The Delta County Libertarian Party held its first ever town hall meet and greet Saturday at CB's Tavern in Delta.
Featured events at the occasion were a live presentation via Skype by Lily Tang-Williams, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, and a discussion of party positions and issues led by Liam Harrell of Grand Junction, deputy director to the Colorado campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Tang-Williams made her presentation from her home in Parker. She is married with three children.
She shared her experiences growing up in rural, Mao-dominated Communist China. She recounted her personal experiences from those humble beginnings to now being a candidate for U.S. Senate as an example of an American dream.
The strict personal and political conformity she experienced under Communist rule contrasts sharply with the liberty she has experienced in America.
Here, she began her political career and education as a member of a homeowners association board. She became involved in school issues and moved on to serve as an aide in the General Assembly.
It was there that she found the halls of government occupied mostly with lobbyists. She saw there was no one representing the working people who pay for everything.
She says, "Americans are losing their liberty to the two-party crony system." She says politicians become corrupt and sell out in order to get re-elected.
Growing up in China she learned what doesn't work. She is now carrying her message of liberty and free markets in her run for U.S. Senate but feels she is being frozen out of major media coverage because she is not in one of the two major political parties.
Her message is one of liberty, property rights, free enterprise and limited government, she said.
Examples she cited of how Americans are losing their liberty are the national deficit and government run health care.
In answers to questions she opposes Colorado Amendment 71, and said that the "Common Core education curriculum is the same as the community core we had in China's centralized education.
"Politicians and government want to tell us how to live, how to run our businesses, and how to educate our children," she noted.
Tang-Williams is running on the Libertarian ticket with the party's presidential candidate Gary Williams, a former two-term Republican governor of Democrat-dominated New Mexico.
Williams' campaign identifies three main themes: Stop trying to police the world and pursue a more peaceful foreign policy; end the war on drugs and stop spying on Americans; and cut taxes and spending and let the free market create jobs.
Members of the Delta County Libertarian Parties announced they plan to begin a series of monthly meetings in Delta. The group maintains a Facebook page.