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raquel-okyayDear friends,

We are so excited to announce that the LPF will host its first U.S. Senate Primary race in LPF history! On election day in November, there will be a 3-way race between the winners of the Libertarian, Republican and Democratic Parties, respectively, and it’s our job to make sure that every voter in the Sunshine State is made aware of this historic primary on Aug. 30.

One of the biggest problems we face as a political party, is that the rest of the world doesn’t know we’re here. We practically beg for media attention, but the main stream agenda is to promote the 2-party system. How do we change that? We hit the streets: talk to our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues about the LPF and our candidates. We get involved with our local affiliates and work in a unified way to build the party.

The momentum is with us! The time to act is now!

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The Libertarian Candidates are (listed in alphabetical order): Augustus Invictus (www.InvictusForSenate.com), a criminal defense attorney from Orlando, and Paul Stanton (www.Stanton2016.com), an IT specialist from Daland. For more information about their campaigns, please link to their websites.

For Edition IV we bring you the second part of Ryan Ramsey’s “Prohibition and Gun Control”, “The Fallacy of Social Justice” by Charles McMillan, and “The Arrogance of Power” by Tom Regnier. Tom is a long-time friend of the LPF and former editor of its newsletter. His powerful speech (reprinted in The Quill) was delivered to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in Orlando on Sept. 4, 1997.

Exclusive to The Quill, you don’t want to miss my story “The Libertarian Party of Florida is ON FIRE!” about the party’s national convention in Orlando last month.

We are also happy to announce the advancement of two Associate Editors at The Quill; Amanda Gluck and Brandi Alexandra. Congrats and thank you!

As always, we are taking article submissions from Florida Libertarians on topics of interest to Florida Libertarians for publication at The Quill. Submit your 550-650 word articles to news@lpf.org. State affiliates can submit event calendars and reports for publication as well.

On a somber note, we are very saddened by the sudden death of LP Presidential Candidate Dr. Marc Allan Feldman. R.I.P. #ThatLibertarian

 

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In Liberty,

Raquel

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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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blowhornBy: Joseph Wendt

The 2016 elections is an excellent opportunity for Libertarians at a State and Local level to raise as much money as they can. Fresh off the State Convention in Palm Beach, we were able to raise about $6000 in profit after all the convention bills were paid. Given the mind-boggling horrible and polarizing candidates the Repub-o-crats are about to nominate for President, this is the year Libertarians can actually improve the LPF’s financial situation and, possibly, give our candidates an opportunity to actually raise enough cash to be competitive. Unfortunately, many will do the stupid thing and try some “get rich quick” scheme to raise money, instead of doing the basics.

News flash people, we don’t have to re-invent the wheel or go in blind not knowing what works. There are many who have tried, and failed miserably. First thing you need to know, T-shirts don’t make f***ing money. Think about it: first you have to come up with a design, find someone willing to produce the t-shirts at a “reasonable” price, store the damn shirts, then try to convince people to pay $40 for a product that would normally cost someone $15-$20. Seriously, how many times has the LPF produced t-shirts and end up years later trying to sell the same damn t-shirts until they’re all gone? It doesn’t work. If you want to sell t-shirts, create an account with cafepress, and let people buy them online without incurring any upfront costs or storage issues. If someone asks you or your affiliate to spend to make t-shirts, please hit them.

The second thing people need to realize, you are trying to get people to donate to the Libertarian Party (national, state, local, I don’t care, whatever floats your boat). Organize events that clearly tell people they are attending a LIBERTARIAN event. If you believe that we need to organize non-partisan events and work with other groups that don’t want to be political to bring us together for a common cause, you’re part of the problem.

Republicans & Democrats organize events to bring people into their Party; they work with organizations that benefit their Party and bring people into their Party. If you want to organize an event with groups that do not want the Libertarian brand on the event, you are not helping the Party and you are hurting its fundraising efforts. You have to work with organizations that don’t mind working with a political group and understand that we want to promote our political brand. That’s how we attract new people and bring in new donors.

Finally, just do the basics to raise money. It’s not hard to write a fundraising email or letter to ask your members to donate a small amount of money. If the LPF asked its, what, 3000 members (not registered voters, I’m using members in this example) to donate $20, potentially it would raise $60,000. That’s basic math, that’s low cost, and look at the potential result. It’s not some flashy, over-the-top plan to raise a lot of quick cash; it’s a simple, straightforward plan that costs us very little, but potentially can raise enormous sums. If you can’t find the time to do something this simple and want some flashy scheme to raise cash, please admit you are stupid and leave.

2016 is the year we can grow and change our Party for the better, and raise the money so we can develop the resources to become an effective political force in Florida, DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!

