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Not a bad growth rate for a minor party. Who are the people joining the Libertarian Party?
Happy Thanksgiving, Libertarians!
Here’s something to be thankful for: we’ve broken 26,000 registered Libertarians in Colorado! That’s an increase of 24% since January 1st, an incredible accomplishment for an off-year for legislative and gubernatorial elections. And how exactly did we do on the propositions in this year’s election?
Modo vincis, modo vinceris :-/
Amendment 66 failed by 2 to 1, and that’s a very, very good thing. It’s kinda hard not to notice a billion-dollar juggernaut rumbling down towards you, so it’s hard to miss when it crumbles to dust just short of impact. $10 Million was spent by special interests out-of-state on this tax hike. That’s $33.00 per vote. This is money that could have been donated to the very schools they claim to be helping.
[Read the full press release here.]
If the Republican establishment is successful in their effort to banish grassroots from power then the Libertarian Party should experience a surge in membership.
I, for one, will leave the Republican Party after 50 years and become a member of the LP if Ryan Call, elitist Chairman of the Colorado State Republican Party, has his way and is not stopped.
If the Republican sellouts who are “the establishment” wanted to eliminate their nemeses the grassroots Constitutional Libertarian tea party — what better way than to allow the Democrat socialists/Marxists now in power to do the work for them?
If the Democrats think they can be successful in silencing us — will the Republican sellouts who have all the assets and resources (think Wall Street and big business money) stand by and be silent as we are silenced, harassed and ridiculed. Even placed on government enemies lists (some of us are already there) to destroy us?
Will the government, now inseparable from the Democratic Party, stop at silencing us or will they destroy us using their tools of tyranny such as DOJ, IRS, DHS, NSA and a host of other government agencies to even have us arrested, tried and convicted in Kangaroo Courts?
There is precedent and it is accelerating.
I believe the Republican establishment is much more dangerous to individual liberty, free market economy (not today’s capitalism), limited government and strong national self-defense (not nation building) than the socialist/Marxist Democratic political machine. see more…
[Editor's note: this was originally forwarded to us by Tracker in an email, we've reproduced it here to give it more visibility to our Colorado readers.]
This article by Daniel Greenfield does a good job defining who you are. In 2014 when you dip sticks who are in the way of victory claim defeat you can only blame yourselves. It very well may be too late. Read history. see more…
The Department of Justice has announced they are going to investigate and possibly charge George Zimmerman with hate crimes. The Marxist government keeps on driving more and more wedges between citizens and forcing them to divide into tribes. It is by design so we are all fighting among ourselves and then our tyrannical government can move in to crack down on the “radical right wing gun owning Bible reading extremists” dissidents. Of course the socialists/Marxists will be exempt.
If George Zimmerman is not a racist now and I believe he is not by the time Eric Holder and his Justice Department finishes with him he will be permanently labeled as one at the very least and at the very worst they will manage to convict and jail him. The feeding frenzy is not over. He is going to be pummeled by our Federal Government, Florida State government, various people and organizations who depend on stirring up racial division to thrive and survive and the leech lawyers filing lawsuits on behalf of the Martin family and various groups and organizations.
Click here to see just one attack against Zimmerman by the Federal Government: With Criminal Case Closed, Justice Department Will Restart Hate Crime Inquiry
George Zimmerman’s life is changed forever. The Kangaroo Court murder trial was only the beginning.
At least there were six jurists who figured out the meaning self-defense.
I want a 3D printer. I want a really good one. This is in my bucket list:
Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.
Now he has.
Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” pictured in its initial form above. He’s agreed to let me document the process of the gun’s creation, so long as I don’t publish details of its mechanics or its testing until it’s been proven to work reliably and the file has been uploaded to Defense Distributed’s online collection of printable gun blueprints at Defcad.org.
I hope technology can outrun tyranny.
Aaron Tobey of Virginia sued in federal court and won:
Aaron Tobey claimed in a civil rights lawsuit (.pdf) that in 2010 he was handcuffed and held for about 90 minutes by the Transportation Security Administration at the Richmond International Airport after he began removing his clothing to display on his chest a magic-marker protest of airport security measures.
“Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated,” his chest and gut read.
