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Op-Ed Columns 2000

Tim O'Brien, former Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Michigan and noted libertarian author and lecturer, has offered this regular opinion column free to Michigan newspapers. The monthly column will present the libertarian position on issues of the day -- both state and national. See the press release on this subject.

ATTENTION EDITORS: Feel free to reprint the articles listed below, please inform the author, Tim O'Brien (at tobrien3211@home.com) when doing so, thank you.

December 18, 2000 - In Memoriam: The Bill of Rights
Last Friday, while the rest of the country continued the seemingly endless debate over which sixth of the population's votes actually reflected "the will of the people" in the last presidential election, most libertarians took a moment to commemorate the Bill of Rights -- the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution...[continue]

as published in the Detroit News

November 30, 2000 - They Say the Party's Over
The Libertarian Party of Michigan has hit a small bump on the road to freedom. On November 27 the Secretary of State's office certified the results of the most recent election -- and decertified the LP as a legally recognized, ballot-qualified, political party...[continue]

as published in the Detroit Free Press

October 27, 2000 - Keep Your Government Even Closer
"Why should I swap one tyrant 3,000 miles away," asked Benjamin Martin, the fictional (and archetypically reluctant) American hero in the recent movie The Patriot, "for 3,000 tyrants one mile away?"

While Mel Gibson's character's concerns about the potential dangers of mobocracy are well advised and would be shared by those who designed our constitutionally limited republic, the proximity of the governors to the governed is, nevertheless, not an inconsequential question.[continue]

as published in the Detroit Free Press

August 17, 2000 - The Limits of Term Limits
When Michigan voters amended the state constitution in 1992 to limit the terms of most state level elected officials there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth among professional politicians and central planning visionaries. What a tragic loss of knowledge and experience! What a danger to the republic to be governed by amateurs![continue]

as published in the Detroit News

May 12, 2000 - Chasing Pokemon
Officials at the Taft Elementary School in Wyandotte announced a few weeks ago that they are considering a ban on Pokemon trading cards -- the latest fad among elementary school kids. Teachers complain that the cards are an on-going source of arguments and even thefts among the youngsters.

Banning Pokemon cards seems so trivial in a world in which a 6-year-old shoots and kills a classmate. But it is a perfect example of the contemporary pedagogic philosophy that makes these larger tragedies all but inevitable.[continue]

as published in the Detroit News

March 22, 2000 - No Census Con
Towards the end of the eighteenth century our forefathers, who had successfully ended rule by an hereditary monarchy and replaced it with a republican form of government, came up against what seemed to them to be an all but insurmountable disagreement.

The thirteen colonies that had called their alliance "the united States of America" were extremely jealous of their individual sovereignty. [continue]

as published in the Detroit News

January 27, 2000 - Buying and Selling the Second Amendment
Libertarians are ringing in the new millennium with a rousing chorus of cheers for Brass Roots -- a Michigan gun rights organization founded by 1994 LP candidate for U.S. Senate, Jon Coon....[continue]

as published in the Detroit Free Press

January 19, 2000 - Priorities in the Criminal Justice System
The sentencing of Nate Abraham, the 13-year-old who shot and killed 18-year-old Ronnie Greene (apparently for nothing more than the sport of it) when Abraham was only 11, has prompted both genuine concern and disingenuous posturing from across the traditional political spectrum...[continue]

as published in the Detroit News

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