Meeting minutes – 7/19/17

Officers present – David Vesely, Christina Calise
At large officers – Henry Haller, Harold Kyriazi, Dave Eckhardt

15 members and guests present

Old news – The process of getting the party recognized as the official Libertarian party of Allegheny County was discussed. All that remains is filing one more piece of paper which Michael Bohnert will have completed by the end of the week.

Discussed collecting ballot petition signatures for Drew Miller (Commonwealth Court). It is unknown where he stands at the moment so the party discussed how to improve its efforts at getting candidates onto their respective ballots. Having a calendar of events will allow the party to make goals and plans for events and collecting petition signatures to eliminate the need to rush before deadlines. David Vesely will make and keep a yearly calendar of events.

A couple of guests were members of Pitt Students for Liberty and the members present discussed the best way to continue supporting and working with university groups in the greater Pittsburgh area. One of the mentioned guests (Josh Guckert) will check with Pitt SFL if they have a table for rush week and if the need anything that the LP can provide. David Vesely will do the same for Duquesne Liberty Alliance and Point Park Young Americans for Liberty.

In order to better keep party board members in touch with each other, current on upcoming meetings and events, and bring some accountability to the board, David V. proposed having a conference call a week before the regular meeting. After discussion with everyone present, no date could be decided upon so Cristina will make a doodle to send to all members to facilitate choosing a date. It was also decided that a call was unnecessary so a facebook group chat will be used instead.

To keep in touch with guests who show up for meetings but may not know as many members and are then less likely to return, Christina will print out sign in sheets which will be kept in the calendar binder.

David V. will set up recurring Facebook events for the meeting in conjunction with


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Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2016

Libertarian meeting. 04/20/16
4 officers, 4 non-officers
Convention report, Henry Haller
Ballot Drive – Best Day is primary day. Henry to send form.

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Meeting Minutes – March 16, 2016

Meeting Started 19:15
Attendees: Thom, Michael, Henry, Rich, Cristina, David, Herald.
Guests Will and John.
Henry moves to vote Cristina Calise as the new treasurer to replace Rich.
Rich seconds the motion.
Vote Passes Unanimously.
Michael moves to vote Rich into the open board member spot.
Christina seconds the motion.
Vote Passes Unanimously.
New business was discussed, will need to collect signatures this year. Will schedule a training day.
Michael moves to close the meeting
Christina seconds the motion.
Meeting closes 20:14

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Ron Paul vs Paul Krugman

Ron Paul is as close to libertarian as you’ll find on the topic of the economy.  Here’s a discussion between Ron Paul and socialist Keynesian economist, Paul Krugman.

He forwards the ideas that liberty in markets are the most appropriate approach to dealing with the economy.

For an intellectual discussion of how what’s best for the economy – Liberty — or endless interventions, bubbles and busts, regularly visit

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IRS Revokes Citizenship, Ignores Constitution

With tax day tomorrow:

Thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a recently passed Senate bill, the suitably Orwellian entitled ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’, includes a provision that allows the federal government to revoke passports of Americans accused of owing back taxes.

Not  found guilty.  Just accused.

Read more here:

IRS Travel Ban: Revoking Citizenship By Stealth

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Government Escalators: Fail

Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Kennedy appeared on Fox Business’ Stossel show to discuss the latest video, D.C. Escalator Nightmare, and why switching from private contractors to government mechanics is partially to blame for the METRO’s infrastructure woes. Gillespie wraps with a great description of a more suitable role for government in all our lives.

About 6 minutes.

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Govt Steals Guitar Wood from Private Company

Too hard to believe, until you remember Gibson Guitars is dealing with government bureaucracy and another stupid law passed by Congress! Pay special attention to the forms guitar players need to carry with them or risk losing their guitars!

Libertarian-oriented Republican Senator, Rand Paul, is trying to change this law.

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The Liberty-Stealing Commerce Clause

We found the above interview to be telling. The constitution was initially designed to protect individual freedoms — your innate (God Given, many argue) right to your body, the fruits your labor (e.g., you’re not a slave in any portion to man or state), and the rights to the fruits of past labor (in essence, you’re protected against after-the-fact slavery, protected from those who make noble arguments that stealing your property after you’ve earned it is nobler than simply stealing at the time you’re earning it as in true slavery, when functionally these acts are not different).

When it comes to regulating your life and all the goings on in this once great nation, the meddlers in support of big government have created a gigantic hole in the Constitution, carved carefully through an initially tiny hole in the commerce clause; one that has since been pushed so far open that violations to personal liberty are disregarded as if the constitution never existed, so long as the political enablers of such violations can somehow define said violation as covered by the commerce clause.

That said, in this video above the recent supreme court nominee, Kagan, seems to find no fault in driving the Titanic through this liberty stealing hole in the constitution: the government has the authority to tell you what you must eat.

Funny how neither major party will object to her nomination when push comes to shove. That’s because both generally love all the power that the commerce clause allows them to consolidate in Washington D.C. for their own purposes, largely to ply one voting base against another. It is a politician’s lifeblood, and both D’s and R’s would rather trade away your freedoms than stem the bleeding and shrink the power grab.

