“I have been invited here to speak to you today about what it means to be a Libertarian,” said Bedwell. “However, I will begin with a little history. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1973 by a man named David Nolan in Colorado with 12 of his friends. He began the party on the basis of opposing the draft and today we have 250,000 registered Libertarians across the country.”
There are currently 150 Libertarians that have been elected to office and Bedwell said he believes that by the next decade, the number will rise to 1050.
There are four Libertarian candidates on the November ballot.
“The party is based on a certain philosophy,” he continued. “Put simply, the Libertarian Party respects the independence of every American and does so through the idea of self ownership. It is our opinion that we, as Americans, were not born into servitude of the majority vote.”
Bedwell continued to talk about other points and goals sought after by the party.
“We are for ending corporate welfare and government waste,” he said. “It is time for our leaders to become more frugal with our money.
“We are for every child in America to receive a world-class education. That can only be achieved by taking schools out of the government’s direction.
“We want to defend America from foreign threats and come to sense on the war on drugs,” he continued.
“We want to keep Americans safe from crime, protect the environment for future generations, ensure retirement security, remove Americans from poverty, make health care affordable, reduce America’s tax burden and, most importantly, balance the budget.”
According to Bedwell and the Mississippi Libertarian Party, freedom is the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.
And a Libertarian is an individual that believes all persons are the absolute owners of their own lives and should be free to do whatever they wish with their persons or property, provided they allow others the same liberty and freedom.
At the end of the meeting, Bedwell encouraged anyone interested in more information about the party to contact Jack Gannon at 662-334-3179 or visit the website at www.mslp.org