Talk show host David Newman ofWJR-AM was a big hit at the monthly meeting of the Wayne County LP at La Trattoria in Dearborn on July 17.
Skipping the usual speech and Q and A, Newman used his talk show format in posing several questions that interest him about libertarianism and then asked the 50-plus present to respond to any or all of his queries. He wanted to know: Do libertarians want to gain political power directly or to spread the ideas for others to pick up on; are their gradations of libertarianism; does the US have a leadership role in the world; what about entitlements, scenic preservation; what about the role of the trial lawyer? Libertarians love to answer such questions and rose to the bait with enthusiasm. Newman seemed absorbed in the answers and added follow-up questions.
Many of his comments and questions revealed a clearly libertarian trend in his thinking. He understood our free market answer to environmental issues. On government regulation of personal behavior he said, "To call it the 'nanny state' is too kind. It should be called the 'nanny goat state,' eating everything in its path." He was impressed with the fact that we are the only political party with a clear, consistent philosophy behind it.
He was funny, intent and respectful, just another guy in the room. And we thoroughly enjoyed him. Special thanks go to Pamela Tucker for inviting David and to Bill Shotey for doing his usual finejob of organizing the event. La Trattoria was very efficient in handling the dinner.