Meeting July 1, 2020

The LP of Lee County is holding a meeting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

The meeting will be held at the Thrifty Garden Store at the Butterfly Estate, 1815 Fowler St, Fort Myers, FL 33901

A check-in station will be set up before the entrance. Please check in to receive information including the agenda, seating, food, and beverage purchases.

Please try to arrive between 6:30-7:00PM if you’re able. This will allow us to be settled for the business meeting portion which will begin at 7:00PM.

Seating will be spaced out as much as possible to ensure as comfortable and safe setup as we are able. We will attempt to offer a call-in option for the business meeting portion. Please call Rick at 239-271-8880 to discuss this option if you prefer it.

Lastly, regardless of your opinion of the matter, please be aware and respectful of others’ possible concerns regarding coronavirus transmission. Respect adequate spacing, and wear a mask if you’re able. Masks and sanitizer will be available at the check-in station and throughout the shop

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, feel free to reach out to Rick at 239-271-8880 prior to the meeting. Looking forward to seeing (or hearing) everyone!

Florida eases occupational licensing

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation May 31, 2020 easing regulations of licensed practitioners of a wide swath of occupations ranging from body wrapping to boxing announcing.

HB 1193, the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, will bring change to many a trade.

Larry Gillis, Libertarian Party of Lee County Vice Chair, made the following comment:

This bill should be acknowledged as a serious down payment. A fundamental change in mindset has begun. However, the basic regulatory filigree remains in place, So, despite this serious accomplishment, we should all remember that much work remains to be done.

The Libertarian Party is adamantly opposed to the State’s ability to intrude upon a person’s right to work for a living. We say: let the Market decide; let voluntary associations form to educate, to rate and to shame the incompetent.

Specifically, our LP National Platform (2.9 licensing) says:

“Libertarians support the right of every person to earn an honest and peaceful living through the free and voluntary exchange of goods and services. Accordingly, we oppose occupational and other licensing laws that infringe on this right are treated as a state-granted privilege. We encourage certifications by voluntary associations of professionals.”

Governments need statutes not statues

Larry Gillis, Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Lee County says:
DOWN WITH STATUES. All of ’em, unless they are on private property.

Government should neither be in the business of celebrating some people (and not others), nor of celebrating some values (and not others).

More importantly, government should carry out its few lawful functions competently, minimally, and frugally. Then — having done what they were told to do — they should shut up and sit down, until we call on them again.

Larry originally objected to mob-driven revisionism — the tearing down of certain statues and not others — because he distrust mobs. (having been weaned on “Lord of the Flies”). However, he now recommends the authentic Libertarian view is otherwise. In other words, get government out of this tawdry business altogether.

Ben Bachrach, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Lee County, recommends that governments everywhere use auctions to sell any statues and any land on which they stands to the highest bidders. That will put the statues into the hands of people who want them the most, and reduce the burden on taxpayers.

Opinions mentioned on this website do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Libertarian Party of Lee County. Only the Party Platform, and Resolutions are official positions of the LP of Lee County.

To the Editor of the New-Press:

You ran a  USA Today editorial (“Facebook doesn’t have to run political lies”, 10/31/19) in which you called on Facebook to “fact-check” paid political ads before running them.
The editorial completely mis-characterizes the proper role of the providers of social media. They provide the platforms, nothing else. If the advice from your editorial were actually followed, we’d wind up getting censored by Mark Zuckerberg (and by whomever he’s afraid of).
Instead of getting Zuckerberg to impose a filter on all us, let the “marketplace of ideas” do its own cleaning of the stables, the old-fashioned way. Let the marketplace expose lies and liars for what they are, and let the marketplace do it in public, and let us see it. Then, we will really know who the liars are. After all, a well-informed electorate is the foundation stone of a strong American Republic.
The Libertarian Party is in favor of robust and transparent public discussion of public issues at all times, unencumbered by governmental regulations or by scared business types or by the politically-righteous. We Libertarians are famous for being “all elbows, no charm” in dissecting political statements. In other words, we say “Let it all hang out”.
News-Press, who are YOU afraid of? Dare we hope that you are not afraid of the truth, discovered in public? Come on in; the water is fine.
In liberty,
Larry Gillis, Cape Coral
Vice Chair, Libertarian Party of Lee County

Live Free or Die
Don’t Hurt People
Don’t Steal Their Stuff

Truly, words to live by.

Sadly, over time, many of our friends (yours and mine) have become numb to these bedrock principles and have allowed themselves to simply float through life, oblivious to their ongoing loss of freedom.

Your Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is committed to putting these bedrock principles back into the political mainstream, to waking people up, and to encouraging them to smell the roses.

To do this, we need your money. (Well, we need YOU actually, but we’ll settle for the money).  Specifically, the LPF is running a fundraising initiative during the month of March 2019 (“Level Up”).

So, please use the hyperlink below to give us some money. It doesn’t have to be a lot, because your broad participation is just as important to us as your actual money. Think of it: with a serious level of participation, we can turn to the others and say, “Look at all these committed Libertarians, with actual cash donations. How about you?”

Anyway, here’s the link: https://www.lpf.org/level-up

Thanks in advance.

(FYI, I was gonna say, “Let your guilt be your guide”, but you and I already know that approach doesn’t work with Libertarians)

In Liberty,

Larry Gillis,
Your LPF Region 12 Executive Committee Member

(March 2019)

Libertarian Denied Seat on Constitution Revision Commission

On August 18, Governor Scott asked Florida residents to apply for a position on the Florida Constitutional Commission. On March 6, 2017, Governor Scott announced the 37 people he appointed to the commission.

To utterly no one’s surprise, Governor Rick Scott did NOT appoint Larry Gillis to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

Larry said: “In the old days, the signs in the store windows said ‘No Irish Need Apply’. Nowadays, here in Florida, maybe they should have “No Libertarians Need Apply”.

LPLC member, Larry Gillis, is a law professor who served two terms in the New Hampshire legislature.