Lively debate at last night’s Drinking Liberally

The past few DLs have been very invigorating as we’ve had people with ideas and stances that we don’t automatically agree with. And what a scene we had at last night’s Drinking Liberally! In addition to meeting Congressional candidate Paul Morel, who’s running against Rep. Gwen Moore in the primary, we had the unexpected pleasure of being joined by the masses from “Liberty on the Rocks.” I don’t think we’ve had such a raucous time at DL since firefighters chastised Mayor Barrett at a 2006 Milwaukee DL event!

In addition to a few very heated arguments over the nature of taxation, we had a lot of genuine discussion and debate over the role and nature of government, and the nature of efficacy of representative government. In short, there was some anti-incumbency in the air, though a lot of it seemed to be based in the very nature of representative democracy. Do we elect people to Congress to think for themselves, or to listen to their constituency and vote on their behalf? That question was never addressed. But it’s kind of hard to ask such heavy questions when you’re having such a fun time with all these people about having a grand time feeling their way about the very institution we’re discussing.

Anyway, pictures:

Paul Morel, candidate for Wisc. 4th CD

The man in the suit is Paul Morel. He will be running in the Democratic primary against Rep. Gwen Moore. For first-time candidate, he did very well under some intense questioning by the crowd!

Paul Morel -- the guy in the suit.

Perhaps this picture is symbolic or representative of the overall feeling of anti-incumbency that is percolating amongst certain distributive aspects of our otherwise disintegrated society. Or maybe I’m just full of it.

Nick Schweitzer tells Paul Morel how it will be

Nick was not our “token libertarian” tonight — he was joined by a whole raft of libertarian-leaning folks! Still, no one can deliver quite like Nick.

True debate happening at Milwaukee DL

Real debate happened at Drinking Liberally last night. It was an invigorating experience for all of us.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

2 thoughts on “Lively debate at last night’s Drinking Liberally”

  1. Although it was the most lively discussion I have experienced in the 3 years I have been attending DL, it’s too bad that some of the conversation got off track and we didn’t have more time to hear the candidates views in a bit more detail. Mr. Morel is very sincere in his beliefs and can articulate them very well, even in the face of a hostile audience. But it is important that we hear where he differs from Congresswoman Moore before we get to the primary in September.

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