Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Libertarian Party condemns government persecution of Bitcoin exchange vendor


First they came for those who traded Liberty Dollars, and I said nothing—
because I had no Liberty Dollars.
Then they came for Bitcoin exchange vendors, and I said nothing—
because I had no bitcoins.

Then they came for the rest of us whose only currency was Federal Reserve notes...

Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released the following statement today:
Randall Lord photo portrait; wearing suit & tie & eyeglasses and smiling (color photo)
Randall Lord, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in 2012 and 2014
The Libertarian Party vigorously condemns the trumped-up case against Randall Lord, a former Libertarian candidate, who  was sentenced to 46 months in prison for the victimless “crime” of operating an unregistered money service business involving Bitcoin, a digital currency.

Trading bitcoins is perfectly legal. Major retailers such as Microsoft, Expedia, Dell, Overstock, and Whole Foods accept bitcoins. Prosecutors targeted Lord for not being registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Treasury, and for not being licensed to operate as a money service business in his home state of Louisiana.

Despite his conscientious objections to government currency controls, the Shreveport resident attempted to comply with the laws and regulations governing Bitcoin. He filed for registration with FinCEN, but the bureaucracy misplaced his filing, for which he now faces almost four years in prison.
Lord was not licensed in Louisiana because state officials had told him that Bitcoin is not a currency, and therefore he didn't have to have a license to operate. Then in March 2013, FinCEN expanded the definition of "currency" so they could pull exchanges like Lord's under their regulatory control. 

Lord pleaded guilty to not having a state license, but later he proved to the court that the state did not require one. Then a federal court ruled that "unlicensed" could also mean "not registered with the Treasury Dept." and refused to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea and take this issue to trial.

Every aspect of this case is a travesty:
  • politicians’ insatiable addiction to spending, which they finance by printing dollars out of thin air, devaluing the dollar and in turn creating the demand for alternative currencies such as Bitcoin;
  • the contemptible government regulations these very politicians enacted to obstruct Bitcoin trading, and which were used to prosecute Lord;
  • the bumbling FinCEN regulators whose ineptitude set Lord up for prosecution (unless it was deliberate that they “misplaced” Lord’s filing);
  • the use of multiple taxpayer-funded federal agencies—the IRS, FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service—to go after Lord for openly trading a legal commodity and harming no one;
  • the failure of prosecutors to show any intent by Lord to violate the law;
  • the harsh sentence imposed on Lord, which appears intended to intimidate others who trade in bitcoins, much like the life sentence imposed on Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht; and
  • the government’s as-yet uncertain plans to confiscate Lord’s assets, including possibly his home, adding to his family’s distress.
Randall Lord has long opposed the federal government’s tax-and-spend policies and the Federal Reserve Bank’s manipulation of the dollar. He did his part to try to change these onerous laws and regulations when he ran for U.S. House on the Libertarian ticket in 2014 and 2012, receiving 27 and 25 percent of the vote, respectively.

This case illustrates that the problem is not a well-meaning, civic-minded family man like Randall Lord who offers a service to people aiming to preserve the value of their hard-earned money.

The problem is overspending by federal politicians, their manipulation and regulation of currencies, and grandstanding prosecutors who get rewarded for convicting people rather than for achieving justice.

The solution is to overturn the sentence of Randall Lord, repeal onerous laws and regulations, and stop federal government overspending so that the dollar will stop losing value, jobs will be plentiful, and Americans will be financially secure.

Please add your voice to ours in demanding freedom for Randall Lord.

Listen to an interview of Randall Lord in a Lions of Liberty podcast here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WHY THE LEFT IS PANICKING BIG TIME NOW

With their inside man, former FBI Director James Comey being fired and removed immediately, the time bombs left by the Obama/Clinton conspiracy are beginning to unravel fast.  They still have acting FBI Director McCabe in place and as soon as he's gone the the FBI and Justice Department under Jeff Sessions will go after Hillary Clinton on everything she did.  These developments have the media lying machine going into extreme and reckless abandon, spewing obvious lies about Trump giving Russia confidential information and claiming Comey wrote a memo NOBODY has seen yet, claiming Trump tried to get him to drop the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn.

