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We denounce the air strikes on Syria

 

Dear Libertarian,

 

The Libertarian Party denounces last night’s strikes on Syria.

 

Purportedly these strikes were a retaliation for the release of a chemical agent which wounded and killed many Syrians earlier this week.

 

The use of chemical agents against civilians is abhorrent but, according to news reports, the cause of that chemical release is uncertain. It is believable that the Assad regime could have purposefully caused it but when war and peace are at stake, as they are now, we must not jump to conclusions, no matter how natural they may seem.

 

The situation in Syria is very complex. There is no clear, straight-forward path to peace. Additional air strikes will just kill more people and further inflame an already highly volatile situation.

 

For decades, the United States has pursued a foreign policy based on the idea that we can play policeman for the world. Time and time again we have seen this fail. Sadly, our intervention into Syria will be no different.

 

Launching missiles into Syria risks pitting the US against Russia in a proxy war. There is no way in which a proxy war can be beneficial for humanity, the United States, or Syria. Such a war will only elevate Russia on the world stage, further destroy Syria and Syrian lives, and cost the US many American lives and resources.

 

If the President wants to help the Syrian people, he should facilitate more refugees entering the United States to find safety here rather than demonizing them and hampering their escape from the dictator that is slaughtering them.

 

Since World War II, American foreign policy has been highly interventionist. This has dragged our country into many wars and conflicts that were not in the best interest of the American people. These wars and conflicts have cost many thousands of lives and billions of dollars and have not made the American people any safer. Our military is very powerful but these issues are too complex to be solved by military might.

 

The Libertarian Party calls for an end to interventionist foreign policy.

 

Specifically, the Libertarian Party recommends ending American military aggression in Syria and the rest of the Middle East. Our actions there, while meant to reduce terrorism, instead often serve as a rallying cry for terrorists and facilitate terrorist recruitment.

 

Sincerely,

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee
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Important update regarding the Liberty First Network

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Let me begin by saying thank you to those of you who have continued to support the Liberty First Network. Without your help we would not be where we are today. You make the hard work and long hours and the time away from home worth it.

Some months ago we moved the Liberty First Network from a non profit organization to an LLC. We believed and still believe that this change will allow us to be a more effective organization by curtailing some erroneous bureaucracy that goes along with being a non-profit organization and allowing us to spend all of our time on representing liberty.

The Liberty First Network has moved to a membership based organization offering yearly memberships that will include issue specific education materials that can be given to others to help inform them on the issues.

We will continue to put out action alerts on issues that you can take action on. We will continue to have a presence in Tallahassee and represent liberty. We will continue to have lobby days that you can come up to Tallahassee with us and help as we work on the issues important to advancing liberty in Tallahassee.

With this change our website was not one in which we could customize enough to make the necessary wording changes for a membership based organization. This has been the center of the state’s harassment of us. In taking a fresh look at the website we determined there were other aspects that could be better as well.

So now We are in the process of doing a complete rewrite of the website. We have purchased a new web address (http://www.LibertyFirstNetwork.com) and have contracted with a marketing company to help make sure the website is as helpful and informative as possible. We will be also be adding an online store to help raise additional revenues to help fund the organization.

The launch of the new site will be sometime in May 2017. We are selecting this time because this will be immediately after the 2017 session in order to avoid confusion with our current sites http://www.LibertyFirstFL.org and http://FloridaActionAlerts.com.

Would you be interested in becoming a member of the Liberty First Network?

We are offering 4 levels of membership.

The first level will be a Bronze Level Membership. This membership is either $10 a month or $100 one time that is good for a year. With this membership you will receive a LFN Sticker, LFN T-shirt, LFN Action Alerts Texting service, LFN Quarterly Members only Call and access to our Members Only Facebook Group.

The second level will be a Silver Level Membership. This membership is either $25 a month or $250 one time that is good for a year. With this membership you will receive a membership card and LFN Sticker, LFN T-shirt, LFN Hat, LFN Action Alerts Texting service, LFN Quarterly Members only Call and access to our Members Only Facebook Group.

The third level will be a Gold Level Membership. This membership is $50 a month or $500 one time that is good for a year. With this membership you will receive a membership card and a LFN Sticker, LFN T-shirt, LFN Hat, LFN Action Alerts Texting service, LFN Quarterly Members only Call, access to our Members Only Facebook Group, LFN Polo Shirt, a invitation to the LFN annual dinner and a Milton Friedman Club Plague.

The fourth level will be a Platinum Level Membership. This membership is $100 a month or $1,000 one time that is good for a year. With this membership you will receive a membership card and a LFN Sticker, LFN T-shirt, LFN Hat, LFN Quarterly Members Call, LFN Action Alerts Texting service, access to our Members Only Facebook Group, LFN Polo Shirt, LFN Silver Coin, invitation to the LFN annual dinner, and LFN Thomas Jefferson Club Plaque.

Our membership will be the reason we are able to continue to make sure that you are informed on what is going on in Tallahassee and what you can do to help make sure that liberty is represented.

If you are interested in becoming a member let me know what level you would like to join at and reply back with your email, address, city, state, zip, phone and shirt size and I will send you over a link to join or call me at (813) 315-0513.

Thank you

Alexander Snitker
Liberty First Network
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Libertarian Innovation in Education

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You are invited
to a special conference call about
Libertarian Innovation in Education
featuring
LNC Vice Chair
Arvin Vohra

Wednesday, April 26

 

5 PM Pacific

6 PM Mountain

7 PM Central

8 PM Eastern

Arvin Vohra is the Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) and the founder of Vohra Method, a free-market educational service that works with students nationwide and internationally. He has written two books on education, The Equation for Excellence and Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions. He has served as a commentator on education and education policy for major media outlets including MS-NBC, CBS affiliates, US News & World Report, USA Today, RT, and more.

 

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Wednesday: Can you make “Central L.A. Mixer/Meeting (Region 64)”?

Wednesday
Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:30 PM
Gill’s Indian Restaurant
838 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
We sit for dinner at 7:30 pm with discussion or speaker after dinner. Early arrivers can toss back a drink at Hank’s bar or just wait in the hotel lobby. For lingerers Hank’s is always there after Gil’s closes. This month’s featured topic: Speaker sl…
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Libertarian Party of Broward April Meeting

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Join us!

