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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Libertarian calendar for September

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  • September 17
  • Dallas TX
  • Give Me Liberty!

    •  to 
    • Spring Creek Barbecue

      12835 Preston Road
      (at LBJ Freeway)
      Dallas, TX (map)
    • We'll be in the back room.
    • Join us September 17 for 'Give Me Liberty!', a forum for libertarians who want to practice public speaking.

      If we want others to embrace our philosophy, we must learn to communicate our ideas effectively, and it begins here.
      We'll be in the meeting room in the back. We usually try to limit speeches to no more than 10 minutes so everyone has a chance to speak.

      So if you have something to say (even if it's just Ezekiel 25:17), or if you just want to hear some great speeches about liberty, join us Wednesday, September 17 at Spring Creek BBQ!
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    • September 19
    • Sarvis for Governor
    • Old Dominion University

      • Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited to come meet Robert Sarvis. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Future Monarch presentation room at the front of the Webb Center on the ODU campus in Norfolk.

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    • September 18-20
    • Alexandria VA
    • Liberty Political Action Conference
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    • September 20
    • Washington DC
    • DC State Fair
    • Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor speaks at 2 pm
    • 925 Rhode Island Avenue NW
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    • September 20
    • LPHQ Grand Opening Reception


      Start date: 
      Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
      End date: 
      Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:00pm
      Time Zone: 


      Libertarian Party Headquarters
      1444 Duke St.
      AlexandriaVA 22314


      LPHQ Grand Opening Reception 7-10 pm. Help celebrate our new office and meet LNC Board, staff and local candidates! Beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please support our new office by donating to the David F. Nolan Memorial Fund: 
      Please also join us for the quarterly LNC Meeting - details along with parking and hotel information here:

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    • September 20
    • Sarvis for Senate
    • Sandbridge, VA

      • Sandbridge Civic League Political Forum

        Robert Sarvis will take part in a forum of political candidates in the beautiful community of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach. The forum will be at Sandbridge Community Chapel from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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      September 30

      Libertarian Alliance

      We meet on the third Tuesday of the month 
      at 7pm at the Shephall Community Centre,
       Shephall Green, off Hydean Way, 
      off Valley Way, Stevenage, SG2 9XR.
      On Tuesday, 30 September, David McDonagh will talk on  “The life of Gladstone; featuring the part he played in rise and the fall of classical or pristine liberalism”.
    • Stevenage, United Kingdom

America's prettiest Army Vet turned Congressional candidate is crowned!

Hi folks! Happy  birthday to me! That's right, I turned 32 Friday. And do you know what I'm going to be doing tonight? Handing out lit at the Ballston metro station!

Oh what fun :)

On a more serious note, I wanted to pass along to you a press release I wrote a few days ago in response to the President's address regarding further military intervention in the Middle East and our [new] strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS".
Americans Can Handle the Truth Regarding Our Failed Interventionist Foreign Policy
Jeffrey Carson, Libertarian Candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, takes firm stance against any unilateral action against ISIS by the President. Action without Congressional authorization would be a blatant and illegal violation of our Constitution.
President Obama, himself a candidate in 2008, had this to say:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The President’s duplicity on this particular issue is yet another perfect example of what’s wrong with our current political system and the two major parties at the helm.
The situation with ISIS is clearly a regional problem that should be dealt with by those within the region itself. American intervention will only further undermine our strategic long-term goals of peace and prosperity in the region, serve to escalate the violence and the killings, and act as a primary recruiting tool for the types of organizations we wish to eradicate--in other words, it will be a repeat of 2003 Iraq. It will also put us square in the middle of a sectarian conflict that has been ongoing for 1000 years, and we will be seen as taking sides with one (Shia) against the other (Sunni).
At this point, it should be clear that our meddlesome, haphazard, and dangerous interventionist escapades over the past 13 years of our “War on Terror” have not served to bring peace to the region or safety to Americans here at home or abroad. In fact, our policies have inspired the opposite reaction. Iraq is far worse off today than it was under Saddam. The same is true of Libya and Gaddafi, as well as Syria and Bashar al-Assad (although he is still technically in power). Terrorism is not on the decline; it’s on the rise. And because of blowback, Americans are more a target today than ever before. The President’s rhetoric aside, things are not going well.
At what point do we learn our lesson? How many more U.S. service members have to lose their lives? How many more innocent civilians? How many more countries do we have to turn into failed states and “Jihadist Wonderlands” before we realize that our intervention is part of the problem? Enough already. We need to restore sanity to our foreign policy, and I’m the only candidate in the race that’s intent on doing so.
Former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, may have said it best a few years back in regards to further involvement in Syria and (prior) involvement in Libya:
“We overestimate our ability to determine outcomes.”
The U.S. will always be a friend to those who value freedom, but this is not our fight and not our war. It's time for Americans to be told the truth: our recent hyper-interventionist foreign policy has been an utter failure and has led to worse outcomes across the region and the globe. It's time for politicians to own up to their mistakes and make the moral and practical decision to forgo intervening in the ISIS conflict.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the campaign, please email our volunteer coordinator, Matthew, at I could really use your help, folks. Come join the team!
If you can’t invest your time, I would certainly appreciate it if you would consider investing in the campaign with a contribution. For the record, every dime of net worth I have is in this race. Is $5, $10, $50, $100, $500, $1000, $2600 (the max) really too much to ask of you?