In sending the case to trial, unless there’s a settlement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 and reversed a lower court judge and invoked Benjamin Franklin in the process. According to the opinion by Judge Roger Gregory:
Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution—he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections. And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ We take heed of his warning and are therefore unwilling to relinquish our First Amendment protections—even in an airport.
Hopefully more young adults will take the torch and push back. They are our best hope to defeat a tyrannical government. The lawmakers, regulators and enforcers should be very wary of what is coming from the agitated young adults if they do not back off their brown shirt jackboot tactics against common citizens.
Tobey is a true American patriot and hero. He stood up for his rights, made a statement to the pat down thugs while doing so and was arrested for exercising his Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The Department of Homeland Security is currently soliciting RFP’s to purchase 7,000 “personal defense” weapons, also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. From Radio Vice Online:
The United States Department of Homeland Security has stated a rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO (compatible with .223) with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds is “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…”
Well smack me up-side the head. First, a hat tip to Breitbart’s Awr Hawkins who pointed us to a posted General Services Administration (GSA) business opportunity solicitation posted and updated last summer. Basically, the site posts a request for proposal (RFP) for personal defense weapons for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The irony is staggering. The actual text from Solicitation HSCEMS-12-R-00011 has been excellently marked up by Radio Vice Online’s Steve McGough:
Notice the term assault weapon or assault rifle is not used anywhere in the document. The “assault weapon” terminology is only used for non-LEOs and non-military who own those firearms.
The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. …
In paragraph 3.1 under requirements and testing standards we read…
DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
Isn’t that inconvenient for the gun control politicians? In requirement paragraph 3.9.10, they find a need for a 30-round magazine.
The action shall be capable of accepting all standard NATO STANAG 20 and 30 round M16 magazines (NSN 1005-00-921-5004) and Magpul 30 round PMAG (NSN 1005-01-576-5159). The magazine well shall be designed to allow easy insertion of a magazine.
In paragraph 3.21.2, they again specify the requirement for a 30-round magazine.
The magazine shall have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.
If you did not catch the interesting part in one of the quoted sentences above, let me point it out to you. The personal defense weapon should be select-fire capable.
DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…
The action shall be select-fire (capable of semi-automatic and automatic fire).
From the Fire Control Section, paragraph 3.10.1.
The fire control selector shall have three positions; safe, semi-automatic, and automatic. The selector shall have positions which are clearly labeled for the mode of fire.
This formal DHS RFP – which is specific concerning requirements – clearly indicates a select-fire rifle is appropriate for personal defense in close quarters.
They will get the good stuff, a selector switch for full auto to blow through all 30 rounds of each magazine included in the request in no time flat. We have to pull the trigger one shot at a time yet ours are the “assault weapons,” not “personal defense weapons,” when we own the same firearm minus the full auto design.
Are they planning on going to war? It sure would seem that way with the ammo they recently purchased.
Who will be the enemy? Those who have only “assault weapons” that fire one shot at a time? I believe the DHS should have the term “assault weapons” since they are the assaulters and we should get the term “personal defense weapons” to defend ourselves and our families.
Here is the article from the Daily Caller:
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein staged a dramatic press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill with 10 weapons at her side and unveiled legislation instituting a government ban on more than 150 types of firearms, including rifles, pistols and shotguns.
Flanked by other anti-gun liberal lawmakers, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Feinstein announced the introduction of the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.”
The legislation being pushed by Feinstein — who has long history of calling for gun bans — would prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of certain firearms.
I’m going to become an outlaw. How many millions of Americans are going to join me? Yep, let’s all roll over and be compliant. Nope, will never happen. I see financial opportunity here. Who else does?
I will bet the 150 firearms listed are not a complete list. There are many others.
We can see this is being done by a bunch of rank amateurs when it comes to firearms and ammo. Let’s not tell them how stupid they are.
Erick Erickson writes at Red State:
Over the next couple of years, Barack Obama wants to raise the national debt to $18.9 trillion or so.
John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the congressional Republicans want to raise the national debt to $18.4 trillion or so.
The present leadership of the Republican Party has gone from making the case that government is the problem and the American people are the solution to making the case that Democratic controlled government is the problem and Republican controlled government is the solution.
