Volume 20, Issue 22                              June 18, 2015
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In This Issue

How Committed Are You?

House of Representatives Fails to Meet Its Most Important Constitutional Duty
Bipartisan Senate Amendment Seeks to End Indefinite Detention of American Citizens

See what Kennedy, Betty White, Hanni Fakhoury, Lawrence Reed, Senator Mike Lee, and Dr. Ron Paul had to say about freedom, indefinite detention, the Magna Carta, metadata collection, relationships, and the 2016 Presidential field.

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JUNE 18, 1798: Congress passes Naturalization Act
JUNE 19, 1865: “Juneteenth” celebration (announcement in Texas of the end of slavery)
JUNE 21, 1788: Constitution ratified by New Hampshire (thus making it the “law of the land”)
JUNE 23, 2005: Supreme Court decision in Kelo vs City of New London
JUNE 25, 1798: Congress passes Alien Act (1798)
JUNE 25, 1903Birthday of George Orwell (Eric Blair)

Advocates Executive Director Brett Bittner
From Me To You

by Brett Bittner

How Committed Are You?

Unless you live under a rock, you've undoubtedly heard about Rachel Dolezal, the former President of the Spokane, Washington NAACP. 

Regardless of one's thoughts about her allegedly fabricated backstory, her accomplishments for the African-American community, the legal dispute with her family, and her questionable racial background, you have to admit that her commitment to a cause and the efforts she's made are admirable.

As someone who's worked with libertarian activists and volunteers for years, I wish I had come across JUST ONE that was half as committed to the libertarian movement as Ms. Dolezal is to the black community in Spokane. 

That brings me to my original question. 

How committed are you to the libertarian movement?

Are you writing a letter to the editor every week about a libertarian position on an issue?

Are you utilizing social media to to advance the libertarian cause?

Are you reaching out to the people in your community with tools like an Operation Politically Homeless booth?

Now is the time for libertarians to seize the opportunities afforded us by so many finally seeing the problems with Big Government and its exponential growth. The government we see today has grown far beyond anything envisioned by Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Paine.

What are you going to do to stop that growth and help reverse course?

No one's asking you to be as committed as Ms. Dolezal, but can you make a positive impact for your community in the same way she has hers?


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House of Representatives Fails to Meet Its Most Important Constitutional Duty

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, blocked a resolution that would have required President Barack Obama to remove all United States armed forces operating in Iraq and Syria by the end of the year, at the latest.

Constitutional dutyIt’s clear that the framers of the Constitution intended authorization or declarations of war come from Congress, rather than presidents. Article I, Section 8 of the nation’s foundational document, which lists the limited powers of the legislative branch, makes this quite clear.

The framers knew unchecked power in the hands of a president was dangerous. In Pacificus-Helvidius debate with Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, wrote: “In no part of the Constitution is more wisdom to be found, than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department. Beside the objection to such a mixture to heterogeneous powers, the trust and the temptation would be too great for any one man; not such as nature may offer as the prodigy of many centuries, but such as may be expected in the ordinary successions of magistracy. War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.”

Read more about how Congress is failing to meet its most important Constitutional duty here...

Bipartisan Senate Amendment Seeks to End Indefinite Detention of American Citizens

An amendment to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would guarantee that no American citizen can be indefinitely detained by the federal government without charges being filed against them.

Indefinite DetentionIn 2011, Congress passed the FY 2012 version of the NDAA, which contained a controversial provision that, read broadly, could be used to detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without charges or trial under the 2001 Authorization for Military Force against al-Qaeda. The Lee amendment – which is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of senators, including Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. – would resolve the controversy.

Read more about the Senators trying to end indefinite detention here...


California Government Puts the Brakes on Uber -
Male Teen Has Consensual Sex with Female Teen. He Gets 25 Years as Sex Offender, Banned from the Internet - Reason
FDA Gives Food Industry 3 Years to Eliminate Trans Fats - New York Times


Libertarian Moment Update - Reason
Honest When No One is Looking -
Another State Legalizes Hemp Production, Nullifies Federal Law - Voices of Liberty

In The News is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS: “I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much." — Betty WhiteActress, October 31, 2010

WE NEED TO SEE THAT DATA: â€œAt its core, what the government is saying is, ‘We have to create a mechanism that allows everybody’s [cellphone] data to be open for inspection on the off-chance that one day in the future, for whatever random circumstance, we need to see that data.’” â€” Hanni Fakhoury, Senior Staff Attorney for Electronic Future Foundation, June 2, 2015

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES: "Important principles were put in writing at Runnymede that generations have called upon ever since and from many places. They include the notions that the King ought to ask before he takes and that his subjects aren’t mere dirt he can blithely step on when he pleases." â€” Lawrence ReedPresident of the Foundation for Economic Education, June 8, 2015 about the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary

MERE ACCUSATION OF TREASON: "America should never waiver in vigilantly pursuing those who would commit, or plot to commit, acts of treason against our country.  But the federal government should not be allowed to indefinitely imprison any American on the mere accusation of treason without affording them the due process guaranteed by our Constitution," Mike Lee, U.S. Senator, June 9, 2015 
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.

The Libertarian Homeschooler
Conversations With My Boys

By The Libertarian Homeschooler

You've Taught Me To Think... Not to Obey

The Libertarian Homeschooler (Me): What time did you wake up this morning?

The Young Statesman (13 at the time) (YS): 5:30

Me: People are going to be interested in knowing what it is that causes a thirteen-year-old to wake at 5:30 in the morning. Can you tell me about that?

not to obeyYS: If I get up that early I can go to the gym and I can practice the organ. Those are two things I want to do every day and we do that every day. It’s done and I don’t have to worry about it. When I wake up early I can get that done early.

Me: You didn’t just wake yourself up, did you?

YS: I woke The Baby Anarchist (8 at the time).

Me: How did you do that?

YS: I tuned on the light and woke him and gave him his clothes. While he brushed his teeth I made his bed. Then I went to my room, made my bed, tidied up, put away my laundry, brushed my teeth, and went downstairs. I let the dog out, I fed her, I filled up the water bottles for the gym, I got the breakfast cooler together, and we went to the gym.

Me: Did your brother need help with his shoes?

YS: Yeah. The shoe laces aren’t that good so I helped him.

Me: Why do you help your brother?

YS: One day I’m going to want his help. I’d might as well be nice to him.

Me: Did I tell you to do these things?

Read more about why the Young Statesman is so motivated here...

The Libertarian Homeschooler is a homeschooling mother of two boys, 9 & 14. You can connect with the community she's created here.

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