The Libertarian Party of Broward County is inviting you to our regular monthly meeting and social.Date: Wednesday, April 26 at 7 PM - 10 PM
Location: Bru’s Room of Pompano Beach
235 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Our special guest speakers:
Char-Lez Braden, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida
Omar E. Recuero, Vice Chairman for the Libertarian Party of Florida

7:00PM Social
7:30PM Vice Chairman
8:30PM Chairman
9:30PM Announcement and fundraiser
10:00PM Close

Braden and Recuero will talk about how much progress the party is making and what difference you can make, right here in Broward County.

Also, please plan to join us at the LPF state convention MAY 5-7 in Cocoa Beach!  https://conf.lpf.org/

Libertarian Party of Broward County

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2003
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33303
Phone: (754) 307-4688
Email: info@browardlp.org
www.browardlp.org

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Support SB188: Property rights are advanced when owners have the freedom to rent out their property as they so choose

LibertyFirstNetwork

 

Many property owners in Florida generate extra income by renting their homes to tourist vacationing in Florida. These types of rentals also help Florida’s tourism by allowing families to save money by staying together in a home instead of multiple hotel rooms. This flexibility promotes more tourism, which produces $67 billion in economic activity every year.

SB 188 prevents local governments from passing new regulations on vacation rentals based solely on their classification, while not affecting local homeowners’ associations and neighborhoods that have adopted their own covenants, declarations, or bylaws.

Local governments have exploited current rental laws with excessive fines, penalties and fees. SB 188 will safeguard property owners from overreaching local governments with state-wide standards that protect property rights.

TAKE ACTION

SB 188 will be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday April 17th, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Call and e-mail the members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee and tell them to support SB 188 to protect private property rights.

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE

Name/Committee

Email

Phone

Community Affairs

Tom Lee

Lee.Tom@flsenate.gov

850-487-5020

Jeff Clemens

Clemens.Jeff@flsenate.gov

850-487-5031

Aaron Bean

Bean.Aaron@flsenate.gov

850-487-5004

Jeff Brandes

Brandes.Jeff@flsenate.gov

850-487-5024

Daphne Campbell

Campbell.Daphne@flsenate.gov

850-487-5038

Keith Perry

Perry.Keith@flsenate.gov

850-487-5008

Jose Rodriguez

Rodriguez.Jose@flsenate.gov

850-487-5037

David Simmons

Simmons.David@flsenate.gov

850-487-5009

 

Liberty First Network · 9851 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34655, United States

 


American Spectator – Trump Disarms the Dems

Trump Speech

Trump Disarms the Dems

BY: GEORGE NEUMAYR

His honoring of Carryn Owens made a good speech great.

Female Democrats, clad in white, turned the color into a symbol of impure politics at Trump’s first speech to Congress. They didn’t yell out “You lie,” but they gave him several ugly thumbs-down gestures. Little did they realize that they would be upstaged by a real woman in metaphorical white, Carryn Owens, the widow of the recently fallen Navy Seal Ryan Owens. READ MORE

Fake news

Call It ‘Fake News’ or Bad Journalism, CNN’s Don Lemon Owns It

BY: ABRAHAM H. MILLERHe knows more about Sweden than Ingmar Bergman.

In journalism, the lofty aspiration for the truth is always subject to human error, the limits of time, and the constraints of space. Walter Lippmann, the dean of modern journalism, noted that journalists are influenced by the images they have in their heads, and they deal with a mass public that is not necessarily adept at navigating through the nuanced esoterica of modern society.

Seeking confirmation of the stereotypes it embraces, the public is prone to dismissing facts that challenge what it thinks. READ MORE

Big Spending

High Tax, Big Spending States Are Out of Money

BY: STEPHEN MOOREWhy would a red state like Kansas ever want to joint them?

Governors and state legislators say they are running out of money again, and many are demanding tax hikes to close budget gaps. Here we go again. The cycle in state capitals from Albany to Sacramento is always the same: spend when times are good, tax when times are bad, and repeat.

More than half the states are facing big deficits this year, and they are mostly blue states like California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New York, and Oregon. READ MORE

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The Left Wages War On Donald Trump, Its Godzilla

Jan 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/29/the-left-wages-war-on-donald-trump-its-godzilla/#1d96761b1afb

Last week, in downtown DC, I was treated up-close-and-personal to Greenpeace’s banner unfurled — two intrepid activists dangling from it to provide ballast — from the top of a 270-foot-high crane rising above the crater of the old Washington Post building proclaiming RESIST. It was a picturesque manifestation of the War on Trump with some of my own snapshots ending up being featured on Facebook’s The Trump Revolution page.

I promptly called up my old arch-nemesis, Patrick Reinsborough.

>snip<

Reinsborough is one of the key thought leaders in story-based political action. That is one of the most powerful Secret Weapons deployed far more proficiently by the left than the right. He also was a, maybe the, pioneer of the tactic of unfurling monumental banners which the Media, always in search of the flamboyant, inevitably falls for. If memory serves the Rainforest Action Network made that a regular tactic, I infer under his shrewd guidance.

So, I called Patrick to ask whether he was in town and had a hand in Greenpeace’s RESIST action. That action generated millions of dollars of free anti-Trump publicity. Patrick told me he was not in town. (See you in April, Patrick?) He modestly denied having had anything to do with the Greenpeace action.

>snip<

Do not underestimate the militancy of the left. Patrick authorized me to quote him saying that he falls:

in the camp of environmental thinkers that believes Trump and his neo-fascist policies reflect the last desperate attempts of global petro-capitalism to maintain control even as their failed economic model pushes the planet into ecological collapse.

I told him to stop pulling his punches.

What we are seeing is but a hint of the left’s attacque à outrance — attack to excess — (for which I have unsuccessfully chided them). The phrase “War on Trump” may seem hyperbolic. It’s not.  According to The Hill:

It’s been nearly three months since Election Day. But as far as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is concerned, the campaign against President Trump is far from over.

While the party hashes out who will be its next leader, a group of two dozen operatives has assembled a party “war room” singularly focused on taking on Trump.

>snip<

There is, as ever, also an internecine war going on inside the left. As always it is over money. The charismatic David Brock gathered together a group of donors in Florida to raise $40 million for his faction. As noted by The Gateway Pundit:

>snip<

Donors were gathered at the resort to plan their attack of how to “kick Donald Trump’s ass.” The Free Beacon obtained a copy of the private memo sent out by David Brock which outlines a plan of of (sic) attack for the next four years using “Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and Shareblue.” >snip<

From The Washington Free Beacon:

“The memo contains plans for defeating Trump through impeachment, expanding Media Matters’ mission to combat “government misinformation,” ensuring Democratic control of the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections, filing lawsuits against the Trump administration, monetizing political advocacy, using a “digital attacker” to delegitimize Trump’s presidency and damage Republicans, and partnering with Facebook to combat “fake news.”

