NC Libertarians Resolve to Defend the Guard

North Carolina Libertarians called on the state legislature to prohibit releasing the state National Guard into federal service unless the U.S. Congress “has declared war pursuant to … the U.S. Constitution, and only for the express and explicit purposes enumerated in the Constitution, to execute the laws of the union, repel an invasion, or suppress an insurrection.”

In a resolution passed unanimously at their annual state convention, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina said, “in spite of the clear language of the U.S. Constitution, vesting the power to declare war exclusively in the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Executive Branch has unconstitutionally assumed that power while the Congress has abdicated its constitutional duty.”

The party also added a Defend the Guard plank to their platform. It reads:

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Rally for Justice and Compassion

For too long, government has refused to show justice and compassion for our homeless population. Please join the Libertarian Party of North Carolina and Pastor Moses Colbert for a joint rally in Gastonia to demand the release of police body camera footage related to the assault and arrest of homeless Army veteran Joshua Rohrer. During the assault, the police also tased Joshua’s service dog Sunshine, who died while Joshua was in police custody.

We also demand that the city of Gastonia stops blocking Pastor Colbert’s compassionate efforts to provide shelter for the homeless of Gastonia at his Faith Hope & Love Enrichment Ministries.

Former 2020 Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party Spike Cohen will be a guest speaker. We demonstrate outside city hall. Some of us (including Spike) will be speaking at the city council meeting at 6 p.m. 

If you are on Facebook, please follow this link and click on interested or going. 

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The Party’s Over

Commentary by Brad Hessel

Well, ok, maybe not quite yet. But the hosts are clearly cranky, and the guests are leaving in droves. In fact, three decades of consistently faster growth in the ranks of non-party-going independents in North Carolina will soon culminate in a significant milestone: they will become the largest block of registered voters. No one currently alive can remember when the Democrats weren't No. 1 in North Carolina.

This marks a sea change.

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Gerrymandering is Bad No Matter Who Does It

Commentary by Brian Irving

Partisan gerrymandering is bad for democracy – whether done by a legislature dominated by one party or a court dominated by another party.

The state Supreme Court’s ruling that legislative maps are unconstitutional ignores the plain language of the state constitution to serve a political end. The Democratic justices dismissed the judgment of a bipartisan trial court panel, which twice dismissed the lawsuits, to create a new protected class – partisan voters.

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