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Dear friends,

There is no doubt the Libertarian Party of Florida has been invigorated from a very successful convention in West Palm Beach last month. With a presidential debate, the highest record of attendance ever, and a band performance by “Love Crime” with guitarists Ryan Ramsey and Brandi Alexandra, we are on a roll!

Joseph Wendt said in “Joe Rant: Money! Money! Money!” the convention wielded positive contribution results, and now is the time to use that momentum to raise money for the LPF local or statewide. He said the 2016 election year is a golden opportunity that begs for our attention. I agree with Joe!

Ryan Ramsey, who is the new Bradford County Chairman, said in his article “Prohibition and Gun Control” if we, as Libertarians, support gun rights then we must support the end of the drug wars. If there is one topic Libertarians can agree with it is support for the Second Amendment, but not all support legalization of drugs. Libertarians are adamant about resisting violence to effect political change, yet some are okay with putting drug users in cages and throwing away the keys. In this first part of a two part series, Ryan discusses the hypocrisy of supporting gun rights and drug prohibition.

If you haven’t heard the latest news, learn about it in The Quill.

Wildly popular Lyft and Uber ridesharing services are being strong-armed into paying government fees. With the service, independent drivers can be requested for pick up and delivery via Android and iOS smartphone applications. The Public Transportation Commission are now ticketing Lyft and Uber drivers for failing to obtain proper permits. The government’s position, not unusual, is to regulate the ridesharing services. Prickle contributor Lauren Anthony said in “Lyfting Liberty for Uber Safety” the PTC is misusing its role by whittling away at our freedom to make choices.

In “Hillsborough County Elects New Leadership” Brian Cole said one of Hillsborough County priorities is to shut down the Public Transportation Commission. Cole said the leadership is committed to disrupting PTC’s efforts to penalize business. Newly elected LPHC Chairman Kevin O’Neill said the commission is an overpaid, unnecessary, bloated government entity. The LPHC will attempt to force a nonrenewal of the commission on or before Oct. 1 when its authority is being reviewed in Tallahassee.

Bravo to Chairman Char-Lez Braden for outlining “22 Steps to Liberty” as a means to complete Party goals for us as individual members and together as a team – terming it “Team Liberty.” Since jumping into the fray last year, the Chair has provided a much-needed boost to the Party by being a good leader, a good listener, and a good peacemaker. Char-Lez has vision and is putting that vision into play.

In Liberty,

Raquel

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Dear friends,

We made it to our Second Edition of The Quill, the official newsletter of the Libertarian Party of Florida. YAY! We received a mixed lot of six article submissions ranging in topics from Fair Tax to Super Tuesday. Not all of the writers are Florida Libertarians, however, all were tasked to create an article that Florida Libertarians would enjoy. I am confident you will! Please do not be confused by the title in Carlos Cunta’s “Common Sense Gun Control” story – it is meant to be misleading. Cunta is a gallows humorist and I am a huge fan, making “Common Sense Gun Control” the TOP story of the week.

In the First Edition of The Quill, I requested that y’all look very closely at The Quill logo, created by Gabriel Wozniak, because there is a carefully-placed, incognito Lady Liberty woven inside. I am pointing it out again, to see whether anyone has found her. To date, I have not received a single finder. Also, we are looking for volunteer writers, an associate editor, cartoonist and photographer. If you are interested, please advise.

Our very own, Rob Lapham, Libertarian Candidate for Florida Congressional District 2, and Region 2 representative to the Executive Committee, writes an article regarding his solution to the paradigm that is the Republican and Democrat Party, respectively. Lapham said he refuses to vote for the lessor of two evils this November, and prays that Florida Libertarians: Run, Run, Run for Office! Greg Bowen, former member of the Executive Committee, said Florida Libertarians want to live their lives free from a meddling government. From the left to the right, Bowen said political rulers are inherently oppressive, and are not needed. I agree!

Do Libertarian civil rights’ lawyers exist in Florida? YES, they do. Weekly contributor Lauren Anthony writes a story about Phillip Kuhn, Esq., an attorney licensed in both Florida and Tennessee who resides with his wife, Nannette, in Lakeland, FL. Kuhn said he was dismayed at the growing lack of “empathy” inside the courtroom that has effected the way people treat people. “What has happened in the courtroom is that it has lost its sense of civility and humanity in the process of justice.” If there is a no humanity between the officers of the court and the parties involved, then there is no reason to seek justice in that arena, because you will get none.

In sum, I have had an awesome couple of weeks putting together these stories and meeting new Libertarians in the process. Thank YOU Char-Lez Braden, LPF Chairman, for having faith in me. I have faith in you too. Carry on!

In Liberty,

Raquel