20 Feb

Libertarianism is an Aquired Taste

I have been a Libertarian for over ten years, and I didn’t start out as one. I joined the party shortly after the 2008 election. I started to explore third party options as I was completely dissatisfied with my choices. The appeal of the Libertarian party was the concept of “live and let live.” That was the main concept that attracted me to the party. I didn’t know what the NAP was.  In fact, I had never heard the term NAP until a couple years ago. I didn’t know what a statist was and never heard the term bootlicker. I was pretty naive about politics. And I think I am representative of the average American voter.

I decided I wanted to blog about this because I am appalled at the way Libertarians represent our party and try to spread Liberty. People don’t start off as Libertarians.  They take an interest in our party out of curiosity. It is up to us not to blow it. I did not start out as a Libertarian. I started out by asking questions. I remember asking, “Who will take care of our poor, if the government doesn’t have a safety net?” I, like most Americans, was used to big government and government solutions. The idea that we can actually take care of ourselves never occured to me. And this is why I say Libertarianism is an acquired taste. The more exposure you have to it, the more you learn about it, the more you like it.

I compare this to the first time I tasted cilantro in salsa. I thought it was disgusting, but I tried it anyway out of curiousity. And then I still thought it was disgusting, but I tried it again. And now I put cilantro in everything. The first time I heard about Libertarianism, I thought the girl sharing it was stupid and crazy. I actually told her she was wasting her vote. The second time I heard about Libertarianism, I thought the gal was anarchist lunatic. But, the more I learned, the more I embraced it. The Libertarian philosophy is culture shock for many of us. And, if we want to spread it to others, they need more exposure to it, and a better understanding of it.

When you call someone a statist or a commie, or any of the other derogatory terms I hear Libertarians shouting, you deliver a bad taste in people’s mouths. What do I want to do? I want to get people to love the taste of Liberty. I try to share it in the way I live, my enthusiasm for the party, and the way I deliver the taste of liberty to others.

While I was researching this I found a really great article about how to share Libertarianism. I think it contained some really great points. One of the points the article discussed was to be aware of the curse of knowledge. This, I get completely. You may know a lot about libertarianism, but your audience may not be in the same place as you. This is why it’s important that you listen and teach, not by name calling. People don’t learn that way. They get offended and stop listening.

I love the Libertarian party. I hope to keep exposing people to my style of Liberty. Over time I hope to add more articles to this site to help people understand the Libertarian party and Libertarianism better.  If you are interested in learning about the party drop me an email at or message me on Facebook.

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07 Nov

Libertarians are…

I first started reading about the Libertarian party in 2008. I didn’t fully understand what a Libertarian was and some of the philosophy of libertarianism was hard for me to get. I didn’t learn what a Libertarian was by reading about it, I learned it through immersion. The more Libertarians you know, the more you will get it. I try to live my life in a way that people can see the values I have and get it through how I live. Political rants are annoying, ineffective and turn most people off. Over the last year or two a lot of people have asked me what a Libertarian is. This is my definition of what Libertarians are.

Libertarians are tolerant

Do you believe people should be able to live their lives the way they see fit or do you think the government should decide your morality, who you can and can’t love, or what you should be allowed to do in the privacy of your own home? Libertarians believe in the idea of “live and let live.” It’s not my place to tell you what is right or wrong. “Don’t hurt people and don’t steal their stuff.” That’s the simplest definition of a Libertarian.

Libertarians are charitable

The biggest issue I had with Libertarianism when I first started reading on it was that I believed in a social safety net. Who will take care of our elderly, poor and disabled if not for the government? This is what I’ve learned. People are good. Of course there are bad people out there. But people take care of people better than the government. As I have been struggling to make ends meet, I have seen Libertarians put their Libertarian concept of a “social safety net” into practice. They do what the government fails to do with it’s charity. People are charitable. They help people without being forced to. People do take care of the poor, disabled and elderly.

Libertarians are independent thinkers

Ask any Libertarian what a Libertarian is and you will probably get a different answer. The fundamental principal of live and let live or “don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff” will likely be included in some form in everyone’s answer, but we each have our own concept of what a Libertarian is. We don’t do group think. We are all individuals.

We believe in limited government

I like Investopedia’s definition of limited government so I’m sharing it.

