Next Meetup Dec. 6 with Scott Gessler

Scott Gessler – Up On The Roof!

“Best of the Bar


Come help us celebrate Secretary of State-elect Scott Gessler’s victory! Besides being a champion for liberty causes and an all-around good guy, Scott has earned the distinction of being the “Best of the Bar” finalist in 2005 and “Colorado Super Lawyer” in 2006. Liberty looks to challenge Mr. Gessler for “Best AT the Bar” :) ! Bring a photo ID, have a drink, and gear up for 2012.

Here’s your chance to get all your campaign finance, voter registration, election law, constitutional law, lobbyist regulation, and secretary of state duty questions answered. Learn more about our dynamic guest at


Follow my FB page (Jeff Sacco) for our “12 Daily Teasers of Christmas” beginning this week.

12/20/10 Second Annual Christmas Party and Fundraiser. We will hold this special event at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association in order to afford a more central location for all. Due to capacity limitations, we expect tickets to sell quickly prior to the event, so stay alert for the invites coming soon.

We are still hoping more Liberty folks will be able to offer support for our Christmas Party and Fundraiser. Contact me at if you can provide donations (cash, food, drink, auction items), help with the event, or have contact with any local celebrities that would be willing to contribute to the entertainment.

Scott Gessler Event Details

December 6, 2010

Old Chicago’s rooftop

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).

November Meeting

It’s time to talk legislative priorities for 2011, and a possible venue change for DSM LOTR meetings.

If you have any intention of being active in Iowa politics next year, you want to be at this meeting.


Ducktail Lounge
Clive, IA

5:30-7 PM

Liberty on the Rocks is Politics Uncorked!

Local Colorado chapters of Liberty on the Rocks were recently featured in an article in the Colorado Statesman for a wine tasting event they hosted last September. The event was a great success, where 55 guests from all across the Denver Metro Area and as far away as Colorado Springs, gathered to celebrate liberty and to get to know one another better. The article, as printed in the Colorado Statesman, may be viewed in full below:

Liberty in a wine glass

By Kimberly Dean

A while back, David Kelly, president of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the group Liberty on the Rocks invited me to a wine tasting. Unfortunately, since I am based out of Denver it wasn’t possible at the time. That’s when he put me in touch with Amanda Teresi, co-founder of the LOTR nationally and president of the Denver chapter who apparently organized this particular event just for me. I was flattered. You see, they usually like to discuss politics over a few beers, “tavern-style politics in the tradition of the founding fathers,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t also like to drink wine, which is my preference.

The event was held at Water 2 Wine in Centennial, which is a wine store that produces its own wine on-site and allows customers to purchase wine with their own custom labels. The selection of wines was extremely comprehensive, with varietals from all over the world. Luckily I had plenty of time to make a choice since the main speaker, Senator Shawn Mitchell, (R-Broomfield), was running a bit late.

We sat at a table near the bar and out of the way of the regulars. A gentleman introduced to us only as “Adam” joined us and started to chat about politics. Since we had some time before the speakers arrived, I quickly became aware of the passion behind the belief system of those who frequent these events. Liberty on the Rocks is a non-profit “grassroots freedom movement.” Though each chapter has its own flavor, so to speak, the common thread tends to be “individual rights, free markets and limited government,” according to Jeff Sacco, president of LOTR-Red Rocks.

Jeff, by far my favorite person of the evening, did some research on the wine before the event. He brought a list with him of what he would like to try. His tastes tend toward red wines with tannins, so he sampled zinfandel, pinot noir, cabernet, brunello and a petit verdo. He liked what he tasted and said he plans to visit again. Sacco said his chapter of LOTR consists mainly of fiscal conservatives, and he likes to have speakers from all walks of life in order to introduce different perspectives and an open dialogue. If you are going to try different wines, you should be open to different opinions, as it may help turn your head.

