Extended Remarks: lacRLC Board on Mark Isler May 23

Couldn’t get enough of the RLC with the brief interview with Mark Isler?
Hear the extended discussion:

Nick Hankoff, Amir Zendehnam, JJ Picard, Erin Letarte, & Noah Johnson continue the discussion after the Mark Isler Show (KRLA AM 870) Listen (lacRLC panel discussion begins at 14:50)

Show Notes:


What is the liberty Republican position on immigration?


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.

This is how we win. Meeting & Special Event on Thurs Nov 14 #LAvsNSA

Because the venue has a strict capacity policy (thanks Fire Marshalls), you MUST reserve your FREE tickets online to attend:

The Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus will be holding its first meeting since electing a new Board in September. All Republicans and their friends are invited to attend.
Directly following the RLC meeting, the special coalition event begins. The success of Asm. Tim Donnelly’s AB-351, the RLC-endorsed legislation from the RLC-endorsed candidate for Governor, barring any agency or officer in California from cooperating with federal “indefinite detention” policies, has raised interest in another effort. This time the target is unconstitutional mass surveillance by the NSA.

6:30pm Thursday, November 14 at the Huffington Center 1324 S. Normandie Ave (at Pico)
Free Parking! Food details still to come.

You will hear from the following organizations:
Republican Liberty Caucus of LA County
Restore The Fourth Los Angeles
Tenth Amendment Center
Oath Keepers of Los Angeles County
ACLU of Southern California
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)
Stop LAPD Spying
Young Americans for Liberty
Bill of Rights Defense Committee

The goal is to come together across all ideological boundaries and agree to a specific action. The potential coalition nickname is #LAvsNSA and our target would be all local governments throughout the county as well as college campuses. Through resolutions, ordinances, and bills, we will demand the Constitution be upheld here even if it won’t be in Washington, D.C.

What exactly does the NSA do? How does it do the things it does? What’s the proper response? What’s our strategy to win?

On matters of national security, our voice – the one of liberty and localism – ought to be the loudest within GOP circles. We were right to take on the NDAA when other Republicans didn’t, and it’s now time to bring them into the fold to defend the 4th Amendment.

To join or re-new your RLC membership dues, just come to the meeting or you may do so securely online by clicking here.

After the initial revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Dr. Ron Paul went on CNN to say, “It’s an awakening call. Let’s hope we can get progressives together with the libertarians and constitutionalists and say Enough Is Enough!” Let’s implement the same “Ron Paul strategy” that propelled AB-351 to become law in California.

Power or Party?

by Nick Hankoff

The Rand Paul (13-Hour) Moment marked the beginning of the end of the Republican Party’s incessant militarism. How so? The divided interests are no longer Principle vs. Party as during Ron Paul’s campaign, but rather Party vs. Power. The militarists aren’t going away, but they won’t overreach again without considering the civil rights wing which has gained the respect and trust of grassroots conservatives. This new reality puts the momentum behind the liberty movement, but its long-run strategy must not rely on historic gifts from on high in the chambers of Congress.

Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain see America as a battlefield, under attack and at the same time an essential military force for civilization worldwide. This crazed murder-suicide mentality leads them to champion causes (read: powers) that align them with elitists.

“When they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer. You’re an enemy combatant,’” Lindsey Graham blasted on the Senate floor rallying for support of provisions authorizing military kidnapping of all persons, citizens included, on US soil under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

“[Army General and Chief of Staff Ray Odierno] cannot replace the men and women serving in Afghanistan under this sequestration because he doesn’t have the ability to train their replacements. Isn’t that alarm enough for us?” John McCain pleaded of his colleagues in an effort to block so-called disastrous cuts to the so-called defense budget.

Republicans like Graham and McCain are not growing their Party with these imperial delusions. More than 2/3 of Americans want out of Afghanistan. More than half think the United States is losing the War on Terror. But must the people be restricted to expressing their dissent on issues of national security through the cheerleading of a few exceptional legislators on Capitol Hill? The liberty movement must show a better path for representation and reform in foreign policy matters.

Across the country, anti-militarist coalitions are disregarding Left-Right politics to pass local resolutions and state bills that insure individual liberty against unconstitutional, authoritarian forces of the federal government. From criminalizing TSA search and seizure to limiting drone surveillance to non-compliance with indefinite detention over 40 bills are being heard. This is the good kind of blowback to the American Empire, and it’s only the beginning.

Here in California, 4 cities have passed resolutions condemning the McCain-authored NDAA indefinite detention provisions. The LA County RLC has endorsed a petition demanding the same from the LA City Council. And now, finally, in Sacramento there is AB 351, introduced by Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, which states in part:

(8) Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81) violate portions of federal law, the United States Constitution, and the California Constitution and are invalid and illegal in this state.
(c) It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81).

What an opportunity for the liberty movement to follow up on Rand Paul’s epic speech – with action! Washington, D.C. is not going to curb its practice of usurpation based on any direct appeal from the people, especially on the war powers it claims. A broad-based movement with narrow goals and decentralized tactics will succeed where a presidential campaign could not. Rand Paul’s filibuster was only the beginning, but it alone cannot be the end. Paul has brought the issue of militarism into the spotlight and now the ball is in our court. The future of liberty depends on us meeting with our neighbors, city councils, and state legisaltures where our voices, and therefore the Constitution, are less easily ignored. Start by joining the Facebook group where Californians are currently plotting the next step to pass AB 351 and stop indefinite detention in their state.

The politically-connected McCain and Graham care more about preserving their power than revitalizing the party, and obviously more than the Constitution. Once upon a time, the libertarians were damned for defending principle before party. Now those principles are the life of the party, and the neocons are being left behind.