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FOX Caves Again on Election Integrity

Wayne Root (LP VP candidate in 2008) continues to be one of the few commentators to openly reject the Great Steal of the 2020 election (as well as the fraud committed in the 2022 midterms). Here he discusses the settlement FOX News reached with Dominion over their defamation lawsuit (reached mainly because FOX didn’t want Rupert Murdoch to have to testify, and Dominion didn’t want info proving their voting machinery was compromised to get revealed at trial). But the general case for mass election fraud and cheating remains unanswered:

“Because Fox News settled with Dominion, now the Marxist-controlled mainstream media will go into full bait-and-switch mode. They will claim “the case is settled and closed. It’s now proven the 2020 election wasn’t rigged and stolen.”…I believe elections are still being rigged and stolen. The 2022 midterms were almost as bad as the 2020 presidential election. One race is Exhibit A. Democrats clearly stole the Arizona Governor’s race from Kari Lake. Arizona Democrats rigged the vote by making sure vote tabulators didn’t work on Election Day in heavily GOP districts…

Here is the Democrat playbook for stealing elections…

*No government-issued Voter (or photo) ID.

Did you know we are the only major nation in the world without government issued Voter ID? Did you know all the other nations acknowledge that Voter ID is necessary to prevent widespread voter fraud?

Did you know that Mexico requires government issued Photo ID plus a thumbprint?

Did you know U.S. territory Puerto Rico requires government issued Photo ID plus thumbprint to vote? Yet in America its “racist” (says Democrat frauds) to ask for the same thing required in a U.S. territory.

*Mail-in ballots handed to everyone (in many states mass mailed to voters without even asking), without Voter ID.

Did you know we are the only major nation in the world to allow mail-in ballots? Did you know all the other nations acknowledge publicly that mail-in ballots are a recipe for massive voter fraud?

Did you know even ultra-woke Starbucks demands in-person voting for its own union elections? They told a court that voting by mail leads to voter fraud.

But I’m just getting started. The 2020 election was stolen by…

*Five states colluding to stop the vote count on election night- for the first time in history. They sent all witnesses home, then they magically found enough votes by morning to overcome Trump’s huge leads- with no witnesses in the room.

*Ballot harvesting with no oversight– a practice that until Covid was criminal in 49 states.

*Ballot drop boxes with no oversight. If you don’t understand, please watch the movie “2000 Mules.”

*Little or no signature match on these millions of mail-in ballots.

*Counting fake ballots for days after the election. Ask yourself one simple question: What are the odds only Democrats have won every single time in history, after being behind on Election Night, and then a week of counting ballots? I’m no math genius, but I’d say the odds of that are 1 in a billion…

And the big one…

*We know the FBI rigged the election. They paid Twitter to change the news feed in favor of Biden and silence conservative voices on social media. See emails released by Elon Musk. [Note: See also Ron Paul.] The FBI rigged the 2020 election. FACT.”   Read the rest.

 

Gun Control Freaks Switch Strategy

This Second Amendment advocate carefully outlines changes in the gun control approach following the Heller decision. Since the Supreme Court ruling clearly protects handguns, the control freaks now focus on banning “long guns,” or “assault weapons” such as AR-15 rifles et al:

 

Lessons in Political Liberty—Take Human Action NYC Tour

Stream of a major session held by speakers for the LP Mises Caucus, from the Take Human Action tour in NYC last week, including speakers like Dave Smith and Tom Woods. The Caucus (representing the dominant group in the National LP today) is seeking to educate LP members on how to run for office, and bring concepts of political liberty (from Mises to Murray Rothbard) to the masses. Find a few hours to listen, it’s time well spent:

 

Unification! Queens County Libertarians Finally Together

We are proud to announce the inaugural combined event of the now unified LPQ AND QL organizations, into the new Libertarian Party of Queens County (LPQC). This official LP county committee will hold its initial business meeting (plus speaker/topical section) on April 8 at noon, at OBA Grill on Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills. The topic for discussion will be “Unification” and plans for the local party.

