Ted, where were you and your friends while this was happening under Obama?

Now that Donald Trump is President of the United States some of my Democratic Party political friends have suddenly woken up to the horrors that have continued from the Barack Obama administration. This past year, Democratic leaders have put forth their political theater shenanigans by displaying feigned outrage over government spending, loss of freedoms, and loss of privacy protections for their American brethren. Where were you over the last several years? Why did you not voice this outrage while your party leader was our President?

Most Dems remained silent as Obama’s administration bombed the hell out of various countries around the world, killing and maiming countless innocent lives. Most Democrats remained silent as their leaders have caused our nation to rack up crippling debt and our privacy protections have eroded. Most Democrats championed Obama when he simply wrote a “memo” which they thought was going to end the “War on Drugs.” Obama could have easily gone much farther to end the pain, suffering, and increased the freedom of millions of Americas by truly ending the “War on Drugs” but stood by as its Commander in Chief.

For the few that remained vigilant, I applaud you. For those who ignored the travesties, I welcome you to the Libertarian mission to maximize the freedom of Americans and hope you are not just acting because someone you dislike or hate is occupying the White House.  As a Libertarian, it does not matter to me if a Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian is our president. If freedoms are lost, then we cannot stand by and let them be taken. We must fight back regardless of our political affiliation, regardless of which “team” has control of Congress. If you are sick of the political theater put on by your political party, perhaps it is time to change your voter registration to Libertarian and vote for Libertarian Party candidates. It is within the Libertarian Party where you will find the true #Resistance movement.

So, pardon me if I seem a bit cynical by this most recent statement from our Democratic Party leaders who have recently “discovered” the abuses of our federal government on innocent Americans. You see, all of Florida is within a 100-mile immigration inspection zone. There was an incident last week in Fort Lauderdale which got nationwide attention and properly enraged many Americans. It involves innocent Americans being questioned on a bus about their citizenship by federal authorities. But this has been going on for years — literally. Started in 2006 as a small program, it ballooned over the Obama administration. Not only have federal officers been boarding buses and trains en masse we now have “do nothing” immigration checkpoints well over 50 miles inside our borders. Libertarians have been voicing our opposition to this practice for years which fell on deaf ears.

This week, Ted Deutch and a long list of Dems issued the following statement:

“We were appalled to see U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents abusing their mandate and authority to arbitrarily board a bus to demand that all passengers produce identification and documentation.

“We support strengthening our border protections against external threats and bolstering our officials in their work to keep Americans safe. However, arbitrary and disruptive enforcement actions like this do not make our communities safer. Rather, they waste taxpayer resources, cruelly dehumanize people who have not committed any crimes, and erode our fundamental rights. Identification is not required to ride a bus from one Florida city to another.

“While the law gives U.S. CBP officials the authority to conduct transportation checks within a reasonable distance from the border, this event and others like it across the country show that Congress must conduct a comprehensive review of what ‘reasonable distance’ means. The 100-mile border zone established by U.S. regulations arbitrarily extends CBP jurisdiction and undercuts the rights for citizens and legal residents to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. In Florida, this arbitrary zone puts everyone in the state under constant threat of stops, interrogations, and searches without even the most basic due process protections.

“We regret that visitors to Fort Lauderdale were subjected to this raid, and will work together to push for reasonable limits on border agent authority that protect our civil liberties.”

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Should We Give Politicians the Power to Swap Campaign Cash for Corrupt Earmarks?

International Liberty

This is depressing.

Republicans botched the repeal of Obamacare. They’ve already sold out (twice!) on the spending caps in the Budget Control Act, and they’re about to do it again.

And now they want to bring back earmarks.

In this interview with Neil Cavuto, I explain why this is a very troubling development.

One thing I didn’t mention in the interview is that earmarks are inherently corrupt. Indeed, there’s a near-universal four-step process that – in a just world – would result in politicians getting arrested (see 18 U.S. Code § 203) for bribery, graft, and conflicts of interest.

  1. An interest group decides it wants other people’s money and decides to use government as a middleman.
  2. The interest group hires lobbyists, most of whom are former members of Congress or former staff members.
  3. The interest group and the lobbyists direct campaign contributions to one or…

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“If You Don’t Where Aleppo Is, You Can’t Bomb It” Says Larry Sharpe In Defense of Gary Johnson

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Last night’s episode of the Governor’s House with Larry Sharpe became heated when someone commented on the livestream “What’s an Aleppo?”

Among Sharpe’s commentary on universal basic income, New York’s new free college program and unions (and someone calling in asking if Larry had seen our Presidential Poll), was a response to a viewer seeming to seek to make a crack at Gary Johnson’s infamous slip on MSNBC where a reporter asked “What is Aleppo” and Johnson did not know is was the capitol of Syria.

“Shame on you for doing that” began Sharpe and then explained how he was not embarrassed at all by being Gary Johnson supporter and retorted the Johnson jab with “if you don’t know where Aleppo is, you can’t bomb it.”

The Governor candidate continued by praising Johnson for being honest and saying that it’s a flaw he would love to see in his…

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Will the new tax bill be as great as some say or as apocalyptic as others say?

