Political Debate: Which Party is a Bigger Champion of Liberty – Republicans or Libertarians?

Republicans or Libertarians: Which Party is the Biggest Advancer of Liberty and Freedom?

Join fellow liberty-lovers for happy hour this Wednesday night, as we debate this topic and many more at Liberty on the Rocks Denver. Our featured speakers will be Kelly Maher of Who Said, You Said and David K. Williams of the Gadsden Society and State Chair of the Libertarian Party. They will be debating which party (Republican or Libertarian) advances liberty further. We hope you will join in this friendly debate!

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Mock Debate:

We will also start the night out with a mock debate from 6-7 PM – for those of us who aren’t ready to debate in public (like our stars David and Kelly), this is the way to prepare! Debate amongst friends, over beers and with an audience to throw in tips and strategies. What better way to train as a Defender of Liberty than at the bar with friends?!

Anyone is welcome to join in the mock debate. We are looking for volunteers to be debaters, judges and members of the audience. If you’re interested, sign up here.  The topic for this week’s mock debate will be: Do Public Sector Employees have the right to unionize and institute collective bargaining?

What IS Liberty on the Rocks Denver?

Liberty on the Rocks is Denver’s gathering place where individuals interested in the principles of liberty can join together, share ideas and learn from one another. LOTR Denver is also the place to learn of other organizations in the area and nationally – as well as how to get involved with them in the fight for liberty.

March 7th, Deputy AG Blue at I.I.!

Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) March 7th Happy Hour featuring Geoff Blue – On Deck at I.I.!

“Litigation, Litigation, Litigation”

This meetup only, we are unable to meet at Old Chicago, so we will be meeting at the Independence Institute (see address below). So grab a sandwich or pack a treat, bring a beverage (adult or other) and join us for a dynamic Q&A from one of Colorado’s highest law enforcement officials.

Join us for our special guest, Deputy Attorney General of Colorado, Geoff Blue. Mr. Blue will discuss the health care lawsuit and its current status, and take on your questions about the AG’s office and law enforcement.

Learn more about the Colorado Attorney Generals office at:
http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov

Geoff Blue Event Details
March 7, 2011
Independence Institute
13952 Denver West Parkway
Fourth floor kitchen/meeting room
Golden, Co. 80401
5 – 7 p.m.
FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

DON’T FORGET!!!
Liberty West Toastmasters meeting on March 10th at Stevinson Toyota
Details at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15645203/liberty_march10.pdf

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

" from the Denver Post and "Fix I-70 Day" on the Huffington Post.

Some of the suggestions to fix the problem are highlighted in these two articles.

All of them cost millions and millions (and millions) of dollars. Let us cut right to the chase... the ski chase, that is. Here is a crazy idea: make those that profit off the use of the public highways pay for their expansion.

If the Summit County resorts, and those farther west like Vail and Beaver Creek, want better access to their services, they should pay for that improved access. There is no good reason that the taxpayers of Colorado pay to improve the bottom line of private business.

Why should a family in Pueblo that does not ski pay to help the ski industry? Why should anyone in Sterling that has never even been to the mountains pay to help the ski industry?

They should not.

Let the ski resorts come up with a plan. Let them pay for it. If it is not worth it to them, why should it be worth it to anyone else?

It should not.

Any government money to expand I-70 is nothing but corporate welfare and a subsidy to private business. "Progressives" should be against corporate welfare. "Conservatives" should be against subsidies.


No public money to subsidize the ski industry.

Because of all the weekend skiers heading home, it can take 3 to 4 hours or more to travel east from Summit County back to the front range on a Sunday afternoon in the winter.

This Sunday afternoon congestion headed east on I-70 has been the source of much discussion – and consternation – lately. SeeExperts suggest ‘preferred option’ to ease Twin Tunnels bottleneck on I-70” from the Denver Post and “Fix I-70 Day” on the Huffington Post.

Some of the suggestions to fix the problem are highlighted in these two articles.
All of them cost millions and millions (and millions) of dollars. Let us cut right to the chase… the ski chase, that is. Here is a crazy idea: make those that profit off the use of the public highways pay for their expansion.
If the Summit County resorts, and those farther west like Vail and Beaver Creek, want better access to their services, they should pay for that improved access. There is no good reason that the taxpayers of Colorado pay to improve the bottom line of private business.
Why should a family in Pueblo that does not ski pay to help the ski industry? Why should anyone in Sterling that has never even been to the mountains pay to help the ski industry?
They should not.
Let the ski resorts come up with a plan. Let them pay for it. If it is not worth it to them, why should it be worth it to anyone else?
It should not.
Any government money to expand I-70 is nothing but corporate welfare and a subsidy to private business. “Progressives” should be against corporate welfare. “Conservatives” should be against subsidies.
Concerning the authority of a law-abiding person to carry a concealed handgun without a permit," passed the House Judiciary Committee with an 8-3 vote yesterday. All six Republican members of the committee voted for it, and Democrats Pete Lee and Daniel Kagan also voted "aye."

The two Democrats will undoubtedly get some heat from some of their constituents.

I just sent an email to them both thanking them for their vote. I think we all should. Let's let them know we appreciate it.

My email to each of them:

I wanted to take the time to let you know many of us appreciate your "yes" vote in the House Judiciary Committee on Rep. Holbert's HB 1205 regarding the carrying of concealed weapons by law-abiding citizens.

Thank you, Sir.


Rep Pete Lee's email: pete.lee.house@state.co.us
Rep Daniel Kagan's email: repkagan@gmail.com

Let's give them props when it is due. Maybe they'll keep doing the right thing.....

