Libertarian Party of Michigan: Libertarians Call for Occupation of Government Buildings

Kimberly McCurry, Chair
Libertarian Party of Michigan

Over the past several weeks the government building and land occupation in Oregon has made the national news. Some people support it, some are against, but no matter which side you support one thing is clear – people are tired of government overreach and excessive punishments.

Although this happened in the Pacific Northwest, the people of Michigan should still pay attention. Why? Because this can happen anywhere, as it did before at Wounded Knee in 1973. The Obama administration has added 265 million acres of new federally protected lands, and over three million acres of land in Michigan is owned and controlled by the federal government.


Criminal charges were involved in Oregon, but that does not condone how the government handled the situation. Nor does it condone the violent threats and actions of protesters. These protests and occupations happening across the country are symptoms of a much larger issue: a dysfunctional government that continues to remove or restrict our freedoms.

Those participating in the standoff apparently believe it is one of the few routes left to fight the ever encroaching government, and they may be right, as nearly half of US citizens fail to stand where it matters most – in the voting booth. And of those that do vote, people repeatedly vote against the person they fear most – the “lesser of two evils” – rather than voting for real change.

If we are ready to stand in the streets and prepared to fight, then why can’t we do it nonviolently? If we are brave enough to take up arms, it is time we are brave enough to vote for freedom. The election is a battle, and votes are our weapons.

Voters cannot do this alone though. They need a front line that will stand up and run for political office to give people better choices. In many cases these will be independent or minor party candidates. It will never be easy, but the public is ready for action and tired of oppression.

Libertarians call for freedom-minded people to stand up and become that front line. We call for the occupation of Federal, State, and Local government buildings by elected officials representing liberty for the people. Let us seize control of the legislative process and legalize freedom!


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11 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Michigan: Libertarians Call for Occupation of Government Buildings

  1. Tracy Scott

    Have you guys Lost your damn minds?
    DO NOT call yourself Libertarian and advocate ANY THING that might even remotely be considered a violent act.
    That is not the Libertarian way and you DAMN well know it!
    STOP NOW!!!!!

  2. Caryn Ann Harlos Post author

    Someone doesn’t know I am a pacifist and would never post anything remotely advocating violence.

  3. George Phillies

    Tracy Scott gave a correct protest of a wrong headline.

    The headline a good example of taking things out of context, but no more.

  4. Caryn Ann Harlos

    The headline is as sent to me by the Michigan LP. It was their clever attention getter.

    Everything here is as sent.

  5. Steven Wilson

    These kinds of actions are great opportunities for Libertarians to educate people about the illness of the state and how ineffective violent actions really are in regards to your goals.

    The state LP near these land occupiers should be pro-active and be on the scene right in front of the media explaining what I mentioned above.

    Peace in 2016

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