The media liars were being somewhat careful before, but now they're just making stuff up out of whole cloth and spreading it as fast as they can to curb or delay Trump from going after Hillary because the DNC knows their former DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was murdered last July under very suspicious circumstances, and that an FBI forensic computer examiner found that Seth had 44,000 e-mails from various DNC officials that he forwarded to Wikileaks, and it just happens that Wikileaks released that number of e-mails prior to the election.  So it now appears it was a DNC staffer, probably angry about what the DNC did to Bernie Sanders, was the true source of those purloined e-mails the DNC still insists were hacked by the Russians to help Trump win.

Seth Rich was murdered in the early morning hours, just 100 yards from his home.  It was considered a safe neighborhood in DC, and nothing was stolen from Rich, including his wallet and watch.  From the DNC standpoint, it was a very convenient death.

We are also learning that the computers the FBI agent searched have now gone missing.  The DC cops who investigated the murder can't seem to find any video from the body cameras every DC cop wears, and this is significant because Rich didn't die for two hours after he was shot, and anything he said to the cops on video has been, "lost".

Are you beginning to get the picture?  This is a typical Clinton scenario from front to back.

But if Clinton is put on trial for her many crimes, the facts that could emerge from that trial will showcase the DNC as nothing more than a criminal enterprise that would never have been revealed had Hillary been elected as they all expected.  No wonder they were in a state of total shock that night, but it wasn't shock so much as it was panic and deep fear of what a Trump Administration would discover.  They were dirty, they used every dirty trick in the book, including colluding with the media and placing biased moderators in every debate.  They shot their massive wad of money, and yet Hillary still lost!  They had every evil thing going for them, and they were thwarted!  It was the very last thing they expected on November 8, 2016, and they just came unhinged.

So this is why there is this unprecedented war against Trump.  This is why they want Trump impeached.  Every day that passes, something new like the Seth Rich murder is getting reevaluated.  Every moment Trump remains in office, they can feel him walking over their grave, and their only option is this ridiculous news war that has totally destroyed the credibility of the NYT and Washington Post, but they don't care because what they have to lose is literally everything.  Their Globalist Agenda is being picked apart with almost every EO Trump issues. Their plot to crash the economy under Clinton was their only hope to get our guns in return for food, because they knew they had to do that before they could absorb the USA into the One World Government that cannot succeed unless all borders are dissolved.  They came so very close to realizing their plot, and one Donald J. Trump totally screwed them over.

That is why the left is panicking.

Carl F. Worden

Saturday, May 13, 2017

THE REAL REASON HILLARY CLINTON MUST BE PROSECUTED

By Carl F. Worden

There were so many dirty tricks, blatant lies told and just plain violations of law that occurred during the Obama Administration that just saying, "Let's put the past behind us and move on", won't cut it.

Here's just a few of the matters that should still concern us all:

1:  The illegal use of the IRS to persecute and block Conservative groups from gaining IRS approval for tax exempt status.  IRS Director Koskinen outright lied to Congress about the matter, yet still holds his post.  IRS underling Lois Lerner, who personally delayed and blocked such approvals was allowed to retire with full benefits and no prosecution.

2:  As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton arranged the sale of 20% of all American Uranium production to Russia.  In return, the Clinton Foundation received a total of $146,000,000.00 in, "donations", from those who directly benefited from that sale.

3:  Hillary Clinton set up a private and illegal server to avoid oversight, and when her server was discovered, she used Bleach Bit to completely obliterate and make unrecoverable, over 30,000 e-mails Clinton claimed were personal.

4:  The outright and repeated denial of additional security for Ambassador to Libya Stevens and his security detail, resulting in the avoidable deaths of Ambassador Stevens, two former SEALs and a career State Department employee, followed by one lie after another from Clinton lap dog Susan Rice as well as Clinton herself.

5:  The, "Fast & Furious" program which allowed untraced guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, one of which was used to kill a Border Patrol Agent and others were found to have been used to commit numerous murders in Mexico.  As Attorney General, Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress for lying about the matter, yet he still holds a license to practice law in California.

