‘All machines have their friction,’ Thoreau admitted, but when injustice is too great, you should ‘let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine.’
In March 1845, the United States acquired a new president – James K. Polk – a forceful, aggressive political outsider intent on strengthening his country and asserting its pre-eminence in front of other world powers, especially Mexico and Great Britain. Within a year of his inauguration, he had declared full-scale war on Mexico because of squabbles over the Texan border, and was soon rattling his saber at Britain over the ownership of Oregon. To complete the picture, Polk was a vigorous defender of slavery, who dismissed the arguments of abolitionists as naive and sentimental.
Polk was a popular president, admired by many for his gung-ho manner, but a sizeable minority of the citizenry disliked him intensely. One especially committed opponent was a writer from Massachusetts…
The Libertarian Party extends a hearty congratulations to Gov. Rick Perry for his announced nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Energy.
“Gov. Perry has a rare opportunity to head one of the agencies he pledged to abolish,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian Party. “Even though most Republican politicians have proven incapable – or insincere – when it comes to abolishing anything in government, I’m confident he really means it this time.”
During Perry’s 2012 run for the Republican nomination for president, he pledged to abolish the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Education.
“No doubt he will be at least as successful as President Ronald Reagan and his Department of Education appointee, Bill Bennett, who promised to abolish that agency in 1980,” said Sarwark.
The Department of Education grew under Bennett’s leadership and has continued to grow, both in authority and dollars spent, ever since.
Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, June 29th at Diamond Jim’s Gas Grill (325 Meier Street, East Dundee 60118). Social hour begins at 7:00pm. Business meeting starts at 8:00pm.
East Dundee Village Trustee and FVLP member Allen Skillicorn will be explaining the intracacies involved with TIF districts. Elgin SWAN member and local community activist — and FVLP member — Andrew Cuming will be explaining how SSAs work. (TIF = Tax Increment Financing. SSA = Special Service Areas.) Both concepts devised by politicians are harmful to taxpayers, and can be to villages where they are passsed as well. Find out more at this informative meeting!
A good time was had by all as we once again marched in the annual Dundee VFW Memorial Day Parade. A friendly crowd was exposed to our message of individual liberty and personal responsibility. Often we were met with cheers and bursts of applause…
Largely ignored by the mainstream media for most of the presidential campaign, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson is suddenly racking up headlines in The Washington Post and New York Times and on CNN and NPR.