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New Mexico Liberty, August 2010

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August 2010http://lpnm.us V.2.2 N.25
“Let Freedom Ring” 
The Official Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico
Table of Contents
Page 1Libertarian Media from New MexicoNotes from the Editor by Mike BlessingThe Unanimous Consent ChallengePage 2Events at a GlanceThe LPNM's CandidatesOther Groups to Network With, and Their EventsPage 3Success for N.M. Minority Students LiesWith Adultsby Paul Gessing, Rio Grande FoundationPage 4Glenn Beck’s Lincoln Contradictionsby Thomas J. DiLorenzoPage 6Contacts / Internet ResourcesPage 7AdministriviaThe Unanimous Consent ChallengePage 8Enrollment / Renewal FormPage 9A Modest Solutionby Butler Shaffer 
Libertarian Media from New Mexico
(not necessarily endorsed by LPNM)
The Weekly Sedition
– Thursdays at 8 PM(July – August – September 2010)kcufmedia.xanga.com
 Adam vs. The Man
Monday – Friday, 3-4 PM on 1550 KIVA-AMadamvstheman.com / 1550kiva.com 
Hemp TV 
 – Tuesdays at 7PMmyspace.com/nmhemptv
The One Party State
 – Wednesdays at 11PMContact Lance Klafeta [lklafeta@yahoo.com] for details
 – Saturdays at 6PMmyspace.com/reeferheadtv
The Fringe Element 
thefringeelement.net / postpubco.com
If a message is not compatible with an individual's values, healways has the power to reject it. Parents obviously have a role,through implicit and explicit moral instruction, in shaping thosevalues. If they do their job right, their children will learn to beskeptical about what they see and hear including alarmistclaims about their own vulnerability to bad influences. – Jacob Sullum
Do-Or-Die Time for the LPNM
OK, folks, this is it. Due to extenuating circumstances, the LPNMis at a point where we have to choose between theorganization's continued existence, and going on our merryways.If we choose to continue the LPNM's existence
as the LPNM 
, weneed substantial donations, and
we need them immediately
.Please send whatever you can to the LPNM mailing addresslisted on page 8 of this issue [ LPNM c/o Ron Bjornstad, 918Ivory Rd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124 ].
To the first person to write a logical and documented essayshowing one of the following to be compatible with theDeclaration of Independence:Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906Federal Communications Act of 1934National Firearms Act of 1934Banking Act of 1935The Internal Revenue CodeControlled Substances Act of 1970RICO Act of 1970Federal Elections Act of 1970Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974Plumbing Products Efficiency Act of 1992Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992USA PATRIOT Act of 2001Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002This challenge is also on the web attinyurl.com/hn982To claim your prize, contactMike Blessing at 505-515-7015 or 
send an email to mikewb1971@gmail.com 
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
New Mexico Liberty – August 2010 – Page 1
Notes from the Editor 
Other Groups to Network With
Wednesday, 18 August, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundationhosts Liberty on the Rocks in Santa Fe at the Rio ChamaSteakhouse. See this page for details –tinyurl.com/2cmf4gb.Wednesday, 18 August, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundationhosts Liberty on the Rocks in Farmington at the St. Clair Winery – 5150 East Main Street – in the San Juan Room. See this pagefor details –tinyurl.com/29gmw9o.Thursday, 19 August, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundation hostsLiberty on the Rocks in Albuquerque at the Chama RiveBrewing Company. For details, see this page tinyurl.com/2esszae.Tuesday, 31 August, 5-7 PM: The Rio Grande Foundation hostsLiberty on the Rocks in Las Cruces at the Cattle Baron Steak &Seafood Restaurant on the 4th Tuesday of every month. TheCattle Baron will offer happy hour prices and a full menu for foodselection. For details, see this page –tinyurl.com/2b4oy8w.
The New Mexico Patriot Alliance 2010 Fall Summit
The New Mexico Patriot Alliance's mission is to support PatriotPreparedness, Education and Action, and Patriot groupinteraction throughout New Mexico in order to restoreConstitutional governance to New Mexico and the United States.
Fall Summit Schedule
Friday Evening, 15 October – Speech by Michael Badnarik, freeand open to the public – donations gratefully accepted.Saturday, 16 October – Michael Badnarik's famous ConstitutionClass. Seetinyurl.com/28j9qlt for registration details, including costs.Facebook page –tinyurl.com/2fref7k Myspace pages –tinyurl.com/2ac6hto/ tinyurl.com/25u6ekn  New Mexico Liberty page –tinyurl.com/2b6wo7z 
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"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been loweredconsiderably by the prohibition law. For nothing is moredestructive of respect for the government and the law of the landthan passing laws which cannot be enforced." – Albert Einstein
New Mexico Liberty – August 2010 – Page 2
Events at a Glance
Bernalillo County
The BCLP stages one no-host dinner meeting per month, on Thursday, 5 August, 6:00 to 8:00 PM atFiesta's Restaurant & Lounge (Carlisle & Montogomery NE).Contact Mike Blessing for details [mikewb1971@gmail.com / 505-515-7015 ], or see the BCLP website –lpnm.us/bernalillo.Mike Blessing and Bill Koehler host
The Weekly Sedition
onThursdays at 8 PM on Albuquerque Comcast Channel 27. For those not subscribed to ABQ Comcast, the show can be viewedlive at the Channel 27 website (
this requires MSWindows Media Player!) [ quote-unquote.org ].
Dona Ana County –
The next scheduled Central Committeemeeting is Saturday, 14 August 2010, time and place to beannnounced. Any county Libertarian wanting support in runningfor political office or having party or political issues that they wishthe county party to address prior to then can call a meeting of the County Central Committee by gaining the approval of at leasthalf of the Committee members via email or phone request.Please contact the chair or check the LPDAC website for moreinformation –lpdacnm@lpnm.us/ 575-571-6881 /lpnm.us/dona-ana.