“Brock sought to raise $40 million in 2017 for his organizations, and hoped the retreat would lead to the creation of a liberal donor network to rival the network of the conservative Koch brothers.”

>snip<

This is a struggle for power — who gets to direct the War on Trump — not over purpose. Meanwhile there is much, much more going on.

The cover story of the February 6 issue of Time Magazine is headlined The Resistance Rises: How A March Becomes A Movement. This cover is being widely echoed, and lauded, in the Mainstream Media’s echo chamber.

Little wonder Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist, recently indicted the Mainstream Media in an interview with its flagship New York Times:

The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while… I want you to quote this … The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.

Trump, his high command, and his enthusiasts are unfazed by the attacks.  As a contributor to the provocateur Ace of Spades HQ — an enthusiast — puts it:

>snip<

This same indifference that helped Trump carry the election has continued into the early days of his administration. With it comes a refreshingly freeing state of mind. Personally, I don’t feel in any way responsible for Trump, nor do I feel compelled to defend him against attack.

Why? Because I voted for retribution.

>snip<

The left, sensing that Trump presents an existential threat, is on the barricades. It sees Trump, understandably from its perspective, as Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, unexpectedly and shockingly emerged from the Potomac, stomping on major segments of its capital and threatening to demolish its empire.

Will the left be able to use its Oxygen Destroyer to destroy its Godzilla? Or will Trump destroy the left’s empire? Clausewitz famously defined war as “politics with the addition of other means.” Conversely politics is war with the subtraction of other means, prosecuted with ballots not bullets.

The left has declared war, all out political war, on Trump. The stakes could not possibly be higher. In Trump the left has finally encountered (perhaps conjured) an adversary worthy of its immense power. Call me — from the Americanized version of the first Godzilla movie — Steve Martin (the reporter played by Raymond Burr). I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

The War on Trump? Stay tuned.

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2017 Session: Week 12

 

 

2017 Session: Week 12

Legislation continues to be sent from one chamber to the other, and Liberty Lobby LLC continues to advocate for maximum freedom at the statehouse and Legislative Office Building (LOB) testifying for pro-freedom legislation and against anti-freedom legislation.

On Tuesday April 4, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO, Darryl W Perry testified on the following bills.

HB170 Relative to posting notice and minutes of public meetings on the public body’s website. support
SB33 Relative to the definition of political advocacy organization. oppose
SB114 Prohibiting a candidate from receiving the nomination of more than one party. support
HB436 Exempting persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters. support

On Wednesday April 5, Liberty Lobby LLC CEO, Darryl W Perry testified on the following bills.

HB82 Relative to hair braiding support
HB580 Regulating online fantasy sports contests. oppose

Audio is available for these hearings on the Liberty Lobby LLC YouTube channel, with video to be available soon for some of these hearings. You can find updates on committee recommendations, and actions by the House and Senate, on legislation we are tracking, here.

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Our goal is to acquire a mere $5,000 per year in contributions from people like you to help pay for travel and administrative expenses. If you are interested in helping fund Liberty Lobby LLC, you can start with a recurring contribution of as little as $5 a month. Every contribution helps bring us that much closer to achieving our goals and ensuring liberty in our lifetime.

Liberty Lobby LLC is not for hire to the highest bidder, and will advocate for 100% freedom on every issue, every time. Liberty Lobby LLC specializes in Election Law (specifically ballot access reform and voter rights), Freedom of Information / Government Transparency, Freedom of Speech & Municipal and County Government.

 

 


Introducing Legacy Libertarians

 

Have you considered designating the Libertarian Party in your will?

 

Many Libertarians have done this and we are very thankful for their generosity. Their bequests have done tremendous good by growing the Party and spreading the timeless and precious message of Liberty.

 

To better honor these special folks, we are starting a new program called Legacy Libertarians.

 

Legacy Libertarians are Libertarians who want to leave a legacy of liberty and are doing so by designating the Libertarian Party as a beneficiary in their will.

 

The Libertarian Party will honor these generous supporters by listing their names on a permanent plaque at our headquarters.

 

Please know that current law places limitations on the amount we accept per year from any donor, including estates.

 

So, when generous Libertarians leave sums larger than the yearly limitation, the remainder goes into a trust that then transfers funds each year until all the money has been transferred.

 

We have sued the FEC over this law but that case is still pending.

 

But the important point is that there is no maximum limitation on the amount of money you can leave to the Libertarian Party in your will.

 

If you have any questions about including the Libertarian Party in your will, please email Head of Development Lauren Daugherty at lauren.daugherty@LP.org.

 

I hope that you will consider becoming a Legacy Libertarian.

 

As always, thank you for your support of the Libertarian Party!

 

 

 

Wes Benedict

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PeaceOptions – Either We Change, or We Will Perish from the Earth

Mar 23, 2017 11:01 am | John Dennison

 

This is the time of changes. Where we go from here is up to us. We all know the news. Turmoil abroad. Turmoil at home. Passions run hot, and people are at each others’ throats. We can’t seem to agree on much of anything. Worse, we don’t want to listen to those who see things…

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Mar 16, 2017 11:49 pm | John Dennison

 

Did you ever doubt yourself? Have you ever wondered whether you’re on the right track? Or that you were enough for the job? I have. And often still do. It’s hard, popping your own balloon and seeing yourself as you really are. Sometimes you just don’t like what you see. My new life started over…

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Mar 13, 2017 11:25 am | John Dennison

 

Disruption. One of its definitions, according to the Free Dictionary, is “to break apart or alter so as to prevent normal or expected functioning.” Well, that pretty much describes Trump’s administration in a nutshell. He ran on a campaign of reversing course on policies and practices ingrained in a Beltway culture that thinks change is…

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Mar 08, 2017 10:18 am | John Dennison

 

Obamagate. You’d think an ex-president would know better than to direct the vast surveillance powers of the American government toward a private U.S. citizen, much less one that was running to replace him in the highest office in the land. But for a supposedly smart guy, this sure looks like a dumb move. Because now…

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Mar 05, 2017 05:17 pm | John Dennison

 

A coup in America? No way, you say. I must be nuts. And I hope I am. But that’s the way it looks to me. America is in the middle of an attempted coup, and the two sides are slugging it out while we watch. At the very least, the picture being painted suggests a…

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Two Important Bills to reduce regulations will be heard in the Appropriations Committee Tomorrow

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Support SB 554: Allow small Craft Breweries to Self-Distribute

Craft Breweries are prohibited by law (Three-Tier System) from distributing directly to retailers and are required to sell their beer to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Using a distributor can be an efficient way to get products into the marketplace — when it is voluntary. But mandatory wholesaling can prevent other competitive business models from emerging, especially small breweries.

