Your Monday Message from the Libertarian Party – Elected Libertarians are making government work for you

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posted by Donny Ferguson on Mar 23, 2009

Dear friend,

Just a few days ago I had a nice exchange with Mack’s Creek, Misouri’s Libertarian Mayor Joel Stoner. Like other elected Libertarians, Mayor Stoner is hard at work improving city parks, establishing a broadband community center and fixing the local roads, all with either private donations or reductions elsewhere in the budget, allowing him to avoid tax increases.

Another Libertarian elected official (recent LP convert Indianapolis City-County Councilor) Ed Coleman, is working to expose millions of dollars in waste by a government council that builds sport arenas for wealthy teams. Like any elected Libertarian, Councilor Coleman believes government should serve his nearly one million constituents – not connected special interests.

Over 200 Libertarians currently serve in elected office. With around 90 percent of all the public offices in the United States being appointed, there are also hundreds more Libertarians serving in appointed offices. One such appointed Libertarian, California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, dedicated his 25-year judicial career to tackling youth crime, drunk driving and reforming drug laws. His steadfast libertarian principles earned him the respect of Republicans and Democrats, and a reputation for no-nonsense approach to enforcing the law.

In fact, since the LP was founded 38 years ago, thousands of Libertarians have served in elected and appointed office, including 12 Libertarian state legislators.

But whether they are appointed or elected, Libertarian public officials are eliminating waste, curbing spending and making sure what few legitimate activities the government should be engaged in are performed efficiently and successfully.

And when voters elect a Libertarian, who then governs competently and rationally, it destroys the hysterical Democrat/Republican arguments against electing Libertarians. Governments run by elected Libertarians work more efficiently, more fairly and with a greater respect for individual rights.

It’s no wonder then that elected Libertarians are almost always re-elected. Unlike their Republican or Democrat counterparts, they focus on serving people and not going after them.

Compare that to a Barack Obama who feels the purpose of government is to attack achievers and ensure equality of income, or a Republican Party who feels the purpose of government is to enforce private morals.

So while Democrat and Republican politicians are busy engaging in the politics of greed and exclusion, Libertarian public servants are busy serving you – fixing roads, repairing infrastructure, enforcing just laws and keeping communities safe, either with private funds and without increasing spending wherever possible.

A small, constitutional government that actually works in an efficient and ethical manner? It’s possible, and elected Libertarians across the country are making it happen.

With optimism,

Donny Ferguson
Director of Communications
Libertarian National Committee
Donny.Ferguson@lp.org


Posted to IPR by Paulie.

13 thoughts on “Your Monday Message from the Libertarian Party – Elected Libertarians are making government work for you

  1. paulie Post author

    They sent a second message


    DON’T FORGET!!!
    Learn how to protect your assets – and put Libertarians on the air!

    Fox News Channel’s Judge Andrew Napolitano hosts “Freedom Watch” every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., on FoxNews.com’s “Strategy Room.”

    It’s an online libertarian program with libertarian hosts and guests streamed live every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, and your online support can help put Judge Napolitano’s show on television on the Fox News Channel!

    This week Peter Schiff, the Ron Paul economic advisor and successful broker who predicted the current economic collapse a year ago, tells you how to protect your assets in this economic downturn.

    Just go to http://www.foxnews.com/strategyroom tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time to watch. Put it on your Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace and encourage others to do so as well. For those who are unable to do so, all the previous episodes are archived at http://www.freedomwatchonfox.com and the more views these videos get, the better.

    The more the viewership for this libertarian program grows, the better a chance it will be broadcast on the Fox News Channel. Libertarian Party members can show their support with the Judge, Ron Paul, and Peter Schiff by simply viewing and encouraging others to view the program tomorrow and every Wednesday from 2:00 3:00 p.m. EST.

    The guest lineup for Wednesday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. ET is:

    http://www.foxnews.com/strategyroom

    2:00-2:30 p.m. – Peter Schiff and Lew Rockwell
    Special 10 minute segment, ‘Protecting Your Assets with Peter Schiff.” Learn what you need to know about protecting your money and investments from economic downturns, and Obama!

    2:30-3:00 p.m. EST – Congressman Ron Paul, Peter Schiff and David Boaz
    Topics: U.S. power to seize firms, possible 15 year depression, discussion of Austrian School of Economics, preview of Campaign for Liberty, St. Louis conference and much, much more.

    And Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Judge Napolitano and David Boaz aren’t the only ones on the air this week:

    2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root will appear on “FOX & Friends” the FOX News Channel national morning show on Friday at 7:15 AM EST. Root will also appear on the “Strategy Room” on FOXNews.com at 1 PM on Friday. You can watch “The Strategy Room” at: http://www.foxnews.com/strategyroom

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    Root is in New York on media tour this week. He will also be the keynote speaker at the New Jersey Libertarian Party state convention in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday.

    Root will also appear on “Savage Nation” with Michael Savage on Monday to address the controversy over a report to law enforcement prepared by a Homeland Security “fusion center” in Missouri labeling Libertarians and other political groups supporting more freedom and smaller government (such as Ron Paul supporters) as possible threats to national security. Root calls that report “a blatant violation of civil liberties, a chilling attack on political dissent, and a threat to free speech, our Constitution, and everything this country stands for.”

