To Begin Again…….

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Ben Swann gave me hope after watching this video this morning.  Ben always gives me hope. He’s young, good looking, honest and actually does investigative reporting.  He’s reachable –people can contact him with news or some injustice and he will look into it and make the calls and take the time in order to tell the world what is actually going on as opposed to what some corporate in-bed-with-our-government media entity wants us to think is going on.  And he’s not one of those opinion-pushers we see all over alternative media –he gives us actual truth and real news.  God Bless Ben Swann. He’s like the Ron Paul of the media.

So yes, he gives me hope and what he’s saying in this video reminds me of what just happened to me this past election cycle when I put myself out there and decided to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform –actually step up like the Liberty Candidates I’ve been shining a light on these past 5 years.   And as Ben says in this video I was “certainly in the fight”….I had to go out there and collect 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot.  My friends including my husband, Ken Bowman, my rock, were tenacious and we got 5,191 –enough to get on the ballot with a cushion…. yet we were sued by the GOP in my district who claimed that ALL of our signatures were fraudulently obtained and that we had 0 signatures.  We were on the ballot and off the ballot through frivolous lawsuits that took us all the way to the Fifth Level NY Supreme court –and we won just days before the election, but by that time, absentee ballots went out with and without my name.  News agencies ignored me believing I was no longer on the ballot.  My name was left off of sample ballots in both the one major newspaper on Long Island and in the actual polling places,  and in some instances (which I am still checking out),  people claimed they tried to find my name on the ballot to vote for me but I was not there.  They cost our campaign time and money.  They sucked the life out of us. They confused voters.  They won.  But NOT without a fight! And NOT without me getting the word out about issues that they just refuse to talk about like Big Pharma, Smart Meters and Industrial Hemp and GMO food –as well as the sucking-on-the-teat of the taxpayers with the high cost of legislation itself –the fact that we pay real good money in New York State to be enslaved by ridiculous, redundant laws.   The best part of this adventure was seeing how the local media, in conjunction with the political parties, does whatever it wants and gets away with it.  Local Fios1 puts out news on election night with 100% of the votes in saying I got 0 votes.  They know exactly what they’re doing.
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I have to come clean and admit that this election broke me.  I hated every moment of it from collecting signatures to asking for money to the constant self-promotion to getting physically ill before the debates and candidate nights.  I never aspired to be one of them, I just didn’t feel comfortable in the job.  When the lawsuits came I went through a myriad of emotions from dejected to elated whenever we got a win then back down again. This went on until just days before the election. This really did suck the wind out of my sails,and they knew this too –it’s what they plan will happen.  These people are professional vampires sucking the life out of any third party candidate that tries to infringe on their territory of power, taxpayer funded salaries, benefits and pensions as well as appointed jobs for their friends and families.  They don’t want ANY new meat involved in their little operation.  It’s like trying to join the mafia with good intentions.  I was pretty naive to think that I had a chance in hell.  And that was proved with 724 votes they say I received.  That adds up to the number 13 lol.  I was sad but Ben Swann just gave me hope for the rest of you…..

I wasn’t the only one fighting out there to have my voice heard –I just might have been the only one fighting that didn’t actually want to be a politician –I wanted to be the anti-politician and get in and repeal laws and nullify the entire federal government from our state.  And that wasn’t going to happen with some middle aged, loud mouthed trouble maker from Long Island who called out their game in the middle of a candidate meet & greet, was it?  Was anyone listening? Did anyone actually care?  Well if life really reflected the amazing people who I have met on facebook then I would have to say that people cared –then life would be a freedom loving place with people working in conjunction to live happy and healthy lives in a voluntary manner with a very small government never aggressing against another and having the ammo and God given right to protect themselves in their homes.  But that’s not the way it works out there in the world where only 40% of the registered voters are the ones making the choices for everyone else –and where a lot of those people who spend their days complaining from their armchair through their finger tips never actually went outside to vote because many no longer believe in the system.  I can’t say I blame them but –now what?

home Droves of people are angry and want to leave NY State or at least cut the lower half off.  On my journey to collect signatures I learned a lot about people….most have no clue what is actually going on with legislation until it directly affects them and even most Republicans I spoke to had no idea what the Safe Act was.  Most people who shunned me were those who say “I don’t like guns” and though they may have agreed with me on all the other issues –their opinion on whether they liked guns or not was the reason they voted for the “Republican who voted for the NY Safe Act” or the Republican turned Democrat who stated that “People have a perverse fascination with guns”.  Yet on my journey out there talking to voters did I ever hear –”I don’t like guns but I love the Constitution so I’m ok with you standing up for it.”

Most of the laws in NY State are there so as not to offend someone.  We live in the “offend-sive” state.  Someone doesn’t like something –a law is born.  And the incumbent I ran against is great at what he does. He’s down with creating laws and voting against our liberties even though his own party platform is supposed to stand up for the Constitution and that includes ALL the amendments –you’re not supposed to pick and choose when you have principles.  Well, unless it offends someone. And I think we saw in the news yesterday that back-room deals are what really guide how the elections will turn out.  It’s all pre-planned. Once in awhile we may encounter someone who is a real freedom loving individual who will fight for justice,  but you have to wonder what part of their soul they might have to give up in order to get in.

So I learned my lessons hard. I learned that I am not cut out to be in politics.  I AM, however, cut out to watch these guys and call them out and hand them information when they’re not doing the right thing or stand in front of their offices with a large sign so that other people know they are not doing the right thing.  Hell, I even learned how to do this in front of a camera. Words sometimes just seemed to fly out of my mouth because they were coming from my heart —and that only happens when I find I’m not trying to be one of them.  I learned that I just have to be myself and stand up for what I believe in rather than try and act like one of them to play their game which they would never “let” me win.

At the end of this experience I gave up two things that were very important to me.  I said good-bye to LibertyCandiates which I started on November 10, 2009 and ended on November 10, 2014 (I was shocked when I saw that I had opened that account on the very same day I closed it!). Five good years.  Why did I close it?  People stopped caring. People stopped donating to the candidates. People stopped paying attention.  It all stopped making sense when my committee of over 125 dwindled down to 2 to 5 people voting at a time if I was lucky.  Apathy killed Liberty Candidates.

The same can be said of Save Long Island –another organization I closed down. I ran it with my friend Ed Weaver and tried to awaken souls on Long Island to the issues affecting us.  The last event we ran had 5 people show up.  I knew people just didn’t care after the Save Long Island forum we threw in January.  We promoted it for 6 months prior and the best we could do was 250 attendees. That’s not enough.  We had speakers from every spectrum of the liberty movement from all over the country come together to talk about issues like vaccine safety to the 1st amendment to smart meters, GMO food, economics, common core education, Big Pharma and the constitution.  Billy Joel comes to sing and people pay thousands of dollars to listen but we try and tell people about issues that are affecting their families and their homes their pocket-books and bodies….and most people couldn’t find the money or time to attend.  It destroyed Ed and I –but we kept trudging on.  Right after the forum I had to go full steam ahead with my campaign and Ed was helping with my campaign, the website, brochures, etc.  We put our all into the next thing to awaken people, my campaign, and again very few showed up.  Don’t get me wrong –I am forever grateful to those that did believe in me, donated to me, lent me their bodies and time –this was the REAL grassroots and I have so many amazing people in my life who care and have given their all in trying to help me…. but in the end, that was not enough and they are just as dejected as I am.

