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A special Thank You to the members and affiliates of the Libertarian Party of Florida

By Vice Chair Omar Recuero

 

On Wednesday, August 17th, Libertarian Presidential nominee, Gov Gary Johnson held a campaign rally/forum in Miami at Florida International University. This event went off perfectly and even 3 days later proves to be a tremendous success. I was not only in attendance for this historic event, I was a part of an amazing team of people who made this event possible.

 

I writing this to recognize that this event would not have taken place without the help of these individuals. Alot went on behind the scenes to make the event possible. A big part of it included generous donations and securing FIU, however we needed volunteers. Some of the things needed including coordination(VIP, general public, security), clean up, take donations, signing people up for the campaign and various other duties. So  because of how much we love and cherish individual liberty and freedom. And because of how much we support Gary Johnson and all of the great things that has accomplished and will accomplish. We were called upon and without hesitation came together to help put this event together in a short amount of time. Not to mention the various distances that people had to travel from around the state to volunteer.

The volunteer staff:

Region 8 Representative Stacey Selleck

Region 10 Representative Darlene Underwood

Region 13 Representative Karl Dickey

Region 14 Representative Steven Nekhaila

The Chairman – Char Lez Braden

The LPF Secretary – Suzanne Gilmore

At Large Director 1 – Alison Foxall

At Large Director 2 – Russ Wood

Rules Committee Chair – Tony Sellers

LP Palm Beach – Shane and Susan George

LP Broward – Mike Higgs

LP Miami Dade – Shoutout to Marialexandra (Communications), Marcos(Vice Chair), Josh Curtis(Secretary), Keon Grayson and Pierre(Executive Director)

LP Lee – JoAnn and Co.

LP Pinellas – Jess Mears

LP Hillsborough – Susan Stanley

Various LPF members and supporters including but not limited to Philippe Neptune, Robert Fernandez, Macy John, LuisaMercedes Garcia and Heather Preysz and her daughters.

 

Overall 11 members of the LPF Executive Committee were also present. The highlight of the night being region 9 Representative George Lebovitz giving two cigars to the Governors to smoke when we get into the debates and smoke both of the other “candidates”.

 

What an event! What a night! What team of people we have in the LPF! Thank You all so much to everyone and anyone I forgot to mention. Thank You to the state campaign team for letting me help out. If you are reading this and you were not able to come, but you shared, tweeted, instagram, etc the event, Thank You too. I am so glad to be a part of this family and I believe we can accomplish anything when we work together.

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Liberty Quote ~ The Quill Edition IV

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“It is easy to be conspicuously ‘compassionate’ if others are being forced to pay the cost.” ― Murray N. Rothbard

 

 

via wiki Murray Newton Rothbard (March 2, 1926 – January 7, 1995) was an American heterodox economist of the Austrian School, a historian, and a political theorist whose writings and personal influence played a seminal role in the development of modern libertarianism. Rothbard was the founder and leading theoretician of anarcho-capitalism, a staunch advocate of historical revisionism, and a central figure in the twentieth-century American libertarian movement. He wrote over twenty books on political theory, revisionist history, economics, and other subjects. Rothbard asserted that all services provided by the “monopoly system of the corporate state” could be provided more efficiently by the private sector and wrote that the state is “the organization of robbery systematized and writ large.” He called fractional reserve banking a form of fraud and opposed central banking. He categorically opposed all military, political, and economic interventionism in the affairs of other nations. According to his protégé Hans-Hermann Hoppe, “There would be no anarcho-capitalist movement to speak of without Rothbard.”

 

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By: Char-Lez Braden

The Goal of any successful party is to obtain and wield political power.  For us, this is measured by these criteria:
* Electing Libertarians
* Electing liberty-leaning candidates where Libertarians are unavailable
* Influencing legislation and government policy

We shall attain success with these steps:

  1. Embrace that the foundation of liberty is the individual, and we build “Team Liberty” from the efforts of individuals
  1. Individually educate ourselves philosophically, politically and logistically on a continual basis
  1. Understand that each county affiliate is only one part of “Team Liberty”, and is most effective when it works in concert with the LPF
  1. Understand that the LPF is only one part of “Team Liberty”, and is most effective when it works in concert with county affiliates
  1. Oversee all levels and branches of government, and evaluate their impact on liberty
  1. Communicate the threats to liberty, and the joys of liberty, on a one to one basis personally in our daily lives
  1. Communicate the threats and joys of liberty, one to many, by all means such as the web, email, US Mail, signs, TV and radio
  1. Acknowledge all who respond; evaluate their level of interest; then act accordingly to convert them into allies, voters, members, activists and candidates
  1. Engage those that respond unfavorably with professional and reasoned positions to consider
  1. Coordinate with allies to advance our common goals whenever possible
  1. Generate new voters by embracing those that respond favorably and asking them to register LPF
  1. Retain current voters by facilitating as much internal communication as possible between voters and leadership via tools such as the newsletter, events, pod casts and every other means
  1. Turn voters into members by building relationships with them, and making the struggle for liberty personal and relevant to each
  1. Integrate members into their local county affiliates
  1. Maximize the value of our members by encouraging involvement via activist opportunities and financial contributions
  1. Develop activists by inviting members to participate in immediately useful tasks, having materials handy, with training and guidance ready
  1. Encouraging members and activists to become candidates to run for public office
  1. Training candidates in campaign craft
  1. Supporting candidates with campaign materials, and volunteers
  1. Returning party fee assessments to the candidates
  1. Supplying candidates with intelligence on the various positions and actions of the opposition
  1. Advise currently elected officials about Libertarian positions on legislative issues

