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NEW MEXICO LIBERTY

“Let Freedom Ring”


The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico

October 2008 lpnm.us v.2.2 N.3

Table of Contents Notes from the Editor


by Mike Blessing [ kcufmedia@gmail.com ]
Page 1
• The LPNM's Candidates to Date
• Notes from the Editor
Apologies to Mark Curtis
Page 2 – Field Reports / Calendar Mark Curtis was planning to run for State House in District 19 against Sheryl Williams
Stapleton. However, I forgot that in order to be placed on the ballot, he needed a letter from
Page 3 – Voice of the LPNM Chair the State Chair or Secretary certifying him as a candidate of the Libertarian Party of New
Mexico. Thus, he won't be on the ballot for this election.
Page 4
New Mexico Liberty (the Web Site)
• Letter From Home
• What will the NRA do? Recently, Paul Gessing and the Rio Grande Foundation created a social utility site using
ning.com, titled interestingly enough, New Mexico Liberty. The URL is
Page 5 – The 2008 LPNM Road–To– newmexicoliberty.com – check it out for yourselves, and join in the fun! At present, there are
Freedom Motorcycle Raffle sixty-seven people from around the state signed up as members, and while the LPNM is
well-represented in that regard, so far, I'm the one who's carrying the ball for, as Steve
Kubby says it, straight-up 80 proof gut-burning freedom.
Page 6
• The RGF Launches New Mexico for Bob Barr
NewMexicoVotes.org The New Mexico for Bob Barr Meetup group is open for business and attracting members –
• How Long Will This Go On?
• Open Letter to Junior Scholastic from bobbarr.meetup.com/83
Santa Fe Community School Michelle Scholz has signed up as the organizer for the meetup, and Morgan Wells of the
• Time to Jump? Santa Fe area will be setting up a music festival at the College of Santa Fe on behalf of the
campaign. (Morgan will also be the LPNM's college organizer for the College of Santa Fe.)
Page 7 – Contacts / Internet Resources The LPNM Blog Makes a Comeback?

Page 8 I had been all set to delete the blog that I had set up on Blogspot com for the LPNM when I
• Administrivia received an email asking me who was allowed to post there. So I sent out a few invites to
certain select individuals in the LPNM, so they could post there.
• The Unanimous Consent Challenge
Stanhope for President 2012
Page 9 – Enrollment / Renewal Form Back in 2007, I supported stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope for the LP's presidential
nomination, as he really seemed to have a handle on the libertarian philosophy. I was
Page 10 – Authorization for Automatic disappointed, to say the least, in May, 2007, when he announced that he had to drop out of
Transfers the race after being informed that his plan to use his comedy tour as a campaign venue
would have been in violation of the Federal Election Code.
Lo and behold, it turns out that there are some people interested in seeing Stanhope be the
The LPNM's Candidates to Date LP's 2012 presidential candidate. See here for more information –
President of the United States tinyurl.com/stanhope-2012.
Bob Barr – bobbarr2008.com
Vice-President of the United States
Wayne Allyn Root – rootforamerica.com