So I give up on these things…on trying to awaken people through organizations or elections where they might actually have to show up and partake or do something –and instead I begin again…..  doing things where only I have to show up.  Because I know that I can count on me.  In the end we have to take a look inside of ourselves and see what drives us. We all have to be leaders for ourselves if we want to get anything done.  I’m tired of trying to awaken so many people by pointing out what’s wrong and trying to gather the troops in order to make it right. I’m pretty sure the troops are tired too.  I have it right with myself and my family and my friends.  So that’s what I’m doing, beginning again…..  starting from scratch.  And I’m hoping that if nothing else –maybe I awakened enough people who will start their own “Save Long Islands” or “Liberty Candidates” and invite me to their liberty awakening events –I just won’t be running them.  I’ve given up the reigns and I’m going to take a back seat and watch.  I believe that many of you out there are ready to step up and do your thing. I see it happening already. Maybe I helped to pave the way but I’ve done my fighting –Ben Swann says it’s time for the “win”.  Go and win!  I’ll write about it in this blog.  Invite me to the after party :)

NY Republicans vs. Gigi Bowman –Mother, Activist and Citizen

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You might know me.  You might have seen me this summer standing in front of Supermarkets with my loving husband asking for your signature to get on the ballot.  You may have seen me at every festival from Northport to Glen Cove. You may have seen me at the farmers markets handing out “Save the Bee” stickers and trying to awaken you to the issues of GMO food and Common Core Education.  You may have heard me talk about repealing the NY Safe Act and standing up for the Constitution.You may be one of the 5,191 signatures I received from people who after talking to me decided that I should be a choice on the ballot on November 4, 2014 –the 11th Anniversary of the day my daughter took her life due to Pharmaceutical medication she never should have been prescribed and the reason I do what I do -to save another parent the heartache I have lived through.
You may be one of the 5,191 people who spoke to me about their own children and big pharma or how your family is coping with the GMO food issue or the vaccine issue or the smart meter issue or the loss of liberty and the red light and speed cameras and your child dealing with Common Core and the countless other issues we’re all dealing with day after day on Long Island while paying the highest taxes in the country.  Yes, you may be one of those people who signed my petition and thanked me for running for office and wished me luck….or said to me “Sure, everyone has a right to be on the ballot” or “Everyone has a right to run for office”.  Maybe you are one of 5,191 people that I spoke to personally that WANTED ME TO BE ON THE BALLOT!
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And maybe, just maybe……. party politics is a disgrace in this country and it culminates in the District 5, Long Island, New York, Republican Party where they decided they didn’t want any competition from a woman who has stood on corners day after day, month after month for years holding signs and trying to awaken people to issues….they didn’t want competition from a woman who runs an organization, Save Long Island, that shows films and has speakers to talk about the very issues she planned on fighting the government for the very people who are being affected by them –who may have signed the petition to get me on the ballot….
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Not one, but THREE different people have been “used” by the Republican party to keep me off the ballot so that I don’t upset the apple cart known as NY Politics where there is no difference between Republicans or Democrats and where they work together to keep their cushy jobs with no term limits and lifetime benefits so that they can rub shoulders, attend luncheons, ribbon cuttings and parades and have “environmental photo contest” while our liberties keep being infringed upon because they all want to be the next “rock-star” and come up with the newest bill/law that will be sure to generate more money in their pockets and less in yours.But you signed my petition and you heard me out and you wanted me to be on the ballot……yet –the people in the Republican Party are saying you can’t have your way –as they say time and time again.
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Never forget who they are and what they do.  As your children get tortured by the corporations who fund these unethical immoral “suits” and your future on Long Island is looking bleaker and bleaker –remember that you took a moment to sign a petition to get a mother, an activist and an ordinary citizen on the ballot so that YOU could have a choice and that “party” politics would not have it because, in the end, they are not here for your best interest.  They are here to line their own pockets and proclaim their own power over …..YOU.
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Please Read This Than Ask Yourself Why You Just Walked Passed Me….

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Who are you? You are the apathetic who walk by when someone tries to talk to you or hand you information that might save your life or help your family or awaken you to issues you might do well to learn about. You are that person looking down to the street as you walk rather than have contact with another human who only wants to say hello or talk to you or tell you something important. You walk and talk or text on the phone and never look up, or you fake that you are on the phone so you don’t have to interact with other human beings. You do not smile. You are full of fear. You are afraid to speak or share or voice an opinion.

Who are you? You complain day after day that your taxes are too high, that you can’t afford to shop at the supermarket, that your children have diseases you never heard of when you were growing up, that you must work three jobs to pay the mortgage, food, taxes and the gas to get to work…. Yet, when you see someone standing on the street asking for a signature to sign a petition so they can get on the ballot and try and make some change –you walk by, shake your head, tremble and say “I’m not interested in politics” or “I don’t sign things” rather than help someone willing to stand up to those who have literally enslaved you.

Who are you? You just walk on by and refuse to take a chance on making a change in the world because you’d rather just keep everything safe and warm. Perhaps if you don’t pay attention things will get better and you won’t have to exert yourself or try. Maybe the price of milk will go down. Maybe this high fructose corn syrup won’t contribute to giving me cancer….. “who cares about the food, there is already enough to kill us –just breath the air!” you say…..but you do nothing about it to make the world a little better for your children….. the same children who are in debt the day they are born, that get injected with vaccines the day they are born, that are feeding on mother’s milk that shows signs of Glysophates (Round-up pesticide) the day they are born… Children that are being tortured in a Common school system that is run by a Corporation that cares only for profits not your child’s welfare…. Children that get labeled with ailments so that big pharma can sign up their customers from cradle to grave. Children that may never be able to have their own children since so much of the science today from vaccine to toxic chemicals in the air, the soil and our food show laboratory rats to become infertile….

Who are you? Someone who just walks on by and accepts every natural born right to be taken from you as if you deserved it –maybe you are so dejected or lulled by your television and reality shows that you haven’t taken a notice to the fact that you have the ability to fight back, right the wrongs, accept freedom FROM Government, nullify the laws thrust upon you or your children…..

But you don’t have to be this way. You can stand upright and begin to act in a fashion that will give your children the future that you hoped they would have when you decided to have them. You don’t have to take everything that is handed to you or to accept anything that doesn’t feel right about having to lose your rights day after day –everything from Government spying, to control of your food, speech, travel, property, health….the infringements on the right to protect yourself, the right to your health and food freedom, the right to think or speak or your right to an opinion….

Pick up your head. Stand up straight. Take charge of your life and the future of your children….

If you see someone standing on the street trying to awaken you to something –someone who has volunteered their time and life because they care –take their information and thank them.

If you see someone NEW is trying to run for office to give you a choice when you go to the polls to vote –sign their petition so you may have a choice and stop asking them what party they are in –stop keeping the divide alive.

If you see someone who cares enough to stand up for YOU and your rights……take a stand yourself by helping them –because in the end, if you don’t take a stand –there are plenty of people who want to make your decisions for you. Is that what you want?

Take action. Don’t just let life happen without you taking a part in it. Fight back. Stand up. Do something. Go outside and take your world back…..for your kids.

Who am I? I am running for NY State Senate. I am doing so because I want to take my world back for my kids. I’m out there trying to awaken you to the issues that we’re all facing right now and they are abundant –everything from the corporatization of our food system, our educational system, our right to bear arms and defend ourselves and our family, our health freedom, our freedom of speech our property rights and our personal liberty. I’m doing this because I know what it feels like to lose a child because of government intervention and corporatism. I can’t let my daughter have died in vain so I’m out there trying to save other parents from the horror. I still have children that I want to see have a future like I had when I was growing up. Unfortunately I am looking at a future for my children that includes the possibility of life-long debt, the inability to own a home or have a family, the possibility of not being able live on their own or own any personal property….. a world with sickness and a food system that has been completely compromised. A world of cancer and sickness and a life long addiction to pharmaceutical medication to stay alive.

Please step up. Stand up straight and take charge.

I know I am and I’m trying real hard to awaken you –so let me try and help. Please come and sign my petition if you see me standing in front of the library or the post office or the supermarket. You don’t have to vote for me….just give yourself a choice and you will have time to learn about me before you have to vote…
I am every man and ordinary citizen who is taking the initiative to do something about our future. I know I am not alone. Please sign the petition when someone asks you. Please take that information when someone hands it to you. Take a chance that there are good souls out there trying to take our country back. I know that I am one of them.

Thank you Sincerely,

Gigi Bowman
www.GigiBowmanforSenate.com

On GMO’s and Libertarianism by Gene Trosper

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I’ve looked at both sides and I was initially very much against mandatory labeling. Mandatory *anything* activates my libertarian reflexes.

