Thursday, December 12, 2013

January 2014 Liberty in the Pub

The next Liberty in the Pub will be held on Friday evening 3 January at Il Forno's in Frederick. We will be conspiring on the next steps to overthrow Common Core when the MD General Assembly opens the following week.
This is a great time for informal discussions about any topic of interest. If you get there before 7pm, you can get your first round at Happy Hour prices! Jaz and Stacie are hosting from 6:30pm til whenever....

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Chapter Meeting

December Chapter Meeting
Tuesday 17 Dec @ 7pm


We will be meeting at Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant and Tavern as usual on the Third Tuesday for our next chapter meeting.

We will be learning about the 4th amendment and the government's latest infringements of privacy rights.

Jason Laird will be giving a presentation on Common Core and outline the activism Campaign for Liberty is planning.

We will be raffling off liberty books and audio CDs to help fund our activism this next General Assembly session which starts next month.

The MD Liberty PAC is hosting a Christmas Party in Harford County later this month as well. For details please visit this eventbrite link:
MD Liberty PAC Christmas Party Saturday 21 December

Friday, October 11, 2013

Liberty in the Pub!

Our next Liberty in the Pub meetup will be on Tuesday October 29th at Jojo's starting at 5:30PM. 

Rather than our usual program of speakers, book reviews, and amendments, Liberty in the Pub is more of a casual meet and greet where we discuss the current events and all things liberty in an informal setting. Hope to see you there! 

Jojo's is located at 16 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. (301) 732-5197

October Chapter Meeting

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It's time once again for our monthly chapter meeting at Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant!

Where: Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant, 906 N East Street Frederick 21701.
When: 7:00 - 8:30pm Tuesday 15 October

We are excited to have Walter Olson as our speaker this month!

Walter is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies and will be speaking to us with a look back on the last Supreme Court term followed by a look forward at the new one that just started on October 7th.

We will continue our Bill of Rights series with a review of the 2nd Amendment and it's application to current events, with a look at the new Maryland gun laws that went into effect on October 1st.

We will have an updates on the LPAC conference from our members who attended, as well as an update on Common Core activities around the state.

We will also have a brief discussion about the upcoming Frederick City election.

Grab a friend and bring them with you. We look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Liberty in the Pub


Liberty in the Pub: Tuesday, August 20th
Jekyll & Hyde at 7:00pm


Ok, ok, he didn't actually say that in Wealth of Nations - but Adam Smith was right about division of labor and someone's got to specialize in shooting the breeze at Jekyll and Hyde! Here's the actual quote just to be educational:

"In general, if any branch of trade, or any division of labour, be advantageous to the public, the freer and more general the competition, it will always be the more so."

 C4L will host "Liberty in the Pub" next week. Instead of our usual program of speakers, book reviews, and amendments, we'll meet a little more casually to discuss the current events and all things liberty. Same place and time as last month. Hope to see you there! 

Jekyll & Hyde Restaurant, 906 N East Street Frederick 21701.
7:00pm - whenever, Tuesday 20 August

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PUBLIC HEARING UPDATE


    The recent county hearing regarding the proposed sale of the Montevue/Citizens properties offered the perfect opportunity to draw distinctions between the voluntary and the coercive options at hand.  The opponents of the sale were organized in the usual manner when these types of decisions are before a government body. First, the “customers” of the service being considered are trotted out in the beginning of the hearing with truly heartbreaking stories of dire need. Then the “experts” are assembled - in this case the leftist politicians and Board of Trustees current and former - to testify about the need being genuine and the financial costs being worthwhile. Lastly the staff which almost always consist of public employee union members are lined up to talk about how they love the job so much and do such a good job and are so dedicated that it could never be duplicated in the free market. The primary tone of each person testifying in favor of the government service is that the only motivations of those opposing them are criminal cruelty to the needy and/or outright corruption.  

    The possibility of the exact opposite being the case is never entertained, because these tactics have for so long worked so brilliantly that nearly no one questions them anymore. And who could stand up under the withering attack by the special interest group vilifying their opponents as heartless and mean if not “on the take”.  Particularly disheartening are the despicable lies that the organizers tell the “customers” of these services. The specific scare-mongering for these residents was the story that they would literally be thrown out on the street if this sale occurred which was not true in any sense. The typical union bullying and social pressure started before the event even started out in front of the venue and online.  Hurling vile insults via facebook and other social media at all those who oppose their obviously righteous campaign, the opponents of the sale accused the proponents of wanting to throw grandma of the cliff once again.  During the staff testimony section, a union member (in the form of “testifying”) performed the tired role of outing the opposition by asking for a show of hands of who is for and who is against in order to poison the well for the eventual testimony of the proponents of the sale so the organized will know who to boo a priori.  

