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Barr is no enemy of racists, but perhaps of libertarians 
Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 11:43 PM - Elections, Opinion
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The Libertarian Party's presidential nominee Bob Barr issued a press release on July 4 saying,

"Today, as we celebrate our freedom and independence, we should stop and give thanks to God for the life and work of Jesse Helms. As a nation we are stronger and the world is freer for his commitment to liberty."

It is understandable to express condolences when a notable person dies. For example, when President Ronald Reagan died, many wonderful things were said about him by people all over the country. However, the situation for Jesse Helms is very different. In the case of Reagan, there were many positive things to focus on. Reagan ran a campaign focused on restoring personal and economic freedom. (I attribute the failures of his administration to the neoconservative take-over of his staff.) In the case of Mr. Helms, one has to dig pretty deep to find positives. Here is the first one Barr brought up:

"As President’s Reagan’s right hand and ally, he helped bring down Communism so that nations might grow and flourish in freedom."

Only Republicans try to argue that Reagan brought down Communisim. Communism defeated itself. No Senator or even President can be given credit for that.

Barr goes on,

"He was a stalwart ally of freedom fighters around the globe, knowing that we are all diminished if we allow fascism to flourish."

G.E. wrote in the libertarian blog Last Free Voice that Helms was "a hardcore interventionist. He had ties to Salvadorian death squads and was an outspoken supporter of fascist dictator Pinochet of Chile."

Finally, Helms was an outspoken racist. In 1950, he said in opposition to a Democratic primary candidate, "White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories? Frank Graham favors mingling of the races."

Thirteen years later, he said of civil rights protestors, "The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that’s thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men’s rights."

In 1983, he opposed making Martin Luther King a national holiday on the grounds that King has "communist ties."

I find it puzzling and disturbing that Barr has called on his Libertarian supporters to "stop and give thanks to God for [Helms'] life and work." I understand Barr's desire to pay his respects to a lost friend, but the way he went about it is unusual. Were these two false claims the best thing he could come up with shed a positive light on the life of Jesse Helms?

This is also not the first time that Barr has associated himself with racists. In 1998, Barr spoke at an event for the Council of Conservative Citizens. A group of about 15,000 members which the Anti-Defamation League describes as "essentially a descendant of the white Citizens’ Councils that formerly opposed integration in the South."

Facing criticism for this speech later, Barr claimed that he did not know the CCC was a racist organization until he witnessed a discussion while he was at the event. However, Barr admitted that he was given some information from them beforehand. I find it hard to believe that introductory materials to the CCC would leave out the organization's Statement of Principles, which includes the following:

(2) We believe the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people. We believe that the United States derives from and is an integral part of European civilization and the European people and that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character. We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime. ... We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action” and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.

In a previous article, I complimented Barr on his frequent, provocative press releases. I felt that he was doing a good job of getting attention, discussing strong issue points, and criticizing his opponents through these. The Helms release has reversed what little effort Barr has given to maintaining libertarian support.

Many libertarians are outraged at Barr's statement about Helms. It is the icing on top a cake of disappointment felt by many libertarians. Respected LP members such as Chris Bennett have left the party, and LNC delegates such as Doug Craig have expressed regret for having voted for his nomination. Many libertarians, including myself, consider Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin and Boston Tea Party nominee Charles Jay to be more libertarian choices than Bob Barr.

The members of the "Party of Principle" will not abandon principle in the name of the party. I offered Barr a clean slate when he was nominated, expecting him to run a libertarian campaign, and the most successful campaign that the LP has ever seen. Barr is instead running a conservative campaign. Barr loses a libertarian vote with every conservative vote he gains from anti-libertarian statements like the one he made this Independence Day.
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IndyTruth Show to host three libertarian candidates 
Saturday, June 28, 2008, 08:31 PM - Elections, News
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I am proud to announce that I have three exciting guests joining me this July on the IndyTruth Show. The show airs ever Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to Noon EST on Revolution Broadcasting.

Today's guest was New York Times best-selling author John Perkins, who wrote Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire. Perkins talked about foreign policy, current events, the economy and his career as an economic hit man. He advocated free market solutions for many of the biggest problems our world faces today. Listen to the mp3.

For the next show on July 5th, two candidates for the Boston Tea Party will join us. First, I will talk to Darryl W. Perry, candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Perry is heading an effort to collect 5,000 signatures to get Charles Jay and Tom Knapp on the presidential ballot in Alabama.

