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Campaign for Liberty’s response to Lindsey Graham’s arrogant proclamation-May 21, 2009

May 22, 2009

May 21, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Across our nation, Campaign for Liberty’s 150,000+ members are taking action, educating their fellow countrymen, and making a considerable impact on the political landscape. Together, we unapologetically champion the principles that made our nation great: sound money, a constitutionally limited government and foreign policy, and respect for individual liberties.

These ideas transcend traditional boundaries and draw Americans (and like-minded people across the globe) from all backgrounds to the liberty message.

Many Republican leaders, however, continue to believe that principle must be sacrificed on the altar of attaining political power, despite the devastating defeats a “win-at-all-costs” philosophy brought their Party last November.  And, as you will see below, it is the liberty message that has all the momentum.

This past weekend at a South Carolina Republican convention, Senator Lindsey Graham adamantly defended supporting those who choose political expediency over substance. “We’re not going to build [the Republican Party] around libertarian ideas,” he told his audience. “[Ron Paul] is not the leader of this Party,” he emphasized.

Click on the image below to see these widely-circulated remarks.

Senator Graham claimed his view as being that of a Ronald Reagan Republican, but Reagan’s own words in a 1975 Reason interview remove any endorsement of the Senator’s statement.

“If you analyze it,” said Reagan, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

What about principle vs. politics? (Emphasis in the following mine)

Reagan said: “I have been doing my best to try to revitalize the Republican Party groups that I’ve spoken to, on the basis that the time has come to repudiate those in our midst who would blur the Republican image by saying we should be all things to all people in order to triumph… I’ve been urging Republicans to raise a banner and put the things we stand for on that banner and don’t compromise, but don’t try to enlarge the party by being all things to everyone when you can’t keep all the promises. Put up a banner and then count on the fact that if you’ve got the proper things on that banner the people will rally round.”

South Carolina’s junior Senator, Jim DeMint, spoke after Graham and echoed Reagan, commenting about the Senate that he, “[w]ould rather have 30 Republicans who believe in the principles of limited government and free markets and free people than 60 Republicans who have no beliefs at all.”

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford also defended the freedom movement, remarking, “Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment. That is the distinguishing characteristic of our Republic, and frankly what’s made it great… I’ve been accused of being a libertarian, and I would say I wear it as a badge of honor because I do love, believe in, and want to support liberty.”

Click on the image below to watch Governor Sanford’s remarks:

In his speech, Senator Graham noted that those who don’t think winning matters should head for the Party’s exits.

Of course winning is important. But when that becomes your ultimate focus at the expense of everything else, you throw away the integrity our Founders believed crucial in order to be involved in government.

The time has come to make it clear that we will no longer tolerate the rampant trashing of our Constitution by our representatives or their constant shifting on the issues. No matter what political party you belong to, you should have the courage to stand firm on your beliefs.

As our efforts with HR 1207 are demonstrating, you don’t have to cast aside principle to achieve success. A clear, consistent stand on a philosophy of freedom will find supporters, and from there real, lasting change can be effected.

To those in all political parties who wish to maximize freedom and prosperity, we invite you to join us in our efforts. To all those who would sell out our Constitution and their beliefs in pursuit of power, we turn Senator Graham’s words back on him and you by saying, “There’s the exit sign.”

In Liberty,

John Tate


P.S. Campaign for Liberty’s progress in less than a year after its founding has been incredible, but our fight is only beginning. If you are a dues-paying member, take the next step to reclaim your local area for freedom and become a local coordinator today. And if you are able, please consider making a contribution to C4L to help us hold our elected officials accountable.

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)-May 23, 2009 Venue Correction

May 20, 2009

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)

May 20, 2009

Hi folks,

I apologize … I’ve not been in touch much in the last two weeks due to being sick, and then working 100+ hours over the last 9 days on a project with a very, very tight deadline. I just noticed that the location of this month’s HCLP meeting was not correct … we are actually meeting at the Ryan’s on Lee Highway this month.

We will be discussing harnessing the energy from the Tea Parties.


I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: May 23, 2009 7:00 PM

Where: Ryan’s Restaurant
6734 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP “No” or “Maybe” as well as “Yes”.)


YouTube – For Liberty Trailer – Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

May 17, 2009

Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing–tzo

Tennessee Traffic Camera Protest Gathers Support-via-[]-May 09, 2009

May 10, 2009

Camera protest brings in some support

By Madison Mathews, Press Staff Writer,

Mike McGinn doesn’t want traffic cameras to be installed anywhere, especially in his hometown of Kingsport.

“I don’t want them in Kingsport, I want to fight it wherever it’s at,” McGinn said. “This does not improve safety. It improves the financial bottom line (of the city).”

He also believes it infringes upon the constitutional right of all citizens. McGinn traveled from Kingsport, where a traffic camera system has recently been installed, to take part in a rally to protest Jonesborough’s Redflex traffic camera system on Saturday.

The rally was held by the Students of American Liberty, East Tennessee State University’s pro-Constitution group, in front of town hall. From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., many people showed up to sign petitions urging Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to take down the traffic camera system.

“The sentiment is that people don’t want these things. It scares them. It raises traffic accidents. They’re being surveilled by a foreign corporation known as Redflex, (which is) actually based in Australia,” said Matthew Jeffers, chairman of the group and event coordinator. “I have a huge issue with that. I don’t like the fact that a foreign corporation is surveilling us.”

Jeffers believes the Redflex camera system, which was installed at three intersections along 11E in January, breaches the Fourth Amendment and a number of others. Although he doesn’t live in Jonesborough, Jeffers has a large number of family members who live in the town.

“Just because I live out of town, doesn’t mean I don’t hear the voices of people that live in town … 90 percent of the people in this town don’t like these cameras, and if we have to we’ll take it to referendum, and we’ll let the people of this town vote on it and not the mayor and aldermen,” Jeffers said.

Craig Ford, operations manager for the town of Jonesborough, says there’s a number of people who have personally expressed they feel much safer now while traveling through the intersections, because of the traffic camera system.

But Jeffers and the rest of the group in opposition think safety is not in the minds of town officials, but rather a ploy to gain profit.

“We care about the safety. Redflex doesn’t care about the safety. Redflex has no regard for human life and proven it time and time again,” Jeffers said.

Ford said the cameras were put in place in order to provide safety for everyone who drives along 11E, including Jonesborough residents, people passing through the city and officers.

Aside from the safety issue, Jeffers is more concerned with the fact that a foreign entity is surveilling American citizens on their own soil. He said he wants to make clear that Redflex has aggressively pushed its systems in more than 230 cities across America. He believes the board should immediately terminate their contract with Redflex.

“If they refuse to do that then we’ll see if they still have their jobs after the next election. We’ll take a ballot measure and then we’ll take it to the state level, and then I’ll sue them if I have to,” Jeffers said. “When I set out to win a fight, I win it.”

With the rally, the group hoped to not only raise awareness about the situation but to also move toward following many states, such as Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Texas that have either banned the use of traffic light cameras or declared them unconstitutional.

Ford, however, believes the traffic camera system doesn’t have anything to do with being constitutional or not.

“It is not a constitutionally guaranteed right to operate a motor vehicle, it’s a privilege … Each state runs their own driver licensing program,” Ford said.

According to a 2008 report prepared by the state Attorney General, “the issuance of a citation for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from a camera does not violate any constitutional right of the citizens of Tennessee.”

For Jeffers and his group, that is simply not the case.

“When these cameras so-called catch you, you are guilty until proven innocent. This is a total corruption of due process,” Jeffers said. “This is a massacre to the Constitution. Every time I see one of these cameras it breaks my heart.”

Another problem Jeffers has with the traffic camera system is that having an automated traffic monitoring system removes police from the equation and gives Redflex access to personal records.

“If these cameras stop so much crime, let’s just replace the whole police force with cameras,” Jeffers said.

Maj. Matt Rice of the Jonesborough Department of Safety said although the camera is monitoring traffic violations, a sworn officer still has to review the scene and decide if it is in fact a violation.

Rice also believes that taking officers off traffic patrol helps save them from being in danger while having someone stopped on the side of the road.

As the group continued with the rally Saturday, Rice watched as the passionate group of protesters passed out information.

“As passionate as they are against those cameras, I’m just as passionate for them, because I feel that they are a very good tool,” Rice said.

