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Patriotic Poetry

By Bruce Wales,
First Vice Chairman, Gila County LP

 

They don’t have to want to buy my ugly truck!
They don’t even have to tell me why!
Just reminding them our country’s gov’ment sucks!
And that the Libertarians are standing by!

They don’t have to want to swallow what they’re fed!
They don’t even have to argufy!
Long’s they know our country’s gov’ment sucks!
And that there’s Libertarians standing by!

They don’t have to rhyme with simple poetry!
They don’t even have to write out why!
Long’s they know our country’s gov’ment sucks!
They can help the Libertarians standing by!

 

We Need More Than Two Parties

The following letter to the editor by Gila County Libertarian Party Secretary/Treasurer Larry Hoffenberg was published in the Payson Roundup on September 18, 2018. The letter was also picked up by the national Libertarian Party and tweeted out to 127,000+ followers on September 19, 2018.


To the Editor:

In response to reader K Meszar’s letter “We need a vibrant two-party system,” the Gila County Libertarian Party strongly disagrees.

The U.S. is literally the only democratic republic around the world with a two-party system. Every other democracy has four to six and more “approved” political parties. For example, Sweden held their elections last week, and members of eight different parties were elected to parliament. eight!

By many measures, the two-party system in the U.S. has been an abject failure over the last 75 or so years. Democrat and Republican politicians, hand in hand, have run up $21 trillion in official national debt plus another $200 trillion in very real but unfunded liabilities.

Democrat and Republican politicians, hand in hand, have led the U.S. into nearly endless unconstitutional undeclared wars (“military actions”) since the end of World War II, costing the lives of hundreds of thousands of American armed forces. On and on.

It is not a coincidence that the U.S., with its two-party state, has the lowest voter turnout rate of any democratic country. A lack of choice at the ballot is the primary reason. People vote for “Neither Of The Above” by staying home and not voting at all.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were two of the most disliked and untrustworthy presidential candidates in U.S. history. That in and of itself was enough to discourage thousands of voters in Arizona and millions across the U.S. from voting for state and local candidates as well.

This lack of choice and competition is not an accident. Ballot access laws passed hand in hand by Democrat and Republican politicians require complicated, onerous, and expensive obstacles for candidates of other political parties to overcome just to get on the ballot each election. Due to these obstacles, not a single candidate other than Democrats and Republicans will be on the statewide ballot in Arizona this November.

Of course those same ballot access laws give Democrat and Republican politicians a free pass in terms of essentially zero legal requirements to get on the ballot.

If the media such as the Roundup want to encourage more people to vote and participate in our democracy, you can encourage them to learn that the Democrat and Republican parties are not enshrined anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.

Unbeknownst to many Americans, there are a multitude of other choices for voters: America’s third largest political party, the Libertarian Party. Or the fourth largest party, the Greens. Or the fifth largest party, the Constitution Party. On and on all the way down the line to party No. 76. the good old Prohibition Party.

A truly informed electorate with more than a binary choice of Donkey vs. Elephant is America’s best and most powerful asset.

Larry Hoffenberg,
Secretary, Gila County Libertarian Party

FOR YOUR PETTINESS or YOUR BEATBOX

FOR YOUR PETTINESS or YOUR BEATBOX
By Bruce Wales,
Vice Chairman, Gila County LP

Let’s say, there are many that you hate,
If not blamed, you would eliminate.
Ways exist, death could disseminate.
So, why wait enduring your frustrate?

If you doubt, let me elucidate.
Even Nature will facilitate
By pure rain it must precipitate
Spreading far your means to un-create.

There is dirt that you can cultivate
With it’s weeds you don’t appreciate.
And by spraying liquid obviate.
Meanwhile, you’re portrayed to champion-ate.

So, decide, don’t even hesitate.
Poison food designed to satiate.
Tummies fill while effects radiate.
Cancer-armed-nutrition infiltrates.

Banks thrive bankrolling such death-by-plate.
Advertisers too, impression-ate
Legal systems barely mediate
So, decide, don’t even hesitate.

How? You ask, your heart so palpitates,
Can you somehow start to terminate?
Here’s the secret, I won’t make you wait.
Cover-all-you-can-with-glyphosate!

Now, Go! ROUNDUP some! And perpetrate!

