Colorado Libertarians Message Board › Fodder for NEW LP Signage and Pamphlet Publication
|A former member||
There has been a discussion on the Mailing List of this group where Mike Spalding has suggested that NEW materials be created for the 09 LPCO State Convention in terms of signage and printed materials.
As a consummate writer and a person who never throws away anything I have a collection of materials that runs back about 7 years. Readers of this thread should also check Mykl Kryka’s “The Ever Quotable...” thread for other ideas from oh so many LPCO MeetUp Members.
Contributors may want to consider that I am starting this thread with this precept in mind: During the Clinton admin the national party and the Advocates for Self Government published a bunch of pamphlets (tri-fold) that presented Libertarian Party ideals couched in terms that Democrats could understand. They were primarily aimed at Dems who were unhappy with what their votes had brought (had wrought). These could be recycled now with a Dem president and Dem majority congress.
Unfortunately, most of these pamphlets were only available in print, as the internet was yet to have much impact. So, it is difficult to simple copy and paste into new publications. We have to do the hard work of finding them and republishing them. Finding them could be the most difficult part.
And while it’s MY intention to aim the following statements towards Democrats who are not too happy with what their party has wrought, and hope that YOU gentle reader and contributor will follow in suit, we must be aware that we will address more than just unhappy Democrats in readership.
( I’ve just discovered the MeetUp character length limitation at 7500. Despite several attempts at 6100 characters, its still not going out. So be prepared to read my first post in two parts. Maybe three parts … arrrggg! )
Thus I begin with Tom Parker’s lead off contribution that headlined the LP Boulder website when I first became active within the party:
Committed to America's heritage of freedom: Individual liberty and personal responsibility; a free-market economy of abundance and prosperity; a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade; and a government limited to its Constitutional duties.
“Don't waste your vote in November. Vote for either the Democrat or Republican if you think things are going just fine, if you want the continuous growth of government we've seen for the past several decades.
If you think that might not be what you want, send a clear message, vote Libertarian, your only choice for less government.”
Keith Hamburger, 2002 candidate for House District 18
“The government that governs best, governs least.” Thomas Jefferson
“Terrorists cannot destroy a free society, but they can scare a free society into destroying itself.”
David Kopel, The Cato Institute
"Fortunately, we are waking up. We are again recognizing the dangers of an overgoverned society, coming to understand that good objectives can be perverted by bad means, that reliance on the freedom of people to control their own lives in accordance with their own values is the surest way to achieve the full potential of a great society."
“Free To Choose” Milton Friedman 1979 – Nobel Laureate, teacher, presidential advisor, Newsweek columnist, and Libertarian.
"Every friend of freedom... must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence."
Milton Friedman in “An Open Letter to [Drug Czar] Bill Bennett," The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 7, 1989
“Parents have the right and responsibility to educate their children as they see fit by making educational decisions in a free market environment without government coercion.”
Howard Lambert, candidate for HD 13 – 2002
This appeared in my 2004 pamphlet in a bid for Commissioner of Boulder County:
Any rights conferred upon man and woman by their creator and our constitution should be venerated in this county.
Americans hold personal freedom in high regard
Drugs are bad for you, but the drug war is bad for America. If your personal poor choices include substance abuse, then that is your right.
If you impinge upon public safety, or otherwise commit crimes, then for you should be prosecuted for those.
The use of drugs and alcohol is a personal choice, and a private matter.
Personal Responsibility is demanded of citizens; and government must respect a freeman’s privacy.
Law and code enforcement should only respond to calls for service, not seek the list of ‘usual suspects’ for a grocery list of possible infractions.
From the same 04 pamphlet:
Land Management is a misnomer. Government always fails in this category.
Taxpayers are paying for litigation more that they are for land. The plaintiffs in land use lawsuits pays for their own vilification through taxes while they are paying for their own defense out-of-pocket.
Open Space funding provides a few publicly elected, and a great number of unelected government officials, with the power to make grandiose and often unwise purchasing and planning decisions.