By giving up on making the case that government is the problem and pivoting to “Democrats are the problem,” the Republican Party has failed the American people. Historically, when parties lost, their leadership went and hid for an appropriate amount of time under a rock after an acceptance of blame and a resignation.
The present Republican leaders in Washington, instead of hiding under a rock, have taken to standing on the rock and demanding conservatives self flagellate. Neither John Boehner nor Mitch McConnell are visionaries. They are survivors. They survive by recognizing the biggest threat to them and trying to befriend it or neutralize it.
Right now, both see conservatives as their biggest threat, not Barack Obama. Why? Because while Barack Obama maintains the White House, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell maintain their positions of power. They exist for power, not for vision. The visions they articulate are routinely backpedaled. Remember the pledge to nowhere the House Republicans concocted in 2010 as a second coming of the Contract With America? Within two months of returning to the majority they’d already ditched their pledge faster than a frat boy fleeing a one night stand. Only conservatives wish to hold them accountable for their breach of trust, thus conservatives are the threat.
The very same Republican leadership who paved the way for the rise of the Democrats in 2006 through moral opaqueness on the role of government in the lives of Americans now seek to shut up and shut out the conservatives who continue to loudly point out that the size and scope of the federal leviathan has grown too unwieldy.
I joined the Republican Party in 1964 and voted for Barry Goldwater, a man ahead of his times. The Republican Party was not what it should have been for years after the Goldwater nomination for President and his loss.
Finally it appeared the Republican Party got its act together with Ronald Reagan. We had eight very good years. The economy was so strong even Clinton could not undo it during his eight years. Then it was downhill again.
In 2005 I quit the Republican Party and became unaffiliated and dabbled with the Libertarian Party. After Obama was elected I was convinced to rejoin in 2008, shortly after his inauguration, and really got involved, close to a full time unpaid volunteer for the tea party grassroots movement and the Republican Party internal politics.
We appeared to have momentum in our favor with our wins in 2010. We, a bunch of amateurs, did not have the Republican institutional establishment professional politicians and operatives as allies. They were our enemies and we had an uneasy alliance with them and yet I did not realize how much they rejected us as part of the process until now.
Now, here we are, could not get a grassroots candidate nominated for President, lost ground at the state and local levels, lost the Colorado House, failed to get some grassroots Congressmen re-elected, and had to live with a presidential candidate many of us did not support in the primaries but choked it down anyway and worked hard on his behalf.
In two years the odds of keeping the Colorado State Attorney General’s office, the Colorado Secretary of State and the Colorado State Treasurer may be dismal. If the Democrats succeed in taking those three offices the transition of Colorado to a socialist state (think California) will be complete and nearly perfect.
Look what we have. The big dogs in the Republican Party are having a discussion on moving to the left of center, far left, not just a tad. NO, NO, UNACCEPTABLE. If they do, that will for sure end any alliances we grassroots common, hardworking citizens have with them.
I do not blame myself or any grassroots Constitutional conservative libertarian Republicans. I blame the institutional establishment old line Republicans for being ready, willing and able to destroy the Republican Party so they could destroy us and teach us a lesson. It was a political suicide bombing of the Republican Party by Republicans with them destroying themselves to destroy us.
Now what? Quit? Never, ever quit, just figure out another strategy even if it does not include the Republican Party or mainstream politics. I predict many of us who placed everything political in working within the Republican Party are going to transition and morph into something different, what that is I do not know but it will not be the same old politics. It may be peaceful, it may not. We will see. I know I will not again make the same mistakes twice.
Here is a law enforcement officer who protected the First Amendment rights of two citizens even though an airport low level bureaucrat objected. Hooray for Deputy Stan Lenic.
Fellow veterans, patriots and others
I went out this morning to display the Stars and Stripes as I have done for years to honor my fellow veterans on Veterans Day. I have always flown the flag during our holidays and special occasions. It has, in the past, been an honor to do so.
I did place the flag in its proper place and then returned to my house. After a few moments of thought and discussion with family members I returned and took the flag down. It will not be flown by me as long as this country remains a statist socialist nation.
