From the chair
Don't forget LibertyFest on November 14
Mark Byrne Reelection Campaign
Michigan declares its sovereignty
Quote of the Month
Column: Brush back Real ID
Welcome to the October 2009 issue of the online newsletter of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, Michigan Libertarian. The newsletter is our main vehicle for sharing what's happening for Libertarians in Michigan. You may manage your subscription by going here or visiting our Web site www.mi.lp.org (same as www.michiganlp.org).
by Emily Salvette [main]
After 30 years as a Libertarian, this argument is getting tiresome to me. The obvious truth is if people vote for Libertarians they will win. All those supporters of limited government who have been voting Republican since Richard Nixon have brought us to the mess we’re in today. Republicans--whose mission, by the way, is not limited government, but electing more Republicans--have supported bigger government at every turn: a bigger government for War, Welfare, Health, Education, Immigration, Business, Banking, you name it.
They had the presidency and control of both houses of Congress and wouldn’t cut government. In fact, those in the Republican Party who espouse limited government, such as Dr. Ron Paul, are routinely marginalized. Republicans haven’t heeded the call for less intervention, regulation and taxes in my memory. After decades of evidence to the contrary, why do tea party activists believe Republicans will suddenly take their message seriously now?
I asked the tea party folks that night to send a stronger signal: Do something that will let everyone know you’re serious about wanting smaller government and liberty for Americans. Don’t “split the limited government vote” by voting for Republicans; vote Libertarian. If everyone over the past 37 years who thought government was too big had voted for Libertarians, we’d be in much better shape today.
Not only would we have more champions of limited government in office, but the argument that people have a right and responsibility to be independent and manage their own affairs would be stronger and clearer. Maybe we wouldn’t, once again within a score of years, be talking about nationalizing health care (another argument I’m sick of). It’s time to cut the losses society’s incurred by voting for ersatz limited governmentalists. It’s time all the independents, libertarians, and people who value freedom vote for what they believe in and unite behind Libertarian Party candidates in 2010 so they can WIN. Thanks to all of you who are sending a clear message for less government and more freedom by supporting the Libertarian Party in Michigan!
Excitement is high for the LibertyFest banquet on Saturday, November 14 at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest. The hotel is right off I-94 just east of the I-94/US23 intersection—very easy to reach from wherever you’re coming from. You might
If you haven’t already reserved, don’t forget the deadline is October 31. You may reserve by phone at 888-Free-Now, or online at our web site at www.mi.lp.org. You may also download a LibertyFest flyer from our web site to share with friends and family—the flyer includes a mail-in reservation form.
And don’t forget to send in your nominations for our Defender of Liberty or “Libby” Awards, which will be presented that night. Each year we honor our outstanding Libertarian volunteers and those in the community who have made a positive impact on freedom in Michigan. To nominate someone, just send a letter of 200 words or less describing why you believe he or she deserves the award to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due by October 10. A three-person committee of Bill Hall, Greg Creswell, and Ben Bachrach will judge the entries.
Organizing the event are Libertarian volunteers Julie Mack and Nan Bailey, along with State Chair Emily Salvette. If you would like to help or have questions, contact Emily at email@example.com. Reservation details may be found at our Web site . It will be a wonderful evening where you can show your appreciation for our Libby Award winners, get ready for the 2010 elections and show your support for your Libertarian Party. Please don’t miss it!
Are you interested in helping an elected Libertarian councilman get reelected on November 3rd? If so I can use your help. I am busy attending city council meetings, city charter commission meetings, several meet-the-candidate events, Newspaper and radio interviews, participating on local blogs and on a local political Website called www.local-opinion.com. Please check out that site to see some of what I have been up to.
Where I can really use help is in writing letters to editor, 250 words or less saying I have worked hard and should be re-elected. I can send information on my accomplishments. There are two local papers that will print these. www.thetimesherald.com and www.thevoice.com. Letters can be submitted on line. The Times Herald deadline is in about two weeks.
I also have an Excel file with the names and addresses of those who voted in the last four elections and want to send a letter to each frequent voters in the districts I do best in encouraging them to vote and vote for me. Anyone interested in addressing envelopes? I would also like to look up the phone #'s for the frequent voters in those same districts so that we can do get out the vote calls to those districts. Interested in looking up phone #'s online?
This is a very heated race where the old guard who has controlled Port Huron for decades is trying to get their five candidates elected to replace most of the current council who was elected based on their previous set of incumbents being ousted after passing a plan to raise water rates at double-digit rates for six straight years. Local power brokers are funding these challengers and have pulled to former city mayors, a principal, a very popular retired city clerk, and the head of a local charity together to take back control. The current council has 5 of the 7 seeking reelection and are not well funded. In an August primary with low turnout the challengers took 4 of the top 7 spots with me finishing in ninth. A good turnout will help me and the current council as the average people like what we have done.
If you can help, my cell phone is 810-488-3485 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also on Facebook.
Thanks in advance.
Lansing, MI - Michigan Senate and House concurrent resolutions (No. 4) to affirm the sovereignty of Michigan, and its residents, under the Tenth Amendment were approved by the legislature. These resolutions were officially supported by the Libertarian Party of Michigan at its 2009 Convention.
