LPM Online

August 7, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  3. BARC Update

  1. Upcoming Events

    August 8, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:30 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Location: Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500.
    Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: dbarnes98@aol.com

    August 9, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The Ballot Access Restoration Committee meets the second and fourth Thursday every month -- until we submit petition signatures to the Bureau of Elections to be certified to once again be able to run Libertarian candidates in partisan races. All LPM members are welcome to attend and help with both the planning and execution of our petition drive.
    Location: LPMHQ, 619 E. 9 Mile, Hazel Park (just east of I-75)
    Contact: Nancy O'Brien Phone: (313) 562-5778 E-mail: nobrien321@home.com

    August 9, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The Libertarian Party of West Michigan is having its monthly membership meeting.
    Location: Brann's on the corner of US-131 and Leonard in Grand Rapids.
    Contact: Jeff Steinport Phone: (616) 447-0721 E-mail: jeffs@pathwaynet.com

    August 11, 2001 - 1:00 PM
    Lit drop for the Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council campaign. Join us for a BBQ picnic in the HQ parking lot afterward. Picnic is free to volunteers who drop lit, but Dave will hit up everyone else for donations. Rain or shine, this is a family event so bring your kids!
    Location: LPM HQ in Hazel Park at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Aug 11, to drop lit to all 6500 houses in Hazel Park.
    Contact: Dave Collver Phone: (248) 542-9274 E-mail: dccollver@aol.com

    August 13, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    CLARE-GLADWIN LIBERTARIAN PARTY MEETING, turn in signatures, get new petitions, review FAIR success, get ready for Freedom Banquet 2001, refreshments provided.
    Location: Grant Twp. Hall, one mile west of Jay's Sporting Goods on Surrey Road.
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (989) 386-2699 E-mail: aleckfamily@voyager.net

    August 14, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting. All dues-paying members are welcome. Business begins at 7:30 PM.
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, just east of I-75.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail:  LpocChairChris@aol.com

    August 15, 2001
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate.
    Location: Figaro's is located at 1503 11th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 987-3588. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend@advnet.net

    August 16, 2001
    The Van Buren County chapter gives everyone a month off to enjoy the summer. See you on the third thursday night of next month. Get some more signatures on your copy of the petition!!!
    Location: CT's Restaurant, South Haven, located on the corner of M-43 and Blue Star Highway
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (616) 637-4525

    August 20, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    Meeting of the Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council Campaign.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park
    Contact: Dave Collver Phone: (248) 542-9274 E-mail: DCCollver@aol.com

    August 22, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County General Membership Meeting. Public welcome. Meet for dinner at 6:30pm, business begins at 7:30pm
    Location: Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Sila's is 2 blocks west of Greenfield on Twelve Mile Road.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail:  LpocChairChris@aol.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. GROWING UP TO BE A BIG PARTY by Ghazey H. Aleck II

    The Libertarian Party has made great strides both nationally and locally since 1971. This is unquestionable. All of the efforts of those that have come before me, have my deepest respect and appreciation. There is nothing that could be proposed to happen today had it not been for the past Herculean efforts of every hard working libertarian member, past and present. However, there must come a time for a change of direction and I propose that that time has come.

    Libertarian Party activists have traditionally focused on fighting local, State and National laws that restrict your freedom. This has been the primary focus. A lot of time and energy of the party and its members have been put into demonstrating, petitioning, and speaking against the tidal waves of unfairness found everywhere out there. Despite the best courageous efforts of everyone, libertarians can not come close to stemming the relentless tide of statism. Their efforts can be likened to a mosquito trying to drop an elephant in full charge. This leaves many libertarians frustrated and angry.

    The energy absorbed in waging battle against the omnipotent government at all levels, is too high of a price to pay for a "political party". A "political party" is the sum total of the membership and their efforts in getting candidates elected. The efforts of a "political party" must be for the party's purposes only in order for it to properly function and grow as a "political party".

    I suggest to everyone that you now consider what it will take to grow up to be a BIG "political party". First, ask yourself, are we or are we not a political party? If so, are we legitimately competing with the two major parties? What do the two major political parties do? How do the two major political parties do it? Is the LP doing what is necessary to grow up to be a big political party? I submit that the answer to all of these questions is presently "No".

    While we call ourselves the Libertarian "Party", too many libertarians act like members of a dinner club or like old style "hippie" demonstrators. As a whole, not many libertarian party members act like they belong to a political party. Since many have never belonged to a major political party, this is not surprising. However, a successful political party uses different tools and weapons to engage in all out political warfare. Libertarians do not have to re-invent the wheel to become a major political party either because we have two successful major political parties from which to pattern ourselves. Before you get all huffy, let me explain.

    The Republicans and Democrats market themselves all the time. Their local meetings can be found in every county in the nation. They are always recruiting membership. More importantly, they are constantly recruiting candidates for all offices and looking ahead to the next election. This is a daily obsession with them.

