The True State of the Economy – Solutions During the Escalating Crisis!

Liberty on the Rocks is proud to host: John Michael Chambers

Presenting: “The True State of the Economy… Solutions During the Escalating Crisis!”

June 15, 2011 — 6:30 pm (doors open at 6pm)
Free Admission !
Stargazers Theatre
10 South Parkside Drive, Colo. Spgs.

** Please note that this is on Wednesday, not our normal Tuesday.**

You don’t want to miss out on this special presentation. Mr. Chambers – Founder of Save America Foundation is touring the U.S. speaking to groups about the critical state of our beloved nation and offering solutions in his presentation, “The True State of the Economy…Solutions During an Escalating Crisis.”

Some of the issues that will be discussed during the presentation by Mr. Chambers is the severity of this crisis and it’s impact on multiple fronts, preparing individuals for the transformation of America, introducing groups to multiple organizations, programs and initiatives to become more familiar with, and action items/tools for groups to implement immediately in their area of influence.

The Stargazers will be serving beer, wine , cocktails and food.

For more info, contact: David Kelly: 719.237.4598


Colorado Springs LOTR events / discussions can cover subjects on just about every liberty-oriented topic there is. We encourage participation and the sharing of ideas. So come on out to happy hour, enjoy a beer and join us. The purpose is to get us talking to each other about our viewpoints on different topics, so we may become better aware of what we believe and why, and what we have no opinion on (yet!). There is no doubt about it – this will be the most fun you’ve ever had while learning at the same time!

Colorado Springs LOTR is proud to promote free market and/or liberty-based institutions and groups, both local and across the country. When attending a Liberty on the Rocks happy hour, be sure to grab information near the door to learn about think tanks and groups in your area.

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.

The Terms of Engagement: Radical Change?

By David L. Kelly

On 14 August 1765, a mob of nearly two thousand men, riled up and agitated by the Stamp Act, hung an effigy and destroyed the office of Andrew Oliver, Stamp Distributor of Massachusetts. This violent act against the British government was fueled by the printer, Benjamin Edes, whose Gazette articles had condemned the tax. Edes was a member of The Loyal Nine, which had recently begun calling themselves the Sons of Liberty. This was the first well known act of the Sons of Liberty and the genesis of organized opposition by the colonists towards England.

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry

Several years later, after the English imposed the Tea Act, the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawk Indians, boarded three ships carrying tea from the East India Tea Company. They broke open the tea chests and dumped them into the harbor to protest the new tax. From this event one of today’s political grassroots organizations gained its name as the Tea Party movement, comparing their efforts to fighting our government’s usurpations to those of our founders’ fight against the tyranny of the English Crown.
Unlike our founders, who in many cases used violence to make their point, the grassroots groups have remained peaceful and respectful. These liberty-driven groups have influenced voters to support candidates who are supportive of their grassroots movement’s main core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.

Recent primary elections results have proven that the Tea Party has teeth and is biting at the established old guard of the Republican Party. The GOP establishment has not taken the Tea Party lightly and has rallied their troops, spending millions in fighting off the grassroots candidates in a desperate attempt to keep their political power. Regardless of the monies spent and the ugliness of the establishment’s fight to keep their hands on the prize, conservative groups such as the Tea Party have made a major impact and have prevailed in the spirit of their name. This freedom movement that was once called “the silent majority” is now yelling from the mountain top and making a difference by changing the course of our nation.

In comparison to our revolutionary founders, the Tea Party’s most active members may find themselves feeling like Sam Adams, but in reality risk very little. The majority of our founders and the members of the Sons of Liberty knew all too well that everything they had, all that they loved and cherished, including their lives, was at risk. Death by a hangman’s noose was a potential reality.

The one comparison equal to our founders is that today’s grassroots activists and liberty movement members share the desire to live free and to end the tyranny of a hubris-infected government. Our founders’ fight against the crown began years before the shot heard around the world on that bridge in Concord. The grassroots have just begun to fight and the establishment is not going to give in and step aside. It is going to be a long hard fought battle for power and control of our republic’s future political makeup. Like our founders in Boston in 1765, the conservative movement is a force to be reckoned with and will leave its mark. Like it or not.

If they fail, our grassroots compatriots can sleep well knowing that there will be another day and another election. Not that their efforts are any less than our founders; it is the simple fact that our government has yet to reach a level of tyranny to match that of the British Crown during the Revolution. Without the Tea Party and their active effort to make a difference in this year’s election, we could easily see tyranny from our government taking hold and the terms of engagement radically changing. If that ever happens, how many will stand tall like Sam Adams and Patrick Henry? How many will be willing to lose all that they have to preserve Liberty and Freedom for all? That would be a true comparison.

Liberty or Not? Election Night LOTR Gathering

Liberty or Not? Will this mid-term election make any difference in securing Liberty ? Let’s watch and talk about the incoming election results while we celebrate Liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on November 2nd, 6:00pm at the Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colo Spgs.).

Upcoming LOTR Events:

Nov. 9th: A Wake for Lady Liberty – a celebration of Lady Liberty as she is near dead. You don’t want to miss this one!… (@ Dublin House)

Nov. 23rd: This is Thanksgiving week … but we will still gather to celebrate Liberty and my wife’s birthday. ( @Dublin House)

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

 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.

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)