Many small breweries in Florida don’t brew in substantial volume. Having the freedom to self-distribute can be more profitable for a small brewer. Craft breweries know what’s best for their beer; from how it should be stored, to how it’s sold, where it’s sold and how it’s delivered. Selling directly to a retailer allows higher profit and the ability to develop their product and brand.

SB 554 will allow small craft breweries to self-distribute.

Support SB 166: Free Craft Distilleries from Unnecessary Regulations

SB 166 deals with craft distilleries. A craft distillery is defined as one that is “a licensed distillery that produces 250,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises.

SB 166 allows craft distilleries to get their product to more people by removing restrictions on how much distilleries can sell directly to customers. The current law says customers may purchase two bottles per brand/style per year.

The freedom to sell on-site is more profitable, and it allows for customers to try the product and share it with others outside the area. SB 166 also reduces the license fee for craft distilleries by 75 percent.

TAKE ACTION

Both SB 554 and SB 166 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday April 20th, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Call and e-mail the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and tell them to support SB 554 and SB 166

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE

Name/Committee

Email

Phone

Appropriations

Jack Latvala

Latvala.Jack@flsenate.gov

850-487-5016

Anitere Flores

Flores.Anitere@flsenate.gov

850-487-5039

Aaron Bean

Bean.Aaron@flsenate.gov

850-487-5004

Lizbeth Benacquisto

Benacquisto.Lizbeth@flsenate.gov

850-487-5027

Lauren Book

Book.Lauren@flsenate.gov

850-487-5032

Randolph Bracy

Bracy.Randolph@flsenate.gov

850-487-5011

Rob Bradley

Bradley.Rob@flsenate.gov

850-487-5005

Jeff Brandes

Brandes.Jeff@flsenate.gov

850-487-5024

Oscar Braynon

Braynon.Oscar@flsenate.gov

850-487-5035

George Gainer

Gainer.George@flsenate.gov

850-487-5002

Bill Galvano

Galvano.Bill@flsenate.gov

850-487-5021

Audrey Gibson

Gibson.Audrey@flsenate.gov

850-487-5006

Denise Grimsley

Grimsley.Denise@flsenate.gov

850-487-5026

Bill Montford

Montford.Bill@flsenate.gov

850-487-5003

Bobby Powell

Powell.Bobby@flsenate.gov

850-487-5030

David Simmons

Simmons.David@flsenate.gov

850-487-5009

Wilton Simpson

Simpson.Wilton@flsenate.gov

850-487-5010

Kelli Stargel

Stargel.Kelli@flsenate.gov

850-487-5022


United Airlines and the Zero Aggression Principle

ZAP

 

How libertarians (should) view the United Airlines story Retweet
By Jim Babka
(Find this article at Zero Aggression Project blog)

When passenger David Dao

was dragged off a United Airlines plane, it was a violation of the Zero Aggression Principle (sometimes called the non-aggression principle).

The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP) says that it’s wrong to use threats, backed by actual violence to achieve personal or social goals. As libertarians, we usually apply this principle to The State. But many of us suddenly lose perspective when it gets applied in the voluntary sector. There are two reasons for this…

First, libertarians haven’t really nailed down what aggression means.

Second, much of the libertarian universe has been under the thrall of an incredibly prolific writer by the name of Murray Rothbard. He taught that the ZAP is based on property rights. But it’s more than that, actually.

Aggression

Libertarians usually define aggression as “initiated force.” That is, it’s the first punch thrown or a violent act without provocation. But if you spend years contemplating this libertarian rule, as I have, you’ll come to realize that this definition is insufficient.

Libertarians are very rarely pacifists. They don’t believe self-defense or due process are aggression. And most libertarians believe in governance and value order. If you don’t believe me, go watch a bylaws debate at a Libertarian Party convention.

It’s better to say that aggression is excessive force. One can throw the first punch to disarm someone who just pulled a knife. What we’re concerned about is the use of unwarranted violence. Harming others is a greedy act.

Indeed, Dr. David Dao was harmed by United Airlines. Excessive force was used for the airline to achieve its goals.

Property Rights

A property rights analysis of the event is insufficient. There are other factors. Numerous libertarians, discussing this matter in social media, have observed that…

  • The plane is airline property. They can kick off whoever they wish.
  • The ticket came with a carriage contract. It warns you that you may be bumped.

If the ZAP is based only on who has property rights, then United was within its rights to remove Dr. Dao, or any other passenger. But ZAP extends further than property rights.

The Basis

The ZAP is based on natural rights. And natural rights come from empathy.

The public outrage directed at United stems from the fact most people empathized with Dao. That is, they easily imagined being in his seat. They were the traveler, eager to get to their destination. These days, flying isn’t fun. The airport is already a police state. People understood Dao’s reluctance and resistance. Being bumped is a costly inconvenience. They were appalled — even fellow passengers were instantly shocked — by the use of force.

Most people, libertarians included, hate injustice, and that’s exactly what they saw in the viral video of Dr. Dao’s removal from the plane. The public thinks Dr. Dao was within his rights and the airline was not. The decision as to who had what right was empathetically determined by bystanders. No one would want to be treated the way Dr. Dao was.

What a libertarian would expect from United Airlines

If the ZAP is a moral principle. It explains a duty we have. We cannot aggress against our neighbors.

Politics is about ignoring this principle. People delegate aggression to their most elite neighbors. These elites, incumbent politicians, write rules and enact prohibitionslevy taxes, and use those funds to hire and arm rule enforcers. It’s a violent system. It also shouldn’t be lost on anyone that United called federal aviation officers to do their dirty work.

But if the ZAP is your moral principle, then you’ll try to think of the most peaceful method to address the matter at hand. Instead of escalating violence, you’ll de-escalate it. This is what we should actually expect from all law enforcement officers. But we should have expected it all the more in this case where we had, essentially, a market-based solution that was so readily available an Economics 101 student could’ve devised it. United should have held an auction to see who would give up their seat for the lowest price.

