Legislators should uphold governor’s vetoes

by Brian Irving
Vice Chair, Libertarian Party of North Carolina

We commend Gov. Pat McCrory for courageously vetoing both Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 405 and we hope a sufficient number of state legislators have the equal courage to sustain these vetoes.

HB 405 was called the Property Protection Act, but it was clearly intended to provide cover for business owners who allowed unsafe or inhumane conditions in their businesses, and to punish anyone who took a job to expose the practices.

SB 2, with the equally disingenuous title Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies, would allow magistrates to refuse to do a job they were hired for, under the cover of claiming “any sincerely held religious objections.”

Both bills passed with bipartisan support, another proof that when it comes to expanding government power at the expense of individual liberty, both Republicans and Democrats find common ground.

Nor was either bill the result of any grassroots effort. They were pushed through a sham legislative “process” by those select few legislators and special interest groups who hold the real power in the General Assembly. What little debate there was consisted of straw-man arguments promulgated on both sides of the issue.

In short, a demonstration of everything that’s corrupt and dysfunctional in our legislative process.

Haywood LP Opposes Emergency Management Ordinance

The Haywood County Libertarian Party is leading the opposition to the county’s emergency management ordinance, which gives the county manager unlimited and unchecked authority during emergencies. Nearly 60 people attended their meeting Wednesday to hear Sheriff Greg Christopher speak about his position on the ordinance.

Don't Tread on AnyoneThe most troubling section of the ordinance, according to Haywood LP Chair Jess Dunlap, allows the county manager to confiscate your food, livestock, money and other property, without notice, without compensation, against the owners will and with armed force.

“The wording upsets me. It’s unconstitutional,” Dunlap said, referring particularly to language allowing the seizure or condemnation of property without following individual protections built into existing law and the U.S. Constitution.

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Tom Woods to headline Nullify Now NC conference

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., an historian and best-selling author of the book “Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century,” will give the keynote speech at the Nullify Now! Conference in Raleigh October 19 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Tenth Amendment Center has been hosting events around the country to educate and activate people on the topic of Nullification since September 2012. At a Nullify Now! event, you learn nullification’s constitutional basis and when it has been used in history.

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Sustain veto of forced drug testing

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina supports the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina’s call to uphold Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of H.B. 392. The General Assembly will convene Tuesday to consider overriding the veto of this bill that would require people seeking aid for their families through the state’s Work First program to submit to costly and invasive drug tests.

The governor called this “a recipe for government overreach and unnecessary government intrusion … that is not a smart way to combat drug abuse.” We, and the ACLU, agree.

“Not only does this bill violate the Fourth Amendment by mandating an ‘unreasonable search and seizure,’ it also forces people in need to pay up front for this invasion of the privacy and violation of the rights,” said Brian Irving, LPNC communications director.

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Incredible but not surprising letter

“Our rights come from the Constitution of the United States of America.”

This is a quote from a letter-to-the-editor that appears in today’s News & Observer. My first reaction was, “Incredible, but not surprising.”  The first thing I though of was that this statement was direct evidence of successful of the indoctrination by the taxpayer-funded, government-controlled educating system (otherwise known as public schools).

The only thing unusual about the letter was that the writer stated the view so directly and clearly. Because this is exactly what the ruling elites who control and run the Democratic and Republican parties believe. Individual rights do not exist, except by the magnanimous and benevolent grant from government – the State.

America’s Founding Fathers had an entirely different view, of course, but anyone today who actually believes the “self-evident” truths that all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” is “scary” in the writers view.

Lee Wrights video op eds

BURNET, Texas (Dec. 1) – R. Lee Wrights has produced the first in a series of video op-eds highlighting the main issues of his campaign for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2012. The first video op-ed is “Groups Rights A Dangerous Delusion.”

Shane Killian, a Stanley, N.C. videographer, is producing the video op-eds. The video op-eds and other video of the Wrights campaign can be viewed on the Wrights for President YouTube channel.

The campaign will also be producing video commercials that will be made available to Libertarian candidates and affiliates to help them spread the libertarian message in the 2012 election. Each spot will include a 10-second segment where candidates and affiliates can include their own name and message. They will be available free of charge. Each commercial will focus on a single topic but all the spots will emphasize a principled libertarian position.

Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states.

Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.