Document:Colorado CLipBoard July 1988
CoLORADO L1sERTARIAN PARTY CliPboard Official monthly newsletter of the Colorado Libertarian Party 720 E. 18th Ave., Suite 309 Denver, CO. 80203
July, 1988 issue
Paul petitioning becomes urgent There's only about one month left to obtain more than 4,000 valid signatures on ballot access petitions for Ron Paul, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee for 1988. Recognizing the urgency in the state that Is the birthplace of the Libertarian Party, by August 2nd to place Ron Paul's name on the Colorado general ballot in November.
Petitioners earn 50 cents per signature for obtaining Ron Paul signatures. If you want to start circulating a petition in your area, contact Fargo at the CLP headquarters. Newly elected CLP Chairman Mary Lind says it will be an "embarassement" to Colorado Libertarians if Ron Paul·s name does not appear on the state ballot this November. We already know who the Demopublicans are going to put on the ballot George Bush, a drug-running spook, and Michael Dukakis, the hand-picked man of the Kennedy clan -so the urgency to place Ron Paul's name on the ballot should become even more pressing. Bill Robinson is the Coloradans for Paul coordinator. Odyssey" (he goes to trial for the second time on charges of trespassing and reckless endangerment on July 21; the first trial ended in a hung jury), Heid says his notoriety will help him defeat Schroeder. "I seriously think I have an opportunity to win...if certain things fall into place," Heid commented over the telphone. "I think I represent a wild card that will change all the equations." His campaign. Heid says, calls for a referendum on the drug war. He has drafted a 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which will end the prohibition against psychoactive drugs. Heid says he'll use his enthusiasm for parachuting to gain media attention and to promote his campaign.
From the Chair
By Mary Lind, CLP Chairman Greetings! I'm quite pleased that Ron (Bain) has granted me the opportunity to keep in touch with you each month through the CLiPboard. Lots of exciting things are happening in the Libertarian Party! First. on an urgent note: Get active in petitioning for Ron Paul. We're horribly behind schedule with less than one thousand signatures as of the June Board meeting. We need to get 5,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office by the first week of August; this translates to 7,500 to 10,000 signatures total to be assured of receiving enough valid ones . What an embarassment it would be to us all if Ron Paul could not even get ballot access here in the birthplace of the Libertarian Party. We cannot afford to "let the other guy do it." Get petitions from Bill Fargo (call him at the party office) and set a goal for yourself -hit the post office or the street on your lunch hour, for example, and nail down at least 20 signatures a day. Do it after work, at local public meetings, at fairs, rodeos, or anywhere. It's not hard -Just do it! 'Nuff said. I'm pleased to say we have a fantastic group of candidates to put up against the Demopublican party this fall. After speaking with all of them, I'm very optimistic about our chances for capturing a good percentage of the vote and getting more Libertarians in office. Our adversaries are listening like never before, and the battered voters are ripe for change. Do your part and either run for office or help someone who is. I'm looking forward to going to non-Denver, Colorado, to activate more affiliates. Active outreach is a primary goal of your Board in this election year. Each of us will be traveling to various areas in the state to personally get the ball rolling. Contact us for information on starting your own group or hosting a local cocktail party. On a more personal note: I'm new to the state party, and need all the input and criticism that you'd care to to dish out. Feel free to call me at my home (686-5541) at any time to speak your mind orJust chew the fat. Here's to a great year! Yours in Liberty.
Statement ofPrinciples of the Libertarian Party We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult ofthe omnipotent state and defend the rights ofthe individual. We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live In whatever manner they choose. Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite Pril!Ciple, that the State has _the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent. We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist. they must_~ot violate the rights of any individ_1:1a!,: ncl!Ilely, (1) the right to life -accordingly we support prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others: (2) the right to liberty ofspeech and action -accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form: and (3) the right to property -accordingly we oppose government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain. and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation. Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders: and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of indMdual rights, is the free market.
