LPWIre for September

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News and Views of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin

September 2021
All entries by Newsletter Editor Kevin Litten unless otherwise indicated

Wisconsin Libertarians continue work on new mission statement

Besides running for congress, protesting heavy handed mandates, and being our state party’s Chair, Jake VandenPlas, has been working on a Mission Statement. It hasn’t been approved yet. Progress has been made.

Here is the proposed mission statement of the LPWI:

“The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin seeks to be the leader in our state’s liberty movement. Our elected officials leading by example and our membership through voluntaryism and charitable works will reshape Wisconsin. We will actively work to hold those in power accountable by advocating for the limitation of the size, scope, expense, and intrusiveness of government at all levels. We shall encourage peaceful achievement of political and social goals without the initiation of force or coercion. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime.”

Many mission statements are one sentence long. It is supposed that if it is any longer your mission is muddled. However, “Seeking world domination by peaceful means,” just doesn’t tell the story. Some mission statements run for several paragraphs. Perhaps the organization has multiple missions they seek to accomplish. Some people believe that no one reads the mission statement so its function of focusing the organization on its goals is worthless.

Many people in the state party came together and worked on this. That it got done, on time, is a credit to Jacob’s leadership. Any single sentence of our mission statement holds up well as a mission statement for our organization. Together they make an even better mission statement. Kind of like Libertarians in general. We’d do it alone if we could, but we can’t.

Libertarians plan presence at Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival

The 51st annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival will soon be upon us. It will be held Sunday, Oct. 3 in Madison. The event will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Many groups, including veterans groups, will be there to demand our state law makers “Liberate Cannabis Cultivation” now. Chris Nass is organizing our party’s presence. So far he has space reserved for 2 tents. Persons registering at the tents may win door prizes, LP T-shirts, and pick up copies of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.

Nass is working with volunteers to construct a float for the event parade that will travel from Library Mall to the Capital. Once at the capital, be prepared for motivating speeches. Five bands are scheduled to perform “green grass” music. Hmmm. If someone can provide a tractor to pull the float that would be appreciated. The theme for this event will be “Enough is Enough.”

Chris reminded The Wire, “that use of the word marijuana may get you banned from Facebook so be careful how you promote this. Also any insurrectionists should probably just stay home. This is going to be a fun time.” To volunteer or just join the fun contact Chris at chrisnass@hotmail.com

NOTA wins At Large Representative race in two Executive Committee meetings

At the last two Executive Committee meetings, NOTA (None Of The Above) has received the most votes to fill the open At Large Representative position. ExCom members should know the difference between abstaining, which is when a member in attendance chooses not to vote, and NOTA, which is a vote for none of the candidates. It is the opinion of the editor that both candidates are worthy of holding the position, so there are perhaps other issues in holding back either’s approval Those members of ExCom who voted NOTA should make the effort to nominate someone they think would make a good At Large Representative rather than just vote NOTA again. Members can help by suggesting their choices to their District Executive Committee Representative.

Convention Committee will select 2022 speakers at Sept. 20 meeting

Nathan Gall / Convention Committee Chair

After selecting the Radisson in Green Bay for our 2022 Convention location the committee started taking nominations for guest speakers. We have an impressive list of about 20 speakers that we will narrow down at the next committee meeting on Sept 20th. All LPWI members are invited to join convention planning meetings.

National Mises Caucus Facebook Group suspended

“The Libertarian Party Mises Caucus Facebook group—the place where it all started on August 14, 2017 before growing to more than 9,100 members—has been disabled, purportedly for “hate speech” violations.” Caucus officials recently announced. One of the other reasons for the suspension is that so many people marked the messages they were receiving as spam that Facebook killed it. It is unfortunate the the LP has caucuses. “Why can’t we all just get along.” All political parties seem intent on tearing themselves apart. I’d ask all caucuses to work together to get our candidates elected and our principles across. That is what it is all about.

