The Weekly Sedition

Friday, 7 October 2016

Vote NO on the UNMH Mill Levy

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:10 AM

Vote NO on this mill levy.

Tell UNM to get that 95 million from the legislators’ pensions, the film subsidies, the Local Economic Devlopment Authority, oil and gas subsidies, NMHIX, the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, among other places.

The politicians love to load up the bond issues and mill levies with the popular stuff – buildings, infrastructure and “services” that “must” done by government, because “no one in the private sector can or will do them” – police, libraries, senior centers, community centers, sewers, storm drains, flood control, and so forth.

We all know that’s hogwash, to put it delicately.

Once the politicians load up the bonds and levies with the popular stuff, that frees them to use more from the general budget for their pet projects, their legalized vote-buying schemes (each City Councilor in Albuquerque is allocated ∅1-2 million annually for “needed improvements in their district), making sure that someone in the inside loop gets the contract for the next “necessary” project.

And when was the last time that taxes in Bernalillo County actually went down? Between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, we’re paying some of the highest gross receipt taxes in the state – currently at 7.3125 percent.

Now they expect us to pay even more?!

Tell the politicians that for every new tax they want to impose upon us, at the very least, get rid of an equivalent tax, so that the overall burden doesn’t increase.

Or – and I know this will be taken as pure insanity by the Political Classholes – they could actually CUT taxes a bit. (AND cut some spending, too? Would that really be too much to ask?)


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 12.5
  2. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / FB page / FB group
    2. Duke City Fix

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

[ABQ Journal] ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

ABQ mayor’s marijuana veto survives challenge

By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7:26pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 11:09pm

Mayor Richard Berry’s veto of a marijuana decriminalization bill withstood a challenge from Albuquerque city councilors on Wednesday.

Democrats on the City Council failed to persuade one of their Republican colleagues to change positions and join them in favor of a veto override.

But no one changed positions. The override attempt failed on a 5-4 vote along party lines.

It takes six of nine councilors to override a mayoral veto.

About a half-dozen speakers urged councilors to override the veto and enact the legislation – which called for making it a civil offense, not a criminal violation, under city law to possess an ounce or less of marijuana.

A companion bill sought to make marijuana a low priority for law enforcement.

Berry, a Republican, vetoed both proposals. He said they conflicted with state and federal law.

Councilors Isaac Benton and Rey Garduño, who co-sponsored the legislation, said cities have authority to set their own penalties for marijuana possession. That gives police officers discretion to cite people under either a local ordinance or under state law, they said.

Furthermore, the two argued, local voters already support reducing marijuana penalties.

“We don’t have to wait for the federal government or the state of New Mexico to tell us how to govern our own community, or respond to the voice of the community,” Benton said as he read a joint statement.

About 60 percent of Bernalillo County voters last year expressed support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. That was in response to a nonbinding question on the general-election ballot.

None of the council’s four Republicans spoke about the veto Wednesday. But they’ve previously said they don’t view city government as the right venue for changing drug laws.

That didn’t stop people from trying to change their minds.

Mike Blessing of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico told councilors they were supporting organized crime if they refuse to change the law. Support for an override, however, means “you’re standing up for free markets,” Blessing said.

Other supporters said that a marijuana conviction can make it hard to find a job and that enforcement draws resources away from more-serious crimes.

“The war on drugs has been a terrible failure,” Garduño said. “We know this isn’t working.”

In New Mexico, marijuana use is legal only for medical purposes.

Supporting the override were Benton, Garduño, Ken Sanchez, Diane Gibson and Klarissa Peña, all Democrats.

Republicans Brad Winter, Dan Lewis, Trudy Jones and Don Harris voted “no.”


