The Bill of Rights -- the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- was ratified 229 years ago today, 15 December 1791.
The Bill of Rights sets limits on the powers of the federal government, including the well-known prohibition on laws restricting freedom of speech and of the press, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to a trial by jury. It also states explicitly two general principles: that the listing of rights does not mean these are all the rights (9th Amendment) and that if the Constitution doesn't assign a power to the federal government then it belongs to the states, or the people (10th Amendment).
Of course over the last two centuries politicians have tried their best to side-step these rules, and unfortunately have been all too successful. It's up to us to hold elected officials accountable when they go beyond the specific powers named in the Constitution, and when they violate the principles outlined in the Bill of Rights.
[Updated 2 December] With several weeks of counting behind us, election results in California are still preliminary but close to complete. Reviewing the propositions and measures on which the LP of Santa Clara County made a recommendation, it seems that on most subjects the voters agreed with us. Unfortunately, on questions of taxation and bonds (which must be paid back through taxes), for the most part the voters disagreed with us, passing almost all of them.
Voters agreed with us on 7 out of 9 of the non-tax/bond questions on which we took a position (all results shown as yes/no percentages):
Proposition 16, which would have allowed government to discriminate by race, sex, etc., failed 43%/57%.Read more
Early returns indicate that more than 20 Libertarian candidates won election this month across the country, including six in California.
This includes one elected to the state legislature in Wyoming, and about a dozen elected to city/town councils.
Here's the latest list:
STATE LEGISLATURE (1)
Marshall Burt - Wyoming House District 39Read more
Resolution of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County
Regarding Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Adopted 1 May 2020 by the LP SCC Executive Committee
Whereas, people own their own bodies, and it is their personal responsibility to take care of them;
Whereas, people have a natural and constitutional right to travel and trade;
Whereas, the economy of Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area depends on the free flow of goods and people acting autonomously;
Whereas, governments, where they exist, do not have the right to impede the travel and free trade that people depend on for their well being;
Dear concerned voter:
The battle among candidates of one of the parties for their presidential nomination is dominating the headlines -- and California is one of those "Super Tuesday" states.
But if you are among the growing number of voters who are registered Libertarian, you received a ballot listing an entirely different set of choices. Do you know what these candidates stand for? Read below for details about:
- the choices on your primary ballot
- the debate that took place two weeks ago
- who is ahead in the polls
- who are the delegates who will be selecting the nominee
- another debate coming up next week
The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County has endorsed four candidates for federal and state office in the March 2020 primary election. The endorsements were made by the county Central Committee at its regular meeting on Saturday, 23 November 2019.Read more
Resolution of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County
Regarding the membership suspension of Robert and Jennifer Imhoff
Adopted by the County Central Committee, November 23, 2019
Whereas the Libertarian Party of California (LPC) Executive Committee conducted a secret trial to suspend the memberships of Robert and Jennifer Imhoff on August 10, 2019; and
Whereas the historical procedure has generally been to conduct membership suspensions in open session; and
Whereas the LPC has failed to either state the specific reason for the suspension or provide any evidence in support of their decision; and
Whereas those suspensions have disrupted the operations of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County by removing both the county Chair and the county Treasurer, thereby severely restricting access to the bank accounts and other assets of the county party; and
Most of the partisan elections for 2020 may seem a ways off. However, all of the candidate recruitment and preparation for the Primary Election next March is coming up this fall. See the Secretary of State's website for filing periods and deadlines.
We need candidates to run as Libertarians for Congress and for the State Legislature.
Members of the Libertarian Party held at least 26 Tax Day protests across the country throughout the weekend leading up to April 15. Each protest was inspired by the Libertarian idea that all people have the right to keep their own wealth and possessions. “All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor,” the Libertarian Party platform states. “We call for the repeal of the income tax and the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution.”
The Libertarian Party of California held its 2019 convention in Concord earlier this month (April 5-7). Delegates came from all over the state to exchange views, vote for new officers, and make changes to the party bylaws and platform.
The newly-elected state officers are:
Chair - Honor “Mimi” Robson
Vice Chair - Kenneth Brent Olsen
Northern Area Coordinator - Brandon Nelson
Central Area Coordinator - Justin Quigley
Southern Area Coordinator - Wendy Hewitt
Treasurer - Steve Haug
Secretary - Paul Vandelleham