Submitted by David Beaver

 

Considering his humble beginnings Gary St. Fleur may have at one time seemed an unlikely candidate for any position of power, but as many American dream stories go he has overcome overwhelming odds to become the self-made man he has groomed himself into today. Growing up under the care of a devoted single immigrant mother and a dedicated older brother, Gary St. Fleur taught himself to read, overcoming the educational challenges presented to him by a failing public school system and neighborhood riddled with drugs and criminal activity. Despite all of this Gary St. Fleur, now running as mayor of Scranton PA on the libertarian ticket, has always been a driven no nonsense, no excuses achiever. The same is no less true when it comes to accountability in fair taxation and the responsible management of municipal budgets

 

Originally coming to Scranton to pursue a career in the technology sector he was dismayed to discover just how much corruption lied behind the staggering budget woes that continue to face the city today. Unlike many many who have been dismayed by the surfacing of this kind of corruption in local government Mr. St. Fleur decided to do something about it, first by taking his concerns regarding the city's financial public on a blog he founded known as “Save Scranton”

 

The website, SaveScranton.com, exposes a great deal of budget and tax concerns and has done well in highlighting the Scranton crisis even to the point of garnering national attention. He has even gone so far as to launch two separate lawsuits against the city for exceeding its state and city charter mandated tax caps, overtaxing its residents, even achieving a recent victory in once such case. He's also launched a city-wide petition for a ballot initiative to force the city into bankruptcy, arguing that if the city's budget woes are so severe that it needs to excessively and illegally tax its citizens that there simply are no other options.

 

He has also launched his candidacy for mayor of Scranton, standing on the same measure as a major platform issue.

 

St Fleur is something of a rare but growing breed on the political scheme of things. Just as the consumer advocate protected us against the overreach and dishonest practices of big business, so is the taxpayer's advocate protecting us against the overreach and dishonest practices of big government. With a local debt of over $148 million in Scranton alone and a debt of $124 billion statewide many government officials are turning to overbearing taxes to reign in the irresponsible spending habits of municipal governments as well as our state legislature.

 

Perhaps there has been no better time for the rise of the likes St. Fleur. A fiscal hawk and taxation activist, St. Fleur is at the front line when it comes demanding to fiscal responsibility from our leaders and standing up for the every day citizen against the forces government overreach and financial tyranny. Maybe we could use more champions of the taxpayer like Gary St Fleur, but as of right now at this juncture that ball lies in the court of Scranton's residents as they choose a 2017 mayor.  

 

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PHILADELPHIA, PA -

Fellow Brothers and Sisters of Liberty,

 

On Saturday, September 9th, a group of libertarian grassroots activists will be hosting The End the Fed Block Party! From 12PM to 4PM we will unite, right in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, to bring awareness to this hundred-year-long scam perpetrated against the American people.

Join us as we shut down the entire block, not to protest or shout, but to have fun, connect, network, and enjoy ourselves as we educate people on the issues of central banking, fiat currency, economic controls, and the solutions to these important issues of our generation. The event will include local Philly music acts, some of our city’s finest food trucks, and liberty-loving vendors including an FFL dealer, a bitcoin booth, a company that sells drones, and many more.

Speakers 

 

Keith F Smith

Developer of Nexus Cryptocurrency

Steve Scheetz

Candidate for Congress District 8 Pennsylvania

Dale Kerns

2018 Libertarian Candidate for Senate representing Pennsylvania

 

Will Coley

Former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate, National Director of Muslims 4 Liberty, 

Host of “The Call to Freedom”

 

Adam Kokesh

Long time freedom activist, Iraq War veteran, Author of “Freedom!”, 

2020 Libertarian Party Candidate for (Not) President.

 

Philip Labonte

Vocalist for the world touring band All That Remains, outspoken Libertarian

 and Gun Rights advocate.

Larry Sharpe

2018 Libertarian Candidate for Governor of New York, Managing Director of the Neo-Sage, Instructor and guest instructor at Columbia's Graduate School of Business and Yale University School of Management respectively. Larry is well known and well respected as being one of the best motivators and unifiers in the Libertarian Party. 

Dr. Murray Sabrin

Professor of Finance in the Anisfield School of Business. He was awarded a Ph.D. in economic geography from Rutgers University, an M.A. in social studies education from Lehman College and a B.A. in history, geography and social studies education from Hunter College. Dr. Sabrin is also contributing member of the Mises Institute. 

 



 

LIVE MUSIC FEATURING

 Jamall Anthony 

Corrected Axiom 

Groundwork 

 

Are you ready for the greatest grassroots liberty event of the year in PA!? Join us as we shut down the entire block in front of the Federal Reserve building in Philadelphia, not to protest or shout, but to have fun, connect, network and enjoy ourselves as we bring more light to the issue of central banking, fiat currency, economic controls and the solution to these problems, and many others.

The event will begin at 12:00 and will feature live music, speakers on a variety of different topics, and a variety of vending booths, including food/drink. This is a permitted event with an enforced time period. The streets will have to be cleared at 4 P.M.

Bring your signs, bring your friends, bring your bag chairs, and bring your passion!

 

 

 

After the event from 5 to 8 is the

 End The Fed Block AFTER Party with Dale Kerns and Larry Sharpe 

at The Irish Pub 1123 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA. 

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NORRISTOWN, PA - Three Montgomery County Pennsylvania Libertarian candidates running for local office were notified late last week that their ballot access is being challenged in court.  Joseph Van Wagner, Libertarian candidate for Upper Hanover Township Supervisor, Marc Bozzacco, Libertarian candidate for Abington Ward 6 Commissioner, and Jennifer Moore, Libertarian candidate for Upper Providence Auditor, are taking the challenge in stride. 