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. City Council on 2015-10-07 5:00 PM – TWENTY-FIRST COUNCIL – FORTY-NINTH MEETING
  2. DPA Statement: Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s Veto of Marijuana Decriminalization Lags Behind History and the Public’s Will

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.6
  2. Original article — http://abqjournal.com/656288/news/abq-mayors-marijuana-veto-stands.html
    Archived here — https://archive.is/3NWiF
  3. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoBlog / Facebook page / Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 3 August 2015

[LPNM] Convention of States Resolution

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:21 PM

Convention of States resolution:

Whereas the Libertarian Party of New Mexico is a political party with the goal of increasing liberty in New Mexico; and

Whereas the federal government of the United States in all its branches has been recently engaged in limiting the powers belonging to the several states and to the people in violation of the Constitution of the United States; and

Whereas, the Constitution provides a remedy to the states and the people for the purpose of addressing said violations in the form of an Article 5 Convention of the States to amend the Constitution:

Be it resolved that the Libertarian party of New Mexico endorses the political work necessary to pass a resolution in the New Mexico legislature to apply for a Convention of the States to amend the Constitution as an exercise in asserting the powers reserved to the states and to the people in order to preserve and increase liberty.

Resolution passed by the LPNM Central Committee on Sunday, 2 August 2015


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution [Wikipedia page]
  2. http://conventionofstates.com/ — the official site
  3. Second Constitutional Convention of the United States [Wikipedia page]
  4. List of state applications for an Article V Convention [Wikipedia page]

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 15.6
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Google Plus page / LPNM Official Twitter page / LPNM Official Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 6 April 2015

2015 LPNM Annual State Convention

Filed under: Events, Media, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:32 AM

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2015 Annual State Convention

Venue – UNM School of Law, Room 2403 – 1117 Stanford Street NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 10 AM — 5 PM

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-448-9976 for details

A donation of $15 is requested to offset the cost of the use of facilities.

Convention Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration
 
10:30 – 10:45 Welcome and Introduction by Mike Blessing, Chair, LPNM
 
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote address by Marita Noon, Energy Makes America Great
 
11:30 – 12:15 Marisa Salazar, New Mexico State Chair at Young Americans for Liberty and Campus Coordinator at Students For Liberty
 
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch Break
 
1:30 – 2:15 Kerry Adams, Mere Liberty, Rio Rancho Observer
 
2:15 – 2:45 Scott Lieberman, Libertarian National Committee
 
2:45 – 4:45 LPNM Business Meeting
 
  • All who are registered to vote with the State of New Mexico as Libertarians (“LIB” on the voter registration card) can vote during nominations for public office.
  • Only Caucus Members can vote during LPNM business and internal LPNM elections.
  • Visitors do not vote in any actions or activities.
  • Central Committee meeting after close of the LPNM Business Meeting.
5:00 PM Convention closes

Speakers and Candidates Addressing the Convention Membership

Speakers will have 30–45 minutes to make their case, then should be open to questions from the audience. Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, for posting to the internet (YouTube, etc.).

Handouts for Distribution

The LPNM membership reserves the right to disavow any handouts (handbills, brochures, CDs, DVDs, etc.) offered for distribution to convention membership, as well as the person(s) doing the distributing.

Nominations for Candidates for Public Office

Anyone wanting to vote to nominate candidates for public office needs to make sure that they’re registered to vote as “Libertarian” or “LIB” as the Secretary of State prints on the voter registration cards before they show up for the Convention.

So make sure to bring your voter registration card.

Participating in LPNM Internal Business

All you have to do to participate in the LPNM’s internal business (changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, internal nominations, etc.) is to do the following (all steps are necessary, regardless of order completed):

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” so that your voter registration card reads “LIB” in the spot marked “PARTY” (lower right-hand corner).
  2. Sign up as what the LPNM refers to as a “Caucus Member.” Basically, this means that you’ve signed the Non-Aggression Pledge and paid $25 in dues. You can do this at the Convention itself, as we’ll have the necessary paperwork on hand.
  3. Pay the required amount for a convention membership.

Out-of-State Visitors

  1. All national-level candidates (for President, National Chair, LNC spots, etc.) are responsible for covering their own expenses, including but not limited to travel, meals, and lodging. They are, of course, free to solicit financial or other support from individual LPNM members, but the LPNM will not expend organizational resources for this purpose.
  2. The LPNM as an organization will NOT endorse candidates for any office until they have been officially nominated by an accredited affiliate of the Libertarian Party.

