This letter to the editor was published in last Monday's Evansville Courier & Press (free registration required to view website): "Libertarian idea of freedom applies well to smokers".
It has drawn this letter to the editor retort published today: "Which state will Libertarians take over for smokers?".
All Indiana Libertarians need to keep in mind that the fight against smoking bans is a fight for small business owners, the working class and the poor. It is a fight against government wielding its power over these relatively powerless groups. It is not about smoking bans in government buildings - it's about stopping our government, which is full of prohibitionists which would like us to stop eating Big Macs, from telling private people how to live their lives in their homes and businesses and property. It is not about government banning smoking in government buildings - government can do that - it has been entrusted (wisely or not) to make those decisions with public property.
The prohibitionists that run our governments tried running other lives and failed with alcohol prohibition - now they are using their efforts to control other people through smoking in private places - next will be fast food, soda's, ugly shirts, etc. They won't stop with smoking and will keep going until they can ban alcohol again. They will lie about their intentions because they are doing it for what they say is the common good - as they and their fellow self-nominated elites dictate.
Also, the perception of the public about The Free State Project is one being used against it, and our political opponents are trying to tie the Libertarian Party of Indiana to it through "guilt by association". By all appearances, The Free State Project appears to the public to be a bunch of political zealots (bullies?) from outside using the force of their size to change the political landscape despite the wishes of the current inhabitants. No wonder it is getting a chilly reception in New Hampshire.
Now I know the intentions of most people sympathetic to the Free State Project is honorable. However, the public doesn't see it that way.
Personally, I like Indiana and prefer to try to change Indiana for the better. I'm staying here.