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CoLORADO L10ERTARIAN PARTY CliPboard / / Official monthly newsletter of the Colorado Libertarian Party 720 E. 18th Ave., Suite 309 Denver, CO. 80203 (303) 837-9393 December, 1989-January, 1990 issue rganize Colorado Springs: LP goal for January, 1990

from the chair

By Ron Bain Acting CLP Chairman Princeton biochemist Ethan Nadelmann. Former Secretary of State George Shultz. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet. Conservative columnist William F. Buckley. Mayor of Baltimore Kurt L. Schmoke. Economist Milton K. Friedman. The Economist, a British publication. The Drug Policy Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Suddenly, Libertarians are in very respectable company in their call for the re-legalization of cur­rently illicit drugs. The more Drug Czar William Ben­nett blusters and sputters in frustration over the mounting tide of conservative calls for a debate on re­legalization, the more his tired and spent War on Drugs looks like what it truly is: a ridiculous farce, an unprecedented, pointless pogrom against the American people. As it becomes more and more apparent that our nicotine-puffing, cocktail-sipping leaders and bureau­crats, soldiers and spies have been hypocritically smuggling drugs to finance covert operations and line their own pockets --while simultaneously imprison­ing and killing private entrepreneurs for the same acts --it becomes apparent we need to be in the streets, just like the Chinese, the Poles, the Hungari­ans, the Czechs, and the East Germans, demanding radical reforms in our corruption-ridden government! So it disturbs me when I run into Libertarians who stlll want to treat the drug plank in the LP's platform in the old way: a quiet whisper, "Yes, we support the

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legalization of drugs --but we don't want to talk about it." Well, I want to talk about it! The War on Drugs is a declared war by the American government against the American people and the American Constitution, and all of our endless talk about liberty will be futile and wasted ifthe War on Drugs is won by the govern­ment. Stalin has been reincarnated in America in an unholy triad composed of Bennett, Biden and Bush, and unless the American people begin a peaceful revolt now, we will live under 40 years of Stalinist rule just as the Soviet people did! Unless you're a Mormon tee-totaller, your rights to consume the things you're used to, like tobacco, alco­hol or caffeine, could be in danger. Our prisons are full of political prisoners whose only crime was to dis­agree with our nation's unjust drug laws --the public is paying $20,000 per year for each prisoner behind bars, but the government-induced hysteria has most taxpayers clamoring for yet more scapegoats to be incarcerated. There's only one way to stop overwhelming, incontrovertible, undeniable Libertarian voting surge in first 1990, then 1992, then 1994 and 1996... ! But that means we've got to get to work right now to make those votes start to happen. Sign up and pay dues! Rejoin! Pledge! Volunteer! Petition! Get active! Save your one else is going to do it for you! In Liberty,

Elections aren't necessarily the best wayfor individuals to express themselves

Dear CLiPboard Readers: After having moved from Ohio to Colorado, I have been pleasantly suprised to find the largest contin­gent of Libertarians I've ever lived in the midst of (with the possible exception of Washington, D.C. -a hot bed nest of, not drug pushers, politicians!) As a result, I am beginning to meet new friends who share my philosophical, political, eco­nomic and social ideas. However, I try not to fall into what Harry Brown so accurately refers to as a "group trap"; in our case the "Libertarian Party" group trap. Having been a performing artist for almost 20 years, I have had the chance to do a lot of traveling. No matter where I have been, the Libertarians I have met consider themselves "a group of Libertarians". To refer to oneself as part of a "Libertarian Party", movement, or whatever, first and foremost is a con­tradiction in one word. 'We" are individuals first, sep­arate and unique. We are individuals free to choose our own path: free from the constraints others either impose or attempt to impose upon us. Let others be

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ruled by another individual's or group's idealistic doctrine and rhetoric. This is a basic Libertarian principle. Therefore, though I support the Libertarian logic, I cannot always support those whose actions replicate those of the mindless masses who follow demagogues out of nationalistic fervor, i.e., Nazis, Communists. Democrats, Republicans, any more than I can support those who follow a Libertarian group regardless of their own beliefs. For example, Ron Paul is against abortion because he believes it is an act of aggression. I believe an unwanted, unborn child can be a parasite. Vive la difference! But, I voted for him. Like a blind fool, I sleep-walked to the polls and played connect-the­dots wherever I could find the word "Libertarian" or anything close to it. Elections are a gambling game as addictive as crack and as dangerous as lion tam­ing -fascist dictators have come to power with less effort than elections or even protest or petitions require. Continued on page 3