Let’s leave science out of the argument. Let’s leave the hipster “foodie” angle out of it. Instead, let us focus on the following:

Freedom of choice
Corporatism and corporate welfare
Freeing the market

Libertarians find themselves in a pickle: how to shrink (or even eliminate) government in the face of an ever-growing behemoth. Branches may be hacked, but the tree keeps growing. Clearly, voting for liberty-friendly candidates hasn’t had an iota of influence over shrinking government. Our much vaunted “think tanks” issue some good ideas, but the legislature generally ignores those ideas. Protests? They send us to “free speech zones” or hit us with tear gas, water cannons, LRAD, and goons with armor and billy clubs. Yeah…pretty ineffectual.

But what if you can turn government upon itself? Fight fire with fire?

That’s where mandatory GMO labeling comes into play. By passing labeling in one or two states, you begin the process of state governments (who are bound to defend voter-approved initiatives) conflicting with the federal government. This is currently what is happening with the marijuana legalization movement in numerous states. These states are essentially weakening segments of the federal government. Do libertarians generally support these legalization movements, especially in Washington and Colorado? You bet. However, these laws contain some anti-liberty components. yet, with these anti-liberty components, the good vastly outweighs the bad. These initiatives are a net benefit to liberty. The same can be said of mandatory GMO labeling.

The makeup of modern agriculture is not one of family farms, but one of massive corporate “factory farms” who rely on federal subsidies to maintain and increase their profit. This is wrong to any liberty minded individual. Corporations benefit from the stolen money of taxpayers to feather their already luxuirious nests. These subsidies are also used to help “study” and develop GMO crops.

Libertarians like to say they are for freedom of choice. One popular LP bumpersticker proclaims “I’m Pro-Choice on Everything!” However, for the average shopper, freedom of choice in the grocery store with regard to GMO foods is close to impossible. Yes, there is a voluntary NON-GMO labeling project underway and that is a good thing. But it barely comes close to scratching the surface. It’s said that roughly 90% of all corn and soybeans are genetically modified. Walk down the isle of your grocery store and read the ingredients list. It’s absolutely astounding how many products contain corn and/or soy products. These products are all silent as to whether they contain GMO ingredients.

So, here we have an interesting situation: big ag corporations feasting on taxpayer subsidies to develop and produce products that are genetically modified, which are most assuredly in most foods consumers purchase at the grocery store — and these products are unlabeled. So, where is the freedom of choice for consumers? How does one tell if the food they are purchasing contains products which their stolen taxpayer dollars helped to develop and produce? How can they determine if those products contain ingredients which can have potentially negative consequences for their health and the health of their families? Consider: if these ingredients DO have potentially negative health consequences, how evil is it for corporations to use taxpayer money to foist these products onto the consumer? It’s like forcing someone to pay for the bullet they will be shot with.

If that isn’t bad enough, the freedom of choice for consumers is limited even more by so-called “veggie libel laws”, which make it a civil offense (in Colorado, it is a criminal offense!) to imply that certain food products are “bad”. The biggest example is the lawsuit the Texas cattlemen filed against Oprah Winfrey. She did an episode on Mad Cow Disease and declared she would not eat beef anymore. The Texas cattlemen determined this libeled their product and took her to court. What she expressed was her opinion. Big ag decided that opinions hurt their bottom line. Numerous other cases show that veggie libel laws have chilling effect on free speech. Have you noticed that certain dairy products contain the following label: “FDA States: No significant difference in milk from cows treated with artificial growth hormone.”? I found that on a diary product in Whole Foods, of all places. Do you know why that label exists? Oakhurst Dairy was given a “Quality Seal” from the state of Maine because it was rBGH free. Monsanto was the corporation which developed the rBGH hormone and they demanded that Maine stop issuing such seals. Maine refused, so Monsanto went after Oakhurst Dairy by suing them, and now, Oakhurst Dairy (Maine’s largest dairy) carries that label.

So much for free choice.

Libertarians like to say “let the market decide”. That is the most simplistic and asinine statement that could be made when there is nothing resembling a free market in big ag. Not only does it reflect general ignorance of the situation, it also demonstrates a general “I don’t give a shit” social Darwinist attitude toward the average person. Libertarians can redeem themselves by supporting GMO labeling, which would go a long way toward dismantling the corporatist grip on the food we eat and untangling the unholy alliance between corporation and government. If it weren’t for the government, companies such as Monsanto would not be engaged in bullying tactics, sucking on the teat of subsidies, and purposefully deceiving consumers by hiding the fact their products contain GMO ingredients.

I hear the chorus of libertarians bleating: “but you can’t use the force of government! It never solves anything!” But what most libertarians do not understand is that this force of government will be used upon itself, not innocent corporations or consumers. If there WAS a free market, there would be no subsidies. There would be no veggie libel laws. there would be no deceiving consumers by hiding the nature of ingredients. Libertarians are against fraud, correct? Then manufacturers who use GMO ingredients are committing fraud against consumers by declaring their product to be “natural”, when there is absolutely nothing “natural” with splicing genetics.

To sum this all up: big ag is committing force and fraud against consumers and taxpayers with the collusion of government. It is absolutely moral and appropriate to use government at the state level against government at the federal level. if small government libertarians wish to be consistent, then they will use GMO labeling laws to protect individuals against the greater force and fraud we face. After all, small government libertarians consent to government existence for the purpose of protecting us from force and fraud. What makes this any different? Nothing.

                Libertarian Activist Gene Trosper and Shannon Black

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The 2013 Liberty Inspiration Award

Liberty Inspiration Award 2013

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The curious thing about this year’s Liberty Inspiration Award is that I could have easily renamed it “Hero to Zero Award” or the “Liberty has Died Award” because in many ways that is how things panned out for 2013.  Though I had the nomination period the same exact length of time as I did for the 2012 award, last year we received 540 Letters with a total of 175 separate nominations whereas this year there were 32 Letters nominating a total of 52 people.   What happened?  I yelled, I spammed, I nagged and I whined and still….  SO either people weren’t inspired by very many this year or people are just too busy to be inspired?

Another curiosity was that many of last year’s winners did not even receive a nomination like Stefan Molyneux, Antonio Buehler and John Bush.   So what perhaps does this mean for the future?  Are we too wrapped up in our own drama to give back to those who may have moved us this past year?  I have seen a lot of infighting like never before….perhaps we’re just too busy with the clash of ego’s to take a step back and thank those who led the way? Whatever it is, this year’s winner is ever-inspiring and from what I’ve heard –you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
A Special thank you to all of those who took the time to participate.

 

We have listed all the honorable mentions in
alphabetical order and kept the top 5 nominees for the end. Everyone who
received a letter is a winner and everyone who took the time to write a letter was a
winner as well. In some cases the praise was anonymous and in some cases there
was no signature so we cannot publish who gave the praise.

 

 2013 Liberty Inspiration Awards:

 

Major Allen D. Acosta (RET)

Major Allen D. Acosta (RET) is a US Army combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines), and Operation New Dawn (Iraq). He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, Iraqi Service Medal with 2 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. 

 Allen is a supporting member of the Washington State Libertarian Party and started the new chapter of South Sound Libertarian Party Chapter. He is a proud member of “A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments” (ABATE) of Washington and the Legislative Affairs Officer for the ABATE Olympia Chapter, tackling state identified issues affecting our rights. Allen also works with the Liberty Caucus Chapter of Lewis County in Washington. To consolidate and focus efforts, Allen set up a tri-fold meeting between the local Libertarians, the Tea Party, and Liberty Caucus to negotiate and focus political efforts to be more affective in passing legislation and galvanize respective members in the political process.

 Allen’s tireless work for liberty led to a critical role in the Washington State organization of 17 Oath Keepers chapters. His focus is mainly on making local communities stronger, supporting municipalities, and increasing citizen volunteerism and training. He supports the 2nd Amendment and responsible gun ownership by pairing training instructors with new and old gun owners in weapons familiarization, gun safety, gun safety in the home, maintenance, self-defense on the street, gun safety and children, and youth intro classes to pistols and rifles.

