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The Killing of Osama bin Laden

By Lee Wrights

BURNET, Texas (May 3) – It will not be a popular thing to say, but the truth is the truth. I am deeply saddened by the death of Osama bin Laden. His demise is not cause for rejoicing, in my opinion. That is why I am perhaps even more troubled by the spectacle of Americans celebrating and dancing in the street to the chant of “U.S.A, U.S.A,” whipped up into a patriotic frenzy and oblivious to the reality that this was an illegal and immoral act which offends the very values which makes us who we are.

LP Monday Message: Burnout

May 2, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Last Saturday I spoke at the LP Minnesota state convention. I enjoyed my time at the convention, and I'd like to thank them for hosting me.

Below are two questions I was asked after my speech, along with my responses. (The questions and my responses are not verbatim, and may be embellished with a few phrases I wish I had thought of at the time!)

Question 1: Is burnout a problem when Libertarians continually receive single-digit percentages?

Final reminder: FreedomFest discount extended to May 1 for LP members

The organizers of FreedomFest have extended the Early Bird registration discount until May 1, 2011 for Libertarian Party members. With the discount, registration is $395 per person and $595 per couple.

To get the discount, LP members are asked to call 1-866-266-5101, and mention that you're an LP member.

LP Monday Message: 20 Obama problems, 20 Libertarian solutions

April 25, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

We're a little over halfway through President Obama's term, and I wanted to send a reminder of the "top ten disasters" from his first year, plus ten newer problems, and how Libertarians would avoid or solve these problems.

1. Cash for Clunkers

LP Members Invited to ISIL Conference near Sicily

The International Society for Individual Liberty will hold its 2011 ISIL World Conference on the island of Vulcano, off the coast of Sicily, on August 29-September 2.  A post-conference tour of the island will also be available. 

LNC Board Meeting - Alexandria, VA, April 16-17

The Libertarian National Committee met in Alexandria, Virginia this past weekend. The agenda inculded establishing a budget for fiscal year 2011, planning for 2012, and discussing ideas to grow the party.

They also discussed funding for ballot access measures throughout the country.

I talked with a handful of board members who were all very pleasant and excited about welcoming me aboard.

I spoke of moving the party forward in a unconventional way, using video imagery that's professional, cool, and something the two old parties aren't doing.

LNC members see Atlas Shrugged movie

Atlas Shrugged, the movie, was released last Friday, April 15. A group of LNC members and staff went to see the opening of the movie last Friday in Washington, D.C.

The response seemed fairly positive. LNC Chairman Mark Hinkle had previously made the following comments after seeing an early screening of the film:

LP Monday Message: Tax Day Condolences

April 18, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Today is Tax Day.

Rather than procrastinate by filing my taxes at the last minute, I filed for my extension several days ago.

I find the whole process of tracking, organizing and reporting tax information to be such an unpleasant task. It's not just the labor that goes into it, but the knowledge that the government uses financial levers to manipulate my behavior and complicate my life, as well as take my resources and squander them on wars and government programs that should not exist.

End the War on Dying Cancer Patients

by R. Lee Wrights

Stopping all war is not just something we need to do in the Middle East. It is something we need just as badly here at home. When I say “stop all war,” I’m not just talking about the bombing and fighting overseas; I’m talking about the wars that the U.S. Government wages against its very own citizens. I am talking about how bureaucrats kill Americans, not with guns and bombs, but with laws and regulations.

Video of Libertarians in northeast Texas

John Jay Myers, the new Membership Director of the Texas LP, traveled to northeast Texas on April 11 and talked to some Libertarian activists. He made this video:

Link to the video at YouTube.

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