Upshur County Libertarian Party Chairman Vance Lowry quoted from an article which contends that “Libertarian principles are becoming mainstream” at the local Libertarians’ monthly meeting here April 9.
In Massachusetts, he said, 45 percent of voters supported a proposal to abolish the state income tax, although opponents of repealing it outspent supporters 100-1. And two states, Colorado and Washington, have decriminalized marijuana, he noted.
Lowry also said that in the past year, his party has organized in four area counties—Morris, Cherokee, Anderson and Hopkins—and that it is reorganizing in Smith County.
He said he attended the April 5 organizational meeting in Hopkins County, as did state Libertarian Chairman Pat Dixon. The party’s former gubernatorial nominee, Kathie Glass, and her husband addressed the gathering of about 14 people, Lowry said.
The newly-forming groups include “disaffected Republicans,” many of whom supported Ron Paul for President, the Upshur chairman added. “You’ve got a lot of unhappiness” among Republicans with the way the GOP is being run, Lowry asserted.
On another matter, Lowry told the meeting at the Buckeye Country Cafe that all proposed state laws in the current legislative session which would have been “detrimental to third parties” have been “pretty much blocked.”
One included requiring the party’s nominees for public office to pay “ballot access fees” to be listed on an election ballot. Lowry noted those fees go to the state to run party primaries (unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, Libertarians nominate their candidates at conventions without holding primary elections).
The Upshur Libertarian chairman also expressed disappointment that a state bill, which would have allowed vouchers for school choice, had failed.
Turning to specific political figures, Lowry praised Republican County Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner, who held an informal question-and-answer presentation with the Upshur Libertarians at their March monthly meeting.
“The thing I like about Cole is he gets it. . . (he understands) fiscal responsibility begins at this (local) level,” Lowry said.
But as for another Republican, Gov. Rick Perry, Lowry said “he needs a good full day of flash cards” before running again for President—an apparent reference to Perry’s inability in a debate to recall one of the governmental agencies he proposed abolishing.
“He’s got more money than sense,” asserted Libertarian Criss Bartley.
Lowry said he maintained that Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is “a good crossover candidate” for President who would attract Libertarian votes.
Libertarian Sherri Little said that another Republican U.S. senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, is also a good crossover candidate, though less so than Paul.
On another topic, past Upshur Libertarian Chairman Mark Grimes implied he considered it unfair for the U.S. Supreme Court to be deciding whether to void Californians’ Proposition 8 vote to prohibit same-sex marriage in their state.
Although the Libertarian Party supports allowing same-sex marriage, Grimes said that since Californians have twice disapproved it, “why isn’t it over with?”
Lowry replied that liberals “never give up.”
“I thought we were a democracy,” Grimes responded.