The LPB was honored by the presence of Scott Ellis, former Brevard County Commissioner. Mr. Ellis was kind enough to speak at our July meeting and answer audience queries at length. In reference to his last minute defeat by Patsy Kurth for a State Senate seat, he was primarily beaten due to fear mongering by the opposition. Mr. Ellis was actually ahead in the polls for the majority of the race. As a desperation move the Kurth campai gn blanketed elderly voters with an out of context Ellis quote favoring eliminating Social Security. The quote came from a previous Ellis bid for the U.S. House of Representatives where he stated that he would favor an approach of phasing out Social Security and allowing individuals to eventually plan their own retirement. The Kurth campaign took a portion of the quote that appeared as if Mr. Ellis favored an immediate abrupt end to the program. More importantly, why should his views on Social Security have any bearing on a state race?
While he had some personal disdain for the various appointed positions in the cities and counties, due to their unrewarding bureaucratic nature, he did say that pursuit of these could be a good source of learning how government functioned.
He stressed running on principle and spelling out your intentions. He is convinced that many people in local government have few real convictions and no real plan. He stated that many become officials for the title, something to do or just like being in charge of something.
He cited examples where people won city council seats spending no more than the cost of the filing fee. In other words it is possible to get into elected office without a huge war chest. Finally Scott Ellis was asked if he would consider running as a Libertarian. He was frank in stating that he did not believe we had the capability of winning, however did not reject the idea totally.
Scott Ellis was a Brevard County Commissioner whose voting record showed strong
Libertarian leanings. Mr. Ellis has had contact with the Libertarians in the past and is
well versed in our philosophy.
Did you know more than 70% of our used newsprint is sold to Japan and Britain at a
financial loss, thus few trees are spared from future paper making? Did you know most
plastic collected for recycling is burned? Did you know that many lucrative uses for
recycled material are generally prohibited? Recycling programs are considered successfu l
if the aluminum recovery pays for the disposal of the other recovered materials. Since
Brevard residents pay for recycling, we mustn't be very successful. Stop subsidizing
failure, donate your aluminum to the Libertarians. Aluminum for Liberty!
The Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) will be making its closest pass to Brevard County Sept. 4th and 5th. The purpose of these public hearings is to listen to citizen's inputs for making changes to the Florida State constitution. This event happens only once every 20 years. The CRC's recommendations to the Florida constitutional convention generally carry heavy weight. We will live with the results, good or bad, for a long time.
The LPF has teamed with other like-minded groups in Florida and formed the Constitutional Liberty Coalition (CLC). The CLC has drafted a series of proposed constitutional revisions and additions on such topics as minor party ballot access, eminent domain, asset forfeiture, property rights, and taxes.
The Libertarian Party of Brevard (LPB) will send a team to the CRC hearings in Daytona Beach on Friday, Sept 5th. Our optimum goal is to set up an Operation Politically Homeless (OPH) booth and to have as many speakers to cover most of the CLC proposals as possible. If you want to make a difference and do something of consequence, now is the time. We do not have enough volunteers to make a good showing at this time. You don't have to be a professional speaker to talk to the commission; there are many average citizens speaking who don't even go up with a clear topic. You are limited to 3 minutes to cover your topic. For those who want to help but don't want to speak, we will need help with the OPH booth.
The LPB's CRC Committee will meet at 3 PM on August 16th to plan the trip and review
our speeches. Call 727-2660 to volunteer and receive directions. An overview of the LPB scouting trip to Jacksonville is at the end
of this newsletter.
NEWS FLASH: NOTHING ACCOMPLISHED AT GENERAL MEETINGS!
Have you ever asked yourself when are we going to start "doing something" at the monthly membership meetings?
The truth is, nothing "gets done" at these meetings--all the meaningful work is done by the committees thoughout the month. Can you imagine how long our meetings would be if we planned every event there at the meeting? We wouldn't have time for guest speakers and socializing, the best part of the night! The committees set up OPH booths, decide what events the LPB will participate in, what government offices we will decide to run for, who will speak at our meetings, etc.
If you want to be in on the action, you need to get on a committee. If you have an item you want to do but aren't sure what committee does it, talk to your officers. Committee members set their own meeting time, place and agenda.
So what are the monthly meetings for? Basically, it allows for information exchange
between the officers, members and committee chairs. It also gives all LPB members an
opportunity to propose action, vote on issues, and share ideas and announcements .
Cantina Dos Amigos in Indian Harbor Beach.
Three LPB members attended a "Nuts and Bolts" Seminar held at the LPF Exec
Committee Business Meeting in Orlando. The seminar was designed to help county affiliates
get better focused and organized and included lots of crossfeed between county and state
attendees. Brevard must have made an impact of sorts--the LPF ExComm has tentatively
decided to hold it's next meeting and seminar in Melbourne on Oct. 25th! This is a good
chance to meet our leadership and offer some good ideas to the other county affiliates,
not to mention learn something ourselves.
Some people are under the impression that you cannot register Libertarian in Florida.
That is incorrect. Often when a civil servant is confronted with a confusing situation,
like a multisyllable word, they will either say you can't do what you are asking or will
do the next best thing that they do know. Tell the clerk the three letter code for
Libertarian Party is "LBN". If they won't register you or try to list you as
unaffiliated/independent ask to speak to their supervisor.
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