Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Date: March 7th, 2009
Please add to your schedules and plan to be there! I am letting you know early so there will be no excuses. 8-)
Place: Emporia State University
ESU Union - Heritage Room
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM (if we need the entire time)
This meeting will have the elections of all officers, and this is the meeting where we have traditionally had the chance to change the state by-laws, statement of principles, and/or constitution. All proposed changes must be sent to the chair *in writing, so that we can prepare for the convention and to give all LPKS members as much notice of possible changes being discussed.
Note: ALL OFFICERS are up for election in 2009.
The eight voting officers today in the LPKS constitution today are Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Congressional District 1 Coordinator, Congressional District 2 Coordinator, Congressional District 3 Coordinator, and Congressional District 4 Coordinator. These eight are the people who vote on all spending for the LPKS. They are also the voting members of any internal issues that come up between conventions.
Please note that the procedure for electing these eight people is split into two formats. All those LPKS members in attendance from across the state will elect the “name” officers. (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer) Only those members that live in each district elect that District Coordinator to represent them.
If you have an interest in running for one of these positions – please let me know ASAP as we want to keep everyone notified of all possible candidates available.
For the party to grow at its most beneficial pace, we need competition for all officer positions, while it may be the easy way to elect officers without a competition – it is not necessarily the best way.
I have been asked by several people to run as chair again. At this time, I do not plan to run again. If I receive many solid commitments to work to grow the LPKS – I would look again at running for third term. Jason Peck (Vice-Chair) will not be running for another term.
With this in mind, we need many new people to step up, lead and help us grow. Keeping the same executive committee (repeatedly) has a tendency to trend to group complacency, and we must be vigilant that we keep growing and not become stagnant as an organization. New leadership always comes to a group with an enthusiasm missing from the old group and a sense of direction that may or may not have been there before.
If you have an interest in being an officer – please let me know ASAP, so I can compile a list of candidates to announce.
Thanks for all you do for the LPKS!
Rob Hodgkinson - Chair
It's a great time to be a Libertarian in Kansas!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
At least someone is noticing. Sarah has put together her list of the Top 100 Libertarian Blogs & I was told today that I made the list.
This is interesting to me as once we get past the internal LPKS party elections in March, I should have time to blog more than I have been doing.
I look forward to the challenge of growing the readership here.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
We retained ballot access for another 2 years due to Randall Hodgkinson’s 3rd place showing gaining 2.1% of the vote (24,946) in the statewide race of US Senate.
Other good showings included Sheri Stearns (Gardner) who had just under 13% of the vote in a 3-way race with the R & D’s. The best showing we have had in a 3-way with the R’s & D’s in the race in a long while if not ever.
We are making progress (even if slow) to getting the message out that the Libertarian Party is not a protest vote but a good vote. This election showed that we need to concentrate on lower level races so we can start winning and take that success to higher levels as we grow.
Speaking of lower level races --- Now that the fall elections are over, it is time to start thinking about the spring races. These spring races are non-partisan meaning you do not run with an R, D or L after your name on the ballot.
These races include most City Councils, School Boards, Community College Trustee’s, Water Boards, and other races as well.
We need candidates for these races next spring.
Most of the filing deadlines are early January 2009 so you need to decide quickly.
If you plan to run in a non-partisan race this spring – please let the LPKS know.
Mark off March 7th and leave this as an open date on you calendars - why coming soon!
Rob Hodgkinson - Chair
It's a great time to be a Libertarian in Kansas!
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Saturday, November 01, 2008
Tell your friends and be there!
Join us at a Election Night Party to celebrate the hard work and our LPKS political successes in 2008!
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm ??
Location: Granite City Food & Beverage
Street: 1701 Village West Parkway
City/Town: Kansas City, KS 66111
Granite City is in the Legends (by the racetrack) across from Nebraska Furniture Mart.
If you plan to attend - please RSVP to Rob Hodgkinson --- Chair@lpks.org
It's a great time to be a Libertarian in Kansas!
Monday, October 27, 2008
“I work extra long hours to support him. I bring home all the money, yet he tells me what to do all day long. He winds up controlling almost every aspect of my life. He even tells me that I don’t know how to properly raise my own children.”
“When he needs me, he’s nice to me. He tells me how he wants the same things I do. After he gets what he wants, he goes back to his real personality. The truth is that he couldn’t care less about me. He couldn’t care less about anyone or anything. He only cares about himself. He uses the rest of us to get what he wants.”
“He keeps hurting me and I don’t know what to do. I’m really scared. But he has me convinced that anyone else would treat me worse. He’s probably right. So I stay.” “It’s probably all my fault. I just need to show him that I support him 100%. Maybe than he’ll treat me better.”
Everyone has heard of “battered spouse syndrome.” Battered spouses lack self-esteem or confidence, and actually choose to stay in disastrous, depressing, dangerous, and even deadly relationships. In many cases, the more loyalty they show to their abusive spouse, the worse they are treated and the more abuse they absorb. Most of us cannot understand how someone can choose to stay in a relationship with someone that torments them, hurts them (physically or psychologically), or threatens to kill them (or their children).
But the tale of woe you just read above is not from a battered spouse. This person is suffering from “battered voter syndrome.”
Both Republicans and Democrats fall victim election after election to such abuse.