 As Allen was nearing the end of his military career, he co-founded the Libertarians Motorcycle Club (LMC), an independent, libertarian-minded, organization of male motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. LMC members are serious in their political activism through supporting rallies, protests, and relative state and federal legislation. Allen states the club’s goal is to bring awareness to US Citizens by “exposing the difference between true freedom and the illusion of freedom.” Information on the LMC can be found at www.LibertariansMC.com  ~Randy Vanadisson, President of the Libertarians Motorcycle Club

Ben “Bad Quaker” Stone

As a Podcaster and Blogger promoting zero aggression, for doing what he can to spread libertarianism~Justin Ricci, Providence, RI

Doctor Ben Carson

His National Prayer Breakfast speech, in Obama’s face?!!  THESE are the words of a real leader – “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA ~John Martin

Ben Swann

Ben Swann started his own website & covers stories providing a Libertarian perspective that isn’t being dictated to him via mainstream. Surely he could have a cushy job at Fox or another network but instead he went on his own & in doing so has not been shy about covering controversial topics. ~Anonymous

 Private Bradley Manning

There are a lot of people who have done a lot for the advancement of liberty, and a lot to inspire others to advance liberty. This year, I’d like to recognize two of them: Private Manning and Edward Snowden. Both are whistleblowers who have exposed great misdeeds by the American federal government. These two individuals have directly, or indirectly, inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of others to speak out against the wars, drone bombings, and indiscriminate wiretapping of the American Empire. Manning was “rewarded” with 35 years in military prison, while Snowden has become a fugitive seeking exile in Russia. We need to recognize these individuals for their service, and reward them with a Liberty Inspiration Award!~Darryl Perry, activist, author, poet and statesman

 Brian Hill

I am not much of one for doing this but this young man has taken my heart for his determination to rid the world of evil.  Now evil has taken him and is making his life hell.  His name in Brian Hill, he is a 23 year old autistic man with brittle diabetes.  He started USWGO an alternative news outlet. He also has a twitter, youtube, blog talk podcast and several other media outlets. He is just a shining example of how even those we usually cast aside can see what is going on.   He is currently in jail.  The rest of his story and why are below in the first link.  The second link I think shows just how dedicated he is to doing all he can to fight.  As a former psych nurse of 25 years, seeing someone triumph over the hurdle of autism like he has makes me happy.   However I am saddened by his current situation and arrest on what has to be government entrapment.  He seems so fearless and innocent in his pictures, I can only imagine how terrified he is.   Mail to the Jail  On Alex Jones ~Carolyn, Ruleoflawradio.com

 Bryan Daughtry

He has been instrumental in keeping alive a grassroots network not only in the State of Maine but nationwide, ~Violet J. Willis

I would like to nominate Bryan Daugherty from Maine. He was a National Delegate, state committeeman and has continued to fight for the cause of liberty for countless years. He has attended the RNC meetings all across the country, authored the NSA resolution and the resolution to restore the power of the GOP Grassroots which passed in Maine and 8 other states.Bryan led a nationwide effort to repeal and replace Reince Priebus with Mark Willis by creating StepDownNow.com.  He created and maintains Libertyroll.com which gives us a more secure place to talk and share ideas/events within the liberty movement. His heart is truly in the movement and making this country a better place for future generations. There are a lot of qualified individuals but I feel as though Bryan Daugherty deserves recognition for all that he’s done. ~Maria Hodge

 Chuck Suter

Chuck Suter, armed with a camera and tough questions for any candidate, Chuck has continued to demand transparency and accountability all the while advocating for liberty principles and causes. His videos and efforts have traveled far from his home state of North Carolina and he shows no signs of slowing down! Visit his website at ConstitutionalWar.org ~ Bryan Daughtry

 Danny Bedwell

He is bold, courageous and stands up for his principles ~Jtiner

I’d like to take this opportunity to nominate Mr. Danny Bedwell, of Columbus, MS, for consideration of your 2013 Liberty Inspiration Award. Danny acts as a Contributing Columnist for my online business publication, BAMSouth.com, and does an outstanding job of providing pro-liberty editorials on a regular basis. In addition, his personal Facebook page has become a veritable treasure trove of libertarian information and pro-active viewpoints and discussions about the liberty movement. Danny knows no “sacred cow” in his critiques but is also a positive champion of laissez-faire freedom.I am honored to nominate him. ~Jack Criss, Publisher BAMSouth.com

Davi Barker

Davi Barker of M4L, Bitcoin not Bombs, Hoodie the Homeless and writer for the Daily Anarchist. The reason why I have selected Davi Barker is his work in the liberty movement. He has opened my eyes to the fact that Muslims can, too be pro liberty and the way I’ve seen it done was absolutely amazing this year. ~Bruce Daughtry Jr.

 David Pridgeon

The work that he has done in Maryland is amazing. He has helped bring together a group of activists that are passionate about changing the communities they live in.  He works tirelessly for long hours against long odds to change what is largely a socialist leaning state. Hopefully Dave’s integrity & compassion will be spread through the work he does with C4L as an activist trainer. ~Anonymous

 Dean Clifford, Free Man on the Land

Free Man on the Land, Dean Clifford – Walking his Talk, even at the risk of being arrested.  Currently he IS in jail in Manitoba, Canada.  He’s teaching folks how to get outta the de facto GOVT jurisdiction and getting back to natural law…http://deanclifford.info/ ~John Martin

Minister Derrick Grayson – TMOT

I’ve nominated TMOT because he has inspired not just me but an entire nation. Between his fight for Ron Paul, his YouTube videos and his tenacity to jump in and run for United States Senate in Georgia is what we should all be doing. He has fought without reservation for the Liberty Movement and its candidates and I personally am grateful for having him in our lives. He keeps many of us motivated to continue to put one foot in front of the other! ~Barbie Dunn

Doreen Hendrickson

Wife of tax honesty patriot and author of “Cracking the Code: the Fascinating Truth About Taxation in America” Pete Hendrickson. Doreen has been under attack by the IRS since before her husband, Pete, went to jail for 3 years. I wrote about her trial here (http://www.kyfreepress.com/2013/11/doreen-hendrickson-irs-suborn-testimony/). She could have simply signed the return the way the IRS demanded, but she refused over principle, even though she faced a year in prison. She narrowly escaped prison with a hung jury, but it remains to be seen if the IRS will be back for her. *NOTE: I find it ironic that the very thing that enslaves us the most – taxation – is the thing we are too afraid to stand up to. Not many patriots are willing to fight the beast. I understand why, but it is still ironic. I think tax honesty patriots are among the bravest. ~Sally O’Boyle

Gary Donoyan

A tireless helper of the Libertarian Party, and generous to a fault with his time.  He has helped with so many campaigns in the state, and one of these days will become the Nassau DA, and put a stop to the mass of corruption plaguing that county. ~Bob Schuon

Governor Gary Johnson

I’d like to nominate Governor Gary Johnson. After a great presidential run as a Libertarian Party candidate, Our American Initiative has developed as a liberty organization and Gary Johnson has remained their primary speaker and an honorary board member. He traveled throughout 2013, speaking at college campuses and other events nationwide spreading the liberty message. Gary has continued online video teleconferencing on Google + and Q & A on Reddit throughout 2013. He is still fighting for national debate access for third parties. Gary Johnson also showed how liberty crosses political parties in his speaking at the Stop Watching Us Rally in DC. ~Jennifer “Hap” Werther

Gene Farmer

A young man that knew his chances of winning election to office as the Suffolk County Treasurer were slim to none, and worked hard anyway, just to advance the cause of Liberty.  And the loss deterred him not at all; he is right back in there, trying again in District 3 for State office. ~Bob Schuon

Heather Georgiou

Young, Beautiful, Smart –she home schools her children and listening to her really made me want to just do it all over again –this time home schooling my kids. I think it takes guts to go against the system and she has done it!  She stands up for liberty in every way and doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk.  She started a 2nd Amendment Sisters Chapter on Long Island and that’s a wonderful thing. She is vocal, smart on a wide variety of issues from Common Core Education to the 2nd Amendment. It’s women like this that can also inspire a nation –hopefully one of these days she’ll decide to join me as an activist running for office. This country needs more ladies like Heather Georgiou! ~Gigi Bowman, Activist, Candidates for NY State Senate, District 5

