The Strategy – A Long Term Approach to Freedom

Rather than simply trying to pick the best candidates, I see the goal as trying to encourage more people to consider and look into (for lack of a better term) *Libertarian ideals.  This is not as a ploy to get new Libertarian registrations (which I don’t see as bad), but rather to get more people thinking with a “Libertarian” mindset.  If a majority of individuals begin to adopt three quarters (or more) of the Libertarian argument, we will no doubt see a change in what happens in our government.  Could you imagine if most of the people in this country demanded free trade, fewer regulations, less spending and taxes and an increase in individual rights across the board?

I see an informed majority demanding real change in government as the only way to truly bring freedom back to America.  Legislators often do what the majority demands.  It is not as though many don’t want universal health care; the problem is that too many do.  And too many vote over and over again to tax and spend the money of the so-called “rich”.  The only way I see us ever getting on the course intended by our Founding Fathers is for liberty-minded folks to become the majority.  We need to inform people, and to encourage them to keep an open mind.  But we must first start with ourselves.  We, the lovers of freedom and justice, must keep our minds open and learn all we can.  To assume we know it all is a dangerous thought.  It makes us close our minds to new ideas and can dampen our efforts at influencing others.

We must be the advocates of freedom, and weave our fight into our daily routine.  Over dinner, drinks or casual conversation, we can mention (without malice) things others may not know and ask their opinion.  These ideas must get into everyday conversations around the country, and those who truly wish to defend our individual liberties must find a way to do so.

To help start the process of getting new ideas into the mainstream, Liberty on the Rocks has created (super cool) informational stickers.  These are the first two, and there will be more to follow.  They will eventually come in the form of t-shirts.  We hope this helps to get the conversation started, even if it only plays a small part.

By purchasing one or more stickers today, you will not only help to start the conversation by proudly displaying your stickers, but you will also help to fuel the nationwide Liberty on the Rocks movement.  All proceeds go to Liberty on the Rocks – both its educational efforts and the expansion of its social networks on a national scale.   Get yours today!

LOTR Stickers

To order your sticker, simply send cash or check to:

Liberty on the Rocks
P.O. BOX 9632
Denver, CO

Stickers are $5.00 a piece.  Please be sure to put in a short note listing the sticker(s) you want and your return address.

These stickers can also be purchased at the following Liberty on the Rocks meet-ups: Denver, Red Rocks and the Denver Tech Center.

*I use the word Libertarian because it’s the best way, in my opinion, to sum up the idea of an “advocate for liberty and justice”.  I am not for or against any party. I am an advocate of principle.

Brigitte Gabriel – A Woman of Passion

I wasn’t aware of Brigitte Gabriel, President and Founder of American Congress for Truth, until last March.  I heard her speak at a retreat I attended in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the Leadership Program of the Rockies.  At first, I wasn’t as excited to hear her speak as I was to hear other speakers, such as Dr. Yaron Brooks, President of the Ayn Rand Institute.  The reason being that the war had been going on for years, and although I still care deeply for our soldiers and the cause of freedom and protecting this country, I just wasn’t into the discussion of terrorism.  I just felt I heard it enough throughout the Bush years to last me a lifetime, and quite frankly, I didn’t know what to believe anymore.   Besides, I had been studying free market capitalism as well as the philosophy of Objectivism, and I just wanted to hear more about that!

Once she began to speak I could not take my eyes off of her or stop listening to her story.  A beautiful woman in her early forties, Brigitte was emphatic, full of life and proud to be an American by choice.  She was born in Lebanon in 1965 into a Christian family.  Not many years later, her and her family were in the middle of the Lebanese Civil War, which was not friendly to Christians.  Her story was gripping, terrifying and utterly devastating.  Although I expected her story to be the same old talk I’ve heard in the past, it was not ten minutes into her speech that I was tearing up uncontrollably.  By the middle, I was all out sobbing.  And I wasn’t the only one.  The story Brigitte told was that of her life growing up.  She talked about the constant fear her and her family suffered at the hands of those who hated them simply for being Christians.  She told us why her parents wouldn’t take her to Beruit one year as a child for Christmas; because once the war started there were checkpoints set up throughout the country, and Christians were taken from their cars to be shot on the spot.  She told us stories of how families hiding out in bomb shelters would be tortured and mutilated when found by the enemy.  She told us such horrible stories that I could hardly bare to listen, yet I could not leave the room.  She really opened my eyes, which have been shut for a while, to the reality that we face in this world; that there are people who hate us enough to kill us without knowing who we are.  People from many different religions and walks of life.  And while I won’t say that I now trust the government (which I see as separate from the military) to correctly determine which enemy poses an imminent threat  to our lives and/or our freedom, I will say that I support, and would personally administer, any action necessary to keep myself and my loved ones alive and free.  I would also support anyone who wanted to hear Brigitte speak.  It is very much worth hearing what she has to say, even if it’s only through a youtube video.