New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 1


Field Reports Calendar
From County Contacts
Special Events
Bernalillo – The BCLP is hosting two meetings per month. For
LPNM Central Committee Meeting – 14 December 2008
more information, see the BCLP website – lpnm.us/bernalillo. New
The LPNM's Central Committee will have its regularly scheduled
Mexico's Consumers' Advocate will resume on Albuquerque
meeting on Sunday, 14 September 2008, at the St. Clair Winery &
Comcast Channel 27 on 7 January 2009 at 8PM. See
Bistro, located at 901 Rio Grande Blvd (Map – tinyurl.com/52x2pe).
xanga.com/kcufmedia for more information.
No host lunch 12:00 PM, meeting at 1:00 PM. County and
Jay Vandersloot continues to be active in staffing at table at blade Campus Contacts encouraged to attend!
and gun shows at the State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque and could
Road-To-Freedom Motorcycle Raffle
use some help at the shows – any assistance would be welcome,
even if it is only for a couple of hours. Anyone interested in helping The LPNM's latest fundraiser involves raffling off a new, limited-
at the table at the gun show, providing literature to hand out, edition Harley Davidson motorcycle for Ø100 per ticket, with a
loaning us an LP banner, or a projection screen should contact Jay maximum of 399 tickets available. More information on the
at either yprocrastinate-emailme@yahoo.com or call 505-362-1733. motorcycle raffle is available at the following pages –
tinyurl.com/2fu72e, tinyurl.com/22z3yp or
Paul Gessing and Rio Grande Foundation have just established a
sjclp.org/Rocker_raffle.htm.
social-networking site for small-l libertarians called New Mexico
Liberty – newmexicoliberty.com is the URL. This is in addition to 2009 Annual State Convention
other activities, which can be found at the RGF's site –
riograndefoundation.org. The 2009 LPNM State Convention is tentatively scheduled for the
weekend of 10-12 April 2009 for the Alamogordo area.
Mike Blessing will begin posting flyers for the CNM Libertarians at
various locations on campus during August and September 2008. Regular Events
For more information, see the group's website – Wednesday, 2 October – Otero County LP meeting. Contact Dr.
groups.myspace.com/cnmlibertarians. Gilberto Heredia for more information [ thrill@zianet.com /
Dona Ana – The LPDAC Central Committee has been having 575-439-8234 ].
monthly meetings, as well as an information table at the Las Cruces Thursday, 2 October and 16 October – Bernalillo County Liberty
Farmer's Market. See the LPDAC website for details – Forum meets in Albuquerque, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Fiesta's
lpnm.us/dona-ana. Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE). Contact Mike
Otero – The Otero County LP was recently organized by Dr. Blessing for details [ lpbcnm@gmail.com / 505-918-6567].
Gilberto Heredia. The OCLP is working on building its website, as Wednesday, 8 October – The Dona Ana County Libertarians will
well as having regular meetings. meet. Those interested are invited to attend and to contact Siebert
Sandoval – The LPSC is having its monthly meetings on the fourth Ickler [ lpdac@peoplepc.com / 505-541-9079 ] for information on
Tuesday of each month. location and time.

Santa Fe – Ed Nagel is working on organizing an LPNM county Tuesday, 14 October – The Santa Fe County LP meets at the
affiliate for Santa Fe County. Contact him at ed123nagel@aol.com South Library at 6:30 PM. Contact Ed Nagel for details [
or call him at 505-471-6928. He'd appreciate any help he can get. ed123nagel@aol.com / 505-474-0300 ].

Morgan Wells is organizing a college affiliate at the College of Ed specified these directions for the South Library –
Santa Fe, and will be setting up a music festival on the College's Although the mailing address is on Jaguar St, the best way
quad area for 3 October 2008. Email mwells109@gmail.com for to get there is to turn south off Airport Rd onto Country Club
details. Rd (by the golf course), proceed 6 tenths of a mile to
Valentine Way, and make a left (heading east), and an
TV Shows – Channel 27 in Albuquerque immediate right into the parking lot of the South Library.
(not necessarily endorsed by LPNM)
Tuesday, 28 October – The Sandoval County Libertarian Party will
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New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 2
Voice of the LPNM Chair “Insanity: Voting for the Democrats and
Republicans over and over again and expecting
Jay Vandersloot REAL change.”
Email – yprocrastinate-emailme@yahoo.com – Paraphrase of a quote from Albert Einstein