If you live in a county with an inactive affiliate and want toget involved, contact the county chair. See Page 7 for a listof county chairs, campus contacts and Central Committeemembers.
Special Events
Special Convention – Sunday, 12 September 2010
Lunch at 12:00 PM, Business Session from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
AllCaucus members are requested to attend. County Chairsand Contacts and candidates are encouraged to attend!
Location – Quarters BBQ at 3700 Ellison NW in Albuquerque –seetinyurl.com/27rhyrnfor map and directions.
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The LPNM's Candidates
State Legislature
State Representative, District 16
State Representative, District 19
Mark Curtis –macurtis@webtv.net
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“I have sometimes been asked what I consider to be the primeattribute of a gentleman. One may not pick singly, but certainlyone of the more important elements is that of an adventurousmind. Adventure is an important part of life, even though, asBilbo put it, it sometimes makes you late for dinner. Noteveryone has the luxury of indulging in adventures, but withoutan adventurous mind it does not matter whether he has theopportunity or not. I think one acquires an adventurous mindfrom reading. I have not read as broadly as I might have, but Igot a good dose of adventure from the works of G.A. Henty, Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, ZaneGrey, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Of course few people read for recreation anymore, so we find that adventurous minds areincreasingly rare. – Jeff Cooper “What
GATT and NAFTA? If an agreement is more than aparagraph long – and it's between two
– then it
about free trade!” – L. Neil Smith,
Tactical Reflections
Is demography destiny?If so, say some experts, states with growing Hispanicpopulations seem doomed to fail, weighed down with ineffectiveschool systems and abysmal test scores.One academic recently predicted states like New Mexico willbecome the "Appalachia of the 21st Century." He based hisprediction on well-known statistics concerning the dropout andlow achievement scores of Hispanic students. Nationwide,Hispanics drop out of high school at appalling rates. When theydo graduate, they have achievement test scores roughlyequivalent on average to eighth grade Anglo students.How about it New Mexico: Are you going to accept this fate for your children and your state?States can overcome this challenge. How do we know? Florida.Startling statistics show that with abundant school choice andsystemic education reform, Florida's Hispanic students alreadyeclipse the average academic performance of many states.Tackling education reform in Florida is a tougher nut to crackthan in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Low-income studentsmake up almost half of the K-12 student body, with a "majorityminority" ethnic mix. Florida spends below the national averageon per student funding.Former Gov. Jeb Bush pushed through an education reformstrategy of accountability from both the top down (state testing)and bottom up (parental choice) in 1999. Bush's A+ Planemphasized standards for the schools and transparency for parents.Florida grades the performance of schools A, B, C, D or F andrewards success and creates consequences for prolongedfailure. Once provided truth in advertising, communities rallied tothe aid of their students, donating thousands of hours of volunteer tutoring for students. Failing schools facedconsequences for prolonged failure, including school vouchersfor their students.Bush's parental choice in schooling plan also included thecreation of the nation's largest school voucher program – theMcKay Scholarship Program – for students with disabilities andthe Step Up for Students tax credit for economicallydisadvantaged children.Today, more than 820 Florida private schools educate almost19,000 children with disabilities through the McKay program. Asimilar number of low-income children are benefiting from StepUp for Students. Florida also has a vigorous and growing charter school program, with more than 375 charter schools educatingmore than 100,000 students.So what does Florida have to show for this tough mixture of high-stakes testing and parental choice? The best source of datato answer this question comes from the National Assessment of Education Progress. The NAEP tests representative samples of students in every state on a variety of subjects and is thenation's most reliable and respected source of K-12 testing data.
Success for N.M. MinorityStudents Lies With Adults
by Paul Gessing[pgessing@riograndefoundation.org]19 July 2010 –tinyurl.com/2dvylew
Liberty, Opportunity, Prosperity
Researchers focus heavily on fourth-grade reading scores as abellwether for future academic performance. Children who do notlearn to read in the early grades almost never recoveacademically.In 1998, a stunning 47 percent of Florida fourth-graders scored"below basic" on the NAEP reading test, meaning they werefunctionally illiterate. By 2009, 73 percent of Florida's fourth-graders scored basic or above – a remarkable improvement in ashort period.Best of all, improvements among Hispanic and African-Americanstudents helped to drive the overall results. Florida's Hispanicstudents now have the second-highest reading scores in thenation; and African-Americans score fourth highest whencompared to their peers. Both groups have a great deal of momentum on their side.The average Florida Hispanic student score on NAEP readingtests (conducted in English mind you) is now higher than or tiesthe overall average scores of all students in 31 different states –including predominantly Anglo states such as Iowa, Minnesotaand Washington. Florida's African Americans outscored or tiedeight statewide averages for all students.Florida's reforms have been so successful that the Miami-DadeCounty Public School District, 91 percent of whose students areeither Hispanic or African American, outscores the statewidereading average for Oregon a highly Anglo and relativelywealthy state. What worked in Miami can work in Albuquerque.Demography need not become destiny in New Mexico or anywhere else. Education improvement is not about the kids.The kids, even the poor and minority kids, can learn. Theroadblocks to improvement are with us adults, not with the kids.If New Mexicans decide that they want something better for their children, they can achieve it. If they reject the fate of becomingan educational and economic backwater, others already havedeparted from this path.Fortune favors the bold, and New Mexicans can secure abrighter future if their adults have the wisdom and courage toembrace it.
Paul Gessing is the President of New Mexico’s Rio GrandeFoundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, non- partisan, tax-exempt research and educational organizationdedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom anindividual responsibility.
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