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has already invested precious time and hard-earned dollars.

Jeffrey Carson

We received fantastic coverage on the debate this past week from ARLnow. Kudos to them for their objective reporting. Also, if you haven't seen me in action yet, click here - the link cuts directly to my opening statement.

Finally, my good friend Robert Sarvis, U.S. Senate candidate for Virginia, is celebrating his 38th Birthday this Monday, 15 September. Click here for details if you're interested in joining him!
Nothing like spending a Friday morning with good people and good friends at Central United Methodist Church.

Even if they make you dress up like a disney princess on your b-day.
Did I mention the good people?
[Paid for by Jeffrey Carson for Congress.]

Copyright © 2014 Jeffrey Carson for Congress, All rights reserved.

Contact the Campaign:
Campaign HQ: 1444 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 596-9097
Facebook: JeffreyCarsonForCongress
Twitter: @JCarsonVA8

Is it a conspiracy? Why are conspiracy theorists so lazy and incompetent?

I am surprised how often a perfectly good conspiracy theory could be formulated yet no one in the biz does it. Here are two:

1) The Obama regime is aiding in introducing Ebola to Americans, so there will be more sob stories to use to demand government control of medicine (sort of Fast and Furious part 2) and another wag-the-dog distraction from the other problems the regime is causing.

2) The Obama regime and the powers that be have known about the growth of ISIS and American foreign policy failures for a couple of years. They are flaking these as news stories and policy imperatives now, as we approach an election, to promulgate the meme and paradigm that we need big activist government - and surveillance and limits on the Bill of Rights - to save us in general.

(There are obvious realities that make both of these, especially #2, more complicated.  Feel free to reply or elaborate.  I am just surprised, as I am monthly, that I haven't heard these circulated yet.  If it paid well I could totally be a conspiracy maven.)

Sarvis for Senate events

Sarvis for Senate

Last night Robert Sarvis celebrated his 38th birthday with supporters and family in Vienna.

Bill Redpath, Libertarian nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Robert, who also spoke and answered questions.

Sarvis for Senate

If you missed the event, please click here to make a belated birthday contribution to the campaign.

More events are coming up, and the Sarvis for Senate campaign needs your help!

Upcoming Events with Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Robert Sarvis

Come meet Robert Sarvis and bring your friends, family, and neighbors who ought to hear about Robert's vision of an America that is Open-minded and Open for Business!

If you would like to attend or volunteer at any of the following events, please click on the event below.
  • Saturday, September 27 - Virginia PrideFest (Richmond)

    The campaign needs volunteers to help Robert Sarvis share his vision of an America that is Open-Minded and Open for Business at Richmond's annual LGBT pride celebration on Brown's Island from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
New Tool for Volunteers at

It's now a sprint to the finish line in November, and Robert Sarvis is busy touring around the state, but so much of this campaign depends on our volunteer networks taking action to spread the word through initiatives that don't depend on Mr. Sarvis' personal presence.

That's why we're pleased to announce a new interactive page on our website. This is a calendar of events being led by volunteers, and we want you to use it your advantage. You can find events around the state that volunteers are using as opportunities for campaigning and to further volunteer recruitment.

Post your own events so that other volunteers can join you in your efforts. You can even submit events that you want to participate in but may require some logistical help, materials, etc. in order to make the event happen. Please consider this YOUR page--a springboard for the activities you want to be engaged in that require help from others.

Our campaign team will keep a close watch to ensure that all your ideas get the backup they need to be transformed into successful events. Planning a local Libertarian meeting? A volunteer meeting? Handing out campaign literature at a local fair or public event? Post it all on the Volunteer Events page and let us help you get the word out about how you're promoting Sarvis for Senate!

Authorized and paid for by Sarvis for Senate · 1444 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, United States 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kat's Kato Konstitutional Kontest

We’ll be announcing the winner of our #CatoConstitution Instagram contest tomorrow (Constitution Day), so don’t forget to get your entries in.


You can find the official rules here, but here’s a quick reminder of what to do: 
  • Follow the Cato Institute on Instagram.
  • Post a photo of your Pocket Constitution in it’s “natural habitat” on Instagram.
  • Explain why YOU need a pocket constitution in the caption.
  • Make sure to include the hashtag (#CatoConstitution).
  • Yes, you CAN post multiple entries
  • Tell your friends about your entry  (more likes makes you more likely to be picked).
  • Organizations are totally welcome to join in on the fun too.

Not on Instagram but still want to help? Retweet us or share this post on Facebook. 

Ready, set, post…..


Kat Murti
Digital Marketing Manager
The Cato Institute

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