First, let me start by saying that I am neither a Democrat, nor am I a Republican. I’m a Libertarian…and probably a moderate one, at that. I have no particular “agenda”. I simply believe in smaller government and states’ rights, as did our founding fathers, and I believe many Americans have lost sight of such reasoning. One thing people so often misunderstand about Libertarians, about me – we aren’t against taking care of fellow Americans and our planet. We simply believe that Americans take care of ourselves and other Americans best, and we believe that any of the truly necessary “government” solutions belong with the individual states, not the national government. Government as primary caretaker creates inefficiency, cost, fraud and loss of innovation . The collaborators of the Constitutional Convention were very clear on this. They believed strongly in the concepts of state sovereignty, in “People’s Law”, in Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”, free markets and free minds. Less government means more resources in the private sector to take care of our neighbors, more innovation and a more prosperous nation. Believing in our Constitution and opposing policies that lean towards statism or socialism does not make us bad people; in fact, it’s quite the contrary.
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My real name’s Mandy. I’m not a politician or a lobbyist. I’m an ordinary, average American. I come from a huge family – my mom was one of 7 kids, and I’m one of 16 grandkids, and we’ve got dozens and dozens more in great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews… My great-grandparents immigrated to the US from Lebanon and Syria, and even us grandchildren were surrounded by this heritage while growing up. It’s an integral part of my family’s lives, and while it has brought about racial challenges of its own for us at times, it’s been far more rewarding than not to have such rich heritage and tradition entrenched in our upbringing. I grew up in a less-than-modest environment, raised in a small NJ town by a single mother who was intent on making it in the world with her three kids, without depending upon government assistance. After struggling through on welfare and Medicaid, she worked immensely hard to free us of that life, and she did. As grateful as we were for the help, it did so much more to hold us down than it did to lift us up. In our little town in those days, we all depended a lot on family and community – on hand-me-downs and dinners at Grandma’s, on doctors who accepted a cooked meal as barter for services, on neighbors who collected money to help each other when a neighborhood kid got sick, and on teachers who helped raise funds for me to be able to compete in music competitions when my mom didn’t have the applicant or travel funds. As kids, we didn’t even realize just how poor we really were. We just always knew there people around to help their neighbors. My childhood, and my mother’s struggles, built my character.
These days I work a regular job in corporate America. My background for more than 15 years has been in Internet Strategy, New Media & Marketing; I’ve also spent time as a Researcher and Writer. Though, I am also a professional musician – I’d actually gone to college for music performance and education as a classical flutist, and worked both as a teacher and a performer before entering the corporate world. I spent many of my years doing educational outreach, using music as a method of communicating and uniting with others. Eventually, this led me to other causes and interests, including research and writing, and has drawn me into many activities that deal with organizational behavior. As I moved further down the corporate path, I took classes again, in information systems and research, and built a parallel career in online product development and technology consulting, these varying experiences and activities have all worked well together as New Media has grown and I’ve become more involved in the activity of organizing, both professionally and personally. These experiences have most certainly helped mold me into who I am today, and defined the qualities and any of the leadership skills that I possess.
I’m not wealthy, I’m not famous, I’m really not the least bit special in any way except to those who love and care about me. That makes me just like you and everyone else who cares about our country. I live with Lupus, a chronic disease that has no cure but is relatively manageable during periods of remission if I attend to it responsibly. I’ve also had two major spine surgeries, and still cope with some level of permanent spinal cord injury. I’ve dealt with these medical conditions under all scenarios: with private health insurance, without any health insurance, and with government health insurance. I’m very well versed in what today’s health insurances challenges are, and in what might work best in solving those challenges. Here’s a hint: it’s NOT the federal government.
