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“Let Freedom Ring”

Editor / Publisher Mike Blessing [ ]
Print Distribution Ron Bjornstad / Bill Koehler

August 2006 The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico /
by Mike Blessing [ ]
Page 1
• Notes from the Editor My comments from last month:
Page 2 As we go to press with this issue of New Mexico Liberty, the LP's National
• Field Reports Convention in Portland, Oregon will be in progress. The conventional wisdom
• LPNM's 2006 Candidates was that there will be some interesting events in various committee meetings
• The Unanimous Consent Challenge there, namely the Platform and Bylaws Committees. I'll include any reports
• Calendar about those events from attending LPNM members in the August issue.
• Supreme Shock By this time, you've probably seen some of the changes (and the commentary
Page 3 – Voice of the Chair back and forth about those changes) on various websites and the LPNM's
email lists, particularly the Forum.
Page 4
• Rio Grande Foundation Calls I will admit to having mixed emotions about these changes. On one hand, this
Attention to Unnecessary “Pork- could make Libertarians “more electable” as candidates. Our best prospects
barrel” Spending in New Mexico for electing Libertarians to office will be in local-level races, such as for State
• Stanhope for President Representative, State Senator, City Council and County Commissioner. At
press time, the LPNM's flagship candidate is Paul Trujillo, running for re-
Page 5 – Smoking – It’s All About the election to the Valencia County Commission after switching to the LPNM from
Dollar Bill and Free Will the Democratic Party. (The LPNM has been offered Ø200K in financial
support, along with another Ø200-500K in in-kind donations, media support,
Page 6 – Smoking is Healthier Than
Fascism etc., from a group looking to run a libertarian-minded candidate against
Commissar “Representative” Heather Wilson. Bill Koehler has received that
Page 7 nomination, but no word has come about those piles of Federal Reserve Notes
• Letters to the Editor . . .)
• Voting with Their Feet
At the same time, I'm firmly in the “anarchist” or “purist” wing of the LP, and
• Remember –
not likely to change my affiliation much in that respect. While I'm disappointed
Page 8 – Contacts / Internet Resources in the Reform Caucus' attempt to change the LP's national platform,
remember that I'm not likely to change my rhetoric much to appease those
Page 9 – Debit / Credit Donations who would disavow the Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP). In my opinion, the
Page 10 – Administrivia ZAP is libertarianism's core idea – without it, the LPNM would be rudderless,
adrift on a sea of ideological possibilities. (Apologies to J. Michael Straczynski
Page 11 for my paraphrasing a line from the Babylon 5 episode “Passing Through
• Operation Wolf Watch Gesthemane.”) Someone (the name escapes me at the moment) once said,
• Gun Lock Safety “If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
• Phillies for President – 2008 is too
late For those in the Reform Caucus who want to make the stripped-out portions of
the platform into some sort of “vision statement,” pointing the way to the
Page 12 – LPNM Enrollment / Renewal ultimate destination – I can support that (to a degree).
LPNM OFFICIAL MAILING ADDRESS For those in the Reform Caucus who want to disavow the ZAP and Pledge
AND PHONE NUMBER entirely and sanction some initiation of force, I ask the following questions –
918 Ivory Road SE How much force is too much?
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
505-288-4228 Are there any issues for which that sanction doesn't or shouldn't apply? If so,
what are they, and why should that sanction not apply?
If the date on your mailing label is
Check out page 5 for an example of successful promotion of libertarian
before 09/01/06, it's time to renew
principles – an favorable op-ed piece in the Farmington Daily Times was
your LPNM membership.
written in response to the SJCLP's recent campaign against the anti-smoking
ordinance, mentioning Joseph Knight and Derril Gleim in particular.
New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 1
From County / Campus Chairs
See for details, updates, etc.
Bernalillo – The BCLP is hosting two meetings per month,
as well as a weekly hour-long TV show (The Weekly
Sedition) on Albuquerque Comcast Ch.27. Show times are Thursday, 3 August – Bernalillo County Liberty Forum
Wednesdays at 8PM. For more information, see the BCLP meets in Albuquerque, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Fiesta's
website – Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE).
Contact Mike Blessing, 505-710-5197, for details.
The Weekly Sedition and New Mexico's Consumer
Advocate are now available in webcast format. For the Wednesday, 9 August – Interested Dona Ana County
viewing links, see Channel 27 [ www.quote- Libertarians are invited to attend and to contact Siebert ] or the KCUF Media site [ Ickler, 505-541-9079, for information on location and time. ].