Be Ready to Tell Them Why Liberty if to Their Benefit! We see over and over that we cannot depend on the Republican or
Democrat party elected officials to do what is right and needs to be
The last couple of months we have been looking at the LP Platform
done, as we see that they both perpetuate big government and
Statement of Principles and the planks that cover the aspects of
continually pass laws that violate the US Constitution and our
personal and economic liberty. And, we’ve noted the change to a
rights, and hinder the cause of liberty. If we are to advance the
much more succinct format, providing a quick statement of the
cause of liberty, we will have to do it ourselves, by getting
principle for which we in the Libertarian Party stand. This month we
Libertarians elected to office.
will continue our review of the platform, by taking a look at the
planks in the section titles Securing Liberty. As I’ve said the last two Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us to expose the fallacy of the
months, the new platform might not contain all the planks we common wasted-vote syndrome belief by showing our family,
believe should be there, and therefore might not satisfy some of us, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else with whom we
yet it is a step in the right direction. I, for one, would rather a little come into contact that their vote for the Libertarian candidate is
improvement in the right direction, then no improvement at all. the only vote that really counts. Only by voting for the
Libertarian candidate will their voice truly be heard by whoever
The November elections are less than a month away, and we are
is elected.
running out of time to influence the minds of our fellow voters. We
need to get out and talk to everyone we know, to explain why liberty Platform of the Libertarian Party, Section Three
and freedom are in their best interests and how it will benefit their
3.0 Securing Liberty
lives. While many will agree with you, they will also tell you that
they would be wasting their vote if they didn’t vote for one of the The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of
major party candidates. We need to be ready to counter The government. Government is constitutionally limited so as to prevent
Wasted Vote Syndrome and explain what the real wasted vote is. the infringement of individual rights by the government itself. The
Below, I am including an abbreviated version of an article I principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships
published in NML in 2006 and 2007, on the subject of The Wasted between governments.
Vote.
3.1 National Defense
The Wasted Vote, Lesser of Two Evils, and
Mandate From the People Syndromes! We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the
United States against aggression. The United States should both
While talking to others about Libertarian candidates, there are abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world and avoid
numerous questions you will be asked, but there is one question entangling alliances. We oppose any form of compulsory national
that is almost always asked of Libertarians. The person asking the service.
question states the belief that there is no chance the Libertarian
candidate will be elected, and asks why they should “waste” their 3.2 Internal Security and Individual Rights
votes on candidates they believe have no chance of being elected, The defense of the country requires that we have adequate
when they can make their vote count by voting for one of the two intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security.
major party candidates. Usually it is also stated that they are This requirement must not take priority over maintaining the civil
planning to cast their vote based on the “lesser of two evils” liberties of our citizens. The Bill of Rights provides no exceptions for
concept. Usually, the Libertarian answers that if you vote for the a time of war. Intelligence agencies that legitimately seek to
lesser of two evils, you are still left with evil. Both the voter’s view preserve the security of the nation must be subject to oversight and
and the Libertarian’s reply ignore a very important element of what transparency. We oppose the government's use of secret
happens in elections – something that I refer to as the “Mandate classifications to keep from the public information that it should
From the People Syndrome.” have, especially that which shows that the government has violated
Even though voters cast their ballots based on which candidates the law.
they believe will be less harmful, the candidates who are elected do 3.3 International Affairs
not know, and do not care, how many voters voted for them, and
how many actually voted against their opponents. All they see is American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the
the percentage of the vote they received and say, “I have a world and its defense against attack from abroad. We would end
MANDATE from the people.” the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including
military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to
In effect, the voice of the person voting for the “lesser of two evils” resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. We condemn
is not heard. The elected candidate does not know that you are the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the
unhappy with his or her political positions. In actuality, the vote innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by
for the “lesser of two evils” is the TRUE wasted vote. governments or by political or revolutionary groups.
Instead of voting for the “lesser of two evils” the voter should vote