But but but… We need the government to…

We believe that the government’s role should be limited to protecting us from force and fraud.

This is my definition of what a Libertarian is.

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16 Oct

Libertarian Patty Malowney Challenges Republican Tommy Brann on Key Issues to Voters in District 77 House Race


Libertarian Patty Malowney Challenges Republican Tommy Brann on Key Issues to Voters in District 77 House Race

WYOMING, Michigan – Patty Malowney, candidate for state representative, sets herself apart from Republican Tommy Brann on important issues to voters, including her pledge to not raise taxes and her support of Proposal 1.

The single mom says, “Democrats have no representation in this race. The Democrat is not knocking on doors, not fund-raising and has been a no-show for debates.” Malowney also states that she has has major differences with the Republican candidate Tommy Brann.

Malowney pledges that she will absolutely not raise taxes, but instead prioritize government spending. Unlike Brann who said “I think it’s a dangerous pledge to sign,” she believes in libertarian principles of smaller government. She says these differences are why voters are getting behind the third party candidate.

“When I talk to voters about the need for a small, efficiently run government that focuses on our priorities first, they get it,” Malowney explains.

Malowney says she has knocked on thousands of doors and has support from both Republicans and Democrats. Women in the community relate with her. Tracy Cherry, who describes herself as a fellow hard-working single mother, says, “I see a lot of myself in Patty. We need someone with her passion and motivation.”

Ken Richards, a Wyoming supporter, believes Patty will make a difference in our community. He says, “Patty is the type of person that is willing to go beyond her boundaries to make a difference where others have failed.”

Malowney says her priorities are Michigan’s roads and schools but recognizes that Proposal 1 is an important issue for Michigan voters. For voters like Rick Jekel, Proposal 1 is his single issue. While he is not a marijuana smoker himself, he recognizes the need for marijuana legalization and says, “I can’t support a candidate who doesn’t publicly support Proposal 1.” Many voters share his sentiment.

Malowney says she is a passionate, freedom-loving mom, and believes her grassroots efforts will pay off in November.


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07 Oct

Michigan State Representative 77th District Candidate Forum

Please share this video. I think you will see clear differences between myself and candidate Tommy Brann. You will also notice the Democrat did not attend the debate. I am the best candidate for the 77th District.
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24 Sep

Why I Support Shared Parenting in Michigan

On Wednesday, October 10, I am going to be in Lansing attending the Capitols for Kids event hosted by Americans for Equal Shared Parenting and AFESP Michigan.  I’d like to talk a little bit about why I support House Bill 4691, (Shared Parenting or 50/50 parenting).  I believe the goal of family court is to preserve the family.  I believe children need and deserve to have their mother, father, siblings, and extended family in their lives.

Fairness in family court:

Currently, custody determinations are made by a judge, rather than being based on Constitutional rights. Both parents deserve equal time with their children.  In many cases a mother is given custody simply because she is the mom. This is not fair to fathers or children Additionally, family lawyers don’t work to resolve custody issues as there is money to be gained by dragging a custody dispute out. By making the baseline 50/50 parenting time, we eliminate the inequity in family court, lawyers fees, and courtroom resources.  In order to remove shared custody a parent will have to provide clear and compelling evidence for why it should be removed.

Save taxpayer money:

According to Michigan Department of Health & Human Services 2015 report, our child support collection program costs taxpayers $234.4 million per year (67% is federally funded, 16.5% state funded, and 16.4% county funded).  It costs $1 of taxpayer money to collect $5.76 of child support. How much could be saved by having 50/50 custody arrangements, eliminating the need for child support in many cases?

Undue burdens on parents:

The penalties child support providers pay for getting behind on child support are too high and do little to actually help the children. Approximately 67 percent of support cases are past due. Jail time or taking away a parent’s Driver’s License does more harm than good. How is a parent expected to work and provide child support if they can’t drive to work or are placed in jail?  I believe having fairer courtrooms where parents have 50/50 custody will eliminate many of the issues in family court.

We need a new baseline:

Parents need to go into child-raising with the understanding that custody will be split 50/50 just like marital property is. A parent should not be profiting off of another parent because of having a child together.

