Wyoming’s general legislative session is nearing wrap-up time, with midnight on March 3 as the date slated for adjournment.
Rather than relying on hearsay, fake news outlets and misinformation by the press, we are going to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth – or rather, straight from the mouths of our Natrona County legislators!
As witness to my first in-person full session for two months at the Capitol, I can honestly say that it has been an eye opener. Unfortunately, there were numerous things that were worse than I anticipated. But thankfully, there were numerous bright spots sprinkled throughout!
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1150 N. Poplar Street, Casper. We will get to hear from liberty legislators Rep. Bill Allemand, Rep. Tony Locke, Rep. Jeanette Ward, Rep. Tomi Strock, and Sen. Bob Ide. This should be interesting to say the least!
If you have been following the general session, you are probably aware some of the most critical bills that were of high priority to Wyoming voters (property taxes, medical freedom, election integrity, etc.) were either defeated by freedom-robbing state legislators, were amended to be harmful, or were left to languish on the vine of opposition.
However, as of this email, several good bills are still making their way through the sausage-making process!
You won’t want to miss this meeting!
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1150 N. Poplar Street, Casper Cost: Free to all patriots!
The information that we will glean from this meeting is very important. As we teach in Campaign for Liberty, unless you are politically feared, you will not be politically respected.
One of the ways to equip yourself as armed and dangerous is to tie the legislative session with election season. How can you accomplish tying the two together if you are not up-to-speed on the voting records of compromised, squishy Wyoming legislators? You can’t.
That is why this meeting is important – so we can learn of and expose the voting records of legislators who freely gave away more of our liberty. We will also learn of the trials and tribulations that some of our freshmen went through, fighting to uphold true limited government.
Please plan on joining the Wyoming Campaign for Liberty meeting on Thursday, March 9!
Wyoming Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Our state is in a unique position to make a difference for all its citizens. No one said it would be an easy lift but with hearts and spirits that are intent to “press on,” we will persevere in our efforts to Reclaim our Republic! Be sure to save Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1150 N. Poplar Street, Casper on your calendar.
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It’s a legitimate inquiry, “How can any concept as mighty and forceful for a millennia be so fragile and susceptible to mischief, trifling and assault?” Millions have sacrificed and died for the cause of Liberty. “Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry reportedly cried out before the Second Virginia Convention in 1775. This concept of individual Liberty, according to John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty,” began with ancient Greece and Rome, proceeding to England. In the past, Liberty meant primarily protection from tyranny. Our Framers hoped for more. It proved to be a gigantic leap forward, that only God foresaw.
Our second president, John Adams, understood that Liberty, under law, was essential for this grand experiment to endure. He was persuaded to write a book, in 1787, “A Defence of the Constitution of the United States,” by his old adversary, later friend, Thomas Jefferson. Adams had no exaggerated opinion of the wisdom and virtue by the mass of mortals. Knowing that, perhaps more than anyone, he kept the American one of laws, not men. We are benefactors of such wisdom. Liberty’s nature is extremely fragile. Senator Rand Paul, a clear voice for individual liberty, wrote recently to “Fellow Patriots” warning of the threat to our Second Amendment, via the U.N. “Small Arms Treaty,” a backdoor assault by President Biden to ram it through the Senate, and unceremoniously grabs our guns. In Wyoming’s 67th legislature, Liberty-minded legislator’s sponsored two bills to strengthen our Constitutional guarantee to bear arms, and dismantle “gun free zones.”
Sadly, Adams isn’t widely read these days. It’s to Hamilton that most turn when seeking a liberty-minded soul among our Founders. Samuel Adams is even more obscure. Some still hold that the best of Federalism, it was John Adams that held great sway in it’s perpetuation. Adams understood that genuine liberty must be anchored in law and virtue, not aristocrats or political elites-though some thought he an elite. Adams didn’t argue that men don’t possess moral motions, which is God-given. However, he understood, like Madison, they aren’t angels. It’s notable that Adams used the word “liberty” less frequently than many men of his day. Not because he valued it less than those of his era. In his book “Defence” it appears his concern was that human weakness would confound liberty as a license. Adams preferred the concept of virtue driving Liberty. He didn’t believe the first excluded the second. On the contrary, enduring Liberty is the child of virtue. Without virtue, liberty is unanchored, he feared. HIs stern warning for checking legislative “ambition” echoed Madison’s Federalist 51, on separations of powers.
Many are familiar with Madison’s quote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Samuel Adams believed liberty is more than a proclamation, but heroic efforts by a few brave souls, who love of Liberty is interwoven within their soul. Adams, like Edmund Burke, understood that true, genuine Liberty is understood by a minority, going as far as to say that the masses are indifferent to it-not unlike 2023. There’s no paucity of “Liberty talk.” Adams believed patriotic citizens must be compelled to understand Liberty is like a delicate plant, that even the watering it with the blood of martyrs is a dubious nutriment. He knew that Liberty must be under the law. There’s no satisfactory alternative or substitute. Liberty without law endures about as long as a lamb among wolves. Even civil laws are insufficient to safeguard Liberty. Freedom, that eternal longing that dwells in the bosom of all, and Liberty, is the external exercise of that longing, may be infringed upon, if virtue is absent.
In 1798, John Adams wrote that, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Therefore, without virtuous and moral leaders, liberty will not endure, just as Samuel Adams warned. As we elect leaders and political figures who dismiss virtue and moral courage as prerequisites to run for office, Liberty’s severely diminished, eroded, and eventually evanesces. Like Rome, our Republic decays at the core.