for the candidate who has the principles and political views in which [ Continued on Page 4 ]
the voter believes. By doing so, even though that candidate may
not be elected, the voice of the voter is heard, because the BY THE WAY: As I’ve been saying for months, I find the thought of
candidates who are elected see that they do not have the EITHER of the two Major party candidates who are running for
“mandate from the people” that they would otherwise have President being elected to be a scary thought. The way I see it, the
thought they had. They will see that part of their constituency is only viable option is to vote your conscience. For me, that means
voting Libertarian.
dissatisfied with their politics, and that they must change if they
want to have any hope of gaining those votes in the future.
New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 3
[ Continued from Page 3 ] What will the NRA do?
by Andrew Davis – 8 October 2008
Platform of the Libertarian Party, Section Three
lp.org/blogs/andrew-davis/what-will-the-nra-do
3.4 Free Trade and Migration
From Jason Pye at the Barr Campaign:
We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade.
It looks like the NRA is finally getting involved in the presidential
Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals
race:
not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of
political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted The NRA has not yet endorsed a presidential candidate.
movement of human as well as financial capital across national LaPierre planned news conferences Thursday in
borders. However, we support control over the entry into our Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado and Nevada to make an
country of foreign nationals who pose a threat to security, health, or announcement on the presidential election. He declined
property. Wednesday to reveal which candidate the NRA would
endorse but added that the group would “be foolish to
3.5 Rights and Discrimination
overlook the vast areas of agreement” it has with John
We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government McCain.
should not deny or abridge any individual's rights based on sex,
Let’s take a look at how the NRA feels about Sen. John McCain.
wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, personal habits,
political preference, or sexual orientation. Parents, or other In 2001, NRA President Wayne LaPierre said, “Is it possible that
guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their John McCain thinks you have too much freedom?” According to
own standards and beliefs. NewsMax, LaPierre was angry over advertisements McCain
appeared in for Americans for Gun Safety, an anti-Second
3.6 Representative Government
Amendment group who’s website now points to the Brady
We support electoral systems that are more representative of the campaign, and McCain-Lieberman, a bill designed to close the so-
electorate at the federal, state, and local levels. As private voluntary called “gun show loophole.”
groups, political parties should be allowed to establish their own
After appearing in the ads, the NRA called McCain, “one of the
rules for nomination procedures, primaries, and conventions. We
premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment”
call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or
and “the poster boy for Americans For Gun Safety.” Strong words.
parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing
of election campaigns. We oppose laws that effectively exclude By the way, McCain’s position hasn’t changed on the “loophole”
alternative candidates and parties, deny ballot access, gerrymander issue.
districts, or deny the voters their right to consider all legitimate
alternatives. As early as April of this year, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox
told The Hill, “John McCain still has some work to do” to gain the
3.7 Self-Determination trust of the NRA. Cox added, “Truth be told, he’s not there yet.”
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of In 2004, the NRA issued lifetime rankings of all members of
individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, Congress. Sen. McCain received a “C+”, indicating a mixed record
and to agree to such new governance as to them shall seem most on the Second Amendment.
likely to protect their liberty.
Bob Barr has an “A+” lifetime rating from the NRA. Bob serves on
4.0 Omissions the board of the NRA. His record on the Second Amendment is
without question.
Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation,
ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or Given the fact that Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox have exposed
machination should not be construed to imply approval. John McCain as an anti-gun sympathizer, we here at Bob Barr
2008 fully expect that the NRA will announce their support for Bob
Barr tomorrow and run ads against both Sen. John McCain and
Sen. Barack Obama.
[ Editor's addition – Gun Owners of America, the Virginia-based
outfit that actually stands up for the Second Amendment, had
posted these two pages about John McCain –
John McCain: Conservative or Gun-Grabber?
gunowners.org/mccaintb.htm
John McCain's Gun Control Problem
gunowners.org/pres08/mccain.htm
Finally, looking at GOA's ratings page for the 110th Congress, it
bears noting that both McCain and Obama were “F”-rated by GOA
– gunowners.org/110srat.htm.
And if that wasn't bad enough, the NRA lived up to the moniker of
“Necrotic Republican Appendage” given to it by L. Neil Smith, in
that the organization's Board of Directors –
breitbart.com/article.php?id=D93MVT5G0&show_article=1
Letter From Home
– MWB ]
by Russmo [ russmo.com ]