 

Joe Van Wagner demonstrated his frustration.  “The two establishment parties are using the court system as a cudgel to threaten anyone who challenges their ideas.  They even stooped low enough to falsely accuse me of forgery on a nomination form.”  Van Wagner, a software developer, denies the accusation.  “The Libertarian message of personal freedom and financial responsibility resonates with voters who nominated me in Upper Hanover Township.  It’s time for a change.”  The petition to block Van Wagner from getting on the ballot was filed by his Republican opponent Steven R. Rothenberger.

 

Jennifer Moore, a hospital worker and mother of two young children, questioned the motivation of her accusers.  "The Auditor position in Upper Providence is uncontested by the two major parties.  It is hard to understand why anyone would waste the time and resources of the court to challenge a position that no one else was interested in running for.  I have followed the rules and acted in good faith in an effort to serve my community.  It is disappointing how difficult it has become for the average citizen's voice to be heard, even at the local level."  Moore’s access to the ballot was challenged by current Upper Providence Supervisor Albert Vagnozzi.

 

Sixteen-year Abington resident and candidate for Commissioner Marc Bozzacco had his ballot access challenged by Republican incumbent Stephen J. Kalinoski.  ”The people of Abington deserve a principled person to serve on the board of Commissioners.  Using legal action to intimidate competition in a local election is a new low, even for Kalinoski.  This only strengthens my resolve to fight to restore the integrity that Abington is known for.”

 

Andrew Hatstat, Chairman of the Montgomery County Libertarian Committee was disappointed but not surprised.  “The two major parties are losing support.  They will do just about anything to avoid competition from third party and independent candidates.  Voters deserve more than two bad choices.  We will continue to fight to give voters that choice.”

 

The candidates all intend to defend their right to be on the ballot this November.  The first hearing will be held at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM.

 

Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the state and the nation, with over 150 elected and appointed officials currently serving in office nationwide, and 40 in Pennsylvania.  Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and like the Founding Fathers, Libertarians believe that you have the inalienable right to conduct your life as you see fit, without interference, so long as you respect the rights and property of others.

For more information about the Libertarian Party, the public is invited to contact the Montgomery County Libertarians at www.MontcoLp.org

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Submitted by David B Beaver

There have been many historic presidential runs in the Libertarian Party since its founding just a few short decades ago and along with them many Libertarian National Conventions. Still fresh on our mind will be the exciting and perhaps sometimes tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign. With many memorable moments throughout the LP presidential debates that built up to the convention perhaps one that stuck out was an epic closing statement by the late Marc Feldman who famously stated he was “THAT Libertarian” in his statement he added that he was “a no pain, no gain, get that petition signed in the rain Libertarian”

As something of an aspiring activist in the liberty movement myself I have become of the persuasion that our movement could use many more of “those libertarians”. In the spirit of putting my money where my mouth is so to speak I decided it might be worth a try to engage in some petitioning activities myself, but on a local level rather than a presidential one. It was the first time I had ever gone door to door and directly approached individuals in the general public in this endeavor, so needless to say I did feel out of my element, and while there was no rain to beat down upon us the blazing summer sun presented a challenge of its own. Even so, I and the other volunteers along with our county controller candidate Steve Brenize, mobilized quickly to gather those signatures. While the whole process seemed intimidating at first before, I knew it, it almost felt natural. We received a generally mixed reception that seemed to vary with each person we approached. One or two angry reactions were endured but I've found over time that those get easier to deal with especially as you learn not take it personally, and that for the most part they were few and far between. The majority of our visits were courteous and amiable , but still failed to produce the desired results for various reasons, and ever the up hill battle we even found ourselves asked to leave while gathering signatures outside of a public library. The challenges are there and they are real, but I've found that the key is to hold your head up high and remember to maintain a positive attitude. The most important lesson I learned upon finally obtaining my first signature was a simple and yet profound one: liberty is won one person at a time.

In business you often find that you are not always selling a product or service but are more often selling yourself. Your potential customers are more likely to nibble when you have a personal experience with them face to face as opposed to more impersonal forms of marketing, which require a much wider reach to be effective. So it is with our movement. Our success will depend less on the and glitz and glamour of crowded national conventions and more on the individual efforts of normal, everyday people like you and I, and even more so on a local level. We cannot compete with the corporate sponsorship of the major parties, but we can build a grassroots movement from the ground up. What you'll find is that the more people know you and what you're about the more positive the response will be, but this will not be from the massive efforts of a large party but from the efforts dedicated individuals and positive experiences with every day people, and finally the results that proceed should they be elected office. The true activism in the Libertarian movement then, must start at a local level with the communities and the people we have access to here and now.

 

For that reason, I urge more libertarians to become involved in local politics. It's easy to rant on social media or battle it out in the comments sections of an online article or YouTube video but if you want to accomplish real change you have to get out there and fight for it. The fame and allure of national politics are hard to resist, but if we ever want to be taken seriously there we have to start right here. We need more candidates and just as importantly our candidates need more help. No man is an island, and this is true even in the party of the individual. Our victory will not be achieved with the rise of a breakthrough presidential campaign that only comes around once every four years. It will be achieved by you and I making waves and spreading our message right here, right now, one person at a time.  

David B. Beaver is a longtime freelance writer, entrepreneur, and independent political advocate. Also a recent libertarian activist he has volunteered with his local LP in Cumberland County PA and has written and produced video content for the Facebook page Ask a Libertarian. If you're on Facebook you may find more information about him on his page at www.Facebook.com/dbeaver17  

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