Special thanks to the two Democrats that voted for HB 1205

Rep. Chris Holbert’s HB-1205 “Concerning the authority of a law-abiding person to carry a concealed handgun without a permit,” passed the House Judiciary Committee with an 8-3 vote yesterday. All six Republican members of the committee voted for it, and Democrats Pete Lee and Daniel Kagan also voted “aye.”
The two Democrats will undoubtedly get some heat from some of their constituents.
I just sent an email to them both thanking them for their vote. I think we all should. Let’s let them know we appreciate it.
My email to each of them:
I wanted to take the time to let you know many of us appreciate your “yes” vote in the House Judiciary Committee on Rep. Holbert’s HB 1205 regarding the carrying of concealed weapons by law-abiding citizens.
Thank you, Sir.
Rep Pete Lee’s email: pete.lee.house@state.co.us
Rep Daniel Kagan’s email: repkagan@gmail.com
Let’s give them props when it is due. Maybe they’ll keep doing the right thing…..

The Lion of Liberty

By David L. Kelly
16 February 2011

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Nearly all of us, who have even a limited knowledge of the American Revolution, know the above lines, the last few lines of Patrick Henry’s famous speech. Those words ended a speech that only a fire-eater orator such as Henry could deliver, with passion and force, gripping the minds and hearts of those at the House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775.Patrick Henry

It is rarely shared, unless you seek out what preceded those closing lines; whose impact that day spoke volumes to all Americans who wanted to live free. Patrick Henry had every intention to light up the room in front of his fellow Virginian representatives that day in the Saint John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. Henry knew that the time had arrived to say his piece, even if some considered his views as a bit radical, as evidenced early on into his speech:

I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery….

Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

With this Patrick had set the stage and spoke freely as he believed it was his God-given unalienable right to do so and his right as well to prepare his colleagues to hear nothing but the whole truth.

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?…For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

The truth was the British were showing force and would do all they could to quell the rebellion beginning in the American colonies. Henry knew that, and made sure that his fellow Virginians understood what lurked behind the smiles of the British ministry who had heard their previous petitions. He continued:

Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort.

Patrick went on and tallied up all that had built up to this day, a day of reckoning. He passionately sold his views and tore at his comrades hearts to hear the ugly truth and know that they had but one truthful option if they wanted to be freemen.

There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free—if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained—we must fight!

I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

Knowing that the colonies were not prepared for a war with the mighty British Empire’s seasoned military; Henry readied his listeners for his powerful and famous closing lines by first painting an image of that shining light of liberty that would guide the Americans to victory.

The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us….The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave….There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable—and let it come!

From here Patrick soon closes his now famous speech with the words, give me liberty or give me death!

What a great and inspiring speech. Don’t you wish men like Patrick Henry represented you as we find ourselves today with a government full of selfish hubris-infected politicians?

Where are the Patrick Henry’s of today?


More on Patrick Henry:

  • Mayer, Henry. A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic. New York: F. Watts, 1986.
  • Meade, Robert D. Patrick Henry. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 1957–1969.
  • Sabin, Louis. Patrick Henry: Voice of the American Revolution. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1982.
  • Tyler, Moses Coit. Patrick Henry. New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1887. Reprint, New York: Chelsea House, 1980.
  • Vaughan, David J. Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry. Nashville, TN: Cumberland House Pub., 1997.

Next Meeting

The first meeting for the month of March. Plenty to talk about. The results of the BC Liberal Leadership Race, federal politics and the goings on in the U.S. and Middle East. As well, further discussions on a fundraiser possibility for the chapter. Old regulars are encouraged to attend to be a part of the future of the chapter.

Event Info

Nashville – Liberty on the Rocks – March 17

Join usMarch 17th 5:30 – 9:30 for great food and 2 for 1 beer at Mafiaoza’s.

It’s St Patty’s day, let’s talk about green and pots of gold.  Free markets, precious metals & Guinness Stout!

I’ll buy a drink for the first person who shows up dressed like a leprechaun. Double that if your pot of gold isn’t a bucket of Fed notes.

Come hang out for a little bit, or the whole time making new friends and visiting with old ones.

Mafiaoza’s 2400 12th Ave South Nashville, TN
Just ask the hostess for Liberty on the Rocks!

Sumner County – Liberty on the Rocks

Liberty on the Rocks will be meeting Thursday, March 3rd in Gallatin.

6-8PM at Logan’s Roadhouse on Nashville Pike.  Just ask the hostess for the “side car” room and you’ll find us!

Learn How to Become a Citizen Auditor!

Liberty on the Rocks has teamed up in the past with Amy Oliver of Mothers Against Debt and the Independence Institute throughout Colorado and in Milwaukee. The result has been well over 100 individuals trained to be citizen auditors in their local communities along with a number of examples of government waste exposed. We are excited to announce that she is conducing another training on Sunday, March 6th. This event his being hosted by Jen Raiffie and the Tea Party Brewing Company.

From the FB event for the upcoming Citizen Auditor Training:

When: Sunday, March 6 | 1-3PM
Where: Clubhouse 1470 S. Quebec Way Denver, CO 80231

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.

Amy will teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s Transparency Online Project (TOP) 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 particular expenditures and to get as much detailed information about them as possible

Come learn how to be a citizen auditor and hold your elected officials accoutable. Amy Oliver will present this free 2 hour training session. If you are concerned about Broomfield City Council, Jefferson County School Board, and other elected officials, please come. Learn how to demand transparency and create transparency. This is what we need to combat ICLEI, Agenda 21, School Boards who are failing our kids in favor of Unions, and legislators with a progressive and socialist agenda. Call them out!

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