Will shared parenting work?  Deanna Kloostra, a Michigan divorce coach, questions whether or not this will change anything.  She is not the only one that has expressed concerns to me. The main concerns I have heard are in regard to  domestic abuse and child abuse.  Some fear it will make a woman afraid to divorce her husband.  Additionally, some think that the courts will just find a way around this, and others question whether it’s best for parents to share custody equally.  I hope to post a follow up to this post in the future as the shared parenting bill will be hopefully be reintroduced in the Senate.

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24 Sep

Is the Government Responsible for Fixing Generational Poverty?

Recently, I had a lengthy conversation on my personal Facebook page regarding generational poverty.  I would like to talk about that subject and what the government’s role is. People have asked me what my plan is to end generational dependence on welfare.  I want to explain a simple concept — our government was not created to take care of people’s problems. Generational dependence was caused by government, and won’t be fixed by government solutions. Do I believe in a safety net? Yes, but like most people I believe it should be short term. This may not be a Libertarian idea. I will admit that. However, I didn’t put the safety net in place, so I have to work with where we are at.  Government has never created a solution to poverty. The bigger our government grows, the bigger the divide grows between those who are poor and those who are wealthy. I am not oblivious to the problem, I just disagree on the solution.

How do people get of poverty and whose responsibility is it to end the cycle?  I get a little emotional when people who have never struggled talk about poverty (and responsibility). Many of them grew up in good homes with parents who modeled responsibility for them. Having been on both sides of poverty, I understand that people in poor homes may not have the same opportunities or role models. However, this does not mean they can’t be successful adults or break out from this cycle. Look at any successful person and you will see hard work and perseverance have a lot to do with a person’s success.  This is not something government can do for a person.

I am not going to talk about how government fixes poverty because we don’t! I am going to talk about how government creates poverty.  Things people need to get out of poverty — incentive to work and improve their lives, a good education, affordable housing, and inertia! Yes, if you want to do better in life, you need to change. The government can’t do it for you. This post goes out to the college kids working two jobs, the single moms and dads working hard to pay their bills to provide their children with a better life, and the people who sacrifice to change their lives.  I believe you are capable of changing your lives and I don’t believe the government needs to do it for you.

Welfare programs create dependence on government.  When it makes more sense to stay home than to work, we create dependence.  As a single mother I understand how expensive raising a child is. But I also don’t think it is the government’s job to care for my children.  How do we change this? Should poor children and families be starved off of welfare? I don’t think like that. We can’t undo the problem we created by just ripping the safety net out, but we can make sure our kids go to good schools and have opportunities.  I believe in our public schools and that education is where we start.

I have talked to a lot of voters about choice in education. I believe our children deserve a quality education where they not only learn how to read and write ,but learn necessary life skills. I do not believe a successful education is measured simply by how children score on a test, but rather how prepared they are for life. Teachers and parents play a bigger part in a child’s success than any government program and I believe our kids’  education is the starting point for addressing poverty. There are, of course, other things we need to do, but the solution to poverty is not more government.

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21 Jun

Libertarian Single Mom Patty Malowney Seeks to Unseat Republican Tommy Brann in District 77 Michigan House Race

FOR RELEASE June 25, 2018

Libertarian Single Mom Patty Malowney Seeks to Unseat Republican Tommy Brann in District 77 Michigan House Race

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – In what’s likely to become one of the more hard-fought races in the 2018 Michigan House election, Wyoming resident Patty Malowney is taking head-on incumbent Republican Tommy Brann

“I like Tommy personally,” said Malowney. “He seems to be a nice guy. But I think residents in the Wyoming and Byron Township area deserve more effective and inclusive leadership, especially on issues critical to all voters: better roads, better schools, lower-cost auto insurance, parents’ rights, family court reform, and more freedom under the Constitution. When I talk to voters in my district, these are the issues they tell me they are most interested in, the issues that affect them personally.”

Malowney admits it was those issues that drove her to get into the political race – even though politics is not one of her favorite endeavors.

“I’m not a natural politician,” she said. “I’m just a regular person who has experienced enough of life to know there are better ways to do things, ways that don’t get mired in the political process. I believe I have the skills and the personality necessary to get things done.”

Getting things done is Malowney’s strong suit.