Let’s start with battered Republicans. How many times can conservative or free market libertarian voters be lied to, without waking up to the deception? Year after year, at election time Republicans trot out candidates who portray themselves as libertarian conservatives standing for free markets, smaller government, lower spending, lower taxes, and more freedom. But after they are elected, they govern very differently than they promised. The reality is that Republicans talk about smaller government, but once elected, they expand government just like Democrats. They treat us like battered voters.
Even one of my heroes was guilty of this offense. Remember when Ronald Reagan said, “The nine worst words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Then he was elected and oversaw a dramatic expansion of government. Reagan also said he’d eliminate the Department of Education. It is still standing almost three decades later- not only standing, but growing at an alarming rate. The budget of the Department of Education is $80 Billion dollars almost 3 decades after Reagan pledged to eliminate it. Eighty billion dollars.
Remember when George H.W. Bush (daddy of W) said, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Then after his election, he promptly raised taxes.
Remember George W. Bush’s promises to cut government and reduce spending. Then he was elected and went on a spending rampage that would embarrass a drunken sailor. The first veto of his Presidency was against stem cell research. But earmarks, pork, waste and bloated budgets never seemed to bother W.
Now we have John McCain- yet another Republican Presidential candidate promising to be a conservative free market libertarian. But in his prior political life McCain voted against tax cuts; supported amnesty for illegal aliens- whose demands for government spending and entitlements threaten to bankrupt our nation; supported more government regulation, more bureaucrats, and higher taxes in the name of global warming; supported violations of our civil liberties (like warrantless wiretaps); and created a campaign finance bill (McCain Feingold) that eroded our free speech.
And that was all BEFORE McCain joined with Barack Obama to support the trillion-dollar government bailout- the greatest rip-off of taxpayers in American history.
Yet the specter of socialist radical Barack Obama has once again been used by Republican campaign consultants and strategists to frighten conservatives and free market libertarians reluctantly into the arms of McCain and Palin. I keep hearing those sad, pathetic words (that are trotted out every 4 years by Republicans), “well they are the lesser of two evils.” But is that good enough? Republicans threaten us with the specter of bigger government- then they get elected and give us bigger government. Should anyone be surprised when President John McCain governs in much the same way as prior Republican Presidents once elected? Any fiscally conservative, small-government advocate that votes for John McCain is certainly suffering from battered voter syndrome.
But it isn’t only Republicans who suffer from battered voter syndrome. Democrats have spent their fair share of time being abused by their own heroes too. Democrat politicians promise responsible government that will help “the little guy,” and then give us Congressman Barney Frank to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while his lover runs the very programs that put the housing market and financial system into crisis.
Then there is Obama- the man of “change.” Well he has raised over $600 million dollars in change- smashing all-time records for campaign contributions. Who gave him $600,000,000? What do they expect in return? How did he do that in the worst economy in our lifetime? Does this ring any alarm bells in your mind? When Obama promises to “spread the wealth around,” to whom will he give your money?
Is Obama really for the “little guy?” He has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of contributions from Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. All of them were at the very center of our credit crisis, investment banking meltdown and Wall Street bailout. Why did they choose to give so much money to Obama? What did they expect in return? Did all that campaign cash prevent Obama from speaking up about the looming financial meltdown?
Obama comes from the Chicago political machine- a modern day Tammany Hall. The economy of Chicago and the state of Illinois have been wrecked by this corrupt Democratic machine- with bloated budget deficits; out of control spending; unfunded state government employee union liabilities; among the worst public schools in the country; among the highest taxes in the country; the highest murder rate in the country; and one of the biggest population exoduses in the country.
If you like Chicago, you’ll love America with Obama as President. If you think Obama is the man of change, you are a battered voter.
Do you see a pattern? Republicans promise smaller government and more freedom from Big Brother. But once elected they bring us bigger government and the Nanny State. They expand government in order to help their friends- defense contractors, oil companies, pharmaceutical companies and agribusiness (billion dollar farm conglomerates). The small business owners that Republican politicians talk about at election time are thrown overboard in favor of corporate lobbyists.
Democrats promise to take care of the “little guy.” But once elected they throw the little guy overboard and hand the country over to trial lawyers, teachers unions, federal and state employee unions, radical environmentalists, and entitlement addicts. Democrats swear they will raise taxes only on the rich in order to spread the wealth around. But once elected, you become “the rich.” The reality is that Obama wants to spread the wealth around from those who work hard, achieve success and create jobs to those who don’t- because those are his voters. His economic philosophy isn’t about “fairness,” it is simply about BRIBERY.
Polls show that 90% of Americans now believe we are on the “wrong track” as a nation. That’s the highest rate in history. Yet if you’ve been voting for the same 2 choices- Republican or Democrat- for the last 20 or 30 or 50 years…if you’ve been voting all these years for “the lesser of two evils”…perhaps it’s no coincidence why we are on the wrong track. You’ve been voting for the wrong track.
Voters who choose the same 2 flawed choices of Republican or Democrat year after year are starring in “Groundhog Day.” You make the same choices election after election, yet you keep expecting different results! You fall for the same deceptions, lies and fraud year after year, yet you’re shocked that nothing changes. You still believe it when the politician offers “CHANGE” without asking what is his track record, and exactly what is the change that is he now offering? You are a battered voter.
