Don’t Let New Mexico Beat Us!

Hurray! In Montana’s quest to claim the No. 5 spot for national Libertarian Party memberships per capital and gain a seat on the Platform Committee, we’ve pulled ahead.

But New Mexico is hot on our heels. If they gain just two more memberships by the end of December, they win.

We can’t let this happen.

If you aren’t a member of the national Libertarian Party or if you haven’t renewed your membership this year, do it now.

Become an LP member

You’ll get…

this t-shirt

LP News subscription

this bumpersticker

 

Become an LP member

 

Abortion and the Libertarian Conscience: A Discussion with Caryn Ann Harlos

Arguing the Libertarian plank on abortion is “simply incoherent,” Caryn Ann Harlos will Skype-join Flathead Libertarians to discuss why she’s agitating to remove it.

When: Thurs, Nov. 16, at 6:45 p.m. (FCLP business meeting starts at 6.)
Where: Sykes Diner in the Lewis and Clark Room. (202 2nd Ave W, Kalispell)
What: Presentation & discussion
How: Dinner, snacks, and drinks available

 

  • Please note: Although libertarian-curious folks are welcome at most Flathead County Libertarian Party events and meetings, this discussion is specifically about an LP plank, and therefore, directed at Libertarian members.  

Caryn Ann HarlosMeet Caryn Ann Harlos…our guide for this night. Known for her shocking pink hair and liberty crown, she represents Montana as well as eight other states on the Libertarian National Committee. She’s also the Colorado state coordinator with the LP Radical Caucus, the communications director for Colorado LP, and chair of the LP Preservation Committee. She spoke about her love affair with the Statement of Principles at the March MTLP Convention.

 


Whether you are pro-choice, pro-life, or a little of both, come participate in one of the most important debates within the Libertarian Party.


PREPARE YOURSELF! TWO WAYS

1. Read Abortion and the Libertarian Conscience by Harlos

Excerpt: Few things divide Libertarians more than the question of abortion. Each perspective can argue presumably sound libertarian reasons for their positions. For many Libertarians, it can come down to a nearly irresolvable conflict of competing rights i.e., the right to life and the right to liberty/bodily autonomy. The Libertarian Party Platform (2014) appears to strive to allow both views (and the myriad spectrum between) full voice and participation, but in fact, it requires that pro-life Libertarians (and partially pro-choice Libertarians) give up their good faith convictions already granted by the Platform in order to accept it. In fact, only a minority of present Libertarians can give full-throated and unwavering consent without misgivings or discomfort.

Read full article

CURRENT LIBERTARIAN ABORTION PLANK:

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

2. Become a national LP member

In a twist of good timing, Montana Libertarians are VERY close to getting a seat on the national LP Platform Committee, where — you guessed it! — the Abortion Plank may be reexamined. All we need are a few more Montanans to become national LP members.

Even better, until the end of Nov. your new or renewed annual national membership goes to fund information management infrastructure that will be a huge boon to states like Montana when it comes to helping candidates and expanding our reach.

From MTLP Chair Michael Fucci: “As you may know, we’re one of only two state affiliates that have sustained national memberships over the past year. This has moved us up the per capita national membership rankings to #7. To get a seat on the 2020 Platform Committee, we need to be ranked within the top 5 on November 30th of this year…. Right now, this means we need only 9 more national sign-ups, but that number will change as other affiliates increase their own memberships.”

Our competitive side would love to see most of the new and renewed memberships coming from Flathead folks.

Become a member

Endorsement: Sid Daoud for Kalispell City Council

The Flathead County Libertarian Party announces its endorsement of Sid Daoud for Kalispell City Council in Ward 4.

 

We are impressed with Daoud’s pro-liberty mindset and believe he will be a voice for small, nimble government that will serve Kalispell well at it faces the exciting, but challenging issues of growth.

We have gotten to know Daoud well as an officer of the Flathead County Libertarian Party.  We have seen his dedication to his family, his work, and Kalispell. A native of Montana, Daoud has lived here 11 years, raising his children and enjoying what Kalispell has to offer.

The FCLP decided to endorse Daoud in this non partisan election after attending the Council Candidate Forum and listening to candidates’ responses. Daoud impressed us with his principled approach to local issues, his ability to collaborate to solve problems, and his optimism about Kalispell’s future.

Find out more about Daoud:

Facebook

Website

 

 

The Languages of Politics with Joe Coco

Why does talking politics set so many people on edge? Why do GOOD people with different opinions have such a BAD time talking about important issues?

Come learn why and how to change it with Joe Coco’s talk, “The Language of Politics.”

Joe CocoTuesday, Oct. 24
Brannigan’s Library Room
101 E. Center St., Kalispell
Talk and discussion starting at 6:45
Dinner, snacks, drinks available.
FCLP business meeting at 6:00. See agenda.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

People tend to explain good and evil along three different axes:

1. a progressive axis which tends to view the world as a collection of groups who are either oppressing other groups or are being oppressed by other groups

2. a conservative axis which tends to view the world in terms of societies and/or communities that are either civilized or barbaric

3. a libertarian axis which tends to view the world in terms of individuals who are either free or enslaved.