New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 4


Libertarian Party of New Mexico
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safety equipment. However, we believe those who ride should decide and we oppose mandatory helmet
laws for motorcyclists. Odds depend on the actual number of chances sold, but no more than 399
chances will be available. Drawing will be at approximately 8:00 PM, on Bill of Rights Day, Monday
December 15, 2008 at the Farmington Civic Center, in Farmington, New Mexico. The Libertarian Party of
New Mexico (LPNM) reserves the right to draw prior to this date in the event all chances are sold early. In
the event of an early drawing, notice will be posted at lpnm.us at least two weeks prior to the drawing.
LPNM will make every effort to notify the winner using the contact information provided. In the event the
winner cannot be contacted within 30 days of the drawing, the prize will be awarded to a backup winner.
Winner is responsible for tax, title and license fees.
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The official raffle page – sjclp.org/Rocker_raffle.htm


For more details about the motorcycle, see tinyurl.com/22z3yp or tinyurl.com/2fu72e

New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 5


Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity

Rio Grande Foundation’s “New Mexico Votes” Site


Compiles Legislators’ Records of Showing Up for Votes
by Paul Gessing [ pgessing@riograndefoundation.org ]
30 September 2008 – tinyurl.com/4evrvq
(Albuquerque) – NewMexicoVotes.org, the new government
transparency Web site recently launched by the Rio Grande
Foundation, is providing an unprecedented tool for legislators,
candidates, and anyone wanting to know more about a legislator’s
voting record. The site has compiled a one-stop shop where any
legislator’s cumulative missed vote history for 2008 can be viewed.
newmexicovotes.org/MissedVotes.aspx
By clicking on the Missed Votes Report in the gray bar on the left of
the site, and then the Total Missed Votes* tab, viewers can look at
the data alphabetically or numerically by repeatedly clicking the tab.
The site also reveals the vote data for all the other legislators on
Time to Jump?
By Chuck Asay – 2 October 2008
each missed vote with just the click of a mouse.
cagle.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/asay.asp
Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation, noted “This
feature of the NewMexicoVotes.org site provides voters and the Open Letter to Junior Scholastic
media with yet another way to track what their legislators are doing from Santa Fe Community School
(or not doing) when the Legislature is in session in Santa Fe. By Ed Nagel, Principal [ ed123nagel@aol.com ]
Certainly, there are legitimate reasons for legislators to miss votes, We received copies of Junior Scholastic that we ordered under your
but it is up to voters and those in the media to discern what is FREE TRIAL offer; thank you.
legitimate and what is questionable.”
Santa Fe Community School (SFCS) is an alternative, private
“With this feature, viewers don’t have to go searching each school, which was started in 1968 to provide parents with a real
individual bill to find out how their legislators voted. Everyone’s CHOICE for an education apart from the authoritarian, top down,
votes are compiled in one list that’s easy to use and analyze,” said military-minded training programs provided in government schools,
Gessing. designed to produce another generation of obedient robots. (Read:
Gessing also noted that, with voting records being prime campaign Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum of Government
fodder for candidates in an election season, NewMexicoVotes.org Schools, written by twice-acclaimed New York State Teacher of the
makes it easy for viewers to go online and easily see the how well Year, John Taylor Gatto.)
their legislators are representing them. To exercise our fundamental (constitutional) right to teach our own
children in accordance with sincerely-held beliefs, in addition to
paying for this "free" choice, SFCS had to cover costs of a suit
against the NM State Board of Education, from which we won a
unanimous State Supreme Court decision in 1975 – and
subsequently started the homeschooling movement in which over
2,000,000 students now participate. (See: sfcs-homestudy.org )
This is background for what follows re: the election coverage in
Junior Scholastic:
Your automatic phone answering message claims your magazine
provides "complete election coverage" and encourages teachers to
"get students excited about the democratic process." So, we took a
chance; we ordered your magazine. Instead of "complete election
coverage" of the presidential race, your magazine limited
discussion to candidates from just the two major parties (not
untypical of the government's agenda), effectively eviscerating
CHOICE from voters by pre-selecting just TWO of the candidates
who have qualified. One of our students questioned the exclusion
of Bob Barr, for example, who is polling 6% nationally.

How Long Will This Go On? This limitation of choice is a government ploy, something to be
by John Trever of the Albuquerque Journal resisted and discouraged by individuals and private companies,
2 October 2008 particularly one that claims to excite "students . . . about the
cagle.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/trever.asp democratic (sic) process"!
Shame on you.
Please CANCEL our subscription.
Ed Nagel
505-474-0300