But there is another choice. There is a way out. There is a right track. The Libertarian Party is here to end the abuse. As “America’s Third Party” we offer you the relationship with government that you’ve always desired.
We don’t deceive or lie or defraud voters. We support smaller government, reduced spending, lower taxes, school choice and more freedom. We do not support special interest pork-barrel spending or corporate welfare. We don’t just talk about these principles of limited government. We don’t just trot out actors (known as “candidates”) to portray a love of these principles every election day. We live these principles every second of every day. And once elected, Libertarians have a proven track record of actually doing what we said we’d do.
The Libertarian Presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Root could never hope to raise the $600 million dollars like Obama. Doesn’t that tell you something? Follow the money. Whoever gets the big corporate contributions is expected (or required) to return the favor- only one thousand times bigger (with taxpayer’s money).
Barr/Root isn’t bought or paid for by special interests or large corporations. Our campaign and convention were not funded with your tax money. We don’t owe anyone anything. Our only interest is you- the American citizen and taxpayer.
Isn’t it time that you supported a candidate who actually cares about you- the taxpayer? A candidate who actually says what he or she means- not just at election time, but after the election too. Isn’t it time you supported a candidate who is actually committed to a set of principles- not just to using principles as a “marketing tool” to get elected. Someone who actually pledges to make their own office less powerful, less important- so they can give the power back to the citizens and taxpayers.
The Libertarian Party and the Presidential ticket of Bob Barr/Wayne Root want a long-term healthy relationship with you. Together, we will build a future that is better for our children and better for our country. No, we’re not going to win this Presidential election. Not this time. But we have achieved all-time Libertarian Party records for media appearances and exposure to mainstream American voters. We are building a foundation of credibility for future victory at the national level. And it’s what that foundation is built upon that should be most important to you. We offer you the unique opportunity to take power back from the politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, lobbyists and special interests.
We don’t batter our voters. We better them.
I started my campaign 18 months ago by announcing a 16-year detailed plan to win the White House. A small businessman and home-school dad from low-tax Nevada, who has never collected a government paycheck, or been corrupted by the “Beltway Insiders” or special interests in Washington D.C., is now the Vice Presidential nominee of a major third party ticket. I’d say that’s one heck of a successful start for my plan. November 4th isn’t an end, but rather the beginning of my long-term vision to give power back to the citizens.
Join us in starting the process of recovery from battered voter syndrome. You can do it. You can leave. You can change the self-destructive pattern. You can stop wasting your vote on the two parties that 90% of American voters agree have led us in the wrong direction. It’s never a wasted vote to choose a candidate that you really like, instead of someone you neither like nor trust. You actually have a choice. A third choice- the Libertarian Party is “America’s Third Party.”
Stop accepting the battering and abuse. Stop accepting the lies and deception. Choose a positive, healthy relationship with Bob Barr, Wayne Root and the Libertarian Party. On November 4th, come home to us.
Make your vote count. Go to www.LP.org and join us today.
Wayne Allyn Root is the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee on the Libertarian Presidential ticket of Bob Barr/Wayne Root. His web site is: www.ROOTforAmerica.com
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I have been busy with forums, going door to door, putting up yard signs and answering questionnaires for my campaign in 2008. I have had mailers go out to the "Unaffiliated" *likely voters households * in my district - when I get a chance I will post a copy on my web site - feedback welcome!
*Likely voters households are those that have voted in the last two general elections - in Kansas you can choose no party by registering to vote unaffiliated.
We also have a mailing going out to ALL 19,000 likely voter households regardless of voter registration soon. Still can use donations to pay for postage! http://www.vote-hodgkinson.org/donate.htm
Here are a couple links to some of the forums and questionnaires that have been posted. (more will be posted as they become available)
Video of a forum recently taped (45 minutes in length)
Advance voting in Kansas starts Wednesday Oct 15th.
All the hard work should pay off when the votes are counted on Nov 4th.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
& Hodgkinson for U.S. Senate
From: Christopher Carter (913) 980-0401
Release verification and candidate availability…
Rob Hodgkinson/ (913) 980-9269
Brothers Combine Resources, Ideology in Separate “Senate” Runs
Stilwell & Topeka, Ks. -- How opposed to wasteful spending are brothers Rob and Randall Hodgkinson? Enough that yard signs for the two simply say “Hodgkinson, Senate.” Never mind that Rob’s run is to represent the 37th Senate District in Kansas, while Randall’s aiming for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Pat Roberts.
“One large allotment of signs cost less than two smaller ‘customized’ orders,” said Randall, at 41 the younger of the Hodgkinsons, “so there seemed little point in spending more when the signs work equally well for both.”
It’s typical of the common sense approach the two Libertarian candidates are highlighting as they woo voters for the November 4th general election. A core message that Libertarians today are not the party of radical, offbeat ideas that’s kept them on the political “fringe” in the past.
“We, that is Libertarian candidates and leaders, are redefining the party rather than allowing it to define us,” said Rob, whose 37th Senate District encompasses a sizable portion of southern Johnson County. Moreover, Rob would know -- he’s chair of the Libertarian Party in Kansas, as well as a candidate.
“My stance on many issues reflects general population sentiment,” said Rob, “and most Johnson Countians are surprised when they hear me speak to the need for strong public education, less taxation and a sensible approach to the social issues, a common sense approach that gets much less attention than it deserves.”
