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Feb. 20th Meetup Featuring…the Constitution!

Tavern Style Politics with a Constitutional Scholar, Rob Natelson

“The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant”

Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour
February 20, 2012


This promises to be one of the best LOTR(RR) events EVER! Happy President’s Day!

First off will be our continuing Austrian Economics series, we’re calling “Ask an Austrian!” Our expert, Ryan McMaken, is a writer for the Economics Blog published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute and he will be teaching a class titled Modern Conservative Thought in America at the University of Denver this summer. Learn more about Mr. McMaken at http://www.ryanmcmaken.com/p/economist.html

Next up is our featured speaker, Robert Natelson, one of America’s best-known constitutional scholars. Think you know the Constitution? Prepare to be enlightened and taken on the magic carpet ride of history to discover the real Constitution, from the author/scholar/attorney who pioneered the use of Founding Era source material for analysis!  Mr. Natelson is a retired Professor of Law from The University of Montana, and a Senior Fellow at the Montana Policy Institute, Independence Institute, and Goldwater Institute.  He also created and hosted Montana’s first statewide commercial radio talk show, and holds the distinction of being Montana’s best known political activist.  To learn more about this national expert on the framing and adoption of the United States Constitution, please visit http://www.i2i.org/robnatelson.php

Mr. Natelson will also be available to sign his book, The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant. Bring your copy, or you can purchase it at the meetup for $20.

Upcoming events

February 16, 2012
27th Annual Founders’ Night with Independence Institute
Ann Coulter vs. Nick Gillespie
Event details:http://events.i2i.org/2011/12/01/27th-annual-founders-night-dinner/

Free online constitutional classes offered by Hillsdale College
Introduction to the Constitution has been archived
Constitution 101:The Meaning and History of the Constitution begins on February 20th and will also be archived.
Register online at http://constitution.hillsdale.edu/

Happy hour from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. (Speakers generally begin at 6:00, happy hour till 7:00)

Join the FB group page: 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).

The Constitution made Easy with a Glass of Wine…

You’re invited to join us as we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on May 24th, 6:00pm to 8pm at D’Vine Wines Winery (934 Manitou Ave., Suite 108, Manitou Springs, CO) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers.

Please bring a snack to share that would go well with a glass of wine.

Our guest speaker will be Mike Holler, author of The Constitution Made Easy.

Mike is a regular guest on talk shows such as Richard Randall and Mike Rosen. Mike Rosen recently endorsed Holler’s book, saying, “Every American needs to read this book.” Mike teaches Constitution seminars around the country as well, and is respected by other writers and scholars for his contributions to the understanding of original intent.

Mike is not just a scholar; but an activist and a true freedom fighter. Mike will have books on hand and will stay around after he speaks to sign them. You won’t want to miss this one!

Liberty on the Rocks is THE place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles. It is also the happy hour for you if you’re interested in getting better informed or involved in the liberty movement.

Upcoming …LOTR Events:

**Sunday May 29th: Memorial Weekend Celebration of our Liberties. Be part of a documentary as an Amsterdam based award winning film crew will film LOTR celebrate liberty at the Dublin House. Prizes, Trivia and more….** 5:30pm – ?

June 14th: Flag Day…. Speaker to be annouced

LOTR  – Concealed weapons permit class will be held in  June.

Whistling Pines Gun Club / BBQ fundraiser later this summer.

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 or support any candidate in any election.

Constitution Revolution in Milwaukee

This event is being sponsored by Constitution Revolution is planning this event and more details will be posted closer to the event date. Mark your calendars. Free constitutions, speakers and march through downtown Milwaukee!

Must Evil Always Win?

We’ve all heard the phrase before.  We must vote for the “lesser of two evils” each election season.  That’s all we can do.

It is my humble opinion that this way of thinking is what has gotten us into the mess we are in today.  The mess that involves massive amounts of government spending, regulation, debt and new taxes levied on the American taxpayer.

I’d like to briefly quote a few phrases from our Declaration of Independence.

The first quote warns against complacency and the inability to change:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

This second quote follows the first, and sums up the reason I no longer believe politicians are the answer to any of our problems. It is us rather:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Some may argue that we do not currently have despots ruling our country.  Well perhaps not yet, but we’re headed down that path.  One example of this is shown when a majority of the members of Congress are still trying to ram through a health care bill, even though a majority of Americans oppose it.  Now I must make it clear that I am not an advocate of democracy.  As stated by Thomas Jefferson, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”  I am an advocate of a representative republic which is ruled by the Constitution of the United States.  However, it is a major blow to the taxpayer when a majority of Americans are demanding not to have their income taken for the purpose of crappy health care, and our so-called representatives are essentially saying “too bad, so sad” in response.  It would be perfectly legitimate if 99% of the people wanted government-run health care, and Congress voted it down.  But we all know that would never happen.

Our problem is that we are no longer ruled by the Constitution.  Neither party is following the Constitution.  Yet every four years, we jump out of our seats to vote for one of them.

I am not saying we don’t need to vote for good candidates, because we do.  But that is not the end all, be all.  We need to be fully aware of what our Congressman and State Legislators are doing all throughout each year.  And no matter what political party they are associated with, we need to unify and tell them no more new taxes, regulations or spending.

There are easy ways to give a few minutes of your time each month to find out what is going on with your Representatives.  One of which is by attending your local Liberty on the Rocks meet-up, of course!  We have plenty to learn and teach each other – so why not do it over drinks?!

The second is by locating a local organization that may keep track of all proposed bills and who in your state voted for them.  To find out if there is a free market think tank in your area, check out the directory on the State Policy Network’s website.  Many of the state-based think tanks are beginning to host sites which provide complete and precise legislative information for their respective state, so citizens can be easily updated and can then act if they feel it necessary.  These sites include Michigan Votes and New Mexico Votes.    There are also great organizations to get involved with that are nationwide, such as Americans for Prosperity, American’s for Tax Reform and America’s Future Foundation.

The bottom line is that it’s not about the politicians or the political parties, it’s about principles.  And neither side has had any for a while. It’s time we step up to the plate as the true defenders of our Constitution, and do something to clean up this mess.  I say we start by informing ourselves of the importance of free market capitalism, and then pass this information on to others.   Only then will we have numbers large enough to truly enact “change”.  And by change I mean freedom.

Where Are Today’s “Principled Politician”-s?

Adam Schrager’s book, The Principled Politician, could easily be the screenplay for a Frank Capra movie, ala Mr. Smith Goes to Washington...

…except it’s a true story, about a real man, (and it doesn’t have a “justice and fair play triumphs over all” ending).

Libertarians, fiscal conservatives, and history buffs will sigh wistfully getting to know colorful and quotable Ralph Carr, Colorado’s Governor from 1939 to 1943, rich with firsthand details of Colorado and the nation during this period in history. Although the time tumblers fall in a different order, the nation was just coming out of the Great Depression, the FDR administration’s power grabs and moves toward virtual totalitarianism were becoming ever more brazen, and then, the unthinkable…

…on December 7, 1941 the United States was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.

Just as real bombs were slaughtering Americans and Allies in Asia and the South Pacific, political bombs were continually hurled at and exploding around this Lincoln-loving Republican, whose core principles were an unwavering belief in personal freedom, the Constitution, and the basic goodness of his fellow man.

What Mr. Schrager’s book succeeds at, most subtly and without artifice, is to force the reader to evaluate their own moral and political compass as we walk side-by-side with the Governor, opening the morning newspaper, reading the day’s mail, wondering how to manage and lead in a world gone mad. It’s a sobering and meaningful exercise, of benefit to all of us who cherish the promise in “We, the people…”

Linda Sasenick