In this introductory session members from both groups will get to know each other, begin to complete the turnover of officer functions, and clarify current and upcoming projects. LPQC officers (John Clifton, Chair), Francisco Olvera (Vice Chair) and Mark Weinblatt (Treasurer) will go over the new arrangements. LPQC’s mission will be further defined, and prospects for conducting outreach and fundraising will be reviewed. Details and Directions

LPQC Treasurer Weinblatt and Vice President Olvera have drafted their remarks from the Queens LP side of things, which will be posted to the next LPNY Newsletter, which reads as follows:

QUEENS COUNTY LIBERTARIANS FINALLY TOGETHER

After years of having two parties identifying themselves as the LP of
Queens, NY, both entities decided to become one.

“We formed LPQC after the LP got ballot access in NYS and we had an
organizational meeting at [Former LPQC Chair] Mike Arcati’s house in
early 2019. It has been a challenge since then to gain strength by
reaching out to those in Queens who had registered as Libertarians.
Without reaching out, we struggle to raise money, and without money,
we can’t afford to reach out. It’s a Catch-22. The pandemic
restrictions made things even more difficult. Now that we have a
regular meeting time and place and will take on more ‘official’ party
business, my hope is that we can find ways of both reaching out to
like-minded Queens residents and also raising money to help extend
that outreach to the ‘libertarian-curious’ who would be open to our
ideas and values. We welcome any help that we can get from anywhere
else in the state or National.” — Mark Weinblatt

At the same time, John Clifton’s QL has been very active getting
people together whether voters, party partisans or simply persons who
share libertarian ideas or a good story from a guest speaker.

As with most good stories, everything happened by chance. John
Clifton, who had been running QL for several years, approached Mark
Weinblatt (LPQC) with the idea of merging the Queens entities after
Mark attended a meeting of the QL and let him know that LPQC did not
have a chair at the moment. A short time later, after years of having
two parties that broke resources in almost half and getting nowhere,
the two groups finally merged in early March 2023 with John Clifton
from QL as Chair, myself from LPQC as Vice Chair and Mark Weinblatt
from LPQC as treasurer.

Now it is time for LPQC to focus on promoting the party, its
philosophy and its brand. As with other county affiliates, educating
voters and anyone who can influence other voters is the biggest
challenge.

* Clifton has brought many ideas on how to teach young adults at a
college level, but we still need to promote the party at high school
level. Needless to say, this is an up-hill battle given the GOP/DNC
duopoly in the United States.

* We would merge the data sources into a common database that can be
used by LPQC and possibly the LPNY if we can get all the proper
datasets.

 

Proposed TikTok Ban a Cover for Patriot Act Part II

Any bill calling itself a “RESTRICT” act on Communications CANNOT be pro-First Amendment or good Libertarian news. While banning Chinese surveillance of US consumers (through spying apps like TikTok) may be a good thing, using overreaching legislation to vastly expand US surveillance and control is ridiculous. Rand Paul, Reason, Tucker Carlson, Substack journalists and the below Quartering podcast agrees:

 

WP Reports Conservative, Libertarian Forces Are Blocking Future Pandemic Lockdowns

The Washington Post complains that attempts to enforce future COVID or other pandemic lockdown polices are being successfully prevented by conservative, libertarian and legal groups. The Gateway Pundit observes that WP “is deeply upset that Conservatives and Libertarians are standing in the way of future pandemic lockdowns. This is an excellent reminder that the liberal media gleefully supported shutting down the United States during COVID and would absolutely love to see it happen again. If Conservatives and Libertarians are standing in the way, they deserve our thanks and admiration.”  Some excerpts:

…Conservative and libertarian forces have defanged much of the nation’s public health system through legislation and litigation as the world staggers into the fourth year of Covid… The movement to curtail public health powers successfully tapped into a populist rejection of pandemic measures following widespread anger and confusion over the government response to Covid. Grass-roots-backed candidates ran for county commissions and local health boards on the platform of dismantling health departments’ authority. Republican legislators and attorneys general, religious liberty groups and the legal arms of libertarian think tanks filed lawsuits and wrote new laws modeled after legislation promoted by groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative, corporate-backed influence in statehouses across the country…

