By Krysta Walker, Ballot Director for Libertarian Party of Illinois
In 1796, after serving two terms as President of the new United States, George Washington saw his opportunity to retire from the political scene. His service to the American people was extensive, and spanned over four decades of upheaval, trial, and rebirth. But Washington uses this occasion as an opportunity for more than just formalities. His “Farewell Address” reads, in fact, more like a treatise on the paramount importance of the American government and the means by which to safeguard its many blessings. He humbly refers to these cautions as “counsels of an old affection friend”.
“Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” Washington maintains throughout his farewell address that he was never qualified for the task he was given. Yet the aging first President does give some very sound advice regarding the viability of their new fledgling nation. This can be broken down into a few main, and exceedingly important ideas for the people of his era: Keep the Union united; always be an American first; safeguard the Constitution and preserve the checks and balances; protect the nation against the dangers of political parties, especially those along geographical lines; protect the nation against the dangers of foreign entanglements. George Washington understands that these are the hinges upon which their very liberty rests.
White Nationalists Spin Tragedy in Their Favor
As everyone is aware, last week violence broke out between between protesters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia culminating in a white supremacist driving his speeding car into a group of counter-protesters killing 1 and injuring 19. We, at the DuPage Libertarians already strongly condemned hate and violence.
But the lengths that some will go to to defend the driver is staggering.
A video was posted on Streamable and purportedly shows that the driver of the car had slowed down and was apparently calm, until protesters hit his vehicle with a blunt object (such as a baseball bat or stick). A website called Conservative Tribune posted an article about it:
Seconds Before C-ville Car Hit Crowd, a Camera Caught Game-Changing Act
The article was shared by Positively Republican on Facebook.
There are three main problems with this video:
1) It’s not the whole video. It cuts out the beginning. The car was already headed into the crowd before getting hit with the bat/stick. Indeed, the driver blows a stop sign in order to hit the crowd as fast as he could.
A counter protester uses a lighted spray can as a makeshift flame thrower.
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia are tragic and horrifying. Various racist, white supremacist groups converged on the small college town of Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert Lee. Protesters carried flags with Nazi swastikas and chanted racist slogans such as “White lives matter”. Former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke, attended the rally saying, “We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in.”
The white supremacists were met by counter-protesters who chanted “Kill all Nazis” and urged the protesters to die off quickly.
A car drives into a crowd of people killing 1 and injuring 19.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the protesters and counter-protesters to become violent as both sides clashed in the streets injuring dozens of people. Tragically, the clashes turned deadly when a car apparently driven by one of the white nationalists sped into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one person and injuring 19 more, 5 of whom critically.
By Erika Hanes
Since high school, I’ve been obsessed with Mongolian history, so my recent two-week trip to the country was a long time in the making. While not the world’s most popular travel destination, Mongolia is rich in history and surprisingly tourist-friendly. Because of my nerdy obsession, I expected to come away from my trip dazzled by tales of military victories, ancient sieges and diplomatic intrigue. I didn’t expect the trip to make such an impact on my journey as a new Libertarian.
While most people know the classical figure Genghis Khan (the man responsible for creating the Mongol Empire), people don’t know much about modern Mongolia. I certainly didn’t. I was there to see the country’s distant past; I ended up discovering a present rooted in resilience and an inspiring vision for a liberated future.
Mongolia has only been an independent democracy since 1991. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Mongolians suffered under foreign rule, first from Imperial China and then Soviet Russia. Under the Chinese, Mongolia saw many of its monasteries destroyed, as religion competed with Chinese supremacy. Under the Russians, the government owned and operated all of the press and virtually eradicated independent media. It wasn’t until the fall of the Soviet Union that Mongolia was able to officially establish itself as an independent nation, no longer the satellite or subject of another power.