Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Third-Parties United in Seattle Against National Debate Exclusion 9.26.2016 (Exclusive Video Footage)

Liberty Chronicle Independent was on the scene outside of local news station K5 in Seattle covering the "Open the Presidential Debates to Dr. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson" protest.


LCI Exclusive: Video from Live Coverage


There was a unification in stance against the debate commission as also seen in Washington D.C.; Both the Libertarian Party and Green Parties of King County (Seattle) joined forces to raise awareness of Presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, and their exclusion to the first National Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Both Gary and Jill are polling high, yet have been excluded from the first debate.  Johnson supporters at the protest made the claim that being on the ballot in all 50 states and D.C. should be an automatic inclusion to the debates.

One thing is certain, there is a sense of unity among independents.  "The Green Party and Libertarian Party are essentially the same on social equality, we only differ on the economic side.  As far as I'm concerned, we're in this fight together until we are both given equal access to debates and ballot access.  We can sort out the minor differences in details later," one Libertarian said.



Photo Credits: Washington for Jill Stein
This contribution is from Seattle-based independent journalist, David Malekar, Independent Associate Editor for the Liberty Chronicle Independent; who publishes content to the WashCo Chronicle and other online publications.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2nd Amendment Rally at Washington State Capital 9.24.2016 (Exclusive Interview and Video Footage)

The Keep Your "Laws" Off Our Rights. Gun Rights Rally and Open Carry Picnic, Washington State as stated on the Facebook invite is as follows:

We at the Gun Rights Coalition, the Oregon Council on Firearm Rights, and many other groups in the Pacific Northwest that will support and attend believe in the Original Intent of the Constitution. That our inherently protected right to keep and bear arms IS ABSOLUTE and that no level of government has the authority to restrict that right in any capacity, in any form or in any fashion no matter the class of firearm or the accessory in which is attached to the firearm including ammunition feeding devices.

September 23rd. we will rally in Salem, Oregon and on September 24th. we will rally in Olympia, Washington to say NO to unconstitutional laws that infringe and impair on our inherent right to keep and bear arms not only for self defense but also to defend against tyrannical governments, both foreign and domestic. Let's be clear, our rights are not negotiable and we demand that government keep their "laws off our rights".

In Washington we will rally at 11 AM on September 24 on the front steps of the State Capital in Olympia where we will make a statement that we will not sit idle. Following this we will have an Open Carry Family Picnic in the area of Tivoli Fountain so plan to bring your lunches with you.

Details for the Oregon Rally can be found at this link. Please attend both if at all possible as these rights do not stop at borders. Therefore we must fight them without regard to borders as well.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1560982537540230/

There was a turnout of about 150 or so, many representing Gary Johnson, Presidential candidate from the Libertarian Party and WA state candidates for Public Lands Commissioner Steve McLaughlin and Lt. Governor Marty McClendon teams from the WA state Republican Party.

At the steps of the State Capital

Libertarians who are known to support all Amendments, set up shop near the rally steps.

Marty McClendon banner
Steve McLaughlin representation

We arrived just in time to see Michelle Darnell, running in the 48th District for the House of Representatives as a Libertarian (who faces by her self a Democrat Incumbent); speak on the 2nd Amendment.  Video Footage is below:

LCI Exclusive: Michelle Darnell at the 2nd Amendment Rally in Olympia, WA 9.24.2016


A very diverse crowd showing support for the 2nd Amendment


Rick closed out the Rally with final words:



We were able to interview Rick and Chris from the Gun Rights Coalition to get their take on today's events.  You can watch from either angle, either live steam or recorded below:

LCI Exclusive: Interview with Rick and Chris at the 2nd Amendment Rally in Olympia, WA 9.24.2016



This contribution is from Seattle-based independent journalist, David Malekar, Independent Associate Editor for the Liberty Chronicle Independent; who publishes content to the WashCo Chronicle and other online publications.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Media Release: LOGAN FLECKENSTEIN SIGNS PLEDGE TO FIGHT FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL EDUCATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 21, 2016
Contact: MIPIE President Melanie Kurdys
      (269)303-8362
       mipiechapter@gmail.com
        

MICHIGAN LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE FOR
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT #60, LOGAN FLECKENSTEIN
SIGNS PLEDGE TO FIGHT FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL EDUCATION

MUSKEGON, MI -- Libertarian Michigan State House Candidate Logan Fleckenstein has signed the “Stop Fed Ed” pledge circulated by Michigan Parents Involved in Education (MIPIE), a group demanding an end to the U.S. Department of Education, and Stop Common Core in Michigan, Inc.