Boulder County Land Management and Open Space are some of the most often seen and reviled reaches of government into the rights of property owners.
Government should not be in the business of forcing the taking private property for its own uses.
In recent litigation, counties and municipalities have lost favor with the courts over the personal property rights of the citizens, and have incurred heavy damages in civil courts.
The taxpayer pays for this.
More bits of campaign material wisdom from 04 in my county:
Business owners should prosper in a free-market economy; unhampered by spurious regulations.
Often used as a method of gaining revenue, the Commissioners have ruled for increased regulation.
This activity should be curtailed.
The effect of increased regulation is increased criminality when citizens resist being forced to comply.
VOTE LIBERTARIAN !
|A former member||
Continuing from my first post ...
In July of 2004 candidates from all parties were gathered at a forum sponsored by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG). Staff writer Richard Valenty wrote about this event in the Colorado Daily and quoted then Senate District 17 LP candidate Bo Shaffer, in reference to the GOP and Democrats:
“One side wants to legislate morality, and the other wants to legislate the pocketbook.”
"Abuse of power isn't limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we're not vigilant. At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that? Those in power get jaded, deluded, and seduced by power itself. The hunger for absolute power and, more to the point, the abuse of power, are part of human nature."
Clint Eastwood on Government (from Parade Magazine (January 12, 1997)
Playboy: "How would you characterize yourself politically?"
Eastwood: "Libertarian... Everyone leaves everyone else alone."
Playboy Interview (March 1997)
Excerpted from an October 04 letter to the editor published in the Rocky:
Once liberties are lost they are seldom returned without force.
The result of the prohibitions against drugs and guns are evident in our society. Many of us understand that what we’ve been doing legislatively does not work. Yet we continue to increase support for these morally bankrupt prohibitions.
The outcome is tyranny. It is the will of all governments to control the populace and oppression is the most common avenue. In the case of the US, it has been self-inflicted.
In a free society taxation may be necessary, but not oppressive. In the US socialism has been a key ideal in government for seventy years. Income, property, and trade are taxed to pay for government run charities. Government itself operates at a loss.
Individuals and groups are prohibited from keeping their income; on what can be done with property; and prohibited from giving freely.
Creators of businesses and innovations are punished through a myriad of regulations and prohibitions. It is difficult and expensive to operate a business in an oppressive nation whose laws are based on prohibitions.
The constitution is a document in which the nation tells government what it can do. Our legislators are have created laws which tell the nation what it cannot do. And our administration attempts to enforce these prohibitions at a cost of more than money.
Prohibitions on finances; occupation and industry; development; agriculture; trade; transportation; and personal liberty.
Are Americans freemen or serfs?
Paul Tiger – Longmont, CO
“It is your responsibility to protect yourself and your family from criminals. If you rely on the government for protection, you are going to be at least disappointed and at worst injured or killed.”
Bill Masters, Libertarian Sheriff of San Miguel County, Telluride, Colorado – 2002
“Freedom is the one thing we cannot have unless we give it to others. The blessings our nation enjoys today is built upon that expression of free will. If you elect me as your president, marriage will no longer be a political football, but a matter for hearts and souls.”
“Marriage partners, not government, should define the terms and spiritual orientation of their union in accordance with our nation’s guarantee of religious freedom.”
Michael Badnarik, June 2004
“Our limited law enforcement energy should be focused on true crimes, not on enforcing the government's insane war on drugs. Prohibition was a tremendous failure in the 1920's – we're making the same mistakes with drugs.”
Tony Sileo, candidate for Boulder County Commissioner – 2002
“I believe that drug use is dangerous and unhealthy. However, the right to liberty guarantees everyone the right to make poor decisions.”
Dr. Scott Replogle, candidate for Boulder County Coroner – 2002
Government Bloat and Taxes:
“Tax revenues are wasted, mis-spent, mis-budgeted, and mis-planned. The lower the tax rate, the better the business community. There is not one service provided by the government that isn't provided better and cheaper by the business community.”
Dwight Harding, candidate for Attorney General – 2002
VOTE LIBERTARIAN !