Media watch: The described articles appeared in Colorado newspapers during the months ofMay and June: Fort Collins Coloradoan -Sunday, May 29 edition featured a front page color photograph of Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, plus a B-section front page article about Paul's appearance at the Joint Alaska. Wyoming and Colorado convention in Ft. Collins over the Memorial Day weekend. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel -Monday, June 6 edition featured a syndicated opinion column by Ethan Nadelmann of The New Republic headlined "Severing the drugscrime connection," detailing how black-market profiteers could be put out of business by legalizing drugs and how about $10 billion in related criminalJustlce efforts could be saved. Delta County Independent -Wednesday. June 8 edition featured a front-page news brief reporting News Editor Ron Bain's election as communications chairman for the Colorado Libertarian Party. How To Say "NO" To ALL Proposed Tax Increases
PROPERTY OWNERSHIP. Property taxes have destroyed YOUR right to own property. With property taxes you can never fully own anything. Government siezes your property if you don't pay your annual RENT. All you are doing when you purchase property, is paying for the privilege of renting from the government.
CENTS vs. PER CENTS. Taxes are generally levied as PER CENTS, not cents. You only have 100% of every dollar. Every tax increase takes a greater percentage of your one dollar. You keep less of the whole. Govern ment takes more. If there were NO TAX INCREASES, Goverment would still get more whenever the wealth of the community as a whole increased. There would be more d~llars to take the same percentage from.
NUMBERS GAME. When you purchase something from your favorite shoe store, sports shop, restaurant, or supply shop, you do so without having to know all of the numbers involved in managing each particularbusiness. You decide if the product being offered is at a price you are willing to pay. Poli ticians love to play NUMBERS GAMES. You don't have to play. Just say "no."
AVERAGES. One numbers game is called AVERAGES. Politicians espe cially enjoy this game. It's played nationwide. Every one and every program below the average can cry for increased funding. As those below the average then rise above the average, a new and higher average results. You've got it! A never ending spiral onward and upward slices deeper and deeper into YOUR dollar.
EMERGENCIES. This is probably the most successful of political games. Just continue to say "no." Tell them to find betterfiscal managers. Tell them to calm down. Tell them they will survive. "An emergency on yourpart, does not constitute a panic on my part."
SALARIES. "Our people deserve higher salaries." "We're worth more." Do you deserve a higher salary? Are you worth more? Are you able to DEMAND the salary you feel you are worth? Do you rob your neighbor be cause you deserve a higher salary? and a little cent there. Here a cent, there a cent , every where another cent.... THE BEST. "We want the best." Do you want the best for your home and family? Can you always afford the best? Or do you have to budget and sometimes "make do?" NEEDS PLEA. "This program is obviously needed. How could you possibly tum us down?" Good fiscal managers set priorities. Top priorities receive available funding. Lower priorities are cut. Of course, it is a good political scam to publicize cutting top priorities. The cutting of lower priorities would not receive as much sympathy. The LITTLE BIT Game. Here is something you can play called The LITTLE BIT Game." Take a black magic marker. Black out one "little bit" from your one dollar. Now black out another "little bit." How about another "little bit?" How about "a little bit more?" Keep going until your little bits don't seem like "a little bit" any more. Is too much of your dollar being blacked out by TAXES compounded in "little bits?" $ $ $ a little bit...a little bit... a little bit...a little bit... a little bit...a little bit more ... a little bit more ..a $ $ little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little b' little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit $ $ more..a little bit more ..a little bit mor ore..a little bit more ..a little bit more .. a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a Ii le bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit $ $ more..a little bit more ..a little bit m re..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a $ $ little bit more ..a little bit more ..a Ii bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit $ $ more..a little bit more ..a little bit m e..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a $ $ little bit more ..a little bit more ..a Ii bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit $ $ more..a little bit more ..a little bit m re..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a $ little bit more ..a little bit more ..a littl le bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit $ more..a little bit more ..a little bit more.. more..