As for blame, you need only look in the mirror: They know that you — as a D or R voter — you can’t bear to give up the goodies you get at the expense of your fellow country man, funded by those other citizens’ wealth, production, liberty — funded at the expense of their basic, innate rights. Politicians know your lust to have the reigns of power in the hands of your team –for at least a little while, where government pushes your agenda when your candidate wins, is a reasonable trade-off you’ll gladly accept while watching your own liberties and rights erode when the other party is in power — or when they both collude together and screw the little guy, as the dirty truth tends to be when you really see what’s beneath well-sounding legislation that is purported to benefit you.

If you’re tired of this arrangement, it’s time to start voting like you mean business in protecting not just yourself from the giant, increasingly dangerous Big Government. It’s time to vote for liberty for one and all, and it all starts locally.

Vote libertarian!

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Politicians Attempt to Silence Ethics Office

So here goes another attempt by those in Congress to prevent anyone from the outside from shining the light on corruption within the “hallowed halls”.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Stung by a series of inquiries, nearly half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to rein in an independent ethics office that Democrats trumpeted after gaining control of Congress.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics to open new investigations and make its findings public. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens….

…Since its inception, the ethics office has investigated at least eight black caucus members, including veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and five others in that group over privately funded trips to the Caribbean. Many of them are among the co-sponsors of Fudge’s resolution, although Rangel is not….

…The ethics office essentially serves as an advisory board to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, a congressional committee run by lawmakers who are charged with policing their colleagues.

The citizen-run ethics panel is far more open than the notoriously secretive standards committee, publicizing its findings after referring them to the ethics committee.

The resolution would make it harder for the ethics office to initiate investigations, requiring a sworn complaint from a citizen claiming personal knowledge of an alleged violation. That could prevent complaints from watchdog groups, for example.

It would also prevent the standards committee from taking a referral from the ethics office within 60 days before an election in which the subject of the case is a candidate.

Corruption runs deep in Congress, and is certainly not limited to these members of the “Black Caucus”. Laws that shine the light on corruption are hated by those with power since it exposes the true nature of Big Government. The more the truth is seen by average Americans, the less they like Big Government and the associated power.

It’s time to unseat that corruption. Vote the only true party of small government. Vote Libertarian!

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Great Video on the Dire Economic Situation of the U.S. — ACT NOW!

The libertarians (philosophical) and the Libertarian Party (the political extension of the philosophy) and its economic sub-philosophy (also called Austrian Economics) have all warned about the recklessness of mainstream economics and mainstream politics.   Voters have been hoodwinked into believing  that there is a serious difference between republicans and democrats.

On some issues related to government growth, each party has pressed for absurd amounts of growth.  When it comes to neoconservative foreign policy, for example, where the United States intervenes globally (and directly) into other nations’ politics, influencing elections, overthrowing their governments, and supporting outright wars that kill thousands of their citizens for a myriad of supposedly noble purposes, the republicans are quick to ignore the problems of Big Government and liberty killing policies at home. and especially abroad.   Democrats talk a good game, but if (on a scale of 1-10) the republicans want to grow this part of Big Government at a 10, Democrats will settle for a pace of 5-8 pretty regularly, telling their constituency they’re fighting hard against such initiatives.  Nobody is fighting for zero, or for what’s really needed (as clearly indicated in the video above) a  negative (-) 7 to (-)10!  The same might be pointed out about the bailout of the banking industry.

Meanwhile, when democrats have some harebrained spending idea, boondoggle or otherwise, the self -proclaimed party of small government (hard to believe the republicans get away with this name), the republicans gladly settle for growing government at a page of +7, calling that a victory vs. the democrats intent to grow it for those programs at +10.  Welfare, health-care (yes, it was the republicans who pushed for the bankrupting prescription drugs program) , bailouts, Freddie and Fannie, etc. etc. etc., were all rubber stamped by republicans who compromised to avoid making their next elections more difficult, or so they could tag onto some lousy bill a myriad of unrelated spending programs that they want to have passed.  Both parties chronically trade their votes on bills they’re constituencies don’t want in exchange for getting other politicians votes for spending bills their constituencies do want.

And around and around it goes, with only the Libertarian Party and a small handful of politicians who are really philosophically libertarian (such as Ron Paul) pointing out the real consequences.  The rest of the politicians — your democrats and republicans — take the attitude that if they can push the problem off to the future — even if they know it will blow up or saddle your children and grandchildren with slave levels of debt, — those politicians will choose  winning an election today and gathering more power today vs. doing what is right.

The consequences of 75++ years of politics as usual is what this grim video is about.  Watch it and learn.  And BE SCARED.  Your Government and its trusty elected officials have thoroughly sent this once great nation into a tailspin.  Local politicians are equally guilty, choosing easy election wins by appeasing government unions (and their wayyyy overpriced benefits) instead of dealing taxpayers a fair deal.

Again, please watch this video and Learn what the mainstream media ignores, and learn about the legacy both Republicans and Democrats want to sweep under the rug — how they have both ruined this nation by selling it off to highest bidders, enshrining corporatism and banker-ism (to coin a word) at the expense of the common man, while at the same time hooking to poor and less educated on a stream of welfare that is the modern plantation:  You give them your vote, they give you a pittance of an income, while they hack away to fund it all at the expense of small businesses and an ever-shrinking middle class that increasingly finds itself dependent on more govt. handouts.

The only solution?  Vote Libertarian!  It all starts locally, so please start now!

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