Red Rocks Happy Hour Meetup

Colorado Senator Michael Johnston – Up On The Roof!

“Report to the Principal’s Office!”

It’s time to hit the books! Colorado state senator, Michael Johnston (D), was the driving force behind what was perhaps the most controversial and major educational piece of legislation at the capitol this past session, Senate Bill 191, which deals with teacher tenure. The bill pitted the teachers’ unions (such as CEA) and “traditionalists” against reformers on both sides of the aisle, with the reformers winning this battle.

Senator Johnston is recognized as an outstanding thinker and national expert on education issues. He holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Yale Law School. He has co-founded innovation schools and non-profit leadership programs for urban education issues, and has been an educational adviser to the Obama campaign and administration – quite a resume for a 35 year old! Learn more about our dynamic speaker at http://www.mikejohnston.org

Note: we will be starting our program segment at 5:45 pm, to make sure we have time for Q&A with Senator Johnston, who needs to leave at 6:30 pm.

Event Details

Date:  Monday, August 2, 2010

Old Chicago’s rooftop patio (weather permitting, if not, meet in the upstairs bar)

145 Union Blvd.

Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Nullification: Limits on Government

By David L. Kelly

Nullification is not an obsolete theory as many historical scholars and federalists would want you to believe. Nullification, the process of making null or of no effect, is in fact a theory which can be practiced by every individual on any given day. It is driven by freedom of choice and is granted to us at birth as an unalienable right. With that said, I’m sure the Obama administration will circle the wagons and declare an emergency at the first hint of trouble from the states, while not truly understanding the effects of nullification.

Nullification separates free people from forced servitude or slavery. It is a fact that the thirteen colonies were independent sovereign states which voluntarily joined together under the umbrella of a federal government. Each colony at the end of the American Revolution was a separate sovereign country or state. Each state had formed its own government, with a constitution, approved by the people of the state. This fact is as true today as it was when the Constitutional Convention was held in 1789. Yes, Colorado is a sovereign state (country) which has agreed to be part of the united States by accepting the terms in the U. S. Constitution. In simpler terms: Colorado entered into a contract with the federal government of the united States. 

A contract is an agreement between and by all parties. So if any party does not agree to all of the terms, then that party had best not sign that agreement. I’m one of those individuals who will cross out any part of an agreement that is preprinted and thrust in front of you when you’re buying a car, house, or even filling out the legal paper work before a simple surgery. If I’m going to agree to the terms of any agreement, I want to be sure I know what I’m agreeing to. As an example, everyone who knows me and my recalcitrant ways knows also I will never agree to arbitration. So if it’s hidden in the legalese of a contract I’m considering signing, I’ll find that clause, “x” it out and “nullify” the arbitration portion of the contract. If the other parties don’t agree to my nullification of the arbitration, then we all walk away. It’s that simple.

The 9th amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The 10th amendment of the U. S. Constitution:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Getting back to Colorado and the U. S. Constitution. If the federal government passes and imposes laws or mandates that are not delegated or enumerated to the federal government as a power or right, then the people and the states have the final say.
This is where nullification becomes a key tool in keeping the federal government from usurping the Constitution. The problem is that too many people and state representatives have no true understanding of the Constitution nor the rights of the states. Many will use the ambiguous and misused argument associated with the “supremacy” clause or “general welfare” clause which seem an end all to states rights. Others choose to remain ignorant or expose their hubris-infected minds by agreeing with the federal government, like many a politician in office today or seeking office.

The ink may be dry and aged on that sacred parchment, but have no fear, the strength of that contract remains and must be used as our founders intended: to keep limits on government

Nullification is a term I’m sure will become a household word before November’s general election. The Independence Institute is in the process of collecting signatures to place an initiative on the ballot which will nullify Obamacare’s unconstitutional mandate that everyone must have health insurance. This initiative is well within the rights of the people and the state of Colorado as agreed to in the Constitution.

To regain our liberties and to live free under limited federal government: it is up to us to demand that our state representatives uphold their sworn responsibility to adhere and abide by the Constitution. Even if that means enforcing our rights of nullification of all unconstitutional federal mandates and legislation. If our representatives are unable to fulfill their Constitutional obligations, we must remove them and replace them with those who will support the Constitution in its entirety.

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master” (George Washington)

Help Spread Liberty in America!

Liberty In the Books Pledge Campaign

Given the frightening expansion of federal controls over the economy, wouldn’t you like to see free market ideas make a comeback? Your pledge to Liberty In the Books (a project of Liberty On the Rocks) can help turn that goal into a reality.