“Many politicians tend to be drama queens and are on stage every day with their political theater. Suddenly some on Capitol Hill are talking about how concerned they are with the growing federal debt when they have been voting to increase the debt through dramatic spending programs for years. Apparently, they are betting on Americans either being stupid or having short memories.”

Palm Beach Free Press

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting federal taxes was signed into law yesterday, December 22, 2017, by President Donal Trump and depending upon what political affiliation you are with, it is either the end of the world or the best thing since sliced bread. So, let’s try to distill the shrill and get back to reality as it is neither of those things.

First and foremost, we must understand, that according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that over 45 percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes as they are not required to do so. So, for over 45 percent of Americans, this will have zero impact because they are not paying into the system already. They may be paying other taxes such as federal Social Security and state sales taxes; however, none of those have any bearing on this issue.

If you wish to look…

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The Butler Book Tour

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Threaded Destiny takes place in the fictional town of Harper, but as many of you know by now, Harper is modeled after downtown Butler, Pennsylvania. Last weekend, I had the honor of being invited to talk about Threaded Destiny on the local radio station and to do a book signing at a bookstore in downtown Butler.The Butler Book Tour took me to WISR 680AM radio for an interview on Friday, October 27th and then to The Book Book for a book signing on Saturday, October 28th. What a great time! Dave Marlarkey of WISR is an amazing host who really knows how to keep the interview going. Erik Bell at The Book Nook, along with Elsie, made the book signing a memorable and fun experience. Thank you, Thank you!

If you’d like to hear the interview, click the link below. My segment time is 34:08 to 1:05:30.
https://wisr680.com/turn-guests-fri-1027/

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Wyllie had the confidence of the LPF EC in 2015

Since Adrian Wyllie continues his revisionist history regarding his resignation I feel the need to put it to rest. The fact is that Wyllie HAD the confidence of the LPF EC, which is CONTRARY to what he has been telling the public from day one, even today he posted a video where he clearly mismanages the facts and here is the proof. Now I personally like Adrian; however, on this one issue, I cannot let him continue to confuse the public as to what actually happened during that time.

You will see that every single EC member that voted within Wyllie’s 24 hour voting time frame agreed with him and voted NO, and not one EC member voted YES. A vote of NO meant that Wyllie should continue on and speak freely about Invictus and there were ZERO indications from us (the EC) that Wyllie should stop. The vote, in our minds, should have given Wyllie the encouragement to move forward but left us in a serious situation with his sudden resignation. Wyllie CLEARLY had the confidence of the EC and resigned anyway.

Here is the email communication from that vote:

9/27/15 11:53PM From Adrian Wyllie: I have made the following motion, and we are initiating an email vote.  Please respond with “Yes” or “No”.   This is a simple majority vote of members present.   For the purpose of this email vote, quorum will be established by the number of EC members responding within 24 hours (by 11:59pm on Monday, 9/28/15).  “Abstain” however will not be counted as part of the quorum of members present, per RONR.    The quorum will be established by the number of “yes” and “no” votes cast only.

VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE CHAIRMAN – Motion by Adrian Wyllie

LPF Chairman Adrian Wyllie has spoken strongly against Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus, and against LPF members who have affiliations with known neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations. Wyllie has done so without specific authorization of the LPF EC. He has expressed (and he reaffirms here) that he will continue to speak for the LPF on these matters, even without approval from the EC. Therefore, he exceeds his authority as LPF spokesman. I hereby move that Adrian Wyllie be asked to resign.”

Do I have a second?

Sincerely,
Adrian Wyllie, Chairman

 

9/28/15 4:44 AM From Karl Dickey: Second.
Discussion: I do not agree with how you have dealt with the matter; however, it is not worthy of forcing your resignation as Chair.
My vote: NO

 

9/28/15 5:11 AM From Pete Blome: Pete votes no on the motion of no confidence.

Seriously thinking about who we are, and what we represent, is never easy, but Adrian is doing so in an open, honest, and forthright manner.  In my opinion, he is taking into consideration the law, the rights of the individual, and our duty as officers of a political party in a responsible fashion.

Regards,

Pete Blome, Region 1

 

9/28/15 7:09 AM From JD Pierce: John D. Pierce, Region 8 Representative, votes No on the motion of no confidence, and supports the actions of the Chair in this matter.

JD

 

9/28/15 9:40 AM From Char-Lez Braden: All,

No.

For Liberty,

Char-Lez Braden, Secretary LPF EC

 

9/28/2015 2:30 PM From James Morris: I support the Chairs position of speaking out against harmful elements of the LPF.

For Liberty,

James Morris, Treasurer

 

9/28/15 6:47 PM From Jared Jones: I vote no. If this passes, is the next chair intended to support Invictus? If Invictus were a republican or democrat, by self proclamation, we wouldn’t even be giving him a second glance. Hitler was nice to his people. And had many supporters. In many way Invictus represents the very fabric of ideology that we are, as a party, trying to ward off. Again, my vote is a resounding NO.
Jared Jones

At-Large Director (1)

 

9/28/15 6:58 PM From Matt Worley: Absolutely NO

9/28/15 9:13 PM From Region 11 Rep: I vote No on this motion.