Saturday, 12 August – San Juan County LP meets at 6PM
The Bernalillo County LP is currently seeking one or more – contact Bob Ziesmer, 505-327-6681, for details. The
persons to represent the BCLP in front of the Albuquerque San Juan County LP's Central Committee will meet at
City Council and / or Bernalillo County Commission in the 5PM.
public-comment sections of those bodies' meeting
Thursday, 17 August – Bernalillo County Liberty Forum
meets in Albuquerque, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Fiesta's
Dona Ana – The LPDAC Central Committee has been Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE).
having monthly meetings, as well as an information table Contact Mike Blessing, 505-710-5197, for details.
at the Las Cruces Farmer's Market. See the LPDAC Wednesday, 23 August – Sandoval County meets at JB’s
website – – for details. restaurant on 528 near Intel. Contact Ron Bjornstad, 505-
Sandoval – The LPSC is having its monthly meetings at 288-4228, for details.
the J.B.'s on 528, north of Intel. Saturday, 26 August – LPDAC will host an information
LPNM'S 2006 CANDIDATES table at the Farmer's Market in downtown Las Cruces from
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Contact Siebert Ickler, 505-541-
• Siebert Ickler for U.S. Senate. 9079, for details.
• John Pfersich for Commissioner of Public Lands.
• Stan Raczynski for State Treasurer. TV Shows – Channel 27 in ABQ
• Bill Koehler for U.S. House or Representatives, (not necessarily endorsed by LPNM)
District 1 The Weekly Sedition
• Paul Trujillo for Valencia County Commission, Wednesdays at 8PM
District 3
• Mike Blessing for Bernalillo County Sheriff
• Jay Vandersloot for Bernalillo County Commission, Hemp TV – Tuesdays at 7PM
District 5
To the first person to write a logical and documented
essay showing one of the following to be compatible with
the Declaration of Independence:
Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890
Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906
Federal Communications Act of 1934
National Firearms Act of 1934
Banking Act of 1935
The Internal Revenue Code
Controlled Substances Act of 1970
RICO Act of 1970
Federal Elections Act of 1970
Plumbing Products Efficiency Act of 1992
Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992 Supreme Shock
USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 by Russmo [ ]
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002
To claim your prize, contact
Mike Blessing at 505-710-5197 “I don't care who writes a nation's laws, if I can write its
or economics textbooks.”
– Paul A. Samuelson

New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 2

Voice of the Chair “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you
Jay Vandersloot may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th US president

ACLU Lawsuit Would Even Playing Field The Preamble and the Statement of Principles remain intact.
(Condensed slightly from the ACLU Press Release) The following is the Table of Contents from the revised LP
Platform, as downloaded from the LP web site, showing what
On Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, the ACLU challenged a New remains of the LP Platform.
Mexico law that makes new political parties work much
harder to put their candidates on general election ballots
than existing parties. The law first requires new parties to Table of Contents
gather signatures to petition for formal party status, and
then requires new party nominees to gather signatures on Statement of Principles
a second petition to put their names on the ballot. No such I. Individual Rights and Civil Order
requirement holds for Republican and Democrat
nominees. 1. Freedom and Responsibility
2. Freedom of Communication
“No other state in the country has such onerous and lop- 3. Freedom of Religion
sided requirements for new parties to participate in the 4. Property Rights
electoral process," said Peter Simonson, Executive 5. The Right to Privacy
Director for the ACLU of New Mexico. “The law serves no 6. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
7. Conscription
real purpose except to protect the existing parties from
8. Reproductive Rights
competition and limit the options that New Mexico voters 9. Sexuality and Gender
have for electing candidates with diverse political
perspectives.” II. Trade and the Economy
1. Government Debt
The ACLU's suit also claims that the New Mexico law 2. Corporate Welfare, Monopolies & Subsidies
violates rights of political association by forcing new 3. Public Services
parties to seek signatures from non-party members in
III. Domestic Ills
order to appear on the ballot. The ACLU brought the 1. Crime and Victimless Crime
lawsuit on behalf of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico 2. The War on Drugs
and several individual aspirants to political office who say
that the law will prevent them from running as Libertarians IV. Foreign Affairs
in the November 2006 elections. 1. Immigration
I. Individual Rights and Civil Order
Jay Vandersloot, Chair of the Libertarian Party of New
Mexico, said, “This law effectively gives people who are No conflict exists between civil order and individual rights. Both
not members of our party the ability to veto our nominees. concepts are based on the same fundamental principle: that no
Why should Libertarian nominees have to convince individual, group, or government may initiate force against any
Democrats and Republicans to sign petitions allowing other individual, group, or government.
them to run for office? Party status alone should suffice
for them to get on the ballot. What’s good enough for Now, let’s take a look at the first of the remaining planks
majority parties should be good enough for all others. from our LP National Platform.