At Liberty On the Rocks, we believe that the more people understand free market principles, the more they will support economic liberty and rights-respecting government. It is imperative to mainstream such information and encourage better understanding of it through dialogue and discussion.

Liberty In the Books — see http://www.LibertyInTheBooks.com — offers a great way to help meet the growing American demand for free market ideas.

This reading group program seeks to bridge economic theory and political policy. The Denver-area group has met monthly for over a year, reviewing classics such as Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson and cutting edge works such as Thomas Sowell’s The Housing Boom and Bust.

Liberty In the Books also offers a great program for independent study, and we hope it will provide a model for discussion groups around the nation.

To keep this project going, we need your help! Please pledge $5, $20, or $100 or more to help advance economic liberty in America.

To continue and expand the program, we must raise $800 to fund the next year (twelve meetings and reading plans). This is a pledge program, so we will ask you to fulfill your pledge only if we successfully raise the total amount.

This pledge campaign will fund the work of Ari Armstrong, who has led the group since its inception in March, 2009. Ari, publisher of Free Colorado and a regional columnist, has helped select the texts and organize the Denver meetings, prepared review questions, and updated http://www.LibertyInTheBooks.com, activities which consume around eight hours per month.

If we raise $800 or more, Ari will continue his work with Liberty In the Books. If we do not reach that goal, pledgers will owe nothing, Ari will devote that time to other projects, and Liberty In the Books will either be discontinued or scaled back.

Though we expect the project to thrive over the coming year, if for whatever reason Ari (or a replacement) is not able to keep the program going, we will return funds to pledgers in proportion to the number of months not fulfilled.

Any funds raised beyond the goal of $800 will fund additional months of the program at the same rate.

The deadline to make a pledge is July 31. We will let you know on August 1 whether we have met our target, and, assuming that is the case, your pledge will be due.

Donations are payable to Liberty On the Rocks, and are tax-deductible.

If you agree that Liberty In the Books promotes ideas that our culture desperately needs now, please make a generous pledge today through the web form!

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“‘You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read,’ said motivational speaker Charles ‘Tremendous” Jones. At Liberty in the Books you will read thought provoking books and meet intelligent people who want to gain a better understanding of our world through reading about economics, public policy and liberty.” -Brad Beck, founder of Liberty Toastmasters and member of Liberty In the Books

Albuquerque Meets for Liberty!

Liberty on the Rocks – Albuquerque is held monthly at the Chama River Brewing Co. on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Our special guest speaker at the July 15th Liberty on the Rocks – Albuquerque will be announced soon. The Chama River Brewing Co. will offer happy hour prices and a bar menu for food selection.

Liberty on the Rocks – Albuquerque
No-host Happy Hour
Thursday, July 15th, 5:00-7:00PM

Chama River Brewing Co.
4939 Pan American Freeway • Albuquerque
(Just west of I-25, take the Jefferson off ramp)

Liberty on the Rocks is a unique opportunity for like-minded people to gather in an informal setting, share drinks, food and conversation, and celebrate liberty and freedom.

Please plan to join us every month!
Liberty on the Rocks – Albuquerque
No-host Happy Hour
Every 3rd Thursday
(Dark in December)

Chama River Brewing Co.
5:00-7:00PM

Featuring a Guest Speaker at 5:45PM
Followed by Q&A, Discussion Teasers and a Call to Action

RSVP not required but always appreciated
(please mention your location: ABQ, SF or LC)
llibertyontherocks@RioGrandeFoundation.org

See You There!

July 19th Meetup Features Gun Rights Hero!

Dave Kopel – Up On The Roof!

“Aiming for Liberty”

Yet another dandy! Once again, Red Rocks continues to bring you some of the hottest speakers, and our next speaker is no mere “smoking gun.”

Target protecting your gun rights with Dave Kopel, Research Director of the Independence Institute.   Fresh off his team’s victory in the latest Supreme Court gun rights rulings, Mr. Kopel is a nationally recognized expert on 2nd Amendment issues (his amicus brief was cited three times in the Supreme Court’s opinions in the McDonald vs. Chicago case) author, professor, policy analyst, editor, and so much more.   Among his numerous books and articles are the popular books Aiming for Liberty and The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed. (If you own them, bring them along and grab an autograph — if you don’t own them, run down to your local bookstore and pick one up before our meet up.)