    What goes unsaid too often is that the better way to care for these needy is by direct and voluntary charity rather than the government coercion and the force of tax law.  Even less said is the fact that the morally bankrupt position is in fact the one held by the folks who want to use the police power of the government to enforce stealing from the many to enrich the few.  This modern day robinhoodism is a thin veil hiding the real corrupt party in these hearings. These public employee labor unions always operate on an inherent conflict of interest. They take dues from their members who are government employees in order to lobby the government to give more pay and benefit for the workers over and above what the market would bear in the voluntary sector. But moreover, they lobby to add dues-paying members to their numbers through an increase in government positions which always leads to higher taxes for the fewer and fewer left holding check. The truly heartless in the room were those using the elderly as props to continue the theft of that which they cannot or will not compete for in the voluntary sector.  Instead of honestly querying their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, businesses, faith communities, and civic organizations for voluntary donations for this very worthy cause, they choose short cuts and the way of violence. They choose to use the police power of the state.

    We heard over and over again during the hearing that the buyer was a for-profit company, and that that means the elderly will go uncared for. These folks refuse to or can’t understand that the best service is always rendered by the market for the price. The price is always lower when the government stays out of that market meaning that the charitable have less cost to cover and is therefore more efficient in meeting the needs of the truly needed. This brings us to the next feature of voluntary care for the elderly or whatever other government service that is unnecessary. The truly needed are cared for and not the free-rider due to personal accountability which is the hallmark of direct and voluntary charity. A nameless, faceless government cannot and will not be able to distinguish between the two.

    The best, most efficient and effective means of supporting the neediest in our communities is always through voluntary association. This is also the only virtuous action with regards to caring for people. When we advocate for government to take care of charity by socializing the cost across the entire taxpaying population, it is shirking our responsibility as individuals and as a community.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June Chapter Meeting, Tuesday the 18th


Our speaker this month was an economic adviser on Ron Paul's congressional staff! Lydia Mashburn will give a short presentation on the Federal Reserve and money in the United States.

We'll have an update on policy at the Federal level, and spend a little more time on our Bill of Rights series this meeting, covering the crucial 10th amendment, which limits the Federal government to those powers stated in the Constitution.


We'll have a book review of Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Gatto, and a final collection of liberty books and materials for our upcoming library donation.


Where: Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant, 906 N East Street Frederick 21701.
When: 7:00 - 8:30pm Tuesday 18 June
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May Chapter Meeting, Tuesday the 21st!

This month's meeting will focus on state level elections in Maryland. Jason Laird will walk us through which elections are when, where to go to educate yourself about the candidates, and ways to get involved. We'll discuss the 9th amendment to the Constitution, one of the best! Ed Heine will fill us in on why James Madison and Alexander Hamilton both thought that a Bill of Rights might actually increase the power of the state, and how this amendment was written to make sure that didn't happen.

We'll also be collecting any liberty related books for a donation to the Frederick libraries. Please bring out any you can make available to the public!

Where: Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant, 906 N East Street Frederick 21701.
When: 7:00 - 8:30pm Tuesday 21 May
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Meet With Your MD Representatives About Gun Rights

Darren Wigfield (left) emcees the C4L 2nd Amendment rally
The end of the legislative session in MD is upon us. The epic amount of damage that less than four months has wrought is truly unbelievable.  One of our main goals was to block passage of the Gun Ban bill (SB281). We worked by going door-to-door, distributing literature, calling voters, and holding rallies all to get voters to call their reps and make their voice heard. People spoke out in record breaking numbers.  Annapolis has never seen such an outcry from Marylanders.  Still, some legislators didn't get the message, and they forced the bill through anyway.  Now we get to tell them what we think about it. The politicians returning from Annapolis to their districts in Frederick County are having Town Hall meetings to review the session that just ended. We must go and hold them accountable for the votes they have cast. They WILL hear from us, their constituents.
 
There are two camps of politicians holding town hall style meetings.

1) Thursday April 25th 6:30pm with Republican Delegates Afzali, Hogan, Hough, and Schulz@ FSK American Legion Post #11 1450 Taney Ave | Frederick, MD 21701.  (All of these voted against the gun ban.)