Vandersloot said, “This lawsuit aims to protect the voting I.1 – Freedom and Responsibility
rights not just of Libertarians, but also of any other new The Issue – Personal responsibility is discouraged by
party, including Green and Constitutional Party government denying individuals the opportunity to exercise it. In
candidates.” fact, the denial of freedom fosters irresponsibility.
The suit was filed in federal court by both the ACLU of The Principle – Individuals should be free to make choices for
New Mexico and the national ACLU Voting Rights Project. themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of
If successful, the suit could allow Libertarian nominees to the choices they make. We must accept the right of others to
run for office this November. choose for themselves if we are to have the same right. Our
support of an individual's right to make choices in life does not
LP Platform Undergoes Major Change mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those
choices. We believe people must accept personal responsibility
As most, if not all of you know, there were major changes for the consequences of their actions.
to the LP National Platform passed at the Convention in
July. Mainly, it eliminated the majority of the planks. I Solutions – Libertarian policies will promote a society where
envision a flurry of efforts between now and the next LP people are free to make and learn from their own decisions.
Convention in 2008 to reinstitute as many of the planks as Transitional Action – Repeal all laws that presume government
possible. Watch the various forums on the internet to get knows better than the individual how to run that person’s life.
an idea of the activity in this direction. If you have any Encourage private sector dissemination of information to help
input, be sure to contact someone on the new Platform consumers make informed decisions on products and services.
Committee to let them know your input. Let’s take a quick Enforce laws against fraud and misrepresentation.
look at what remains of the LP Platform.
New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 3
Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity Paul Gessing is president of the Rio Grande Foundation is
an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt research and
educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity
for New Mexico based on principles of limited government,
Rio Grande Foundation Calls Attention to economic freedom and individual responsibility.
Unnecessary “Pork-barrel” Spending in New Mexico
New Mexicans and All Americans Would
Benefit from Needed Reforms [ I spent about 30 minutes looking for this “Wheels
by Paul Gessing [ ] Museum” [ ] where this event
happened. Since this is an outfit that received about
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) In cooperation with the Ø2,000,000 from Sir Spend-It-All and the 110 Stooges, I
Washington, DC-based grassroots organization figured that this place would be somewhat nice-looking,
Americans for Prosperity, the Rio Grande Foundation spiffy, shiny, that sort of thing. Instead, it looked like a few
called for New Mexico’s elected officials to stop abusing of the older auto repair shops adjacent to it on 1st Street
earmarks. The “Ending Earmarks Express,” sponsored by NW – dingy walls, chipped and fading paint. I drove by it
Americans for Prosperity, stopped at Albuquerque’s three times – it wasn't until I saw Paul and the AFP people
Wheels Museum today to highlight the need for standing on the curb with an easel that I found it.
Congressional earmark reform. The Wheels Museum
received a $225,000 earmark in the FY 2004 Omnibus What I did not know was that the Ø2,000,000 from Wild
Appropriations Bill and a $300,000 earmark in the FY 2000 Bill Richardson isn't nearly enough – the “Wheels
Veterans Affairs / HUD Appropriations Bills. Museum” Board is looking for another Ø40,000,000 to
build their white elephant. – MWB ]
“Museums are certainly nice things, but just as New
Mexicans shouldn’t be forced to pay for useless bridges in Stanhope For President
Alaska, taxpayers in other states, some of whom may by Doug Stanhope [ ]
never step foot in New Mexico, should not be forced to pay Due to circumstances well within my control, my July 4th
for our museums. Ideally, the costs of such museums announcement was postponed until now, July 9th at 4:14
should be borne by those who actually attend them or a.m.
charities with an interest in promoting cultural
advancement,” said Rio Grande Foundation President As earlier stated, I will be running for the Presidency of the
Paul Gessing. United States of America in 2008.