United spokesman, Charlie Hobart, said Dr. Dao was a “volunteer.” He was, after all, offered some money to de-plane. But Dao had actually been drafted. And he didn’t think the modest money offered was worth giving up his seat.

Until the 1990s, the IRS was fond of insisting that the income tax was “voluntary.” After all, you took time out of your schedule, filled out complex forms, signed the affidavit at the end, and yielded up money. No one came to your house and put a gun to your head, right?

Some definition of voluntary! Yet it seems United bought into this definition. Perhaps that’s because The State is omnipresent in the airline industry. The law permitted United to call government enforcers to help Dr. Dao volunteer!

Let’s be clear, another seat was needed. Someone was going to have to get off the plane. But if United operated by the ZAP, they would’ve continued to seek readily available peaceful means to achieve their goal instead of giving up and calling for violence.

Libertarians frequently speak of market solutions. And it’s a simple fact that, at some point, the auction to find a passenger to deplane was going to find a taker. They were probably only a few hundred dollars away. Think of the money and hassle United would’ve saved themselves if they had used a peaceful auction instead of violent police action.

What libertarians expect of their Democrat and Republican neighbors

One more very sharp point needs to be made about this. Non-libertarians reading this are hypocrites. United’s decision to call enforcers to, as they put it, “re-accommodate” passengers is precisely what your politicians do every day. Despite your outrage at United, you urge these incumbents to write new laws and collect greater levies to send enforcers to interfere in a virtually unlimited number of activities that could be solved with a little creativity and some social acumen.

When someone objects, the enforcers don’t take it very well. They escalate rather than de-escalate the situation. The result is that people get injured and even murdered. And when that happens, some of you go on to suggest that the victim had it coming!

Is violence sometimes necessary for self-defense? Might we even have to call for an arrest in some situations? Yes and yes. But aggression is a blunt, overused tool to solve problems. Excessive force as a means to solve a personal goal is immoral and should be abandoned.

There is an alternative. Free markets do a much better job of providing regulation and necessary accountability. Consider that United Airlines stock lost $750 million in a single day over this episode. No grandstanding Senator was required.

The libertarian wistfully wishes that politicians had to pay a similarly steep price for their much more frequent and very similar failings.
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Do you support our opposition to John Bolton for Assistant Secretary of State

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Rand Paul is right. John Bolton should not be Asst. Sec of State. Retweet

In this message:

  • Why we’re changing our strategy about presidential appointments
  • Our standard of judgment for supporting or opposing appointments
  • The conditions under which we, as voluntaryist libertarians, support foreign intervention, the conditions under which we oppose it, and how that applies to the rumored nomination of John Bolton for Assistant Secretary of State

Our new strategy

We’ve never opposed a presidential nomination to an Executive Branch position. Objecting to individuals (as opposed to ideas and proposals) has always smacked of high school politics to us. We didn’t want to join partisan frays. But we were wrong because…

Personnel is policy

The people a President hires to execute policy may actually have more control over that policy than the President himself does. If true, then it’s folly to remain silent about appointments. Instead…

We will tend to oppose appointments where the candidate would clearly move things in the wrong direction.

This is what we should have done during the Bush and Obama years. It’s what we will do during the Trump years. So…

What’s the wrong direction?

To us, it’s any action that increases The State’s use of initiated force. We believe legitimate government only uses force defensively, such as for criminal due process. Of course, you may have a different standard, so you’re always free to work with us when we agree and decline when we disagree.

Which Trump appointments would move things in the wrong direction?

Maybe all of them. It’s hard to tell in advance since many of his appointments will be working in state positions for the first time. But the rumored appointment of John Bolton as Assistant Secretary of State is another matter. He’s a rabid interventionist with an appalling track record. Here’s why we’re concerned…

The right and wrong of foreign intervention

Libertarians believe you can legitimately use violence to defend yourself or others. Well, doesn’t foreign intervention qualify as the defense of others? Yes, it does, depending on how that intervention is funded and controlled. There are two main problems with the current approach to foreign intervention…

  1. It’s tax funded
  2. It’s politically managed

Tax funding is…

  • Immoral because it uses threats of violence to make people pay for things they don’t want or that their consciences abhor.
  • Impractical because it removes the need to perform well — the money comes whether the service provided is good or bad.

Second, tax funding implies political management, which makes foreign intervention doubly impractical. Randolph Bourne observed that “War is the health of The State.” The great libertarian scholar Robert Higgs showed in Crisis and Leviathan that Bourne’s observation is true. War causes The State to grow and politicians to gain new powers. In other words…

Politicians benefit from war even when no one else does.

These factors suggest that tax funded and politically managed foreign interventions will usually do more harm than good. We’ve tested this claim. In seven articles that reviewed all U.S. wars and interventions between 1812 and WW2. We asked the following questions about each conflict…

  • Did it defend freedom?
  • Did if defend America?
  • Did it make the world better?

The evidence pointed the same way for every question for every conflict — it did not defend freedom, it did not defend America, it did not make the world better.

This suggests that foreign interventions will not reliably serve a defensive purpose so long as they are…

  • Tax funded
  • Politically managed

You might get better results from foreign intervention if our military was voluntarily funded.

This would give citizens control over the purse strings. You could pump more money into “good interventions or deny funding for interventions that appeared ill-conceived.

We understand that this is a bold new way to think about things. It’s initially shocking. We don’t expect most of our subscribers to embrace it immediately. But it’s worthy of your consideration. The more you ponder it against the actual evidence the more sense it makes.

Barring such a change in how U.S. wars are funded and managed we must conclude that…

Tax funded foreign intervention is initiated force not defensive force.

As such, we oppose it and those elected or appointed officials who advocate it. John Bolton is an example of such a person. We’ve created a new campaign and written a letter to our representatives opposing his potential appointment and confirmation as Assistant Secretary of State. The hardwired letter to Congress for this campaign reads…

Deny your support to John Bolton for Deputy Secretary of State.

You can add personal comments by copying or editing what we wrote to Congress…

John Bolton is one of the arsonists who set the world on fire. He was a proponent of the Iraq war and all the other policies that have inflamed the Middle East.

