Posts Tagged ‘reform’

Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton

June 5, 2010

Carl Palidino tell me this is a lie: you donated to two of the worst politicians on the planet, Schumer and Clinton. According to Warren Redlich you gave $1000 to Chuck Schumer in 2009 and $4600 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. That may be chump change to you but it still smells of the political class purchasing a little friendship. Tell me it’s a lie so I can set the record straight.

Logan Bell – Liberty Walk

April 6, 2010

Candidate for 24th Congressional District of NY, Logan Bell, is taking his campaign to the streets. In a real grass-roots effort Logan is walking from Binghamton to Utica spreading his message of liberty. He has been well received along his walk and reports today that he is heading north out of Norwich on route 12.

When he reaches Utica (approximately Thursday noontime) he will deliver a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the office of Rep. Mike Arcuri. Logan believes that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the guiding principles for our country and that Arcuri may need to reread the documents.

Start of Liberty Walk in Binghamton NY

Logan and supporters in Binghamton NY

Tea Party

February 16, 2010

The N.Y. Times has a pretty good overview of the Tea Party movement. It’s a slightly lengthy article and I’d quibble over a few bits and pieces. I think this will be good to review at our upcoming Campaign for Liberty Meetup Sunday Feb 21 at 3:00.

Here are a few random paragraphs:

Worried about hyperinflation, social unrest or even martial law, she and her Tea Party members joined a coalition, Friends for Liberty, that includes representatives from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, the John Birch Society, and Oath Keepers, a new player in a resurgent militia movement.

Loose alliances like Friends for Liberty are popping up in many cities, forming hybrid entities of Tea Parties and groups rooted in the Patriot ethos. These coalitions are not content with simply making the Republican Party more conservative. They have a larger goal — a political reordering that would drastically shrink the federal government and sweep away not just Mr. Obama, but much of the Republican establishment, starting with Senator John McCain.

Fear of co-option — a perpetual topic in the Tea Party movement — lay behind the formation of Friends for Liberty.

The new grass-roots leaders of the inland Northwest had grown weary of fending off what they jokingly called “hijack attempts” by the state and county Republican Parties. Whether the issue was picking speakers or scheduling events, they suspected party leaders of trying to choke off their revolution with Chamber of Commerce incrementalism.

Reform New York

June 19, 2009

Is there anything to argue about with this straight forward plan:

  1. Make gerrymandering illegal. There is no need for a bipartisan committee to do so. Just mandate that the districts be geometrically compact and allow any citizen to sue to keep you honest.
  2. Abolish all forms of corporate welfare, subsidies grants, loans, enterprise zones. These are just excuses to give politicians power to extract donations from business people. Roll all of the savings into an across the board tax cut.
  3. Merge all school districts into the local towns; the town council becomes the board; no more special elections where few vote.
  4. Abolish all authorities and special districts. Merge into local governments, privatize them, or, as with IDAs, abolish them.
  5. Equalize private and public sector salaries and benefits.
  6. Convert state pensions to defined contribution plans and eliminate pensions for all elected officials and all benefits of any kind for part-time elected officials.
  7. Eliminate all the well-known pension scams such as the using overtime to inflate the “high-three.”
  8. Abolish all Medicaid extras not required by federal law and cap spending until we spend the average of other states.
  9. Hire the Ohio and PA budget directors for a million dollars each so they can tell us why they spend 68 cents to the NY dollar on state and local government.
  10. Finally, legalize medical marijuana. Marijuana helps cancer patients better tolerate chemotherapy treatment. It helps them fight the severe nausea that destroys their appetites and threatens malnutrition. It is time that NY stop its barbaric practice of arresting sick people for taking medicine!

Only those who are feeding at the government trough will complain.

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.

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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The Reform Movement

November 11, 2008

As surfing happens, one thing leads to the next; investigating a quotation led me to a little book at Google.

Imperialism in America Its Rise and Progress By Sarah E. Van De Vort Emery 1892
Once I found the quotation I had searched for I needed to find the context of this little book. It is pretty clear that it is written from a socialist perspective. Mrs. Emery does a very nice job of sorting out the ‘political tricksters’. I think she fell just a bit off point by dividing the social order as capital vs. labor. The problem there is that labor is human capital. Nevertheless she points out the problems associated with ‘money’ manipulation in a very understandable way.

I find it interesting that problems we face today are the same problems of the country over 100 years ago. I am encouraged to know the battle for Liberty has been quietly continuing for such a long time. On the other hand we have been slowly losing ground to the Hamiltonian vision.

Some interesting pieces:

Today they know that Republicanism or Monarchy must go down. These conditions cannot remain co-existent when brought in daily contact with each other. The governments of the world must assume one form or the other, and to overthrow Republicanism in America is to give a new lease of life to the despotisms of the old world.

When the morning of the twentieth century dawns upon this country, it will either look upon a nation of slaves or a nation of freemen.

From time immemorial governments have been instituted, nations have risen, flourished, and then ignominiously passed away, and in every case we find the oppression of the masses has been the signal of dissolution. Republics die because the people become indifferent to the boon of liberty, and their children, unmindful of the fact that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” let go their hold upon the principles which underlie self-government, and ere they are aware the boon of freedom is lost to them forever.

We find, then, that by controlling money, land, machinery and transportation it is an easy matter to control the labor of a people, and we find by taking advantage of these conditions a very few men are practically controlling this country with its 63,000,000 population.

The man who toils from year to year for the bare necessaries of life is a slave, whether it be on the cotton plantation of Mississippi or the cotton factory of Massachusetts, whether he be a black man or a white man, whether he be called a bondman or a freedman.

The first step is to gain control of the money; with power to inflate or contract it at pleasure. With this power all other sources of wealth are at the command of the money monger, who by producing a scarcity of his commodity is enabled to seize upon them at such prices as he may dictate.

There is no lever more powerful than prejudice, and nothing that fires the blood like the word “patriotism.” To the average man disloyalty to country embodies the entire category of crime, and to act in accordance with its best interests in his estimation is a virtue that atones for manifold sins.

There is no slavery so insidious as that of financial slavery, none which reduces the people to such depths of degradation and none to which they submit with such complacency; for their chains under the guise of freedom are unseen, and their clanking is drowned amid the boastful din of “our liberties.”

There is and always has been a class of men who seem to think the Almighty excepted them from the curse pronounced upon the human race, and that it is their special prerogative to eat their bread by the sweat of somebody else’s brow. Accordingly their chief study is to devise means by which they may obtain possession of what others have earned. Brave men accomplish this by means of physical prowess and valor, but cowards conceal themselves behind a barricade of law.

The money power is composed of the leaders of both of these parties, and however much they may feign to differ politically, their moneyed interests are identical.

The war of the rebellion wiped out chattel slavery, but out of its ashes has sprung a more gigantic system of wage slavery, founded on a system of monopolies and trusts – a mammon god – whose purpose is to consolidate the corporations, seize the powers of government and declare an empire.