No More Excuses for GOP, Says LP

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No More Excuses for GOP, Says LP

LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Colorado
"Limited Government - Individual Liberty - Personal Responsibility"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Seebeck, Public Information Director
PHONE: (719) 382-9529
EMAIL: colorado@libertarianparty.us

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR GOP, SAYS LP

The Republicans now have what they wanted for the past 40 years. In Washington, they have the White House and both Houses of Congress. In Denver, the have the Governor's Mansion and both House of the State Legislature.

They have won everything they always wanted, except for the one thing they've lost.

They have lost all of their excuses.

The Republicans have a platform they've been desperate to implement.

Now is their chance. They have all of 2003 and 2004 to implement their socialist-lite Big Brother right-wing platform. The party of Barry Goldwater is 40 years past dead.

Two years to get the job done. Will they rise to the occasion, or will they fail yet again?

If they succeed, the nation will either succeed or fail based on their efforts. Either way, our freedom dies. Government will grow, and Liberty will shrink. 1984 will become more of a reality every passing day.

If they fail, the Republican Party will finally be exposed as the frauds of freedom that they truly are -- that the Libertarian Party has been exposing for 30 years -- and the GOP will deservedly go the way of their Whig predecessors onto the ash heap of history. Liberty and America just might survive. Republicans shouldn't and won't.

The Democrats, currently moving more to the radical left, would do best to just stay out of the way. It's a risky gamble, but they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The Democrats should just let the Republicans sink or swim.

Then if the GOP sinks, the Democrats will have to sink or swim.

No more excuses...

It's time for the Republicans to put up or shut up. It's time for the Democrats to let them put up or shut up.

That's the true people's mandate of the 2002 election.

As for the Libertarian Party? We'll be watching, and waiting, and welcoming. The moderates will not go to the extreme left to the Democrats, nor to the extreme right to the GOP. That only leaves the Libertarian Party in the middle, where we've always been: socially liberal, economically conservative, pro-America, pro-Freedom, pro-peace, and pro-people. That's what the guiding torch of Liberty is all about. The huddled masses yearning to be free will come to us for their future, leaving the Democrats and Republicans in the past, where they will remain a footnote to history.

Freedom is the Future, and the Libertarian Party is the voice of that Future.


LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Colorado
"Limited Government - Individual Liberty - Personal Responsibility"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Seebeck, Public Information Director
PHONE: (719) 382-9529
EMAIL: colorado@libertarianparty.us
WEB: http://www.lpep.org/

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SHOW TRUE COLORS, ARROGANCE OVER PEOPLE

Three weeks ago the El Paso County Commissioners asked voters to raise taxes to build a new jail.

The voters refused by a 2-1 margin. The "NO" was emphatic, heard from Midway to Palmer Lake, from Crystola to Yoder.

It now appears that the County Commissioners won't take that "no" for an answer. Now they're planning on slashing budgets throughout El Paso County to build it anyway.

In effect the Commissioners told the voters in snotty tones, "Fine, you'll pay for not giving us what we want. We'll cut your services and roads, and to heck with what you want, because we run this county, not you."

This arrogance, the same that they showed when they rezoned the county, and when they planned Confluence Park, is appalling, says the Libertarian Party of El Paso County.

But it's not surprising. The County Commissioners have been out of touch with the voters for a long time.

Look at what El Paso County voters have to put up with: two of the current five leave office in a matter weeks (Duncan Bremer, and Ed Jones, bound for the State Senate thanks to Libertarian Jeff McQueen). Of the other three, Jeri Howells is term-limited in 2004, as is Chuck Brown, and only Chairman Tom Huffman is up for re-election, while being despised in his own district. He now is the subject of a recall effort.

So it's not surprising. There is no immediate accountability here. Ed Jones can't be held accountable until 2006. Bremer and Brown and Howells can't be held accountable at all unless they run for another office in 2003 or 2004.

That leaves Tom Huffman. Betty Beedy may have had no tact or judgment in interviews, but at least she represented her constituents in the zoning flap and in other cases. The same cannot be said for her successor in Mr. Huffman. He should not only be held accountable, but be shown the door in 2004.

In a few weeks we'll get more of the same in Wayne Williams and Jim Bensberg -- more of the same Republican-dominated, out-of-control arrogance, bad planning, and ignoring the voters.

Voters wanted more services and better roads--not a jail, not more debt.

The Republicans gave them less services and worse roads -- and a jail, and more debt.

That's not representing the voters, not at all -- not even close!

The Libertarian Party of El Paso County hopes voters remember this so-called representation in 2004. We know we will.


LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Colorado
"Limited Government - Individual Liberty - Personal Responsibility"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Seebeck, Public Information Director
PHONE: (719) 382-9529
EMAIL: colorado@libertarianparty.us
WEB: http://www.lpep.org/

VOTES DO MATTER, SAYS LPEP

"My vote doesn't matter."

Many a disenfranchised voter has said that time and time again.

If anything, the 2002 election proves that attitude to be so very wrong.

Consider these races, where every vote counted:

State Senate 11: 653 votes that didn't matter put anti-Second Amendment and pro-development Ed Jones into the State Senate, while throwing control of that legislative body to the Republicans.

School District 11: 582 votes that didn't matter defeated a bond issue that would have raised property taxes by $97 million. That's $167,000 per vote!

U.S. House 7: 122 votes that didn't matter sent a Republican to Congress instead of a Democrat.

State House 18: 112 votes that didn't matter put a Democrat into the State House from El Paso County for the first time in over a decade.

And the kicker:

Hanover School District 28: 10 votes that didn't matter passed a bond issue that will raise property taxes by $19 million. That's a whopping $1.9 million per vote!

$167,000 per vote here, $1.9 million per vote there -- no, a vote doesn't matter.

Yeah, right. Lots of us don't have that kind of cash to spend or save.

To the disenfranchised voter, the Libertarian Party of El Paso County says this:

"Yes, your vote does matter -- a lot!"

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