My Labor Day Tradition

Nathan Gall / Convention Committee Chair

On Labor Day weekend, we all have our traditions. I see countless Minnesota and Illinois plates heading north to the cabin for one last weekend on the lake. Others gather in their hometowns for festivals, barbecues, and softball tournaments. It’s the end of summer. And on Labor Day weekend in 2020, it was the end of my time on Facebook. I found it ironic when exactly one year later The WIre asked me what I thought of the Mises Caucus being kicked off Facebook.

I haven’t been affiliated with a Libertarian Caucus since leaving the disorganized radical Caucus in 2018. I hadn’t heard about the Mises ban, I don’t know what was said, or what led to the ban. I have no information in my brain about caucuses being banned from Facebook, and it feels fantastic! The amount of valuable time and brainpower we commit to big tech is increasingly disturbing. Facebook and others have proven time and time again that they do not care about your freedom, so why do we continue to use their services? I know you are thinking of 100 reasons why you need to stay on Facebook, and trust me I had a list just as long. Are they reasons, or are they excuses? Delete your Facebook account, you don’t need it.

I spent my Labor Day weekend in the Wisconsin Dells celebrating my son’s 2nd birthday. The lines were tolerable and the ice cream was just slightly overpriced. But most importantly, I wasn’t wasting my time or energy bellyaching over the latest Facebook ban. Whatever your Labor day tradition may be, I hope you will join me in making it a Facebook-free tradition.

Libertarians donate supplies for refugee children at Fort McCoy

Neil Harmon / LPWI Vice Chair

Jake VandenPlas and I are working hard with Team Rubicon to deliver children’s books, coloring books, coloring utensils, and children’s attire to the refugees at Fort McCoy. We have received generous donations so far and hope to receive even more. We dropped off more than $1000 worth of items on Sept. 13. Then we did a joint interview with a news stations from La Crosse and Eau Claire. We will post pictures online to encourage more media to cover our efforts. Thank you so much to our volunteers and donors. #friendsofLPWI #LPWI #AfghanRefugees #libertyforall

Short Bits

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” – Ron Paul
http://www.rcreader.com/commentary/your-government-your-servant-or-your-master

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not do all their own testing to determine if something is “safe”. They farm it out to the National Institutes of Health (NIH.) Guess who the head of the NIH is? Chrisine Grady. Grady is married to……Dr. Fauci. At any other time this would seem normal. In 2021, maybe not so much.

Best voting advice: Voting isn’t marriage, it is public transport. You are not waiting for “the one”. You are getting on the bus. And if there isn’t one going exactly to your destination, you don’t stay home and sulk. You take the one that is going closest to where you want to be. Ask your friends where they want to be going.

“Taliban Demand Afghans Hand Over Guns, Ammo Within a Week” – Always remember that if people are prohibited from keeping and bearing arms, they are NOT FREE PEOPLE.

“It was time to put up or shut. I will be announcing formally my run for Secretary of State once the paper work gets approved. I will need 2000 signatures to get on the ballot and will need help in this effort. Thank you all ahead of time.” Neil Harmon commenting on his run for Secretary of State

The training program held in Des Moines, Iowa for LP candidates and volunteers in Region 6 was full. A second training program will be scheduled soon.

Jake VandenPlas wants all candidates to know that he has obtained the voter data for the state. If you are running for office and need to use all or part of it. Let him know.

Errata: In last month’s The Wire AppealTheLNC was incorrectly listed as .org, the correct domain name should be AppealTheLNC.com

The Wire also incorrectly reported that the Central Wisconsin Affiliate would probably be the first affiliate to complete all the necessary steps to obtain the $200 the state party is offering to active affiliates. That affiliate group is more correctly known at the Libertarian Party of Central Wisconsin. The Rock County Affiliate may instead be the first affiliate to claim the $200 – but they are not there yet.

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The LP WIre is published monthly. Permission to publish has been given by the LPWI Executive Committee. Editor in Chief is Kevin Litten. The editor of this newsletter may be reached by email at kdlitten@charter.net . Submissions are welcome but are subject to editing for applicability and length. Copyright © 2021, permission to copy only given for research, scholarship, criticism, or comment.
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