Betsy Dewey, a former business owner and Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in English, Creative Writing and French. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina. She has since been a mom, a performing musician, a Constitutionalist, a member of the DAR, and a Libertarian.
In anticipation of the November 6 congressional elections, HuffPost Women spoke with her about who she is, why she's running and how to get involved with her campaign:
What's your favorite quality in another person?
What three words best describe you?
Adventurous, independent, passionate.
What's your biggest flaw?
What failure are you most grateful for?
All of them.
If you weren't you, who would you be?
This is a philosophically impossible question...
If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
The United States of America.
What woman do you most look up to?
The women who inspire me the most are mothers of children with special needs and mothers who have ever lost a child who brave the world again. I am also very inspired by my friend with Cerebral Palsy who makes the most of every day.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Think for yourself. No one knows better for you than you do. Watch what you think, it becomes what you say. Watch what you say, it becomes what you do. Watch what you do, it becomes you. So watch what you think. (You are what you fill your mind with.)
What's your joy trigger?
What is your favorite album?
"Drive" by Bela Fleck. I'm also a huge fan of Michael Franti, Sublime, Roger Miller, Corelli, and Corrosion of Conformity.
Where did you have the best meal of your life?
Most memorably amazing - at The Makanda in Costa Rica, however I've had just as good on my own back porch.
What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
A path to my garden.
What talent do you wish you had?
Magic would be nice.
What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?
That I will live free or die. That I will fight for Liberty. So many have died that I might be free. I would hope to be as brave as a soldier stepping off of a boat on Omaha beach in order to maintain that freedom for my children and grandchildren.
What makes you feel the most free?
The Bill of Rights.
Why are you running?
Because every person who represents me in Washington - my representative, my senators, and my president all voted for the 2012 NDAA without striking the sections that can be interpreted to nullify our 5th and 6th amendment rights to a fair trial. American citizens can now be detained indefinitely without a trial on mere suspicion of being a terrorist. The White House is also executing people by drone strike without a trial. The only oath our officials take is to uphold our precious Constitution. They lied. I can't just stand back and watch our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees our children and grandchildren be dismantled. It is also mathematically impossible to keep borrowing .43 of every dollar we spend. Someone has to do something. I volunteer.
What is the most important issue for women in this election?
Maintaining our Constitution, our freedom, our Republic, and our free market economy.
How can readers get involved in your campaign?
Contact my campaign here: http://votebetsy.com/contact/
Volunteer here: http://votebetsy.com/volunteer/
Donate here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/ybkGnQDm/Betsy-Dewey-Libertarian-for-Congress/
It would also be very helpful if people knew that Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. We uphold the rights of the individual, and we believe that the government is only in place to protect us and our rights; minimum government, maximum freedom. Live and let live. If more people knew this, I'm pretty sure that most Americans would consider themselves libertarian. We are the direct philosophical descendants of the founders of this country. Get the word out.