Most startling of all, to many mainstream voters, according to Rob, is the willingness -- enthusiasm, even -- of Libertarians to work within the system as they try to change it. “The notion that Libertarians are anti-government to the point of anarchy simply is outdated and has been for some time,” Rob continued. “I believe in government, but small government,” he said, “and dissatisfaction with programs such as ‘No Child Left Behind’ among both Republicans and Democrats underscores how the country is moving in the same direction Libertarians always have promoted.”
Taxation (Rob supports the repeal of sales tax on food, calling it “regressive”), local control of schools, and limiting the power of eminent domain (for private use) lead Rob’s 37th Senate District profile. Brother Randall’s issues are of national, rather than local, scope, but the “less is more” brand of Libertarianism marks his approach to governing, too.
“Libertarians, as a party, were the first to oppose U.S. involvement in Iraq,” Randall said. And he noted that the Party’s new progressive stand on many issues -- making the Internet tax moratorium permanent, decoupling health insurance from employment (he sees a role for government in providing healthcare) -- were touted by Libertarians, and the Hodgkinsons, long before being embraced by many in the traditional parties. Randall’s call for federal involvement in protecting the environment speaks to the open-mindedness about the role government can play.
Randall’s principal issue is one of, well; principle…and one that’s particularly close to his professional passion: the “Rule of Law,” which he asserts has been seriously undermined by the current White House administration.
An attorney employed by the State of Kansas, Randall expressed concern about a wide gamut of Fourth Amendment and human rights issues brought to the fore by recent Justice Department decisions. He pointed to allegations of torture in U.S. treatment of foreign detainees, and to what he calls “arbitrary” application of the Patriot Act. But most important to Randall is the “disconnect” he believes exists between such actions and the public.
“Too little attention is paid to how these uses -- abuses, really -- of power affect you and me,” Randall said. “One can, and should, be concerned about the specifics of how domestic spying can affect individuals in a real, day-to-day way,” he continued, “but equally important is the ‘culture’ of government abuse that can take root. We have accepted government intrusion into our lives far too easily.”
On that point and others, such as the need for greater fiscal responsibility at all levels of government, the Hodgkinsons do hearken to the Libertarian tradition. It’s in evidence when Rob calls personal freedom his “true North.”
It’s an independence honestly founded. Fifth-generation Kansans (growing up in Hutchinson), the Hodgkinsons share a family history of “doing for oneself,” including a great-grandmother who wrote about the family experiences and importance of true local support of a community school, when none was readily available in the family’s rural community.
As for seeing the possibilities of winning election, the brothers agree that Libertarians in Kansas are moving past the point where just “spreading the message” is enough. Current polls place Randall at a level that would officially guarantee “major party” status for Libertarians by the state in 2010 if the candidate for Governor garners the same support levels.
It would be an important milestone, according to Rob. “While we rarely aspire to patterning ourselves after Republicans and Democrats,” he said, “major party status is one similarity we would welcome.”
Sunday, October 05, 2008
I am in agreement with Wayne on this one - Rob
October 4, 2008
There is an old adage about a political mess, “The more you stir it the more it stinks.” And so it is with Johnson County’s Triangle proposal. The more I learn about it and the people pushing it, the more it stinks. I began my objection to the tax based on 2 simple concerns; it is another (the third) “forever” tax in Johnson County and there is no meaningful governance. I had planned to just vote no on this tax proposal but as more details are brought out in the open, I can no longer sit in silence.
Now, I find that my 2 primary concerns are closely intertwined since any “forever” tax basically has no governance. Once it is passed, that’s it. As with the Triangle tax, there may be some kind of yearly accounting by the spenders but there is nothing a taxpayer can do to hold the spenders accountable. Remember Enron and the S & L scandal. Those companies were audited yearly and produced the required yearly accounting reports – and look what happened.
The “Subprime” mess is an excellent example of inadequate accountability. When the federal law was changed to decrease regulations on the Wall Street money changers, it was like giving them a license to steal. Couple that with government pressure on lenders to make “subprime” housing loans to people who could not afford them and you have a formula for disaster – a $700 billion disaster. Warren Buffet pointed this out last week in an interview with Charlie Rose when he told Charlie that all you had to do with some of the financial instruments Wall Street was selling was to plug in any numbers you wanted to show any profit you wanted. Buffet also pointed out that AIG was a sound, well managed company before they got into derivatives. Then he said, “If AIG had never heard of derivatives, they would still be in excellent shape.” (NOTE: Derivatives are financial instruments whose values depend on the value of other underlying financial instruments.) When the derivatives are based on housing loans to people with no money or people who overextended themselves to buy a lifestyle they really couldn’t afford, there will certainly be a day of reckoning. Today is that day and I reckon its you and me who will have to pay for it. To learn more about your government’s involvement in the subprime crisis, read the Boston Globe article at http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/09/28/franks_fingerprints_are_all_over_the_financial_fiasco/ and the Fox News article at http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,432501,00.html.
We have been told, “An appointed board will oversee the Triangle project.” Loosely translated this means the spenders and their friends will appoint some of their own kind to examine what each other are doing. The board will answer to no one – not even the regents of the colleges involved. We are also told the board will be made up of elected officials. That’s true but they will not be elected to the board and they can not be removed by any action of the people. We have a board like that now. It’s called MARC (Mid America Regional Council) and, it too, is immune to any action by citizens, voters, taxpayers, etc. Since there are no consequences, there is no accountability.
