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2004 Conference Speakers

After private discussions with Karl Rove, and subsequent discussions with Rove's staff, an official invitation has been extended to the Bush campaign for President George Bush, or his representative, to speak at the conference. If the President, or his representative is able to accept the invitation, it will not be known until just days before the event, and, for security reasons, will not be announced publicly.

Congressman Ron Paul is the nation's number one defender of the Constitution in the House of Representatives. He has consistently supported measures to withdraw from the United Nations, the WTO, and other international entanglements. He heads the Liberty Committee and a caucus of more than 20 like-minded Congressmen. Ron is one of the few Congessmen who consistently holds his philosophy in higher esteem than politics.

Helen Chenoweth-Hage is a former Congresswoman from Idaho who steadfastly upheld the principles of freedom in property rights and resource use issues during her terms in office. Helen now works with husband Wayne Hage through educational seminars throughout the West, helping people understand how better to protect their rights.

Judge Roy Moore was the Chief Justice of Alabama before the anti-God squad targeted him for removal because he had the audacity to display a granite monument which depicted the Ten Commandments. Judge Moore has become a national hero to those who believe it is not a crime to recognize God in public life. To those who believe otherwise, the Judge is a serious threat.

C.J. Hadley - publisher of Range Magazine since 1989. C.J. is widely recognized as one of the nation's staunchest defenders of western culture. Her magazine is read from coast to coast and she is always in great demand as a conference speaker. Her no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is approach to western issues has won for her the admiration of a loyal audience. We are fortunate to have her as our featured speaker at our final banquet.

Michael Martin Murphey - "singing cowboy poet", is not only the number one, best-selling singer/ songwriter of American Cowboy Music, he's one of the world's most respected singer/ songwriters in the Pop and Country-Western field. But he's a man apart, a man who rides his own trail so resolutely , that the word "rebel" doesn't begin to describe his stance. Though he's remained a lifetime resident and loyal son of Texas, he's a man on mystical, spiritual quest to try capture the soul of the deserts, plains and mountains in the soul of America- from the Carolinas to California, from the Great Plains to the Deep South to the Wild North Country. Artistically, he's more tied to landscape-driven than any other contemporary or past musicians.

Michael Peroutka is a candidate of the Constitution Party. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law, is Chairman of the Constitution Party of Maryland and a member of the Executive Committee of the Constitution Party National Committee. Michael and his wife, Diane, live in Millersville, Maryland with their three children, Elizabeth, Timothy and Patrick.

Michael Badnarik is the candidate of the Libertarian Party. Michael was born August 1, 1954 in Hammond, Indiana. His parents, John (retired from the oil-refinery and steel-mill industries) and Elaine (a retired executive secretary), still live in Indiana in a house they built when Michael was two years old. Michael has two younger brothers, Chuck and Steve; who are both married and living in neighboring Midwest states (Southfield, MI, and Aurora, IL, respectively).

Paul Driessen is Senior Fellow for the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise. His message was shocking: opponents of free enterprise were keeping the developing nations from developing. His book, Eco-Imperialism: green power; black death, asserted that the environmentalist political machine was withholding vital foods, pest controls, medications, and energy technology from the poorest countries - a certain recipe for genocide.

Niger Innis is the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), who wrote the introduction to Paul Driessen's Eco-Imperialism. Innis and Driessen have teamed with Ron Arnold to create the Economic Human Rights Project, an initiative of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise. Working with Freedom 21 co-sponsors, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, this group has been very effective in organizing international opposition to the U.N.'s Agenda 21 programs.

Wayne Hage saw the federal government send in a small army to confiscate his cattle. After a dozen years of endless wrangling, and court battles, Wayne has won significant victories that have positive implications for other ranchers. With his wife, Helen Chenoweth-Hage, he conducts educational seminars to help others avoid the litigation he has endured.

David Rothbard is President of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (C-FACT). He has attended many United Nations meetings and his organization has helped to inform the public about the influence exerted on domestic policy by the international Community. He is a driving force behind the Cornwall Declaration.

Craig Rucker is the Executive Director of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and coordinates the work of Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, an affiliate group of college students on campusses around the country. These young people attend U.N. meetings to promote the Freedom 21 Alternative to Agenda 21.

Dr. Michael Coffman is a nationally recognized expert on environmental issues, and the United Nations. He is the author of The Birth of World Government and Saviors of the Earth?, as well as numerous columns, and booklets. He appeared in Phyllis Schlafly's video "Global Governance," and is CEO of Sovereignty International.

He is the creator of the widely used "Biosphere Maps" that vividly illustrate the impact of the Wildlands project. These maps were displayed during the Senate debate about the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, and were instrumental in forcing the Majority leader to withdraw the Treaty from further consideration.

Michael's presentations are precise, authoritative, easy to follow, and provide invaluable information for those who need facts and documentation to convince their elected officials.

Kathy Benedetto is a member of the staff of the House Resources Committee, and works with the Sub-committee on Energy and Minerals. Before coming to the committee, she was a policy analyst for the National Wilderness Institute where she developed compelling documents about the "Wildlands Project." Kathy is extremely knowledgeable about property rights and resosurce use issues, as well as the status of legislation that passes through this important Congressional Committee.

Lori Waters currently serves as the Executive Director for Eagle Forum, a conservative grassroots organization founded in 1972 by Phyllis Schlafly.