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Who snuck through requirement raising number ofsignatures needed to run? Editor's Note: A copy of this letter was also sent to Colorado Secretary ofState Natalie Meyer. Dear Editor: I was very surprised to learn today that the Colo­rado legislature increased the number of signatures required to get an independent or third party candi­date for the legislature on the November ballot. The old requirement, as shown in my 1986 Col­orado Election Laws, is 300 signatures. The new one is 1,000 or 20 percent of the last vote cast in the dis­trtct. whichever is less. The 20 percent would never come into play; 1,000 seems to be about 3 to 5 per­cent in typical Colorado legislative districts. Could you tell me whether this change was made in 1987, or in 1989? If it was made in 1989, could you tell me the bill number? Thank you very much. Sincerely yours, Richard Winger San Francisco, California

P.S. Did Colorado Libertarians know about this bad change in the law? -Elections vs. individuality: no way to achieve truly representative government Continued from page 2 Though I truly respect Ron Paul and his views so much so that I feel a kinship with him, he did not fully represent my views in the 1988 elections. Though I do not believe elections are a good way of having one's views represented (the blind masses seem to love elections). it is not this that is the point. Rather, it is the individual oneselfwho must decide if elections will choose a complete representative of one's own beliefs. I personally believe onself is a more reliable holder of one's own ideas and actions. rather than entrusting them to an outside party. But. if one is willing to put injeopardy his or her views by hand­ing them over to a person or central committee, fine, just do so consciously. We, as indMduals, no matter how closely in line our thoughts and views, will almost never agree on the rutty-gritty details of any certain idea or view. Point ofview is like a fingerprint: no two alike. Another case in point: I had just moved to Fort Collins when I attended a public relations event which showcased the town's artists, businesses and political groups. I stumbled across the Libertarian Party booth. Immediately, I was handed several dif­ferent petitions to sign, espousing different causes and beliefs which were in line with my personal ideol­ogy. Almost unconsciously, I signed them. It later occured to me the real extent of my actions. In sign­ing those forms, I put my name on a paper to be wielded by a person I probably do not know, who is supposed to accurately represent my personal views. Then, this paper is to be given to a powerful and thus. potentially dangerous person (in my opinion, politicans usually are. especially when they have lists of names!). I had only myself to blame if things did go awry! The chances are minimal that the politician will do anything against me or about the issues he's been presented on those forms (thus, signing them anyway was a wasted act!). But if I were to make a suggestion to anyone, Lib­ertarian or otherwise, it would be to know that the person one places in power and entrusts with one's ideals. hopes and dreams, can, at any time, turn against you. Power taken synthetically, as opposed to the individual power one is born with, corrupts all too easily. 'The great thing about this country is that there is enough corruptionfor everyone." -Isabel Allende Philip S. Rosemond Assistant Professor of Dance Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado

Editor's Note: Mostly highly individualistic, non-con­formist Libertarians would probably agree. Prof, but so far no one has come up with a better way to run a government. Best to keep working on educating the voters so they'll cast the least harmful votes! The CLlPboard is the official semi-monthly pub­lication of the Colorado Libertarian Party, 720 E. 18th Ave., #309, Denver, co. 80203. No rights are reserved; all of this material may be reproduced by anyone wishing to do so. In fact, we encourage It. Our bulk malling postage permit ls No. 675, paid through the U.S. Post Office In Denver, Colo.

Publisher................ Colorado Libertarian Party, Ron Bain, Acting Chairman Editor..................... CLP Communications Chairman Noah Brodbeck Prlnter•.••••..•....••..••.Invlslble Print, David Sparks, Proprietor Typesetting.•.....•... Dlscordant Publishing Dec., 1989-Jan., 1990 CliPboard • 3

clp progress report

Here's an encapsulized and brief summation of the accomplishments of the Colorado Libertarian Party since October: Cocktall Parties -Monthly cocktail parties have resumed on the first (or sometimes second) Tuesday of each month at the home of CLP Acting Chairman Ron Bain, 1450 Adams in Denver, usually starting about 7:30 p.m. The host is providing refreshments and requesting donations to cover expenses and to go the party. The next cocktail party is Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; call 321-6780 to RSVP. Office Activation -There are now human beings staffing the CLP office at 720 E. 18th Ave., #309 every week! They include CLP Communications Chairman Noah Broadbeck on Mondays, Beverley Morrisey on Tuesdays, National LP Secretary Joe Dehn on Wednesdays. Peggy Weaver on Fridays, and Ron Bain on Saturdays! Call 837-9393 if you want to volunteer.