I am a single mother of five children. Also, I am the co-founder of the popular website,” she said. “I’ve had to work hard to pull myself out of poverty. It takes passion and determination and leadership skills, especially regarding having to, at times, overcome terrible bureaucracy created by our elected officials. Like all of us, I have watched government grow bigger and bigger, and take away more of our freedom, not to mention our ability to achieve happiness. Because I’ve experienced struggles first hand, I don’t think anyone is going to fight harder for families, and to help make the quality of our lives better by making government work for us, instead of against us.” 

Although she sees strengths in both of the major political parties, it’s the Libertarian Party where Malowney feels most at home, citing its reliance on the Constitution, freedom, liberty, and limited government as the reasons for her candidacy as a Libertarian.

In keeping with her hands-on, can-do attitude, Malowney believes the best way to lead is to listen to people, which is why she spends much of her time going door to door in her district, meeting people and asking them what issues are most important to them.

It’s not easy knocking on all these doors,” she said. “But I can’t do a good job in Lansing if I don’t take the time to get to know my constituents. So that’s my goal: to meet as many people as I can, get to know them and the issues that are important to them, and then share why I believe I’m the best candidate in this race. I’ve met wonderful people, most of whom have said they will remember me when they vote on Tuesday, November 6th.”


For more information, please contact

Patty Malowney, candidate for the 77th District

616.437.9466 (phone)


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07 Jun

Patty on The Mad Statist Podcast

Patty Malowney was featured on The Mad Statist Podcast.
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29 May

Patty Malowney Talks About Mom Issues

Michigan moms get together with state rep candidate Patty Malowney to talk about mom issues, homeschooling, and family rights.

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20 May

The Struggle to Find Affordable Housing in Grand Rapids

Millennials Struggle to Find Affordable Housing in Grand Rapids

There is currently a big push for an increase in minimum wage. In my earlier discussion about minimum wage, I talked about how the problem wasn’t with wages, but rather the high cost of living in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is currently one of the hottest housing markets. People want to live in Grand Rapids and the housing market reflects this. According to a 2017 report by Trulia, Grand Rapids ranked 11th in the country for job growth and ranked 17th for its share of millennial households. Grand Rapids is the place to be right now and there is not enough housing to meet the demand. What this means for Grand Rapids renters and home buyers is that rent and home prices are going up!

We are trying to attract talent and workers to this area, we have the job growth but people can’t find rent that matches their income. The big problem right now is that the housing market both in home sales and rentals is not meeting the demand for people seeking mid-priced housing. Because of this people are paying over asking prices when buying homes. Ask anyone who’s recently bought a home in the area and they will tell you how hard it is to buy a mid-range priced home.

Rent is also going up. Because tenants are staying put, this leaves less available houses and apartments for rent. The remaining rentals are going up in price because of the demand.

Why is rent so high and what can we do about it?

Zoning laws, government regulation, and high property taxes kill affordable housing

Non homestead property owners pay around 30% higher taxes than homestead property owners. This increase in taxes is passed on to renters. Thus, it costs more to rent a home than it does to buy. In addition, there is not enough new development in affordable housing.

Should government provide the answers?

Let me start by saying that we need to change our mindset that it is the government’s responsibility to create lower rent. Housing supply and demand should dictate rent prices. However, we are doing numerous things to slow down growth in the housing market. Without new houses, new apartment buildings, and growth, there will continue to be a shortage. This shortage will continue to drive up the price of rent. Millennials are finding jobs and settling down in West Michigan. We have the job growth, now to allow room for growth in affordable housing.

There is never a simple answer to complicated problems. When planning for growth, property owners also have concerns. Anything that creates room for more affordable housing, might also compromise property values for current owners. Remember the big housing bust of 2008? Nobody wants to see a repeat of this. However, if we want our area to grow in talent and population, we need to allow for solutions for affordable housing.

Homelessness and affordable housing are issues that are completely intertwined and issues that I am passionate about fixing in this area. There have been contentious discussions locally regarding planning and accommodating growth in the area. While zoning laws are a local issue, some legislators have started to look into state-level solutions. We need to be mindful of both the current residents (their home values, their concerns for their community), while still looking out for residents that are in need of affordable housing.

I would like to see Grand Rapids continue to grow, improve the supply of affordable housing, and without state government dictating how they should do it. We have a great community and are capable of finding solutions to bring down rent and allow for more affordable housing development.

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