In 1997, Mrs. Waters graduated cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After interning in Eagle Forum's D.C. Office in 1996, she joined the Eagle Forum staff in 1997 as the Collegians National Director to motivate students across the nation to become politically active.

Mrs. Waters took on legislative and political action committee duties at Eagle Forum in 1998 and was promoted to Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. office in March 2000. From writing alerts, tracking legislation, lobbying on a variety of issues, such as abortion, privacy, and taxes, she is a voice for the conservative pro-family agenda at the federal level. Mrs. Waters also serves as the Director for Eagle Forum PAC, which endorses and financially assists conservative candidates running for federal offices. Each week, she edits From the Eagle's Nest, the Eagle Forum weekly newsletter just for teens.

Lori has been a guest on Fox News The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, and Beyond the News, CNN Talk Back Live, ABC's Politically Incorrect, MSNBC, United Radio Network NewsMaker, USA Radio Network, and numerous other programs. She regularly speaks to students and interns visiting the nation's Capitol regarding conservative activism and grassroots lobbying.

In 2001, Lori served as a delegate to the Virginia Republican Convention. She is a member of McLean Presbyterian Church (PCA). Lori lives with her husband, Matt, in Ashburn, Virginia.

G.B. Oliver, III is the Executive Director of the Paragon Foundation. He was raised in a ranching family near Alamogordo, New Mexico, and has served his community as a bank president, and business leader before joining the property rights, resource movement full time.

Henry Lamb is the founding Executive Vice President of the Environmental Conservation Organizaton, Chairman of Sovereignty International, and publisher of eco-logic, and eco-logic on-line.

He has attended nearly two-dozen U.N. meetings in Geneva, Bonn, Buenos Aires, Kyoto, and The Hague. He is a columnist for WorldNetDaily, and his work appears in numerous newspapers, publications, in other on-line publications, as well as in eco-logic Powerhouse.

Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center. He is a nationally recognized spokesman on a range of policy issues relating to freedom and national sovereignty. His DeWeese Report is must reading for thousands of Americans.

Kent Snyder directs The Liberty Committee, which is headed by Congressman Ron Paul, and consists of more than 20 Congressmen, and thousands of Americans who are dedicated to advancing the principles of freedom.

Mike Hardiman was Policy Director for Congressman, now Resources Committee Chairman, Richard Pombo from 1993 to 1999. He is President of Hardiman Consulting, a lobbying and public relations firm based in Washington, DC. He is one of the most knowledgeable and effective lobbyists in Washington on property rights and resource use issues. He can be reached at

Chuck Cushman is the Director of the American Land Rights Association. One of the first activists in the property rights and resource movement, Chuck is frequently consulted by both print and televison news sources to comment on environmental policy conflicts. He publishes the Property Rights Voter Index, and maintains one of the nation's most extensive email alert networks.

Jim Burling - is an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, and has participated in many important property rights cases. He litigates cases in the areas of land use and private property rights and Indian law. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in New York in Geology and English and received a Masters of Science from Brown University in Geological Sciences. Mr. Burling graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law and has been with PLF since 1983. He is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education courses on topics such as the regulation of wetlands and endangered species and the "taking" of private property.

Larry Pratt - is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. Their "no-compromise" policy on Constitutional issues has drawn many members to the organization, and won important battles in Washington and in state legislatures across the country. Larry's work in keeping gun owners informed, and his efforts to coordinate a national response have thwarted the gun-grabbers in Washington.

Michael Chapman - is a member of the Board of Directors of EdWatch, the premier "Education Watchdog" in America. He is also founder of American Heritage Research. He uses his extensive collection of rare founding-era books to reveal widespread bias and censorship within America's history curriculum. He has conducted research for state legislators as well as U.S. Congressmen. Michael has spoken at various conferences. He has conducted teacher in-service training on world-view bias in four states and has been co-speaker with Minnesota State Senator Bachmann.

Michael Shaw - is a founder of Freedom 21 Santa Cruz. He was a participant in the first Local Agenda 21 initiative in Santa Cruz, California. He saw the flaws in the initiative, and decided to try to counter the impact of sustainable development in his community. The organization he helped to create has become a leader in developing strategies for local organizations. He is coordinating the development of the Freedom 21 Platform and Action Plan for the Freedom 21 Conference in Reno.

Floy Lilley - is a founding member of the board of Sovereignty International. She was the Program Director of the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas before opening her own law firm in Florida. She has attended dozens of U.N. meetings around the world, and is a dynamic speaker at conferences across the nation.

Sylvia Allen - founded the Arizona chapter of People for the West in 1992. She served as State Vice President of Eagle Forum for 10 years, and is currently the founding president of the Freedom for America League in Navajo County, Arizona. All who have known Sylvia recognize her to be a dedicated community leader, working every day to protect and preserve freedom in her part of the world.

Clarice Ryan - has served as an officer on the Board of Directors for Montanans for Multiple Use and is also a member of the Republican Women's Club, Pachyderm and Treasure State Coalition. Clarice has been appointed by the county commissioners to serve on the Resource Use Committee for Flathead County. This function will utilize the LEARN program to help increase the scope of influence and empowerment of the County Commission Office. She also serves on the Bigfork Land Use Advisory Committee which is an adjunct of the Flathead County Planning and Zoning Office.

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