    Root also appeared this week on WGN Radio in Chicago with host Rita Cosby, and will appear next week on CNN Radio’s “The Wall Street Warriors.”

    Root is the author of a new book to be released in Spring 2009 by Wiley & Sons Publishers entitled: The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.

    Please visit Wayne’s website to see many of his nonstop national media appearances at http://www.RootForAmerica.com

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  2. paulie Post author

    LP.org headlines


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    Mar 2009
    Wayne Allyn Root to Appear on FOX News Twice on Friday, Michael Savage on Monday, WGN and CNN

    LAS VEGAS — 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root will appear on “FOX & Friends” the FOX News Channel national morning show on Friday at 7:15 AM EST. Root will also appear on the “Strategy Room” on FOXNews.com at 1 PM on Friday. You can watch “The Strategy Room” at: http://www.foxnews.com/strategyroom.
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    Mar 2009
    GOP Officeholder Endorses Libertarian Candidate Sundwall

    ALBANY, NY — Albany attorney Warren Redlich endorsed Libertarian special election congressional candidate Eric Sundwall, although he is a Republican officeholder (Town of Guilderland board) and was a GOP congressional candidate in the adjoining 21st congressional district. The special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand will be held March 31st. Campaign manager Richard Cooper announced the endorsement.
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    Mar 2009
    John Monds to seek Libertarian Nomination For Ga. Governor

    ATLANTA — John Monds will be announcing his intention to seek the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s nomination for Governor with a press conference at the Capitol in Atlanta with family, close friends and supporters by his side Wednesday, March 25th at 4:00pm.

    During his campaign for Public Service Commission (District 1) in 2008, Monds became the first Libertarian to break one million votes in the United States.

    View All News

  3. paulie Post author

    Hoosiers Rally at the Indiana Statehouse to Air Their Grievances
    posted by Donny Ferguson on Mar 25, 2009

    From the Libertarian Party of Indiana

    Over 400 Hoosiers gathered in the Indiana Statehouse on the afternoon of March 25, 2009 to demand their elected officials begin governing in a responsible manner. There were a laundry list of important issues that local bloggers, activists, and political figures spoke on. The issues raised included less taxation, governmental transparency, adherence to the Constitution, an end to eminent domain, property tax repeal, and a solution to the CIB quagmire.

    The Libertarian Party of Indiana was on hand to support the organizers (http://www.revoltatthestatehouse.blogspot.com) of the event, and to explain the libertarian philosophy. Executive Director Chris Spangle was featured on WISH-TV 8 in a news story on the event.

  4. paulie Post author

    LP.org
    Press Release

    For Immediate Release
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009
    Voters get no choice as Sundwall removed from ballot on “technicality”

    ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Board of Elections voted Wednesday to remove Libertarian congressional candidate Eric Sundwall from the ballot in the March 31 special election to fill the vacant 20th congressional district seat, citing a technicality that voided many of Sundwall’s ballot access petition signatures.

    The Sundwall campaign will not pursue legal efforts to remain on the ballot. Campaign manager Richard Cooper issued the following statement:

    “Instead of campaigning, we have been forced to have Eric Sundwall spend time and money in court. We will not continue legal efforts to remain on the ballot. We are dismayed that the people of the 20th Congressional District will not have the opportunity to vote for Eric Sundwall due to a technicality that hinges on what town or city the voter or witness lives in as opposed to their community of residence.”

    According to the Albany Times Union, the petitions were not technically correct because many voters listed their mailing address instead of their town, for example. Sundwall needed 3,500 valid signatures to gain a spot on the ballot next Tuesday. The Times Union reports he collected 6,730, but the ruling today leaves him short by 556.

    Board member Evelyn Aquila said it is time to change the laws.

    “I’ve always felt if you receive mail at the address (used on the petition) it should be good enough for us,” Aquila told the Times Union. “I will vote the way I’m supposed to, but it is time to correct this.”

    Military personnel registered to vote in the district have already received ballots with Sundwall’s name. Their votes for Sundwall will be voided and they will not be allowed to vote again.

  5. Steven R Linnabary

    Voters get no choice as Sundwall removed from ballot on “technicality”

    A “technicality” that the republican and democrat never have to endure, BTW.

    Perhaps now is the time to urge people to stay home from the polls? Afterall, what purpose does it serve to choose between two pro-war, pro-bailout, pro higher tax candidates?

    If the fine folks in NY want to look like a third world banana republic by excluding bonafide candidates from the ballot, we can certainly oblige.

    This being a special election, few people will go to the polls anyway. An election boycott is bound to be a success!

    PEACE

  6. Steven R Linnabary

    Nate-

    Interesting question. And since ballots are already printed, would a write-in candidate have to tell supporters NOT to vote on the line where his name is printed, but to actually write-in the candidates name?

    PEACE

  7. Nate

    I think that would be the case, yes. Really, really stupid. And what is it with disenfranchising military voters? This seems to be the new hip thing to do in the past 8 and a half years.

  8. Bill

    Peter Schiff, Ron Paul’s economic advisor is running for senate in 2010 in Connecticut. Check out his site and lend your support!

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