Those seeking to dismantle public health powers say they’re fighting back against an intrusion on their rights by unelected bureaucrats who overstepped amid a national crisis. “We don’t want to concentrate power in a single set of hands,” said Rick Esenberg, head of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a libertarian law firm that won a state Supreme Court case barring health officials from closing schools. “It’s a usurpation of the legislative role.” More…

 

Clifton on 20 Years of US Foreign Intervention

Join us on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm (noon) to explore the topic of “From Iraq to Ukraine—20 Years of US Intervention” and the prospects for new military adventurism escalating in 2023. QL President and former LPNY Chair and US Senate candidate John Clifton (possible additional guests TBA) will lead a discussion as to the wisdom of baiting the Russian bear by expanding the proxy war in Ukraine, continuing to vaguely confront China on Taiwan, or supporting the resumption of hostilities in the Mideast. The propaganda narratives used to promote entering these conflicts, from Iraq to present, will also be reviewed.

Clifton asks who mainly benefits from all this warfare, besides the MIC (the military industrial complex)? “Who’s on first—which one of these powder kegs will pop into full war? Can the US/NATO maintain the “unipolar” geo-political world of the last few generations (where it controls foreign affairs), or have we evolved into a “multipolar” world where multiple super powers rule?” Note:  The two Libertarian entities in Queens (QL and LP Queens) are unifying as one LPQC, with the combined group serving as the county committee of LPNY! Progress on this new development will be discussed at the March meeting.

Details and Directions

 

LP of Queens and Queens Libertarians in Process of Unifying as the NEW LPQC—Breaking

Based on a dialogue that began at QL’s February 11 meeting with Larry Sharpe, which members of QL and the LP of Queens attended, both groups have at last decided to explore becoming one official entity, the Libertarian Party of Queens County (LPQC), as early as March of this year. The unification planned would basically be a “true merge” of both their practices, by means of the existing members of QL being absorbed into LP Queens, and LP Queens adopting QL’s current format of holding monthly physical meetings (at OBA). Members of the two groups will make up the officer positions, under one administration.

The deliberations would, once completed, restore the presence of LPQC as one official entity in a combined county committee of the LPNY, while moving past the division existing between some state committee members of the 2010’s and the original LPQC, that led to the de-chartering of the latter in late 2016. Then-LPQC objected to the circumstances of that action in a lengthy article documenting the history of the dispute. While the LP chartered the LP of Queens (or Queens LP) as the official county committee for the area, both groups have claimed the title “LPQC” since then—the original due to its long history and continuous activity, and the current group due to its recognized status.

QL President John Clifton is expected to be the new Chair of LPQC after the adoption of the merge agreement. Additional details about the unified LPQC will be announced in the coming days, and discussed at the March 11 QL meeting.  “Queens Libertarians” (the brand, and the site) is also expected to continue as a promotional arm of the county committee. It appears a new day is starting for libertarian activism and advocacy in Queens, under one umbrella!

 

The New Politics of Evasion—Constituents Confront Congressman on Nordstream 2

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D, Bronx, one district over from AOC) , faces constituent heat over his non-response to the story published by acclaimed journalist Seymour Hersh that the US blew up the Nordstream 2 pipeline. Such a report should at least justify Congress investigating it as an act of US aggression that could provoke a war. But in the new politics of evading accountability, some closet chicken-hawks don’t seem to want to go there:

 

2022 Lessons Learned by Larry Sharpe

Join us on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm (noon) to explore the topic of “Lessons Learned” from the Libertarian Party campaigns of 2022. LPNY Candidate for Governor Larry Sharpe returns to speak much more extensively on the political issues and challenges that emerged with his campaign, and how the party can overcome those obstacles come the 2024 cycle. Among topics reviewed will be Sharpe’s coalition approach, the petition drive, the legal battle, how to organize fundraising and activists to secure 50 state ballot status for the LP in ’24, and more.

The meeting will be at our new regular location at OBA Mediterranean Grill at 104-02 Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills (not the OBA on Austin St). It will also feature a short general business meeting where several items will be voted on. QL ball caps will again be available for new paid members. See you all there!   Details and Directions