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNM
      1. Libertarian Party of New Mexico [LPNM] – Blog / Official Facebook page / Official Facebook group
      2. Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico [LPBCNM] – Blog / Official Facebook page / Official Facebook group
      3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
      4. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Monday, 9 March 2015

[LPNM] Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending? (Letter to the Editor)

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:42 PM

Subject: Does “Everybody” Truly Support Laws Against “Predatory” Lending?
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:33:50 -0700
From: Mike Blessing
To: Albuquerque Journal

Ms. Nathalie Martin recently wrote in a guest column titled “Remember who votes against cap on loan interest rates” that

“The bottom line is that everybody favors the cap, except the legislators who have lined their pockets with industry funds.”

I for one do not favor the proposed cap, as it pushes those who can’t qualify for loans from businesses that meet with Ms. Martin’s approval to the extra-legal market — the gangs, Mafia remnants and such.

I submit that losing a car title for nonpayment is much less stressful than having your fingers or leg broken. But maybe that’s just me?

Still, I don’t remember being directly polled on this issue in any way, shape or form, so I have to ask — what sort of polling did Ms. Martin undertake?

To which polling firm was this contracted out?

What was the sample size? What was the demographic breakdown of the respondents? What was the poll format — telephone, direct mail, via the web, or face-to-face?

Another loaded line from the article:

“One-thousand percent interest loans hurt New Mexicans, and we unquestionably need to destroy these high-cost lenders before they destroy us.”

One easy way to avoid being “destroyed” by high-interest lenders is to simply not do business with them. I’ve gotten offers through the mail from such outfits in the past, and never been close to being “destroyed” — I simply put the mailings into the shredder.


Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should — you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer — what’s the question?

“Government is the disease that masquerades as its own cure.”
— Robert LeFevre

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
— Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNM
      1. Libertarian Party of New Mexico – Blog / Facebook group / Facebook page
      2. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Journal article

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

LPNM 2014 Annual State Convention

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:06 PM

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2014 Annual State Convention

Albuquerque Marriott (2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE Albuquerque New Mexico 87110 USA)

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Saturday, 10 May 2014

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-249-1248

Although there is no formal program for Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds will gather in the bar area of the Marriott at about 8:00 PM for an informal dinner / discussion – No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner, cocktails, and networking.

9:00 – 9:50 AM   Registration (25 per person, 15 for student) and pay-as-you-go no-host breakfast (order off the menu)
 
10:00 – 10:25 AM   Introduction to the convention by Mike Blessing and others
 
10:30 – 11:45 AM   Speech by Penn Pfiffner, Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute
 
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM   No-host Lunch break
 
1:15 – 2:00 PM   Address by Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation
 
2:00 – 2:20 PM   Coffee break
 
2:20 – 2:45 PM   Address by Daniel Moore, President of the Albuquerque Tea Party
 
2:45 – 3:00 PM   Break
 
3:00 – 5:00 PM   LPNM Business Meeting (no charge to participants)
 

  • All who are registered with the State of New Mexico as Libertarians (“LIB” on the voter registration card) can vote during nominations for public office.
  • Only Caucus Members can vote during LPNM business and internal LPNM elections.
  • Visitors do not vote in any actions or activities.
  • Central Committee meeting after close of the LPNM Business Meeting.
  • See below the schedule for more details.

5:00 PM   Adjournment, followed by a possible informal dinner or watering-hole gathering

Speakers and Candidates Addressing the Convention Membership

Speakers should be open to questions from the audience. Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, for posting to the internet (YouTube, etc.).

Handouts for Distribution

The LPNM membership reserves the right to disavow any handouts (handbills, brochures, CDs, DVDs, etc.) offered for distribution to convention membership, as well as the person(s) doing the distributing.

Nominations for Candidates for Public Office

Anyone wanting to vote to nominate candidates for public office needs to make sure that they’re registered to vote as “Libertarian” or “LIB” as the Secretary of State prints on the voter registration cards before they show up for the Convention.