In today’s political climate, too many Americans ostracize those in the “vocal” minority. As government explodes exponentially at unprecedented rates, we are rapidly losing sight of the America established by our founding fathers. The US Constitution is supposed to be the guiding force of our sovereign nation and states, yet so few these days know anything about its content. Worse, many do not understand the increased jeopardy in which the Constitution has been placed as the result of this administration’s policies. While the intent I’m sure is good and sincere, Americans must understand that there will be dire consequences to the very fabric and foundation of our nation’s long-standing principles if we allow the government to be involved in so many facets of our lives and to become such a large party of the country’s GDP. Those of us who believe in our Constitution and have faith in the wisdom of our founding fathers must join together and embark upon a mission to restore its rightful place in today’s society.
As a student in my high school and college years, I was never much into politics. Hell, I was never much into my studies either – only my musical performance studies. Friends who know me less today than 20 years ago probably know a different person. Well, maybe not so different, but wiser. Life has taught me many lessons over the years, and I’ve a whole new appreciation for the history behind the creation of this great nation. I feel a sense of guilt for leaning more liberally and being somewhat ignorant in younger years, and I’ve felt a great sense of duty in these last several years to help protect our nation’s history now. I constantly think back to my grandfather, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, putting out his “special” flag every Flag Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and going to every town parade…he knew real struggle and I always respected him for it.
I founded LibertyChick.com as my way of contributing to those out there who share similar views as me, who faced challenges and overcame like me, who love the principles for which America stands and want to protect them from being cannibalized due to international pressure and the elitist notions of a handful of super-wealthy philanthropists who barely reside in or were not even born in this great nation. This website serves as a support network to other activists and organizers, providing the research, references and tools to help empower them with information and enable their voices to be heard.
Liberty Chick is also on the Advisory Board of The 9.12 Project.
Please take the time to learn more about “The 9-12 Project” by visiting the website at www.the912project.com. The aim of this group is to bring America back to the spirit of patriotism we all felt on September 12th, 2001, the day after the terror attacks on America. On that day, we put American flags out on our porches and windows, we visited friends and neighbors, Congress stood on Capitol Hill and sang “God Bless America”, and yes, we thanked the Wall Street workers who returned as a sign of solidarity to the very site where so many of their friends and co-workers died only days prior. The world watched when that opening bell rang out on the stock market, as we refused to allow the terrorists to win. The principles of our Constitution guided us then, and they must guide us now.
Free markets, free people, free minds. America must stay that way.
LibertyChick can be reached directly at libertychickblog [at] gmail dot com.
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The 9.12 Project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September, 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States, or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together as Americans to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created.
Our nation becomes more distanced from our Constitutional roots as each generation passes. When I was in grade school, we spent at least a full month out of the school year on Colonial American history, even living mock lifestyles of the period, and reenacting the creation of many of the historical documents of America. These days, students are taught very little of these documents and of their importance in our country’s governing system today. In fact, many of the national curriculum in the public school systems instead focus the lesson plans on “What should we change in the Constitution?”. America is facing a Constitutional crisis of epic proportion today, and our country is at risk of losing its identity to years of an expanding government. The 9.12 Project rests upon the same values as our founding fathers, and provides a framework for uniting citizens to stand together again, as we did on 9/12/2001 – as others did on 7/4/1776 (and 8/2/1776), and on 9/17/1787 – to support and stand up for the miracle of America and its governing system.
Liberty Chick has gathered up some of her favorite videos from YouTube that were created by other folks who share the same views as you and me, and posted them on the LibertyChickTV channel. Many are 912ers, some are Tea Party supporters, and all are Patriots. I gathered up these videos and created the LibertyChickTV channel. Some videos in the “Defending Liberty” playlist are related to the Constitution, some to the 9.12 Project, some to Tea Parties, and some just to general American History and common sense. There’s also a bonus playlist for “Schoolhouse Rock” videos, because, well, I do mention above that I was of that generation. And it helped me learn, especially things like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I think it might be time to bring those back! You can view some of my favorites right here, and the full list of videos on the LibertyChickTV channel, also available from that page.
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