By Erik Walsh
The News Staff
The Henderson County Libertarian Party discussed their goals for the coming year and listened to activist Clint Stutts discuss how to get involved in politics on the local and state level Feb. 12.
In just the second meeting of the young party, County Chair Desarae Lindsey told the group that at least one member is planning to run for local office.
That member is James Robertson, 27, of Tool. He is making plans and preparing to run for a city council seat in 2014.
Robertson said that he wants to run to be a public servant to Tool residents. Robertson, a military veteran, said his foundational values are freedom and personal liberty. As a veteran, he is also an advocate for local programs assisting veterans.
Stutts said that the best way for Robertson to prepare for stepping into a city council seat is getting familiar with the city’s issues by becoming a regular attendee to city council meetings.
“Nearly nobody attends these meetings,” Stutts said.” The rooms are usually empty. Going to the city council meetings will be a big step in becoming involved and active in local government.”
Lindsey said that the party needs to raise funds for expenses such as literature, a booth at events to increase visibility, or even a billboard. Lindsey will need to get creative with the fundraising efforts as the party collects no dues from members.
After Lindsey finished announcements, Stutts told the group about his work pushing for nullification in Texas.
Nullification is the idea that States have the final authority to determine the limits of the power of the federal government. Nullification could, in effect, nullify federal laws (such as the Affordable Care Act), preventing them from become state law.
“We can tell our representatives that the 10th amendment means what it says and the Federal Government has stepped over the line,” Stutts said.
The Tenth Amendment states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people.
Stutts has made several trips to Austin and helped write a bill to nullify Obamacare last year.
Stutts was excited about the 15 person gathering of Libertarians.
“If you all do something and becoming activists, you can make a big difference in Henderson County.