As Gessing noted, “Our elected officials and those who An unexpected outpouring of support from factions of the
support rampant earmarking, would love to convince us Libertarian Party has solidified my decision to run for the
that through the hard work and leadership positions of our nomination as the Libertarian candidate.
elected officials, that New Mexicans come out ahead in I am as serious about this campaign as I am the material I
Congressional ‘earmark-wars,’ but that is not the case. Not present on stage. Don't let the comedy divert from the
only do New Mexicans lose out when we have to foot the message.
bill for similar projects in other states, but as the Rio
Grande Foundation publicized earlier this year, despite I'd rather die laughing in the fight than suffer the lesser of
receiving $2 for every $1 it sends to Washington, New two forms of forced sodomy.
Mexico is a relatively poor, undeveloped state,” Gessing
We used to have fun, didn't we?
While failing to help New Mexico’s economic situation,
federal spending on earmarks has caused the national
budget picture to worsen. The national debt is nearly $8.5
trillion and each citizen’s share of this debt is more than
$28 thousand and growing daily. The number of earmarks
rose from 958 in 1996 to 15,877 last year, tallying up to
$47.4 billion in the 2005 budget, according to the
Congressional Research Service.
The goal of the “Ending Earmarks Express” tour is to
educate taxpayers about the problem of earmarks and
mobilize them in support of more transparency and
accountability in the appropriations process. Such reforms
would also build momentum for the larger goal of reining in
all forms of wasteful government spending. Find out more
about the “Ending Earmarks Express” and the earmarks Stanhope in '08 – Drunk with Power.
being highlighted nationwide at Stay Tuned. /
Doug Stanhope is a producer of the Girls Gone Wild video
"The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer the series, former host of The Man Show and a standup
people become." comedian.
– Lao Tsu New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 4
Smoking – It’s All About the Dollar Bill and Free Will gym membership with punishment for poor attendance
Farmington Daily Times – Sunday, 23 July 2006 and/or failure to “improve” personal health.
Rebecca Minton Mr. Gleim, DITTO! Do I hear the Bill of Rights ringing? I
Hooray for Joseph Knight, San Juan Voices, of Flora can’t say that I do, but I just felt the rumble of the earth
Vista, Lee Pitts, Syndicated Columnist, Bill Sharer, District again as our founding fathers took another turn, and I
1, State Senator of Farmington, B.J. Bayles of Aztec, certainly can’t hear the Liberty Bell ringing. The
Janet La Selle of Farmington, Derril Gleim of Aztec, and Communist Party of the USA (yikes!) thinks government
Ken Shields, former City Councilor! All of these have hit should control private business, the Nazi Party of Germany
the nail on the head (and so far, the point of that nail was a took total control of private business (and more), and we
sharp one) concerning the “smoke-free society” issue. are at war with Socialist/Fascist countries around the world
to make them stop doing exactly what government is trying
Mr. Knight, I, too am not in this fight primarily for “smoker’s to do here.
rights.” I am in this fight for the limits of the power of
government. Smoking is indeed healthier than fascism. Alcohol abuse, also now known as a “disease,” in my
America is not a free country anymore. Our founding opinion causes much more harm, economic, and
fathers are rolling over in their graves. Isn’t fascism one of emotional loss than smokers do. Obese people put a
the worldwide “problems” our America is trying to “fix?” strain on the health care system as well, but they are
protected under the “laws” of discrimination. Smokers
Senator Sharer, I, too, am offended by the very thought have simply become an easy target for those with attitudes
that free (well, sort of free) Americans need a nanny to of intolerance and these attitudes have also made the
think for them. issue a moral one.
B.J. Bayles, you are right. We have not heard much about Some employers will not hire smokers – even those who
the matters of choice. No, the Surgeon General and all of smoke only on their own time in their own homes. This is
the other “Smoking Police” cannot prove that smoking is discrimination, and an invasion of privacy. It makes
the one and only cause of every ailment known to recruitment difficult. Some of these employers have
mankind. So, smokers and non-smokers alike, please realized the error in this thinking and have eliminated this
choose to frequent the establishments and businesses of discriminatory act, and the ranks of good employees have
your choice. If the smoking issue is such an important one grown. Other employers don’t mention the subject until the
to you, choose. Don’t lobby against the rights of others’ recruit is hired on, at which time the new employee learns
choices. Respect them. of a smoking “policy,” either in place already or soon to be.