I will not participate in the sham that has been perpetuated on us by one-half of those who voted for the socialist/Marxist in the White house. The first time they could be forgiven but this time they knew exactly what they were doing.
May the Maker of the Universe guide those who want God & family values, Constitutional restoration, individual liberty, limited government, free market economics, private property rights and a strong national defense (not nation building) to take action to do so. I am now a passive resistor. Will you join me? If not, then you are the problem, not the solution.
Combat Tracker Teams of the Vietnam War
P.S. – I will never forget them. May God bless them all.
May all of them rest in peace and be with God.
You will be reading the hard truth about the Afghanistan war. This is the news you will not get from the Mainstream Media or Fox News. Brace yourself.
Michael Yon is most likely the most knowledgeable and experienced journalist who has reported on military combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. He remained imbedded with direct combat troops and special operations teams for years, since the beginning of our adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is reporting the truth which is now causing him problems with our politicians who parade around in their high ranking military uniforms and kiss the rings of the establishment Washington rulers.
Michael Yon is one person away from me. He is a friend of a very good friend of mine who retired from the Army Special Forces. Michael Yon is well qualified to report what is reality in war because he has been there as a former Army Special Forces soldier and as an imbedded internet blogger, reporter and journalist with the toughest of the tough in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Hopefully you understand what he is trying to tell us. I do because I have been there in a different disgusting political war, Vietnam.
He has experienced more combat in the past 11 years than the majority of soldiers and has lived to write about it.
What he is writing is a long read so get yourself a cup of coffee, beer or glass of wine and be prepared for the hard hitting truth. Many of us old Vietnam combat veterans fully understand exactly what he is saying as the canary in the coal mine.
It is undeniable our political generals and their allies in the Washington cesspool have totally screwed up both Iraq and Afghanistan. Our children and grandchildren will suffer the consequences for generations to come. This is just more of the incompetence and corruption that President Eisenhower warned us about, the military/industrial complex.
Click here for the truth about Afghanistan: ALL THE KINGS HORSES
Remember, it is not the rank and file military responsible for this, it is the political generals, appointed bureaucrats and the elected politicians who must take responsibility for what they have managed to do to the Afghanistan and Iraqi people and to us as American citizens.
The Pueblo Chieftain is reporting fired white workers at a national motel chain in Craig, CO have been reinstated and paid back wages and fines up to $85,000.
The reason given for the firing by Century Shree Corporation, owners of the Hampton Inn in Craig, CO is “white people are indolent and lazy”.
According to Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Phoenix District Office, “Employers cannot choose employees based on the color of their skin or their ancestry. This form of blatant discrimination clearly violates federal law.”
The Obama campaign has a faceless Julia to represent what they believe will be the fantasy life of a woman from cradle to grave according to their big government nanny socialism.
Here is a compilation of the real Julia if Obama is re-elected. Browse the gallery to see what some very clever people have done to Obama’s campaign poster woman. see more…
We Ron Paul supporters and delegates at the Colorado State Convention merged with the Santorum supporters and picked up huge delegate support for Ron Paul. We are sending delegates to the National Convention in Tampa. We will have a majority in Colorado who will support Ron Paul over Romney. The Tea Party grassroots rule. This is our greatest victory yet.
We have control of the Republican Party in Colorado and are going to purge the institutional establishment rulers and power brokers from the Party. We now control the Pueblo County Republican Party.
All the work we have done is now paying off.
You do know I am a Ron Paul supporter and actively campaigned and advanced his cause in the caucus and at the Pueblo County Assembly, Congressional District Assembly and the Colorado State Assembly.
I was an amateur 4 years ago. Not anymore.
PUEBLO, COLORADO — Why does the San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) not engage in open dialogue about their installation of “digital eyes” (smart meters) with their customers who are the actual owners of SIEA because it is a co-op? What are the Board of Directors and management hiding? Are they ashamed and embarrassed and know the questions will be tough and challenging? Why do they insist on operating in secrecy and direct their field employees to sneak around installing the meters with no notice?
What are they telling their employees to say to citizens about the meters? A pat answer, “I’m just following orders and doing my job”. That is the answer I got when recently questioning an employee about his presence at a friend’s home.