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a $ $ little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit m e..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit $ $ more..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit more ..a little bit more.. $ $ $ Each government program only taxes you "a little bit." Each new form of taxation only robs from you "a little bit." Each tax increase is just "a little bit more." YOUR DOLLAR is getting smaller and smaller. Perhaps this process should be reversed. GOOD CAUSE HOAX. This is a good "guilt trip" game. Supporting a good cause DOES NOT mean supporting increased Government taking of YOUR dollar. YES TO GOAL. NO TO MEANS. Most individuals are well intentioned, compassionate and concerned. Voluntary, peaceful, neighborly solutions are available to those who seek them. OLD MacDONALD REVISED. Uncle Sam he had a tax. Ee ei ee ei oh. And to this tax he added more. Ee ei ee ei oh. With a little cent here
- I F:you don't want even more property TAKEN from you, ¢
¢ VOTE [Z] NO
¢ you know that property taxes have destroyed your right to really own ¢I F ·property (What happens if you don't pay your annual RENT to ¢ • government?), ¢
¢ VOTE [Z] NO ¢ ¢
¢ IF you have examined the actual, real, live results and know that in¢ •creased spending of taxpayer dollars DOES NOT equate with in ¢ • creased quality of education,
¢ ¢ VOTE [Z] NO ¢
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¢ IF. YOU HATE TO VOTE, BUT HATE BEING UNJUSTLY • ROBBED EVEN MORE, ¢
¢ VOTE [Z] NO ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢ I F •you don't buy into GUilT TRIPS, EMERGENCIES, NUMBERS ¢ • GAMES, HORROR STORIES, ¢ ¢ ¢
¢ VOTE [Z] NO ¢
¢ I F .You believe that taxing YOUR PROPERTY IS NOT the answer to ¢ ¢ •a growing multitude of funding demands, ¢ ¢ VOTE [Z] NO ¢
¢ you are a principled, non violent, peaceful school employee who ¢
I F :refuses to be blackmailed into believing his job should be dependent ¢ upon robbing property owners, ¢
¢ VOTE [l] NO ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢ Paid for by The Taxpayers' League of Fort Collins
¢ Mary Margaret Glennie, Treasurer -484-8184 ¢
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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1988 ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢
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0 ¢ 00 0 ¢0 ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢ •BETTER alternatives exist for funding education. ¢ • increased taxes DO NOT equate with increased ¢ quality. ¢
• Property taxes have destroyed your right to own ¢ ¢
• Ask your questions. An information and questions ¢ meeting will be held Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm in ¢
the REA building at 4809 South College. ¢ ¢
·---·-···---·~ r----------------------, New CLP Board meets •YES! I'd like to help The newly elected CLP Board's June meeting began on time, immediately prior to the Cocktail Party at Victoria Mason's, with all members present except for Communications Chairman Ron Bain. who appointed Bill Fargo as his representative at the meeting. Finance Chairman David Altken reported that he had negotiated a reduction of $20 per month in the office rent. Aitken also reported that approximately $300 in membership contributions was raised at the state convention. held ln Ft. Collins over Memorial Day weekend. Presently, the CLP treasury contains $800 and all bills are current.
Membership Chairman Jon Baraga reported that he's coordinating a speaker's works,,.~~bowirdth Cfiraig Grakeen. Hte · will also advertise in future C.r...u-a s or spe ers o conduct outreach efforts. Baraga will also be contacting groups in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to form county afllilates. Campaigns Chairman David Daniels reported that Jeff Kelly had dropped out of the Fourth Congressional Distrtct (Greeley) race, but that Jim Phelps had announced his can didacy ln the Sixth Congressional District. Phelps' candida cy was unanimously approved by the board. Bain telephoned in a report, saying he needed Input from each of the board members to put in the CLiPboard, such as officers' reports, photographs, editortals and news paper articles about Libertartan candidates or ideas from all over the state. Party Chairman Mary Lind reported that the CLP had maintained its official status as a political organization in Colorado by submitting the names of the new Board on June 8 to the Secretary of State's office. However, Lind re ported, next year's submission of Board names must be made no later than May 1, or the CLP will lose all standing with the Secretary of State's office as an official political or ganization. The Board discussed creative fundraising methods, not Ing that an standing offer has been made to provide match Ing funds for a worthwhile project. The Board decided the first such worthwhile project will be the acquisition of a computer for the party office. The meeting was adjourned to the Cocktail Party, which was attended by CLP candidates Robin Heid and Dan Nlbbelink.
