Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Tarrant County Libertarian Party has a new chair.

Big Daddy John Spivey has been the Tarrant County Libertarian Party chair for 6 years. 
He has done one heck of a job. 
Now he's stepping down.  He'll still be on the county executive committee, and the state executive committee, but he hopes to spend more time on some of his other passions. 

Thank you, John, for 6 years of great work !

After John's resignation today, the County Executive Committee got down to the business of Spivey's replacement.  They decided 

This is going to be a fun, fun year.
I can't remember a better year of opportunity for the Libertarian Party.  Obama has given us a 3-year primer on the non-effectiveness of Statism, the Republicans seem determined to nominate Mewt, and there are going to be a lot of voters looking for an alternative to whatever those two groups put out there.  We've got some great candidates on our ballot for statewide and local positions this year, but could always use more.   (see my previous post.  And hurry !!)   

I'll probably be writing a lot more about local issues, and posting fewer pictures of Obama picking his nose.  It's time to get serious about this thing. 

We're going to need a lot of help.  If you'd like to get involved, you can go here to join the Tarrant County Libertarians on Facebook.  Here's our Tarrant Libertarian Meetup page.   And here's the official Tarrant County Libertarian Party website. 

So what's the Libertarian Party about?  Here's something from our state website:
It's very simple: Let people live their own lives as they want and get the government out of our business. The Libertarian Party of Texas bases its philosophy on these core principles:

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. You, as stated by our nation's Founding Fathers, have the inalienable right to live, be free and prosper to your fullest potential without hindrance from any person or entity. You have the freedom to pursue your happiness as long as you respect others' rights to pursue theirs.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for your personal choices, able to take care of yourself and capable to do for others as you expect them to do unto you. Conversely, others are free to live their lives as they see fit and are responsible for their choices. We believe in tolerance toward others and respect for self-sovereignty.

LIMITED GOVERNMENT. Your government's principal function is to protect your freedom, your unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and Property, all crucial rights for building a free and prosperous society. Government should be of the necessary size and scope, as outlined in the United States Constitution, to efficiently support its constitutional duties and effectively maintain the rule of law. The Libertarian vision of government is of a government strictly confined to its constitutional role, a government that respects civil liberties, recognizes that the individual is more important than the State, exercises fiscal restraint and understands that each generation must pay its own debts, believes in free markets and practices a non-interventionist foreign policy of "peace toward all, entangling alliances with none."

The Libertarian Party is the third largest and fastest-growing political party in Texas and in the United States. It is also the only political party to advocate truly limited government, especially as established in the U.S. Constitution by our Founders.
That's what we're about, and I hope you can help out. 
Hope everyone has a good weekend.  I've got to go buy a new Spivey suit. 


Dr Ralph said...

...hilarity ensues...

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Just you wait, sir, just wait!! Also, are you up or the acoustic guitar thing kicking off again the Sunday after the Super Bowl?

Dr Ralph said...

I anticipate hijinks aplenty. I plan on taking a snapshot of your entire blog for, er, historical purposes, just to make sure some of your more curious opinions are preserved for posterity (and interested members of the media).

As to the guitar thing, I'm absolutely waiting for the end of football season. I may even write a song to commemorate your political coming out.

Harper said...

Congrats Whited. Can Denton County residents join the Tarrant County Libertarian Party?

Nick Rowe said...

Congratulations. They picked a great spokesman.

Don't worry about things put in your blog. Anything you don't regret isn't worth retracting under scrutiny and anything you do regret is part of a learning process.

"I change my mind when the facts and my understanding of them change. What do you do?"

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Bring it on. We'd be glad to see you.

By all means, do so. Please let me know which three or four posts (on a variety of issues, please) you find most "curious", and worthy of increased media attention !
I promise to double-down on the intensity of said posts/topics within two weeks of notification from you.

(I'm hoping you'll pick minimum wages, public school monopolies, stimuli packagi, Cash For Clunkers, bailouts, the Drug War, Gay Marriage, gun control, Central Planning, the Trinity River boondoggle, Wars For Peace, regulatory burdens, the Patriot Act, import quotas and tarrifs, or the debt. Please do me a favor and avoid religious controversy, as my opinions there change daily.)

The Whited Sepulchre said...

One other thing, Doc....
In the upcoming election, do you plan on voting on a Chicago con artist who was willing to:

(1) Codify indefinite detention into law; (2) draw up a secret kill list of people, including American citizens, to assassinate without due process; (3) proceed with warrantless spying on American citizens; (4) prosecute Bush-era whistleblowers for violating state secrets; (5) reinterpret the War Powers Resolution such that entering a war of choice without a Congressional declaration is permissible; (6) enter and prosecute such a war; (7) institutionalize naked scanners and intrusive full body pat-downs in major American airports; (8) oversee a planned expansion of TSA so that its agents are already beginning to patrol American highways, train stations, and bus depots; (9) wage an undeclared drone war on numerous Muslim countries that delegates to the CIA the final call about some strikes that put civilians in jeopardy; (10) invoke the state-secrets privilege to dismiss lawsuits brought by civil-liberties organizations on dubious technicalities rather than litigating them on the merits; (11) preside over federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries; (12) attempt to negotiate an extension of American troops in Iraq beyond 2011 (an effort that thankfully failed); (13) reauthorize the Patriot Act; (14) and select an economic team mostly made up of former and future financial executives from Wall Street firms that played major roles in the financial crisis.

Just "curious" !! :)

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Congrats on your new gig? The last time I saw you, you in no way resembled a "chair". Do you plan on adding more upholstery?

CenTexTim said...

Good for you.

Give 'em hell!

Dr Ralph said...

Sorry - now that you're a politician, I'd say you're officially part of the problem.