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I really appreciate you taking some time to visit my campaign site. Whether you agree with me or not, the system as most understand it, simply doesn’t work if citizens do not inform themselves. So whatever you happen to believe or fight for, thank you for stopping by.

My name is Arthur M Thomas IV. I am not a full time politician. I have a full time job as a programmer at a small company. I don’t have a warchest gifted by a political career, PACs, or a party machine behind me. I have lived in Live Oak for 2 years and the San Antonio area since 2005. I grew up in Houston. If you want to know more about me personally feel free to contact me. Many spend a lot of time talking about their families and life. Many have also held different views, committed crimes, lied about their values, and been generally disliked. So I will answer questions, but I think principles matter and that is what I want to talk about.

First: What is a Libertarian? Many do not know or have heard some things somewhere. I will keep it simple. We are people just like you. We have similar concerns are you. We believe in something outside of the standard old party status quo. You can view my positions, but I generally follow the LP National and LPTexas platforms. I want to explain the foundation of our beliefs and how we come to our conclusions. How many politicians do you know that have a central foundation to approach government decisions? How many seem to just pick and choose? Most politicians do not even follow their party’s platforms in any consistent way yet voters keep voting on them as if they represented some monolithic idea or set of values.

You own yourself. It is wrong to force other people to your will or to take from other people. Do not hurt other people or take their stuff. That is it. Simple right?

It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.
– Henry George

Most people can generally agree with this. Even if one does not agree with all Libertarian positions, I think most will agree there needs to be a voice against an expansive government with so much power that it can be used against people. Obama and Trump are great examples of this. No matter which one you choose people were riled up at abusive power. How often do people consider: Don’t create a position of power that you don’t want your worst enemy in? Two old parties fighting and needing more and more of your interests and life has gotten us where? More angry? More dissatisfied? More of the same? Why should politics change if we as voters refuse to? It will change when we do. Change doesn’t happen all at once. It simple start with you wanting something different. Take that step with me!

I don’t claim to know all the answers. I just know that I have a set of principles that are different than what you get from your run of the mill politician that makes a career out of politics. Of one that sells favors and is easy access to special interests. You don’t have to agree with me on everything, but you will know what I will stand for. I won’t send newsletters advertising me selling my re-election campaign. I will send newsletters about what is happening in Washtington and why I am voting the way I do. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Selling government is easy. Almost all politicians do it. Standing on principles even when you know not everyone will like all of them? Isn’t that how ideas are supposed to work? If you are looking for someone that only tells you want you want to hear then I cannot promise you that. I do promise you a difference if you are willing to consider making a change. Thank you again for stopping by.

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