Ms. La Selle, BINGO! All of this hoopla over the smoking Good employees are either fired with no recourse or move
issue is just another attempt by insurance companies to on to a more tolerant employer. This is also a costly event.
take over, and indeed, this attempt is not given to them by And the non-smoking mediocre to downright dangerous
our Constitution. It’s all about the dollar bill! employees stay on – another example of economic loss
and opportunity for harm done to others. And, all the while,
My father was a physician in our great state for years, and Big Brother is watching with cameras and recorders,
I remember him beginning to complain about his similar to how our government does in the name of
profession about 30 years ago because the insurance “national security.”
companies were beginning to tell him how he could take
care of his patients. They did this by denying payment to Austin, Texas – Live Music Capital of the World – voted on
him and/or to the patient if, in their opinion, a certain test, a similar smoking ordinance. I lived there for about 15
exam, or surgery was warranted or not. And, I have two years and, as a musician, played in and around Austin.
neurosurgeon friends in Texas who have told me, “It’s just One of the attractions there for musicians and listeners
not any fun anymore” (for the same reasons). I feel certain (smokers and non-smokers alike) is 6th Street, where
that there are countless doctors in our country today who there are many clubs and bars. Austin voted and passed a
feel the same way. And I know for a fact that the quality of no-smoking ordinance where no smoking was allowed in
patient care has suffered at the hands of insurance. So any public building unless the smoker was at least 15 feet
you think we should just take a vote on this? Ok, then, let’s from the door of the establishment. In the case of 6th
vote, but let’s include the smoking issue in a list of other Street, this placed the smoker standing out in the street. I
health related issues designed to “protect” “free” people, wonder which is the greater danger – being hit by a car
and there shall be no line item veto. Mr. Pitts has some while standing in the middle of the street smoking a
great ideas for the list. While I am not a rodeo fan, he cigarette, or simply smoking a cigarette – say, on the
makes some valid suggestions. I’ll not mention them all, sidewalk? I didn’t and don’t like the stench of smoke on my
but how about air bags for horseback riders, bulletproof clothes after a gig, and I don’t frequent bars today (by
vests for farriers, anti-kick-back devices on horses, choice) but it is of no issue to me because a long time
breathalyzers to prevent mounting a bull or bronco while ago, I put my big girl panties on and began to respectfully
intoxicated? How about we also require cowboys to wear respect the rights and free will of the general public and
those plastic teeth protectors like they do in the NFL and in business owners to make their own decisions and choices
boxing? on smoking.
What’s next? How about government mandated Mr. Knight, care to join me for a big heaping bowl of
sunscreen and hats while outdoors all year long, UV eye “Libertarian salad?”
protection for everyone, even those who do not require Rebecca Minton is a resident of Farmington.
corrective lenses, government mandated food choices and
laws for when one can eat and how much, and required New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 5
Smoking is healthier than fascism Such a breadth of options is apparently not good enough
Joseph Knight [ ] for some. They campaign and lobby endlessly, with the
fervor of a crusade, to stomp out every last place where
Congratulations to the business community of Farmington smokers might congregate to socialize, or merely enjoy a
– you all have new business partners! smoke with a cup of coffee or after a meal. Such
The gang-of-five from city hall is about to elect themselves discrimination is petty, populist pandering of the worst
to your Board of Directors. Don’t expect any venture kind.
capital to be forthcoming from your new partners, but at Those who would postulate such prohibitive ordnances
least they will help with the burden of management (like while at the same time trying to convince us that they are
determining your policy on smoking by owners, managers, motivated solely by issues over the health of the workers
employees, and customers). or “for our own good” insult our intelligence. Such
Since I’m not a scientist and have been nicotine-free condescending concern is merely another pathetic,
myself for over ten years (except for a little second-hand pestilent, pungent ploy in the ongoing quest for the
smoke I voluntarily expose myself to), I’ll leave arguments almighty vote and the abusable power that comes with it.
challenging the science of the smoke-ban proponents to Worst of all, they will impose yet another unreasonable
others. I’m not in this fight for “smokers’ rights” but for and unnecessary restriction on our right to freely exchange
limits on the power of government. goods and services in the market place under peaceful
You say you have a right to clean air? Fair enough. But conditions that we voluntarily agree to. And thus, yet
your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. In another nail will be driven into the coffin of a free market
this case my nose begins at the front door of my home or serving a free people.
