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The South Carolina Libertarian Party (SCLP) executive committee recently voted 8-1 to reject NLP Vice Chair Arvin Vohra as their representative in the LNC, to censure him for his comments regarding veterans and active soldiers, called for his immediate resignation, and, in the event he does not resign, called on the LNC to remove him before their next scheduled meeting.

I spoke with three individuals within the SCLP about the issue: executive committee member and the single dissenting vote on the resolution C. James Brandmair, Greenville County Chair and Marine combat veteran Matt Wavle, and SCLP member J. Harper Sharp. All disagreed with the resolution and attempted to offer language changes to soften the tone of the resolution and remove language asking for Mr. Vohra to resign, but none were passed.

When I asked Mr. Brandmair why he was the single dissent to the resolution because he has seen Vohra do more good than harm.

“This may have just been a mistake and we all make mistakes. [Arvin] is doing what he thinks is best for the Libertarian Party, as we all do.”

Mr. Brandmair, an anarchist and member of the Radical Caucus of the Libertarian Party, believes that while Arvin’s unique method of crafting arguments for maximum controversy may cool the passions of some moderate Libertarians and minarchists, his articulation of anarchist positions serve to “educate and open the eyes of many that the mission of the military has been corrupted and that the people should take accountability for that. It’s our responsibility to turn that around by voting and speaking our minds.”

Greenville County Chair Matt Wavle traveled an hour and a half to attend the meeting in Columbia, SC where the resolution was passed. While not a member of the executive committee, Mr. Wavle spoke at the meeting against the resolution. “The desire to censure someone for speaking their mind is something that belongs in the Republican or Democratic parties, but never in the Libertarian Party,” Mr. Wavle said. “We win by presenting a better option, a better solution. What we did in that resolution was an attempt to silence a voice we disagreed with.”

Arvin Vohra during a presentation
Arvin Vohra gives a presentation promoting his book: Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions.

Mr. Wavle was clear that when he says “we”, he uses the term loosely.

“This decision was far from unanimous within the state party. I spoke against this resolution because people don’t have the right to be unoffended. The Libertarian Party is great because we have diverse opinions. As a 12-year combat veteran in marine corps, silencing opinions is something I can’t support. I’ll stand against it every time. How can we even communicate if everyone needs a safe space?”

J. Harper Sharp, a new Libertarian, attending the meeting as well. It was his first state meeting and attended not just because he was interested in the process, but also because C. James Brandmair is a friend and Libertarian mentor.

“The decision was to reject Arvin’s representation of South Carolina. South Carolina is not a member of any region, so the representative duty falls to the Vice Chair. Furthermore, the state decided to push national to remove [Arvin] from his national position. I don’t think that’s what we should be doing. I don’t agree.”

In response to the resolution, Arvin Vohra said, “The fact that not a single state, and not the LNC, have put out resolutions opposing military policy says enough about where they are. They believe it’s their job, and mine, to pander. They are wrong. Our job is to fight the government, including the enforcement and propaganda arms.”

When reached for comment, State Chair of the SCLP declined to expand on the cover letter attached to the resolution. Both the cover letter and resolution can be found here.

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An Article posted June 6th on abc news states that Jeff Sessions himself has suggested he may resign.

Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur has no comment on the matter when asked for a statement. Sean Spicer said things, none of which indicated he had any idea what was going on, which is his natural cruising altitude so nothing out of the ordinary there.

The big issue that has Sessions feeling this way is apparently the disdain Trump has for the Attorney General as a response to his sudden decision in March to recuse himself from any investigations involving Russia. Apparently, Donald holds one hell of a grudge.

After all is said and done it’s hard to see this as a bad thing. Sessions is essentially a walking talking manifestation of a landfill that’s been topped off with hot decade old cat shit and rotten assholes.

The good news is if March is any indication of what’s to come, we should expect to see Rand Paul going out of his way to fight for liberty in some kind of completely useless manner while he talks about how important liberty is and gets nothing done to advance liberty in an attempt to try and help people forget that he endorsed Sessions at the Attorney General.

 

 

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Collateral damage is a general term for deaths, injuries, or other damage inflicted on an unintended target.

The newest victims to be affected by the war on drugs? Law enforcement officers. A new article from AP suggests that there are growing instances where officers (the canine units as well) are encountering opioid overdose as a result. The cause seems to be when the medication is broken into a powder, and becomes airborne or more effectively passed through the skin when granular.

Just another bit of collateral damage from the always growing war on drugs. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, here is a brief overview thus far:

• War on drugs begins
• Black market is created
• The black market is now so powerful it enables criminals to be funded well enough to take over the government of an entire country.
• Costs over 60 billion dollars a year (taxpayer money)
• President that doesn’t understand why people are running from their home wants to spend billions on a wall to keep them out.
• Medical marijuana is reported on largely as being effective, nevertheless, legislation is a completely uphill battle.
• Synthetic drugs are legal because the government has granted monopolies to the pharmaceutical companies to properly monetize addiction, apparently. They are delivered to the market much faster than legislation for legal medical marijuana.
• Opioid epidemic ensues
• Now law enforcement officials are becoming victims of overdoses of drugs that have been popularized due to a demand that came from a market opportunity the government handled improperly due to a muting of market signals. This is a market opportunity (the need for more effective pain medication) that had already been met if one listened to market signals (reports and information available in large volume and depth describing the effectiveness, and desire from consumers for medical marijuana, specifically as it pertains to pain management.) Market signals that were muted, because that’s what happens when the government takes part in controlling any portion of market activities.

Here is an article that lays out where Spicer is incorrect about the correlation between Recreational Marijuana use and the Opioid crisis:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/02/23/sean-spicer-wrongly-links-recreational-marijuana-with-opioid-crisis/#4908408e3ea9

 

Here are some reports outlining studies about how legalizing marijuana leads to less fatal issues related to opioids:

http://drugabuse.com/legalizing-marijuana-decreases-fatal-opiate-overdoses/

http://www.newsweek.com/opioid-marijuana-legal-states-hospital-overdose-addiction-575385

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/legalized-marijuana-could-help-curb-opioid-epidemic-study-finds-n739301

 

And here is some information on areas that have actually legalized marijuana, and are seeing opioid fatalities and overdoses decrease:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/28/opioid-abuse-is-plummeting-in-states-with-legal-marijuana/

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/legalizing-marijuana-has-reduced-opioid-overdoses-by-25-percent

Opioid Deaths Plummeting in States with Legal Weed

 

And that was just on Google’s first page.

If you’d like to research it further, there’s plenty of available information

 

Stay Woke,

– Vinny