Media Outreach -Letters to the editor published include one by Bain in the Denver Post, two in the Rocky Mountain News -one by Dwight Filley and the other by CLP Membership Chairman Chris Bo­gart, and one in the Colorado Statesman by Bill Orr. Convention Bids -By a Dec. 9 vote of the CLP Board, all bids for the following year's state conven­tion must be made public 30 days prior to the cur­rent year's convention via publication in CLlPboard. GET ON THE FREEDOM BANDWAGON!

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(Please make checks payable to Colorado Libertarian Party; we'll forward to LP) 4 -CliPboard, Dec., 1989-Jan., 1990 Is America's media aiding a cover-up of the biggest government scandal since Watergate? B R B · Y . on am . Acting CLP Chairman When Richard Nixon began to betray his oath of office to faithfully uphold the U.S. Constitution, the American media performed the watchdog role with which the Constitution charges them: they caught the miscreant president in the act and exposed him, forcing his resignation. Could it be that. 15 years later, the same media are intentionally looking the other way while George Bush. seated comfortably atop a pyramid of spies, cops and military brass who are smuggling drugs into America to finance covert operations and line their own pockets, grinds Consti­tutional rights beneath his heel? There have been hints to this effect in the national and Denver media. to be sure: Columnist Mort Marks detailed in a recent issue of the Colorado Statesman the Drug Enforcement Administration's close. friend­ly ties with Panamanian dictator and drug-smuggler Manuel Antonio Noriega dating back at least to 1978; the international press carried the story in August of DEA Agent Edward K. O'Brien, made famous in the "French Connection" heroin bust and subsequent movie, who was himself busted with 62 pounds of cocaine; last fall, CBS News broadcast on West 57th Support these businesses! They're brave enough to advertise here! Advertising rates for the CLiPboard: I" X I/2 Column $5 l" X I Column $10 2" X 1 Column $20 4 X 1 Column $40 Quarter Page $50 Half Page $95 Pre-printed inserts are 10 cents

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Avenue the confessions of a Central Intelligence Agency pilot. who said he flew planeloads of illegal arms to Honduras for delivery to the Nicaraguan Contras which were paid for with cocaine and mari­juana flown back to U.S. government bases in the same planes! Indeed, a Honduran airstrip built by the CIA was the "national security concern" which derailed the Iran-Contra trial of former Costa Rican CIA station chief Joseph Fernandez, against whom criminal charges were dropped after Attorney General Richard Thornburgh refused to release "sensitive government documents" relating to the matter. The so-called Iran-Contra Affair seems really to have much less to do with hostages for arms as it does with cocaine for arms: perhaps we should have been calling it the "Cocaine-Contra Affair" all along. Both the remnants of the Reagan-Bush adminis­tration and the media seem perfectly willing to end­lessly flog the hostages question but not a single reporter nor congressional investigator has shown the slightest compunction to query into the govern­ment's role in smuggling drugs. But the government's increasingly hypocritical, increasingly Stalinist war against its otherwise peace­ful. law-abiding but drug-using citizens goes on... • Professional Resumes • Computer Storage • Same Day Service 333--302.0 .1st & Colorado Blvd. American Resume Center • Typing & Typesetting • Cover Letters • Free Consultation 34t-·1955··· Aurora

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Status conference held in Ro111er lawsuit