    Each of the two major parties have an array of supporting organizations and political action committees to add to their efforts. Neither the Republicans and the Democrats spend any significant time on demonstrating, petitioning or speaking about issues (unless to further market themselves toward winning the next election). They have one function--to get ready to win elections. Every day of every year is spent getting ready to win the next election!

    The Republicans and Democrats are obsessed with getting ready for the next election. Imagine every day (yes, I mean every day) looking for candidates, raising money, and recruiting new members. This is what the Libertarian Party must do to compete, to ultimately win elections and to grow into a big political party.

    Earlier I made a point of saying that a "political party" should not let its energy be absorbed by demonstrations and the frustrations that follow. Yet, you will probably want to point out that individual Republicans and Democrats also engage in demonstrations, petitioning and speaking on issues. I submit that individual Libertarians can do the same. The point I want to make is that none of the organized local, State, or National Libertarian Parties should be used for this, participate in this or spend any time encouraging this. The Party's job is to build an organization to win the next election.

    Thus, the change in direction I propose is that the primary focus of the Libertarian Party organization everywhere be to shift the focus of the membership to do the same things that the two major parties do--constant recruitment of members, constant marketing, contant recruitment of candidates, constant fundraising and always, always, getting ready for the next election. We can grow up to be a big party. The time is upon us. Let's change our direction and compete to win!

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  3. BARC Update by Nancy O'Brien

    As of August 3, we have 15,106 signatures checked and logged in at headquarters. Sunday, August 5 marked the halfway point of our petition drive. We should have at least 25,000 signatures by now. The good news is that our members carried over 1,000 signatures into HQ on Sunday when they arrived for the LEC meeting. They will be included in the tables in next week’s e-newsletter.

    We have contracted for 11,000 signatures from paid petitioners to make up the shortfall we experienced in Phase I of the petition drive.

    At the beginning of the petition drive we divided the number of signatures needed for success by the number LPM members. We then multiplied the quotient (27) by the number of members in each affiliate. The following is the resulting signature goal for each affiliate and how each is doing as of August 3:

                        Signatures               % Of
    Affiliate            Collected     Goal      Goal
    ---------           ----------     ----      ----
    Allegan County              43      560      7.7%
    Berrien County             107      560     19.1%
    Branch-Hillsdale Counties   48      351     13.7%
    Clare-Gladwin Counties     132      320     56.4%
    Ionia                       23      240      9.6%
    Kalamazoo County            41     1013      4.0%
    Lapeer-Genesse Counties     23     1413      1.6%
    Livingston                  80     1732      4.6%
    Macomb County             1111     5784     19.2%
    Mid-Michigan               429     2852     15.0%
    Midwest Michigan            79      560     14.1%
    Oakland County            2470    10688     23.1%
    Ottawa County               56      800      7.0%
    South Central Michigan      43     1652      2.6%
    Shiawassee County         1357      293    463.1%
    Saint Clair County          11      693      1.6%
    Traverse Bay                 7      773      0.9%
    Tri-Cities                 369     1173     31.5%
    Upper Peninsula             39     1119      3.5%
    Van Buren County           135      426     31.7%
    Washtenaw County          3825     2799    136.7%
    Wayne County               781     8422      9.3%
    West Michigan               80     2799      2.9%

    It should be noted that the above totals do not reflect monetary contributions from members of each affiliate, although these will ultimately be counted toward their signature totals ($1 = 1 sig). Remember: if you don't have the time or inclination to collect signatures, you may always make a contribution instead, and we will contract for your “fair share” from paid professionals. Every dollar you donate to the BARC effort counts as one signature toward both your individual and affiliate goals. Send checks to: LPM-BARC, 619 East Nine Mile Road, Hazel Park, MI 48030.

    Special thanks to our top ten petitioners. They are:

    AL TITRAN             703
    JERRY E BLOOM         447
    VIOLET STEELE         356
    RICHARD JOZWIAK       240
    TRAFTON JEAN          230
    JAMES L. HUDLER       213
    LLOYD SHERMAN         208

    Thank you to everyone else who has put forth the effort to collect signatures. Whether or not we remain a political party will be determined by your efforts.

    BARC Announcements

    The Phase II checkpoint is August 18. Please send in every signature you have collected by that date. That is the only way we can determine how many signatures we have and how many more we need. But don’t stop petitioning! Just send in what you have up to that point so that we can measure our progress.

    Remember, you don't have to wait until then. It helps us if you submit your petitions sheets as soon as they are filled. We can't check and log them, nor give you credit for the signatures you have collected until we have them in the HQ. If you don't trust the U.S. 1st Class mail (a prudent concern), mail them certified to my address: Nancy O'Brien, 17015 Cicotte, Allen Park, MI 48101. To mail a stack of 300 or so petitions by certified mail will cost approximately $7.00. I will sign for them and let you know they have arrived safely.

    Volunteers Needed: We will need help with petition checking and logging on Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 at HQ. Please come in and give us a hand.

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