SPEAKS ABOUT POSSIBLE
RUN FOR MAYOR OF
February 7, 2019 4:20P - New Braunfels, Texas.
Nationwide, Libertarians are seizing the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by taking every opportunity to educate friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers about what exactly IS a Libertarian and why should they consider voting for one?
Recently, the Libertarian Times got a chance to ask William Edmonson of Waterbury whats happening up there with the local Libertarians and find out about his ideas and plans if he decides to run. We here at Libertarian Times thank William for his thoughtful answers and wish him all the best with his possible run.
What is your background as far as where you grew up and what you spend most of your time doing?
I grew up in Jacksonville Florida. My dad was a small business owner but when it failed we got a job offer in Connecticut. It seemed like a good gig and he had got the job but when we got up here there was no job. We then got stranded when his car died and we ended up homeless and living in the Salvation Army Family Shelter. After 8 months he got a real job and we got a place to stay and I was in high school. Eventually money got tight because of the high cost of living (due to over taxation on a state and city level) so I dropped out to help put money on the table. However we have next to no jobs in this city so I eventually started work on getting my GED. It wasn't until the midterms I decided to engage more heavily in the Election Twitter Community while still looking for meaningful employment. I started toying with the idea of a run for mayor in December and on February 4th I decided I was going to start testing out the waters. In just 2 days I've got a surprisingly large amount of support, mostly people outside the city but you can tell no one is happy with the way things are and they want radical change.
What is the hottest political issue in town and what is your stance?
Taxes. Right now it's the silver bullet for several key problems including crime, homelessness, the exodus of labor and high cost of living. On top of specific proposals to address the problems i have named (which I will release in a detailed plan at a later point) I want to cut all taxes imposed by the city by 50%. Once the local economy starts to recover i would create public-private partnerships to help rebuild city infrastructure.
Are you involved with your Local Libertarians and if so what are you doing?
Sadly Waterbury has no real libertarian community. The vast majority of people in this city are not active politically so I am working on getting people active in local politics on top of testing my support.
What is your solution to illegal immigrants that are already here with their children? Also, what to do about illegals crossing the border?
Immigration is, to put it lightly a shit show. I understand some libertarians believe in open borders due things like freedom of movement however I disagree. I think non-criminal illegal immigrants who have jobs deserve amnesty as well as work visas. However for illegals crossing the border I think expanding free but fair trade in Central & South America. If it's safer and better to live at home they won't come here and threaten American jobs.
Libertarians are rarely invited to debates when both democrats and republicans are running against them. How do you suggest changing that?
Well we have to realize that one of the main reasons we poll so low is most in the libertarian community have this intruder mentality to newcomers. The “you are not true Libertarian” crowd are killing this party. Instead of welcoming and debating ideas they ostracize more moderate members of the community like myself. Now you see this in both democrats and republicans as well but it's not necessarily mainstream, it just feels that way because of the extremely vocal community's. With the libertarians it is mainstream, as a result we don't poll well and with already insanely high standards to get into the debates (which need to be lowered dramatically) it makes it nearly impossible to make any kind of splash into the mainstream. All anyone knows about us is being pro-weed anti-tax. Most think we are card carrying supporters of Ancapistan and without moderates leading the way into the 2020s I don't see how we change that mindset and actually grow the party.
Ways you can reach William Edmonson
Twitter: @ElectEdmonson Facebook. fb://page/1659021174397480
Exploring a Run for Mayor of Waterbury,
Texans for Marijuana Reform
Considering Run For Office
By LIBERTARIAN TIMES
FEB 1, 2019 4:20PM New Braunfels Texas
- Chris McAllister Founder of Texans for Marijuana Reform reached out to the Libertarian Times and we are VERY happy to report that he's considering running for office in Texas in the next election.
Chris is a marijuana legalization advocate and he's fighting on behalf of all cannabis consumers in the battle to join the rest of the states that have already legalized marijuana. We got a chance to ask him some specific questions regarding his stance on some important issues currently facing Texans.
Chris can be reached on Twitter.
Texans for Marijuana Reform @FreeTheWeedTex
REGARDING EMINANT DOMAIN
I'm vehemently against allowing the federal government to force eminent domain to steal private property from the hardworking people of Texas. Adding to that... any official who backs eminent domain to build a wall runs afoul of their duty to the Constitution and their duty to the people of Texas.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ABOUT HEALTH CARE? DO YOU PROPOSE A MEDICARE PLAN FOR ALL OR SOME TYPE OF OTHER SOLUTION SO THAT EVERYONE IS COVERED?
As far as health care, I am currently in the process of learning everything I can about what is in place. While I do believe that a government forcing you to carry health insurance is overreach, I also understand that there are many people who actually need health insurance but that can't afford the high monthly premiums. So, while I understand that this is an issue, I feel it would be a disservice to everyone if I were to speak about something without knowing complete information.
WHAT WOULD YOU PROPOSE AS A SOLUTION TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CROSSING THE BORDER (OR ALREADY HAVE) AND THEIR MINOR CHILDREN?
1. We have to fix the immigration system before thinking a barrier will help. Most illegal immigration happens either where a wall/fence already exists, via tunnels that go under a barrier, or through legal ports of entry. The majority of the area where there is no barrier at the moment, is hardly traversable which is why most illegal immigration doesn't take place at those areas. The reason why the majority of illegal immigration happens, is because of the broken system we have in place. A system that leaves families in their origin country for 8 years or more. Some people don't have the luxury of staying. To expedite that process, we should work with the origin countries to establish a complete system like we have here in the US, the NCIC to speed up background checks.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO FAST TRACK MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN TEXAS? WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOLLOWING OTHER STATES PROCEDURES OR DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN MIND?
When it comes to cannabis legalization, I'm for it... period. Individuals should be able to exercise personal liberty. I've seen many in the libertarian party say, "it should be regulated like tomatoes". That's simply unrealistic in today's world and economy. While I'd love to see something to like that, my expectations are grounded in reality. I would say that at a minimum, it should be regulated like alcohol that way it can have to benefit of being screened for safety. With the prospect of bringing $32 billion, each year, in new revenue to the federal government... pretending that no tax will ever be a thing, is also unrealistic. I would say that in the event that taxes are imposed, which they will be, they should be kept low and capped at a low level.