What are major threats to liberty today? From Benjamin Franklin’s memoirs, this quote reminds us of our quest for Liberty, “They who give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.” COVID-19 revealed vulnerable chinks in our armor. Within three months of the Wuhan virus, nearly every state in the union, citizens surrendered most liberties without a whimper, with notable exception of South Dakota. Obeying the rouge CDC, state and local unelected health officials, millions behaved like dutiful masked robots. How does Marx’s grim nightmare, appear once again as a dream?
Most dangerous to one’s individual liberty is that ubiquitous interloper-apathy. December 15, 2022, marked the 231st anniversary of the ratification of the First Ten Amendments-Bill of Rights, 1791. For masses, it went unnoticed. Celebration of our First Ten Amendment should’ve been a unifying factor for all Americans. Apathy, it appears, to have won the day, with rare exceptions. Some argue we’ve taken Liberty for granted. Contrary to popular opinion, Liberty isn’t self-perpetuating; it requires a force. We at Liberty’sPlace4Uwy.com understand the physics of Liberty.
Listening to the 24-7 mainstream toxic news outlets, hostile to Liberty, including the leviathan big tech oligarchs, who run roughshod over freedom of speech, have been a bane to Liberty, for decades. Unbridled social media doesn’t pretend anymore, as they bludgeoned our free speech. Removal of a sitting President’s Twitter account drew applause by a venal and virulent press, acolytes of Left Progressives. Time will tell whether Elon Musk sustains a bright light as a citadel for freedom of speech.
Failure to inculcate into our offsprings the Truth of individual Freedom and Liberty has predictable and disastrous consequences. They are worth fighting for and celebrating, and when required, giving one’s life because others attempt to destroy what God Himself created for us to enjoy and perpetuate. We’ve paid a high price for failure to do so. Christian fervor’s indispensable to fanning the flames of Liberty. It’s not happenstance that radical activists are obliterating our First and Second Amendments, with powerful and well-funded political lobbyist, like LGBTQ, pro-choice and anti-gun advocates, we’ve witnessed their influence in Cheyenne at the 67th Legislature, bringing monetary corruption to bought-and-paid-for political scoundrels.
In Liberty, devastating is our failure to recognize a malevolent coalition of fear and cowardice. History informs us that the former, unchecked, often turns into the latter. In Wyoming, fear of a roaming grizzly is understandable and wise. Cowardice of marauders attacking one’s family or Christian Heritage isn’t. The ruling impulse of tyranny won’t be thwarted by dormancy, denial or dereliction of duty.
We’ll need more common mortals-flawed-but resolute for action. Captain America’s first appearance was months before America’s entry into the Second World War. Average boy, turned super-hero, takes on Hitler. One needn’t be a super-hero to join us as we stir the caldron of individual virtuous Liberty, under God in Natrona County. Liberty’s the escape portal for freedom’s longing. What do you think?
If it wasn’t for you taking a slice of your busy life to attend, it would be a very lonely evening. On Saturday night, January 21, 2023, we completed our eighth town-hall since our founding in December, 2020. From that small group of liberty minded individuals meeting for coffee, none of us imagined that we would attract 160 liberty minded citizens packed into the a large venue at the Hilton Garden Inn. In fact, we continue to attract larger crowds than we ever envisioned. We are grateful for your backing that encourages us to continue advancing Liberty in Natrona County and beyond-which is our Mission.
It was a jam-packed evening, and for the first time we opened the evening with a lively debate between Casper City Mayor, Bruce Knell and LP4U’s Dan Sabrosky. It was over an hour long, with questions from Moderator, County Commissioner Dave North, and follow up questions from the audience. The issue was whether the Anti-discrimination ordinance, passed by the Casper City Council in December, was good for all of Casper. With starkly opposing views between the two, in the end, both comported themselves in a respectful and and cordial manner. It was apparent that most of the audience was fully engaged. LP4U’s Mike Eathorne served as MC for the evening.
We were pleased to have Senator Charlie Scott, SD 30, join us for the first time, as well as our Freshman legislators, Bill Allemand, HD 58, Senator Bob Ide, SD 29, Tony Locke HD 35, Tomi Strock HD 6, and Jeanette Ward, HD 57. After newly Secretary of State Chuck Gray updated the audience of the challenges before him and all patriot minded citizens, Freshman legislators spoke of their efforts after the first two weeks of the 67th Wyoming Legislative General Session, and the challenges before them. It was clear, they will need us to be engaged in the process.
Casper attorney, and County Commissioner newly elected Dallas Laird filled the segment for an update on current and potential issues facing the commissioners and the impact on Natrona County citizens. Though unplanned, Commissioners Dave North and Peter Nicolaysian were invited to offer their perspective on what the near future may hold. Multiple questions once again indicated the audience’s rapt engagement.
Newly elected Natrona County School Board Trustees, Jennifer Hopkins and Mary Schmidt, provided a brief update of their first month. They were optimistic and grateful for the opportunity to represent liberty on the board for the next four years.
We had invited Wyoming U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis to attend and explain her vote on the so called “Respect for Marriage Act.” She declined our offer. Due to time constraints, we were unable address the issue.
The meeting adjourned at about 8:15 PM. It was an aggressive agenda. Perhaps we “bit off more than we could chew” for one evening. Future town halls/forums will cover no more than two issues to best honor the valuable time that our audience has entrusted to us. Nevertheless, the majority of those responding to our post-event poll, representing 10% of those in attendance, reported that “though it was a bit long” most believed it was a “very worthwhile time and informative event,” and “content was good,” “especially the legislative update, and Chuck Gray.”
If you attended last Saturday evening, we’d like to hear your opinions, while we strive to do our utmost to advance Liberty in Natrona County and beyond.