No permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests

generations_250.jpgAmerica has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” -Henry Kissinger.

I grew up in an amazing family, rich in culture, activism, intellect, spirituality and achievement. I was born in October 1968, six months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and four months after the assassination of Presidential Candidate Robert “Bobby” Kennedy.  The 1960s and early 1970s was a particularly turbulent political period in the United States, with the protests against the Vietnam War and the ongoing protest internally over the civil rights of American citizens.  As a child [as with most children], my social, economic, religious and political views were shaped, and thereby controlled, by those in my immediate surroundings, namely my family and close friends of the family. 

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Educating Americans

education_250.jpgPrimary and secondary education in this country is an embarrassment.  OK, OK, that's an exaggeration, to some degree.  We have many fine schools in this country, some private and some tax-supported.  But overall, we are being taken to the cleaners by almost every other developed country in the world, educationally speaking.  So what do we do about it?

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He's Not My Cup of Tea, But....

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Otter: He can't do that to our pledges!

Boon: Only we can do that to our pledges.

--Animal House, 1978

January 17: Nobody can be harder on Libertarians than other Libertarians. We disagree about policy, we disagree about strategy, and we disagree about who is – or is not! –  a real Libertarian! As a group, we have real issues with learning to work and play well with others.

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The message IS the message

man_shouting_250.jpgOne thing I learned growing up is that communication is the art and the craft of conveying meaning from one person to another. My mother, God bless her, taught me that. This means that the craft just isn't happening until the message has been received and understood. The artistry and elegance with which it is framed is worthless and meaningless until that message is received and understood.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Instant Runoff Voting, But Were Afraid to Ask

ohio-ballot-access-250.jpgEvery Libertarian who has been through an election or two as a party activist knows the frustration of having to deal with the “wasted vote syndrome.” 

“Vote for Libertarian Edgar Everyman!” we tell a fellow voter.  “Gee, I'd really like to,” says the voter.  “Edgar's the man!  But I can't vote for him.  If I do, Wendy Wickedwitch might win, and we can't have that!  So I'm going to have to hold my nose and vote for Sidney Sociopath instead.  He's the (wait for it!) lesser of two evils!”

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Credit Bureau or Credit Bubble?

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Are the credit bureaus responsible?
Are they contributing to the housing and credit bubble?
Why is identity theft so rampant?
What can we do about it?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  - George Santayna

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Say no to a permanent tax increase!

Franklin_County.pngFranklin County is considering making its temporary quarter-penny sales-tax hike permanent. Officials figure people have already been paying it, so they won’t notice the pinch. Besides, it’s for a good cause: government.

We appreciate that county officials’ hearts are in the right place — they see endless social-service needs and desirable community investments that an additional $60 million a year could support. But their fingers are in the wrong place: our pockets.

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2017 LPO Election News

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 While we wish we could report more victories, the 2017 elections had some bright spots for Ohio Libertarians.  More importantly, the results demonstrate a growing interest in the Party and bodes well for our ability to maintain our Party status once we complete our Ballot Access Petition drive. Assuming the courts enforce the law and allow us to remain a recognized party with more than 3% of the vote.

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LPO attends Students for Liberty Convention

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On November 4th three members of the LPO were fortunate enough to attend the Student for Liberty Regional Conference hosted at The Ohio State University. We were very grateful for the invitation to represent the Libertarian Party of Ohio. Despite a modest attendance, the quality of the crowd was apparent and while walking the hall where various sponsors had set up my ears were pleased with the talk of the liberty-lovers of tomorrow. It was wonderful to hear the real promise in the rhetoric and debates among the next generation of advocates for freedom.

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