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William G. Carpenter    Mark S. Sanquist     Christopher T. Wolff     Marina Wolff

             Chairman                     Secretary                Chief Whip                    Chancellor  

May 17, 2023
Location: Burger Moe’s, St. Paul

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

— Ronald Reagan

TO GOVERN EFFECTIVELY IN A REPUBLIC, our elected leaders need the consent of the governed, and that consent comes most readily when a majority agrees with the government’s policies. Given recent history, that consent may be much weaker now. With the unnecessary Covid lockdowns, mandates to wear masks in public, forcing people to choose between taking an experimental vaccine or losing their jobs, inflation, bank failures and bailouts, the FBI investigating any parents taking an interest in their children’s education and anyone praying in public, the government has taken all of the fun out of having the government run our daily lives. When those who say we must follow the science are unsure how many sexes there are, the time may be ripe for leaders who actually believe “my body, my choice” is a good rule for government.

President Reagan lowered taxes and regulation, and was so popular when he left office that the people elected George H. W. Bush in the hope that he would follow Reagan’s policies. That was not to be. We waited 28 years for another president, President Trump, to reduce regulations. Once again, the economy soared. Libertarians have long supported reducing taxes and regulations, and both policies have proven successful. Considering Republican resistance to another Trump administration, only the Libertarians can claim that, as a party, they support lower taxes and less regulation.

ON THE OTHER HAND, some Libertarian positions aren’t so popular. Crime is a major problem, and the Democrat party has been defunding the police. Libertarians have suggested disbanding public police forces in favor of everyone hiring their own security. Can Libertarians convince anyone they are against having sexually-charged drag shows for children, or against sex-ed in kindergarten? Do Libertarians support or oppose age limits on “gender-affirming” mutilations? Do the Libertarians agree among themselves (zeeselves?) on any age limits to individual freedom, or any limits beyond prohibiting force or fraud? If they don’t recognize any limits, then they are just an intellectually honest version of the Democrat Party.

THE CHAIRMAN, perhaps considering his eventual successor as chairman, has called for a debate:

RESOLVED: Libertarians have the gravitas to govern.

The Debate will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Burger Moe’s, 242 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.

The Chancellor and Chairman encourage people to arrive at 7:30 p.m., when our reserved room will become available, and to thank our host venue by partaking of food and drink. The debate will begin at the traditional hour.

Gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie, and ladies are asked to uphold a similar sartorial standard. For gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will have on hand several from his remarkable collection. Questions regarding caucus procedures or about the John Adams Society may be directed to the Chairman at (612) 703-6021 or the Secretary at (651) 552-8744.