Attendee Adam and my fiancé were soon debating taxes and the banking systems of the U.S. and the U.K. Gavin is from England, and not political at all, though he humors me when it comes to my “poli-wine” gig. After a while, an attentive bartender came over to ask what we were drinking, and I ordered a Riesling, of course. It was from their Estate Series wine selection, a Washington Columbia Valley Riesling, which I was told was the driest of them all. I was handed the taste of wine and enjoyed it, wishing I had just ordered a full glass, since there was so much action going on around me that I didn’t want to get up and fight the crowd at the bar for another. Having never been to an event like this, I thought I should keep my wits about me.There were three speakers that evening. The first was Amy Oliver from Mothers Against Debt who spoke about the economic crisis and how it will affect the future of today’s youth. “The new energy economy really isn’t working,” she commented. Oliver also said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had recently been touted, “The most powerful woman in the world,” but that Condoleezza Rice might have something to say about that. In her house, Oliver said her kids know that she herself, in fact, is the most powerful woman. Oliver believes that “Government spending is not a family value.”

Amanda Teresi emceed the event. Before introducing Senator Mitchell she said that she is not a mother yet, but as a future mother, is “Effing M.A.D.,” using the acronym of that organization for emphasis. I thought it was pretty impressive that someone so young was so involved in politics at the grassroots level and so passionate about her beliefs that she created this non- profit for like-minded individuals.

Next up, the Senator re-iterated the feelings of Oliver regarding Pelosi and said of Pelosi’s tactics, “I’ll see your gender politics and raise you.” Further making a point about the November elections, the charismatic Mitchell said, “Election Day is when the fight starts, not when it’s over.” Though Election Day is indeed over, he feels that there is much to do to keep up the momentum of the cause. Mitchell seemed to captivate the crowd, but when he stopped in the middle of his speech to ask if everyone agreed with him that a member of the audience looked just like Reese Witherspoon, we all heard crickets. I don’t know, maybe it was the wine, but I thought it was funny.

A very nice young couple sat with us in between speakers, Jenny and Doug Gogel from Kansas. Apparently Doug makes his own beer at home, a pretty common occurrence here in Colorado. He raised his wine glass when David Kelly welcomed everyone and made a “Toast to Liberty!” The idea of making your own wine seems to be a relatively new fad with the arrival of Water 2 Wine. I asked them who they thought the majority of the audience was in the room that particular evening, and was told it was about half Republican and half Libertarian. Jenny said that many people in the room attend so they can become “activists in the fight for free markets or even have political aspirations themselves.” I asked how she has become an activist, and  she said it was by coming to events like this and spreading their message of freedom.

Matt Kibbe, CEO of FreedomWorks, economist and public policy expert, was the final speaker of the evening and went a little easier on the politicians. His view was that “You’re never going to change the culture in Washington. We just need to elect the right officials.” Kibbe went on to talk about the people who disagree with his general position on the economy. “They don’t get us because they don’t get freedom,” Kibbe said. He seemed to agree with Mitchell on holding politicians accountable, though. He added, “You need to remind them while they’re there (in office) to make the right decision in the first place.” Before she left, Jenny Gogel gave me a copy of “The Economics of Freedom – What Your Professors Won’t Tell You” by Frederic Bastiat. Many people in the room seemed to have a copy, and she thought I should have one, as well. As an open-minded person, I look forward to the read, and to going back to Water 2 Wine to try other wines on the menu. Gavin and I have tried the Stag’s Leap from Napa at the other Water 2 Wine location in Greenwood Village, and plan on making our own batch of it with our own labels (photos of our dogs) to give as gifts for the holidays. So drink wine and be merry. Until next time…

Refuse to Come Full Circle?

By David L. Kelly
23 November 2010

As our economy collapsed and news reporters began to compare the current financial duress to the Great Depression, I thought of all the people living today who had lived through those worst of times. I thought of the irony: these same people are now faced with the same uncertainty that they had to struggle with when they were just beginning their lives. It is as if they have come full circle in life’s journey. Although many things have changed, some remain the same: our government is still selling us the same old bag of rotten goods full of promises of a better future at our expense.

President Roosevelt’s New Deal caused quite a stir and raised a multitude of legal issues that questioned the constitutionality of FDR’s programs. One program we all know quite well was the Social Security Act passed in 1935. This act built the framework for various pensions as well as welfare. FDR insisted that the program be funded by payroll taxes and not the general fund. He said, “We put those payroll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program.”FDR

The original payroll tax was one percent of a workers gross income. Roosevelt pledged the tax would never exceed three percent. Today, Social Security withholding is at 6.2 percent and 12.4 percent for self-employed workers—one sixth of a worker’s lifetime earnings when Medicare is factored in. If you’re not lucky enough to reach retirement age to collect your promised benefits, your estate is not entitled to a dime. I know this quite well, as my father passed away at the young age of 52, paying into Social Security his entire working life. Not one penny or even a sympathy card came our way.

