George Phillies: An Open Letter to the People of Massachusetts

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An open letter to the people of Massachusetts, from George Phillies, Chair, Libertarian Party of Massachusetts:

Editor:

Eight decades ago, the Germans launched a war on Judaism. Synagogues were destroyed. Jewish newspapers were silenced. Jews had special ID cards.

Now Republican Presidential candidates want to move forward to the past. Marco Rubio would close mosques, cafes, and internet sites. Ben Carson wants government spies in mosques, schools, press corps, and churches. Donald Trump asks Americans to spy on their neighbors. Ted Cruz would ban Moslem immigration. Trump and Carson call for torture via waterboarding.

Trump, Carson, Rubio, and Cruz are four of a kind. They reject our Constitution. They campaign against our Bill of Rights.

It is time for good Republicans to flee their party. Republicans: Your party’s Presidential candidates are not the party of Eisenhower, Goldwater, Romney, or the first George Bush. You have only one patriotic road to take. Abandon ship! Abandon ship now! Find or form a different political party, a party true to our country’s traditions. Please consider the Libertarians. We stand for peace, freedom, prosperity, and Massachusetts social tolerance.

George Phillies
Worcester, MA

George Phillies
Chair, Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
48 Hancock Hill Drive
Worcester MA 01609
508 754 1859
phillies@4liberty.net

The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts is Massachusetts’ oldest and largest third party. Founded in 1972, the Libertarian Party stands for social tolerance, small government, the whole Bill of Rights, and an end to foreign wars of intervention. For more information: http://LPMASS.org

 

 

26 thoughts on “George Phillies: An Open Letter to the People of Massachusetts

  1. J.R.Myers for President

    Big difference, the Jews were largely assimilated and not terrorizing Germany or Europe or America. Typical LP mindlessness. I expect those of Phillies mindset to bare their necks in preparation for greeting their new “friends”. Your naïveté is deadly.

  2. Ariotos

    If George Phillies were not so opposed to Pro-Lifers like myself attaining any measure of influence within the Massachusetts Libertarian Party (my home state), let alone the national Libertarian Party, I might have given him a fair hearing on considering the Libertarian Party as a party of preference. His prior comments however, on this site and elsewhere, have made it clear that there is no place for me or others like me long as he were to remain its voice in my state.

    Now regardless of that, is Phillies correct? In a measure yes; we shouldn’t be spying on mosques simply because they are muslim places of worship, we shouldn’t ban immigration or refugees on the basis of religion alone, nor should we condone torture of any kind by any of our services for any reason no matter how great the temptation may be. On the other hand we should promote a more robust extension of our National Security apparatus into social media, but not wholesale, with the aim of infiltrating groups and attaining information on them much the same way we already do with extremist groups domestically; cutting back those efforts, beyond those efforts which are deemed ineffective, would be dangerous.

  3. georgephillies

    The is an unambiguously pro-Life party that most of the time really does support our civil liberties. That party is the Constitution party. They are not in a number of respects Libertarian, but a strong Constitution party would be good for our Libertarian Party, namely it would fragment the local Republicans.

    The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts State Committee has on it one member who is pro-life, anti-gay-marriage and adoption, and is firmly convinced that the chief menace to our liberties is the United Nations.

    However, most people have their opinions in a cluster, so that for most not all people if you learn their opinion on a few issues the rest are predictable. Pew does this every few years complete with the cluster analysis. Alas, “Libertarian” is doing poorly there, and this time around the “Libertarian” cluster had faded from site. In many experience, pro and anti abortion is an excellent way to sort out confused Republicans who do not understand large numbers of our stands, like non-Intervention and social liberties, and create great confusion and discombobulation before they go on their way.

    With respect to our National Platform, in my opinion the clause in the abortion plank that different people have different opinions on the issue ought to be moved to the very front of the platform, to make clear that we are not sheep or slaves and do not demand total loyalty on every issue.