 Ian Freeman

Ian Freeman, co-hosts of Free Talk Live. Syndicated on 120+ radio stations nationwide, Edge and Freeman broadcast the ideas of liberty to tens of thousands of people 356 days a year. They’re smart and principled missionaries for the cause of liberty, and have probably converted more statists than we’ll ever know. ~Kari DePhillips

Irwin Schiff

His book was banned; he’s been in jail many times for his principles. He’s on his deathbed and he deserves every bit of recognition the liberty movement has to offer. He is a true patriot, willing to stand up and take the consequences for exposing the lying stealing IRS (and U.S. government). ~Sally O’Boyle

James Ogle

For having the courage to actually run for office as President of the United States of America with the Libertarian Party in 2012 ~Tony Jones, Tonyjones.org

 Professor James Tracy

Professor James Tracy – For his relentless leading role, shedding light on the sickest, cruelest Govt/Media cover-up since 9-11…  Sandy HOAX.  http://memoryholeblog.com/2013/01/06/sandy-hook-school-massacre-timeline/ ~John Martin

Jeffrey Tucker

I’d would like to nominate Jeffrey Tucker. From his writing for Ludwig von Mises Institute and Foundation for Economic Education to his speaking engagements for Students for Liberty, he is inspiring a new breed of young libertarians and anarcho-capitalists. His promotion of Bitcoin and Bitcoin’s accelerated performance in 2013 is certainly a huge success. Toward the end of 2013, he announced his development of a new online community in Liberty.me. ~Jennifer “Hap” Werther

Judge Jim Gray

I have seen Judge Jim Gray speak numerous times and read his weekly column called, “The Functional Libertarian.” His has inspired and motivated me to continue my activism for the Libertarian Party. ~ C. Michael Pickens, Executive Director LPWA

Josie Wales

Josie Wales for her recent videos “a message to police” and “why good people should always be armed” ~Matt Neff

Julian Assange

Julian Assange /wikileaks for leaking the info on the TPP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7UJ9v7IWSo 

The TPP is a Trojan horse that seeks to usher in a backroom secret sweetheart deal for the global elite and President Barack Obama want the deal fast-tracked through Congress. That effort was dealt a serious blow on Wednesday, when WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire Trans-Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property rights chapter. According to the WikiLeaks press release:

“The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.”

Remember NATFTA? Remember the concept of Corporate Personhood from the Citizens United case? The TPP combines all of the worst elements of NAFTA and Citizens United, shoots them up with steroids, sprinkles in a speedball and codifies these principles into a trade agreement that is in fact much more than a trade agreement.

To sum up what we do know already, based on previous leaks of the working text about how the TPP would eclipse the concept of corporate personhood, I’ll quote David Swanson of Roots Action, who writes that the TPP would make popular the phrase Corporate Nationhood:

“Many of us have heard of corporate personhood. Corporations have been given the Constitutional rights of persons by U.S. courts over the past 40 years, including the right to spend money on elections. By corporate nationhood I mean the bestowing of the rights of nations on corporations (…) Treaties, according to Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, are — together with the Constitution itself — the supreme law of the land. So U.S. laws would have to be made to comply with the TPP’s rules.”

How would U.S. laws be made to comply? Because, As Kevin Zeese and Margret Flowers write:

“In addition to requiring that laws conform to provisions within the TPP, corporations would be allowed to sue governments in the trade tribunal if laws interfere with their profits. Governments could not represent their interests before the tribunal or appeal adverse decisions. This would be a tremendous loss of sovereignty.” And who is on this tribunal? Three judges, appointed by the corporations.  ~Kim Lombardo Franzese

Julie Borowski

Youtube personality/Facebook Personality/Libertarian Extraordinaire, Julie is the most educational, entertaining Libertarian ever! Reaches the masses on a level they can understand, and does a damn fine job of it. I only need to nominate one. She takes the cake. ~Corky Kaericher, http://www.OpsSurplus.com

 Julie Borowski taught me about libertarianism and she is hot as hell. ~ Matthew M. Harpham

 Justin Amash

Justin Amash – Yes, he is a Republican, but he is literally standing against his own party to fight for Liberty and libertarian issues.  And they are trying to primary him, because they want him out.  And the fact that he reports every vote to Facebook shows that he is one of the few Congressmen that understands his responsibilities to his constituents. ~Bob Schuon

Kate Baker

Activists often come and go – fighting the good fight and then giving up, getting burnt out, or moving on to others issues. This is not the case with Kate Baker. Improving education – whether that be home schooling, charter schools, or just generally improving the education of our kids has always been Kate’s cause…and her vision, perseverance and amazing amount of energy paid off.  I was proud to be one of the legislators in the NH House that cast a vote in 2012 allowing business tax credits to businesses who donated to educational scholarships for NH kids. Kate Baker deserves the credit as much if not more than anyone involved in this effort.  As a result of this new law that finally actually allowed some real school choice in NH, Kate worked to start the Network for Educational Opportunity – a a 501c3 nonprofit charity scholarship organization that builds a bridge for children from a school where they are struggling to a school where they can succeed. http://networkforeducation.org/  Kate has actually gone from an education activist to an educations success story. She is truly an inspiration.~Hon. Tammy Simmons, Manchester NH

 Marcell Fontaine

He’s a strong voice for LGBT folks in the liberty movement. His words, actions, insights and debates have shed light on the fact that the left wing does in fact, not care about gay folks while they parrot such talking points. ~Bruce Daughtry, Jr.

 Mark Edge

Syndicated on 120+ radio stations nationwide, Edge and Freeman broadcast the ideas of liberty to tens of thousands of people 356 days a year. They’re smart and principled missionaries for the cause of liberty, and have probably converted more statists than we’ll ever know. ~Kari DePhillips

Mark Willis

Mark ran for RNC chair last winter in Maine~Violet J. Willis

Mark Willis, former RNC Maine National Committeeman pulled no punches with the RNC this past year. From outright challenging Reince Priebus for the Chairmanship, to his continued efforts to repeal and replace the illegitimate 2012 RNC Rule changes. Mark also successfully presented a Resolution to curtail DHS bullet acquistions which was adopted by the RNC and Congressional Republicans~Bryan Daughtry

Mike Church

 Mike has done more for the liberty movement than anyone I can think of. In 2010 he hosted an Article V symposium putting that issue on the map. He has introduced a lot of people to nullification and interposition through guests like Thomas Woods and Kevin Gutzman. He has written and produces docudramas that present factual history. He has introduced virtue back into the political discourse. He has been a constant advocate of the Liberty Movement and a small, limited republican form of government. ~Anonymous

Nathan Cox

Nathan Cox  for being an example of what “love they neighbor as yourself”/ follower of the golden rule looks like. ~Matt Neff

Nicole Revels

Nicole had a HUGE year in 2013 advocating liberty causes. Her biggest achievement (IMHO) was her Resolution urging  the RNC and Republican Congressman to Defund Obamacare. This was a huge victory for us as it was a complete bottom-up effort. Nicole Revels was able to get the resolution passed first at her local district level, then submitted it to committee members to bring before the RNC,. She attended the RNC meetings in Boston and saw the resolution through all the way. From the Resolution Committee where it passed unanimously to the General Session where it was officially adopted.  Furthermore, she was instrumental (once again) in bringing attention to the 2012 RNC Rules Debacle. Authoring a Resolution and supporting efforts on the ground at the RNC Winter and Spring meetings. One only has to take a glance at her body of work to discover she is one of the most dedicated and successful liberty activists in the United States. Visit her website at CarolinaLibertyPAC.com ~Bryan Daughtry

 Pat “PO Taxpayer” Ford

Is a Libertarian radio personality and blogger with The Coalition; found on AM radio, online, and podcast http://coalitionradio.us/, he is doing what he can to spread libertariansm.~Justin Ricci, Providence, Rhode Island

For using new media to promote liberty. ~Tony Jones, Tonyjones.org

 Rand Paul

Rand Paul is a bad ass republican who should rule the universe. ~ Matthew M. Harpham