So make sure to bring your voter registration card.

Participating in LPNM Internal Business

All you have to do to participate in the LPNM’s internal business (changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, internal nominations, etc.) is to do the following (both steps are necessary, regardless of order completed):

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” so that your voter registration card reads “LIB” in the spot marked “PARTY” (lower right-hand corner).
  2. Sign up as what the LPNM refers to as a “Caucus Member.” Basically, this means that you’ve signed the Non-Aggression Pledge and paid $25 in dues. You can do this at the Convention itself, as we’ll have the necessary paperwork on hand.
  3. Pay the required amount for a convention membership.

Becoming an LPNM Candidate for Public Office

Anyone wanting to be a candidate for public office on the LPNM’s ballot line needs to :

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” before the Governor’s Election Proclamation for 2012 comes out. Usually this Proclamation is put out on the last Tuesday of January. A safe bet is to get this done at least two weeks before the Proclamation is released by the Governor’s Office.
  2. Sign up with the LPNM as a Caucus Member (see above).
  3. Get nominated by your peers at the State Convention (or a County Convention for offices contained entirely in one county).
  4. Download and thoroughly read the candidate guides available from the Secretary of State’s office, as they contain all of the details required by the State of New Mexico – filing dates, signature requirements, etc.

    See here for the guides – http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Candidate_And_Pac_Information/

  5. Read the Run for Office page at lp.org

Becoming a Delegate to the National Convention

Anyone wanting to be a delegate from the LPNM to the LP’s 2012 National Convention needs to :

  1. Register to vote as “Libertarian” before the State Convention.
  2. Sign up with the LPNM as a Caucus Member (see above).
  3. Show up at this convention and signify willingness to be a delegate.
  4. Sign up as a National member.
  5. Download and read the LP National Bylaws and Convention Rules
  6. Show up at the National Convention.

Out-of-State Visitors

  1. All national-level candidates (for President, National Chair, LNC spots, etc.) are responsible for covering their own expenses, including but not limited to travel, meals, and lodging. They are, of course, free to solicit financial or other support from individual LPNM members, but the LPNM will not expend organizational resources for this purpose.
  2. The LPNM as an organization will NOT endorse candidates for any office until they have been officially nominated by an accredited affiliate of the Libertarian Party.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.2
  2. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group / New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    2. Duke City Fix


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Monday, 18 February 2013

Countering Statist False Fronts

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:06 AM

Earlier today, I shared a post from the Libertarian Party’s Facebook page –


Click the picture to see the original posting on Facebook.

One of the Libertarian Party’s goals at this year’s Students for Liberty conference was to help students tell the difference between real liberty groups and false fronts whose goal is to trick libertarians into voting for statist candidates.

It turned out that was completely unnecessary. They already knew as much as we did on the topic, if not more.

Some pointed out that when the National Rifle Association endorsed Mitt Romney, the NRA basically told every Republican governor in the country that they could pass “assault” weapons bans, and still count on an NRA endorsement if they ran for president.

Others pointed out that when the NRA called for more government, instead of ending “gun free school zones” which literally advertise a large group of disarmed victims, the NRA made itself irrelevant to the Liberty movement. Many had become supporters of the Gun Owners of America or another group out of disgust with NRA’s support of statism.

As experts in marketing, the NRA had done the classic trade show trick of having attractive representatives hand out tote bags to every incoming person. The idea is, obviously, that then people put flyers, etc. in the bag, carry around the bag, and that tricks everyone at the conference into believing that the organization has a ton of support.

Unfortunately for the NRA, Libertarians, libertarians, minarchists, anarcho-capitalists, r3volutionaries, and voluntarists are not that easy to manipulate. In this picture, a student activist has stuffed his NRA tote bag into a Libertarian Party tote bag. Note that the LP didn’t hand them out to every incoming person, only to people who requested them at our table.