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

~ Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia Dec. 23, 1791

 

 

Founding Fathers Quote – The Quill – Edition III

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via Wikipedia ~ Thomas Jefferson (April 13 [O.S. April 2] 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797–1801), serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected third President (1801-09).  Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, which motivated American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation. He produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level.

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Photo courtesy: Phillip Kuhn

 

By:  Lauren Anthony

Liberty through a lawyer’s eyes

“The civil rights issue of our generation will be a decrease in individual rights due to safety, especially in regard to terrorism.” “The Fourth Amendment has been emasculated with exceptions; we worship a memory.”  These grim observations were proffered by attorney Phillip Kuhn, a man whose principles took him from the trenches of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s to a chairmanship of the advisory think-tank, Center for Prosecutorial Integrity, for the past two years.  After graduating from Tulane Law School in 1965, Mr. Kuhn was with the Tennessee State’s Attorney’s office for 3 years prior to entering private civil/criminal practice for 19 years.  He then moved to Florida in 1984 and continued in private practice, including a focus on juvenile dependency cases.

Phillip Kuhn is a man not fond of labels, political or otherwise.  But he is a principled professional who believes strongly and fights tenaciously.  In his view, the single most important individual liberty we possess is the right of due process – to lawfully resist government and to be heard when challenged by it.  “I’d represent the devil in front of the Pope,” he said, emphasizing his commitment to individual liberties, regardless of the nature of the allegations against the accused.

Mr. Kuhn has had one of the most colorful and interesting careers a lawyer could have.  In his role as a federal negotiator for the U.S. Justice Department in the late 1960’s, he was part of a team of 4 that ventured into the hearts of riots and attempted to facilitate negotiations between party leaders.  He represented the Invaders of Memphis (a.k.a. Black Panthers) when they were indicted under the first riot acts.  He also represented the producers of the infamous movie “Deep Throat”.  On the other hand, he also defended “Sweet Willie Wine”, who was indicted for armed robbery but acquitted in front of an all-white jury; and petitioned on behalf of a retired, 30-year veteran of the Memphis police force who was being denied pension pay. Additionally, Mr. Kuhn has drafted legislation regarding polygraph licensing, increased discovery rights, sentencing reform, and common sense changes in domestic violence statutes.

Probably some of Phillip Kuhn’s most emotionally taxing work has been on behalf of parents in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida who have faced the juggernaut of juvenile dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings. There is probably no court in the country in which the ratio of what is at stake to the constitutional protections in place is more out of balance. Typically a state agency or agencies put parents on trial and determine whether or under what circumstances they can keep, or reunify with, their children, all under the cloak of confidentiality, without the benefit of a jury, and in the absence of a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof.

In Arkansas, for example, Mr. Kuhn represented 6 sets of parents with a total of 34 children who had been part of a religious group whose leader was convicted of and incarcerated for transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes. Although the man was imprisoned prior to the initiation of dependency proceedings, the state imposed what has been referred to as “the parental death penalty,” terminating the rights of all of the parents to all of their children.

While recent events have given Mr. Kuhn a somewhat cynical view regarding the potential for change, he did make two important points.  First, he referenced a book called Simple Justice (Kluger, 1975), which outlines in detail the tactics used by the NAACP to bring Brown v. Board of Education to the U.S. Supreme Court. This method of simultaneously filing suits in multiple district courts is necessary and effective; however, it requires major funding individuals do not often possess.  Secondly, and perhaps more fundamentally, Mr. Kuhn insists that the most important thing people can do is to resume communicating face to face rather than electronically. “When we talk to a screen, we are talking to ourselves,” he said. “What has happened in the courtroom is that it has lost its sense of civility and humanity in the process of justice.” This results in what Mr. Kuhn views as the greatest threat to the Constitution as a whole:  “the erosion of empathy for the human being.”

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Lauren Anthony has been a freelance writer since 1990, a Florida resident for over 15 years, and resides with her family in Tampa.