Mr. Kopel recently appeared on the must see TV show “Devil’s Advocate” hosted by Jon Caldara.   For more information about our special guest please click on the link below:

http://www.davekopel.com

By the way, if politically incorrect ATF parties, PETA-friendly clay pigeons, and watching drunken conservatives is something you’re “aiming” for, than be sure to join our friends at the Independence Institute’s party of the year this upcoming Saturday, July 17th. Details and registration can be found at: http://events.i2i.org/2010/05/03/8th-annual-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-party

Event Details

July 19, 2010

Old Chicago’s rooftop patio (weather permitting, if not, meet in the upstairs bar)

145 Union Blvd.

Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Citizen Auditor Training with Amy Oliver

Liberty on the Rocks is proud to host Amy Oliver of the Independence Institute and Mothers Against Debt as she offers to enlighten us all with her Citizen Auditor Training.

Learn how to become a citizen auditor.

July 29th –  6 – 8 pm
Rockrimmon Library
832 Village Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80917

The state is facing a $1 billion budget shortfall. Local governments (including school districts) are claiming poverty. We want to help by encouraging citizens to become active in exposing how the government spends our money and how they can provide cost savings for government.

Become a citizen auditor and win cash!

The Independence Institute will conduct classes to teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s TOPs Web site, our Vendor Web site and how to submit a CORA request. They will also touch on local budgets and school districts as well. Using these tools, the Institute will encourage attendees to search for “a” particular expenditures and to get as much detailed information about them as possible in order to win a cash prize. They will be.looking for wasteful, outrageous government spending. All entries must include a one-page summary and copies of supporting documents. Entries
are due on Friday, October 1st. Voting will take place between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10. Winners announced on October 12.

The best examples of wasteful spending that should be/could be cut out of state or local budgets will be posted on the fan pages of both Independence Institute and Mothers Against Debt. Become a fan and vote for your favorite wasteful expenditure. We encourage participants to get others to vote on line as well.

Prizes:
1st place — $2,500
2nd place — $750
3rd place — $500
Honorable mention — ten prizes $100 each.

Liberty on the Rocks is today’s gathering place where you can become acquainted with others who believe in freedom and where we can share our thoughts and ideas on ways to restore liberty in America.We are a non-partisan, non-profit, social organization that seeks to unite individuals, regardless of political affiliation, who desire liberty. With the goal of facilitating networks, friendships and intelligent conversation.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to initiate the energy and dialogue necessary to move America from the grassroots up, toward the constitutional principles of freedom used to found this nation.

For more info, contact: David Kelly: david@libertyontherocks.org 719.237.4598

Visit: http://www.libertyontherocks.com/

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Colorado Springs Liberty On The Rocks, and Colorado Springs LOTR does not endorse any candidate in any election

Debate: Nullification @ Liberty on the Rocks

Join Liberty on the Rocks and proudly toast to your Freedom and Liberty. Join us on July 13th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm as we gather in the name of Liberty at the Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colo. Spgs.) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

Nullification; is it a useful tool to protect the States and “we the people” from Federal tyranny? That’s the topic that will certainly bring forth a passionate debate, especially knowing these two gentlemen:
Daniel Cole – Gazette Op-ed writer, Columbia Law School student and political activist, will be debating David Kelly-Colorado Springs LOTR Chapter President and States Rights / political activist.

Liberty on the Rocks is today’s gathering place where you can become acquainted with others who believe in freedom and where we can share our thoughts and ideas on ways to restore liberty in America.
We are a non-partisan, non-profit, social organization that seeks to unite individuals, regardless of political affiliation, who desire liberty. With the goal of facilitating networks, friendships and intelligent conversation.

Liberty on the Rocks seeks to initiate the energy and dialogue necessary to move America from the grassroots up, toward the constitutional principles of freedom used to found this nation.

Upcoming events:

July 27th: Kevin Walker of Citizens for Accountable Leadership will be our guest speaker.

July 29th: Citizens Auditor Training & Contest presented by Amy Oliver @ Rockrimmon Library Meeting Room.

August 10th: Election Night & Elliot Fladen presents his Pragmatic Immigration Compromise

In August: “A taste of Freedom” – Wine Tasting (date and location TBD)

For more info, contact: David Kelly: david@libertyontherocks.org 719.237.4598

Visit: http://www.libertyontherocks.com/

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Colorado Springs Liberty On The Rocks, and Colorado Springs LOTR does not endorse any candidate in any election.

Grassroots Collaboration in Columbia!

Looking to meet some free-market friends so together you can solve the problem of statism? Join us!

LotR Columbia Chapter: 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 the cause of liberty.

Location:

El Jimador
1412 Forum Blvd
Columbia, MO

Columbia Liberty on the Rocks

Looking to meet some free-market friends so together you can solve the problem of statism? Join us!

LotR Columbia Chapter: 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 the cause of liberty.

Location:

El Jimador
1412 Forum Blvd
Columbia, MO