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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A Vote for Gary Johnson Definitely Not a Waste

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:29 PM

A Vote for Gary Johnson Definitely Not a Waste

by Tom Mahon

Kenneth Brown, an economist, attempts to make the case that Gary Johnson’s libertarian candidacy for president may peel votes away from Mitt Romney. While portraying this as a blow to limited government, he fails to explain exactly how Romney would bring limited government and economic freedom to the White House.

Instead, as seems to be the case with most Romney supporters, the only case they can make for “their guy” is that “the other guy” (Obama) is so bad that supporters of limited government should abandon their principles and support Romney. I strongly disagree. In fact, throughout this campaign, I have seen far more examples of agreement between Romney and Obama.

It is only Johnson who will, if elected, bring the ideas of limited government to Washington.

On the economy and health care in particular, there is virtually no daylight between Obama and Romney. “Obamacare,” as we all know, has many of the same characteristics as does “RomneyCare” in Massachusetts. Now, of course, Romney says he would “repeal and replace” Obamacare, but his record as governor shows that he believes that government bureaucrats, not patients and their doctors, should control health care. Johnson would repeal Obamacare and work to restore free market principles in American health care.

In terms of economic growth, the real problems with our economy today is not the tax burden, rather it is bipartisan, out-of-control spending growth in Washington. Unlike Romney, whose specific budget cuts are limited to Big Bird and a few other trivial items but who wants a massive increase in military spending, Johnson would submit a balanced budget immediately upon taking office and would put the major spending areas – the entitlements and the military – on sustainable footing while eliminating boondoggles like farm subsidies and the War on Drugs.

Continuation of the War on Drugs is yet another area of agreement between Romney and Obama with which Johnson disagrees. Federal spending on the drug war amounts to over $15 billion annually and that isn’t even the real problem with it. The real problem is that the War on Drugs costs all of us our civil liberties, destroys poor and inner-city families (predominantly minorities), and costs us far more in terms of prisons, joblessness and other social harms than what Americans know.

Speaking of privacy, Obama and Romney would do nothing to reform or eliminate the absurd Transportation Security Administration which makes regular headlines groping grandmas and generally making life miserable for travelers, all with little to no impact on our security. Johnson will eliminate TSA, saving taxpayers $40 billion annually. The private sector – airlines, airports, or private security companies – will do a much better job for far less money.

And then there is foreign policy. Nowhere is the difference between Obama / Romney and Johnson starker.

Obama and Romney have pledged to continue this needless war which has no clear objective, has seen American troops gunned down and killed by their supposed “allies,” and will waste another $120 billion this year alone. Johnson will bring the troops home immediately.

Also, while Romney and Obama seem determined to start a war with Iran, Johnson will work to resolve the conflict with Iran peacefully as Iran has never threatened the United States and does not present a military threat to this country.

The case is clear. The only vote you are “throwing away” is a vote for four more years of bipartisan spending, violations of personal liberty and tragic soldier deaths in Afghanistan.

Our former governor, Gary Johnson, is easily the best choice for president!

Original article


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    2. The Weekly SeditionYahoo!
    3. Duke City Fix / NMPolitics.org


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Ken Brown Is NOT a Free-Market Advocate

Filed under: Comedy, Economics, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:02 PM

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Ken Brown Is NOT a Free-Market Advocate
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:40:47
From: Libertarian Party of New Mexico <lpnm.chair@gmail.com>
To: opinion@abqjournal.com

Re: Vote for Johnson May Help Obama

This isn’t the first time that Kenneth Brown has blown off free-market principles to support the Republican Party, and I suspect it won’t be the last time.

How are the individual health-insurance mandate that’s part of both Slick Willard’s Massachusetts RomneyCare and the ObamaCare that was created from it compatible with free-market economics? They aren’t, yet Brown says that Mittens is the best candidate in the race.

Another part of this comedy of errors is how Romney, Ryan and Heather Wilson are crying that ObamaCare was paid for by looting Medicare to the tune of 716,000,000,000 bucks. Let me get this straight – these “fiscally-restrained” “free marketers” are complaining that Obama’s scheme to federalize health care is being paid for by robbing Lyndon Johnson’s scheme to federalize health care?