  4. georgephillies

    The only potential State Committee member against whom there was a vigorous campaign organized, not by me, was opposed by the organizers because he was believed by the people doing the organizing to be an anti-Mexican Tea Party racist.

  5. Ken

    Spoken like someone who doesn’t have a clue and is indeed part of the problem. Reality is hard to see with your head stuck in the sand or some other dark place. Comparing the German treatment of the Jews with those of Muslims is insulting and shows a complete lack of understanding of history. The Jews were not engaged terrorism, supporting, or being moderate on Islamic Terrorism and doing nothing to stop it. They were accused of it by the evil liars that was intent on killing them. It sounds kind of like the group of people that you are supporting. During the war that followed we banned emigration of GERMANS, ITALIANS, AND JAPANESE, as we were at war with them and there was no way to vet them as safe to enter America. Jimmy Carter did the same thing during the Iranian crisis and I don’t remember such whiny talk about those chanting death to America not being able to freely immigrate here. Now we have them all over the world killing people right and left. Our vaunted FBI and DHS have admitted that we can’t vet these folks, who are really the only group NOT being persecuted by ISIL, and yes Obama is correct calling them ISIL. Why? Because most of them are Sunni, the same sect as ISIL and Obama. Meanwhile other groups, Christian Arab, are being executed daily and denied access to refugee status by the evil administration.

    You need to re-evaluate your libertarian status and ideals. Non-aggression does not extend to those who would kill you, your family, and others. We have no rights to force beliefs on others and neither do they to us. Those that do we have an inalienable right to defend ourselves against those actions. That includes denying the entry, and placing those here under close watch until peaceful intent is proven. The NSA spies on all of us and gets nothing right as a result and violates all our rights and freedoms. Lack of correct governmental targeting does not do the correct functioni of government, protecting our lives and rights. Lack of well reasoned thinking is why folks have reservations about the Libertarian Party, especially with spilled blood in the streets and office parties by those who openly state that we must become like them or die.

    Ken Lowder
    Libertarian party candidate, Harris county tx.

  6. Green_w_o_Adjectives

    “Now Republican Presidential candidates want to move forward to the past. Marco Rubio would close mosques, cafes, and internet sites. Ben Carson wants government spies in mosques, schools, press corps, and churches. Donald Trump asks Americans to spy on their neighbors. Ted Cruz would ban Moslem immigration. Trump and Carson call for torture via waterboarding.”

    God help us. I’ve been ignoring the process, but it just gets worse and worse doesn’t it.

    It seems to me that the American election is above all a forum for public relations to mold public opinion, and that American politics isn’t understandable until we see it in that light. If this is so, then the function of these Republican candidates seems to be getting us ready for some dark imperialist future…that the elites are about to plunge us into. And even Bernie Sanders is offering no real alternative to the policies characteristic of the Obama administration.

  7. Green_w_o_Adjectives

    Sanders is offering no real alternative on foreign policy and imperialism, that is.

  8. paulie

    TE Finnegan tells me Ken Lowder, commenting above, is a Tea Party conservative who wants a “Christian Nationalist” government and believes marijuana should remain illegal.

  9. georgephillies

    @ 23:44 I see that the Republican Party of Paranoia’s junior wing has fallen for their nonsense hook line and sinker.

    @09:12 It is my distinct recollection that the people saying that we should end our platform plank condemning the national security state were form the LP of Texas. I see that some of you have not changed your stripes.

    The chief menace to our country and our freedom is the national security state.

    The person who does not have a clue, Mr. Ken, is you. In particular, you appear not to have a clue what party you belong in, because the Libertarian Party does not have a fascist wing.

    You write: “Comparing the German treatment of the Jews with those of Muslims is insulting and shows a complete lack of understanding of history. The Jews were not engaged terrorism, supporting, or being moderate on Islamic Terrorism and doing nothing to stop it. ”

    Apparently, since you appear to be defending the Germans relative to the Republicans, you are also leaving the impression, hopefully false, of being a Nazi sympathizer. Perhaps you should correct yourself.

