What is the liberty Republican position on immigration?

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Everyone wants common sense reform. Prevention of yet another unmanageable influx of migrants, refugees, illegal aliens (or pick your favorite immigrant label) should be a top priority.

But there are no Pollyanna solutions for what happened (and what is bound to happen again) on the Southern border. Mass deportation and amnesty won’t work. Both require way too much government and would result in more unintended consequences.

There is a tradition for libertarian Republicans to resurrect that will solve the immigration crisis. Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, and others have highlighted this tradition.

Click here to read our article “The Immigration Crisis Solved: A Liberty Republican View” at Voices of Liberty.

Zealots Renew Attacks on Liberty Republicans

It is nothing new that factions in the Republican Party attack Republican Liberty Caucus members. Being a libertarian in the Republican Party has never been an easy, welcoming task.

Libertarianism is a philosophy that some in the party hate with a passion. My beliefs of peace, love and freedom as well as my family’s origins in the Middle East have made me a target to certain racists in the Republican Party who will resort to anything to slander my name. These factions gave us the same amount of hate in 2014 when Reuters and The Blaze picked up on our amazing work and success in the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus.

It is clear that Republicans are split over stark differences on how to handle foreign affairs. As Republicans, we should embrace the free market and let our ideas compete with one another. Yet, there are those who shout “anti-Semite!” to whoever disagrees with their take on the Israeli government. In my case, the chosen phrase was, “Associates with Radical Anti-Semitism.” The hit piece (and I’m guessing the poor headline) against me was by an anonymous author (how convenient). There could not be a more intellectually dishonest and lazy argument than to call someone an inaccurate name while ignoring the entire topic at hand.

I guess I am making inroads with the philosophy of freedom when the fallacious and lazy attacks start to come in. Ron Paul was all too familiar with these types of attacks from wrongly being called an anti-Semite to a racist, none of which were even remotely true. The anonymous author didn’t restrain themselves to just covering my criticism of the Israeli government. They then forced pathetic connections to make the unfounded “association” of anti-Semitism. There is nothing radical or anti-Semitic about my statements, associations or beliefs. I have always denounced anti-Semitism and call on the anonymous author to withdraw his or her defamatory statements.

The hit piece is so silly that it attempts to use my YouTube favorites and posts I have clicked “like” on as a centerpiece for their argument rather than focusing primarily on my own words. None of the videos endorse anti-Semitism. Several are published by Jewish people. One video is in Hebrew, by a Jewish professor in Israel speaking out against torture. I highly recommend watching it. Another video is about the life story of a Jewish economist from Austria named Ludwig von Mises. Does this constitute associating with “radical anti-Semitism” to you? Or perhaps a screenshot of my YouTube favorites showing videos of meditation techniques, economics and workout exercises is somehow supposed to be an association “with radical anti-Semitism” to the anonymous author? The only radicalism and extremism present here are the authors false claims.

Pitiful hit pieces like this one are slanderous, deluding and should not be taken seriously by any rational individual. If this is what the author had to resort to after thoroughly stalking my social media pages for months, you know they are lacking any logical argument in the first place. I find it odd that some Americans are more offended at a critique of a government thousands of miles away than our own. Criticizing a country’s government policies does NOT mean you hate someone because of their religion. Talk about a gross logical fallacy.

To clarify, as a libertarian, I do not believe in racism, sexism, anti-Semitism or any form of collectivism. My entire philosophy is contradictory to racism and I deplore any form of hate, including anti-Semitism. I view and judge every human on an individual basis and racism, in any form, is a horrid form of collectivism. As Ron Paul famously said:

“Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called ‘diversity’ actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.”

Liberty Republicans have sadly grown accustomed to vitriolic hate from fellow Republicans. Constant attacks over philosophical differences must end if we are to ever become a fighting force in this country again. There is only one way the Republican Party is going to make inroads, grow our ranks and have success with not just other Republicans, but more importantly outsiders. And that is to embrace the beliefs of peace, love, unity and respect. The Republican Liberty Caucus has accomplished this. Perhaps it is time for others in the party to try it as well.

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lacRLC Screening: CITIZENFOUR at Crest Theater


Sunday, Feb. 15th 8:00pm lacRLC & Crest Theater (Westwood) are hosting a special presentation of “CITIZENFOUR” the Oscar-nominated documentary about Edward Snowden and the surveillance state.

Before the film, special guests speakers will discuss the issues addressed in this film. Topics include Bitcoin, encryption, and how to reign in the surveillance state.

After the film, lacRLC will host a special Q&A Panel Discussion.

There will also be a petition available for patrons to sign that aims to grant clemency to the whistleblower so that he may one day return to his native soil.

Why I’m a Republican

@freenoahjLast week I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of social justice advocates at my workplace. My boss, wanting to build relationships let them know that: “Noah is really in to politics too.”