business. Smoking is healthier than fascism
The choices concisely stated I claim that smoking is healthier than fascism. When we
The City will choose between two basic philosophies. expose ourselves to either first-hand or second-hand
smoke we may indeed kill off a little piece of our body. But
The first is simply stated by the Communist Party: “We when we surrender another little bit of freedom, we kill off
believe that all employers must provide a safe working a little piece of our soul.
environment for their employees. Where restaurants are
filled with second-hand smoke, the workers are The ultimate objective of the ban-smoking movement is a
endangered.” (Source: Ask the Communist Party at “smoke free society.” I heard a city councilor lauding this goal on a local radio program. So the current ban proposal
is just another step in that direction. When tobacco is
The second is stated by the Libertarian Party of San Juan finally driven from a free market to a black market, will
County: “In a free market, we have a choice. If we are nicotine addicts have to buy tobacco on street corners?
concerned about second-hand smoke, we can choose to Maybe. Or maybe their kids can get it for them at school.
work or dine in a non-smoking restaurant. If we enjoy
smoking after a meal, we can choose a place that allows In the meantime, another precedent of the City (or State or
smoking. Let businesses set their own policies, let workers feds or County) managing your business has been
and customers choose.” established.

Normally, local politicians don’t get away with So come on citizens, show up for those city council
implementing the Communist Party line, but they can do it “hearings” on July 11 and August 8. If enough people
while the people cheer if they invoke one or more of the grovel for freedom, maybe, just maybe, they will allow a
“holy mantras.” few places to serve “libertarian salad” (let us alone).

Holy mantras of the omnipotent state =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=

“Do you really think that we want these laws to be
You’ve heard them before. “National security.” "For the
observed? . . . We want them broken. You'd better get it
children." "The common good." "Public safety." "Public
straight that you're up against - then you'll know that this is
health." "Public morality."
not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and
Under the guise of a holy mantra, the omnipotent state can we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real
crush any freedom with impunity. trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule
innocent men. The only real power any government has is
The wielders of power would discriminate against the the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there
smoking minority to curry favor with the clean-breathing aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares
majority. Yet non-smokers, if concerned about second- so many things to be illegal that it becomes impossible for
hand smoke, can simply choose to work for, or patronize, men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of
one of the vast majority of businesses whose current law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But
policy is to prohibit smoking. just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor
=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a
nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on the
"Anarchism is whenever the government doesn't regulate guilt...."
something." – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
– A pundit on cable news, April 2003.
New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 6
Letters to the Editor "VOTING WITH THEIR FEET:
Re: The Torch of Liberty
by Elke M. Mikaelian [ ] The Libertarian Alliance, Britain's most radical free market
and civil liberties policy institute, today welcomes the rise
Somehow, I doubt that you expected your Ten
in truancy rates announced in a study by Pricewaterhouse
Commandment comments to be taken as I took them.
However, I quite agree that the "Gang of Nine" needs to
deal with displays of the ten commandments, and other According to Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb:
religious gestures and symbolisms in their own house "State schooling is an instrument of ruling class control. It
first of all. These items need to be removed from and kept is a means by which ideologies of obedience are imposed
out of all secular undertakings and venues. Perjury is on the young.
perjury and punishable as such whether committed "under
oath" or under a solemn promise to tell the truth. Money "State schools have always encouraged intellectual
will buy just as much (or as little) without In God We Trust passivity and trust in the authorities. In the past
stamped on it. It might even be argued that the purchasing generation, they have begun also to celebrate illiteracy,
power of our money was greater before that useless innumeracy and a general ignorance of the world. Add to
phrase was added to it. The ideals of our country this endemic bullying and temptations to unwise
(Constitution and Bill of Rights) will be equally as experimenting with sex and recreational drugs, and we
compelling at home and abroad, without the phrase "under have in state schooling a comprehensive absence of what
god" in the pledge of allegiance. I think the case could be used to be meant by education.
made that the United States of America were more highly
"Rising truancy levels are to be welcomed. They show that
regarded/respected by other nations before this phrase
increasing numbers of the young are withdrawing from the
was added than they have been since the phrase was
process of mass brainwashing. The young may not yet be
expressing positive discontent with the corporatist police
Whether the buck stops at the oval office or at the bench state New Labour and the Conservatives have made for
of the justices, a clean sweep needs to be made in this us. But they are beginning to vote with their feet.
matter so that the effect can trickle down once and for all.
