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What About this Administrations’ Militaristic Policies and their Victims?

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What About this Administrations’ Militaristic Policies and their Victims?

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During most of the day Tuesday, the day President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union Address, the Internet went ablaze with the White House’s announcements concerning empty gallery seats.

According to the White House, one seat will remain vacant during the entire address “for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.” But to author James Bovard, seats should be left vacant to remind the public of the victims of the president’s militarism instead.

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The Washington Post keeps a database of incidents involving police’s deadly use of force. According to its findings, 986 people were killed in 2015 alone during encounters with police officers. While the president has been pushing for tougher, more restrictive gun control measures to curb gun violence in America, the US Justice Department has been supporting officers every time the Supreme Court agrees to hear an excessive-force case.

Recently, Bovard noted, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claimed that federally-funded police agencies should keep the number of people killed in encounters with the police under wraps.

And despite the efforts of several US states willing to put an end to the drug war at home, Obama’s policy in Mexico continues to fuel the drug war in the neighboring country, increasing the number of victims abroad.

But this administrations’ militarism is not only responsible for death and destruction in the American continent.

To Bovard, a few seats should also stay vacant to remind us of the 30 French medical staff, patients, and other victims of the US attack against a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

To Bovard, the twelve Yemenis killed during a US drone strike while celebrating nuptials on December 12, 2013 shouldn’t be ignored. But neither should the 30 people splattered to death during a 2012 drone strike in Afghanistan.

Prior to the deadly incident, a group of Taliban insurgents reportedly entered a house where a family was holding a wedding ceremony. As Afghan and American forces surrounded the house, firing broke out. As both sides struggled, the 18 members of a single extended family feared for their safety.

A few moments after US and Afghan troops were wounded in the fight, a jet was called to help, dropping a 500-pound bomb on the house.

At least nine of the innocent victims were children.

Other victims Bovard urges the White House to recognize include the four Americans killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack and the hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of Libyans who lost their lives during the civil war triggered by Hillary Clinton and Obama’s bombing campaign against Moammar Gadhafi.

Another seat should also remain vacant in the name of the 16-year-old Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed in yet another US drone strike under this administration.

Due to the White Houses’ militaristic policies here and abroad, people are losing their lives.

Unnecessary conflicts produced by bad policies should require more attention not only because they are killing people, but because of the Obama administrations’ hypocritical stances show they have never been serious about living up to the expectations raised during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Something tells me the next Commander in Chief will have to tackle the same issues. Unsuccessfully, of course, since every single US president appears to focus on implementing the same bad policies.

Join Advocates President Sharon Harris For Communication Training!

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Join Advocates President Sharon Harris for our one-of-a-kind Communication Training!


Advocates President Sharon Harris will be conducting libertarian communication workshops or giving speeches at these upcoming events:

March 8: Keynote speaker at the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s state convention.

March 15: Speaker at the Libertarian Party of Tennessee’s state convention.

March 29: Speaker at the Libertarian Party of Colorado’s state convention.

March 30: Half-day Communication Workshop co-sponsored by Libertarian Party of Colorado.

April 5: Banquet speaker at the Libertarian Party of Maryland’s state convention. Liberator Online columnist and author Michael Cloud will also be speaking.

June 26-29: National Libertarian Party convention. The Advocates will have a booth, and I will also be speaking.

August 8-9: Featured speaker at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)’s “Communicating Liberty” conference.

If one of these is near you, please come — and be sure to introduce yourself to me. I love to meet Liberator Online readers!

Email Sharon now if you’d like us to send you further information on these events.

And please stay tuned! More events to be announced soon.

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Attendees will learn how to dramatically increase their effectiveness at communicating the ideas of liberty.

Brief bio:

Sharon Harris is president of the Advocates for Self-Government, the organization which is responsible for the world-famous World’s Smallest Political Quiz and for providing Operation Politically Homeless (OPH) kits to libertarian students to help them dramatically grow their campus groups. A communication expert, she teaches libertarians how to be powerful and successful communicators of the ideas of liberty.  A co-founder of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, she has been active in the libertarian movement for over four decades, and in 2012 she was awarded the Libertarian Party’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for “outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party.”  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology and is the author of the upcoming book, How to Be a SUPER Communicator for Liberty.

Speeches will be “A Libertarian Dozen: 15 of the very best tips on how to effectively spread the ideas of liberty”
Participants will learn:
  • The first rule of libertarian communication
  • Which words to avoid using and which words work like magic
  • How to establish rapport with your audience
  • How to answer hostile questions
  • Which personality types are most receptive to libertarian ideas
  • The “curse of knowledge”: what it is and what you can do about it
  • The best way to answer the question “Are libertarians conservative are liberal?”
  • How to open hearts and minds to liberty
  • And more!


Workshops will be “How to Be a SUPER Communicator for Liberty,” and participants will get hands-on practice in the techniques.
Outline of subjects covered:
  • The message vs. the messenger. The importance of the messenger and how to be a better one
  • First rule of libertarian communication
  • The “curse of knowledge” and how to avoid it
  • What DOESN’T work in libertarian communication
  • What DOES work
  • The importance of listening, benefits of listening, and how to do it
  • Personality types and how to appeal to them all
  • The power of questions and how to get your listener to come up with the right answers themselves
  • Word choice: which words to avoid and which words to use to open minds and hearts to your ideas
  • Soundbites, importance of and how to create and use them
  • How to establish rapport with your audience
  • Using the Ransberger Pivot to respond to hostile questions
  • How to make libertarianism “sticky”Tips on how to be an effective public speaker
  • Using the World’s Smallest Political Quiz and OPH to discover and create libertarians and grow your libertarian group
  • The Libertarian Denominator, an incredibly powerful way to describe libertarianism and make more friends for liberty
  • Just how important is the movement for liberty?
  • And more!

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If you’re in a student libertarian group, click here for more information on getting your free OPH kit.