News and Record tuesday May 25.

Charles Davenport is one of their regular colomnists. His article was headlined Disillusioned Voters and Third Partys. However his article never mentioned a North Carolina third party. There is only one you know.

Davenport asks the question: Do the two dominant partys adequately represent the entirety of American political opinion? If not, what is the most effective approach for those who find themselves on the outside looking in?

Davenport offers two possibilities. One is to work within a major political party. In other words join up and get in line for a place at the trough. He offers what seems to be some remnants of Naders Green party as an example of this approach.

Mr Davenport fails to note that any other approach is severly restricted by the incumbents. They want you to stay a party that they control and they make it very difficult to do anything else.

Davenport does admit that those who do not feel properly represented by the dems or publicans do have the option of forming a third party. He offered the Constitution Party as his example for this option. I enjoyed his offhand remark that it had not yet qualified for the ballot in North Carolina.

Mr Davenport spent a lot of ink telling people that a vote for a third party was a wasted vote. That a vote for a third party was worse than a wasted vote it could cause the greater of two evils to win and who wants that?

Davenport used a lot of page space to tell people not to vote Libertarian without ever actually mentioning the only third party option voters will be allowed to have this year. Nor does he ever bring up the real reason someone might have for voting Libertarian.
10:39:58 PM    comment []

Hmmm. Apparently the link is still not working.
9:43:03 AM    comment []

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

I have tried adjusting the link to my biograp[hy page since it has not been working. Hope it is fixed now.
11:09:14 PM    comment []

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