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