Archive for April, 2009

Ithaca Campaign for Liberty Meetup

April 20, 2009

I’m posting notes here about our last Meetup on April 19, 2009. Use the comments to fill in the holes in my memory.

We discussed the tax day information campaign which was pretty well attended. Special thanks to Carl and Theon for hanging in for the whole day. There was a ‘Tax Day Tea Party’ group at State street; while it was not advertised on the internet (as far as I could tell) they had a dozen or so folk there. Some from the Tea Party joined our group at the Post Office. Noticeably absent from the event this year were the anti-war groups. I guess the war is nothing to protest when there is a Dem. dictator in charge of the death machine.

We continued on to discuss the 12 Point Plan presented by Jim Ostrowski. He also has posted his speech from the Buffalo Tea Party held on April 18th. I believe that the real grass roots groups will outlast the Astroturf crowd. Electoral politics is a dead end, the game is rigged.

There is a new Tea Party Meetup in Ithaca. They have an event scheduled for April 25th. The Syracuse Meetup has an End The Fed rally on the 25th also. Just remember the Fed needs to be replaced with an honest money system, so end legal tender laws at the same time.

Our next Meetup is scheduled for May 17th at the Ithaca Farmers market. We will meet near the boat dock at 3:00 p.m. for about an hour. Bring a friend and share some Liberty.

Tax Day Tea Parties

April 13, 2009

The Ithaca Campaign for Liberty Meetup group will be gathering on April 15th to educate the public about the truth of our tax system. As the administrator of the Meetup (I fund it) I get to play dictator until I am overthrown. We had our tax day activities last year and naturally, we are doing it again this year. I’ve been asked if we are having a Tax Day Tea Party(TDTP), as though our event needs to grab onto a that special title.

I’ve looked into the TDTP groups and found a mixed bag. There are a lot of angry Americans out here looking for real solutions and they know that D.C. is not the place to look. There are also a lot of Republicans and conservatives feeling like they have been set adrift by the Republican Party. My concern is with the disingenuous types like Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich and American Solutions. I have no doubt that they have an agenda that is quite different than the true grassroots movement which pulled hard for Ron Paul. So, I have not labeled our Ithaca event as a TDTP.

There are genuine grass root organizations moving with the Tea Party theme and I hope there are enough of them to overwhelm the Astroturf versions. The disgruntled Republicans will be easy to spot, they will be the ones focused on Obama bashing. True Americans looking to restore the values that founded this nation know that both sides of the Duopoly are responsible for the rise and fall of the Imperial nation. We’ll have a good idea of the mix in the coming weeks.

Groups that I trust have their hearts in the right place:

I’ll look forward to an objective report from MCCS1977.

Western New York Tea Party April 18th

April 10, 2009

From James Ostrowski:

This event is co-sponsored by Free New York, Inc., BuffaloLiberty.com and PoliticalClassDismissed.com. The coordinator for the event is Jill Sinclair.

The tentative schedule is online here:

http://buffaloliberty.com/#tea1

This is a part of a national tea party movement against big government that is gaining momentum each week. We had nine people at our first event, thrown together on short notice. Then, on March 18th, over 500 people attended a tea party organized by Rus Thompson, Ellie Corcoran and Allen Coniglio.

We must keep building the crowds and the enthusiasm on April 18th and build up to a huge rally on July 4th weekend. We will discuss that event on the 18th.

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New York State Kills 13 In Binghamton

April 7, 2009

My letter to my members of the New York legislature:

I am writing in regard to the tragic event in Binghamton where 13 people were killed by a troubled man. It is a very sad event and I empathize with the families of those taken prematurely from their lives. I also have feelings of anger with the State of New York which has stripped from the people the ability to defend themselves to the best of their ability. Restricting the right to bear arms has not made people safer, to the contrary it has made them less safe.

The State leaves to the people of New York the options of fleeing for safety or dialing 911 and waiting. In this case both options proved useless to the victims. The murderer blocked off the option to flee, trapping his victims in the building. Calling for police in the best case will take a couple of minutes to get a responding officer. A couple of minutes doesn’t sound like much unless you stop to calculate how much mayhem can occur in that time span. I’ll leave that calculation to your imagination, but it does not necessarily have to include the use of guns.

In another State where there is little impediment to law-abiding citizens carrying defensive weapons, the people have another option for protecting themselves and their fellow citizens. There are many examples of situations that begin like that horrifying day in Binghamton. These events end very differently when one of the potential victims is prepared and able to defend him/herself and others by directly stopping the perpetrator. These events produce fewer victims and therefore fewer headlines.

Gun violence is produced by criminals, by nature criminals are not inclined to obey gun restrictions. That leaves law abiding citizens obeying firearm restrictions, at their own peril. The legislature of New York is responsible for this outrageous event which could have been stopped at the outset by one responsible armed citizen. It is time to allow the people of New York to take responsibility for themselves, their families and their neighbors. It is clear that the State cannot be everywhere all the time, nor should it be.

                 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
                                ARTICLE XII

                                    Defense

    Section 1. The defense and protection of the state and of the United
  States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature
  shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance
  and regulation of an organized militia.

The people of New York are the militia. The legislature has not regulated but has disarmed the militia. The legislature abdicated its obligation to maintain the militia. The people of New York are suffering the consequences of misguided legislation. Firearms are tools, in the hands of a criminal they represent danger, in the hands of law-abiding citizens they represent safety, in either case it is the hand that guides the tool.