by Ken Fortenberry
As a teen-ager in the summer of 1968, I watched the evening TV news in horror and read the morning headlines in shock as our nation seemed to be coming apart at the seams. American cities from coast to coast were being burned, ripped and devastated by rioting mobs, angered by an unwinnable war in Vietnam, joblessness and hopelessness, ugly racial discrimination, and too many law enforcement officers who took the law into their own hands and injured and killed at whim.
Sad to say, but I believe the recent violence in Ferguson, Mo., and this week in Baltimore may be setting the stage for another summer of civil unrest, similar to that of 1968 when many of us were stunned and shell-shocked by events that we never expected to see in the United States.
What is especially troublesome to me is that we as a nation seemed to have learned nothing from our past, and our nation’s leaders have failed to understand that instead of solving the problems of nearly 50 years ago, they have created laws and policies that have woven those very same problems into the fabric of our social, economic and political system.
In doing so, they have created a sort of “national quilt” that is weak and unsustainable, and where the fibers of the citizenry itself are disconnected instead of bound together for the common good.Read more
The LPEX mission is to provide the practical education that can help turn liberty advocates into Libertarian activists. To that end, LPEX has partnered with the leading political trainers in the country to provide over 20 workshops on issues ranging from the nuts and bolts of IT to lobbying elected officials.Read more
The outcome of the 2015 LPNC Annual Convention this weekend was a clear and overwhelming decision by the attendees to “Resolve for Liberty in 2015.”
Libertarian Party chair Nicholas Sarwark, our keynote speaker, played hooky from the proceedings on Sunday to sojourn into downtown Raleigh for a 40-minute appearance on C-SPAN. We delayed reconvening the convention to watch the last 15 minutes of the show on the big screen in the meeting room.
The result was a grand-slam, out-of-the-ballpark home run. Nick gave great responses to some pointed questions from listeners.
The inspirational combination of that interview, Nick's address to the convention Saturday afternoon, and the dynamic presentation of our banquet speaker, political analyst John Davis, was palpable.
Nearly everyone present spontaneously upped their financial pledge and several folks who had not planned to do so were inspired to run for at-large seats on the executive committee. As a result, for the first time in a long time we have a full-house on the EC.
One delegate announced his decision to run for the state House in 2016.Read more
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina opened our 2016 state convention in Durham today by hearing video greetings from two potential candidates in 2016.
Ken Fortenberry is a candidate for the Libertarian gubernatorial nomination. Sean Haugh will seek the nomination for U.S. Senate. Haugh also ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014.