It is well-known to those paying attention that you are considering a run for Governor of Texas in 2022. Most voters are looking for alternatives to old party standards, and many think you might represent such relief. As you consider your options, I invite you to a conversation that may aid in your decision. 

You know some about the Libertarian Party, but there is enough misinformation out there to confuse and misdirect, so I’ll start with the basics. 

First, as the party of principle, the fundamental beliefs that guide Libertarians matter more than the whims of any politician or candidate. What are those fundamental beliefs?

Liberty. It is defined as “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.” A Libertarian believes that no government has any right to impose its will on an individual; nor should an individual or group be able to force their own beliefs on others through or with aid of government power. Individuals must be free to live their lives and pursue the course they consider best for them.

Property. Libertarians defend the right of people to keep the fruits of their labor. The taking or diminishing of an individual's earnings or possessions without their consent is immoral, whether it is done by another individual or by the government. To us it is simple: don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff

Peace. Free individuals will have to defend their lives, rights, and property at times, but a government that desires a prosperous society must foster a culture of peace. When those elected to lead continuously make adversaries of foreign nations, and pit citizens against each other due to differences of beliefs and opinions, there can be no peace.

We can dig deeper later, but with any specific political or social issue, the Libertarian Party strives to apply these principles.

Secondly, we are the fastest growing political party in Texas and the United States. In fact, as the Republicans and Democrats have proven repeatedly that their governance and policies have not made our lives better, our country freer, or society more peaceful, Americans are abandoning them in search of something that might. Nearly 75,000 more Texans voted Libertarian for Governor in 2018 than in 2014, and the strength and momentum of the Party has only increased in years since. Politics as usual and the divisive old parties are simply unacceptable to the generation entering adulthood now. The old parties are dying. We are thriving.

Lastly, the Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) has ballot access. Few people outside the party organizations know anything about this challenge, but in Texas along with every other state, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to pass legislation to deter and prevent anyone from challenging them on any ballot. Even while LPTexas has secured ballot access by the letter of the law, we were sued last year by the National Republican Congressional Committee, some Republican Texas legislators, and other Republican entities, who sought to remove more than half of the Libertarian candidates from the ballot. That battle reached the Texas Supreme Court, where LPTexas prevailed

I know you don’t need the Libertarian Party, Matthew. I know you could run on an old party ticket, or as an Independent, and likely do well. However, you may wish to consider what you could do not just for Texas, but for the future of the nation, by successfully breaking the two-party rule that has stifled and suffocated us all for over 100 years. This corrupt system cuts us down the middle, leaves no room for intellectual and philosophical nuance, promotes small thinking, and demands total agreement or total ostracization. It is a broken business — failing Texans and Americans. People express the honest desire for something different, but they must see it to believe it exists. If you truly believe that we should be freer, and that we should have more options, it stands to reason that you see a thriving third party as the vehicle to bring forth that possibility.

There is more to discuss. Let’s consider whether or not we would do well together. Surely, there is no harm in a bourbon and real talk between a couple of Texans. I look forward to your response. 

Whitney Bilyeu
Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas