Indpendence Day Tea Party

The grassroots group that started the “Tea Party” phenomena is sponsoring the Independence Day Tea Party, July 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Halifax Mall.

We the People, owe to the founding fathers at the very minimum our reaffirmation of the independence they declared, fought and died for.

This will be a family-oriented event with guest speakers, food vendors, games and activities for the kids, with a little history lesson or two.

North Carolina Tea Party Revolution
The Socialists and the Statists will not rest. Neither can we.

NC State leaders & the Ivory Tower

NC State officials seem bound and determined to prove the truth of the stereotype that academics don’t live in the real world. The latest revelation about the hiring of former NC First Lady Mary Easley stretches common sense beyond its limits. The now resigned Chancellor (and disgraced?)  James Oblinger claims he doesn’t remember e-mails regarding her hiring. The man runs a major American university and can’t remember what he writes to fellow academic leaders? Gimme a break!

This entire affair, the original hiring, the exorbitant pay raise, and the attempted cover-up of the matter is a clear example of the “power to corrupt.” Nothing illegal may have been done, but the actions of several administrators were clearly acts of political favoritism, if not immoral.

I am not a UNC or Duke (or a fan of any university or college for that matter) so this is no reflection on the integrity and honesty of any NCSU student, alumnus or teacher. It does make clear, however, that the university leadership are politicians more than academics.

A good speech, but wait for the action

Before I started listening to the political pundits piously pontificate about President Obama’s Cairo speech, and read the speech. I generally try to read the original document whenever there is some “breaking news” story. You’d be surprised at what you learn.

My view is that is was a pretty good speech. The president made some comments I don’t think I’ve heard a president make before. For one, in the third paragraph he acknowledged that the West powers have intervened in the Middle East for their own purposes, without regard to the interests of the people in the region.

He said the tension has been “fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims and Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”  Speaking of our relations with Iran, he acknowledged the “dirty little secret” most conservatives don’t want to admit, that “In the midst of the Cold are, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government.”

President Obama gave Islam credit for “paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightened.” In case you missed it, this refers to the historic fact that the Arab world preserved much of the learning and righting of the Greek and Roman civilizations during Europe’s Dark Ages.

While reasserting the “unbreakable” bond between Israel and the United States and the right of Israel to exist as a nation, he also asserted that the Palestinians deserve the same right.

Most libertarians should be able to agree with these points. Yes, it was a good speech … but … of course, it remains to be seen if Obama’s actions will match his rhetoric.

Read the speech.

Take Back Our State Tea Party

Americans for Prosperity and the Take Back Our State Coalition encourages you to make your voice heard at the Take Back Our State Tea Party, a protest against the billion dollar state tax increase.

The rally is Wednesday, June 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on the Halifax Mall in Raleigh, Halifax Mall is the large lawn behind the General Assembly Building and beside the Legislative Office Building. Halifax Mall is on Lane Street between North Salisbury and North Wilmington Streets.

The LPNC will participate. Contact Brian Irving ( if you can help at our table.

On June 3, let’s tell our legislators we are Taxed Enough Already!

In these difficult economic times, our State Representatives are considering over a billion dollars in new taxes. North Carolina taxpayers are losing their jobs and their homes. Come to Raleigh to tell them: “Not another dime!”

Register here.

Swine flu doesn't stop pork

While North Carolina officials my object to the labeling of the H1N1 flu as “swine flu,” it hasn’t deterred our congressional delegation from serving up $228 million of pork.

North Carolina’s congressional delegation served up $228 million in pork barrel spending for fiscal 2009, a 5 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest report from the government watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, writes David N. Bass in the Carolina Journal.

Among the 173 critical items funded in NC according to the CAGW were  $349,000 to study “swine and other animal waste management” and $190,000 for “sidewalk and streetscape improvements” in Fuquay-Varina.

Politicans, pundits, press don't get it … again

Now that all the hoopla over the Tax Day Tea Parties has died down, we can calmly reflect on how poorly the establishment politicians, pundits and press missed the point entirely. Over at Liberty for All, Sean Haugh writes:

“It is simply this: a rapidly growing number of Americans are fed up.  That’s it.  Nothing more, and nothing less.

“We’re fed up with politicians whose only answer to our problems is to try to spend our way out of them.  We’re fed up with corporate fat cats who fly in individual private jets to collect billions of our dollars in bailout money.  We’re fed up with this notion that we have to give up our privacy and our freedoms to feel secure.”

Read the article here.

Appeals Court hears Libertarians

LPNC Press Release

RALEIGH (April 21) — A State Court of Appeals panel on Monday heard oral arguments in the Libertarian Party of North Carolina’s legal challenge to the state’s election laws Monday. The panel included Chief Judge John C. Martin and Judges Sanford L. Steelman and Ann Maria Calabria.

Ken Soo, representing the Libertarian Party, argued that the state’s ballot access laws violate guarantees of free association and free speech in the state constitution, guarantees which are greater than what the U.S. Constitution offers.

Alexander Peters, a deputy attorney general, argued that the state’s laws were reasonable and asserted that the Appeals Court must uphold the ruling of the Superior Court on procedural grounds.

Peters said that a larger ballot presented greater potential for and complications and allowing third parties on the ballot would proliferate and complicate the administration of elections.

Judge Steelman asked if this were sufficient grounds for making it harder for third parties to get on the ballot, and added “We could solve all of it just having one party.”

Peters replied that “probably at least two parties” would always get on the ballot.

It will probably be three or four months before a decision is released.

New LPNC executive committee

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina elected a new Executive Committee Sunday on the concluding day of their 2-day convention.

Barbara Howe was re-elected chair and Bev. Wilcox was elected vice-chair. The other officers are: John Cavney, treasurer, Rick Pasotto, membership secretary, and Stephanie Watson, recording secretary.

Jason Bateman, Thomas Hill, Phil Jacobson, Derrick Hinson, Paul Elledge, Matt Drew, and Brian Logsdon were elected at-large members of the committee.

The convention also passed a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor to assert the sovereignty of the State under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Read the full text of the resolution:

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Tea Party protesters not all white rednecks

There were thousands of people at the Raleigh Tax Day Tea Party at the Capitol April 15, and not all of them were “rednecks” or white, despite what you may have read in the News & Observer. (Actually, as a reformed Yankee, I think it is a honor to be called a redneck.)

As noted here, the original organizer of the Tea Party is a simple housewife, Melody Aben. who’s fed up with out-of-control government. It’s a sad fact of political life that whenever a grass roots movement picks up steam, the old, established advocacy groups will inevitably co-opt it. That does not diminish the fact that many, if not most, of the folks who turned out were people like Melody.

Inevitably, there were also some “partisan” and anti-Obama slogans, some over the top in my view. But they were vastly outnumbered by the Gadsden Flag and signs that indicated the bearer “got it,” who recognized the problem was not caused by the Democrats, but by both of the duopoly parties.

Another sign that the majority of the protesters got it was that we gave away all the literature from the Libertarian Party table, and 10 people offered donations for a copy of the Declaration of Independence/U.S. Constitution pocket edition published by the Cato Institute. Some where even where wearing GOP stickers.

Mike Munger and B.J. Lawson gave rousing speeches. Check at the video shot by Jeff Palmer here.

Jim Crow gun laws

From the Grass Roots North Carolina Alert

“The original creation of pistol purchase permits in North Carolina as well as other states has its roots in ‘Jim Crow’ era attempts to deny black Americans their rights to self defense. (See Paul Valone’s column in the Charlotte Gun Examiner). This is the dirty little secret behind many gun control laws that gun grabbers don’t want you to know.

“Like most bad ideas used to selectively deny fundamental rights it, of course, has expanded to make the rights of all people more difficult to exercise.

“Thanks to Rep. Mark Hilton and Sen. Doug Berger these vestiges of the past may become just that – a thing of the past. Hilton has introduced HB 892 and Berger is sponsoring SB 782 -Repeal Pistol/Crossbow Transfer Permit.”

Both bills have moved into committee.

Then there’s the other dirty little secret from the Jim Crow era the mainstream media won’t tell you about. State-issued marriage “licenses” originated in many states to prevent whites from marrying anyone of color, including blacks, mulatto, Chinese, Japanese, Malay and Filipino. Of course,this list was not all inclusive. Check out this Wiki entry.

Why won’t Democrat-Republican duopoly politicians and so-called civil rights leaders   talk these civil rights issues?