I challenge SIEA to multiple town hall meetings and make at least a one hour presentation defending “digital eyes”. After the presentation then give citizens one hour to ask questions and present evidence that “digital eyes” are intrusive and invasive on privacy and can be coupled with the digital technology now in many appliances, i.e. microprocessors, for two way communication. Let them explain to us how they will not use the information for rationing electricity by limiting a household to an arbitrary usage of so much KWH in a month and use above that limit they choose will be billed at exorbitant rates.
What about this scenario? They load shed your entire home or business because you used your ration up before the month is over and you have no electricity until the next billing cycle. You laugh and say how can they do that? The technology is readily available right off the shelf for them to add that one additional control device. see more…
The tea party grassroots movement has had a very positive impact on El Paso County and Colorado Springs, Colorado politics and the liberty of citizens.
Both Colorado Springs and El Paso County are certainly a combined emerging metropolis that is bucking all the socialists trends. The grassroots organizations and people there have been very active, successful and in your face about taking their city and county back. I live in an adjoining county and did live in Colorado Springs prior to moving to Pueblo County. If the SHTF El Paso County and Colorado Springs may become a good bug out location. Pueblo County, with a failed socialist government and a political socialist Democrat political machine, will be one of the socialist enclaves where liberty loving people will flee. see more…
Here’s the tale of Father Larry Swink, a Catholic priest in D.C. who’s one of many now massing the Catholic pews into action against Obama:
My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines. In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead. What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement—not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.
What is happening is extraordinary and unprecedented. The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government. He said we are entering a time of religious persecution and that Catholics and others will have to make a final decision about which side they are on.
The issue is what the Catholic Bishops have called a “literally unconscionable” edict by the Obama Administration demanding that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.
At a time when the media are full of reports about who is ahead and behind in the polls, and who will win the next Republican presidential primary, this incredible uprising in the Catholic Church is something that could not only overshadow the political campaign season, but also may have a major impact on the ultimate outcome—if Republicans know how to handle it. This matter goes beyond partisan politics to the growing perception of an unconstitutional Obama Administration assault on religious freedom. To hear the Catholic Bishops and Priests describe it, our constitutional republic and our freedoms hang in the balance.
The administration claims there is a religious exemption in the mandate, but the bishops say it is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities and service organizations that help millions every year. “Ironically,” they say, “not even Jesus & his disciples would have qualified.”
The bishops go on, “Now that the Administration has refused to recognize the Constitutional conscience rights of organizations and individuals who oppose the mandate, the bishops are now urging Catholics and others of good will to fight this unprecedented attack on conscience rights and religious liberty.”
Interestingly, The Washington Post, as Father Swink indicated, agrees with the bishops. The paper said, “In this circumstance, requiring a religiously affiliated employer to spend its own money in a way that violates its religious principles does not make an adequate accommodation for those deeply held views. Having recognized the principle of a religious exemption, the administration should have expanded it.”
So why would the administration pick a major fight with the Catholic Church?
The separation of Church and state clause is often referenced by the judicial branch as a wall between government and religion as Thomas Jefferson wrote in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists. The argument for the First Amendment freedom of religion clause was to keep government out of churches and to prevent government from establishing a national religion or church. It was not to keep religion out of government. Government has crossed the line, it is a direct attack on every religious institution not just the Catholic Church. If you do not believe this you know nothing about the history of the Constitution and our founders.
What our dictatorial executive branch is doing to the Catholic Church forcing a mandate on them to comply with their demands is no different than deciding observant Jews will be denied Kosher food. Think about that folks. It does not matter what your religious beliefs or lack thereof, if the tyrannical government can decide against the teachings of one religious group then they can decide how all of us are to believe, behave and worship or not worship. I am not Catholic, I am protestant but I stand with the Catholics, Mormons, Jews and any religious group who oppose tyranny and the socialist/marxist president.
Be prepared, very prepared. This corrosive dictatorial consolidation of power and absolute disregard of Constitutional government and the Rule of Law is just the beginning. It will get much worse unless we have a radical transformation soon and it must be this year or we lose as a nation because we will choose sides and the unspeakable may begin.