Libertarians Celebrate Bill of Rights Day
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the January/February 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty. For more information, see http://www.freecolorado.com/2000/12/bor2000.html.]
Colorado Libertarians attended the December 15 Bill of Rights Day Celebration held in Loveland. Ron Bain and Ari Armstrong of the LP addressed the crowd of about 100. Other participating groups included the Tyranny Response Team and Second Amendment Sisters.
Bain reflected on how the Bill of Rights and other amendments call into question federal drug prohibition laws. Armstrong criticized the trend of reading the Constitution non-literally. Echoing Harry Browne's literalist interpretation, Armstrong said, "Either the Constitution means what it says, or it means nothing at all."
Two elected officials spoke at the event: Tom Bender, newly elected county commissioner; and Sheriff Jim Alderden, who accepted a stack of Constitutions to hand out to those working in his office.
Jesse Schleiger, a high school student, earned a standing ovation when he read his essay defending the Bill of Rights. Len Jackson, a teacher who also spoke, presented Schleiger with a half ounce Gold Eagle, the top prize in the competition sponsored by the TRT. (Oddly, one government school official said the Bill of Rights essay competition was "not appropriate subject matter" for students in his school. Other schools responded enthusiastically.)
Other speakers included Sue Rehg, Northern Colorado Coordinator of the Second Amendment Sisters; Bob Glass; and Crystal Albertus. The Northern Colorado Drum and Fife Corps kicked off the event with patriotic music.
The TRT also collected dozens of coats and boxes of food for Disabled American Veterans. Event coordinator Tom Buchanan said he wants an even larger celebration next year.