"While the Libertarian Alliance does not encourage
Otherwise, skirmishes will continue to be fought, tying up
breaches of the criminal law, even if the law happens to be
and/or wasting time, thought and resources until this
pointless or malevolent, we do look forward to a time when
artificial premise sustains enough cracks to collapse on its
state schooling will be as dead an institution as the
workhouse and the debtor's prison."
In the meantime and in perpetuity, all those who care to do
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
so may display the ten commandments on the front lawns,
the back parking lots and both sides of each an every • That all state funding and control of education should be
church in the land. You'll get NO argument from me. abolished;
Cordially, • That all compulsory attendance laws should be
Elke M. Mikaelian repealed;
Purposefulness and Objectivity • That the assets of all the various education authorities
Boost Image of National LP should be sold at once, and all their archives destroyed.
by Frank Clinard [ ]
I have attended several national Libertarian Party by Mike Blessing [ ]
conventions over the years, and have enjoyed them all.
As a juror, you have the right and duty to vote your
However, the one held recently in Portland, Oregon struck conscience not only on the facts of the case – did the
me as especially positive and effective. This was a result accused do what s/he is accused of – but also on the law
of the air of purposefulness and objectivity that was itself –
evident throughout the sessions. The delegates engaged
in lively debates, but had little appetite for the "in-your- • Is it a good law?
face" aggressiveness to which some Liberatians resort out • Is the law being properly applied?
of frustration that no one understands or appreciates their • Does the punishment asked for fit the crime?
arguments. Such gravitas is especially effective when Using jury nullification, just one percent of the population
Libertarians engage in debates with our opponents, who that disagrees with a bad law (victim disarmament, Drug
would like nothing better than to be able to dismiss us as a Prohibition, the tax code, etc., etc.) can start getting these
"nut group." I hope to see more of such maturity on the bad laws knocked off the books.
part of our supporters in both casual and organized
encounters with Libertarians and others. See for more information.
=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= See also You & The Police, by Boston T. Party, available
at Javelin Press [ ].
"If tempted by something that feels 'altruistic,' examine
your motives and root out that self-deception. Then, if you
still want to do it, wallow in it!"
– Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough For Love (1973) New Mexico Liberty – July 2006 – Page 7
Bill Koehler, 505-264-0835
Chair Central Committee (1)
Jay Vandersloot, 505-362-1733 COUNTY CHAIRS District 1 Representative, Seat A

Vice Chair County Contacts (21)

Bruce Bush, 505-256-0810 Mike Blessing, 505-710-5197 Catron / Chaves / Cibola / Curry De Baca / Eddy / Grant / Guadalupe Harding / Hidalgo / McKinley / Mora
Luna / Quay / Rio Arriba
Mike Blessing, 505-710-5197 Dona Ana
San Miguel / Sierra / Socorro / Taos Siebert Ickler, 505-541-9079
Torrance / Union
Treasurer College Contacts (3)
Richard Obergfell, 505-378-8025 San Juan Eastern New Mexico University
Bob Ziesmer, 505-327-6681 (Portales)
At-Large Representative, Seat A
Ron Bjornstad, 505-891-4541 New Mexico State University Sandoval (Las Cruces)
Ron Bjornstad, 505-288-4228
At-Large Representative, Seat B Western New Mexico University
Judy A. Glenn, 505-625-0175 (Silver City) Valencia
Contact the state chair if you're
Abran Gabaldon, 505-864-6870
District 1 Representative, Seat A interested in filling a slot.
If you don't, who will?
