North Texas libertarians were invited to attend the gubernatorial debate viewing at Collin County Community College Spring Creek Campus. We were invited to set up a table from which we could distribute bumper stickers, yard signs and such. We were invited to an event that included Libertarian candidate, James Werner- OK- the main event did not include him, but CCCCD’s program did.
I found out about the invite today. Some of you may know that I just arrived back into town from a short vacay, but we managed, last minute, to have five libertarians there. I was one of those libertarians. My company included candidates,(US Senate), (TX House 112), (TX66) and Brent Friedman, the infinitely more competent half of me-Brent is the VC of the Collin County Libertarian Party. (C’mon, we all know that the chairman is a figurehead with a reliable address and that the VC does the work. ;o) Apart from titles, Brent is kickin’ tail with his (re)establishment of UTD’s Libertarian Party. In fact, the UTD alternative publication, A Modest Proposal ran Brent’s success as a front “real page” story titled “Life, Libertarians and the Pursuit of Congress”. I would link to the glowing article, but I only have it in hard copy right now and it is probably more important to tell you what I heard and saw.
I see Perry winning. The debate was like a Westminster Dog Show– you know the type- you see the studs and bitches that everyone raves about. Perfect breeding or inbreeding- neither creates the perfect pet. Kinky displayed what he is: a person full of his own one liners. Strayhorn did the same, though she is one
tough scratched record Grandma, and we can all (under 30 crowd excluded) relate to that one. Chris Bell, the Democrat, actually seemed to be a viable candidate. His problem? He did not advocate the debate inclusion of the one candidate that would help him- James Werner.
Libs have always been linked to the right. That is sad because it only focuses on economics. We would be better linked to the left- the left before it was monopolized by socialist types who feel better about their own wealth when they (re)distribute everyone else’s.
Libertarians are realists. We deal in the cold hard facts of personal freedom and responsibility. We are realists when we admit that someone may throw away his/her life in the pursuit of something of a drugged (Republican/Democrat/coke/heroin) nature. Libertarians understand that there is no free ride. There is no education problem. There is no “fix it for me Daddy” issue. We understand that the problem is within the person or the person parenting.
Libertarians understand that we must take back everything if we are to succeed as something worth anything. James Werner understands that. He is not fighting as our parent- he is fighting for our right to parent. He is attempting to wrestle from the “big league politicians” the right to govern ourselves.
VanDyke recently published chicken costumes at a debate. I LOVE that idea. But, wouldn’t a better idea be to punish your neighbor with a chicken costume when they attempt to abdicate their throne of authority to the state? It would make the gubernatorial debates nearly meaningless.