6:  The refusal of Barack Obama as President to enforce the immigration laws of our nation, resulting in the avoidable crimes and murders of American citizens all across this nation and allowing dangerous Muslim immigrants to enter our nation and commit or conspire to commit acts of terror against our citizens.

7:  The unconstitutional collection of all electronically communicated content of every conversation or writing of every American citizen by the National Security Agency.  Regardless of NSA false assurances, that collection of your communications is still ongoing.

Of all the foregoing and more I did not detail, a full prosecution and public trial of Hillary Clinton is necessary in order to bypass the corrupt liberal media's spin.  A public, and preferably televised trial will allow the poor suckers among us who have believed all the liberal media BS will lay out the harsh truth of Hillary's crimes.  Every detail of what she did will be laid out for everyone to see, both liberal and conservative, free of the endless lies her supporters fell for.

The other reason of vital importance is to reassure the public that in the USA, equal protection under the law is maintained.  Right now, most Americans paying attention know for a fact that such equality under the law does not currently exist.  That if you are a high public official, or even a mid-level government official like IRS Lois Lerner, who has personally done the dirty work for corrupt government officials, elected or appointed, you get to retire with full benefits and never pay for your evil acts.

To most decent and honest Americans, these violations were not just that; they were in fact an abomination of our Constitution, our rule of law and every aspect of what we expect our government officials to do, regardless of the whether they were elected or appointed bureaucrats. These violations were in fact an attempt to overthrow our nation into virtual chaos, and as such, they must be exposed in a public, televised criminal trial where no media liar can thwart the truth.  At the very least, liberals will get to see, once and for all, the real truth unfiltered by these liars we call reporters.

In short, we have way too much to lose if we don't prosecute Hillary Clinton, Lois Lerner and anyone else involved or conspiring to commit these horrible, un-American acts, because if we don't prosecute Clinton, the next Democrat controlled Congress and presidency will result in even more obvious and outrageous violations of our Constitution and our very way of life.  But if we do bring justice to these deeds, the next Democrat will take heed that, even if he or she gets away with similar or worse acts while in office, they will face justice and prison at some later time.  

That's called deterrence, and we need it restored right now.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Republicans celebrate passage of weak bill with weak beer

Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment celebrated over Bud Light the narrow passage of the AHCA in the White House Rose Garden.

Their 'victory' was as lacking in substance as the beer they chose to drink.

The AHCA does nothing to solve the health care crisis that Americans are facing under the disaster of the Affordable Care Act. It changes how mandates are done, passes out a lot of tax money to insurance companies, shifts burdens around by tax brackets, and puts Republican labels on failed Democratic policies. Replacing a penalty paid to the IRS with a penalty paid to insurance companies doesn't help the American people.

The American people want real solutions to the spiraling costs of health care for themselves and their families, and only the Libertarian Party is suggesting real solutions.

If Congress wants to fix the health care crisis, they can:

-- Grant the same tax incentives to individuals that are given to employer-purchased health care plans to remove the perverse incentive for health insurance to be tied to a particular job or employer.

-- Remove government restrictions that prevent people from purchasing catastrophic insurance coverage while paying for routine health care expenses out of pocket. That will drive down costs for health care services as consumers are allowed to shop for the best prices.

-- Allow health insurance to be sold across state lines and remove other government barriers to competition that keep prices high.

-- End all federal laws and regulations that restrict use, or that drive up the cost, of drugs, medical supplies and equipment, and other health care products and services. This includes ending all regulatory powers of the Food and Drug Administration. Doing so will drive down the cost of drugs while accelerating discovery of cures and treatments of debilitating diseases.

These simple proposals would give people more freedom to make the right health care choices for themselves and their families, improve health care outcomes, and reduce costs for all Americans.

Passage of the AHCA is an example of the broken Washington culture that says, "We have to do something. This is something. We have to do this."

For the health of all of our families, government needs to do less to screw up a system they've been making worse for decades with regulation on top of regulation that increase costs and reduce health outcomes while lining the pockets of health care industry lobbyists and cronies.