He continues to endorse those policies, proving that he’s incapable of learning from his mistakes. Even worse…

He’s been an advocate of the old George W. Bush policy that we should never negotiate with anyone unless they first submit to all our demands. This is the negation of diplomacy. It instantly disqualifies Bolton to be the Deputy Secretary of State.

Mr. Bolton should never again hold any government position. I will be watching what you do in this matter.

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In his book In Search of the Miraculous By Robert Ringer

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In his book In Search of the Miraculous, the great 20th century thinker, philosopher, and writer, Russian-born P.D. Ouspensky, shares the following insight by his mentor, G.I. Gurdjieff:

If a man in prison was at any time to have a chance to escape, then he must first of all realize that he IS in prison. So long as he fails to realize this, so long as he thinks he is free, he has no chance whatever. No one can help or liberate him by force, against his will, in opposition to his wishes. If liberation is possible, it is possible only as a result of great labor and great efforts, and, above all, of conscious efforts, towards a definite aim.

Think about Gurdjieff’s observation as it applies to many modern-day imprisonments. People are imprisoned by unhappy marriages, unfulfilling jobs, or cities they live in but intensely dislike. Others are imprisoned by crusades, slogans, or dogmas, and still others by guilt, hatred, or envy.

Though few ever recognize it, the majority of people, certainly in the Western world, have the power to escape most of the conditions that imprison them. That’s because most people’s imprisonments are usually caused by their belief systems or, quite often, nothing more than lethargy.

Which is why a person’s freedom begins with his realization that he himself possesses the mental key to his prison door. Once he acknowledges this reality and makes a commitment to do something about it, all he needs to add to the equation to bring about his complete escape is action.

The next time you’re feeling down, search your mind for signs of imprisonment. If you find that the source of your imprisonment is hiding there, recognize that it is within your power to turn your mental key and open the door — then be sure to take action.

 

original story appeared here: http://robertringer.com/tap/in-his-book-in-search-of-the-miraculous/


FEE – What We Can Learn from George Orwell’s Review of Mein Kampf

5 Great Books on Politics and Public Policy from 2016

by Richard Morrison

From Rivalry and Central Planning by Don Lavoie to Real Heroes, by our own Larry Read, here are some must-read books from 2016.

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Capitalism Destroys Jobs, and That’s a Good Thing

by Daniel J. Mitchell

The creative destruction that results in a constantly changing group of Fortune 500 companies is driven by the endless pursuit of sales and profits that can only come from serving customers with low prices, high quality and great service.

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How to Get a Side Job As Easily As Possible

by Eileen L. Wittig

If you use a taxi you’re probably going to get someone who drives for a living, which means you won’t have networking opportunities. I didn’t do anything I normally wouldn’t, and suddenly I had two jobs. I didn’t even have to drive myself to work. I had to talk to my driver, yes, but it was worth it.

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What We Can Learn from George Orwell’s Review of Mein Kampf

by J. Andrew Zalucky

While working as a journalist during the Second World War, Orwell penned a review of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. But rather than stay at a safe, analytical distance from the subject, he reveals a truth that most bourgeois commentators would not dare even to whisper in polite company.

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Facebook at Ten: The World’s Most Loved and Most Hated Digital Platform

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Facebook is the leading player for enabling the liberation of communication for all of humanity, one person at a time. Think of this: not one profile is exactly like any other. Fully 1.6 billion people are empowered to realize their own unique identities in this space, and communicate in every way possible with everyone else.

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Give Thanks to Entrepreneurs

by Douglas French

The holidays are traditionally a time for counting your blessings: friends, family, good health and so on. But not much thought is given to entrepreneurs, who should be counted among our blessings first and foremost.

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Abolish the EPA? Absolutely!

by Kent Lalley

Natural resources are no exception to the maxim: That government is best which governs least.

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We are going to outmaneuver and outwork them

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve been pushing our special opportunity to have donations to the Ballot Access Fund TRIPLED.

 

Many thanks to all those who have donated!

 

So far, we’ve raised over $23,000, which triples to $69,000!

 

Those funds are going to make a big impact.

 

We are working to make sure that Libertarian candidates will be on every ballot in America in 2018. This is not easy.

 

The establishment parties know they can’t compete with our ideas, so they have put legal barriers in our way to limit our ability to get our candidates on the ballot.

 

Over the years, we’ve been working to strike down those barriers.

 

We’ve gotten many lowered. And we’ve made huge progress, especially in 2016, in surpassing the legal thresholds at the ballot box so that we get automatic access in many areas.

 

We are chipping away at ballot access barriers all across the country through persistence and strategic action.

 

Right now, Ohio is a key focus for the national Libertarian Party. The Republican Party of Ohio and their agents have a long track record of backroom deals, dirty political tricks, and twisting the law to suppress the Libertarian Party in Ohio. They know they can’t win in a fair fight, so they change the rules to give themselves an unfair advantage and hire their own referees to say that the new rules are fair.

 

What would you call a football team that did something like that? What if the stakes aren’t a football game, they’re the future of American politics?

 

I will not tolerate the old parties cheating with both hands to keep Libertarian candidates off the ballot. We are going to outmaneuver and outwork them. And we will not quit until every Ohioan is able to vote for a Libertarian candidate.

 

I can’t yet share with you all of the plans I have lest the Republican Party of Ohio get wind of it, but when we are done the Republican Party of Ohio will know exactly how it feels to punch a porcupine.

 

If you are tired of the shenanigans of the parties in power, if you are tired of their twisting the law to hold us at bay, if you want us to take the Republican Party of Ohio to task, please donate to the Ballot Access Fund today.

 

Your donation will help us overcome the hurdles we need to overcome to ensure we have Libertarians on ballots in Ohio and across America in 2018.

 

Sincerely,

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TAKE ACTION on Guns and Taxes

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Support HB 779 Common-Sense Protection for Concealed Weapon Permit Holders.

HB 779 Would protect concealed weapons permit-holders from arrest or criminal charges if they “temporarily and openly display” their gun. If HB 779 passes, law enforcement cannot penalize a concealed weapon permit holder for temporarily displaying a weapon, such as a wind blowing a jacket open, or a situation where the pistol grip was unintentionally exposed.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

SB 838 & HB 223 will phase out the commercial lease sales tax

Florida imposes a sales tax of six percent on the “total rent” charged under a commercial lease and Florida stands alone as the only state charging a business-rent tax on rent and utility expenses.

