Kansas: “Libertarians Getting Serious”

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The Libertarian Party of Kansas (LPKS) held its 2011 State Convention and the outcome probably has some Republicans and Democrats wondering if the Libertarians are finally getting serious. The first sign of a different attitude happened when the Party chose Al Terwelp as Chair. Terwelp who works in advertising and marketing explained “The principles and values of the Libertarian Party of Kansas are those of Kansans. Our liberty-based ideas have always been strong, but how we have shared those ideas has been weak. We are going to communicate what the Libertarian Party is all about through new media forms with a more consistent brand.”

In a demonstration of the Libertarian Party’s new commitment to better communication of their principles and ideas, the party membership made a move that caught many by surprise; they chose to dramatically update the LPKS’s nearly one decade old Party Platform and their nearly four decade old Statement of Principle.

The party’s Statement of Principle now begins:

“We, the Members of the Libertarian Party of Kansas, believe in the people of Kansas. We hold that all adults are capable of deciding what is best for themselves, their families, and their communities. We recognize that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.”

Party Media Spokesperson, Stacey Davis, says that the new Statement of Principle holds true to the values of the party and is one that the vast majority of Kansans will identify with. “We Kansans just want to be treated like adults and that is what the Libertarian Party of Kansas is all about. Most Kansans are Libertarians; they just don’t know it yet…but they will soon.”

The new Platform and Statement of Principle are available on the Libertarian Party of Kansas’ website, www.LPKS.org, which was redesigned in 2010 and is described by many as the most attractive and modern political website in Kansas.

The Libertarian Party of Kansas officers elected during the 2011 state convention include:

Chair           Al Terwelp, Overbrook KS
Vice-chair              Steven A. Rosile, Wichita KS
Secretary               Michael Kerner, Lenexa KS
Treasurer               Michael Dann, Baldwin City KS
1s Dist Coord            Matt Mercer, Dodge City KS
2nd Dist Coord           Rob Garrard, Edgerton, KS
3rd Dist Coord           Jeff Caldwell, Overland Park KS
4th Dist Coord           Dave Thomas, Wichita KS

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Mr. Al Terwelp, Chair, Libertarian Party of Kansas
785-665-7581
Chair@LPKS.org

Mr. Stacey Davis
Media Spokesperson, Libertarian Party of Kansas
785-231-9524
Policy@LPKS.org

Website: www.LPKS.org

Our mailing address is:
Libertarian Party of Kansas
6722 SW Urish Road
Topeka, KS 66402

4 thoughts on “Kansas: “Libertarians Getting Serious”

  1. Kevin Knedler

    Congratulations Kansas LP.
    Some of the keys to success is a viable organization with a vision, active members, and “farm team” building.
    Good luck.

    Kevin J. Knedler
    Ohio Executive Committee Chair
    LNC at-large member

  2. David Colborne

    I have to admit – that’s a really slick web site right there. I also like the emphasis on marketing. Our product is good, but if the can’s dented and worn, nobody will touch it.

  3. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    MORE KANSAS [via Kinky Friedman, the Jewish Cowboy and 2004 Texas Governor wanna be]:

    Kinky Friedman, Texas singer, author and political provocateur, is possibly better known for his 2004 campaign for Texas governor than his music and writing.

    However, songs such as “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” have managed to find their way into the public consciousness, due to Friedman’s unwillingness to abide hypocrisy and doublespeak.

    However, his umbrage manages to be witty and humorous, even as it retains its outrage. A friend of mine, Ruth Hull, summed up his music thusly: “He has a great vocabulary and the ability to choose words which carry nuances as well as the literal meanings you expect.”

    Friedman performs at Knuckleheads on Wednesday, April 27. The author and singer spoke to us by phone from his home, the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, in “the heart of Texas, where the men are men and the emus are nervous.”

    The Pitch: So, your home is an animal rescue ranch?

    Kinky Friedman: Right. Any stray or abused animal, we take. It’s a never-kill sanctuary.

    I would imagine being in Texas, you get some “different” pets.

    Yeah, we almost got a camel from west Texas two years ago, but that didn’t go through. But we have mostly dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, pigs.

    What led you to start the ranch?

