TABC Says Uncle; Libertarians Can Finish Them Off

TABCThe TABC seems to have wisely yielded to an intense public pressure over their autocratic approach to alcohol consumption. Their Gestapo tactics are apparently suspended, according to the AP.

This is obviously very good news, but it is just a suspension. While I doubt they’ll reinstate the policy (the tourism people were displeased), the fact that this travesty ever happened cannot be forgotten. There is only one way to ensure that these “stings” will not be repeated: get those involved the hell out of the Politboro office. Those who implemented this insanity and those who smugly defended it demonstrated without double-talk or veiled excuses, that they have no problem at all punishing crime before it is committed.

There is a public outrage against this government behavior which can be directly translated into votes. A libertarian-minded person could almost run solely on this issue, applying the litmus test of liberty and property across the board.

These hypocrites need to be chased out of office like the money changers from the temple and I would hope the hand grasping the whip is attached to a loud, angry libertarian.

Update by Artus Register:I forgot to credit the source who was on top of this and “tipped” us the story right away. J. Bishop at sent this to us this afternoon. Thanks for the heads-up!

Artus Register

A self-described "objectivist-leaning libertarian deist," Artus Register became a full fledged libertarian after the 2000 elections. An unapologetic freedom-lover, enemy of the state, trouble maker, and permanent subscriber to the "ain't a dime's worth of difference" ideology, Register enjoys few things more than illustrating the hypocrisy of the so-called "left" and "right." When not bellowing from his cyber soapbox, he enjoys Cuban tobacco, good whiskey, and better debate. He lives with his wife in the American southeast where he works as a privacy consultant. You can contact him, if you must, at minarchist[at]

  1. Nice thought, but not going to happen. After all there are Democrats that we must be protected from! RUN! HIDE! DEMOCRATS! ARRGHHH! Thank god for law and order Republicans.

    What was the quote? “Let the people beleive they govern and they will be governed.” The Nazis may have been twisted, but they were genius. The Bush administration is just twisted. That applies to the TABC as well, of course.

    Thinking back to the Free Talk Live interview with the TABC rep., I have to laugh that the rep had “limits” as to how far she was willing to enforce the law. I don’t beleive that for a second. Isn’t neoprohibitionism and it’s ideological ilk nothing more than sound evidence of positivism, which has no room for “reasonable” limitations?

  2. Likely would-be office-holding Libertarians will drop the ball on this, as usual.

  3. I am the Libertarian candidate that has the best chance to win office in the Texas State Legislature this November. I have already updated my website to specifically mention the SIP program. I will add an entire page about it shortly. I also intend to testify at the public hearings next Monday.

  4. WE WON!!!!!!!!!!

    HoT, FTL and all of you were a very significant part of this win. Thanks — and doesn’t victory smell sweet?

    Things like this can be won if we put our minds to it and work together towards a common and approachable goal.

    Great job, guys and gals! I love ya.

  5. RH,

    I’m glad to see an LP candidate is actually going to make some noise while an issue is still HoT. I’ll be sure to check out your site this PM.

  6. Stephen, you sound a little over exuberant. How is it that this blog and FTL made the difference? I call it coincedence.

  7. Stephen — Please post that before Monday if possible so that I can reference the information in my testimony at the public hearing on Monday.