DISCLAIMERS: The author disclaims responsibility for any act committed by any not appreciating the ironic intent of the above. The Payson Roundup newspaper is in no way connected to the Roundup herbicide.

Where it really all started

Letter to the Editor published on July 20 in the Payson Roundup

Editor:

I am sure you receive criticisms for including one item as newsworthy while “discluding” others deemed more important by others. But to have an Independence Day front page lead-in with “It all started with …” when indeed “It” started with something else, namely an 8 a.m., annually observed memorial flag-raising event that has been reported in the past, is an unfortunate over-sight.

While I personally was involved in the 8:30 a.m. public reading of the Declaration of Independence event and appreciative of any news coverage, I recognize a momentum of growing patriotism begun by the flag-raising “over the hill.”

Indeed, I have never witnessed that event in the decade that I have been otherwise occupied. But I think recognition that “It” starts over the hill is critical to appreciating the unabashed patriotism that is reborn in the hearts of home-towners and visitors alike in our Green Valley Park every year.

Bruce Wales

Vice Chairman,
Gila County Libertarian Party

THIS?

By Bruce Wales,
Vice Chairman, Gila County Libertarian Party

 

(Sung to a tune similar to HOTEL CALIFORNIA)

Yesterday’s coffee is tomorrow’s speed.

Medicine’s cure, by the way, makes you bleed Running for office is powered by greed Fueled by PACs’ needy children to feed

Paint on her face is just dirt on his jeans Newspaper editors never come clean Harvesting corn must be done by machine Toxified meat, really Won’t keep you lean!

CHORUS

This is our country – turned into this?
You think our Fathers
Are proud to sire this?

Is all the suffering worth all the bliss?
I doubt the Founders
Were trying to find this

Free enterprise is so costly, you see
Since bottom lines are above you and me
So? make more laws to keep us more free
Betray humanity, but humane-ly

Occupy countries and claim it’s defense
Blame disagree-ers, label them dense
Unpatriotic, so they must be cleansed, but Can’t make good neighbors by building good fence

CHORUS

This is our country – turned into this?
You think our Fathers
Are proud to sire this

Is all the suffering worth all the bliss?
I doubt the Founders
Were trying to find this

BRIDGE

Restricting liberties
Gives more release?
Declaring war somehow
Builds better peace?

INSTRUMENTAL

Oh, those genteel who were thought to be brave Now it’s the common who won’t need to shave Never will sweat from the cradle to grave Live off the welfare of others who slave

CHORUS

This is our country – turned into this?
You think our Fathers
Are proud to sire this?

Is all the suffering worth all the bliss?
I doubt the Founders
We’re trying to find this

I doubt the Founders
Would ever found this!

More Independents and Unaffiliateds are America’s Best Chance

By Bruce Wales,

Vice Chairman, Gila County Libertarian Party

Independents and unaffiliateds represent today’s much-needed healthy political skepticism in my opinion. Life-long Party registrations make little sense when party principles don’t remain principled.
For example, if the fault of the incumbent as criticized by the challenger is later also exhibited by the winning Challenger, a huge embarrassment is foisted on party supporters. To remain his/her supporter then is a symptom of their failure to recognize unprincipled inconsistency as well.

If Party-by-habit types would review their choice at least as annually as they review their taxes their civic value would increase immensely. Unfortunately, un-re-examined Party affiliation is America’s political cancer.

No one enjoys criticism. But sometimes it is as necessary as being chided by the Dentist for past poor oral hygiene. Objective criticism must stand before life can be rebuilt with any suggested self-help group therapy.

Political criticism? Party affiliation demands a critical changing if the party’s position changes!

For if all members are somehow convinced that their party’s former principles no longer apply, they, themselves are harmful to the cause of principled living.

That is scary!

So, I believe that those that insist the US Constitution alone holds our common principles are indeed the healthy skeptics our America needs today.

Unfortunately or fortunately, the only way to amass this healthy skepticism into a tangible political power is to group all together into another party.

That is the essence of the Libertarian Party.

Think of the Party that allows choice but defends principles.

Think of the party that finds power by adhering to principles.

Think of the party that encourages thinking.

Think Libertarian!

Thanks especially to Independents and Unaffiliateds, America’s third largest party is growing like never before! Maybe we’ll be joined by more “Disenchanteds” soon.