I recently spoke in opposition to the Triangle tax before an Olathe group where Senator Karen Brownlee spoke for the tax. During the Q and A session someone asked the senator, “What happens if the tax fails?” Her reply, “The Triangle will still get built. It will just take longer.” I find it interesting that the purpose of the tax is not to make the project possible; it’s just to speed it up. This is not a conditional tax. You and I will continue to pay this tax “forever” even if the Triangle never comes to pass or if it is created and produces little or none of the pie in the sky promises its promoters have been shouting about. In fact, if it is created and becomes wildly successful, you and I still get nothing tangible. We don’t share in the profits. They will pay little or no tax. Nothing tangible comes back to the county. Olathe is donating 80 acres of the people’s park land to the project and then giving them a tax abatement. I thought I had heard everything – but I was wrong.
One of the leaders on the push for the Triangle is Bob Regnier of the Bank of Blue Valley. His bank has just been downgraded to a D minus, which is like being wheeled into intensive care. Today, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, there are 24,000 homes on the market (it’s usually around 15 or 16 thousand). The average time on the market now is 11 months. With a glut of houses on the market few homes are being built so banks are hurting. The “forever” Triangle tax would be like a shot in the arm, providing cash they so desperately need. Ol’ Bob is taking no chances. He is over in KCMO with the Greater KC Chamber hustling the light rail tax just in case Johnson County comes to its senses and votes this Triangle Turkey down. The light rail tax is another boondoggle with lots of taxpayer cash to go around. I take no pleasure in the misfortunes of anyone but neither do I feel any responsibility to provide them with tax money to fix their problems – which brings up another point.
Triangle spokesperson Mary Birch recently told a neighborhood group that if they (the Triangle) needed more money, they would be back. They don’t even have the tax but are already planning to pick our pockets again. I bet you thought “forever” would be long enough for them.
Lets look at the tally sheet: A third “forever” tax, free land that used to be a park, tax abatements, plans to ask for more money, no sharing of any profits, no accountability, save a bank that’s in trouble, and only 2 guarantees – we’ll pay and they’ll spend. And just in case you think that’s the end of the story, I’ll give you 8 to 5 that everyone who builds in the Triangle will want a TIF, and why not since it seems to be open season on us taxpayers.?
Now I’m absolutely certain I will vote no on the Triangle tax.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2008
Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm **BBQ burgers and brats at 5 PM**
Location: David Huston Home
Street: 11809 Rosehill Rd
City/Town: Overland Park, KS
RSVP: (913) 469-0173 or email@example.com
This is a reception with light BBQ and drinks. If you want to meet Rob or just drop in and show your support, we would love to see you there.
Pass this along to your all your 37th district friends who might be in the neighborhood.
Contributions are not necessary, but any help that you are able to offer would be appreciated. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP to David Huston. (above)
[Please note campaign finance laws limit contributions to $1000 per individual.]
Candidate for Kansas State Senate - 37th District
It's a great time to be a Libertarian in Kansas!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I support a multi party system in this country. I hope I see it in my lifetime. But the other parties are going to have to build a following before they run candidates. It would also be smarter to start with local races and grow from there rather than running a failed candidate in the presidential election."
There is no such thing as a wasted vote...
The only thing that you would have a chance to convince me was a wasted vote - would be someone writing in a person or thing (think Ron Paul or Donald Duck) that the Secretary of State will not count. Even then, the protest value in this case is worth something.
A vote for Bob Barr for President is a choice
A vote for Randall Hodgkinson for US Senate in Kansas is a choice
A vote for Joe Bellis for the KS 3rd congressional district is a choice
A vote for Rob Hodgkinson in the KS 37th is a choice
Voting FOR any of the above is NOT a waste - the vote will be counted, the vote will be recorded, and a vote could (I'll admit, a long shot) elect someone from outside the two party system. We just have to get enough people to see the folly of our current path that has us in this mess.
Telling me you have to vote for a probable winner is like saying all Kansans have to be NY Yankee or New England Patriot fans - or you just wasted your time/money etc.
Voting is a hell of a lot more important than sports. Take a chance on an (this) underdog - it will pay off in many positive dividends for the future of this state.
It's a great time to be a Libertarian in Kansas!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life,
232 years ago today - on
When the 56 members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and pledged their Lives, [their] Fortunes, and [their] sacred Honor to formally support the Revolution, they were truly risking everything. The second that they put pen to paper in
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
So what exactly would have moved such men to literally risk everything for an abstract principle of freedom?
By the time the Declaration was signed, the colonists had attempted by all possible diplomatic means and appeals to the British Parliament to have their concerns heard, only to have a deaf ear cast toward them. In fact, the louder their grievances became, the greater the pressure the British authorities brought to bear on the colonists. First, oppressive taxation was imposed, without the consent of the colonists. Then, to enforce the collection of the taxes and to quell increasing dissent, the king dispatched British Army garrisons to the colonies. Then trade to and from the colonies was strictly curtailed, and a virtual blockade was imposed by the British Navy on all goods entering and leaving
Quite frankly, these men had a choice to make. They could either do nothing, and surrender unconditionally to a despotic King who could not have cared less about the welfare of the colonists, or they could take a stand. For liberty. For self-determination. For freedom.
