The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of Oregon November/December 2009
Nomination Convention Run for Local Office
By Adam Mayer By Erik Seligman
The Libertarian Party of Oregon will In these days of rapidly you are interested in, to get to
hold a Nomination Convention on Saturday advancing socialism, the GOP know the current officeholders
Jan. 9th, 2010. The convention will be at the and the LP have a common and really understand the position
Comfort Inn 13455 SW Tualatin Valley interest in bringing fiscal you are seeking. In addition, get
Highway and will start promptly at 1pm. If conservatives to office at all involved-- there are many
you arrive after the call to order you may not levels. Many activists overlook appointed subcommittees under
be credentialed and able to vote. Since this is local offices like city councils and the various elected boards, and
a nomination convention, only those who school boards, but these are vacancies tend to appear year-
have been registered as Libertarian electors a absolutely critical if we are to round. It's an excellent way to
minimum of thirty days prior to the preserve individual rights and develop a sense for the inner
convention will be eligible to be credentialed. restore Oregon's economy. workings of your local
The agenda will consist of the Why are these positions government, and a track record of
following; Call to order, credential report, important? Just think about some direct service looks great on a
officers reports, other reports, nominations for of the powers of local boards and voter statement.
public office, endorsements for public office, councils: Because these local
and resolutions. All registered Libertarians 1. Each one may control positions are nonpartisan, they are
will be able to run for partisan position up for hundreds of millions of an ideal opportunity for the
election in 2010 provided that they meet the your tax dollars. Republican and Libertarian
requirements of the office desired. All 2. They negotiate contracts parties to work together to elect
statewide races will be voted on by all with local unions. fiscal conservatives. It's entirely
delegates, all others by delegates who reside 3. They can use eminent possible for a candidate to be
in that district. Please bring your voter domain to seize local endorsed by or receive support
registration card to the convention to help properties. from both parties, and the
speed up the credentialing process. 4. Local school boards must Republican party has lots of
At 9am the Libertarian Party of approve every charter resources and many enthusiastic
Washington County will be holding a school proposal. local volunteers.
candidate workshop. The workshop will help Do you want these If you are thinking of
candidates run more effective campaigns and boards to be run by people who running for one of these offices,
also cover campaign teams and volunteers. believe in individual freedom and please consider contacting your
Even if you are not planning on running for limited government, or by union- local GOP to coordinate;
office, attending will teach you how to run, affiliated politicians seeking to regardless of party affiliation, you
organize and assist on a political campaign. build monuments to their egos? are welcome to sign up at our
There is no cost to attend but there If you are considering a website http://rescueoregon.com,
will be a charge for printed materials that go run for office in the next few and your local Republican
along with the workshop For more years, the time to start is now. candidate chair will follow up.
information or to RSVP please email Begin attending the public We hope to hear from you!
email@example.com. meetings of the board or council
At 12pm there will be a luncheon for Erik Seligman is the local candidate chair for the Washington
$25, special guest speaker to be named. The County Republican Party.
lunch will include lasagna, salad, cookies and
beverage. Please email Sign up for meeting notices at
firstname.lastname@example.org to order and pay for
Libertarian Party of Oregon News – Page 2
Peace, Politics discuss the war in Iraq because it cost Convention may make the 1968
them many elections. The Democrats debacle look like a college toga party.
and the Noble Prize don’t want to discuss the war in Iraq Peacemongers; stop meeting
because Obama promised to withdraw behind closed doors, write those letters,
By David Terry troops from Iraq. get in your representative’s face. Stop
During the election of 1964, The question of the moment is; this waste of lives and American
the news media was blitzed with why did the Nobel Committee give the treasure! NOW!
pictures of a little girl picking flowers, award, prematurely, to Obama? Was it a
being interrupted by a mushroom thinly veiled plan to coopt the This letter appeared on October 24,
shaped cloud, suggesting that a President’s future actions, by hanging 2009 in the Newberg Graphic.
