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<<First Name>>, here's your Volume 21, Issue 18 of the Liberator Online for May 5, 2016
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
Primaries, Caucuses, and Nominations… Oh My!
NEWS YOU CAN USE  
Nurse Practitioners Want to Help Patients, but Stifling Rules Stand in the Way
To Resist Tyranny, We Must Celebrate and Stand By Our Whistleblowers
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Walter E. Williams, David Barton, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and Andrew Frisch have to say about infrastructure, stigmatizing citizens, the current U.S. code, and capitalism. 
FREEDOM ON CAMPUS
TRIGGERING! – Political Correctness Gone Too Far at UMass Amherst
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
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Primaries, Caucuses, and Nominations… Oh My!

Two weeks ago, we discussed The “Most Important Election of Our Lifetime” Fallacy. Today, Indiana Republicans and Democrats line up to vote for their favored candidates and delegates on Primary Day.

The pressure to “participate in our democracy,” as I heard on the radio yesterday, continues to increase. The #NeverTrump advocates want me to vote for Ted Cruz today. I have yet to #FeelTheBern, despite the numerous radio and television ads from Bernie Sanders. This election cycle, the presidential nominees for both of the old parties are not yet locked in place, giving Indiana a moment in the sun with both the media and the candidates.

On top of that, there is a contested race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate between two sitting Congressmen, Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young.

PrimariesWhile I have voted in primaries in the past, I last cast a partisan ballot in the primary in 2012 to vote for Ron Paul in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary. <– try saying that three times fast

While I supported some fine candidates in parties other than my own, I realized that the primary process is used to determine intra-party business. That business is to place the party’s best candidate forward for the general election.

Should I be able to participate in their elections? I am not a member of either Team D or Team R, nor do I donate to either. Should I have a vote in how they conduct business? After all, General Electric does not allow non-shareholders determine who sits on their board. They handle such decisions internally, and most importantly, without using resources paid for by taxpayers.

In 2012, taxpayers spent approximately $400 million to fund each state’s primary election, ranging from $1.32 to almost $4 per voter, depending on the state and their turnout.

That means that taxpayers across the country subsidized the cost of selecting Mitt Romney and Barack Obama before their conventions even occurred in Tampa and Charlotte.

By contrast, the Libertarian Party chose the Gary Johnson/Jim Gray ticket in Las Vegas at their 2012 convention whose costs were borne entirely by attendees and donors to the party.

Often, the argument used against the idea of parties funding their own intra-party business is that only party insiders will be involved in the selection process. Given the way that the rules are written, the ability of “superdelegates” to ignore their constituents’ desires, and the efforts of those looking to stop the likely nominee, aren’t those same party insiders already doing the legwork of choosing who should represent them in both of the old parties?

I guess the question to be answered is, should taxpayers fund conventions and primaries? Couldn’t we make this simpler and less expensive by having the Party bear these costs, rather than have taxpayers subsidize the cost of this selection process and provide extra paid and earned media to the parties allowed to participate?

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Nurse Practitioners Want to Help Patients, but Stifling Rules Stand in the Way

The fight to serve Americans freely, offering low income patients the option of having access to affordable care, has been an important battle for nurses in certain states.

According to Watchdog.org, nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania are beginning to question the straining and oftentimes useless requirements they must meet in order to help their patients.

MedicIn many states, nurses with advanced degrees and special certifications are allowed to perform several functions primarily performed by physicians. While giving these nurse practitioners the freedom to help patients without access to expensive health insurance is important, many states limit their effectiveness by forcing nurses to seek the approval from doctors before being able to help patients in need.

Read more about the rules standing between nurses and their patients here...

To Resist Tyranny, We Must Celebrate and Stand By Our Whistleblowers

The need for transparency was an important talking point during the 2008 presidential elections, but once the current administration had an opportunity to handle information leaked by whistleblowers such as former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in a constitutional manner, making sure that the National Security Agency’s disregard for privacy was investigated, the Barack Obama administration decided to, instead, start one of the most effective anti-whistleblower campaigns in the history of the United States.

SnowdenAccording to Tech Dirt, the current administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other administrations combined. And what the most recent case of official mishandling of another NSA whistleblower proves is that officials are oblivious of what due process is all about.

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

How Uber conquered London - The Guardian 
Four Ways Technology Can Make Housing More Affordable - The Huffington Post
How Airbnb Expanded To 190 Countries By Thinking 'Glocal' - Forbes

Our friend, Dr. Mary Ruwart's book "Healing Our World" is nominated for a prestigious "Readers' Choice" Award! Please VOTE for her! (You can get your own copy here!)
Healing Our World
Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

 
CANNOT BE A BURDEN: "We need to stop the 'band-aide,' quick, cheap, short-term solutions towards our infrastructure. It needs to be redesigned and replaced, not repaired. It cannot be looked upon as a burden of the government or a tax we have to pay." - Andrew Frisch, Michigan Resident, April 19, 2016

PARTNERSHIP PARANOIA?: "If it’s simply about creating a sense of paranoia or if it’s about stigmatizing folks in our city that are struggling, then I have to think about why we’re in that kind of partnership." - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, May 4, 2016

CODE FOR DAYS: "If you take the U.S. code as it exists right now, today, if you read 700 pages a week of the U.S. code, national calculations are that you can finish the U.S. code in only 25,000 years." - David Barton, Historian, May 3, 2016
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TRIGGERING! - Political Correctness Gone Too Far at UMass Amherst

Last week, students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst redefined mass hysteria at a discussion on political correctness hosted by the College Republicans.

The discussion titled, “The Triggering: Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?” almost immediately turned into a screaming match as some in the audience attempted to deny the panelists a chance to speak.

UMassThe panel was moderated by Kyle Boyd, president of the UMass Amherst College Republicans, and consisted of Milo Yiannopoulos, a British journalist, Steven Crowder, Canadian comedian and political commentator, and the “Factual Feminist,” Christina Hoff Sommers.

Read more about how political correctness went too far here..

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