Mr. Fleckenstein pledges “to reject all federal mandates tied to federal funding,” and “fight against federally mandated curriculum, standardized tests, and all illegal and unconstitutional mandates from the federal Department of Education.”

Sheri Few, who heads the parent group United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE), said that “the fight against Common Core exposed the failures of a federally-based, one-size-fits-all curriculum on states and local school districts.”

“With the most recent federal usurp of state education authority through President Obama’s transgender bathroom/locker room edict, it is clearly time to end the unconstitutional authority assumed by the US Department of Education,” said Melanie Kurdys, President of MIPIE. She went on to say, “For half a century now this experiment with federal control of local public schools has gone on and it’s failed.”

Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian candidates at every level of government across the country are being asked to sign a pledge to end the US Department of Education.  

More information is available on the group’s website: www.uspie.org and http://stopcommoncoreinmichigan.com/


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Interview with Texas Congress candidate Mike Kolls by Alex Love Jones


Mike Kolls - L US Congress District 24 of Texas, candidate
The interviewee Mike Kolls, running for US Congress - District 24 in Texas as Libertarian.  You can find more information on Mike on Facebook facebook.com/tellwashington/. Interviewer is Contributor for the Liberty Chronicle Independent; Alex "Love" Jones.


AJ: I understand you are running for Us Congress out of Texas. Which District and what made you decide to run for the people of your district? Explain to the viewers what brought you into the political world?
MK: I would like to represent The People of US congressional district 24. This is NE Tarrant Co., NW Dallas Co., and a small portion of South Denton Co.
Our federal gov’t is out of control. It tries to do too much. And what it does, it does poorly.
We The People should have more control over our day-to-day lives. It’s really about bringing decisions back to kitchen tables and communities. We really don’t need any help, really! Give us Liberty, we can handle the rest.
I’m also struck by Albert Einstein’s observation, “We cannot use the same thinking to solve problems that we used when we created them”.

AJ: What is your definition of Liberty? What is your interpretation of the founding documents that birthed the US?
MK: Liberty - The ability to act without external controls (like government). It also infers authority to act against arbitrary or oppressive controls. It is similar to and related to Freedom and Sovereignty.
The Declaration of Independence explains what the Founding Fathers had in mind. The first third shares the future vision of free men (and women). The last two-thirds cites specific abuses committed by gov’t upon The People. More citizens should regularly read and re-read The Declaration of Independence.
The high-point of Freedom is expressed in the US Bill of Rights. The natural rights expressed are inherently ours; they are NOT a grant of “gift” from gov’t.
I wonder if we can work back towards The Articles of Confederation.  The balance of authority between the Sovereign States and the (less powerful) federal union has been lost. This idea is expressed thoroughly in Federalists #42 through #47.

AJ: As one of your key issues which is defending personal Liberty. How would you use your experience to solve these issues of what's going on in Congress right now?
MK: “Follow the money.” How the federal gov’t spends OUR tax dollars tells the tale. It’s ironic… they use our money to limit our Liberty. Gov’t grows on the efforts of producers and individually-created wealth.
My plan to restore Liberty and make (real) politics more civil is to severely starve the federal gov’t. If Congress and the rest of the federal gov’t annually reduce spending by 4%:
  • Waste, inefficiency, and fraud would be eliminated
  • Tough decisions would be made, no more political correctness
  • The People and the Sovereign States would receive-back social and economic decisions (where they really belong)
  • Decisions and actions would be more effective – local convulsions addressed by the people directly involved
  • The massive federal debt would be paid-in-full in approximately 40 years
  • Individual income taxes would be 50% of 2015 rates; corporate taxes would be eliminated

AJ: You say the scope of government needs to be reduced. What programs or funding would you cut right off the bat? Where should we be at in 1 year or 4 years from now if you are elected?
MK: Gov’t does a poor job of “picking winners and losers”. To trim gov’t based on whim will trigger more ardent political battles and division. We need to reduce spending across-the-board at the same rate – a 4% annual reduction. This way the pain is evenly spread… and political battles become less fervently fought.
Comedian Groucho Marx quipped, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” I certainly agree.

AJ: What would we Mike Kolls tax policy? What current Federal level taxes would you work on?
MK: Our national scandal is NOT a poor tax policy, it is massive debt - $ 19,500,000,000,000. I recommend NO CHANGES to the US Tax Code until the federal debt is paid-in-full. We need federal receipts to pay the massive debt. We can take tax reform action near the year 2056.
Forty years from now, with forty years of annual spending cuts, we should be able to cut individual income taxes to 50% of 2015 rates and eliminate corporate income taxes. The details of my plan are at http://tellwashington.us/dDebt.html #plan.  

