H/T D. Lou Shenoll in comments on a previous IPR post, Libertarian Presidential nomination candidate RJ Harris was involved in a car accident yesterday while on his way to a Constitution class at the Oklahoma Capitol taught by 2004 Libertarian presidential nominee Michael Badnarik.
Per RJ’s facebook wall (around noon today) “Got into a car accident on the way to Michael’s Constitution class at the state capital. I am ok (except my shoulder is slightly injured) but the car will be in the shop a few days till they can determine if it is repairable. Car accidents are always complex situations and legal help will be needed to provide justice and a helping hand to those that are in need. Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. is a brilliant law firm that will offer you any advice or legal information you need. When driving in future, I am going to take some rest before making a second attempt to get to the city in time to at least see everyone.”
Regarding that class, Badnarik wrote:
I’m sure you’ve seen people set up dominos just to watch the chain reaction as each one that falls knocks over the one next to it. (Here is a short video example.) What you don’t see are the hours and hours of preparation that were necessary to arrange for the relatively short, but spectacular display. The patriot movement is very much like a domino presentation. We have spent years and years arranging things in preparation for Liberty. Admittedly, the preparation has not been as easy to plan and organize since there are so many people working independently of each other. However I believe it is time to trigger an event that will begin a chain reaction that will be amazing to watch.
The first domino in this chain is the Oklahoma legislature. Representative Charles Key has invited me to teach my Constitution class on the floor of the Oklahoma State House on January 14th. The class is open to the public, and will cost four ounces of .999 fine silver, or the near equivalent in FRNs (currently equal to $150). Attendees will spend the day sitting in the same seats used to vote on legislation for Oklahoma. More importantly, Representative Key is inviting all the sitting members of the Oklahoma legislature to attend this historic event. Here is the website with more information. Seats are filling up fast, so if you would like to tell your grandchildren that you were there at the beginning, please be sure to call Kaye Beach (405-818-3224) or Howard Houchen (580-317-5058) to reserve your seat today.
I have mailed a personal invitation to all one hundred members of the State House explaining what to expect in class and inviting them to attend. I have also written a letter to the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore (Speaker of the Senate) for the other forty-nine states. I am inviting them to organize a similar class in their own state, delicately suggesting that it would be a shame if Oklahoma had the only patriotic state legislature in the country. During these classes I plan to emphasize the importance of the Tenth Amendment, explaining that the State legislature has the Constitutional authority to expel federal agents from the state. In fact, Charles Key is the man who sponsored the Tenth Amendment resolution passed by the Oklahoma legislature, and copied by thirty-six other states.
I never had the courage to dream this big before. I was thrilled beyond words to learn that I was confirmed for my class in Oklahoma City, but I was even more surprised when people began to contact me to find out if I would be willing to present a similar class in other states. Thus was born “Operation: DOMINO EFFECT”. I am asking my supporters to write a letter to their local state representative politely requesting my Constitution class in their state. If I can teach my class in ten states in 2012 I will consider myself a success, but – if you’re going to dream, you may as well dream big. I would like your help in making sure this happens in all fifty states. (Please don’t worry about over working me. I’m happy to go the extra mile to make this happen.)
If you have any comments or encouragements, please feel to include them here.
I’m sure you’ve heard stories about musical groups who struggle for years, playing in backwater bars, until suddenly they become “an overnight success”. I am hoping that 2012 is the year I finally go from rags to riches, and I may end up owing all of it to R.J. Harris who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President of the United States. There are currently fourteen people who have thrown their hat into that political fight, and my next newsletter article asks your opinion on this multi-faceted argument. Several weeks ago, a close and trusted friend called me requesting that I give Mr. Harris a call. He explained that he is from Oklahoma, that he was running for president, and that he wanted me to teach my Constitution class as part of his campaign strategy. I was subsequently called by one of his staff members who explained that the goal was to attract “at least one hundred students” to my class. I wish I had a dollar for every person who has made that promise. I have been disappointed so many times in the past that my reflexive thought process is, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. When pigs fly!”. No one hates to be wrong more than I do, but I may soon become a true believer. Kaye Beach is the woman responsible for this event, and when I called to ask where this class was to be held, I couldn’t believe my ears. She had just reserved the floor of the State House in Okalahoma City! I asked her twice to make sure that I understood her correctly. Barring any unforseen circumstances, on Saturday, January 14th I will be standing behind the same lecturn used by the Speaker of the House. But wait! You also get the ginsu knives! The plan keeps getting better. State Representative, Charles Key, is doing his best to make sure that a large percentage of Oklahoma’s legislative body is in attendance! Make that PAID attendance. BE STILL MY HEART! I feel like I’ve been breathing nitrous oxide when I think about the possibilites. I am already planning to have this session professionally recorded, and I will offer it in DVD format shortly thereafter. As soon as the class is over, while the seats are still warm, I will mail out letters to each of the 49 other states inviting them to host a class – so they are not out done by Oklahoma. We wouldn’t want any state to appear unpatriotic now, would we? Sheriff Mack is making every effort to help county sheriffs understand their oath of office, and their responsibility to defend the Constitution, Add to that a nation of state legislatures who understand that power flows from them to Washington, and life in the United States could look very different to what we’re experiencing now. Things are definitely looking up. Those of us who have been fighting for Liberty for many years have a tendency to be cynical and short tempered, but there are many signs that things are about to change significantly for the better. Either way, this is a very exciting time to be alive.