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laws.' My hat's off to this dedicated group. 'All politics
"I canít wait for the day when every state has a
Liberty Leadership Council."
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I want to let everyone know that I will be running for Chair of the LPM at our next convention. Having evaluated the present circumstances, I feel that I can serve the best interests of our party well.
Some of you are aware that the State Party went through some growing pains this past year but that seems to be behind us now. Change is always hard, but as long as we put our party first, we will always come through it successfully. I am now looking forward to an exciting election year.
At the cornerstone of what I hope to see accomplished in the coming year is a transformation within the party where we become 1) inclusive as a party by showing tolerance to dissent and opening the process up for participation by anyone who is sincere 2) engage in full and fair disclosure on all party matters by all officers and committees and 3) encourage everyone to always put their party first (we will all win some and lose some along the way but put your party first by sticking with it).
As to political activities, I will be advancing plans to substantially increase our membership (in fact this is already underway), and I will be offering ways to mass market (or massively publisize the LPM and the ideals of libertarianism).
It is my opinion that we should work hard to get people elected to partisan offices starting at the local level first where we can already compete and move our way up incrementally. Lastly, I think there is a place for everyone in this party, the philosophers and the politicians, and that neither should set up a circumstance that works to exclude the other.
I would appreciate your support in May, thank-you,
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Libertarian Party of Michigan
Contact: Ghazey Aleck, Chair
MICHIGAN SENATE PLAN FOR
REWARDING RUN DOWN SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Do you happen to live in one of Michiganís better school districts that maintain their buildings and property? How dare you! Didn't you know that the Republicans in the Michigan State Senate want to punish you for it?
Senate Republicans have proposed a new state bond that would reward school districts that have allowed their infrastructure to fall into disrepair by poorly maintaining their facilities. The new proposed $2 Billion bond will go to finance those badly managed school districts.
Finally, the best part of this reward is that the whole state will pay for it with their taxes. In other words, you get to pay for their mismanagement. How do you like them now?
The Libertarian Party of Michigan says people are getting fed up with government officials rewarding poorly managed schools and making the rest of us pay for it. Now is the time for our state leadership to cut funding to failing schools and to increase school choice. Parents will naturally select safe, well-managed school for their children when they are given back the resources to have the ability to choose what is best for their children themselves.
According to Diane Barnes, candidate for the Libertarian nomination for State Board of Education, "No school district should be rewarded for failing to maintain the most basic of facilities such as buildings. Part of every school's budget is supposed to be used for the upkeep and maintenance of buildings. By providing this bond to assist schools that have failed to maintain their buildings is the same as rewarding them for their neglect."
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ghazey Aleck, Chair
PROPERTY RIGHTS IN MICHIGAN?
WHAT PROPERTY RIGHTS?
Amos Weaver of rural Gladwin County is only one of a growing list of Michigan citizens who have discovered that you don't own the land you pay for.
Forget for a moment about the fact that the government will take your property away from you for non-payment of the rent they charge you (called taxes), and forget about the way they tell you how to use their rented land through unreasonable enforcement of zoning laws too. The government has more ways to get you than you can ever imagine.
On January 31 of this year Mr. Weaver, joined by a number of his fellow Amish neighbors, found out it is illegal to occupy a dwelling without specific water and sewer systems. The case is still pending in the 80th District Court.
It doesn't matter that his community has been living this way for hundreds of years. It doesn't matter that the land is bought and paid for. It doesn't matter that he has diligently paid his property taxes. It doesn't even matter that he is happy and no one is getting hurt.
The government tells what you can, and what you cannot do with your own property right down to the type of toilet you can use. In other words you simply rent the land from the government because they ultimately decide every aspect of how you can use the land.
According to Libertarian Party of Michigan Ghazey Aleck, "This is wrong in so many ways. Mr. Weaver is guaranteed protection under the United States Constitution for freedom of religion. More importantly, it is the government's job is to protect the rights of property owners not destroy them. Ownership means doing what you want when you want as long as you do not hurt anyone else in the process, and the government should have no authority to circumvent the rights of property owners. What has this country come to?"
The battle is not over for Mr. Weaver. If convicted he could face a fine and 90 days in jail -- just for living happily on his own property.
Remember that the Leadership Conference is to take place this Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. No admission charge, except for lunch which must be reserved. Let Michigan Vice-Chair Diane Barnes know you will be going by writing her at email@example.com. The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 5700 28th St. SE Grand Rapids. The agenda includes a campaign workshop by Stephen Townsend, making sense of voter data session by Barb Goushaw, candidate paperwork/campaign finance by Ghazey Aleck and a building party membership session by Steve Dashbach, National Libertarian Party Director. Don't miss it.
Don't forget to keep recruiting those candidates! The nomination process is only a few months away.
Remind everyone you know to renew their membership. Our number of members have fallen off due to a number of factors but let's not let forgetfulness be one of them.
And, don't forget to have some fun, this is what it is all about!
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