In the second hour, I will talk to Tom Knapp, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri and Boston Tea Party nominee for Vice President. Knapp is the founder of the Boston Tea Party. He has made news this month by supporting the impeachment articles of Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He has also recently been critical of Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr.

On July 19, I will interview Kevin Barrett, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin. Barrett is a professor at UW-Whitewater, a host on the GCN Radio Network, and a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

Visit the IndyTruth Show site to get details, access to the radio stream and chat room, and mp3s of previous shows.
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Bob Barr blows his clean slate 
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 09:13 PM - Elections, Opinion
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Libertarian candidate for Congress Tom Knapp wrote after the Libertarian National Convention this year,

I'll support [the Barr/Root campaign] until and unless I am presented with convincing evidence amassed after the fact that it was in fact a defective judgment.

He followed up yesterday,

I'm sorry to have to report that that "until and unless" has come to pass:

- Last Thursday, Barr came out in favor of nationalized/socialized oil exploration (the kind inevitably followed by corporate welfare-gifting of discovered resources).

- Yesterday, Barr made an appeal on behalf of using state tax policy for social engineering purposes.

- And today, in a truly bizarre fundraising letter, Barr played the Know-Nothing card, effectively screaming from the rooftop: "Support me -- I'm not as LIBERTARIAN as John McCain and Barack Obama on immigration."

Knapp is one of many libertarians who tried to give Bob Barr a chance after his contraversial nomination at the LNC. Since the convention, Barr has shown that he does not represent libertarianism. He is running a conservative Republican campaign on the Libertarian Party ticket.

If you would like to vote for a libertarian for President this November, you will have to look somewhere beside the Libertarian Party. Some have suggested that Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin may be a good alternative for libertarians. I agree that his platform is more libertarian than Barr's. For example, Barr calls for a "national sales tax" to replace the income tax, while Baldwin wants to replace it with "nothing." Some are wary of Baldwin's social conservative views, but I think that his involvement in the Ron Paul campaign has lead him to at least take a state's rights approach to most of those issues.

I feel that the most libertarian choice is the Boston Tea Party's nomination, Charles Jay for President and Tom Knapp (who I discussed earlier in this post) for Vice President. This candidates intend to stick to the BTP's platform, which is as follows:

The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.

Jay and Knapp are working on ballot access in several states. Here in Indiana and in many other states with difficult ballot access, they will be a write-in option. If you are not convinced that this is a good use of your vote, consider what Knapp wrote in his "My Front Porch Campaign" blog,

My purpose as a vice-presidential candidate is to help find more shoulders for the next ticket to ride on. It's to help define the battle lines, to persuade as many of you as possible to the right side of those lines, and to arm you with a weapon: Your vote -- your check mark next to the names of candidates who stand for freedom, who stand with the productive class versus the political class, who are on your side, not just on a checklist of policy issues (although that's important, too) but on the fundamental question of who is entitled to run your life.

Voting for the Boston Tea Party's ticket this November constitutes a powerful moral statement that only you can make, and only for yourself. It is an announcement that you -- not the state, not the state's agents, not the state's cronies, not the parasitic "power elites," but you alone -- own your mind, your body and the product of your labor, and that you intend to exercise and defend that ownership.

When one votes for the "lesser of two evils," he is still voting for evil. The only way to ensure representation in government is to consider all candidates and vote for the best one. Chuck Baldwin and Charles Jay are very promising candidates. I hope that libertarians do not settle for Bob Barr (or worse, McCain or Obama). I encourage you to take the time to learn about all of this year's candidates and make an informed and principled decision this November.
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Indy activists will protest at Sen. McCain appearance 
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 03:56 AM - Activism, Elections, Media, News
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Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain will speak in Indianapolis at the National Sherrifs' Association 2008 Annual Conference & Exhibition this Tuesday, July 1st. Members of We Are Change Central Indiana will demonstrate outside the convention center from 9:00 AM to Noon.

We Are Change is an international grassroots organization originally started by family and friends of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It's members seek answers to the questions posed by the victims' families to the 9/11 Commission which remain unanswered. They seek proper care for first responders who suffer from health problems following their heroic efforts that day.

We Are Change is also committed to exposing government corruption and threats to national sovereignty. Its members seek to defend civil liberties and to hold government officials accountable. They advocate for these issues through investigative journalism and street activism.