2) Saturday April 27th 10am with Democrat Delegate Clagett and Senator Young Urbana Regional Library 9202 Amelung Street | Urbana, MD.  (These voted FOR the gun ban!)
 
The second event will have the bill sponsor Sen. Ron Young present to take your questions. Please try to make it out to voice your concerns with this atrocious legislation!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April Chapter Meeting Wrap-up

Local Elections:

This month's meeting was full of useful information for voters in Frederick County. We have some elections coming up this year in the City of Frederick that could change our local government for the better:

City Mayor & Aldermen: Primary 9/10/13 | General 11/5/2013

If you want a healthier county, you have to get involved! Conveniently for you, liberty minded individuals can have a big impact with minimal effort thanks to low voter turnouts and the foothold that liberty already has here. Candidates have missed victory by as little as one tenth of one percent! All it takes is a little Google work to find out who is running and what they stand for.

8th Amendment:

Clint filled everyone in on the 8th Amendment, which protects the rights of the people (that's everyone, mind you) against excessive bail and fines, and cruel and unusual punishment. We have English nobles, the Virginia delegation to the constitutional convention, and an unfortunate fellow named Titus Oates to thank for these specific protections. The nobles got the ball rolling with the writing of the Magna Carta in 1215, poor Titus (not that he was innocent, but still) was sentenced to a punishment so controversial that it brought the subject of "cruel and unusual" to the public eye, and the Virginia delegation made sure all the lessons humanity had learned about the subject were included in the Bill of Rights.

Liberty in ROCK!

Check out two great songs dealing (loosely) with concepts of Liberty:
Rise Against - Architects (some language!)
Dead Letter Circus - Warning
Don't prefer rock? Send me an email with your favorites. I'll include them next time!

For Liberty,
Frederick C4L

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Chapter Meeting 4/16 - Local Election Cycles

Our April C4L Chapter meeting will have an update on the fight for the second amendment in Maryland, the status of other legislation, cover the 8th amendment to our constitution, and more.

The focus of the evening will be a presentation on the elections in Frederick County, from the municipal to state level. Elections this year within Frederick City and without will impact your liberties and rights! Learn about the gubernatorial and presidential election cycles and the affect that their outcomes will have on your life.

Where: Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant, 906 N East Street Frederick 21701.
When: 7:00 - 8:30pm Tuesday 16 April
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Bonus! Joke of the Month:

Q: How many libertarians does it take to change a light bulb?

...

A: None! If the bulb needed changing, the free market would have done it.





Monday, March 25, 2013

2nd Amendment Rally Wrap-up


Frederick County Campaign for Liberty had a great time, along with nearly 200 attendees, celebrating our natural right to keep and bear arms! More than 15 concerned citizens took to the podium and voiced their pro-liberty, pro-2nd amendment position while those in the audience wrote short messages to MD 3rd District Senator Ron Young expressing their displeasure at his co-sponsoring of the Maryland Gun Ban bill, SB281.

AM 1450 The Source broadcast parts of our rally, and recorded most of it. Please check out the audio they captured at their website.

Campaign for Liberty provided an explanation of the 2nd Amendment in the context of the drafting of the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia constitutions which occurred around the same time. When read in the context of its writing, the amendment clearly makes no distinction between firearms with regard to magazines, overall length, or ability to accept accessories - which Ron Young thinks you can't be trusted with.

Among the speakers were Frederick's own Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Frederick County Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, Jason Laird, MD State Senate candidate Jerry Cave, and US Senate candidate for Maryland Dan Bongino.

Frederick C4L took all of the messages written by attendees and stuck them to Senator Young's office door at the corner of Church and East Streets. I don't think there's much danger of him missing them... but if you didn't get a chance to write a note, please call Senator Young and let him know what you think about his Gun Ban bill:

ronald.young@senate.state.md.us
Annapolis: 410 841 3575
Frederick: 301 662 8520

Though the Gun Grab Bill has passed the senate, citizens and activists have delayed the bill in the House of Delegates. There's still time to let your delegates know how their constituents feel. Click here to get the contact information for your delegates.

If you'd like to get involved in our efforts to promote liberty in Frederick County and Maryland, please contact us at: FrederickC4L@pcliberty.com

Or attend our next monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm at Jekyll and Hyde restaurant in Frederick. We'll be sending out a reminder to our email list about a week before the meeting to remind you.

Thank you to everyone who came out, for supporting the 2nd Amendment and our efforts to promote constitutional liberty.

Blog writer Marko Koos' defense of the 2nd amendment, cited in one speech, can be found here.