What to Do About the Scott Brown Issue?

After a recent post about Scott Brown being far from a liberty-oriented candidate, many responded that it’s important to live in reality, and that we cannot have a perfect candidate. Especially not one who lives in Massachusetts.  

I agree that it’s important to live within the means of reality, and I believe that is exactly what I’m doing – and what others should do as well.  Scott Brown is nowhere near the ideal candidate. However, as I argued in another post, it isn’t only about electing the right candidates.  Because I live in reality and I know that many out there wouldn’t vote for a truly liberty-oriented candidate, I argue that rather than focus all of our efforts on electing the “right” candidate, we focus a good amount of our time on informing people and discussing the ideals of liberty.  If we choose not to do this and to simply continue trying to elect candidates, we will always be given choices like Scott Brown.  Not just in Massachusetts, but in other places as well.  I must admit that I don’t have much hope for Colorado in 2010, and the reason is because I don’t believe enough voters in the state truly believe in liberty.  And so long as that is the case, we will never have a truly pro-liberty man or woman in office.

Remember, it is about us! The people elect those in office.  And while those in office often try to lead the people where they want them to go, most will not be elected or get into office by going completely against an extreme majority in this country.  Therefore, I argue that we must spread the ideals of liberty to everyone and everywhere. And yes, Scott Brown being elected was no surprise, and I didn’t see it happening any other way.  He was elected, and we must understand that, but the goal must now be to showcase the example of Scott Brown, and to KEEP talking about this until we are able to get a liberty-oriented consensus in this country.  All lovers of liberty and freedom must take on the responsibility of selling the principles of liberty if they ever wish to have a better reality.

I’m Glad Scott Brown Voted for the Jobs Bill…

…early on that is.  At least everyone was paying attention.

While myself and others recognized that Scott Brown was not a liberty-loving fellow and were expecting this kind of behavior, it hasn’t been seen that way across the country (until now, hopefully).  All most people knew was that he was running against a Democrat and he said he wouldn’t vote for Obama’s healthcare bill.  But did many listen when he mentioned he wouldn’t vote for it because he thought he could instead make it better?

What I’m trying to say is that we shouldn’t be surprised by his vote to advance this bill.  His stance is that government can and should help people better their lives. He stated that he “…came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside and to do everything in [his] power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families.” [emphasis mine]  If we wanted a truly liberty-oriented candidate who believes in the constitution, it would have been someone who would never claim that the government is the answer to our problems, rather that they are the problem themselves. Not only should the government not be in the business of bettering anyone’s lives, they are unable to! If you frequent the post office, DMV or pay any attention to politics whatsoever, it should have been clear long ago that the government does not run things well and should be limited to the strict confinements of the constitution. Scott Brown let us down by advancing government rather than diminishing it.

I am glad that Scott made his move when people were watching. All I can hope is that as a nation we are learning our lessons, and it seems that we are. I have been quite pleased with the outrage today by those on the “center-right”, and am happy to see that very few are sticking up for him. However, we still have a long way to go and cannot stop now.  For those of us who truly care about restoring liberty to this republic, there is plenty of hard work ahead.

Disclaimer: Liberty on the Rocks is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose any candidate in any election.

Liberty on the Rocks Expands to New York, New York!

Join Liberty on the Rocks, Greenwich Village Chapter for our first meeting!  We are a social organization uniting lovers of liberty, wherever they are found.

7:30pm at Josie Wood’s Pub
$3.50 pints until 9pm

“A splendid mix of grass roots activism, libations, and good conversation. We are a group of citizens who endeavor to limit the reach of government into our personal lives, to ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Join us for a meeting of the minds to discuss ways we can further our cause of liberty.”

 

Location:

Josie Wood’s Pub
11 Waverly Place
New YorkNY 10003

Des Moines Meets @ the Ducktail Lounge!

In today’s world patriotic Americans that aren’t getting involved, aren’t patriotic Americans.  Join us to discuss, over cocktails, ways we can bring this country back towards the principles upon which it was founded!

Meetings are held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Ducktail Lounge; 1806 86th Street, Clive, Iowa, 50325.

$2 Domestic Draws, $3 Premium Wells, $5 Martinis until 7 pm.

Austins LOTR Meets @ Malverde for Glen’s 30th!

For February, Liberty on the Rocks Austin will be held in conjunction with Glen’s 30th birthday party! I hope you can come out to meet others in your community, to have fun, make some friends and to talk politics!!!

So, it’s in the Warehouse District. I’ll tell you that much. If you have been to any of my parties recently you know what the deal is…Especially my BIRTHDAY!! Classy Attire because I AM GROWN!! LADIES PLEASE dress to impress me!! Hope to see you there last FRIDAY in FEBRUARY!

MALVERDE

400-B W. 2nd
Austin, Tx 78701

Los Angeles Gets Together @ Finn McCool’s!

Join Liberty on the Rocks Los Angeles for it’s second meet-up!  This is a great place to network and socialize with fellow lovers of liberty, free markets and limited government.  Hope to see you there!

Location:

Finn McCool’s
2700 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

St. Louis Meets @ Lemmons!

Join us for our fourth gathering of Liberty on the Rocks St. Louis! We’ll be meeting at Lemmons on Gravois for their famed trivia competition, along with the usual sorts of conversation and libations. Libertarians often have a reputation for being insufferable know-it-alls — this is your chance to prove it!

See you on Wednesday!

Location: 

Lemmons Restaurant
5800 Gravois Avenue
St. Louis, MO

No it’s not in your imagination, Libertopia in the Bay Area

Libertopia is an annual festival of freedom, community and art for sovereign individuals.

Its purpose is to create a worldwide movement of individuals who choose their own form of governance – a voluntary society based on mutual respect for each individual’s dignity and ownership of his/her own body and property.

The event will be held in San Francisco @ the Hilton Hotel from July 1-4, 2010. A ton of great speakers all in our home area and a boat cruise. What a Libertopia it is!

To attend you will need to purchase an annual membership, which will give you access to all speeches, panels, the exhibitors’ room, and networking activities, access to the Community section of their website. The cost is $125 until March 1 (one week away from today). Prices increase thereafter.  So I recommend purchasing your ticket today.

Rules of Engagement

David Kelly
16 February 2010

Reading a news story in this morning’s paper on the military offensive taking place in Afghanistan, I shook my head in disgust at the American Empire’s rules of engagement that our Marines and soldiers must follow while in harms way. Soldiers

One rule they must adhere to is that they can not fire on anyone who appears to be unarmed. What kind of war are we fighting? Our enemies know these rules all to well and take full advantage of them. This military offensive is nothing more than political correctness on steroids in a part of our world that follows the only rule of war that matters: kill or be killed.

If our government and military leaders feel that this is the best way to fight the Taliban or whomever we deem as our enemy, then we will always and most definitely lose battles, good men and women, billions of dollars, and eventually our empire or, if you prefer, our Republic.

It is time for our military to come home or to be given the orders to fight this war in full. No special rules of engagement. Kill our enemies before they kill us. It is that simple.

So I ask our government to make the right choice and let our men and women fight this war with all that we have, give our enemies no quarter and show them that we are not there to play police games.

If we can’t do that, then bring our troops home.