Club advocates civil liberty

first_imgLimited government, liberty and free trade are the basic goals of the College Libertarians at Notre Dame. “The first step is education and logical discourse,” according to senior Todd Velianski, president of the club. This fall, the club will run voter registration drives with College Republicans and College Democrats, said sophomore Nick Frecker, club treasurer. “We dispense and discuss literature dealing with civil rights, libertarian philosophy and current issues,” Frecker said. “We have a shipment of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ books coming in.” Frecker and Velianski will campaign on the behalf of the Libertarian presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, and host debate watches in LaFortune Ballroom. “I consider myself fiscally responsible, socially tolerant and an avid lover of liberty,” said Frecker. “I believe people have the right to effectively do what they see fit, as long as their actions don’t infringe on the rights of others.” The views of the party seem to resonate with many students on campus, Frecker said. “Last year at the ‘Holy Votes’ debate, they had representatives from all parties and the applause for all three were equal,” he said. “The ideas of libertarianism are very popular among young people, but [many] are trapped in the two-party er of two evils.” Velianski said he hopes students stay informed for the election process. “Students here will go on to take key roles in the formation of society, in business, politics, religion and technology, and to be good citizens they must be well educated on current events and varying political philosophies,” he said. Velianski said he fears what Mitt Romney’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate will mean to the Libertarian party. “With the nomination of a New England progressive like Romney … I don’t know where the Libertarian votes will go,” Velianski said. “[But] the movement is becoming something that both major parties can’t afford to ignore if they wish to maintain electoral domination.” Dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties led Velianski to the Libertarian party, he said. He said libertarianism is a philosophy based on the Golden Rule: Do unto others what you would have them do to you. “Libertarianism is the belief that the individual knows how to live his life better than a government official knows how to,” Velianski said. “The greatest problem in society and at Notre Dame is the belief that the rules of morality do not apply to the government.” Velianski said he is unfazed by those who think voting libertarian is essentially the same as throwing a vote away, due to the party’s relatively small size. “[What they] fail to realize is that Obama’s and Romney’s policies on social issues are largely the same,” Velianski said. “The only vote I can cast with a good conscience is a vote for the party whose integrity has not been corrupted. I vote Libertarian so I can sleep at night.”   Contact Meghan Thomassen at mthomass@nd.edulast_img read more

Kitten keeps Champion dream alive

first_img Trained by Edward O’Grady, Kitten Rock was looking for a hat-trick after wins at Naas and Limerick this season had encouraged connections to think of a Champion Hurdle tilt, but he looked to have a fight on his hands as the two main market rivals raced towards the last flight. They took off virtually together, but Willie Mullins’ mare pecked on landing and lost valuable momentum, allowing the JP McManus-owned Kitten Rock to forge clear, and the 4-7 favourite held the advantage by three and three-quarter lengths at the line in the hands of Mark Walsh. O’Grady said: “As a four-year-old, and going into a five-year-old, he’s been difficult to place. “We have tried to stay under the radar as much as possible, and the plan has gone well so far. He’ll go next for the Red Mills (Gowran, February 14). “He jumped brilliantly, which he did also at Limerick, and it was nice to see a gap of 18 lengths back to King Of The Picts in third. The mare (Glens Melody) is good, so the form stacks up well. “I’d be very hopeful that going back to two miles with a faster pace will suit him.” Walsh completed a double in the McManus colours when A Grey Matter (5-2) boxed on well to land the Follow Naas On Facebook Handicap Hurdle for Martin Brassil. The trainer said: “Most of his promising runs were around Naas last year, but I wasn’t sure about the ground. He’s improved from his run at Leopardstown, and has taken a while to learn his trade. He’ll make a grand chaser in time.” Social Riser got off the mark at the third attempt over timber with an all-the-way success in the Book Hospitality On Line Maiden Hurdle. Mikey Fogarty opened up a huge lead on the back straight, and though that advantage was diminishing by the last, Ken Condon’s 5-2 chance kept on well to repel I’ll Be Your Clown by five lengths. Johnny Burke’s persistence on Kilmurry Kid (4-1) paid dividends when he eventually got the measure of Heavenly Brook in the Cheltenham Trial Day 22nd February Handicap Chase. Kitten Rock took full advantage of a mistake at the last by Glens Melody to win the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more