“Oy,” I thought, “why did you have to say that!?”

“Oh, wow, what organizations are you involved with?” they asked.

My fear was immediately realized. After fumbling over my tongue for awhile I began to couch my answer with phrases like: “Well, I’m not your typical…”, “If I tell you, just hear me out for a minute…”, “I’m a reformer and my activism is more internal.”

It’s clear; my Republicanism does not stand at the forefront of my identity. Being in Los Angeles (especially as a Black man) saying, “I’m Republican.” is a declaration of war. I might as well say, “I’m a Klansman.” in certain circles. Rand Paul was right, “The Republican brand sucks!”

I went on to explain to my new Leftist friends that I wasn’t a “status-quo Republican” but was part of the “civil liberties wing of the Party”; an outsider working with anyone on the political spectrum where the advance of liberty brought us together. I told them how lacRLC has worked closely with the ACLU against indefinite detention (NDAA 2012) and LAPD drones. I concluded by reassuring them that I often get along with leftist better than many people within the GOP.

After all this, how should I answer the question of why am I a Republican? Honestly, I wouldn’t be a Republican but for the RLC. I like what others have said, that the RLC exists to introduce the Republican platform to the Republican Party. I stand with the platform that supported sound money, civil rights, individual responsibility and freedom of association. The Party that opposed an aggressive foreign policy but stood for the freedoms of  citizens here at home; the Republican platform that defended the entrepreneur as well as the disenfranchised. These truly are the rightful positions of the Republican Party and I am proudly working to advance these positions.

But I can’t just look to the past because human understanding of freedom has expanded from age to age. The fight for freedom of the 20th century is not the same fight here today.  But how do we take the principles of yesterday’s freedom fighters to defy the tyranny of today? Together with my friends in the lacRLC, I examine the past to carry forward the greater tradition of securing freedom and opportunity for all.

I believe that we are not just “the future of the Republican Party”, the Liberty Caucus and its positions have taken prominent place in the political discourse. The maturation of Ron Paul 2008 sign-waivers has born the fruit of success. We are no longer outsiders but a well organized and sizable force in the political and cultural spheres of the U.S.  It’s an exciting time to be a so-called “Liberty Republican”.

My mother raised me with a memorable gem, “You can’t have a mutiny if you ain’t on the ship.” In a nation where two parties comprise the totality of reputable political discourse one has the choice either to ignore or to participate in the system. I have decided to participate so I can have my mutiny (nonviolently, in accord with the nonaggression principle, of course!).

If you are in the Los Angeles area, I encourage you to join us in this endeavor to reclaim the Republican Party for Liberty!

January Meeting

Martin Luther King Jr. on Injustice
We are hosting our next meeting on Sunday, January 18th at 3:00pm at Strive, a mini-campus for inner city children, located at 9124 S. Main Street in Los Angeles.

We’re meeting in South L.A. on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day to discuss the civil rights issues of our day.


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Voter Guide for November 4, 2014

RLCCA Voter Guide November 2014 [PDF]

The Republican Liberty Caucus of California (RLCCA) has released its November 4, 2014 mid-term endorsements and the L.A. County chapter stands with them. Click above for the guide, or if you’re averse to PDF files, read ahead:

Vote for Art Alas – 32nd Congressional District (San Gabriel Valley, El Monte, Covina) http://electalas.com
Vote for Matthew Munson – 20th Senate District (San Fernando Valley, Pomona) http://munsoncampaign.org
Vote for Zachary Taylor – 46th Assembly District (Thousand Oaks) http://electzacharytaylor.com

Vote NO on Proposition 1 – Water Quality, Support, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014
This measure would authorize the state to borrow $7.1 billion for an assortment of water infrastructure projects. While the ongoing drought demonstrates the shortcomings of California’s current water infrastructure, adding billions more to California’s existing $300 billion state debt is not the right answer. The work proposed in Prop 1 should have been paid for on an ongoing basis out of the fees families, farmers, and businesses pay for the water they use. A vote for Prop 1 is a vote to bail out Sacramento for squandering this money.

Vote NO on Proposition 2 – Budget Stabilization Account
Planning a small surplus into the state budget during good years in order to cover shortfalls in bad years is an appealing idea, but Prop 2 is not the way to do it. Until California’s state debt is paid off, dipping into a reserve fund is equivalent to borrowing money, and Prop 2 gives the governor the unilateral authority to do so. In addition, Prop 2 also contains troubling provisions micromanaging school districts and incentivizing them to overspend in order to avoid having their local budget reserve funds confiscated by Sacramento.

Vote NO on Proposition 45 – Health Insurance Rate Change
This measure would put the state’s Insurance Commissioner in charge of approving or rejecting any proposed rate change in individual or small group health insurance premiums and would limit the ability of providers of other types of insurance to price according to the estimated risk of a particular policyholder. Both are terrible ideas. Insurance only works when prices are set appropriately with regards to estimated risk, and price fixing in any market tends to break the improper functioning of the market and create shortages.

