Written by Heather Gwynn
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Desarae Lindsey lives in Tool, Texas on Cedar Creek Lake. An hour from Dallas, Desarae describes it as an entirely ethereal world there. What makes it even more appealing to her, is there is no traffic to deal with, and it’s not city living. Desarae appreciates being able to immerse herself in its beauty all the time.
Desarae is currently self- employed. She has always been the rebellious type, but she does work to keep focus on freedom in her daily routine. She has had office jobs, but she was happy to get away from the florescent lights and office drama, which was never her cup of tea.
Desarae is a member of the Texas LP and the National Libertarian party. She has been County Chair in Henderson County, Texas for nearly 5 years. Desarae was the former Campaign Coordinator for LPTexas and former Delegate Outreach Coordinator for John McAfee’s presidential run in 2016. She served on the LPTexas Platform Committee from 2014 – 2016. Currently Desarae is the Operations Director for the #VoteDifferent Initiative and, subsequently, in the same role for its for-profit offering, Champaign. Moving forward, The #VoteDifferent Initiative is now evolving into #DisruptTheVote. Desarae has recently accepted the role of Campaign Manager of the Kory Watkins for Texas Governor run. She is very excited about this campaign and exclaims that; “I genuinely enjoy kicking ass and taking names!”
Desarae is proud of her progression as a person, a Libertarian, and the friendships she has built along the way. She believes the relationships she has forged is the best vehicle to spread the LP message effectively. Desarae learns something new all the time from people new to the party and movement, and she is always ready to oblige and share the knowledge she has gained along the way. Plain and simply, she loves being a Libertarian. The passion, joy, and excitement the movement generates keeps her dedication thriving.
Desarae loves gardening, it is her therapy. She has an affinity for music, and loves to lose herself in all the right tunes. She loves spending time with her pets, writing, reading, and lake life!
LV (Liberty Viral): How did you get introduced to the liberty movement, and when did you get actively involved?
Desarae: I’ve always been more than a bit rebellious, free spirted, and anti-establishment. That may have stemmed from the music I gravitated toward, even as a toddler, but it could be my genetic makeup. Once upon a time, rock n roll WAS anti-establishment as a general rule.
As many say, I’ve always been a Libertarian and just didn’t know it – I was completely unaware there was an adjective for how I felt and how I lived. What actually put words – and verbs – to the ideas I had and the philosophies I hold dear was hearing Ron Paul speak. I was drawn to his logo – Revolution and Love together? Where do I sign up!? His words stirred my soul and hearing him speak was pretty WOW for me.
I remember my husband, Tyler, coming home from work one day to me watching Ron Paul speeches on YouTube, and me saying to him (with a bit of trepidation), “Ya know…this guy they say is a kook is truly actually on to something.” Tyler responded that he felt the same way and we haven’t looked back since.
That was in the summer of 2011.
photo credit: Judd Weiss
LV: What cause is most important to you within the movement?
Desarae: In short: Pure, unfettered liberty for every individual on the planet. However, yes, we all have our pet projects. Some of us are passionate about gun rights, or legalization of marijuana, or a slew of other things. What I personally would love to see happen tomorrow is the complete and total abolishment of the death penalty. It’s barbaric and it has taken too many innocent lives. I even feel it’s morally wrong if the person is guilty – essentially we’re saying, by killing people for their crimes, that we have zero faith in the justice system and that rehabilitation isn’t a realistic option. This actually feeds into my belief that prison reform is more than necessary, but the state, being fallible (and everybody knows it, Libertarian or not), having the power and ability to legally murder human beings seems to me to be a pretty damn important issue.
LV: Who is your liberty role model and why?