On Dec. 19, the American Constitutional Law Foundation announced that a legal action under its management, 111e Colorado Union ofTaxpayers, Col­orado Libertarian Party, eL al. v. Roy Romer, individu­ally, had been set for a status conference on Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Judge Richard P. Matsch's courtroom in the Post Office Building in Denver. The status con­ference was requested by the governor, and will be fully reported upon in the next issue of the CLlP­ board. William Orr, executive director of the Foundation, has been involved in litigating precedent-setting "petition" cases for more than a decade. Orr noted that the current suit was filed last November but has been pending in the Federal District, awaiting a for­mal hearing on the governor's motions to dismiss. In an unusual move, Romer, apparently willing to bypass or waive his motions to dismiss, has request­ed the conference in order to get the court to approve a discovery schedule and set a trial "to expedite the resolution of this public issue." Last November, when the suit was filed, the plain­tiff parties strongly objected to Romer's misuse of his public office and the application of public resources to organize the caustic campaign against the tax limi­tation petition sponsored by Douglas Bruce known as Amendment Six. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Romer's actions violated their consitutional and civil rights. They are asking for $1 million in damages from Romer, personally. The ACLF noted that the suit alleges that Romer specillcally violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment right to "peaceably petition the government for redress of grievances," which is a sovereign right dat­ing back to the Magna Carta. Historically, the exercise of this right to self-gov­ernment (i.e., to petition) has been used to "peace­ably" secure individual rights from the abuse and/or tyranny of government! The exercise of the right, which is applied directly against government, is regarded by many historians to be sacred in origin. For example, its first notable exercise was advanced by the Archbishop of Canterbury. His exer­cise was only on days "consecrated by religion." The Archbishop's petition was used against the tyrant King John, and ultimately gave birth to the Magna Carta in 1215 AD.. the "Great Charter" of human lib­erties which codilled the balance of our "natural God­given rights." In the second notable exercise of the petition in

1626, King Charles I passed his "sovereignity" to the people--which established the "supremacy of the law." Throughout history the sacred exercise of peaceable petition has been used to increase the charter of human liberty and self-government. Its exercise even gave rise to our own Declaration of Independence. Executive Director Orr stated: "Our right to peace­

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ably petition the government for redress of grievances is incredibly powerful and worth protecting. In the Magna Carta. for example, the king agreed that if he frustrated, ignored or otherwise interfered with a petition, it would be justified for the 'community of the whole kingdom, [to) distrain and distress us in all possible ways by seizing our castles. lands, posses­sions...'til the grievance is redressed according to their pleasure; saving harmless our own person and the persons of our queen and children'." "Our federal and state constitutions guarantee that the sovereign citizens can exercise this impor­tant civil right without governmental interference," Orr continued. Regarding the Romer suit, Orr stated: "Not many will forget how Governor Romer's actions became the focal point and charge which convincingly 'crushed' the Amendment Six petition effort in the final days of the campaign. Romer's efforts were significant and not incidental, because the petition was heavily favored in the pollsjust weeks before the election." In '90, Bruce's petition is called Amendment One.

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Ip & natcom news

Region 1 NatCom Rep reports on December NatCom mtg. By Karen Allard, Region l Representative to the Libertarian National Committee "LP National Report: A New Year for Libertarians" was the title of an article written by Joe Dehn for the December 1988 issue of the Washington State LP newsletter. He stated in the article, 'With new man­agement. a sound financial plan, an early start on ballot access, and a growing membership, the Nation­al LP has the opportunity to start the new year right." One year later, on Dec. 2-3, 1989, a smaller and more efficient LP National Committee met in San Diego. Was 1989 a good year for Libertarians? Would 1990 be an even better year? Under the leadership of LP National Chair Dave Walter, it ap:vears that the LP has had a good year. Membership has been steadily growing all year with even greater growth noted since the '89 convention. Fundraising has been successful and the LP's finan­cial status is sound. David Nolan has print ads ready and television ads will go into production at the end of December. The new media relations coordinator. Tonie Nathan, has been working closely with the national media. An article about the "new mood of the Libertarians" will soon be published in the Washing­ton Times and is the result of Tonie's hard work. Campus organizing has resumed under the direction of Don Ernsberger and 60 college campus organiza­tions had LP literature tables this fall. Campus LP organizational kits and literature table packages are available from the National LP office. The LP NatCom members appear to be committed to the approach: "Stay on the offense: be aggressive; and consider every idea." Mary Gingell, chair of the Affiliate Party Committee, has improved communica­tion between the National LP and state chairs. The LP Executive Committee will be hiring a field coordinator to help Mary assist the troubled state organizations. The Ballot Access Committee chair, Steve Givot, has developed a working relationship with Project 51-'92. A plan to target l O states in '90 for ballot status is underway. As Membership Committee Chair, I pre­sented the committee's recommendations to NatCom. The LP Membership Committee recommended increasing the incentives to state organizations that collect national dues, adoption of a "treat our mem­bers as customers" plan, and sending membership packets and membership cards to our members in 1990. These recommendations were accepted by Nat­Com. The Outreach Committee Chair, Tonie Black, will be working on special projects this year: Volunteer Day, Tax Protest Day, Independence Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Citizens for Census Privacy. Tonie will be assisting David Nolan on the LP advertising project. The theme in the print and television ads will be 'Who defends your rtghts?... The Libertarian Party, Defenders ofLiberty." NatCom voted to begin accepting bids for the 1993 LP National Convention. The deadline for written bids is August 1, 1990. Tonie Nathan was rehired for 1990 as LP National Media Coordinator. As you can see, the LP National Committee has set the pace for 1990. Contact your state party and ask how you can help. Become a member of the LP. And be sure to join us this new year in letting others know that the Libertarians are on the move as their "Defenders of Liberty"! '91 LP Convention set for Chicago The 1991 Libertarian Party Presidential Nominat­ing Convention will be Labor Day weekend in Chica­go. The Libertarian Education Institute (LEI). which has contracted with the LP to produce a festive set­ting and an educational and promotional schedule, has begun planning and welcomes input from inter­ested individuals. More than l 00 delegates to the 1989 convention in Philadelphia responded to a survey about the '91 convention. many of them making substantial sug­gestions. The Marriott Hotel on Chicago's Michigan Avenue Magnificent Mile has already been selected for the convention, and LEI is planning a range of activities around the LP presidential nominating and business sessions. It may be possible to avoid schedule con­flicts so that participants can choose to attend all events as well as have a chance to see Chicago. Chicago's financial markets are a dynamic model of free market activity; cultural and shopping oppor­tunities abound, and a major world science fiction convention will be next door in 1991. In response to the many participants who have requested more early convention information. LEI has begun a newsletter. To subscribe to the LEI newslet­ter, or to offer suggestions, write: Sue Walton, LEI, 1111 Church St., Evanston. Ill. 60201. NES is at it again...this time, in N.Y. The National Election Service, exposed during the 1988 elections by the Colorado LP's own Jon Baraga (past membership chair). is at it again: on Nov. 7, 1989, in the 11th district of the South Bronx, a New Alliance Party candidate. Pedro Espada, received 12,381 votes, or 42.5% of the vote, but New York's daily newspapers refused to carry his totals. A Con­servative Party candidate's 290 votes were reported.