District 1 Representative, Seat B COUNTY CONTACTS
(Unorganized Counties)
505-301-2601 / Official Website
District 2 Representative, Seat A Richard Moore, 505-377-6849
Paul Trujillo, 505-550-2854 Mailing lists on
District 2 Representative, Seat B Christina Groth, 505-397-9366 LPNM Discussion
Dorsey Glenn, 505-625-0175 Lincoln
Richard Obergfell, 505-378-8025 New Mexico Liberty
District 3 Representative, Seat A
Bob Ziesmer, 505-327-6681
Los Alamos LPNM Activists
Allen Cogbill, 505-662-7833
District 3 Representative, Seat B LPNM Business List
Joseph Knight, 505-330-7713 Otero
Kathleen Hodgkinson (Caucus membership required)
CAMPUS GROUPS 505-437-6042
New Mexico Tech
Lucas Uecker Roosevelt The SW Region LNC list
505-301-7980 / Ken Sanders, 505-749-2085
University of New Mexico Santa Fe =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=
John Pfersich (Acting) Susan Ruch, 505-466-4706
505-301-2601 / “Those who sell their liberty for
security are understandable, if
=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= pitiable, creatures. Those who sell
It's amazing what one has to believe to “We shall defend our island, the liberty of others for wealth,
believe in gun control whatever the cost may be, we shall power, or even a moment's respite
by Michael Z. Williamson fight on the beaches, we shall fight deserve only the end of a rope.” on the landing grounds, we shall – L. Neil Smith, Tactical Reflections
fight in the fields and in the streets,
That it's terrible when police officers
we shall fight in the hills; we shall
plant weapons on a suspect to enable
never surrender.”
them to make an arrest, but we should
– Winston Churchill
have tougher laws against weapons and
trust the police not to abuse them in this
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Operation Wolf Watch It is important to have the right attitude about this. Many in
Posted on 07.26.06 by Refused the IRS as well as other parts of the government believe that if only certain superiors or associates were disciplined
and other reforms put into place that the situation could be
[editor's note: This article is by Donald Meinshausen and made fair – whatever that means.
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The point is not to belittle, condemn or ignore such
As we all should know by now the state survives and critiques. We need not endorse such attempts but reforms
grows by getting information through informants. It was and reformers can act as a bridge to a higher
estimated that East Germany had at least half the consciousness. Any dissatisfaction, as long as we can
population informing on the other half. report it, will be to our advantage. And there's plenty of
Turnabout is fair play. Let us create a hotline where IRS dissatisfaction out there. Can you remember talking to a
employees can call, anonymously if they wish, and give us government employee who was happy in their work?
information about their associates, bosses, and targets. Perhaps through Operation Wolf Watch we can form an
This could be a website as well. To advertise in this outplacement office for former IRS agents. It is far better
service (yes, it is a service) to describe the bureaucrats we to recruit an enemy than to fight him. Recruiting people to
could leaflet IRS offices, conferences and any place they help in this project should be no problem since everyone
might hang out such as a nearby bar, which could be a hates the IRS. The more we know about them the faster
good source of information in itself. they will fall.
Not many people stay in the IRS for a long time. According
to a Wall Street Journal article, IRS agents are so
despised that they are forced to marry each other since no
one wants to be associated with them or be open to their
snooping. It is also common knowledge that while IRS
employees are forbidden to go into tax accounting for a
couple of years after leaving the government many do so
The IRS is the only part of the government that needs to
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pressure, hard-heartedness and valuable knowledge to be
gained about their tactics and targets.
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political strategy – it is also an income producing
opportunity as well. As we all should know by now there
are a great number of libertarian financial newsletters and
advisers in web sites. Providing the service of where the
IRS is going is very valuable to upper-middle income
people and firms who have some money but little power
and access to decisionmakers in government.
This information can be supplemented and confirmed by
people who follow tax court decisions and other data
miners on the web. Victims, tax lawyers, accountants who
want publicity and a chance to strike back are also good Gun Lock Safety
sources. Advertising from such people is another by Scott Bieser [ ]
Phillies for President
Even postmortems of failed tax strategies are viable since by George Phillies [ ]
it is important to know what doesn't work. A good, even
2008 is Too Late
recognized legal concept often fails through bad wording,
shifting rules, etc. The Democratic and Republican parties spent 150 years
developing their support base and campaign
For all this to come together one has to understand that a
organizations. Their 150 years is too much for a
strategy like this will mean repercussions from the IRS
Libertarian to overcome in a 150 day campaign. To build a
against those who organize it. It is therefore imperative to
successful Libertarian Party, we have to start now in 2006,
have this done with as much legal planning beforehand on
not procrastinate until 2008.
the civil liberties issues involved as possible. It might be
done with much anonymous help or done through My campaign is already delivering sensible Libertarian
overseas web sites and contact people. You'll know how solutions to real problems that concern our fellow
much this idea works by the hostility from the state it Americans. My campaign has already started to organize,
arouses. There is much we can learn here. state by state. In 2007 and 2008, we will mobilize volunteer
manpower to amplify our message.

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