Unless you are speaking the language of your listener’s axis language, you are probably being misunderstood. Come learn why we have difficulty discussing politics, and how you can increase your odds of being understood by others who don’t share your political views.

Joe’s talk is based on the book “The Three languages of Politics.” Get it ahead of time on Amazon.


 

DO ONE THING FOR LIBERTY TODAY.

Click to open & print the flyer for this presentation.

Then put it up on a bulletin board or two.

Kalispell City Council Candidate Forum

Join us in attending the Kalispell City Council Candidate Forum, where our Vice Chair Sid Daoud will be participating as a candidate for Ward 4.

Today, Oct 12

We’ll start with a dinner get-together at the Tai Palace at 319 S Main St, Kalispell.

Then head to the City Council Chambers at 201 First Ave. East, Kalispell for the 6:30 forum.

Convention News

Congratulations to the new officers and committee people elected and appointed at the State Libertarian Convention last weekend in Bozeman.

Here are your new officers…

Michael Fucci, chair

Elinor Swanson, first vice chair

Sid Daoud, second vice chair

Francis Wendt, treasurer

Cindy Dyson-McGlenn, secretary

Joe Leavengood, assistant treasurer

Conor Burns, assistant secretary

Here is your new Judicial Committee…

Rick Breckenridge, Tracy Breckenridge, Alexander Fetto, Angie Killian, Joe Leavengood, Mark McGlenn, Roger Roots, Megan Shutt, and Francis Wendt were elected as members of the Judicial Committee.

We also adopted new bylaws that will serve the party’s goals moving forward. Following the Convention, the Flathead contingent all went to see Wendt’s play at the Blue Slipper in Livingston.

 

FEE’s President Reed Q & A with After-Discussion

FEE Reed event

AN EVENING OF…

ECONOMICS, PUBLIC POLICY, VIOLIN & ROUSING DISCUSSION

Join us in attending a Q & A with the Foundation for Economic Education’s President Lawrence Reed. Then follow up with an after-discussion hosted by the Flathead County Libertarians at McKenzie River’s bar.

FEE’s mission is to “bring about a world in which the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society are familiar and credible to the rising generation. ” As president of FEE, Reed’s lecture and Q & A will focus on “Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy.”

Reed — the author of: Real Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction and Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism and Are We Rome? — has been invited to the after-discussion, and we hope he joins us….your food and drinks on FCLP, Mr. Reed!

And, in a rare mingling of public policy discussion and awe inspiring music, renown violinist Wai Mizutani, will be playing at the event. (We’ve invited Mizuani to the after-discussion, too.)

Reed’s presentation and Q & A starts at 6:30 p.m. at FVCC’s Arts and Tech Bldg, with Mizutani playing during the first half hour.

After discussion at MacKenzie River Pizza’s bar across Hwy. 93 at 45 Treeline Rd., Kalispel from 9 p.m.

Warm thanks to Mary McCracken for envisioning and making this event possible.

Want to get to know some of Reed’s work? Check these out…

 

 

 

Aug. 31 County Convention

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST COUNTY CONVENTION

Thurs., Aug. 31, starting at 6 p.m.

Brannigan’s | 101 E. Center St., Kalispell | Blue Room

We’ll be discussing and adopting bylaws, electing officers and delegates to the Montana Libertarian State Convention, and planning our fall agenda.

FOOD: Dinner, drinks, and snacks available during the meeting.

MORE about State Convention.

Make our Libertarian Booth Awesome

EMERGENCY!

If you don’t want our farmers market and fair booth to look like this, donate now.

We’re starting a weekly Flathead Libertarian table at the Music & Market at the Montana Tap House each Wednesday. The owner is offering us this space free all summer — a tremendous opportunity that most organizations would pay dearly for. As this is the first time we’ve set up a booth, we’re starting from scratch. We need a banner, brochures, political quiz supplies, and so much more.

If you care about reaching out to the people of the Flathead, help make this opportunity count. Even $5 will go a long way.

 

June 14 Meeting

JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF DISCUSSION, FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC & FARMER’S MARKET

Wed., June 14, starting at 5 p.m.

The Montana Tap House | 845 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish | Beer Garden

EXPLORE running for office. With dozens of elected and appointed positions across the Flathead officially open for candidate filings, now is the time if you have considered campaigning for a local office.

PLAN for weekly get-togethers at The Montana Tap House’s Wednesday farmers’ market.

DISCUSS local political issues.

TAKE ACTION by helping with our Independence Day Project, distributing pocket Constitutions through local fireworks stands.

FOOD & DRINK: Local farm sales, food trucks, beer.

Help promote the meeting by printing and posting this flier — Flathead Libertarians June 14 Meeting Flier

We will be having an informal, recon style meeting at The Tap House Wed. June 7 at 5:30 to get a lay of the land and plan for hosting a table at the weekly farmer’s market through the summer. Join us if you’d like to be involved in this planning.