It is tough enough to start a small business in Florida with all the various fees, taxes and regulatory compliance costs. SB 838 and HB 223 will begin the phase out of the commercial lease sales tax and give some relief to small businesses.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

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Communicating Libertarianism

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to a special conference call on
Communicating Libertarianism
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LNC Regional Alternate
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Tuesday, April 18

 

5 PM Pacific

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7 PM Central

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Larry Sharpe is a businessman and speaker. He has trained and coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, leaders and employees from organizations all over the world. Larry consults with political campaigns on strategy and debate preparation and currently serves as a Regional Alternate on the Libertarian National Committee (LNC).

 

 

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Thursday: Can you make “South Bay Libertarians Monthly Dinner/Meeting”?

Thursday
Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 PM
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6:30 pm:Social Hour & Dinner
8:00 pm: Meeting, Speakers, Discussions
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Two Important Bills to reduce regulations will be heard in the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

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Support SB 166- Free Craft Distilleries from Unnecessary Regulations

SB 166 deals with craft distilleries. A craft distillery is defined as one that is “a licensed distillery that produces 250,000 or fewer gallons per calendar year of distilled spirits on its premises.

SB 166 allows craft distilleries to get their product to more people by removing restrictions on how much distilleries can sell directly to customers. The current law says customers may purchase two bottles per brand/style per year.
The freedom to sell on-site is more profitable, and it allows for customers to try the product and share it with others outside the area. SB 166 also reduces the license fee for craft distilleries by 75 percent.

Support SB 554-Allow small Craft Breweries to Self-Distribute

Craft Breweries are prohibited by law (Three-Tier System) from distributing directly to retailers and are required to sell their beer to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Using a distributor can be an efficient way to get products into the marketplace — when it is voluntary. But mandatory wholesaling can prevent other competitive business models from emerging, especially small breweries.

Many small breweries in Florida don’t brew in substantial volume. Having the freedom to self-distribute can be more profitable for a small brewer. Craft breweries know what’s best for their beer; from how it should be stored, to how it’s sold, where it’s sold and how it’s delivered. Selling directly to a retailer allows higher profit and the ability to develop their product and brand. SB 554 will allow small craft breweries to self-distribute.

TAKE ACTION

SB 166 and SB 554 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government on Thursday April 13th, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Call and e-mail the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and tell them to support SB 166 to free craft distilleries from unnecessary regulations and support SB 554 to allow small Craft Breweries to self-distribute.

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Denise Grimsley

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850-487-5026

Aaron Bean

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850-487-5004

Doug Broxson

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Daphne Campbell

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850-487-5038

Rene Garcia

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850-487-5036

Debbie Mayfield

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850-487-5037

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850-487-5019

Victor Torres

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850-487-5015

 

 

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SB 10 still puts us into debt and will not solve the problem

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SB 10, the bill that would put us into debt by authorizing the use of bond funds to buy 60,000 acres of land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee has been scaled back. The original language was estimated to cost between $2.4 billion and $4 billion. The new language would reduce costs by building the project on land already owned by the state, but still would cost $1.5 billion to build reservoirs and water treatment facilities south of Lake Okeechobee.

SB 10 is supposed to address the pollution and toxic algae problems in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries from excess water releases from Lake Okeechobee by sending the water south.

But scientific studies show that this will not solve the problem, the source of the excess water comes from north of Lake Okeechobee, not south of the lake. Storing water north of the lake will reduce the total discharge volume to the estuaries by more than 60 percent.

SB 10 still contradicts the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and scientific studies and research showing that the problems of coastal estuaries must be addressed north of Lake Okeechobee.

To read more about this issue:

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/235154-herschel-vinyard-jr-listen-water-experts-lake-okeechobee-debate

SB 10 still contains language that could allow agencies to study additional acreage for reservoirs and take unlimited amounts of land in the future, including land that will put farmers out of work.

TAKE ACTION

SB 10 is on Special Order Calendar for this Wednesday April 12th, 2017 and could receive an up or down vote by the full Senate this week.

Call your State Senator and tell them to vote NO on SB 10, it will put us into debt and not solve the problem.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR

IMPORTANT: Make sure you save the contact information to your State Senator in your cell phone and include both the District office and Tallahassee office numbers.

 

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American Spectator – Paul Ryan’s Housecleaning

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Paul Ryan’s Housecleaning

BY: SCOTT MCKAY

The Republican House leadership says they’re on schedule to pass a transformative agenda, but they’re busy cleaning up a regulatory mess left over from Obama.

Last week, in case our readers missed it, House Speaker Paul Ryan did an interesting interview with Sean Hannity on the question of Congress’ role in moving the agenda of the new president. READ MORE

Democrats: More Radical, Less Chic

Democrats: More Radical, Less Chic

BY: GEORGE NEUMAYRThe Dems have gone from Dick Morris to Jan Morris — and beyond.

At the 1984 Republican convention, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations, called his liberal critics “San Francisco Democrats.” That was taken as an insult then, but now Democrats would probably see it as a compliment.

Today’s Democratic political strategists think more like Jan Morris, the transgender writer, than Dick Morris. They could not care less about triangulation these days. The Democrats have become the party of transgender bathrooms, the Muslim Brotherhood, “constitutional” rights for foreigners, sanctuary cities, and cop-killing militancy, among other once-outré positions. They are making even the San Francisco Democrats of the 1980s look quaint. READ MORE

Chicago Honors Terrorist After Dishonoring Trump

Chicago Honors Terrorist After Dishonoring Trump

BY: DANIEL J. FLYNNHow fortunate for the Democrats that Barack Obama commuted his sentence.

Chicago aldermen honored FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation) terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera by naming a section of roadway after him. If only Leopold and Loeb, Al Capone, and John Wayne Gacy cloaked their crimes in a cause, then they, too, might now enjoy Second City street-sign salutes.
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Speaker Ryan’s Sean Hannity Problem

Speaker Ryan’s Sean Hannity Problem

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Ryan specifically said the Congressional Budget Office was scoring a specific plan. Yet there on the Wednesday Hannity radio show were members of the House Freedom Caucus saying they had seen no such bill. READ MORE

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How President Trump Could Bring About A Safer Greater World Peace

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Jan 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

As I have argued here, repeatedly, Donald Trump won the presidency on a platform of peace and prosperity. Now, as he himself recently told The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, “you still have to produce the results.”

There’s more than a little anxiety about whether Trump’s proposed economic policies will produce jobs. >snip<

Meanwhile, happily, there is an amazing ray of sunshine over on the peace side.