HCR0004 was introduced to the State House by Representative Paul Opsommer on January 22nd. State Senator Patterson, along with Senators Richardville, Brown, Cropsey and Sanborn, submitted SCR004 to the State Senate on March 3rd.
The Libertarian Party of Michigan resolved to back the resolutions at their annual convention on Saturday, May 23rd, in Jackson. The LPM statement read, “We support SCR004 of 2009 and HCR0004 of 2009, which have been introduced in the Michigan legislature. These resolutions affirm the sovereignty of Michigan, and its residents, under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and urge the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States.”
The Michigan affiliate of the non-partisan “Campaign for Liberty” (an organization founded by Congressman Ron Paul), had an information table at the convention, and had already endorsed it as well. Campaign for Liberty continued to lobby for the measure.
On August 18th Activists from the Libertarian Party of Michigan, Michigan Campaign for Liberty, the Constitutional Coalition, Americans for Prosperity, We the People Congress, Michigan Tea Party and other grassroots activists converged on Lansing to attend a Senate committee hearing on the resolution. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to report SCR004/SR17 out of committee, with recommendation for approval, at the conclusion of the hearing.
After being passed by the State House, the efforts of many liberty activists paid off with a state Senate vote on Constitution Day: State Senators voted 33-0 in favor (4 not voting) to reaffirm Michigan's sovereignty under the 10th amendment.
Campaign for Liberty’s Wayne County coordinator, David Dudenhoefer wrote, “State Sovereignty under the 10th amendment tells the Federal Government that those powers not enumerated in the Constitution are reserved for the several states and to the people. It means if the federal government does something it ought not to, the States do not have to follow, nor can the Federal government impose upon the states that which would violate the Constitutions of the several states.”
What remains to be seen is if the legislature is willing to oppose efforts by the Federal Government to exceed its Constitutional authority when it comes to specific laws. Either way, liberty activists can rest assured that eternal vigilance can have results, and that they can point to this vote whenever a member of the State Legislature gives in to attempts by Washington to exceed its authority.
Quote of the Day: “The JUSTICE Act will allow intelligence agents to monitor terrorism suspects while putting checks in place to ensure that law-abiding Americans’ privacy and civil liberties are protected.” — Sen. Daniel Akaka
SUBJECT: Rolling Back the Patriot Act
Following 9/11, Congress passed the gargantuan USA PATRIOT Act, without reading it. The PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act were written to protect Americans from terrorism, but they've left people unprotected from their own government.
The Patriot Act authorized "sneak and peek" warrants that allow the government to search your home without your knowledge. In 2008, this power was used just three times in terrorism investigations and 760 times in regular criminal investigations.
It also authorized National Security Letters (NSLs). NSLs allow federal agents to seize your personal records without a warrant, even when there's no suspicion of wrongdoing. The FBI can also prohibit you from telling anyone that you've been searched because of an NSL. The FBI was found to have abused this power thousands of times.
Under the FISA Amendments Act, the government can engage in wiretapping without a warrant.
The good news is that some parts of the PATRIOT Act will expire at the end of the year unless Congress renews them. This provides an opportunity to roll back many dangerous provisions. Toward this end Senator Russ Feingold introduced the JUSTICE Act (S. 1686) on September 17, Constitution Day. JUSTICE stands for the Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts. This bill would . . .
In short, the JUSTICE Act would give government agents powerful tools to spy on suspected terrorists, while preventing them from spying on YOU.
We would prefer to repeal the PATRIOT Act entirely, but until that can happen the provisions of the JUSTICE Act would move things in the right direction. Please take action to pass the JUSTICE Act.
Go to our new campaign "Roll Back the Patriot Act" and send your letter to Congress.
The phone number for the Senate Judiciary Committee is 202-224-7703.
The following reviews have been contributed from LPM Webmaster Brian Wright's commentary and review site, The Coffee Coaster:
You want to understand the real meaning of immigration control? Then I suggest you check out this movie and watch it multiple times. A few weeks ago I reviewed The Visitor, an exquisite dramatic statement on the unique process the federal government (as any other leviathan-state) uses to crush citizens of Earth who happen to find themselves inside US boundaries with defective paperwork. In that Oscar-worthy movie, the unfortunate paper-deficient world citizen was from the Middle East. In Three Burials, our victim is a 'border'-crosser from the south....
Ladies of LIberty
by Cokie Roberts
Ladies of Liberty presents a lot of information about important—by which I mean central to American political or cultural history—women in the early years of the country. As we learn from reading John Adams, the success of the American experiment was far from assured; indeed, the constitutional republic of America represented a near-miraculous shift in human consciousness: Prior to its founding, men saw themselves as subjects of rulers; afterward, men saw themselves as rulers of rulers. And Cokie Roberts reminds us, "So did the women."
Special CC Rant: Free Plaxico Burress!
Editor Greg wanted bw to repost his defense of Plaxico Burress, under the principle of defending the undefendable. So here it is:
Take a stroll down memory lane with this excerpt from one of the longest-running state Libertarian newsletters. Today, check out the July/August issue of 1992. Click on this link for the full PDF version of this newsletter.
Newsletter editor Greg Stempfle has compiled the entire body of available Michigan Libertarian newsletters up on this page of the LPM Website.
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