The Tyranny of Complacency
Against us are all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty. We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils. - Thomas Jefferson
So, today, as we look back over the last 232 years, what have we as a people done with that great sacrifice borne by those 56 men, and by all of those other innumerable Patriots - at such places as Valley Forge, New Orleans, the Alamo, Antietam, Gettysburg, the Argonne, Normandy, Guadalcanal - that have lost their lives in the centuries since that moment when we declared our freedom.
For most of the last 232 years, we developed and nurtured a “grand experiment” in our Constitutional representative republic that was the envy of the entire planet. It was so admired that many millions of people from distant shores risked everything to come here and make a new life for themselves and their families. We welcomed them into the great American “melting pot” with open arms, only asking that they participate fully in our society and contribute their labor and vigilance to the continuation of the “experiment.”
But, somewhere in the last 80 years, something has gone wrong.
We have become too comfortable - too self-assured - too arrogant.
We have allowed powerful and influential interests in industry and politics to pervert the democratic process to benefit themselves, while allowing ourselves to be seduced into believing that they were doing this to benefit us. We have seen government expand its reach and control into every aspect of our daily lives, and far beyond what the Founders believed was proper. We have developed an ‘entitlement’ mentality, and ascribed “rights” status to things such as “free” medical care, “free” education with assured equality of outcomes, and “free” retirement. We have allowed our national and economic sovereignty to be sacrificed at the twin altars of multicultural diversity and globalism. We have been cowed into allowing the most sacred protector of our individual freedoms, our Bill of Rights, to be trampled on and shredded in the name of patriotism and security.
In our complacency, we have forgotten that true freedom, true self-determination, must be defended through educating ourselves about the workings of our republic and being intimately active in the process of government.
And so, while we have had our backs turned and our heads in the sand (or in the television set); the experiment has gone terribly awry. We have allowed ourselves to be bound with velvet handcuffs, and in the name of safety and security, we have accepted abuses and usurpations on the part of our own Government that those 56 men who risked their lives for freedom would have found beyond reprehensible.
A New Birth of Freedom
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite. - Thomas Jefferson
So, now, as a nation we find ourselves in the same position as those signers of the Declaration were 232 years ago. We have a choice to make. Neither road will be easy.
We can choose to do nothing, and surrender unconditionally to being ruled by a despotic elite that does not have the nation’s interest at heart, but instead is interested in corrupting the political process for its own gain; to depend on government to provide our every need, but at the terrible price of the confiscation of the fruits of our labor and the loss of our ability to determine our individual destinies; and to ultimately trade our hard-fought freedom for a comfortable existence in slavery.
Or, we can do as the Founders did, and declare our independence.
We can wake up, tear ourselves away from the Wii's and the televisions and the computer screens and the bread and circuses that the entertainment wing of the corporatocracy have given us to dull our senses and lull us to sleep, and begin to challenge their newspeak that intrusive government is good, that they are here to help us and to make us happy, and that we don’t need to think for ourselves.
We can fill ourselves with righteous anger and funnel it to constructive purposes, such as getting educated and active, and we can move to reassert ourselves in the body politic.
We can find the true patriots of our age, or even better, be the true patriots of our age, and be willing to support those people in their runs for political office or run for office ourselves.
We can work to inoculate ourselves from the inevitable siren’s calls of corruption that will come from those who will want us to forget why we are being called to serve, and carry ourselves with the same kind of self-sacrificial spirit that those 56 men displayed in
Even though the experiment has gone awry, it is not at all unsalvageable. We are still a shining beacon of hope to the world, of rugged individuality, of self-reliance, of entrepreneurship, and ingenuity. These have always been the hallmarks of the independent spirit of
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom; go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. - Samuel Adams
Note – This was reprinted with permission from the author. The author and I have chosen different paths (at this time) to try to restore our freedoms. Steve is active in the Republican Party and I with the Libertarian Party in
-- Rob --
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The Committee to elect Rob Hodgkinson needs donations and active volunteers for both walking the district and making phone calls in the campaigns behalf.
The campaign has already ordered and paid for 10,000 push cards and they will be used for the door-to-door (and other events) that we can do into.
We have already designed and paid for our yard signs as well.
The 37th Kansas Senate district is ½ rural & ½ urban in makeup.
The next set of campaign donations will be used for mail purposes in the general election to reach the areas we cannot walk effectively. I need to raise $10,000 or more to be effective with the mail outreach.
All spending of donations we are receiving will be for active campaign purposes only – I am personally underwriting the costs of my campaign advisor (who has run winning campaigns in Kansas for both R’s and D’s and is looking forward to helping a Libertarian win).
Please help us out and lets get a libertarian elected to the Kansas Senate!
Monday, May 12, 2008
If there ever was a time that the Libertarian Party was at a crossroads – now is that time. In
In a state like Kansas that is a big republican state – yet very, very wary of a McCain – A Bob Barr could pull off a vote percentage similar to what Perot did in KS (18+%) but it would take a candidate with the real world credibility/respectability of a Bob Barr to make it happen.
