Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alex Fitzsimmons: A Ron Paul Liberty-Loving Republican

Alex Fitzsimmons joined one of the many Ron Paul Meetup Groups that were forming in the summer of 2007. On July 11, 2007, he was appointed New Jersey Coordinator of the independent Paul For President Coalition.

In explaining his active involvement in both the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party, Alex Fitzsimmons wrote the following:

Born in the U.S.A., I am a freedom-mongering high school senior living in northern New Jersey...I began my career in liberty advocacy as the New Jersey Coordinator of the Paul for President Coalition, an independent organization which seeks to expand and provide support for grassroots Ron Paul activists. I still hold this position, and am working tirelessly to pollinate American politics with the seeds of liberty.

Politically, I started out on the far-right, wallowed amongst my fellow authoritarian war-hawks for quite some time, then abruptly shifted to a more moderate libertarian ideology. I still identify with the Republican Party, but disagree with several of their platforms and tend to assume a more pro-liberty posture. I believe that restoring the Republican Party's traditional ideology of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and backing more Barry Goldwater-esque conservatives, is a vital element of advancing a pro-liberty agenda, but I also acknowledge that only working within the confines of the Republican establishment will not be sufficient to accomplish this task, and that other avenues must be pursued if a pro-liberty ideology is to prevail. I am intricately involved in both prongs.

It is important to note that none of the work I am doing would be possible if not for Dr. Tom Stevens. I met Tom on a Ron Paul Meetup.com group and have never looked back. We have fostered not only a resilient working relationship, but also built a strong personal friendship. Tom is an irreplaceable motivator, educator, and friend, and I am thankful for all of the advice and guidance he has provided me.

I am extremely confident that if organized and managed properly, a pro-liberty agenda will become a driving force in American politics. Authoritarianism collides with human nature's desire to be free. Our job is to kindle that innate, and often dormant, desire that is ingrained in our moral and genetic fiber. If we can do that, liberty will prevail.

On December 8, 2007, Alex Fitzsimmons was scheduled to be the Guest Speaker at the General Membership Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Queens County and was to speak about the Paul For President Coalition. Mr. Fitzsimmons called and informed the LPQC leadership that he got into a small fender-bender on the way to the meeting, that no one was injured, that he had called AAA and that he would take a car service to the meeting as soon as AAA brought his car to a local service station. In return, Dr. Tom Stevens, the Membership Director of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, promised to drive him back to his car after he delivered the speech. The last call the LPQC received was Mr. Fitzsimmons informing them that AAA had arrived. That is the last we heard from him. All subsequent attempts to call him were unsuccessful and Mr. Fitzsimmons never arrived and refused to answer or return any calls for the next two weeks. The LPQC was left hanging and it never became clear why Mr. Fitzsimmons abandoned his efforts to make it to the meeting.

Alex Fitzsimmons served as New Jersey Coordinator of the independent Paul For President Coalition until September 4, 2008, on which day John McCain gave his acceptance speech for the Republican Party's nomination for President and the Paul For President Coalition ceased its formal political activity so coalition members could support the Presidential candidate of the party of their choice.

In Liberty,

Dr. Tom Stevens
Political Consultant
Paul For President Coalition

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