I went to my local Social Security Administration office and spent a few moments seeking answers as to why my father’s estate was to be left high and dry with our government stealing his forced contributions. I was told, “I’m sorry for your loss, but the law is clear. See these people in this office, waiting to be helped? That’s where your father’s money is going. I’m sorry, I can’t help you.”

My dad was a wise man. He told me never to trust your government and always to question authority. He hit that nail on the head.

It wasn’t until 1943 before the payroll tax was paid through withholding taxes. Before then, you paid the payroll tax when you filed your income tax return. The withholding tax on wages is a practice that many of us accept as business as usual, and as our part in being good Americans. Our government officials want us to believe that they’re good stewards of our monies and that they know what’s best for us and our nation.

I say hogwash!

I respectfully ask that you all contact your congressional representatives and ask them to pass new legislation that abolishes the withholding tax laws on our earnings. It is time for us to be responsible citizens in our contract with our government. We need truly to see how much our government takes from us and what we get in return. It may be painful when you write that check in April to the IRS for that tax year’s payroll contributions, but it will open your eyes to how much money the feds suck out of us like a parasite. With your eyes open, I guarantee you will be watching your elected officials and letting them know it is our money they’re spending. Our relationship with our government should be one of mutual agreement, not one of false promises and hope for a better tomorrow built on the backs of us and our future descendents.

If we could only learn from the past and hold our government accountable, then we will have made progress to a better future and not come merely full circle where we began.

LOTR -Colorado Springs- Celebrate with us before you’re too stuffed !

Join us as we celebrate my anniversary of leading the Colorado Springs Chapter of LOTR and my wife’s birthday. A two for one reason to celebrate our Liberty. It has been quite an eventful year so come out to celebrate and fellowship with other liberty lovers on November 23rd, 6:00pm at the Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colo Spgs.).

Upcoming …LOTR Events:

Dec. 14th:
Christmas Party @ D’Vine Wines in Manitou Springs

Dec. 28th: TBD

Feb. 22, 2011:
Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday !

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: 719.237.4598


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 or support any candidate in any election.

Liberty on the Rocks Alabama Chapter

Welcome to

Liberty on the Rocks Alabama 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 our cause of liberty.

Liberty on the Rocks with Sven R. Larson

Saturday, November 27
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bitter Creek Brewing
604 Broadway
Rock Springs, WY

More InfoLiberty on the Rocks will be hosting a special guest in Rock Springs on November 27th: Sven R. Larson is an economist with Wyoming Liberty Group. An unrepentant libertarian, he has dedicated his career to expanding the realm of freedom. Through experience, both personal and professional, he knows the ugly face of totalitarianism and has lived through the Dark Side of the Welfare State. In his free time he practices martial arts and watches vintage sci-fi on TV. Dr. Larson’s website:

Trivia at Lemmons!

Wednesday, November 10 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm

5800 Gravois Avenue
Saint Louis, MO

Trivia! Free pizza! Free drinks (if we win some rounds)! Liberty! Be there!

November Meet-Up in Nashville

Where can you meet others you may not have met otherwise, individuals who believe in the principles of our Founding Fathers but who may be of different affiliations or backgrounds.

Now that campaigning is over we hope to see you back from the door knocking routes. Great conversation should come from discussion on what YOU think should happen next.

Where is our country heading, what’s going well and what needs attention?



2400 12th Ave South
Nashville, TN

Meeting for November

Well, we’re gonna try something different by holding LOTR at Rula Bula this month. Our theme this outing will be “Giving Thanks to Republicrats” because without them, we would be burdened with the freedom and dignity with which every human being is born. Thanks, Republicrats! (We should also make a special note to thank King Thug himself for doing such a wonderful these last two years of eroding our liberties while expanding his criminal enterprise. Thanks, Obama!)

Related to this topic, we’ll be taking bets on how long it will take the Republican House to start compromising with the Democratic White House and Senate. And we’ll also be debating what tastes better, scotch or gin martinis? Hope to see you all there with your pilgrim or Indian outfit on. Till then, cheers!

Time: 6pm-10pm

Rula Bula Irish Pub
401 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