Desarae: Rockstars, sex workers, artists, creators, and most of all activists. Also, to name just a couple names of those who are influential to me, personally: Kory Watkins for standing up behind home plate at a Texas Rangers game wearing a shirt that says Taxation is Theft – twice. For putting his foot in the door of a legislator’s office at the State Capitol when they didn’t want to hear him and proceeded to remove him by force. The next day they had panic buttons installed, even though Kory behaved non-violently. #panicbutton
For sure I want to show lots of love and respect to James Weeks II for getting his groove on at the National Convention. My Dad wanted him to run for President. Ha! And my 70 year old neighbor thought it was the greatest thing ever. It wasn’t as bad as some made it out to be, and I believe in an individual’s right to protest as they see fit (so long as they do no harm)! He took a lot of abuse for simply expressing his dissent and just took it, because he knew he was right in his actions. He’s a BAMF and I’m glad to know him.
LV: In your opinion, which active Libertarian is most influential, and why?
Desarae: That would be the person spreading the message at this very moment. We are all the most influential. You, Heather, are because you’re volunteering to highlight the work of fellow activists, and because of all the time, passion, and resources you dedicate day in and day out. I can see that all the way from Texas!
Our county party often meets at a local brewery, the Cedar Creek Brewery, because, the more we drink, the louder we get. People often approach us asking questions and wanting to participate in the discussion and fun. We were at the Brewery for Oktoberfest last year on behalf of Mark Miller for Railroad Commissioner, and I was pleasantly surprised by now many people there had already heard of him and were planning to vote for him. He and his campaign team were doing their jobs well, and I feel we were too.
LV: How would you approach someone who is showing an initial interest in Libertarianism?
Desarae: I have the luxury of being half of a full time two-person team. My husband is far brasher than I am. He calls his approach the “Brick of Liberty”, and I, by nature, stick around post-brick to offer a shoulder and some kind, yet gently reiterating, words. Shattering the glass of the confines of our indoctrinations is difficult and can be a lengthy process – we both know this. I like to start by introducing the philosophy first, followed by the practical applications. Everyone has something to offer, no matter how miniscule. We are all part of an overarching change in how people feel, think, and live. #LoveFreedomInnovation
LV: What is the first book you would tell someone who is interested in the LP to read?
Desarae: “Introduction to the Libertarian Party” by Wes Benedict. It is direct and easy to grasp from all over the political spectrum.
LV: What do you like most about being involved in the LP?
Desarae: The fellowship keeps me going. We all signed up because we felt a sense of urgency and believe strongly in the depths of our souls that this is the right path in order to promote maximum freedom for all people. It gets tiring trudging uphill constantly, but we pick one another up every day. ALL revolutions take time – we are blazing a trail, and we should take pause for a moment and be proud of what we do!
What I enjoy the most, however, is being involved in loud, unapologetic campaigns. Right now I’m working with Kory Watkins for Texas Governor, and I can’t be prouder of him and his accomplishments. He constantly goes outside of his comfort zone in the interest of promoting freedom, and in the process inspires others to do the same. I felt that way about the John McAfee for President Campaign as well. If we can’t be loud, colorful, loving, and free then how are we truly setting ourselves apart from the status quo?
LV: If you could eliminate one Government agency, which would it be and why?
Desarae: All of them. Not a single one does a lick of good. The veil they attempt to mask themselves behind giving off the ILLUSION of good will is being pulled away more and more every day.
LV: What plans do you have to to grow the party in 2017?
Desarae: I love the work the Libertarian Party Audacious Caucus does. I love my work with the #VoteDifferent Initiative and all the wonderful candidates we work with, and am looking forward to Phase 2 with #DisruptTheVote – which is a marketing campaign to implore non-voters to get to the polls and to educate them on Libertarian candidates – sending a resounding message that they WILL be represented by voting for us. We’re just getting that started. A website is in the works. There will be a lot of guerilla marketing tactics and so on. The aim is to get the attention of the public, so we will be working on some outside of the box events and publicity. Social media is useful, yes, but if we’re trying to encourage non-voters to vote we need to bring the message to them and put it in front of their faces. And I absolutely ADORE working on Kory’s campaign. All of these things will grow the party. If you have fun and love what you’re doing, well, it’s contagious. I also have some pretty groovy, outside of the box ideas for the freedom oriented events company I’m working on launching with a friend, but I don’t want to say too much yet – I’d rather let our resume speak for itself when it comes to fruition.
