Press Release: Protest the Rigged System

image001.gifDENVER, 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.

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Self-Ownership=Rights

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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.

 

 

 

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Notice of Platform Committee Meeting

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The Platform Committee of the Libertarian Party of Colorado will be meeting September 10, 2016 at 7:00pm via the online Go To Meeting interface. Any registered Colorado Libertarians are welcome to attend as a guest. To obtain the log-in credentials, please email the Platform Committee Chair Caryn Ann Harlos at communicationsdirector@lpcolorado.org.

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An Open Letter to Nicholas Morse, Republican Candidate for CO Congressional District 2

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Dear Mr. Morse:
It has come to the attention of the Libertarian Party of Colorado that you admire our Party and principles as demonstrated by your proud use of the word “Libertarian” on your campaign page. Please know that you are not alone. Many other Republicans are becoming very dissatisfied with the direction of their Party and particularly with their Presidential candidate, and some of them have actually taken the step of fully embracing Libertarian ideals, leaving the Republican Party, and joining us. Please consider this our formal invitation for you to take this brave step, learn the solid principles of the Libertarian Party, and perhaps seek the official nomination from our delegates at Convention for the next District election. In the meantime, the endorsed candidate of the Libertarian Party of Colorado for CO Congressional District 2, Richard Longstreth, looks forward to the opportunity to provide the Libertarian alternative and principled Libertarian solutions this election. Thank you for spreading the word about our Party.
In Liberty,
Jay R. North, Chair Libertarian Party of Colorado
You can view a printable version of this Press Release here.
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Libertarian Excluded from Debate over Fraction of a Percent

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DENVER, COLORADO—During an election season where voters have expressed unprecedented dissatisfaction with their choices and over 30% of Coloradan voters are unaffiliated, Club 20, a “non-partisan coalition” has excluded Libertarian Party Senatorial Candidate Lily Tang Williams from their debate forum scheduled for September 10, 2016. In a statement to Williams, Club 20 has stated its Bylaws require any included candidate to represent at least 1% of registered voters “within the district” and that since the Libertarian Party held .977% of registered voters, she would be excluded over a mere and petty .03%--effectively silencing all but the Republican and Democrat perspectives. LPCO Chair Jay North issued the following statement:
Club 20 claims to be non-partisan yet is failing to give adequate representation to third-party and independent voices while similar non-partisan groups, such as Action 22 in Pueblo, have no such Bylaws requirements. The significant numbers of Coloradans who have made clear statements by their refusal to affiliate with either of the two old parties deserve to have an alternate view heard. The electoral system has become a joke where minor party and independent voices are suppressed by exclusion from debates, polling, and coverage creating the classic chicken and egg scenario: meet arbitrary litmus tests in order to be included, and yet without being included in polls, coverage, and debates, it is nearly impossible to meet these conditions—and this is by design. There are over 35,000 Libertarians in Colorado that have just been told that they don’t matter—and specifically, there are about eight western counties in the area covered by Club 20 in which registered Libertarians do in fact exceed 1% of registered voters.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Caryn Ann Harlos at 561.523.2250 or email at CommunicationsDirector@LPColorado.org.
A printable copy of this Press Release can be found here.
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LPCO Issues Resolution on Gun Rights and Watch Lists

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Over the past few months, the Libertarian Party has been in the spotlight, and questions have been raised regarding the Libertarian position on gun rights and related issues. In order to address these concerns, the Libertarian Party of Colorado passed the following Resolution:
WHEREAS, Libertarians affirm that self-defense is an inherent human right;
WHEREAS, the Platforms of the National Libertarian Party and the Libertarian Party of Colorado oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition;
WHEREAS, the Platforms of the National Party and the Libertarian Party of Colorado affirm the right of due process and deny the legitimacy of “victimless crimes”;
WHEREAS, the government has steadily encroached upon these rights by illegitimately regulating and restricting access for firearms and ammunition and may further seek to deprive people who have been convicted of no crime of their inherent right to full self-defense by denying their civil and inherent rights to obtain firearms and ammunition;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of Colorado opposes any policy which would deny access to any firearms or ammunition to any person simply for being placed on any government watch or no-fly list and reaffirms its call to repeal and oppose any existing or proposed firearm and ammunition regulations.
State Chair Jay North, on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, has formally submitted this Resolution to the Libertarian National Committee and asked that it pass a similar resolution to clearly declare the Party’s position.
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Why Libertarian?

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BY STACY PETTY:

I don’t think my story is different than many. It’s been my observation that most of us end up the religion, and political beliefs of what our parents raised us in. Not inherently bad, but the hurdles in challenging those precepts are far beyond the surface. More, biologically prescribed, with the “You’re going to Hell” addendum attached. I continually try to remind myself that we all come from somewhere, for a reason. That we all believe our opinions, our ideologies are correct, and of value. But where does that leave us? What grounds for a society, a culture, a country; do we build our foundation on, and adhere to; when our variables are seemingly infinite? What do we, as occupants of this country, have as a commonality? That question, takes me to one answer. Our founding documents.

I was the typical religious, right wing Republican, twenty years ago. Jesus, a pledge, a flag. I can’t pinpoint the moment I started questioning if what I had been told was true, or not. Maybe it was my love of history, maybe it was the grinding in my gut that something just wasn’t right. Or maybe I was seeing that I was doing to my own children, what was done to me. A noose I very much disliked, a noose that did not represent freedom, or Free Will. I honestly don’t know what set that wheel in motion.