On July 1st, the members of We Are Change Central Indiana intend to demonstrate on the streets of Indianapolis in protest of the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. McCain has failed to address the questions of 9/11 victims and their families. He has a track record in Congress that advocates military aggression and disregards civil liberties. He does not represent conservatives or lower and middle class Americans. He represents special interests and elitists.

We Are Change will expose these truths while John McCain is in Indianapolis. Members of the public are welcome to join our demonstration. Members of the press are also welcome to attend.
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A Summer of Action, the Next Phase of the Revolution 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 03:08 AM - Activism, Elections
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Over the past few months, I have met more activists for truth and liberty than ever before. I have met libertarians campaigning for Ron Paul, 9/11 truth activists, people young and old seeking the truth, seeking to share it with others, and seeking change. Many of these people have asked me, at what point do we resort to violent revolution. Many feel that it is already justified, and I have trouble disagreeing with them. We do need a revolution, and it may need to be violent, but we have not yet exhausted the efforts that must precede violent revolution.

I have analyzed some of the history of revolution. I have examined the possible scenarios we face and sought a solution. This paper will discuss the status of our revolution, what we must do before we resort to violent revolution, and why. I will provide a plan called the "Summer of Action," which calls for weekly street actions and shows you how easily you can start doing them. By engaging in the Summer of Action, we may create the change we seek. If not, then I expect that we will at least enable ourselves to move to the next step in our revolution.

Through the internet, documentary films, radio, and word of mouth, many Americans are awake and aware of the current threats to liberty. Based on the ratings of pro-liberty web sites, radio, and television programs, as well as the way Americans vote, I can make an estimate of what the number of awake and involved Americans. Alex Jones' radio show is said to get as much as three million listeners. Over one million people voted for Ron Paul in Republican primaries this year. A few million people have watched documentaries like America: Freedom to Fascism, End Game, Loose Change, and TerrorStorm. Polls show that fifteen percent of Americans are libertarian, while only two percent vote libertarian.

The demographic we face is one where 95 percent of people are trapped in a left-right, two party political paradigm. At least fifteen percent of Americans are awake and aware about government corruption, 9/11, and the economic situation, while about five percent understand the central banking conspiracy that lies behind all these issues. About five percent of Americans are prepared to make a stand right now, however, a very tiny percentage are active. The only hope for this country is that this five percent gets active right now.

Five percent of American is over one million people! If those people take the step from understanding to physical action, it will enable us to change this country. In fact, if only a handful of people in every city start acting, we can increase those numbers of people who are informed, while also increasing the numbers of informed people who are active. When informed individuals see others taking action, they are more likely to do so too. When those who are not informed see people take action, they will pay more attention to the issues.

I hear many people in this movement for truth and liberty discuss the need for revolution. Revolution is possible with only five percent of the population active (just ask George Washington about that). However, that five percent can only succeed if a majority of the rest of the public is sympathetic to their cause. Violent revolution is a last resort. If it is attempted prematurely, it will be easily interpreted as insurrection. The revolutionaries will be projected by the establishment and their controlled media as a fringe group that is a threat to public safety and security. Revolution must follow a process that begins with non-violent action.

Once we are aware of the need for change, we must first take non-violent action on a large scale. This gets our message out to the public. It shows our commitment and credibility, building sympathy for our cause amongst the general public and those working within the government. Once that is established, rights can be fully declared. Government authorities then have the choice between either respecting our rights or forcefully opposing them. Public sympathy is a strategic advantage for the revolutionaries at this time. It can dissuade authorities from using force.

When the revolution has reached the point where an authority must decide between respecting rights or using force, there is a good chance it will use force. It is a poor decision on their part. The revolutionaries now have permission to take their cause to the level of violent action. They are a non-violent group that was assaulted by a violent oppressor. The general public will be sympathetic to their cause and offer support. Sympathetic members of the government will support them from the inside. Members of neighboring countries and their governments may also offer support.

Let's look at the American Revolution as a successful example. The people demonstrated their opposition to taxation without representation. They authored a "Declaration of Independence." They took physical action just to the edge of non-violence (some may argue the Boston Tea Party was violent because it destroyed property). The British government then became the violent aggressor. Troops shot protesters in the Boston Massacre. Finally, at Lexington and Concord, armed troops were on a mission to disarm the public. A group of citizens stood in their way. Shots were fired, and a revolutionary war began. The British were seen as the aggressor. While a small percentage of the colonists were actively engaging in the revolution, they had the sympathy of a great majority by being first non-violent but very assertive, then defensive.