Robert Zubrin

For his work in unleashing the potential of human beings from the shadow of Malthusianism with his book Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. A crucial book that altered my own views much like Atlas Shrugged. Man won’t be free if he feels guilt for his own existence.  For his inspiration to reach for Mars in The Case for Mars and the video, The Mars Underground, with the potential that spacefaring has for creating the next frontier for freedom. ~ MAL, http://www.raggedyedge.net

Robby Wells

For having the courage as a small l libertarian he is running for P.O.T.U.S. as a Democrat in 2016 ~Tony Jones, Tonyjones.org

Robin Koerner

The founding of Blue-Republicans and his articles in Huffpost gives me hope that liberty can transcend party labels and infiltrate everywhere. ~C. Michael Pickens, Executive Director LPWA

 Ron Paul

Just like Thomas E. Woods, Ron Paul has now dedicated himself to the education of liberty with his book The School Revolution, the Ron Paul Channel, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and the Ron Paul Curriculum.  This is his legacy, and it will serve as the basis for liberty in the coming years. ~John Licari, www.musicprepservices.net

Sam Canders

For the courage to run for MEGOP Chair ~Violet J. Willis

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is a good republican that is almost as awesome as Rand Paul… bad ass filibuster.~ Matthew M. Harpham

Thomas E. Woods

This is a man who exudes liberty inside and out.  His work is all about educating people about real history, real economics, and other topics through a lens that is not filthy with propaganda.  To me, he is the face of liberty, post-Ron Paul. ~John M. Licari, www.musicprepservices.net

Tony Jones “Punk Rock Libertarian”

As RI’s Punk-Rock libertarian. Founder or RI Free Radio. On the air on AM 1320 WARL. Co-host The Coalition Talk Radio show. Blogger.  Host of the “Liberty Drinks” libertarian networking night in Rhode Island  http://rifreeradio.org/  He is doing what he can to spread libertarianism ~Justin Ricci, Providence, Rhode Island

Dr. Walter Block

Dr. Walter Block is both a national and our local New Orleans expert in Austrian Economics. At Loyola University in New Orleans, he is the Economics Department Head and has built the largest group of Austrian Economics Professors in one university. His writings and speeches are certainly influencing a new generation of libertarians. His department hosted an outstanding Students for Liberty Regional Conference at Loyola with 200 attendees. Dr. Walter Block has generously and freely spoken at Libertarian Party of Louisiana parish caucuses as new Parish Executive Committees (PECs) were developed across Louisiana. ~Jennifer “Hap” Werther

 Will Coley

Will Coley has opened my eyes to the fact that Muslims can, too be pro liberty and the way I’ve seen it done was absolutely amazing this year. ~Bruce Daughtry, Jr.

 Winners Circle

 

5Th Place

Charlotte Iserbyt

Because of her amazing and tireless efforts to awaken the masses about the deliberate dumbing down of education, for the amount of parents her books and videos are waking up right now due to the draconian implementation of the Common Core Curriculum. And after watching this wonderfully informative video: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=V7StnD_Qq5M ~Kim Lombardo Franzese

Charlotte Iserbyt is probably the most inspiring person I have ever met. She has stood up for truth for longer than anyone in the liberty movement and continues to go strong at the age of 83. Many of the issues she has blown the whistle about for decades are finally coming to the forefront and it just proves that what people call “Conspiracy” eventually gets uncovered and the truth comes out. Thank you Charlotte for keeping your integrity all of these years while trying to expose the truth even when people weren’t listening. Well, people hear you now and you are the biggest force of energy I’ve ever encountered and you give me hope that fighting the good fight can be done well into our twilight years.  Thank you for all you have exposed and for all you have done. ~ Gigi Bowman, GigiBowmanforSenate.com

 I would like to nominate Charlotte Iserbyt who hasn’t stopped speaking out for the past 30 years which shows true dedication ~Ken Bowman

4th Place

Edward Snowden

There are a lot of people who have done a lot for the advancement of liberty, and a lot to inspire others to advance liberty. This year, I’d like to recognize two of them: Private Manning and Edward Snowden. Both are whistleblowers who have exposed great misdeeds by the American federal government. These two individuals have directly, or indirectly, inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of others to speak out against the wars, drone bombings, and indiscriminate wiretapping of the American Empire. Manning was “rewarded” with 35 years in military prison, while Snowden has become a fugitive seeking exile in Russia. We need to recognize these individuals for their service, and reward them with a Liberty Inspiration Award! ~Darryl Perry, activist, author, poet and statesman

Edward Snowden, the man gave up everything to expose the violations of the 4th amendment that he saw. In exposing it he lost his job, his house, his girlfriend & had to seek asylum in Russia. How many people are willing to sacrifice that much to do the right thing? ~anonymous

I nominate and cast my vote for Snowden because he knew that he was risking his life and liberty with what he did. ~Adam Kokesh

3rd Place

Gigi Bowman

I’ve nominated Gigi because she has inspired so many. It’s easy to be a keyboard warrior but to actually get out there and run for office and kick ass…I absolutely adore her, admire her and love her tons! She inspirse me more than she may ever know, but I’m honored to call her my friend. ~Barbie Dunn

I nominate Gigi Bowman. She is an inspiration for caring and trying to spread the message of liberty. Her involvement in the organization of the Save Long Island forum is beyond an inspiration. ~John Scuteri

Because Gigi will bravely go forward when she sees something is amiss (even if she doesn’t know where the first step should be she will take any first step) and tries to correct the problem while not taking credit for herself nor trying to gain anything from it. ~Ken Bowman

Because she’s an inspiration to so many to get up off of their collective asses and DO SOMETHING, and one of the hardest working activists I know. I don’t know where she finds the time and energy for all that she does in the name of liberty, so if I’ve never said it -consider this my heartfelt thank you~Kim Lombardo Franzese

2nd Place

Tony Stiles

Through his high-profile regional Midwestern media presence, Tony has been successful in redefining how we view media in relation to an oftentimes biased mainstream media.  With his radio programs, promotion company and writings, he has provided a liberty-minded viewpoint that is too often passed over.  I first met Tony while I was serving as the Midwest Regional Director for the Gary Johnson/Jim Gray national campaign in 2012.  Tony hosted an Omaha-based regional radio program.  He was fair with his coverage, asked the tough questions necessary, but gave a voice to a liberty-minded team.  He became a regular fixture on our radio interviews.  Later in 2012, Tony was one of the few regional media personalities insistent on covering the third party candidate debate in Chicago, hosted by Free & Equal and moderated by Larry King.  Again, he gave fair treatment and a platform for hearing all viewpoints.His efforts continued, if not ramped up to support a voice of liberty and open dialog in 2013.  While maintaining his business ventures in Nebraska, he has branched out into the Chicago market, an area in obvious need of a consistent public personality speaking in favor of the broad ideals of liberty, but more importantly lending support to those fellow patriots running for office or working at a grassroots level.  It’s my pleasure to have worked with Tony Stiles and my honor to nominate him for your 2013 Liberty Inspiration Award. ~Dan Drexler, State Chairman, Libertarian Party of Indiana

Starting with his radio show in Omaha, and now since expanding to national syndication and TV presence, Tony has consistently used his medium to preach the message of liberty.  I’ve had the privilege of being on Tony’s show, and having him on mine (when I had one), and he is one of the best in business.  Tony’s no nonsense attitude and ability to argue on behalf of the liberty movement make him on of the most inspirational people I have ever met, and I feel he is more than deserving of this award.  ~Mathew A Erickson III

Tony Stiles has been a voice of reason and liberty.  He has not adhered to either the Republican or Democratic parties but has shown flaws in both of them, reflecting how the two parties have collectively ruined the country.  Mr. Stiles has also been on the side of liberty for all Americans.  Regardless of our race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, his page has invited a broad group of people to discuss the idea of liberty and restoring it.  ~Othman Zia

I nominate Tony Stiles because he is not afraid to say what he thinks. He is not always right, but he is willing to say what he means. This takes a lot of courage. ~Grant Stanley, canworksmart.com 