** we have a Democrat governor as proof Kansans will walk differently than in lockstep with the majority political party here **
Here is what I am looking for in a presidential candidate in 2008; as they will not win in 2008, let’s look at the best-case scenario for a LP presidential candidate’s effect in
They must relate to the real world voters to gain a high percentage of the vote count and then people will start to look at the LP much more seriously. Unlike the Reform party that only had the momentum with Ross Perot’s funding and personality -- the LP has years of hanging in there as a third political party. With the great people that have come on board in the last 3 ½ years while I have been chair, we can make a huge difference politically going forward. All the LP volunteers in
There is only one candidate running for the LP nomination that can accomplish massive growth of the Kansas Libertarian Party – That candidate is Bob Barr.
I wholeheartedly endorse Bob Barr to be our Libertarian Presidential candidate for 2008.
As a candidate on a lower political level for the LP (State Senate), I believe that there can be a positive trickledown effect from our presidential candidate.
Having met and listened to most of our LP candidates -- I believe that our best option for the 2008 political season is Bob Barr.
I believe that we need someone who has media savvy, someone credible to those outside the LP world, someone who can debate McCain and Obama and present himself in a compassionate, reasonable and intelligent manner in representing the Libertarian Party.
I will be voting (in
Saturday, March 22, 2008
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
I have been amazed at the reaction to the information posted on a couple blog’s about Kansas Libertarian - Bennie Lee “Ben” Ferguson.
Kansans in general are very tolerant of others - not counting Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist clan; however, we even let them spout their nonsense while we vehemently disagree with their approach to gaining media attention.
I believe that Ben is one example that shows that the Kansas Libertarian Party is “the big tent” party that is needed and severely lacking in the
Another thing that I think these postings show is the fact that issues are also not a dividing factor in the KSLP; we can civilly disagree without getting personal. Ben is a supporter of the
Does all the KSLP get along perfect in our membership? Not hardly, we (just like all LP organizations) have our group of “purists” who believe they are the only people that have the correct stance on various issues. They are a minority and have not held back the overall growth of our membership, volunteers and effective lobby efforts we have been doing the last three years.
Ben is not the first or last LP’er to have differing opinions of either a platform position or others in the LP.
Mike Kerner, our 3rd District Coordinator and voting member of the Excom and I disagree on another possibly personally divisive issue – abortion. Mike is Pro-Life and I am Pro-Choice. Mike as a LP candidate has received the endorsement of Pro-Life groups. Mike and I also have worked well together, side by side at outreach events and we also gain the same ability to talk to anyone that walks up to us and asks about abortion. We have someone on both sides of (what could be or in reality is) a divisive issue for the person to get comfortable with initially – and then we really have the ability to reach and teach that person about the LP and how much better we are from the two big bozo parties overall.
I am so proud to be part of the freedom movement with the KSLP as my main venue to express the need to positively change the direction of our government.
The Kansas Libertarian Party is the big tent party we need to make major change for the future!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Please help us by donating soon - as you can see below we are spending the money wisely to help people from across the nation get political training to help the LP grow!
-- Rob --
Atlas!PAC has changed their name to Atlas!Liberty. Their mission is to give Libertarian candidates the tools they need to win elections. Atlas!Liberty is committed to educating their members in contemporary campaigning technology and techniques. Toward this end, they have awarding scholarships to the Campaign and Elections annual seminar “The Art of Political Campaigning”. The scholarship covers the registration fee, transportation to and from Washington, DC, hotel and some incidental travel expenses. Here’s a list of twelve recent scholarship recipients:
- Whitney Allen, Plainfield, Indiana,. Senior business major at IUPUI. Hired by MTV as part of a special program the network is launching to cover politics through the 2008 presidential elections. Created web site for Libertarian Timothy Maguire for Indianapolis City-County Council At-Large in 2006.
- Jaenelle Antas, Rochester, Minnesota, part-time employee with Libertarian Party of Indiana. Full-time student at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Plans to attend law school in Wisconsin. Volunteer co-coordinator Tim Maguire for Council 2007.
- Jeremiah Arn, Columbus, Ohio, VP Business Development, First Ohio Home Finance, Ohio LP Communications & Media Director and Fundraising Director . He has a background in marketing, managing budgets and overseeing customer experience projects – both short-term and long.
- Emily Cowan, Austin, Texas. Former Cato intern and then Director of Intern Program. Campaign Staffer for Michael Badnarik in 2006 Congressional run. Founder and leader of the Libertarian Longhorns at the University of Texas.
- Marc Goddard, Denver, Colorado, relocated to Colorado from Washington, D.C. seven years ago. Managed Libertarian gubernatorial campaign of Dawn Winkler. Currently fundraising director of Colorado LP, working on several fundraising events and is the volunteer coordinator for a City Council election for the town of Golden.
- Allison Maguire, Indianapolis, Indiana, administrative assistant, candidate for Libertarian office, At-Large City Council in 2007, key volunteer for Tim Maguire campaign.
- Tim Maguire, Indianapolis, Indiana, financial planner and small business owner, candidate for Libertarian office, including At-Large City Council in 2007.
- Michael C. Munger, Durham, North Carolina, Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Duke University. For the last several years he has published four essays per year on libertarian economic principles at the Liberty Fund web site. He has been active in the Libertarian Party of North Carolina since 2004, working on obtaining signatures and fundraising on ballot access. He is seeking the Libertarian nomination for Governor of North Carolina in 2008.
