One major political battle often overlooked is the battle for our local governments. City and county governments can be as oppressive and progressive as the federal government. I would encourage each of you to form activist groups and brainstorm ways to win your city and county council seats. In order to win these elections, it will require a lot of hard work and door-to-door visitations. We must come up with a way to explain our views and what we want to accomplish in a way that is easy to understand.
By taking over the city and county, we can eliminate zoning laws and work to restore property rights to the people who own the land. We can work to eliminate unneccessary programs on the city and county levels. We can reduce the tax burden and work to eliminate city and county property taxes. There is a lot we can do on these local levels which can make a big difference in how our local governments govern the people. Many services done by the city and county could be run better by the private sector, paid for by the individual using those services instead of everyone being taxed to pay for a service whether they use it or not.
In my opinion, this is one of the most important battle grounds and is being overlooked. I believe we are too focused on DC, causing us to have many local elections with only one name on the ballot. Just imagine what liberty-loving capitalists could do if we took control of our local governments and then moved on to the state level.
The Libertarian Party is very helpful in helping people get started in local elections (click here). If the Libertarian Party is not for you, then run under whatever party name you feel is close to your beliefs. Just do something!
The main thing is we need to stop trusting the status quo and start thinking for ourselves. We should look into the laws which have been passed on our city and county levels. If the people elected are the ones pushing higher taxes, wasteful spending, and zoning regulation, we should be working to remove them from office because they are taxing us to death and taking our freedoms away in the name of the collective good.
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” Thomas Jefferson