Yours in liberty,

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee

Monday, May 01, 2017

Libertarian Party: Trump’s ‘revenue neutral’ tax proposal is taxpayer negative

http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=108292049&msgid=589050&act=RSI9&c=1115108&destination=https://www.lp.org/libertarian-party-trumps-revenue-neutral-tax-proposal-taxpayer-negative/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Libertarian Party&utm_content=20170430-GenPR+Trump+Tax+PlanNicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released the following statement today:
American taxpayers get to take home just 54 cents on every dollar they earn, while federal, state and local governments take the other 46 cents.
What a great deal for federal, state and local governments. Not so hot for taxpayers. Crushing, in fact.
President Trump’s tax reform proposal that he partially-unveiled on April 26 includes cuts in corporate tax rates, death taxes, and alternative minimum taxes. Republicans claim this plan will be ‘revenue neutral’ after these measures stimulate economic growth. 
But when politicians say their plan is ‘revenue neutral,’ what they’re saying to taxpayers is, “we’re keeping your taxes high. We’re not cutting them a nickel.”
“Drain the swamp” President Trump wants to keep spending at the same perilously-high $4 trillion water mark as President Obama.
Keeping taxes and government spending high means government will remain wasteful, bloated, and dysfunctional. It will sustain thousands of wasteful bureaucracies and failed government programs. It will kill jobs, diminish people’s freedom, invite more overseas meddling, and inflict stifling red tape on businesses and individuals.
It’s taxpayer negative.
The goal of any tax reform proposal should be to dramatically reduce the total amount of money in politicians’ hands.
Government revenue negative is taxpayer positive.
We need tax cuts that give back thousands of dollars - every year - to taxpayers. Cuts that substantially hike everyone’s take home pay so taxpayers can save for their retirement, pay off their debts, support their families, enjoy the fruits of their labor, and take care of their loved ones in need.
Politicians forget: the money they take is not the government’s. It belongs to the hard-working taxpayers who earned it.
Better than two-thirds of all Americans believe that federal government spending is way too high.
We must reduce total government spending enough to both immediately end deficit spending and enable huge, immediate taxpayer-positive tax cuts.
The only way to drain a swamp is to pump water out of it – not keep it at the same level. 
The only way to drain the swamp in Washington D.C. is to dramatically reduce total government spending and slash taxes.
Revenue negative.
Taxpayer positive.

Monday, April 03, 2017

OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION Too Important to Be Left in the Hands of LAWYERS

By Joan Hough 

The great Southern GENIUS- Historian, Dr. Clyde Wilson, in his text From Union to Empire, carefully elucidates for us constitutional questions of tremendous importance.  He informs us that a piece of ancient folklore still existing today erroneously declares that our U.S.  Constitution is in the “special keeping of lawyers.”

[How can we think this anything but Lawyers’ propaganda?]

Wilson advises us that the Framers did not intend for the Constitution to be a mere legal document—that very few of the Constitution’s framers were practicing lawyers.  The Founders were owners of large estates, or plantations or they were preachers or teachers or merchants on a large scale. Some, of course, were trained in law. Law, however, was not a highly-respected profession, but was thought to be a useful study enhancing one’s ability to handle personal property and participate in the life of the community,

For our greatly needed edification, Wilson explains that our Constitution was not seen by educated Americans, including its framers, as it is touted to be today—a tool of federal judges drawn from of lawyers and professors disinterested in the traditions of liberty and order, concerned primarily with big business and left-wing interests. The Constitution was not seen as a legal document to be interpreted only by folks who argue cases for pay or by people who teach others how to argue for pay. U.S. citizens once recognized the Constitution as what it is, a political document.

Through the 14th Amendment and the usurpations of all three branches of the central government, the Constitution has changed and continues changing.  But change is not a justifiable reason for the Supreme Court to be allowed to be the arbiter of such change. Such was not the role of the Court determined by the Founders.

Original intent should be determined not by “legal reasoning and legal tradition”, or by “democratic philosophy on individual “rights, but by “reference to the historical record.” Wilson advises us that this record of history is not a professional historian’s history, but a people’s history –by tradition—a widely shared understanding handed down from generation to generation. The Constitution rests upon the consent of the people, so it is the people who have the right to determine its intent. All arguing that this is unworkable are declaring that democracy and federalism are unacceptable.