- Richard Shepard, Tacoma, Washington, attorney Shepard Law Office, P.L.L.C. Member of the LP since 1980. In 1986 helped organize the LP national convention in Seattle. In late 1980s ran for the state legislature 3 times as an (L). In the early 1990s served as State Chair for the LP of Washington State. In 1996 and in 2000 ran for State Attorney General as an (L). Has representing the LPWA for seven years in a continuing battle over Washington's primary election system. (Cases cited in the resume). He has been fully involved in all phases of the case, including most strategy sessions with the D & R attorneys, and attending US Supreme Court arguments on 10/1/07. For the 2006 election cycle he advised the Washington candidate for US Senate regarding FEC requirements.
- Jessica Mears, Lima, Ohio, student at University of Cincinnati majoring in communications. Currently working to organize a University of Cincinnati Campus Libertarians. Actively supporting a Libertarian presidential candidate at UC.
- Matthew Robinson, Springfield, MA, Vice-President of the Ohio State Libertarian Studies Organization before graduating with Master's in Physics in 12/06. Worked on 2006 campaign of the Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Ohio. Moved to New Hampshire with the Free State Project and started getting involved politically by attending city council and state legislature meetings. Change if jobs and moved to MA in 7/07. Organizer for the Springfield, MA Ron Paul Meetup. He’s looking to move back to NH and hopes to run for political office in next few years, starting at the local level.
- Mike Smitley, Van Wert, Ohio, has served the Libertarian Party of Ohio as NW Region Chair, Van Wert County Development Coordinator and as Treasurer. Ran as a libertarian Republican for Congress in a special election in 2007. Attended two Leadership Institute seminars in 2007. Wants to focus Libertarian efforts on local development and creating new county parties with the means and training necessary to elect Libertarians.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
by Harry Browne
1. I resolve to *sell* liberty by appealing to the self-interest of each
prospect, rather than *preaching* to people and expecting them to suddenly
adopt my ideas of right and wrong.
2. I resolve to keep from being drawn into arguments or debates. My purpose is
to inspire people to want liberty -- not to prove that they're wrong.
3. I resolve to *listen* when people tell me of their wants and needs, so I can
help them see how a free society will satisfy those needs.
4. I resolve to identify myself, when appropriate, with the social goals
someone may seek -- a cleaner environment, more help for the poor, a less
divisive society -- and try to show him that those goals can never be achieved
by government, but will be well served in a free society.
5. I resolve to be compassionate and respectful of the beliefs and needs that
lead people to seek government help. I don't have to approve of their subsidies
or policies -- but if I don't acknowledge their needs, I have no hope of
helping them find a better way to solve their problems.
6. No matter what the issue, I resolve to keep returning to the central point:
how much better off the individual will be in a free society.
7. I resolve to acknowledge my good fortune in having been born an American.
Any plan for improvement must begin with a recognition of the good things we
have. To speak only of America's defects will make me a tiresome crank.
8. I resolve to focus on the ways America could be so much better with a very
small government -- not to dwell on all the wrongs that exist today.
9. I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness. Such things
steal time and attention from the work that must be done.
10. I resolve to speak, dress, and act in a respectable manner. I may be the
first libertarian someone has encountered, and it's important that he get a
good first impression. No one will hear the message if the messenger is
11. I resolve to remind myself that someone's "stupid" opinion may be an
opinion I once held. If *I* can grow, why can't I help *him* grow?
12. I resolve not to raise my voice in any discussion. In a shouting match, no
one wins, no one changes his mind, and no one will be inspired to join our
quest for a free society.
13. I resolve not to adopt the tactics of Republicans and Democrats. They use
character assassination, evasions, and intimidation because they have no real
benefits to offer Americans. We, on the other hand, are offering to set people
free -- and so we can win simply by focusing on the better life our proposals
14. I resolve to be civil to my opponents and treat them with respect. However
anyone chooses to treat me, it's important that I be a better person than my
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
In an editorial that appeared under the "as I see it" section of the 1/3/08 edition of the Star, Brandon Keing extols the virtues of our two party system.
He claims that the system is the best way for a representative democracy to function. Unfortunately, he ignores some of the facts in his argument.
First and foremost, the two party system does NOT represent everyone. The growing number of independents and third parties is proof that voters are becoming increasingly disenfranchised with both of the two major parties. Secondly, the two major parties that currently seek to represent us are supposed to have distinct philosophies, which are the left vs. the right. The reality is they represent one ideal, and that is to get themselves re-elected.
During the few times in which their philosophies truly conflict, the left tends to believe in civil liberties and social freedom but not as much economic freedom, whereas the right tends to believe in financial freedom but not social freedoms. Many, if not most Americans are neither left nor right, but believe in freedom of all kinds. Some Americans actually believe in less freedom of both kinds, and yet more consider themselves "centrist".
The fact is the two party system is a power monopoly controlled by the elite. They have, over the years, created an unlevel playing field thereby protecting their common interests by excluding any real dissent.
I would like encourage Mr. Keing, and all Americans to consider an alternative to our current system.
The Libertarian Party is the 3rd largest and fastest growing 3rd party in the nation. It seeks to promote a free market economy, civil liberties, and a foreign policy of peace, free trade, and non-intervention. We are neither left nor right, and we believe our solutions are the most effective and compassionate in the political realm today.
Jason E. Peck
The Libertarian Party of Kansas