FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

MIAMI – In the Jan. 31 Raw Story article titled, “WATCH: Libertarian activist stalks and harasses county-employed janitor until he cries and quits,” the use of the word “libertarian” does not accurately convey the beliefs of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

The subject of the article, Ian McGuire of Charlotte County, Fla., is described as a “libertarian activist” in the caption and a “libertarian first amendment ‘auditor’ ” in the lede. Mr. McGuire’s filmed anti-government exploits has thousands of YouTube followers. Mr. McGuire came to notoriety in 2017 appearing at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Offices shouting “God bless the shooter. It’s a good thing he did.” He was also seen wearing a sign that said, “2 cops dead in Orlando, God bless the shooter.” These comments refer to the accused murderer of two law enforcement officers in Orange County that year.


Ian McGuire seen standing outside CCSO days after murders

In the Raw Story article, Mr. McGuire is quoted confronting a Charlotte County employee, accusing him of filming Mr. McGuire. The janitor became upset, and reportedly resigned. The quotes came from Mr. McGuire’s own YouTube video of the confrontation. Mr. McGuire’s account was subsequently suspended.

To clarify, Mr. McGuire is not a registered Libertarian Party voter. Mr. McGuire is registered with the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections as an NPA – “No Party Affiliation.”

The differences between “libertarian” thinking and Libertarian Party members are often confused. To the minds of many, they are one and the same. They are not. While there are always overlaps of philosophy in many belief systems, many of Mr. McGuire’s beliefs do not represent Libertarianism.

Certainly, Libertarian Party members embrace free speech wholeheartedly. To that end, Mr. McGuire is free to film any public activity and any public employee. Libertarians also oppose violence for any reason other than self-defense. Indeed, party members are asked to pledge their support the NAP – the “Non-Aggression Principle.” This policy eschews any act of aggression except in preservation of life or property. Mr. McGuire’s comments and actions endorse violence and violent acts. These are not even “libertarian,” a principle of responsible freedom of choice, let alone Libertarian.

Everyone who believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of freedom is encouraged to join the Libertarian Party – including libertarians.

Marcos Miralles, Chairman,
Libertarian Party of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 11, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – Libertarian Party of Florida affiliates will join with Libertarian affiliates around the nation this weekend to respond to the federal government’s failure to fulfill its commitment to the public.

Brevard and Sarasota County Libertarians will be out working to maintain local national parks in response to the ongoing “Government Shutdown” which furloughed park maintenance employees. Through LP volunteering, visitors will see what “We the people” can do for the Republic, rather than waiting for the Republic to serve the people.

Sarasota Libertarians will meet at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Brevard Libertarians will meet Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Apollo Visitor Center at Cape Canaveral National Seashore, 7611 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach.

“This is a great opportunity actually,” said Mike Avi, Membership Chairman at the LPF. “We’re not just forging bonds with our local communities through service. We’re showing them how voluntary action is just as efficient as the government at solving the needs of our communities.”

 

Canaveral Nat’l Seashore LPBC Cleanup

“We have a history of beach cleanups here in Brevard many of which have been maintained by local programs that still need help,” said John Olivadoti Jr., chairman of the Libertarian Party of Brevard County. “This national park is directly affected by the shutdown and we feel it’s a great opportunity to practice what we preach and show the public that private ownership can still maintain the beauty of our environment.”

“It sounded like fun,” said James M. Ray, a Sarasota Libertarian and cleanup event organizer. “A few of the participants may have a relative buried there so it will have special meaning for them.”

Libertarian National Park Cleanups have spread throughout the country in the past few days. From the National Mall in Washington D.C. to Yosemite National Park in California, Libertarians are working to replace government services.

The National Park Cleanup also inspired Libertarian affiliates to clean up local parks as well. Orange County Libertarians will join other

Lake Apopka Nature Drive LPOC Cleanup

community organizations Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lake Apopka Nature Drive. 2849 Lust Rd, Apopka.

“Libertarians across the country are stepping up to clean up federal parks due to the government shutdown,” says Derek Ryan, Orange County LP chair. “Since we don’t have any federal parks in Orange County, we decided to partner with the City of Apopka and the Boy Scouts to clean up a city property that will soon be a new park. If we want to reduce government then we must be willing to volunteer our time in our communities and be an example.”

For more information and to volunteer, please see:

Canaveral Seashore Visitor Center Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/293096901406434/

Sarasota Cemetery Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/2354060538159337/

Lake Apopka Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/519515848536887/

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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