New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 6


LPNM Central Committee County Contacts
Chair Bernalillo – lpnm.us/bernalillo
Jay Vandersloot Mike Blessing – 505-918-6567 / lpbcnm@gmail.com
505-362-1733 / yprocrastinate-emailme@yahoo.com
Colfax
Vice Chair Richard Moore – 505-377-6849 / myliberty@mail.com
Ron Bjornstad – 505-891-4541 / rbjornstad@earthlink.net
Dona Ana – lpnm.us/dona-ana
Secretary Siebert Ickler – 505-541-9079 / lpdacnm@lpnm.us
Mike Blessing – 505-918-6567 / kcufmedia@gmail.com
Lea
Treasurer Christina Groth – 505-397-9366
Richard Obergfell – 505-378-8025 / lplcnm@valornet.com
Lincoln
At-Large Representative, Seat A Richard Obergfell – 505-378-8025 / lplcnm@valornet.com
Bob Finch – 765-412-2374 / nmlibertarian@gmail.com
Los Alamos
At-Large Representative, Seat B Allen Cogbill – 505-662-7833 / acogbill@geopotential.com
Allen Cogbill – 505-662-7833 / acogbill@geopotential.com
Luna
District 1 Representative, Seat A Marilyn Steffen – 505-531-2556 / b_lamont5@hotmail.com
John Pfersich – 505-301-2601 / jpfersich@gmail.com
Otero
District 1 Representative, Seat B Gilberto Heredia – 575-439-8234 / thrill@zianet.com
Mark Curtis – 505-256-1993 / macurtis@webtv.net
Roosevelt
District 2 Representative, Seat A Ken Sanders – 505-749-2085
Siebert Ickler – 575-541-9079 / lpdacnm@lpnm.us
San Juan – sjclp.org
District 2 Representative, Seat B Gary Wood – zang5775@msn.com
Gilberto Heredia – 575-439-8234 / thrill@zianet.com
Sandoval
District 3 Representative, Seat A Ron Bjornstad – 505-288-4228 / rbjornstad@earthlink.net
VACANT
Santa Fe
District 3 Representative, Seat B Ed Nagel – 505-471-6928 / ed123nagel@aol.com
Mike Moss – 505-564-4905 / mmoss@plumbersoft.com
Valencia
Cabinet Officers Abran Gabaldon – 505-864-6870 / abran_d@yahoo.com
Membership Coordinator LPNM Vacancies
Ron Bjornstad – 505-288-4228 / rbjornstad@earthlink.net
Central Committee (1)
Press Secretary
Bill Koehler – 505-264-0835 / bkoehler8@comcast.net District 3 Representative, Seat A

Media Director County Contacts (20)


Bob Finch – 765-712-2374 / nmlibertarian@gmail.com Catron / Chaves / Cibola / Curry / De Baca / Eddy / Grant
Guadalupe / Harding / Hidalgo / McKinley / Mora / Quay
Campus Contacts
Rio Arriba / San Miguel / Sierra / Socorro / Taos / Torrance / Union
Central New Mexico Community College [CNM]
College Contacts (5)
groups.myspace.com/cnmlibertarians
Mike Blessing – 505-918-6567 / cnmliberty@gmail.com Eastern New Mexico University (Portales)
New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
College of Santa Fe
New Mexico Tech (Socorro)
Morgan Wells – mwells109@gmail.com
University of New Mexico (Various Campuses)
Internet Resources Western New Mexico University (Silver City)

Official Website – lpnm.us Contact the state chair if you're interested in filling a slot.
If you don't, who will?
LPNM Forum – groups.yahoo.com/group/lpnm-forum
Caucus membership required, per the Central Committee
LPNM Discussion – groups.yahoo.com/lpnm-discuss YOUR ADVERTISING HERE?
Open forum (unmoderated for the most part)
Blog – lpofnm.blogspot.com CONTACT THE EDITOR OR
Facebook group SEE PAGE 9 FOR DETAILS
new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20233114967 or EMAIL
Ning.com social utility – lpofnm.ning.com kcufmedia@gmail.com
Myspace group – groups.myspace.com/lpnm

New Mexico Liberty – October 2008 – Page 7


Administrivia Subscriptions and Correspondence
by Mike Blessing, Editor
For a print subscription, contact Ron Bjornstad for details. New
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What I'm really looking for in the way of articles is what's going on For an insert into the print edition, contact Ron Bjornstad at email
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the message. For example, an article about the stupidity, insanity
Ø – The symbol for Federal Reserve Note(s), as used by Boston T.
and evil of the UN might get put in, depending on available space
Party in his books. In plain-text message traffic (such as email), the
and the quality of the article. A group of LPNM members counter-
acronym “FRN” will be used by the editor. See javelinpress.com for
protesting the raising of a UN flag by the city council WILL get put
more information. Also see the Wikipedia page for “Federal
in, and probably will get first priority.
Reserve Note” – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_Note.
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The basis for libertarian thought is the Zero Aggression Principle
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A libertarian is someone who believes that no human being
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New Mexico Liberty holds that Libertarian candidates, officeholders
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should refrain from advocating new or more restrictive laws, new or
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Libertarian Party of New Mexico
Enrollment / Renewal / Donation Coupon
(Please print in all areas)