Here is the method that we will use, the method of successful revolution:

First, the group of people who is being oppressed must be aware of their rights and how those rights are being oppressed (some people will never even come to accept this fact). Those who accept must then take the step of action. They must address their grievances to their representatives in government. They must vote accordingly.

This is already an area we are failing to accomplish. If you vote for a candidate for office who is not committed one hundred percent to your liberties, you are willingly granting permission for others to take away your liberties.

I tried to address this issue earlier this year by starting the "People's Candidate Initiative." The mission of the initiative is to find candidates who stand for our rights, to only vote for those candidates, and to actively support their campaigns. Here are the qualifications I determined are representative of a people's candidate:

1. The people's candidate is not supported by corporate or foreign lobbying and financing.
2. The people's candidate does not participate in elitist think tanks, secret organizations, or secret meetings (i.e. Bilderberg, CFR, Skull & Bones, Trilateral Commission).
3. The people's candidate's policies are in line with the U.S. Constitution.
4. The people's candidate supports a non-interventionist foreign policy discouraging military aggression.
5. The people's candidate supports policies for other issues, such as economics, education, and regulations, which keep choices, services, and property in the hands of individual citizens and local communities.

Edwin Vieira, Jr., a lawyer specializing in constitutional law writes,

That “the government is denying us our rights” and even that “the government is oppressing us” are complaints all too commonly heard among patriots today. Yet, although instances of public officials’ misbehavior are both numerous and serious, this characterization of the situation obscures the true cause of and proper remedy for the problem.

Surprising as it may seem to some, as a matter of law it is impossible for “the government” to deny Americans their rights, let alone to oppress them.

The United States and each of the Union’s constituent States is a constitutional republic. The fundamental principle of constitutionalism is that some powers are granted to the government and others withheld. At any moment, “the government” — whether national, state, or local — consists of the set of behaviors by the people in public offices that comport with the powers and absences of power (“disabilities” as lawyers say) set out in the supreme law. Where the supreme law guarantees individuals certain rights, the government lacks any power to infringe, abridge, or deny those rights.

There is only one catch to this system: the people must exercise their authority to govern themselves. They first may do so by voting these officials out of office. How many incumbents were reelected in 2006 after voting in favor of the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, etc.? If the answer is "any," we are not doing our job. The answer is "very many." We must refuse to vote for any candidate who does not meet all six qualifications of a "people's candidate." It does more good to not vote at all than it does to vote for one of the "evils."

There is only a handful of people in the U.S. Congress who meet the qualifications of a people's candidate. These are Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Scott Garrett, and possibly a few others. We must refuse to vote for any others. No more "lesser of evils." The lesser of evils is still evil. If you vote for any of candidate who does not meet the six qualifications, you are neglecting to exercise your right to representative government. You are also inhibiting the ability of responsible voters to protect their rights.

Many who read this would now argue that voting will not effectively restore our liberties. It is correct that a majority of Americans will not be convinced to vote in this manner, and we will continue to face our problems. It is also true that the election system is rigged against us in every way possible. We do not have an open election system that ensures that every vote is counted. However, voting (or perhaps not voting) is only one of many steps to restoring our liberty. Most of the steps will not be initially successful in restoring liberty, but are necessary parts of the process of revolution.

If you are committed to defending your liberty, the most important step you must take in this process is physical street action. Part of my reason for writing this is to stress that you do not need a group to accomplish physical activism. It is quite easy to do on your own or in a small group, and I will provide you with the ideas and resources you need to do it.

The mission of the Summer of Action is for every activist to do at least one physical action every week from reading this paper until the November general election. If you must miss a week, you will have to do two in the week before. Make no exceptions; our situation is too dire to make any exceptions. This may seem like a difficult and unreasonable expectation. You have a busy life with many other commitments. Again, our situation is too extreme. We are faced with no other choice. I understand your situation, so I will now provide you with ideas and resources that I have created or gathered from other activists. This resource will make it possible for you to start taking action today. If we carry out the "Summer of Action" as I have written it here, "We The People" may be empowered by this November to exercise our rights to their fullest extent. If the Summer of Action has not done enough to completely restore our rights (possible but not likely), it will allow us to move on to the next step of our revolution.

