I was eligible to vote in 1986. Being young, being skeptical, I had already known by the end of my years in high school that the government was not what we were taught. There was something fundamentally wrong with the policies set forth by my country; even if President Reagan was the president that everyone around me loved. None of what I saw could really be the reality and even then, I knew in my heart that the direction of our country was on a fast track towards losing freedoms and gaining more government. Somehow my young mind knew this so I refused to vote for anyone because I didn’t see a foundation in either the Republicans or the Democrats that made any sense.
As I moved through adulthood, things such as Desert Storm which was shown to us on the TV, really unnerved me. I put a candle in the window and thought to myself that Pres. Bush was insane. He was involved in that “conflict” for all the wrong reasons. I cried on the phone to my father that night asking him “Why are we doing this?” He didn’t have an answer that could settle my heart and though we had seen The Berlin Wall coming down a year previous, there was just a lot wrong with what I was seeing. I didn’t know it at the time but I was a Libertarian.
There were too many things I felt were very wrong about our governments, from federal down to my city government. I just was not at ease because none of it felt right.
In July of 1999, the Colorado Springs Independent had featured a four page article on the Libertarian Party. I spent seven months researching the Libertarian Party and Libertarianism in general and wrote the Indy a letter thanking them for helping me find the political party that stood for the things I actually believe in. The LP believes in: non-intervention in international policy, minimal taxes, less government, free-market and one of the main things, responsibility. Our government does none of that and certainly doesn’t make people responsible for their own lives. The foundation of political philosophy had finally been written in a way that I could understand. February 4, 2000 I registered to vote for the first time and registered as a Libertarian and it felt wonderful.
For years I didn’t really get involved locally. I was like many Libertarians, feeling like a mushroom because our party didn’t get the recognition (as the third largest political party in the U.S.) it deserved. It wasn’t until the 2012 election that I felt a fire about Gary Johnson. There was just something about him that gave me hope. Finally, a man that has the balls to stand up (though I loved Harry Browne, he’s a hero of mine) and be heard in a way that many previous Libertarian presidential candidates didn’t.
Soon after the election, in November 2012, the Libertarian Party of Colorado organized a meet and greet with El Paso County Libertarians to see if we had enough interest to resurrect the local affiliate. Through a lot of steadfast effort by many people, we became an affiliate on July 8, 2013. I was interim chair of the development group and stayed on until after the recall election of Colorado State Senator of John Morse. A fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation because we were all so new to the process and having a fast-track election like a recall election to get you in the game, it was very intense. Though I had to resign as chair due to personal constraints with my time and finances, the Libertarian Party of El Paso County has become a large part of my life. As of this writing (11/13/13), I have had to pull back a bit to get some personal things in order. As soon as that has been worked out, I will be working along side my fellow Libertarians with as much time and effort I can produce. I truly believe in what we are doing!
My goals with the LPEPC are to help our affiliate advance in local, county and state-wide political gains because change begins in your local communities. One of the things I bring to the table for my political party is an extreme passion for the principles that are outlined in the Libertarian Party Platform. I also bring to the LPEPC a background of owning a small business, working for small business and marketing small businesses both in web design and in collateral marketing tools . I also have a strong belief in the the three documents that define what our country was designed to be: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and its twin sister The Bill of Rights.
When you can combine your talents with your passions and work alongside with people that also have the same passion and their own set of wonderful talents, the time and effort spent is rewarding and honorable. I hope that with my new blog, I can encourage people to take a new and fresh look at Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party. I also hope to inspire more Libertarians and Libertarian-leaning people to get involved. We are at a pretty desperate crossroads in our country and it’s important that we all work together to bring down the statist and elitist government and restore it to The People.
There’s a lot of work to be done but I am not discouraged by this.
I encourage constructive feedback. With that said, as this is my personal political blog, I reserve the right to edit, alter, delete or otherwise control the content on this site.
A personal quote, just for fun:
It’s always an exceptional day when you think to yourself: “damn my ass looks good today”.
When your butt looks great, you can confidently walk away from things and know that all they see is your nice ass.