Name ___________________________________ Address ____________________________________

City ___________________________ State ________ Zip ______________ Phone _______________

Email _______________________ Employer ____________________ Occupation _________________

[ ] I am registered to vote as “Libertarian” in the State of New Mexico and wish to [ ] join or [ ] renew as a caucus
member. I am paying $25 annual dues. I will receive a one year (12 issues) subscription to the LPNM state
newsletter “New Mexico Liberty” (the national “LP NEWS” IS NOT included) and I will have delegate status at state
conventions. I oppose the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals:

Signed _____________________________________________

[ ] I am not registered to vote as “Libertarian” in the State of New Mexico and/or [ ] I do not wish to sign the
statement opposing the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals. I am paying $25.00 for a one year (12
issues) subscription to the LPNM state newsletter “New Mexico Liberty” (the national “LP NEWS” IS NOT
included). I understand that I will receive no other benefits.

[ ] I am making a DONATION to the LPNM in the amount of $ ________ to be applied as follows:

$_____ General Fund $_____ Chairman's Fund $_____ Major Player Fund $_____ Win One Fund

TOTAL of DUES or SUBSCRIPTION plus DONATION $_________ to be paid as follows:

[ ] by enclosed CHECK payable to “LPNM” (Sorry, we cannot accept corporate checks)

[ ] by CREDIT CARD (circle one): VISA / MASTERCARD

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Signature: _____________________________________________

Government mandated notices:

● The US Postal Service requires us to notify you that the annual New Mexico Liberty subscription cost is
included in your LPNM membership dues of $25.00.
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fundraising appeals.
● The Federal Election Commission requires us to ask for the employer and occupation of each individual
whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year.

The preceding notices alone should be enough reason to join the Libertarian Party, the only political party working
to increase your freedom.

COPY OR PRINT, FILL OUT, AND SEND TO:

LPNM c/o Ron Bjornstad


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CREDIT (deposit) Charter Bank, to the account of LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO, account number 0092040302

$______ LPNM General Fund $______ Chair's Contingency Fund $______ Major Player Fund $______ Win One Fund

TOTAL AMOUNT of electronic transfer $_________ MONTHLY on the _________ day of each month starting ____/____/____

I understand this authority is to remain in full force and effect until Charter Bank has received notification from me regarding termination in
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Alternately, if you prefer not to have our bank initiate an electronic transfer, you may have your bank initiate the transfer to Charter Bank,
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MONTHLY CREDIT CARD PLEDGE

I authorize the Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico to charge my credit card MONTHLY as indicated below:

CARD TYPE (circle one): VISA / MASTERCARD

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$_______ on the _______ day of each month beginning on ____/____/____ to be used as follows:

$______ LPNM General Fund $______ Chair's Contingency Fund $______ Major Player Fund $______ Win One Fund

I understand that this agreement remains in effect until I notify the Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico, in writing, to cancel or
alter this agreement.

NAME (on card, please print): ______________________________________________________


SIGNATURE: _______________________________________________ DATE ____/____/____

FEDERAL INFO REQUIREMENTS, DISCLAIMERS, ETC.

Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and employer for each individual whose
contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Political contributions are not tax deductible. Your contribution may be used to
fund federal election activity.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________________ State: ___________ Zip: _________
Phone (h): ______________________ (w): ______________________ E-mail: ________________________________
Employer: _______________________________________ Occupation: _______________________________________

This form is for monthly pledges only. Please pay dues and one time donations separately. Complete the AUTOMATED TRANSFER section
or the CREDIT CARD section and the INFO section. Mail the entire form to the address below. Thank You !!

LPNM c/o Ron Bjornstad


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RIO RANCHO NM 87124
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