Goldwater victory would certainly the prize around his neck. Or was it, as
bring about nuclear war and the end of GOP chairman Michael Steele wrote;
civilization as we know it. "an award for awesomeness" Maybe, if
Liberal pundits such as Sandor the Committee had given LBJ the
Vanocre and Daniel Schorr observed award in 1964, Vietnam would have Libertarian Party
that if Goldwater were elected, the U.S. been avoided. of Oregon
will have a quarter-million troops in The peace movement in this
Vietnam in two years. Of course, even country is all but dormant now.
though millions voted for Goldwater, Democratic Party regulars and Statewide Officers
Johnson won; the election, that is, NOT apparatchiks prefer to focus on other Chairman Joseph Cornwell
the Nobel Prize. Not surprisingly, issues, such as universal heath care, Vice-Chairman Marc Delphine
within two years of his election insurance reform, jobs, taxes, etc, Secretary Christiana Mayer
Johnson had deployed over a quarter of anything but more Americans killing Treasurer Justin Grover
a million troops in Vietnam. 58,000 and being killed in Iraq and
young Americans never came home and Afghanistan. Exactly, as their
many of them who did, were;what’s the predecessors hyped the "Great Society" County Representation
expression, "not quite right"? while thousands of their brothers died Clackamas—Lars Hedbor
Fast Forward to 2008; Once in the marshes of the Mekong Delta. Coos—Rob Taylor
again we were warned; this time, of the Where are the signs, the Marion—Angela Grover
dire and terrible consequences of a demonstrations, the letters to the
"peacenik" President. Once again the editor? Where is the outrage? Is peace Multnomah—Jim Karlock
American people opted for who they and human rights no longer a liberal Washington—Adam Mayer
"believed" represented the best chance priority, simply because a liberal is Yamhill—David Terry
of peace. Before Mr. Obama had time President? The silence is deafening!
to take off his shoes at his new digs, he Flash back to 1968; The war- National Representation
was awarded the "Peace Prize". hawks in the Johnson Administration
At that point, all the new Prez believed they could ‘coopt’ the anti-war
LNC Vice Chair: Michael
had done was "promise" not to extend dissidents. They were wrong; big time! Jingozian
the war and to bring our troops home Even though Johnson had already LNC Region Rep: Rachel
‘as soon as it can be accomplished, announced his decision not to seek Hawkridge.
safely’. Clearly, our new President has reelection, the DP hierarchy tapped
not lived up to his "billing". Since his likable party hack Hubert Humphrey as
inauguration, Pres. Obama, in spite of the new poster boy for the war in Indo-
months of rhetoric and promises has not China.
brought one single soldier home. On At the Democratic Convention The LPO News is e-mailed
the contrary, he has already ordered an in Chicago, police attempted to beat the LPO members on a bi-monthly
additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan peace advocates into silence. It didn’t basis. The next deadline is
this year and is considering more based work. It did, however, manage to get
on ‘recommendations’ from his military Richard Nixon elected. He ALSO ran
January 16, 2010.
advisors. on a platform to get our troops out of an
The war in Iraq is not a unpopular war. No "Peace Prize" for Please submit articles to
popular subject these days. There was a him either. email@example.com
time, not so long ago [like before the It is clear that those who do
election] when troop levels in Iraq were not take note of history are doomed to
Unsigned articles or letters will
common knowledge. No more; the repeat it. I don’t wish to be overly
media is not interested in Iraq anymore. pessimistic where this President is not be accepted. Articles will
It is Afghanistan! The war in concerned, but if Mr. Obama continues not be edited for content or
Afghanistan is the ‘good war’, full of to take the course of least political grammar.
promise. Iraq is the ‘bad war’, missteps resistance and fails to honor his
and tragedies; it’s Bush’s war; it is the commitment to bring American troops
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past. The Republicans don’t want to home, the next Democratic National