Libertarians herald freedoms

GOP candidate is not allowed to speak, but GOP officials OK
By Vicki Hyatt | Apr 15, 2014

About two dozen members of the fledgling Libertarian Party met last week to hear from the commissioner candidate that will represent their party in the November election and to discuss principles near to their heart.

Several at the meeting also weighed in on a recent Haywood County commissioner pledge to put up $700,000 over the next two years to help bring natural gas to Canton to help Evergreen Packaging upgrade its mill.

Party Chairman Wayne Porter said Libertarians “take the best parts of the other two parties and put them together.”

Libertarians don’t tell people what they can do with their personal life, and holds that government “has no right to be in peoples’ bedrooms,” Porter said.

The basics of the party are lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

The party has platforms to end the war on drugs, repeal government welfare programs to promote personal responsibility, repeal environmental laws that infringe on property rights in exchange for making polluters liable for damages and to treat all people equally, regardless of their immigration status.

“Both parties have gone off the rail,” Porter said at the meeting. “Our party combines the civil liberties of the Democratic Party and the economic liberties of the Republican Party.”

There are only a dozen Libertarian candidates seeking public office in the state and one of those is Windy McKinney, who is seeking one of three seats on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.

McKinney, who teaches a class at UNC-Asheville and works at a local restaurant, updated the group about the state party convention and her platform if she is elected.

Her goals include holding town hall meetings so elected leaders can listen to their constituents, scheduling referendums on major issues and resisting unreasonable state and federal mandates.

“Government exists to protect your rights,” she told the crowd.

Matt Wise, a member of the party’s executive board, said those assembled at the Organic Beans Coffee Company’s meeting room in Maggie Valley were the ones who started the nation. He spoke of how far the country has strayed from its founding principles.

“The way to get out of that is to get together and take it back,” he said.

He quoted from Founding Father Samuel Adams who said it doesn’t take a majority to win, but “rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.”

While a number of Republicans were at the meeting, including at precinct party chairmen Barbara Buck and Jonnie Cure, GOP legislative candidate Mike Clampitt from Bryson City was shut down when he asked for several minutes to address the crowd.

“We’re trying to keep this a Libertarian Party meeting,” Porter said.

Afterward, Porter said he had no problem with members of the Republican Party attending the meetings, but drew the line at allowing candidates from another party to speak to the group, even if there were no Libertarians in that race.


Industry help

The Libertarian Party platform decries welfare of all kinds, including corporate welfare. Following last week’s county commissioner meeting where the board pledged $700,000 to help provide the natural gas infrastructure that will directly help Evergreen Packaging in Canton, McKinney admitted the issue was a tough one.

On one hand, jobs are needed, she said, but should taxpayers as a whole be helping out a private company?

“It is something I’ll need to study,” she said.

Porter likewise seemed torn on the issue, but came down on the side of letting industry sink or swim on their own.

For Lynda Bennett of Maggie Valley, the issue was clear cut.

“When the government gives money to private corporations it is inappropriate because that is corporate welfare,” she said.

What the county could do to help in this situation, she said, is push back against the federal Environmental Protection Agency that has passed regulations requiring boilers across the nation to meet stricter air quality guidelines.

“The unintended consequences of these regulations could harm industry and it is our responsibility to get the law changed instead of giving in,” she said.

Like many at the meeting, Bennett is involved in several conservative efforts, including the county Republican party and the 9/12 Tea Party.

Comments (10)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Apr 16, 2014 09:12

Is it possible that the Libertarian philosophy is trying to influence the Republican party in Haywood county?  Would people who have lots in common with Libertarians be trying to take the local Republican party for their own?  It seems that the philosophy of the Tea Party has lots in common with the Libertarian philosophy.  And I've heard the Haywood county Republican party is being influenced by Tea Party types.


If Tea Party and Libertarians split their votes: half Republican and half Libertarian, wouldn't that just give Democrats the advantage?

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Apr 16, 2014 12:19

               The action of denying anyone to speek in a public forum betrays their intentions.



Posted by: Grass Roots WNC | Apr 17, 2014 00:30

So if my elderly Mother pays property taxes to Haywood County and the County gives the money to a multi-million dollar corporation to help increase their bottom line - is that in my elderly Mother's best interests?

Will they help her pay her taxes if she needs help, too?

Posted by: Grass Roots WNC | Apr 17, 2014 01:20

"These regulations could harm industry.." but they also harm people that work for these industries. The EPA was  not designed to harm people and cost them their jobs.

If that becomes the effect of their actions - they should be asked to change course!

Posted by: Scott Lilly | Apr 17, 2014 05:32

"The EPA was  not designed to harm people and cost them their jobs." -- Excellent point.  The EPA itself will never say, "Aw, we've done enough good.  We don't need to further out cause any more."  It could be argued that the EPA is well into diminishing returns where they cause more harm than they do good.  In regards to the regulations that caused the large expense for Evergreen, couldn't the EPA have said that NEW boiler installations need new guidelines but existing boilers are grandfathered in?  Why would the EPA actually create regulation that HARMS industry and jobs?  If Evergreen did not make the conversion, would armed EPA federal agents show up?  A republic form of government has a constitution that is supposed to limit our government's power.  If the US Constitution will not limit the power of the EPA, what will?




Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Apr 17, 2014 10:35

              The EPA works for US. In OUR behalf. To insure that gee, I don't know, "All persons" down stream aren't poisoned from unneccssary discharge of under-treated waste. And that "All persons" in say Haywood county, etc are not poisoned in their homes from noxious gasses. And that those working for the paper mill don't get harmed by unsafe boilers. All of these things OUR EPA do to ensure the safety of US. We the people. Any business that does or cannot comply We don't need.



Posted by: Scott Lilly | Apr 17, 2014 11:47

The boilers have been there for years and nobody complained.  Sure, it's likely a good idea to improve future boiler installations.  But the EPA chose to harm this business with this mandate and left it up to our community to pay the bill because apparently the company can't afford it and would risk shutting down.  What's to stop the EPA from now fining the company for an elevated carbon footprint or some other whimsical infraction?  And when someone suggests "we don't need non-compliant companies", those are usually the ones that complain that China makes things cheaper and companies choose to do business there.  (Of course they don't have the added costs for natural gas boilers or the taxes for the carbon footprint.)

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Apr 17, 2014 16:05

               Paper mill is fully within its rights to challenge any law they feel harms them. That is their prerogative in this republic. It is not up to We the people to subsidize any private business. Anyone who outsources should lose their citizenship, assets, etc. Either you support the cause of Liberty or you can leave entirely.



Posted by: Scott Lilly | Apr 17, 2014 18:22

Challenging the EPA would cost more than the cost to convert the boiler.  Just like me challenging FEMA for the crazy overzealous flood plain maps in Hazelwood would cost millions.  Federal government needs to be restricted.  The EPA can send armed agents in to shut down a company or force its closure due to too-costly restrictions.  There were other ways to grandfather/phase out these old boilers and cause no harm to the business or risk to jobs.  Instead the overzealous EPA did what?  And who was left with the costly problem to cleanup?

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Apr 17, 2014 19:23

               ACLU costs $25.00 to join. Their stated goal is the protection of what OUR Founders established as OUR most important rights, civil rights. As well as what has been established by the progression of Liberty. Anyone who claims OUR govt. has harmed them are free to file a civil liberties claim with the ACLU. Unless or until such claim is made and proven the mill and you are subject to OUR laws and the enforcement thereof in OUR behalf.


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