Thursday, February 3, 2011

Patriot Act Update from Ron Paul.

Update on the status of the Patriot Act From Ron Paul and the Campaign For Liberty.

January News Recap

Wow, what a month! Here's what happen in Politics in the month of January.
  • It's on again, off again roller coaster for Chicago Mayoral Candidate Rahm Emanuel. An Illinois Appellate Court kick Emanuel off the ballot because he did not meet the City's Residency requirement. Later the Illinois Supreme Court overruled the Appellate decision and reinstituted Rahm ballot status
  • Florida Judge Roger Vinson, has declared ObamaCare unconstitutional. This makes the Second Judge to rule this way.
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn still has not sign/veto the repeal of Death Penalty.
  • Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is suing the TSA for violating his Constitutional Rights.
  • Hawaii Governor refuses to release Obama's Birth Certificate, or just maybe he could not find it?
  • The newly Republican controlled, 112th Congress was sworn in.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Libertarian Party Responds to the State of Union Address and GOP Paul Ryan

In the following video, the Executive Director, Wes Benedict of the National Libertarian Party responds to the President's State of Union Address and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan. Wes Benedict questions the President's commitment to cut "Non -Security, and Discretionary Spending" and then follows up with "In the unlikely event that happens, it won't really matter, because to make a real dent in the deficit, it's necessary to cut spending on the military and entitlements. The president promised big government in the past, and he delivered. I expect more of the same." He goes on to criticize Paul Ryan, for claiming he wants "big cuts in government spending". However, the LP notes that Congressman Ryan, voted for the "Medicare expansion in 2003, and the expensive No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. He supports the expensive War on Drugs. In 2008, he put hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars at risk by voting for the massive TARP bailout, and he even voted to spend billions on the GM and Chrysler bailout."

Below you can find the official LP Video, and their Press Release.





Good evening and thank you for your interest in the State of our Union.
My name is Wes Benedict. I'm the executive director of the Libertarian National Committee here in Washington, DC. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace.
Tonight we heard from President Barack Obama and a response from Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.
President Obama says he wants a freeze in non-security, discretionary spending. In the unlikely event that happens, it won't really matter, because to make a real dent in the deficit, it's necessary to cut spending on the military and entitlements. The president promised big government in the past, and he delivered. I expect more of the same.
However, Obama has truly been a hypocrite on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a candidate, he promised to end them. Tonight we heard more hollow promises. The fact is, as president, he has kept those wars going, and has greatly escalated the war in Afghanistan. As a percentage of GDP, military spending is higher now than it was during any year of the George W. Bush administration.
Unlike President Obama, Libertarians would bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and reduce the military budget.
On the Republican side, I found Congressman Paul Ryan's hypocrisy appalling. He claims to want big cuts in government spending. But he didn't seem to be too worried about cutting spending when Republicans were in charge. He supported the huge Medicare expansion in 2003, and the expensive No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. He supports the expensive War on Drugs. In 2008, he put hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars at risk by voting for the massive TARP bailout, and he even voted to spend billions on the GM and Chrysler bailout.
Just one month ago, Congressman Ryan voted for the tax compromise that included a big increase in unemployment spending, and even extensions of government spending on ethanol.
Republicans don't want to cut spending -- they want to talk about cutting spending.
Congressman Paul Ryan is a perfect example of why Republicans are bad for America.
Republicans' plans for Social Security and Medicare are little more than a distraction. It's time for someone to have the guts to tell seniors the truth: You were promised way too much, and now we've got to make major cuts. I'm asking retirees to think about the enormous debts piling up on your children and grandchildren.
Libertarians would stop spending billions on bailouts, the War on Drugs, federal education programs, and we would end mandatory Social Security and Medicare.
Today, America is a country that attracts hardworking immigrants from Mexico and around the world, leaving countries that are less free and prosperous. Libertarians welcome these immigrants warmly. But I often wonder if -- in 20 years -- America will still be a great place to live, or if it will be another declining civilization fraught with poverty and abuse that your children want to leave.
The future of America may depend on the Libertarian Party steering us towards liberty and away from tyranny.
The Libertarian Party is America's third-largest party, and one of the most successful alternative parties in American history.
We are recruiting bold, principled men and women dedicated to freedom to fill leadership positions and to run for office as Libertarians.
You don't have to agree with every single Libertarian position to join the Libertarian Party. You can still make a difference and help us move our country towards freedom.
The Libertarian Party has more information at our website, LP.org. Please visit LP.org and join the Libertarian Party today.
Thank you and good night.
For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

The LP is America's third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

EPIC Conference: TSA and our Stripping of Freedoms.

The Libertarian Party Executive Director, Wes Benedict join with former Green Party Candidate for President, Ralph Nader and Cato Institute Information Policy Expert Jim Harper on January 6 2011, as a panelist at a public conference examining TSA security procedures and their stripping of our freedoms.

Watch it Now at CSPAN Video Archive:

This is an extremely informative video, and I encourage everyone to watch the video and then sign The Liberty Index Petition, to rid ourselves of the TSA once and for all.

Petition to Dismantle the TSA

The Philosophy of Liberty: Property Rights and Self-Ownership

This is a great video that I spotted on the Libertarian Party's Website:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Debt Ceiling Should Not be Raised!

With the deadline to raising the debt ceiling fast approaching, fear mongering is working overtime on both sides of the aisle.
Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers stated that hitting the debt ceiling, "the impact on the economy would be catastrophic" and continued with, "I don’t see why anybody’s talking about playing chicken with the debt ceiling. If we get to the point where you’ve damaged the full faith and credit of the United States, that would be the first default in history caused purely by insanity."
Speaker Boehner stated that, "America cannot default on its debt"
"Even a short-term or limited default would have catastrophic economic consequences that would last for decades," Geithner said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Republican Paul Ryan even stated in various press outlets that the debt ceiling needed to be raised.
Now to be fair to the Republicans, they are demanding spending cuts and changes in the budget in return for their support of raising the debt ceiling. There are two major flaws to this line of logic.
  1. Even if they don't get the necessary concessions from the White House, The Republicans will still vote for the raising of the ceiling. So, the Obama Administration and the rest of the Democrats has no incentives to relent.
  2. Assuming Obama gives in to the Republicans, the "Spending cuts and Budget changes" will be no where near big enough.
Also the Dooms Day scenario that many politicians are predicting, if the ceiling is not raised, at best are not true, and at worst are overblown. This would not trigger an automatic default and our government is not stupid enough to let this happen. They would have to start behaving like Adults and make the drastic changes to the structure of the Government that is desperately needed. There would be no more of the endless entitlements. Social Security might actually get privatize. No more earmarks and "Bridges to Nowhere".  Useless parts of the Government, like the Department of Education and HUD would be cut. States and local government is far better able to handle Education and HUD anyways. We might actually get to the point of having a budget surplus. Imagine that!

We have to get to the point of saying "Enough is Enough". We can't keep raising and raising the debt ceiling, because that would eventually lead us to defaulting on our debts. Everyone else lives within their means, or makes the drastic changes in our lives to survive, except for our Government. It's now time to take the Credit Card away from the child that does not care about fiscal responsibility.

Video Excerpt From the Movie "Network":



Friday, December 24, 2010

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.

In the spirit of the season, I'm republishing a classic from the New York Sun editorial in 1897 titled, "Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus." From the editorial staff at The Liberty Index, we wish everyone a Marry Christmas and a Happy New Years. This is "The Liberty Index" signing off for the Holidays.
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.