DENVER, COLORADO: On September 26, 2016, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) will host the first of its series of debates which will be missing a critical voice: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. While professing to be non-partisan, it is in fact a tightly controlled BI-partisan private organization that wields an obscene amount of power to exclude alternate voices. Recent polls have indicated averages of over 60% of respondents favoring the inclusion of Gary Johnson. The current criterion is that a candidate must receive an average of 15% or more in polls selected by the CPD. However it is a classic chicken and egg scenario. A candidate cannot poll high unless they are mentioned and covered, and they will not be covered or mentioned until they poll high. Despite these obstacles, Governor Johnson has polled higher than the old party candidates amongst Independent voters, and in one of the approved CPD polls, 18-34 year olds—the demographic more likely to support Governor Johnson—was excluded entirely. It is the Libertarian Party’s position that any candidate that has theoretical ability to win enough electoral college votes to win the election should be included. Governor Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all fifty states and thus should qualify. The Libertarian Party of Colorado will be staging at protest at the Colorado State Capitol on the night of the debate in order to give support to Governor Johnson and speak for those who have been denied a voice.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Caryn Ann Harlos at 561.523.2250 or email at CommunicationsDirector@LPColorado.org.
Guest post by Mike Shipley:
So self-ownership says, I am sovereign over my own self. Nobody else has a greater right to make my choices than me. Basically because my brain is literally attached to my body. I am the moral agent of its actions.
It follows, then, if no one else has agency over me, then I do not have agency over them either. That is how we arrive at non-aggression.
I may not initiate coercion over another person to take away their agency and substitute it with my own.
Self-defense says if either one of us *does* try to violate that personal boundary, the other one of us justified in refusing, resisting, or repelling by force if necessary.
Individual rights are then arrived from that basis. My freedom of speech is based on the idea that my voice is connected to my brain, I have agency over speaking with it, no other human may control my speech but me ... Same with all the others. They are several steps away from the first principle of self-ownership but all still very closely linked, logically. All are implied merely by the fact of existence. This is why they are called "natural" rights. They are by virtue of nature .... our very being.
Then it follows, if those things are true at the individual level, they are also true at the sociopolitical level. Groups of people can't ethically do anything that they could not as individuals do. We may not vote away another person's right. Majorities may not coerce the minority just because there are more of them.
And so .......... We arrive at libertarianism as a set of policies that make individual liberty possible at the level of large groups of people. We have a framework for ethical relations that preserve the rights of the people.
If another group of people cross our political boundaries and initiate force on us, we may then defend ourselves against that attack. But if we were to initiate the attack on them, we would be wrong in doing so and they would be justified in self defense.
Upcoming eventsThursday, October 06, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvpsOn the Rox Sports Bar & Grill Parker in Lone Tree, CO
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!
In conjunction with our regular monthly social and discussion meeting - this month featuring a Gary Johnson campaign update with Steve Kerbel - we will be holding our first organizational meeting to move towards official affiliation with the Libertarian Party of Colorado. Officers pro tem will be elected and a Bylaws Commitee seated. Draft proposed Bylaws have been prepared for consideration and may be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/hdf2mnf
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION AND THIS IS ONLY 1/8 MILE EAST OF I-25 ON LINCOLN.
If you are a Douglas County Libertarian, it is very important that you attend in order to have a voice in this brand new potential affiliate.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!Thursday, October 06, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvpsOn the Rox Sports Bar & Grill Parker in Lone Tree, CO
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!
Join the Douglas County Libertarian Party Development Group the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at On the Rox Bar & Grill in Parker, 11957 Lioness Way, Parker, CO 80134.
On the Rox has generously agreed to give us a private room area where we will be able to communicate and socialize with much less distraction than at our previous location.
OUR TOPIC THIS MONTH IS: Gary Johnson Election Update with Steve Kerbel - VICTORY!! Steve is a staff member of the Gary Johnson campaign and will give us current news on the road to victory and answer any questions you may have.
For additional information on this Meet-Up or the Development Group please email email@example.com
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