Rest In Peace!

“The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell

 For over a century, we have been able to honor Americans who fought each other in America’s most tragic and deadliest war. Now, Madison’s Mayor Soglin, using war rhetoric from a century and a half ago,  said he didn’t want to give “reverence for the Confederate insurrection and treason against the United States,” while ordering the vandalism of markers for dead Confederate soldiers at a Madison cemetery.290px-Confederate-prisoners.jpg

Confederate soldiers were fighting for independence from what the Union had become, just as American revolutionaries fought for independence from Great Britain. In the South, the “Civil War” is known as the War for Southern Independence. It was not an “insurrection.” Confederates didn’t want to take over the Union; they wanted to leave it. That wasn’t “treason.” (The crime of attempting to overthrow the government.) The Union invaded the Confederacy, not the other way around.

 

 

[Note: Do those Confederate POWs look like slave owners?]

 

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Libertarians condemn bigotry

Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement:

lb2.png The Libertarian Party condemns bigotry as irrational and repugnant, and offers its condolences to the family of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Va.

There is no room for racists and bigots in the Libertarian Party. If there are white nationalists who — inappropriately — are members of the Libertarian Party, I ask them to submit their resignations today. We don’t want them to associate with the Libertarian Party, and we don’t want their money. I’m not expecting many resignations, because our membership already knows this well.

The Libertarian Party Platform states, “We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference, or sexual orientation.”

The Libertarian Party is tolerant and accepting, supporting civil liberties, gay marriage, and freedom of religion for all, including Jews, Muslims, Christians, and atheists. The Libertarian Party supports open borders, civil liberties, racial diversity, and free trade — things that white nationalists abhor.

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Crony Capitalism and “Job Creation” in Wisconsin

“If recurring federal government shutdowns and debt crises teach us anything, it is that the words of career politicians, regardless of party, need to be examined with care: They need to be parsed. Debates among Badger State partisans over Wisconsin job trends and economic health, not to mention state budget and tax policy, have certainly required close examination.” Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance 

Once again we see politicians trying to manipulate Wisconsin’s economy and taxpayers with a scheme to pick winners and losers inNewspaper_-_Jobs.jpg the economy.

 “The path to jobs that matter is the free market.” Walter Block

Foxconn gets sweet tax deals and a pass on some regulations. What about all the Wisconsin companies, large and small, who have continued to try to make a profit, meet a payroll, pay corporate taxes, and comply with regulations? They don’t get special treatment. Wisconsin has lost employers and jobs because of that. 

http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/wisconsin-job-losses-highest-in-nation-for-last-months-federal/article_955e6c9a-8e4d-11e1-aba4-001a4bcf887a.html

 “In a free market, jobs are created by profit seeking businesses with access to capital. Unfortunately Government taxes and regulation diminish profits, and deficit spending and artificially low interest rates inhibit capital formation.” Peter Schiff

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Free the Hookers

Lately, some Wisconsin communities have announced successful "prostitution stings." Why stings? Because prostitution is a victimless crime so there are no victims to file a police report.

Libertarians hold strong views when it comes to sensitive issues such as drug use and prostitution that may or may not be popular with the rest of the world. They see prostitution as a form of self expression and something that the government and even established religion cannot and should not touch.

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The general consensus among libertarians is that prostitution is a victimless crime, an activity between two consenting adults. The act of having sex should not be the subject of regulation, even if the act does not involve love or if it involves the exchange of money. Prostitution is done with consent, and therefore is an activity that signifies a person’s expression of his ownership of his body and the things he or she wants to do with it as long as the act does not infringe on the basic rights of others. In fact, it is strong libertarian beliefs such as these that are fueling the drive to repeal regulations on sex by consenting adults.

Prostitution as Trade:

Libertarians take it another step further by viewing prostitution as the voluntary sale of goods or exchange of services. The concept of self ownership applies here as well, since you cannot sell or offer for rent anything that you do not own. Individuals have the right to offer their own labor services without any interference from the state or from organized religion. As long as the transaction is voluntary, there is no reason why government should intervene. Any interference would constitute a violation of the personal liberties of the persons whose rights are being restricted.

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Free Enterprise

So, what is this nasty rumor about possibly forcing brewers and wineries to work with distributors to sell their products instead of selling directly with customers? Opponents say the Wisconsin Tavern League and alcohol distributors are pushing the plan and fear it could be slipped into the state budget at the last minute. Beer_Mug___Tap.jpg

The budget? Would this proposal result in revenues—or expenses? Or would it be just more restrictive regulations for the benefit of influential campaign contributors? Oh, wait; “A new Office of Alcohol Beverages Enforcement would take over alcohol regulation from the state Department of Revenue.” The office's duties would include ensuring producers don't distribute or sell their own products on their own property. Seriously? Follow the money.

Wisconsin wouldn’t pull the rug out from innovative entrepreneurs, would it? Isn’t Wisconsin supposedly “Open for business”?

Well, yah but, there was that attempt to ban home bakers from selling their baked goods at farmers markets, wasn’t there? And small dairy farm operations are still prevented from selling their dairy products directly to consumers, aren’t they? Follow the money.

“As Libertarians, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.”

 

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2017 State Convention Day 3

For most, rising early after celebrating our accomplishments of the previous day (well into this morning) would presumptively put an end to productivity, but not for this group. After arming ourselves with copious amounts of coffee, our freedom fighters were ready to battle the establishment.

 

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2017 State Convention Day 2

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It was a brisk sunny morning on Saturday. The warm sunlight poured into the dining hall, as excited attendees filtered in. Convention attendees enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast before getting down to business. All across the dining hall, political discussions could be heard, and there were more than a few people hurriedly reviewing the proposals to be voted on later that day. Eventually, people finished eating (though not debating) and everyone headed to the meeting room to begin the Annual Meeting.

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2017 State Convention Day 1

As I walked into the Tomahawk resort, I was greeted with the familiar laughter and the smell of beer. Yet something seemed different. Yes, I was still greeted with the pedantic conversations about the NAP and whether this or that regulation was the end of the world or just its harbinger, but the atmosphere had changed.

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Libertarian Win in Wisconsin

Rhinelander School Board

Rhinelander, WI. On April 4, 2017 voters in Rhinelander, Oneida county, elected Benjamin Roskoskey in the city’s non-partisan race for school board. Roskoskey, a Libertarian member, came in 3rd by 153 votes and was 121 votes out of first.

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