The Constitution that requires a bringing back to life, is that one ratified in 1787-1788 and not the
 one “invented and refounded” in the 19th century as part of the development of a commercial republic, a Constitution under which lawyers formed an aristocracy.

[Some thoughtful Americans contend that if only the Constitutional Amendments added since the 1860s were erased, our national future would be greatly improved.] ONE THING FOR SURE, NO POLITICIAN SHOULD HOLD A SEAT IN THE U.S. CONGRESS UNLESS HE UNDERSTANDS THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION, the reasons behind its words and the protections and rights it guarantees  to each of us, the citizens, and to our individual states.  Every amendment that has not been legally ratified should be erased; every amendment that fulfils the goals of the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO should be eliminated.]

Sunday, April 02, 2017

PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER: THE DIMMS ARE SCARED!

By Carl F. Worden

It appears the Democrats literally broke every rule and some laws prior to the election, mainly because they were so cock-sure of a Hillary win.  This is why they panicked on election night and called on all their media sources to do their bidding in an attempt to cover-up all the nefarious deeds they had committed.

It also appears the Dimms adopted the incredible defense of accusing Trump and his administration of exactly what the Dimms were doing!  They have been literally pointing one finger at Trump and his people while hoping nobody notices the three fingers pointing back at them.

ITEM:  The Dimms have been desperately trying to make people think Trump is a secret ally of Russia, when in fact the Dimms have a far deeper relationship with Russia.  As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton arranged to sell 20% of all American-produced Uranium to Russia.  In return, a number of people who benefited from that transaction donated $145,000,000.00 to the Clinton Foundation.  As anyone knows, the Clinton Foundation isn't really a charitable organization at all. Sure, they've given some of their vast wealth to charitable causes, coming to only 6% of the money the Clinton Foundation has taken in, but the primary purpose of the Clinton Foundation has been to fund travel for the Clintons and their cronies working for the Foundation.

ITEM:  John Podesta's brother is a registered foreign agent for Russia!

So all this talk about Russia colluding with the Trump Campaign to defeat Hillary is bogus on its face, and the only defense the Dimms have is their claim that 17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies concluded that Russia, "Meddled", in our election process.  The fact that none of these agencies have produced any evidence to back their alleged claims under the old excuse that National Security would be compromised is very telling.  The Dimms will react with outrage when anyone suggests the 17 Intelligence Agencies are lying, claiming the old, "Are you going to believe your lying eyes, or are you going to believe what we tell you"?

Well let's just remember that Clapper lied under oath when he was asked how far the intelligence agencies had gone to collect every electronically transmitted conversation of every American.  In point of fact, the NSA set up that massive data collection center in Utah to collect all content of all electronically generated conversations of every American citizen, an act that got its start when that mildly retarded President Bush 43 signed the outrageously unconstitutional Patriot Act. They are collecting content, and not just so-called meta-data which records only telephone numbers called, but not the content.  They have the content!  You don't need a massive data collection center to store just meta-data, and everyone should be righteously indignant that the NSA is the source of all the leaked information and unmasking of the participants in those recorded conversations of Trump and his team.

In point of fact, the NSA has a record of every e-mail Hillary sent and then scrubbed from her server, and that evil little man known as James Comey, Director of The FBI has known it all along!  He knew the NSA had that data, and yet he never tried to subpoena that data.  I do not understand for a New York minute, why Trump is leaving that weasel in place, other than Trump is adhering to the old wisdom of keeping your enemies close.

Now that Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Oversight Committee, has uncovered the unmasked, recorded evidence that Trump's team was indeed "tapped" prior to and after the election, the Dimms are reacting even more irrationally.  Adam Schiff, a Dimm on the same oversight committee, has now seen the same documents and evidence Nunes uncovered, and he immediately left the building without comment to the press.  It appears what he saw left him no room for the usual spin the Dimms rely upon, and my gut tells me he immediately called Dimm leadership to inform them that the Democratic Party is in very deep doo-doo.

This is really getting interesting!