How were George Bush’s TARP bailout and Bush’s bailout of General Motors compatible with free-market economics? They weren’t, yet “Mr. Free-Marketer” Brown insists that the same Romney who supported both bailout plans is the candidate that deserves the libertarian vote.

Yes, Mr. Brown, I’m calling you out as a phony where your “free market economics” creds are concerned. Deal with it.

For what it’s worth, I’m proud to say that I voted for Gary Johnson and Jon Barrie on Wednesday, 24 October. When Gary and Jon talk about their Tea Party values, they actually mean it. Imagine that.

______________________________________________________________________
Mike Blessing
State Chair, Libertarian Party of New Mexico
505-249-1248 / http://lpnm.us/wp

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. LPUSA / LPNMLPNM Blog / [LPNM-discuss] Yahoo! group
    2. The Weekly SeditionYahoo!
    3. Duke City Fix / NMPolitics.org


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Friday, 19 October 2012

Results from the 9 October UNM Rally

For those wondering how the Gary Johnson UNM Rally for Jobs, Opportunity and Diversity on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 went, here’s some of the details:

I arrived right at about 5:25 PM, after spending about ten minutes looking for a parking lot – the “A” lot was packed. I ended up paying the 7.00 for a spot in the parking structure next to the square by the SUB.

Upon arriving at the ballroom, I dropped off my plastic milk crate full of brochures at the LPNM table manned by Mark Curtis, Ron Bjornstad, Elizabeth Honce, Elisheva Levin, and others.

After dropping off the supplies (it was a bit painful to carry that crate from the parking structure to the ballroom), I met Tom Mahon and Todd Myers where “Jack Gault” was parked. They had a spare Sharpie marker-pen on hand, so I signed the van on the front of the hood – dead-center, right above the edge where the latch is located.

At the same time, I made contact with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon representative and made myself available for my speaking slot.

While waiting for my speaking time, I went to the “green room” and had my picture taken with Gary Johnson.

So I presented my speech, came in at 6:20 – 1:20 longer than the 5 minutes I had planned for. While I didn’t get the standing ovations that later speakers got, several people came up to me afterwards and complimented me on my bit.

Next up for the podium was the Independent American Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, Jon Barrie. If Jon wasn’t running, I suspect many New Mexico Libertarians would be casting blanks come their time at the ballot “box.” Jon talked for about ten minutes, mentioned that the politicians had their chance (too many chances to be forgiven come the election) to fix things, and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.

Following Jon Barrie was Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico’s only think-tank that supports what the Tea Party claims to support – free-market economics, public-sector fiscal restraint, individual rights and Constitutionally-limited government. Paul talked about what New Mexico needs to prosper as a state.

After Paul, Jim Villanucci of 770 KKOB-AM spoke about how much crap listeners were giving him about his not supporting Mittens. After all, it’s either “you’re for Romney or you’re for Obama,” correct? Not even close – and with that, Jim introduced Gary Johnson as the only candidate in the presidential race worthy of libertarians’ support.

Here’s the video clip on YouTube of Gary’s speech – http://youtu.be/bInmA5MhXTg

What did Gary discuss? First, he talked about his business background – he started Big J Enterprises on his own out of college, built it to 1,000 employees, then sold it in 1999 without having to fire anyone. He said that his business career is just a testament to showing up on time and doing what you say you’ll do for people, maybe a little more.

His unsolicited advice to the audience? Go into business for yourself as opposed to punching someone else’s time-clock – you’ll find it much more rewarding. This dovetails with what I’ve heard from other libertarian entrepreneurs . . . .