Computer Bulletin Boards Dehnbase Emerald ............... 972-6575 Free Thought. ....................... 695-0654 World Peace ......................... 320-4822

Dec., 1989-Jan., 1900 CLiPboard -7 CLP officers and Libertarian contacts: Ron Bain, Party Chair 321-6780 David Aitken, Finance Chair 831-4334 Chris Bogart, Membership Chair 221-3243

Noah Brodbeck, Communications Chair 837-9393 (Send materials for CLiPboard to CLP HQ) Rick Shaw, Campaigns Chair 792-2020 CLP Office & Party HQ 837-9393 720 E. 18th Ave., #309, Denver, CO. 80203 Doug Anderson, Denver Election Commissioner 757-8896 Mesa County Liberty 858-9635 Kim Benham, Chairman Freedom Now (Fort Collins) 484-4184 Mary Margaret Glennie, Chairman Joe Dehn, National LP Secretary 972-8094 National LP Office 1-800-682-1776 1528 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003 No More Drug War Foundation 320-1910 Robin Heid, Chairman Advocates for Self-Government 1-800-932-1776 Marshall Fritz, Coordinator

Montana's Dodge brings FIJA movement to Colorado for '90 Larry Dodge, a Montana Libertarian who ran for Secretary of State in his state in 1988, visited Denver in November to spread the word about his Fully Informed JuryAmendment, which he hopes to see on Montana's and Colorado's state election ballots in 1990. Speaking to a group of about 20 prominent Denver area Libertarians at the Golden Bell Restaurant, Dodge said that American juries had been instructed to vote their consciences and judge the law as well as the facts of the case until 1895, when a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the language in judge's instructions but not the right itself. 'Why keep it a secret?" Dodge asked rhetorically, asserting that the way around the 1895 Supreme Court decision is to amend each state's constitution to require judges to tell their juries that they can judge the merits of the law. Alabama already has such a constitutional provi­sion, but the judge also warns the jury to listen to his interpretation of the law. Other states that have had the constitutional guarantee in jury instructions since the 19th century are Georgia and Maryland, but Oregon got it only recently. A coordinator to lead the FIJA drive in Colorado is needed; contact Jon Baraga at 722-1626. Colorado Libertarian Party 720 E. 18th Ave., #309 Denver, CO. 80203 Forwarding & return postage guaranteed Address correction requested Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage


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