The following is a list of ideas for distributing information via street actions. Some of the ideas may be considered unethical, or prohibited by some people or institutions. That is for you to decide. I have simply selected actions on the basis that they are not violent or destructive to others' property.

  • Print flyers. Hand them out to people in a public place. You can just go downtown for an hour or two almost any time during the weekend, and there will be people walking about who you can talk to. Sometimes it is even better for the streets not to be crowded. Be sure to make eye contact and express your views in a concerned manner that shows compassion. Some flyers are available for download at the WeAreChange Central Indiana web site.
  • Distribute flyers in other means. Slip them into newspapers and magazines at a newspaper stand or bookstore. Slide them under doors to offices, apartments, or hotel rooms. Post them on bulletin boards and in places set aside specifically for brochures.
  • Utilize your public libraries. Libraries often have space available for the public to post flyers and brochures. They also have facilities that you could use to arrange a group meeting or a presentation. When targeting libraries, provide books that people could check out to get more information. Some examples might by Ron Paul's The Revolution: A Manifesto, John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, or many works by David Ray Griffin regarding the attacks of September 11th and the need for investigation. These should be available at most libraries and bookstores. Just like bookstores and newsstands, you can slip flyers into materials such as related books, music, and movies. You can also encourage your libraries to carry books and movies that inform people about issues important to you. Schedule some actions that target the libraries in all of these ways.
  • Create banners. You can make these yourself with some bed sheets, spray paint, and stencils, or you can have them professionally printed at any print shop (i.e. Kinko's, Staples, etc.) for $100-$300. You can hold banners in marches or demonstrations with a group. You can also hang them over bridges in high-traffic areas. Stick to short slogans that are easy to read and simply grab attention to the fact that there are people taking action. "Ron Paul r3VOLution" and "9/11 was an inside job" are popular choices. Web site addresses such as "Infowars.Com," "TruthAwaits.Com," or "IndyTruth.Org" are also good choices. Be creative too!
  • Create posters. You can print these yourself, make them with markers or paint on posterboard, or have them done in a print shop. You can post a little more information on a poster than a banner. Place them on utility polls, walls in high traffic areas, and bulletin boards.
  • Get creative with signs and posters. You could make signs that you can stick into the ground. You could also print bumper stickers for cars and other places.
  • Canvassing door-to-door for political candidates is one of my favorite actions. Pick a "people's candidate" like Ron Paul or someone running in your local area. Get details about their issue stances. Ask each person you talk to what issue is most of important to them in the election for the particular office. Share the candidate's record or platform on that issue alone. Hand them literature. Be polite, and head on to the next house. It is a short contact. If you find people who are interested in a candidate, help them get involved in the campaign as donors or volunteers. Leave behind literature at houses where no one answers the door. This is a great way to meet people, introduce them to new ideas about political issues, and get people focused on learning more about candidates before they vote.

Those are all actions you can do by yourself or with a small group of people. Check out this video of some members of WeAreChange Central Indiana doing a street action in downtown Indianapolis.

These are three guys out on a Sunday afternoon. It is only three people, and one of them is obviously holding the camera! You don't need a big group to get active and make an impact. Notice some of the methods they use to distribute flyers. Also notice how willing the pedestrians are to accept their literature and listen to their brief introduction. Their introduction went something like this:

Hi, would you like some free information? We are members of WeAreChange, an organization started by family and friends of the victims of the September 11th attacks. Did you know that 70 percent of the questions presented by families to the 9/11 Commission were never answered? There are some websites here where you can find more information and ways to get involved.

Some would take it in passing and maybe look at it. A few stopped to talk and asked questions. Listing web sites on the flyers provides them with the opportunity to learn more and take action themselves.

All I ask is that you take some of these ideas and do one of them every week. You can do it by yourself or with others. You can pick any issue you want. You might be alone the first couple times you do it, but showing others that you are taking action will lead others to join you. I will write more articles soon about starting an activist group. I will also share these ideas and discuss them with other activists on the IndyTruth Show every Saturday. The mission of the Summer of Action is possible and it will be powerful! I will be engaging in this effort the next few months, sharing my stories and those of other activists, and offering the tools that will empower you to be a powerful force in this revolution. Please join me in the next step to restoring our liberty!
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