That wheel pushed me to reading a variety of historical opinions that I wouldn’t have considered earlier in my life. Some of that history aligned with my ideology, some of it challenged me. If a person, or even an entire country, can be conditioned, how far fetched is it to believe that perhaps, you’re one of them as well? Our American ancestors arrived here for a variety of reasons. Some religious, some feudal, some prosperity. Their efforts to escape that conditioning need to be honored. Their efforts to escape that conditioning, are what resulted in our Declaration of Independence.

When I contemplate how quickly this nation adapted to the ideals contained in that document, it really is astounding. Have there been challenges to freedom, self ownership, and civil rights? Yes. Indeed. It has been a joy to witness in my lifetime, civil rights granted to a group of people who have been long discriminated against by a country that claimed we were all equal. And when I ask myself honestly, what party platform best represents the philosophy of our founders, the answer for me is the Libertarian Party.

What does the Libertarian Party stand for? What should an American electorate that’s unfamiliar with this third party anticipate? What does the platform contain? That’s something that I plan on exploring piece by piece in coming days. Exploring that, and exploring the biggest name in the party right now, Gary Johnson, who I have been critical of.

I will make no promises on timing of content. I’m quite the curmudgeon as of late, and commitments just aren’t in my wheelhouse.

 

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Letter to the Editor- No Shortcut to Increasing One's Income (Chuck Wright, Westminster)

letters-to-the-editor.image_1.jpgWestminster Libertarian Chuck Wright had the following Letter to the Editor published in DailyCamera.

John Tweedy, Mara Abbott, Michelle Estrella and Judy Amabile of the Camera's Editorial Advisory Board expressed some misguided opinions about the minimum wage (" $12 by 2020").

Tweedy writes, "Something must be done to redress the moral wrong of life at $8.31 per hour."

But which is really immoral: a) peacefully engaging in a voluntary mutually beneficial business relationship, or b) forcibly stopping such a relationship because the wage is politically incorrect?

Force is the key ingredient of the minimum wage law. Without force, the minimum wage would just be a suggestion or recommendation.

Using force to achieve political or social goals is not love, social justice, peaceful, or moral. Instead it's barbaric, unjust, and immoral. It's "do things my way or else." And it doesn't magically become moral if smart people, the majority, or politicians approve.

Abbott has a Utopian view that people should be paid at least according to their needs and the state of the economy; however, people should be paid based on the value employers place on their labor.

Estrella claims that "raising the minimum wage will help low-income women." Suppose the value of what a particular woman can produce is $10 per hour. If the minimum wage is increased to $12 per hour, no private employer can afford to employ her because they'd lose $2 per hour. How is forcing her into unemployment helping her?

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Amabile claims that "Nobody can get by on $8.31 per hour," but most do because the typical minimum wage earner is under 26, lives in their parent's home and is covered by their parent's health insurance.

There is no shortcut to increasing one's income. It requires effort and hard work to acquire skills that perspective employers value.

Instead of increasing the minimum wage, we should be discussing repealing it altogether.

Chuck Wright

Westminster

 


 

Writing letters to the editor is a great way to spread Libertarianism.  Have you had one published?  Let us know by writing communicationsdirector@lpcolorado.org

 

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The Words "Libertarian Party" are Important, USE THEM

beautiful-statue-of-liberty-wallpaper-picture-wide.pngIn reviewing old Party documents, I came across an interesting fact: we used to be called the Colorado Libertarian Party.  I wondered, why and when did we change our name?  Thanks to David Aitken, this is no longer a mystery.  Apparently, and as discussed in the June 1994 newsletter, the State of Colorado was listing partisan candidates on the ballot by the first two words in their Party's name, and thus, our candidates would be listed as "Colorado Libertarian."  In order to feature the words "Libertarian Party," the Party changed its name to the Libertarian Party of Colorado.  The Board remains as dedicated as ever to making sure that the words "Libertarian Party" get in front of as many people as possible, as our predecessors went so far as to change our name to make sure they are seen. And remember the legacy of James Libertarian Burns:

James Libertarian Burns was active with the Libertarian Party of Nevada from as early as 1973. The LP was so small then that the Libertarian Party wasn’t allowed on the Nevada ballot. So, Mr. Burns legally changed his middle name to “Libertarian” and ran as a Republican–hence, the word “Libertarian” appeared on the ballot.


Use the words "Libertarian Party" proudly.  People have sacrificed a great deal to make sure you could.

By Caryn Ann Harlos

Communications Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado; Region 1 Representative, Libertarian National Committee; Colorado State Coordinator, Libertarian Party Radical Caucus

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Colorado Libertarians Reach Out to Muslims and Conservatives over Holiday Weekend

press-release.pngThe Libertarian Party of Colorado (LPCO) invited Muslim liberty activist and former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate Will Coley to accompany Party members to visit local mosques over this holiday weekend in order to talk to the Colorado Muslim community about libertarianism and freedom for people of all faiths.  During this same time, the LPCO will be hosting a booth at the Western Conservative Summit in order to teach voters that there is an alternative to the two wildly unpopular candidates offered by the old parties. LPCO Chair Jay North issued the following statement:

The Libertarian Party supports the freedom of expression, whether that expression is religious, political, or cultural, the person expressing their views has that right without any threat from the State.  The Western Conservative Summit is a group of conservatives expressing their views.  Muslims are currently participating in Ramadan, which is another form of expression.  The alignment of the Western Conservative Summit and the end of Ramadan is unique this year and the Libertarian Party of Colorado will be supporting the free expression of both groups during the same weekend.

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