Since the cameras were put in place, city officials have seen a decrease in the number of traffic-related accidents at the three intersections where a Redflex camera system has been installed. It also decreased the number of traffic violations. Ford said once the cameras were in place, 100 violations an hour was taken down to around 30 violations a day.

The Students of American Liberty managed to bring in more than 400 signatures for their petitions, which they soon plan to take before the board. The group plans to spend the next two months canvassing neighborhoods throughout Jonesborough.

“We’re going to take it from every avenue that we can approach it from. We’re going to take it from a constitutional perspective, a legal perspective and hit them every way we can,” Jeffers said.

Although the group was able to gather support for the cause with the rally, Ford said it’s hard to argue with the numbers.

“Even at Wal-Mart, when you pull on the parking lot, you’re on video. Why is that not a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, but it is to take a photo of your license plate, which is a public record,” Ford said. “That argument just absolutely holds no weight whatsoever.”

Watch Matthew Jeffers’ presentation during the Libertarian Party of Tennessee convention, that took place April 24th and 25th, 2009, in Knoxville.


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More Draconian Legislation In The Works – HR 1259-May 09, 2009

May 10, 2009

Video: Ernest Hancock-Creator Of The Ron Paul r3VOLution

May 9, 2009

Ernest Hancock, co-founder of energizes the Libertarian Party of Tennessee convention, April 25, 2009

Ron Paul & HR 1207-Audit The Fed-Restore The 08, 2009

May 9, 2009

Audit The 23, 2009

April 24, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Quote of the Day: “Gold still represents the ultimate form of payment in the world.” — Alan Greenspan, former Chair of the Federal Reserve speaking before the House Banking Committee in May 1999

Subject: The Counterfeiting Numbers

Counterfeiters create new money, illegally. The Federal Reserve (FED) does the same thing, legally.

The legal counterfeiting is worse than the illegal.

Money created by illegal counterfeiters tends to be small, easily discovered, and quickly removed from circulation.

FED counterfeiting is immense, seemingly hidden, and tends to remain in play. This “funny money” . . .

  • attacks your standard of living
  • rips away your savings
  • jacks up your expenses

Just how much counterfeiting has the FED done?

  • The base money supply stands at roughly 1.6 trillion dollars
  • But it was only half that as recently as April, 2007

Your money’s value is roughly half what it was a mere two years ago!

Economic scam artists claim FED counterfeiting doesn’t reduce your money’s value, if the economy is also growing.

But without their counterfeiting, your money would buy more goods and services as the economy expanded, NOT just the same level of goods and services that it bought before, and certainly not LESS than it bought in the past.

The prime benefit of economic growth is gradually falling prices, because entrepreneurs create ways to do more with less.

More with less = gradually falling prices . . .

. . . if the money supply remains roughly constant.

FED counterfeiting robs YOU of this benefit.

Prices go up instead, and people think it’s natural.

The economic scam artists also claim that gradually falling prices are actually bad for us. They say price declines cause an economy to freeze. They claim businesses won’t borrow if they must repay their loans using appreciated dollars.

We have a harmful debt obsession! Borrowing isn’t the best way to fuel business expansion. Investors can fund it.

With sound money, the cost of borrowing money would go down, just like it would for goods and services.

And historical evidence refutes the claim that gradually falling prices freeze the economy.

The U.S. had a fairly stable money supply, based on gold and silver, for most of the 19th century. The economy grew rapidly and prices fell gradually. Workers benefitted greatly from their productivity.

The economic contractions that did occur in the 19th century were associated with government interference with the money supply. The song remains the same today . . .

Look at the FED’s recent counterfeiting. Here are the average base money supply numbers by year, combined with the amount of increase over the previous year . . .

2000 — $585 billion
2001 — $618 billion — up $32 billion
2002 — $673 billion — up $55 billion
2003 — $716 billion — up $43 billion
2004 — $752 billion — up $36 billion
2005 — $782 billion — up $30 billion
2006 — $811 billion — up $29 billion
2007 — $827 billion — up $16 billion

This caused the housing bubble. FED counterfeiting entered the economy through the banking system and impacted the very things banks deal with, especially housing!

And notice also that the decrease in the rate of counterfeiting, most notable in 2007, coincides with the bubble bursting.

Stable money doesn’t cause business downturns, as the economic scam artists would have you believe. FED counterfeiting is the culprit! The scam artists want to blame the patient, and their remedy is doing more of what caused the sickness.