I would like to nominate Mr. Tony Stiles for the 2013 Liberty Inspiration Award. It has been said that Mr. Stiles is a “radical”, “over-the-top”, or “too much”. While this may be true to a certain extent, I believe that’s his whole point… To “wake-up America”. Or, to put this idea another way, I think that our Government is what has become “radical”, “over-the-top”, and “too much”… And a radio personality/media mogul such as Tony Stiles is exactly what’s needed to combat this “America” which has become bloated with special interests, corporate greed, and most important of all, a country whose once strong “middle class” has been reduced to near poverty. I heard of Mr. Stiles on Facebook; He was actually the person who turned me on to Mr. Gary Johnson who was running as a Libertarian Presidential candidate, back when Obama was running for his second term. It was because of Mr. Stiles that I voted for Gary Johnson. As a matter of fact… It was the first time I voted, ever, and although he obviously did not win the election, I found solace in my choice. I also think that it truly says something that this was, in fact my first time voting, because I finally did-so out of a genuine feeling of alarm, for my country. And like Mr. Stiles, I am simply NOT a believer in choosing “the lesser of two evils”; I genuinely found Mr. Gary Johnson to be a great choice, for various reasons. I like his views, his fighting spirit, and his honesty.  Beyond that, I also find myself akin to Mr. Stiles; I am indeed “inspired” by Tony in that he and I share the fact that we are both entrepreneurs. I am a small business owner/digital artist, so of course the topic of the economy is very important to me. More than that, I have not only called-in on Tony’s show, but I have spoken with him one-on-one on his personal line, and let me tell you… This man is extremely knowledgeable, and knows his American history to a T. I sincerely believe in Mr. Tony Stiles, but more than that… I genuinely feel as if he has true passion for what he does, and believes in HIMSELF 100% This country needs to listen to Mr. Stiles, and I believe that granting him this distinction is not only an excellent way for people to hear about him, but it is also a distinction that is well deserved. ~ Drew Henry, CEO/Owner of Wicked Studioz, Boston http://www.WickedProductions.deviantART.com

1st Place

Adam Kokesh

He is Brave, Strong and Inspiring.  He lives by his principles and has enough ego to follow through with them.  He is also sweet, respectful and thoughtful.   These are all qualities I respect and admire.  Because of people like Adam we know that this fight is clearly challenging but that we can’t give up. ~Gigi Bowman

Adam had exercised his 2nd amendment rights, and was arrested for doing so.  He is a political prisoner, and a very important one, as our rights are being diminished every single day.~ John Licari

I’d like to nominate Adam Kokesh for the Liberty Inspiration awards for his activism. This is not limited to his videos and public appearances, but also the civil disobedience for which he is being sentenced. While many people have beliefs similar to his, very few have the drive to act on their beliefs as he does. ~Ford Fischer,  CNN iReport Contributor

Adam Kokesh for his willingness to put his own safety and freedom on the line in the fight for liberty. ~Matt Neff

I would like to nominate Adam Kokesh because I feel he has the guts … Right or wrong … To move forward ~Ken Bowman

“I nominate ADAM KOKESH for the Liberty Inspiration Award because of his ability to passionately reach out to a wide range of people; regardless of sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or country of origin.  At 60-something, I was ready to retire from activism and hand the torch to the younger generation.  But, Adam inspired me to be more optimistic; to continue my efforts to inspire others to achieve self-ownership and to defeat tyranny.  Without optimism, hope for a better future dwindles.  Thank you, Adam!”          ~ Victoria (Tori) Higgs

Adam has been put to the test many times. This year, he was really hammered. He has kept his cool and head and his heart through it all. I miss his voice out there now but I’m sure we will hear it again. I am inspired by his willingness to take a stand – as crazy as some people thought it was – and bear the consequences with dignity. You and I would not have gone so quietly, lol. ~Sally O’Boyle

 

Hello Hello Hello, is there anybody out there? Has Liberty Finally Died?