Vote NO on Proposition 46 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors
This measure would require doctors to be regularly tested for drugs and alcohol. Pervasive drug and alcohol tests are expensive, intrusive, and unreliable; people who are abusing drugs can often easily fool the tests, while people who are not may test positive anyway. The state should stay out of the matter, give doctors the same presumption of innocence we give to the rest of the population, and trust hospitals to take appropriate measures to discipline their own employees.

Vote YES on Proposition 47 – Criminal Sentences, Misdemeanor Penalties
California has a number of crimes on the book that prosecutors can charge as either felonies or misdemeanors. These crimes include petty theft and various nonviolent drug offenses. Prop 47 would require prosecutors to charge those specific crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies except when the defendant has prior convictions for violent or serious felonies, and would commute the sentences of current inmates serving felony sentences for those crimes who cannot be shown to present an unreasonable public safety risk. This would do better justice by not over-sentencing minor offenders, save taxpayer money, and keep prison space open for truly dangerous criminals.

Vote YES on Proposition 48 – Indian Gaming
Compacts This measure ratifies certain tribal gaming compacts already approved by the legislature, in particular allowing the North Fork Tribe to build and operate a casino in Mandera county. The RLCCA supports the sovereign rights of the tribes, as well as the rights of all people to buy and sell legitimate goods and services, including gaming.

Action Day for Art Alas – Saturday October 4th

10639509_10152386810820959_5150559336568880473_nThe LA Times just wrote an article that said the Republican Party is nearly extinct in Los Angeles. We beg to differ. Join the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus and all of the young, energetic Team Art volunteers on Saturday, October 4th as we hit the streets for Art Alas and the message of liberty! This is exactly one month before the election and we are expecting a big turnout. Everyone is invited!

Can’t make it on the 4th? The campaign headquarters is open 7 days a week so come on over whenever you can to see how you can help.

Campaign headquarters address: 354 E. Rowland St., Covina, 91723
Like Art’s Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/ElectAlas
And RSVP on the Facebook event HERE

Video-Photo Essay: Glenn Beck Meets “Liberty Kids” of LA County Republican Liberty Caucus

UPDATED w/ more juicy photos and video below!

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By now, everyone has read the “Liberty Kids” article published by Reuters and carried by the Drudge Report and countless other outlets. No, no, actually we’re the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Cau– OK, so people in media just like “Liberty Kids” better. We can deal with that.

So here’s the photo essay of how Amir Zendehnam (secretary), Noah Johnson (treasurer), and this post’s author Nick Hankoff (chair) reached true stardom and received Hollywood treatment in Texas, home of The Glenn Beck Program on The Blaze.

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When I received the call from the producer, his first words were, “Is this Nick Hankoff?”
“Now listen,” I said, “the Republican National Committee isn’t getting a dime so stop call-”
“No, I’m calling from The Blaze. Glenn Beck wants to have you and a couple of your friends on the program to talk about what’s happening out in L.A. We’d fly you in to Dallas and set you up in a hotel and fly you back the next day. Sound good?”
“Free BBQ sounds good.”
“No.”
“JUST KIDDING! I LOVED GLENN BECK’S RESPONSE TO THE BORDER REFUGEE CRISIS! CAN’T WAIT TO MEET HIM! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!”

So I called Noah and Amir. Next thing you know, we’re on our way.

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The three of us didn’t know what Glenn Beck was going to ask. We quizzed each other on Rothbardian ethics until we nearly initiated aggression on ourselves. To relieve the anxiety, we decided to get our faces and hair did. The closest salon we found was conveniently located inside the state-of-the-art studios of The Blaze.

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We felt and looked much better!


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The rest is history. Check out The Blaze’s coverage of our appearance with more video clips here. Glenn Beck and his team made us feel right at home. Seriously, they rock. Freedom is known to bring people together, and we hope it brings us back to Dallas for a longer visit next time.

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The obligatory BBQ photo/video. Thank you Hard Eights. Go there and you’ll be licking the toothpicks on their bacon-wrapped chicken jalapeno poppers.

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Cheers from Dallas to still-the-best liberty movement in the country, Los Angeles County.
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BIG Announcement – LACRLC Does Dallas

The Board of the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus is flying to Dallas, Texas. Unlike many other Californians, we promise we’ll be back! Chairman Nick Hankoff, Treasurer Noah Johnson and Secretary Amir Zendehnam have been invited to be guests on The Glenn Beck Program. We will be discussing the future of the Republican Party, the Liberty Movement and much more!

Watch us live on Wednesday, September 3 at 2pm PST/4pm CT here: The Glenn Beck Program