Look how much counterfeiting they’re doing now . . .

2008 — $987 billion — up $160 billion (the FED responds to the mess they made)
2009 — $1.628 trillion (with a “T”) — up $641 billion (in just the first three months of this year!)

What can we do about this? We can . . .

  • End the FED, but that will be hard
  • Audit the FED to better expose its activities — we’ll launch a campaign on this next week
  • Break the FED’s stranglehold on our economy by taking away its monopoly control of money

For us, this last idea is the path of least resistance. Please tell your representatives to co-sponsor Ron Paul’s Honest Money bills. If you’ve used our Educate the Powerful System before, do the following . . .

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Hamilton County Libertarian Party Update-May 03, 2009

April 24, 2009

May 03, 2009

Friends of Liberty,

It’s once again time for another edition of the HCLP Liberty Update
(ok, actually I’m a few days late; I apologize … it’s been a very,
very busy week).

As always, if you know of anything that might be of interest to
members of the Hamilton County Libertarian Party (and since we are
providing a home for some folks in North Georgia that don’t have local
LP affiliates, that includes those areas as well), please let me know,
or feel free to send an email to the group at

1. Libertarian Party of Tennessee 2009 Convention – The TnLP
Convention was held this past weekend in Knoxville. Approximately 40
people, including our own Mo Kiah, were in attendance. John Sebastian
was been elected to serve as the TnLP Chairman. John replaces Tony
Wall, who stepped down after serving for the last two years. Izaak
Standridge was elected Vice Chairman; he replaces Charles Wilhoit who
was appointed last July to fill the position after the resignation of
Christian Wilson. Ray Ledford and J.R. Enfield will continue to serve
as Secretary and Treasurer. Many thanks to Tony Wall and Charles
Wilhoit for their service!

A brief article about the Convention, including a photo of our new
officers, can be found here:

Video of some of the presentations is also available on the TnLP web
site (

2. Chattanooga City Council – I was unable to attend this week’s city
council meeting, and it looks as if I won’t be able to attend the one
scheduled for next week either. The agenda for next week’s meeting has
been posted here: The minutes of this week’s
meeting are also available online (earlier than normal!) here:

3. Letters to the Editor/Local Talk Shows – From time to time, people
ask me how they can work to advance the cause of liberty locally. One
easy way that doesn’t take much time is writing letters to the editor
or call locally-produced talk shows. When writing letters, short (200
words or less) letters that address one topic are more likely to be
published. Be sure to use the word ‘libertarian’ in your letter
somewhere. Good luck!

4. Audit the Fed – H.R. 1207: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009
( – There are now *112* co-sponsors of this bill!
The bill is now in the House Committee on Financial Services; we need
it to get out of this committee so that the House can vote on it.
Please take some time out of your day to call or email Barney Frank,
the Committee Chairman and other members of the committee and ask them
to support this bill. You can find a list of members here (
; under “Step 2: Financial Services Committee”).

Tennessee Folks:
TN District 3 Rep. Wamp and TN District 2 Rep. Duncan are already co-
sponsors. For those of you who are in District 4, Rep. Davis has not
signed on as a co-sponsor, so take some time to call him or write him,
and perhaps we can convince him to sign on as well! If you’re not sure
which district you’re in, you can find a map of TN House Districts
here ( and a list of Representatives here (
) along with links to their web sites.

North Georgia Folks:
GA District 9 Rep Deal is already a co-sponsor of the bill.

If your representative is already a co-sponsor of the bill and you
haven’t already done so, let them know you appreciate what they’ve
done! Let’s make sure that our reps don’t just hear from us when we’re
unhappy with them.

5. Tennessee 10th Amendment Sovereignty Bill/HJR0101 – This bill is
currently in the House Subcommittee for Civil Practice & Procedure. It
was to have been considered this past week, but due to time
constraints has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 5. Please take a few
minutes to let committee members know how you feel about this bill;
you can find a list of members here (

That’s all! Hope everybody has a great weekend!


Jeremy Clifton
Chair, Hamilton County Libertarian Party

Lindsey Williams on The Alex Jones Channel / February 10, 2009

February 10, 2009

Lindsey Williams on The Alex Jones Show

Audio Here