    Well, I always loved animals, and my friend, Cousin Nancy, had lived in Utopia, Texas — which is 40 miles from here — and I was always dumping stray animals on her, and then the neighbors came with pitchforks, and made it pretty unpleasant around there — as people will do. Nobody wants a soup kitchen in their neighborhood. So it’s on our ranch now. It’s surrounded by hills, and nobody bugs us, and the animals have these great open-air pens.

    We’ve adopted thousands of them, now, over the years. I say, “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”

    Do you have issues with some of the animals? I know that with abused animals, it can be difficult to teach them to love again.

    Yeah. The abused animals — it’s tough. Here, anyone — regardless of their back story — they could end up living on a yacht and, in fact, they often do, or mansion or something.

    The fact is that, when you adopt a dog from Utopia, they are wistful about leaving. They look over their shoulder because they love it here. We have volunteers walking them, and Cousin Nancy and Tony are with them all the time. The very abused? Yes, it’s tougher.

    How many adoptions do you do a year?

    That would be a question for Cousin Nancy. But I’d say, in a good year, 50 to 100. We feel like we’re opening the gates of heaven a little bit wider.

    It’s very nice being a defender of strays. When a stray dog crosses your path, I think that it’s an indicator of your humanity, what you do.

    Does having all the animals around influence your writing, either song or novel?

    It does influence. We’ve just for the first time made available e-books of the mysteries I wrote, and audio books, read by me. I’m doing audio books, and you hear the dogs barking. It’s a very bucolic, ranch-y place, not like New York, where all the mysteries are all set.

    I have all my own dogs here, as well as the dogs at Utopia, and the donkeys are loud, so it’s a little Animal Farm type of situation going on as we’re trying to re-create a New York backdrop.

    It irritated the producer somewhat, but we’ve had to leave it in, because it’s pretty much constant.

    I’ll tell you one thing: I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this audio-book thing, but this is really fun.

    This is working without big publishing houses or chain bookstores, you know? No big publicists or agents. Kind of a David and Goliath thing, but it seems to be working.

    Are you working in chronological order re- releasing these books digitally, or according to what sells best?

    No, just what we have the rights to, and what we’re ready to go with. I think we’ve done Curse of the Missing Puppet Head, which is the new one, and we’ve done Heroes of a Texas Childhood, which is not a mystery.

    That’s the book I’ll have on tour, and I’ll be reading from that, and, of course, we’ll have copies afterward for signing. I’ll sign anything except bad legislation.

    That’s interesting, as it seems more people are familiar with your run for governor of Texas than for your music and writing.

    That may well be true. After I did the California leg of this tour, six months ago, I couldn’t believe it.

    Half the state just wished they could’ve lived in Texas — I think we won that race every place but Texas. d the truth is, Nick, we did get 600,000 votes, which would probably be enough to win in most states. But with 26 percent of the people voting, that just kills an independent and doesn’t give them a chance.

    If we’d had what Australia does — mandatory voting — I’d have won in a landslide. That’s not me, that’s what the political guys are saying. Of course, it would’ve been nice to have what England does: publicly paid-for elections.

    If you have election reform, then someone like me would have a chance of going up against some guy with $29 million. It’s just, y’know — you’re screwed.

    [book cover – heroes of a texas childhood.jpg
    ?Do you see any inspirational figures in the new book, Heroes of a Texas Childhood?]

    Yes. That’s the right word, too. We have 23 people that inspired me as a kid.

    Going from Davy Crockett to Audie Murphy, who most college kids here in Texas have never heard of; Barbara Jordan, the first black Congressperson from the South – they’ve never heard of her. Young people don’t know upon whose shoulders they stand.

    Do you find that people are surprised by the important accomplishments of people of whom they’ve never heard?

    Well, some of these are personal. Some of these people, like my dad. I may read this piece called “The Navigator,” about my dad’s experiences in World War II. That absolutely tends to spellbind the crowd.

    It’s more of a Mark Twain moment in the show, and it’s just so effective that I keep it in. There’ll be politics, too. I’ll answer questions and stuff. It’s mostly music.

    I’m going to bring back some of the politically incorrect songs, like “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Men’s Room In L.A.,” but there’ll be a lot of other stuff, too. Springtime for Kinky’s going to be interesting, because I don’t think that I’ve done a show in Kansas in 20 years.
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