One really great Holy Grail of many progressives is the deep reduction, toward the elimination, of nuclear weapons. Paradoxically this has been achieved predominantly by Republicans. Now Donald Trump plausibly promises to continue that excellent progress.

>snip<

As reported by The Huffington Post, channeling Reuters:

Trump recently stated, “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”

Trading nukes for lifting sanctions is brilliant strategy would achieve a Great Thing for America and the world. Further, and substantially, reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world would be a magnificent achievement. Much has already been achieved, without due recognition, along these lines.  As the Federation of American Scientists observed:

I know, it sounds strange but the record is very clear: During the post-Cold War era, Republication administrations have – by far – reduced the US nuclear weapons stockpile more than Democratic administrations….

>snip<

Trump provides a double benefit by including the removal, on humanitarian grounds, of economic sanctions on Russia. Very much win-win. There has been notable progressive resistance to removing the sanctions placed upon Russia for its annexation, via plebiscite, of Crimea.  That resistance demonstrates an internal contradiction in the progressive opposition. When Obama made a major step forward in the process of removing sanctions on Cuba he stated:

To those who oppose the steps I’m announcing today, let me say that I respect your passion and share your commitment to liberty and democracy.  The question is how we uphold that commitment.  I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result.  Moreover, it does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse.  Even if that worked -– and it hasn’t for 50 years –- we know from hard-earned experience that countries are more likely to enjoy lasting transformation if their people are not subjected to chaos.  We are calling on Cuba to unleash the potential of 11 million Cubans by ending unnecessary restrictions on their political, social, and economic activities.  In that spirit, we should not allow U.S. sanctions to add to the burden of Cuban citizens that we seek to help.

This was widely, and astutely, applauded by the left. Nor should we allow U.S. sanctions to add to the burden of Russian citizens.

>snip<

Thus, we confront a precious opportunity. It is one which, moreover could bring about a qualitative as well as quantitative reduction in the nuclear threat.

Inline image 1 Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry has become the prophet for the proposition that a nuclear deterrent dyad — submarines and bombers — would be safer for Americans, even if adopted unilaterally, than a “triad” that includes ICBMs. As Perry, author of My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, wrote for The New York Times last September, Why It’s Safe to Scrap America’s ICBMs:

The American plan to rebuild and maintain our nuclear force is needlessly oversize and expensive, expected to cost about $1 trillion over the next three decades. This would crowd out the funding needed to sustain the competitive edge of our conventional forces and to build the capacities needed to deal with terrorism and cyberattacks.

The good news is that the United States can downsize its plans, save tens of billions of dollars, and still maintain a robust nuclear arsenal.

First and foremost, the United States can safely phase out its land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force, a key facet of Cold War nuclear policy. Retiring the ICBMs would save considerable costs, but it isn’t only budgets that would benefit. These missiles are some of the most dangerous weapons in the world. They could even trigger an accidental nuclear war.

This prophet has found important acolytes.  Among these are California governor Jerry Brown Brown wrote, in reviewing Perry’s book, for The New York Review of Books:

No one I have known, or have even heard of, has the management experience and the technical knowledge that William Perry brings to the subject of nuclear danger. Few have his wisdom and integrity. So why isn’t anyone paying attention to him? Why is fear of a nuclear catastrophe far from the minds of most Americans? And why does almost all of official Washington disagree with him and live in nuclear denial?

>snip<

From Politico:

Brown, now 78, met Perry a year ago, after deciding that he wanted to devote his remaining time in public service mainly to what he sees as civilization’s two existential issues, climate change and nuclear weapons. Brown said he became fixated on spreading Perry’s message after reading his memoir: He recently gave a copy to President Obama and is trying to bend the ear of others with influence in Washington.

There are other apostles of denuclearization. These include prominent tough-minded hawks. As also reported by Politico:

In January 2007, [Perry] was a co-author of a remarkable commentary that ran on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal. It was signed also by two former secretaries of state, George Schulz and Henry Kissinger and by Sam Nunn, a former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee—all leading military hawks and foreign policy realists who came together to argue for something radical: that the goal of U.S. policy should be not merely the reduction and control of atomic arms, it should be the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

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We enter a moment that Trump’s many detractors may find paradoxical, confusing and incredible. Yet Trump shows many credible signs of a commitment to world peace. He credibly expresses ardor to achieve deep reduction in the world’s nuclear arsenals.

The deciding factor in whether Trump succeeds just might be whether the left can tactically put aside its visceral detestation of Donald Trump. Will the left invest its money, time, and street energy to create a climate wherein our nuclear weapons can be halved, maybe even dropped by another 90%, maybe even prohibited and effectively eliminated in same the manner as chemical and biological warfare agents?

Working with, rather than militantly opposing, Trump would be bitter for the left. Yet this end certainly justifies this means. It’s not clear that Trump can do this alone. There is a story, probably apocryphal, attributed to FDR upon his being approached by a group of activists. FDR supposedly replied: “I agree with you, I want to do it, now go out and make me do it.”

Will the American people, especially the left for whom scrapping nuclear weapons has been a perennial issue, now step up and make Donald Trump do what he wants to do: creating a world with fewer — perhaps no — nuclear weapons? A window of opportunity opens.

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2017 Session: Week 11

 

2017 Session: Week 11

Liberty Lobby LLC is tracking 345 bills. Of the bills we’re tracking: 149 have been deemed Inexpedient to Legislate; 144 were deemed Ought to Pass by the first chamber to which they were referred; another 38 have been retained, 1 bill was withdrawn, and 4 bills are still awaiting a Committee Recommendation.

 

This means there are still 148 bills being tracked by Liberty Lobby LLC that are still awaiting future action. We’re working to defeat 66 of these bills, and working to adopt another 82 bills. The only bills listed on the Legislation Tracker are those for which Liberty Lobby LLC has provided testimony in a committee hearing.

On Tuesday (March 28), CEO Darryl W. Perry testified on the following bills:

HB389 Relative to voters with physical disabilities. oppose
HB390 Relative to parties on certain election forms and ballots and relative to the voter registration form used on the day of the general election. support
HB453 Relative to vacancies in the office of supervisor of the checklist. support
HB178 Establishing a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints. support
HB98 Relative to brewpub licenses. support
HB140 Relative to sales and samples provided by wine manufacturers. support
HB152 Relative to wholesale distributors of alcoholic beverages. support

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