LV: What words of advice would you give to other Libertarians on how to get involved in the party, locally and nationally?
Desarae: It depends on the infrastructure of the Party. Hopefully soon, gone will be the days of “I contacted the Party – they never got back to me.” National seems to have a good handle on that. LPTexas is exemplary. (Nooo, no Texas pride here. Haha.) I have tried to maintain a good network of people who are actively involved in the party and like to make personal connections. It all evolves beautifully from there, because we have so many wonderful activists who are more than willing to help bring people in! And, for the record, the #VoteDifferent Initiative’s Champaign does offer all inclusive sites for state and local parties; not just candidates and organizations. If anyone would like to inquire about our services, I can be reached at: [email protected] or 469-418-2757. (Shameless plug activated!)
LV: Wow Desarae, these are some solid answers you’ve shared. Thanks so much for the shout-out, that was so nice of you. Now let’s lighten up a bit and learn some random stuff about you. Pretend you’re a CEO. What three concerns about the firm’s future keep you up at night?
Desarae: Just one: “Why on EARTH am I the freakin CEO!? I’m firing myself!”
LV: If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
Desarae: The ability to read hearts (not minds, that’s too personal), so I know how to best communicate with each person. Or the greenest thumb ever. Nonstop veggies for the win!
LV: What song best describes you?
Desarae: I don’t know! There are many I relate to, but I don’t know what DESCRIBES me. Maybe “She’s a Rainbow” by the Rolling Stones because I have the constant need to be surrounded by bright colors? That seems shallow for me to say. Ha!
LV: What is your favorite book?
Desarae: “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, since age 14. Before that, it was S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders”, which I still have a massive affinity for.
LV: What is the last book you read?
Desarae: I’m currently reading “Star Wars: Ahsoka”. It’s a hard read, I must admit…it’s like something I’d have read in middle school. But I have to read it because I adore Ahsoka Tano!
LV: What is your favorite genre of music?
Desarae: SO. MANY. Country (classic, outlaw, alt-country), punk, glam, mod, psychedelic, bluegrass, Delta blues, 60s rock, 70s rock with some exceptions, 80s, DEFINITELY 90s- I’m a 90s kid, Rockabilly, swing, gangsta rap, jam bands, math rock, good metal, etc. etc. etc.
LV: If you could spend an hour with any human to ever exist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Desarae: I’m going with a fictional character – I really have to say Obi-Wan Kenobi, because I’d want to learn as much of the ways of The Force from him in that one hour as possible.
LV: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Desarae: My husband so I could learn what it’s like to put up with my crap.
LV: How do you define success and how do you measure it?
Desarae: Success is finding joy in what you do, which is immeasurable!
LV: What are your thoughts on “The Pussification of America?”
Desarae: It’s all a construct. Morality, as we were taught it existed, and government’s interjection into and enforcement of said morality are largely responsible for all of our social issues, including the “Pussification”.
LV: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
LV: What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
Desarae: Our seeming reluctance to admit when we’re wrong and ask for forgiveness. So many poor choices stem from that alone.
LV: What would the name of your debut album be?
Desarae: “I am Yoshimi and So Can You”. Just kidding. I have no idea.
LV: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role?
Desarae: Ray Liotta, Kurt Russell, Jackie Chan, John Wayne, or Bruce Campbell. I am assuming nobody’s gender and neither are you. I just want to be portrayed as a badass, since Hollywood is fiction and all. Oh, and it would have to be directed by the Coen Brothers or P.T. Anderson depending on which type of twisted tragedy it turns out to be.
LV: Socialists have taken over America. Who would you have on your team to defend liberty??
Desarae: Han Solo – a reluctant hero who still got things done!
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