AJ: When talking about the border and border issues since you live in a state that is connected with Mexico what is your stance on immigration? How would you address this to your constituents if elected?
MK: People that contribute to each Sovereign State and the nation at large should be able to stay and be part of us.
I favor open borders, but NO federal benefits to non-citizens. Taking away an unearned incentive may dissuade some taking advantage of US generosity. All immigrants must pay applicable taxes – federal, state, and local income taxes.
Immigrants reside in a Sovereign State. They must first become citizens of the state in which they reside. Each Sovereign State should be able to a) welcome or discourage immigrants and b) to set the criteria for state citizenship. A citizen of a state may then apply for US citizenship.
As a federal Representative I do NOT want to issue edicts to the Sovereign States.  I offer the following suggestion to the states – each immigrant and/or his sponsor must fund the immigrant; there will be NO federal assistance. A sponsor must be a) a US citizen, b) a US corporation or business, or c) a US charitable organization.

AJ: Before we go, what kind of outreach are you doing for your campaign? Are you traveling around the state talking to people or is this a social media based campaign? What is the best way for people to reach you with any questions?
MK: Ideas should dominate political campaigns, NOT money. I have raised $0. That total will NOT change through Election Day.
The ideas of Libertarianism are orthodox Americana – individual Freedom and minimal gov’t. We the People are the reason government is established. Gov’t must zealously defend OUR Life, Liberty, and Property.
Third Party success will depend upon media coverage and access. With access, our Liberty-leaning vision/ideas can be heard (… we might have part of the solution). I am hoping for 5, 10, or 20 minutes of fame… to share a vision of a gov’t “…of the People, by the People, for the People”.
Please visit my campaign website – http://tellwashington.us (or http://tx24.us) to see and evaluate ideas on how to maximize individual Liberty. Also, start a dialogue with me; my campaign email is at the top of each webpage.

AJ: Thank you Mike for sharing with Liberty Chronicle. If you live in his district please take a look into him at his page and go out to vote.

Five Points that Carry Us by Scott Scrimshaw


Friends,

There is much we carry in our hearts, minds and spirits as we run this race before us. We are running a race of significance. Of endurance. We feel the sweat, the breath in our lungs and the burn in our legs. The Mountain top is worth the effort.

This is where we turn to one another, trust in our leadership, our relationships and take the next steps together. To do in fellowship what we have all been entrusted to do individually. The pace can be frenetic, the cost high and the soul tried. The spirit is simultaneously wearied and buoyed. Wearied by the size of the task, the attacks and yet buoyed by the goodness of our purpose.

There is a food in doing good. There is a lift that comes from hope. We gain an inner sustenance by doing that which is Universally recognized as good. A resolute optimism comes by engaging in efforts our forefathers stood for and which people have sought after throughout the World and throughout History. I am a Christian Chaplain and so I speak to you from the Scriptures I know and love:

"Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” - John 4:31-38

1) We have been sent to accomplish work.

2) The timing is now.

3) We have fields ripe for harvest.

4) The harvest is a result of many laborers.

5) Though it is labor it is a shared, joyful work and we are where we are today because of what others have done before us.

To be sure there is a spiritual nature to what Jesus was revealing but whether or not you embrace Christ as I have or do not - when we work together with these 5 Points in mind we work in a way that unifies, lifts up and sustains us individually and corporately. We are not alone in our efforts. This is fitting as we are no longer looked upon as a curiosity or an afterthought. Johnson-Weld is a genuine threat to the powers that be and the fight is on.

The obstruction we have faced before in our efforts is now melded with outright attacks and distortions. Do not take these personally. Do not give these things room to beat you down or distract you. They do not matter. We have something of real substance. Do not focus on the right or left but keep squarely in step with each other. Trust that what you need will be there when you need it. Trust also the two at the top of this ticket.

We have a long distance endurance athlete and a grand master chess player working with a strategy in play by veteran strategist. We have proven leadership. Let us each support, encourage and bolster the steps of our Leadership and of our Brethren. We have a ticket worthy of respect. We have an endurance and a sustenance that comes from doing together what is good. So together let us fight this good fight, Let us run this race. I am thankful and grateful for each of you in this endeavor we are in. We will not go gently into that good night.

Blessings to all,

Scott Scrimshaw
Chaplain, Johnson Weld Faith Coalition
Hood River, Oregon