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$5 $1 Q $25 L ______________________.J 1988 Campaign Update· • The following Libertarian candidates have announced candidacies for public office or are actively pursuing their campaigns in Colorado: Candidate Office
David Aitken State Rep. Dist. 6 Active 831-4334 Geoffrey Lloyd RID Dist. A Denver Annced. 733-7962 Robin Heid U.S. Cong. Dist 1 Active 320-1910 Dan Nibbelink State Rep. Dist. 25 Annced. NA Altken reports his campaign. which involves mostly doorto-door walking of the distrtct, is moving along nicely. As of June 15, he had completed walking three precincts and was working on the fourth. He reports reception seems to be favorable. One person indicated she was about ready to change her vote to Libertarian, Aitken said, while another said he would for Aitken again. Altken ts offering voters something unusual in the political arena: a performance guarantee! The guarantee includes a promise to follow three provisions: 1) not to vote for a bill which increases truces or fees; 2) or one that contains a net increase in spending; and, 3) or one that reduces basic rights to life, liberty and property as stated by the Colorado Constitution. His guarantee also contains a promise to donate $500 to charity each time any of the three provisions Is violated. To help Altken's campaign, call 831-4334 or 837-9393. Hatnburger booth reports ltloderate success
The CLP Hamburger Booth at the recent Denver People's Fair sold almost 500 hamburgers and raised $196 for the party. Charles Stogsdill organized and ran the booth, earning the Board's thanks for doing an excellent Job. Stogsdill was assisted by several volunteers, who showed up for several hours to cook and serve the burgers. They also deserve a round ofapplause: Victoria Mason, Stanley M. Larson, Bob Hurt, Lyman S. Hall, Tim Kern, Douglas Nusbaum, George D. Wetzel, Edward M. Warner, John D. Williams, Penn Pflffner, Elizabeth Hurt, Dan Nibbelink. Jacalyn D. Erickson. Geoffrey Lloyd, Chester A Ptak. and Pat Wagner. Although less money than anticipated was raised, perhaps attributable the really hot weather and the location, the associated information booth passed out 1.500 copies of the World's Smallest Political Quiz and raised about $70 for David Altken's campaign.
The quiz, which fair-goers were told to take "in the privacy of your own mind," evoked a lot of laughs and smiles. An opinion poll which asked people the leading question "Does the government do a good Job?" yielded the following interesting results: Always -10 Usually-17 Sometimes -76 Seldom -217 Never -759
CLP officers and Libertarian contacts: Mary Lind, Party Chairman 686-5541 Jon Baraga, Membership Chair 722-1626 David Daniels, Campaigns Chair 733-7757 Ron Bain, Communications Chair 323-6853 (Send materials for CLiPboard to P.O. Box 522, Delta, co.81416) David Aitken, Finance Chair 831-4334 CLP Office & Party HQ 837-9393 720 E. 18th Ave., Suite 309, Denver, CO. 80203 Mesa County Liberty 243-1 088 Steve Thurman, Chairman, Organizing Grand Junction area Delta-Montrose Liberty 323-6853 Ron Bain, Chairman Organizing Delta and Montrose Counties Bill Robinson, Ron Paul Contact 756-6601 Penn Pfiffner, Nat Com Contact 427-4357 Adams 37 Denver 128 Summit 3 Arapahoe 60 Eagle 3 Unknown 11 Boulder 82 Jefferson 96 Delta 2 Montrose 4 Total 426
More registered Libertarians discovered at co. clerks' ofcs. Denver Election Commissioner Doug Anderson's campaign to discover the names and addresses of more Libertarians by checking voter registration lists in each Colorado county is progressing nicely. Each one of these Libertarians, ifwe didn't know about them before, becomes a full-fledged member of the CLP and begins to receive the CLiPboard thereafter. So, if you live in a county not listed below and haven't done so already, go to your county clerk's office and ask for a listing ofthe registered Libertarians. In small counties, sometimes it is a free service; in larger counties, you might be asked for a cent or two per name. It's part of the CLP's current outreach effort, so do your part! Here's the current listing, compiled mostly by the efforts of Anderson, CLP Finance Chairman David Aitken, and Communications Chairman Ron Bain. Each reported that it was very easy to persuade the workers in the county clerks' office to relinquish or research the lists: Please deliver this message about freedom in Colorado TO: Colorado Libertarian Party 720 E. 18th Ave., Suite 309 Denver, CO. 80203 Address correction requested Please forward if necessary
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