After 7 years of being naive and believing in my peers in liberty, I have seen the death of liberty and it’s right in my own playground –that being the place where my friends and I once played at spreading the message of liberty.
Liberty died with Ron Paul.  I’ll say that again –I watched it grow with Ron Paul and I watched it die with Ron Paul.  I know this to be true because all of the people whom I have met in the last 7 years through the Ron Paul Revolution can now be seen dying on a vine like the fungus that my winter squash had this summer.  It looked kind of pretty for awhile and I believed that I would actually be eating squash this winter but what started with a bang ended as death on the vine and I was unsure of whether to blame it on what was falling down from the sky or coming up from the soil.  The fungus of liberty seems to be the internet and where it started out there growing pretty and strong…..it apparently grew a fungus and died.
Who really cares anyway?
I started out in this world of “liberty” at the very front of the gate by immediately starting a Ron Paul meetup on Long Island –it eventually ended in 2012 with a lot of division, anger, and wrath with friends going their separate ways –some went RepubliCan, some went Losertarian and some just went back to the mall.
Through the years I have kept my positive attitude (naivety) believing that I could personally bring Liberty to this country, to my state to my locality by starting up organizations like LibertyCandidates –helping those, like me, who still believed we could work through the system, get some notoriety and run for office believing that perhaps, they too, could get donations like Ron Paul and in no time at all we would have 50 Ron Paul’s in the House and Senate voting NO! to all the bad policies while repealing bad legislation….. but that didn’t work out.  –No one has donated to LibertyCandidates for 4 years except for the few diehard believers like me. And the one guy in the liberty movement who actually had money to back up his beliefs gave it to a candidate by the name of Kerry Bentivolio  who duped liberty by actually gaining the “notoriety” by being the first seated legislator to ever be voted out of Liberty Candidates because in his first few congressional votes he voted for the Monsanto Protection act and to raise the debt ceiling.  I’m still running liberty candidates but it’s sort of turned into a sparkler on the fourth of July rather than a cherry bomb –pun intended, as our main way of collecting donations for those who actually had the balls to step up and run for office are called money bombs.  Bombs away –none of these brave souls stands a chance of ever winning a local seat never mind an actual seat in the house when the most they can garner in donations is a couple of hundred –how is liberty ever going to win that way?  Either Ron Paul made all of his supporters broke or people just stopped actually caring.
I kept my positive attitude when I, along with my friend, Ed Weaver, began Save Long Island because we saw that the meetup we were running, Campaign for Liberty, was another loss on the vine of liberty.  In the years in which we tried to grow the liberty movement in our own back yards we never grew in numbers –and though we had 200 or so members the same 20 always showed up.  We realized we were never getting anywhere except to maybe throw a sign wave on a bitter cold day but other than this…..we were going nowhere fast.  That also was the time of the great divide between those who went “right” and those who went lost -and I say this, not so much to insult the big L Libertarian party –because I have also put my faith and hope into this endeavor as well –dragging my Ron Paul friends into the party –believing we could get candidates to run for office locally and bring liberty to our own backyards –but that can’t happen when you can’t even gather more than 5 to 10 people –and not at any one time either– to collect the gazillion signatures a Libertarian needs in order to get on the ballot –and when one finally does it comes with a lot of bad blood and division within the party itself because of the clash of either egos or, like the saying goes, herding cats gets you nowhere…..  yes, that is what the Libertarian Party means to me at this point –and I put all my faith and hope into this party believing that with my passion I could change things in a party that never really got anywhere on an island that has it’s own two party system betraying itself as happened this past year when the Republicans on Long Island voted for the NY Safe Act infringing on the 2nd Amendment.
The Libertarian Party –especially in NY, has a chance in 2014 to grow and become a guiding beacon of light -they are the only party that stands up for the 2nd Amendment!  But that’s not going to happen when the old guard libertarians who sat around drinking coffee and talking philosophy can’t get along with the new libertarians who came in from the Ron Paul Revolution and instead of  talking philosophy –they are instead spiting one another and it’s more spit and vinegar than actually “getting things done”.  The Libertarians in New York could be getting behind an event like the Save Long Island Forum and letting the world know that they are here to educate the masses about the issues that affect all of us –but instead they revile, ignore and buy no tickets to this event…..  ?
Because of that act of voting for the SAFE ACT by the Republicans I quickly jumped to my usual optimistic and idealistic self and decided I would actually run for office and help to bring truth and light to the people of Long Island by awakening them to the issues affecting all of us –things like the reason why our taxes were so high and we could barely afford to fill our gas tanks and the reason why so many around us were getting sick and why our children were dying (including my own) from our government waking up one day in bed with corporations who were now running our schools and our medicine cabinets and our skies and our electrical currents and our food supply….
So I had this bright idea along with my friend, Edward Weaver, who runs this organization we started called Save Long Island where we showed films about these same issues listed above on a monthly basis at the local library –trying to enlighten people to what we need to face and try to find solutions….. that we would bring in experts on all of these issues affecting us and try and awaken the people of our home, Long Island, to what’s really going on because we know that unless we educate ourselves about these issues, we can’t really fight back.  We figured that this event would be a model for other towns and other cities across the nation –Save ______’s in every state. We had watched in the last year as people were devastated by the super-storm Sandy and we had seen what it could possibly be like if we really needed to survive for long periods of time without food or electricity or heat –and what it was like to come back from disaster, working together as a community.  We figured now was the time to finally come together and take back our counties, our cities our towns, our state and that everyone would  WANT to come on this journey with us!  We would help to educate our neighbors and friends and some of us might even step up and take the bull by the horns and run for office or start leading people and teaching them to be self-sufficient by growing their own gardens or canning or stocking up. By fighting the companies trying to put “smart meters” on our homes without our knowledge. To gather the troops and fight the legislators that were working against us by trying so hard to trample on our constitution and taking away our rights for everything from our freedom of speech to our freedom to bear arms to our freedom to even decide whether our own kids should get vaccines or not!   During this time we watched as groups grew on facebook on Long Island that were starting to wake up to the things we were telling them about for years like Agenda 21 and Common Core Education and Ed and I got excited that if we threw this event that they would all come and bring their family and friends so that we could all work together as a unit of educated, concerned citizens who knew our rights and knew what it would take to retaliate against the crony capitalist and legislators who fought against term limits so they could keep their cushy jobs while they boxed their ears when we had concerns –while pandering to corporations for lobby money and perks….  Yes…Ed and I had this grand idea that we would take our little organization and turn it into a giant extravaganza that would talk about ALL the issues while at the same time bringing about education about economics which we have always known was at the center of this giant mess of a nation since 1913 when the Federal Reserve was born –100 years ago this week.  And here we are throwing this large party to celebrate the fact that we CAN take matters into our own hands and educate ourselves and our families and friends and that by doing this we can come up with solutions and fight back…..  only  it’s all quiet and silent and no one is answering our call.  We’re throwing a party and no one is coming but for a few optimist like us……but the rest?  Our Libertarian friends, our Ron Paul friends, our friends in liberty and freedom……  where are they?
So I have to assume from all of this that liberty is dead.  I had heard that the prices of our tickets were too high –yet we have been selling them for 6 months  ?  So we lowered the prices because we still believe that we are doing the right thing –only we realize that any profit we expected to bring in and hand over to 9/11 first responders was asking too much –  and at half price the silence is deadening still….. and the sadness to the first responders will be even sadder.
We appealed to those who have known of liberty for longer than most to please come and help us to awaken those who are just learning…..  and I hear complaints from people on the left of the middle saying that this event sounds great but the tickets should be free and they plan on boycotting outside of our event because we’re charging money…..  And my answer to that is “If only the hotel wasn’t charging us $13,000 and our speakers weren’t asking for a fee and plane fare and hotel rooms were free— but they are not…..
And to those who really know Ed and I –we’ve never charged a thing or made any money off of what we have done for years and years…..  we do it because we give a damn –but giving a damn is apparently not enough –you need to give your soul to some people.
Yes, Edward Weaver and I are doing this because we care.  Alexa Dunetz who came on board with us is doing this because she believes.  A few who began with us in the beginning weren’t as naive and didn’t believe that this event could happen so they stepped off this train wreck.  But we still believed and we followed through…. and here we are three weeks away and we have barely sold enough tickets to fill the South Huntington Library, never mind a room that can fit up to 10 times that amount.  Here we are three weeks away and people are still putting this off until tomorrow as if that is possible for us when we have speakers to fly in from far off places to speak to you about what they have known and what they wish to share and how we can come together to find solutions….
But apparently liberty is dead with the very people I began this journey with –those from surrounding states like New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts, DC and of all places, New Hampshire -where those “enlightened” have begun the “Free State Project” hoping that 20,000 will follow them to their land of the free…..yet not one ticket sold to one of them to come to a place where people are paying the highest taxes in this country, who have just been devastated by a storm and who are finding out slowly but surely that their flood insurance might jump fivefold might actually like to find out about a place where there is some hope….. nope, none of those people have bought a ticket….  None of the people from the places I’ve traveled to with my husband for the past 7 years to help them to spread the message of liberty with everything from Ending the Fed to LoveFests and FreedomFests and Paloozas have bought a ticket….. none.
But liberty is not just dead on Long Island…..it is apparently dead in the midwest and in Alabama and in NYC and in all of the places where other liberty events have died on the vine –  liberty died at Paulfest last August when the liberty movement divided between the grassroots and the RepubliCans which we found printed on a T-Shirt washed of it’s liberty….
So why am I still here believing? Running for Office?  Running an event that no one is buying tickets to??
Honestly, I do not know……  If people can’t buy tickets to an event to learn what’s affecting their children and family —their neighborhoods and bank accounts and why so many people have cancer or are suffering from allergies or sick from medication or why their kids are being tortured in their schools day after day…. but can instead spend it on the new XBox or a few White Russians or a burger and fries and a beer –or pay $50  for a night out at the movies supporting stars they revile all day on facebook  yet find that same price too high to listen to 20 speakers on 20 issues that will give them the knowledge to fight back for their own children??
No, wait, I do know why I’m still here….because I give a damn.  But are we it? Are Ed and Alexa and I the last three people we know who will sacrifice thousands of hours planning an event to bring awareness to the masses while between the three of us we are still trying to earn a living, go to law school and run for office all the while running organizations to help other’s do the same?  Ed is also the Chair of the Suffolk County Libertarian Party and I am a Vice Chair to the NY State Libertarian Party and run an organization that vets people to run for office on a platform of liberty.  I’m starting to wonder if we are the last few people who actually are so naive we believed our friends and our family in liberty would come together to open their arms to a whole new crop of people that are just becoming aware themselves —because YES FOLKS…the few who have actually bought tickets are NEW PEOPLE who actually want to learn!
So what happened to our friends in Liberty? They’re divided, fighting, hating, condemning, judging and blocking.  People who once inspired and who even won liberty inspiration awards are turning into angry egotist.  Those who have entertained and sang of freedom and liberty are having a hard time finding places where people can hear them because liberty events are dying all over.  So is it all over?  Should we bother anymore?  Should we just hang up our liberty T-shirts on a hook and never look back and just accept what’s thrown at us?  Should I bother running for office? If people can’t pay $60 bucks to go to an event I’m throwing to awaken them to the issues that affect us are they going to donate to my campaign so that I can awaken them to the issues that affect us?  Will they instead just go into the voting booths and vote party line once again after all of their complaining about the state of our nation?

Is anyone going to buy a ticket to listen to Charlotte Iserbyt talk to us about Common Core Education and what we should do to solve this massive problem or G. Edward Griffin tell us about Agenda 21 and what we can do to stop this infringement on our personal property rights?  Is it too much trouble to be in a room and listen to men speak of our monetary policy and where we should go? Does anyone care any longer about how we can help our children stay off of anti-depressants or how we can cure cancer ourselves?  Does anyone want to know what’s actually in our water and in our food and in our skies and how we can fight back from what’s being fed to our families?

hello hello hello is there anybody out there? Ed and I are seriously considering walking away from everything at this point.  Do we bother?  Is there any hope?  We can’t back out of this event now because we have contracted to have it so we will probably end up being $30,000 in debt instead of helping our fellowman to become enlightened and fight back….Won’t you please think about continuing to spread the message of liberty and sharing your knowledge with some of those who aren’t yet where you might be?www.savelongislandforum.com