    The core problem in the Middle East is America terrorism. We killed through our most recent war on them three quarter of a million Iraqis. We randomly bomb country after country, killing infants, children and the elderly. We now resort to assassinating American citizens.

  10. georgephillies

    Dear LP of Texas: I urge you to filter your candidates a bit. “Legalize marijuana” and “100% prochoice” usually stops the Republican infiltrators. “100% pro second amendment” tends to filter out Democrats.

  11. Bishop James W. Clifton

    Goldwater? Perhaps in today’s far, far right GOP but he was not in the tradition of Eisenhower, George Romney or Nelson Rockefeller, not at all.

  12. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I fight it alarming indeed that people calling themselves “Libertarian” have fallen for the hysteria and propaganda directed at Muslims for the sole purpose of citizens allowing the US military to continue bombing and murdering in other countries.

    George said “The core problem in the Middle East is America terrorism. We killed through our most recent war on them three quarter of a million Iraqis. We randomly bomb country after country, killing infants, children and the elderly. We now resort to assassinating American citizens.”

    Succinct and to the point–a near perfect summation of what’s going on.

  13. georgephillies

    If Goldwater were alive today, he would be a Libertarian. pro-choice: Brought Planned parenthood to Arizona. Said the Christian fascists should be kicked out of the Republican Party. Low taxes. Pro Second Amendment.

  14. Dave

    “If Goldwater were alive today, he would be a Libertarian.”

    Would he? He also joked about lobbing a nuke into the Kremlin’s bathroom. He was a prominent hawk. I like Goldwater but feel like he could have gone either way, depending on how important he viewed foreign policy as compared to other issues.

    Still, pretty good letter. I have my differences with Dr. Phillies and am probably more of a relative hawk on Isis than most here. But politically it’s a good release. Muslims actually were a GOP leaning group before 9/11. I think Trump’s campaign will take care of most of the remaining ones.

  15. ken

    Paulie, TE Finnigan smokes to much pot to have a clue. I hold to the golden rule, do onto others as you would have them do onto you. if it wants to smoke pot or take it up the butt, I don’t care as long as it keeps it to itself. BUT let finnigan get into a car wreck while under the influence and I’d throw the book it. His view of gay marriage include forcing those who disagree to face the wrath of the government noose. Tell it nice try troll, it, not you Paulie. I don’t know you yet. Nice to see a typical attack because I’m a Christian, not what I wrote though. Says a lot about both of you,

  16. ken

    Pro-choice is only Libertarian only if you ignore that part that say “all men {and women} are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain INALIENABLE rights. Chief among these are LIFE, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Now it just comes down to when you define life of a new human being exist. At the moment a distinct human life can be identified. It’s species, Sex, and both parents can be identified by its separate DNA. Similar but different from each of it’s parents. By being pro-choice at that point you deny its humanity and its inalienable rights. A right that you don’t have to give or take.

  17. Steve m

    In 1918 US citizens thought German immigrants were a threat and used their fear to justify attacking and even lynching some of them.

    To those comentators above who think that because other scared people got it wrong this time they have it right. Well you are still wrong and you are still hate mongering cowards.

    If you promote in justice because of fear you are just to full of hate for me to respect.

  18. Ken

    The please provide your address so we can send you a few refugees to care for at your house. Since Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE won’t take them, it’s up to you to step up. As a sponsor you can also be held accountable for their actions. No problem right?

  19. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Sure, Ken, I’ll take some!

    I’d rather take a chance on someone who had to flee than the ‘muricans who insist on lumping many people into one category, and expect bad behavior from them.

  20. Fun K. Chicken

    Phillies is right; Ken is full of hot air. There are plenty of people more than willing to help and house refugees and absolutely no reason to believe they pose any kind of security risk. Ken is on the side of the terrorists and trying to help them out with his silly right wing hate rhetoric.

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