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  • Mary Lou Seymour
    My understanding of the Leadville situation is that they campaigned solely on a low tax type platform. This illustrates clearly the problem with trying to
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 6, 2003
      My understanding of the Leadville situation is that they campaigned
      solely on a "low tax" type platform. This illustrates clearly the problem
      with trying to "get in office" as a mainstream politician, without educating
      the voters first what they're really voting for:-)
      > you think this backlash was because of poor campaigning? I mean were
      > these folks up-front about their desire to pare down their city
      > government to drastic levels?
      >
      > c.
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Tim Condon
      > To: freestateproject@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2003 1:03 PM
      > Subject: Re: [FSP] Re: [fspcrackerbarrel] Re: FSP--a question of
      > policy
      >
      >
      >
      > >I agree that this is an ideological battle: a battle of principles.
      > I >think, however, that you overlooked what Jason said about those
      > to whom >we would look bad. The people in the state we are trying
      > to win over >from the statists currently in power are the ones we
      > have to consider. >Perception is reality. If the locals perceive
      > that they are being used >as tools for our own ideology (however
      > righteous), they will be a >roadblock to our success, not an asset.
      > That is what would look bad. >The media will use any tool they have,
      > particularly tools we give them, >to make sure the locals perceive
      > us as intruders. For us to be planning >the next "takeover" before
      > the locals have had a chance to accept our >sincerely and
      > committment to them would be a tool our opponents would >love to
      > have.
      >
      > Agreed. Read what happened when the tiny town of Leadville,
      >
      > Colorado, was blessed with a majority of libertarians on the city
      > council (as recounted by an FSP member, one of the city council
      > members): "We were accused by our mayor, police chief, fire chief,
      > newspapers, and more people in the audience than I had thought
      > possible that we were 'imposing a national libertarian agenda' on
      > the people of Leadville. Our effort to discontinue a fulltime code
      > enforcement position and to turn over those duties to our eight
      > remaining police officers (thereby reducing the force by one by not
      > filling a vacancy) was met with accusations that we were going to
      > lay off officers one by one until we had no police force. The
      > opposition extrapolated our layoff of a recently-hired
      > administrative assistant into our eventually wanting to get rid of
      > city hall. They extrapolated our efforts to get rid of business
      > license taxes to our eventually wanting to get rid of all taxes and
      > to let just anyone set up a business. They extrapolated our effort
      > to get rid of the sign code and the P&Z [planning and zoning] code
      > to getting rid of all codes which would result in anybody building
      > anything they wanted to anywhere they wanted to. We became enemy
      > number one of even people who, prior to our taking office, wanted us
      > to repeal these things. When the fear-mongering got to them they
      > accused us of trying to take over and shove our libertarian agenda
      > down people's throats. Yet these very same people were, and still
      > are, at risk of being cited by these codes and one would have
      > expected their support. We were accused of 'going backwards' and
      > undoing years and decades of hard work building those codes. When I
      > cited Jefferson in a rebutting letter to the editor, other letter
      > writers used that as evidence of our hypocrisy because Jefferson was
      > a 'big government' president. Sheesh!"
      >
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