Here’s some of his talking points:

  • With everything that you do in life, there are obstacles – you just have to keep going.
  • When he first ran for office (1994), the GOP leadership blew him off as “unelectable,” but he ended up winning the general election.
  • While serving as Governor of New Mexico, he vetoed 750 pieces of legislation – more than the other 49 governors in the country put together. He had thousands of line-item vetoes, taking it to a new level – only two were overriden.
  • With those vetoes, he saved up a few dumptrucks-full of ∅∅∅∅∅∅∅ by cutting out unnecessary spending and blocking regulations that weren’t going to make us the slightest bit safer.
  • The powers-that-be predicted imminent disaster after Johnson’s vetoes, which didn’t happen. Also, he was an equal-opportunity vetoer – he vetoed bad bills from Republicans
  • Of all of the presidential candidates for the 2012 election season, he’s the only one viewed favorably in his home state – “people wave at me with all five fingers, not just one.”
  • Of all the presidential candidates, he had the best record on job creation, except that he didn’t create any jobs as governor – any jobs created were created by the private sector. There was certainty in New Mexico’s regulatory environment, and that makes it easier for the private sector to create jobs.
  • Out of all of the presidential candidates, he has the most “Liberty Torches” from the ACLU (21 out of 24).
  • He’s the only candidate who doesn’t want to bomb or use sanctions against Iran. Iran isn’t the threat to America or anyone else that the hairspray-heads supporting the Imperial District make it out to be.
  • China isn’t a threat to America due to the way the two countries trade with each other.
  • Bring the troops home from Afghanistan now.
  • Military interventions around the world mostly create more enemies for America.
  • Marriage equality is a federal issue and constitutionally guaranteed.
  • He’s the only presidential candidate who wants to end the drug wars now. Over fifty percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. Ninety percent of the drug problem is prohibition-related, not user-related.
  • If he had been president after “9/11,” hw would have vetoed the USA-PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the NDAA-2012. “Homeland Security” is incredibly redundant. Let’s leave airport security to the airports, airlines, cities, etc.
  • We need to balance the federal budget now – he promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress for 2013. Otherwise, with the current out-of-control Federal Reserve, we’re looking at a monetary collapse at some point in the future. What we need is a 43 % cut in spending across the board.
  • When someone complains about the idea of a 43 % cut in Medicare spending, the alternative is NO Medicare. (Same goes for the rest of the welfare state, too – tighten the belt or lose your shirt.)
  • Cut military spending by 43 % too – the operative word there is “defense,” not “offense,” not “nation-building.”
  • The current spending situation is the biggest threat to our national security.
  • He’s the only candidate who wants to dump the income tax, corporate tax and replace them with one consumption tax – the “Fair Tax.”
  • He’s the onlt candidate that would shut down the Federal Reserve.

Notes and recollections from the event:

  • The estimated total attendance was around 500 people.
  • Cleanup was rather easy – it mostly consisted of policing up unused campaign supplies that were left behind by attendees.
  • I was expecting someone from the GOP to attempt some sort of disruption – bringing in signs for Romney or Wilson, that sort of thing. Luckily, nothing of the sort happened that I saw.
  • I found some campaign cards from three Republicans running for State-level judgeships on the floor in the seating area – Miles Hanisee, David Standridge, and Samuel Winder. It was also reported to me by event staff that Judge Winder himself had been in the audience.
  • Someone (ID unknown) had apparently issued invitations to both Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson to appear on the speakers’ list. After all, it’s a non-partisan event, due to SAE being a 501-C-3 entity and all. I was told that while Heinrich declined immediately, Wilson dithered and vacillated around about it for two weeks, declining for sure on the Monday before (8 October).
  • About 60 percent of the brochures that I brought with me were picked up by attendees and passerby – which helped a lot on the way back to the parking structure. (Note to self: get a hand-truck for next time!)

All in all, this was the best-attended LPNM event I’ve seen yet in my 18 years with the organization. Thanks to all who made it possible:

The UNM Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Jon Barrie
Ron Bjornstad
Chris Chase
Mark Curtis
Paul Gessing
Susan Ann Holland
Elizabeth Honce
Melanie Hyland
Gary Johnson
Bruce Levin
Elisheva Levin
Tom Mahon
Sean Mallory
Todd Myers
Reviva
Kyle Ruggles
Jim Villanucci
Bob Walsh

Apologies to anyone I’ve omitted – the fault there is entirely mine.


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