busing, a strong national defense, and
fighting inflation. He is outspoken in hi*
scorn for homosexuals and has produced
what he calls "Truth Papers" about Eckhardt's record, which his campaign has
bent if not entirely distorted. A member
of Humble Baptist Church, he has strongly identified with fundamentalist religion
and recently was scheduled to give a sermon at a north Houston church which is
one of the local organizers for a Moral
So far, however, the campaign has ventured little beyond the District 8 boundaries, largely because Fields has refused to
debate or hold a public forum outside the
district. For a while, it seemed as though
Eckhardt was defusing Field's candidacy
by focusing on the "debate-or-not-to-de-
bate" issue. More recently, the Eckhardt-
Fields campaign has turned to a letter
which Eckhardt maintains was planted at
the Fields' headquarters and sent by the
Fields' people to area newspapers to further discredit Eckhardt's record.
"This was a scurrilous and amateurish
trick . . . not even worthy of Nixon,"
fumed Eckhardt to the Houston Post.
(The letter and a five dollar contribution
from a conservative campaign worker in
Arlington, Va., were addressed to Eckhardt but sent to Fields' campaign headquarters, opened by the staff, and released
to the press.
(The letter said in part: "I for one am
glad you support school busing and gun
control . . . most of all I (sic) glad you
have fought to keep prayers out of our
schools." Eckhardt released a statement
in which he said, "The writer states that
he supports positions that are obnoxious
to me, positions taken right out of Fields'
However, Fields' main contention is
that Eckhardt has lost touch with his district, Eckhardt believes that District 8 is
fundamentally Democratic and is popu-
latea by the common people he so
eloquently defends. Fields says the district
is changing, becoming more white collar
and middle class.
Maybe so. But, losing Eckhardt's voice
in Congress could affect a lot more people
of District 8. As one GOP precinct chair
there admitted: "Eckhardt knows how to
get things done."
Republican incumbent Ron Paul of
District 22 is something else again. After
three years in the U. S. House, he was
rated by Jack Anderson in the same
Washingtonian article as one of the "dim
bulbs" in the House worthy of the "Low
Wattage" Award. Even Texas Business
magazine rated Paul the "Worst Conservative" representing Texas in Congress.
A gynecologist from Lake Jackson,
Paul was first elected in a special election
in April 1976 to fill the seat of Democrat
Rep. Bob Casey, who resigned after 17
years in the House to become a member
of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Later the same year, he was defeated by
former state representative Democrat Bob
Gammage by a mere 268 votes. Paul defeated Gammage once again in 1978 by
about 1,000 votes.
Paul's stands on issues have been called
everything from eccentric to irresponsible.
He regularly opposes almost all forms of
federal aid. That has included $74 million
in federal funds for Freeport Harbor improvements in his district, federal flood
insurance for his district which has suffered heavy flooding in recent years, and
federal funds for research at NASA and
the Texas Medical Center in his district.
As a result of his effort, he was named
the "Taxpayer's Best Friend" by the
National Taxpayers Union.
He also believes the draft is unconsti
tutional, even in wartime, and has held a
military isolationists' philosophy calling
for the withdrawal of American troops
from foreign soil. He opposes the development of most new military weapons.
Next to Paul, Democrat Mike Andrews
seems peculiarly militaristic. Son of a
U. S. Army officer, Andrews grew up in
Ft. Worth, attended UT at Austin, graduated in 1970 with a law degree from
SMU, and later clerked in Houston for
U. S. District Judge Allan B. Hannay. He
was prosecutor with the Special Crimes
Division of the Harris County District
Attorney's office before he joined the
Houston law firm of Baker, Brown, Shar-
man, Wise and Stephens.
In a surprise victory, Andrews defeated
Gammage in the Democratic Party primary
last May for the District 22 nomination.
Reportedly, Andrews spent $250,000 on
his primary campaign, helped by professionals like Victor Emmanuel, Dick Tra-
bulsi, and media consultant Bob Heller.
As a conservative Democrat, Andrews
has attacked Paul for his military isolationism, opposition to federal flood insurance and cut-back of federal research
funds. However, like Paul, he says he's
against over-regulation, big spending and
Like the Eckhardt-Fields campaign,
the Andrews-Paul race is well financed.
Andrews has spent a total of $374,778
(including the primary) and Paul has spent
$362,948. Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen
and former Rep. Bob Casey have both
campaigned for Andrews, while Eddie
Chiles has appeared on behalf of Paul's
A third candidate for the District 22
race is independent Vaudie V. Nance.
Less controversial are two more congressional races scheduled for the Nov. 4
election. Democrat Mickey Leland is
seeking re-election to Houston's inner
city District 18, opposed by Republican
C. L. Kennedy and Libertarian Party
candidate Bill Fraser. Incumbent Republican Bill Archer is seeking his fifth term
from District 7, the west Harris County
district once represented by George Bush.
He is opposed by Democrat Robert L.
Hutchings and Libertarian Bill Ware.
Incumbent Democrat Jack Brooks
from District 9 in northeast Harris County
"Sometimes it is said that a man cannot be
trusted with the government of himself. Can
he, then, be trusted with the government of
- Thomas Jefferson
We live in a world beset with serious solve our own problems in voluntary
problems. cooperation with other people.
The crime rate is soaring. The government educational system is failing
many of our children. Our personal
liberties are often violated or ignored.
Taxes go up and up. Inflation. Recession. Unemployment.
And when elections draw near politicians routinely promise us that government will solve our problems. But
they consistently fail to deliver. In fact,
the plethora of new laws and regulations which they regularly impose
upon us not only fails to solve our
problems, it usually makes them worse.
The terrible result of this endless cycle
of political promise and failure is a
widespread disillusionment and a lack
of confidence in the future.
This sad legacy is reflected in the
steady erosion of support for the "two-
party system" during the last 30 years.
Today less than half of the American
electorate identifies with the Democratic and Republican parties.
Millions of Americans have recognized
the truth of that popular civic exhortation: "It doesn't matter who you vote
for, just as long as you vote." And so
they stopped voting. And the politicians complain of apathy.
But the real problem, I believe, goes
For the first time in our history we are
becoming a people without hope. We
are losing a sense of control over our
lives. We are losing our freedom to
It was into this political vacuum that
the Libertarian Party was born just
eight years ago. And the Libertarian
alternative, based on the principle of
individual liberty which was the genesis
of the American Revolution, has grown
steadily and strongly.
In 1972 Libertarian vice-presidential
candidate Tonie Nathan became the
first woman in American history to
receive an electoral vote.
In the 1976 Presidential election the
Libertarian Party became America's
third largest party.
In 1978 Libertarian candidates received
over 1.3 million votes across the
In 1980 for the first time in American
history a new political party has overcome restrictive ballot access laws to
place its candidates-over 500 through
out the country-on the official ballot of
all fifty states and the District of
Today we are at a critical point in our
history when we must choose between
individual liberty and government power, between hope and despair. And the
Libertarian alternative offers a politics
of hope because it honors freedom
and independence and peace and
Here in Senate District 15 the voters
have a choice of three candidates.
But a vote cast for either of the candidates of the two "major" parties is a
vote for the status quo, a vote of
approval for the myriad of problems
which is the legacy of those two parties.
Only the election of a Libertarian will
give District 15 a unique voice for
freedom in Austin.
Can a Libertarian be elected?
With three candidates in the race a
plurality is sufficient for election. That
means the next senator from District
15 could be elected with as little as
34% of the vote!
In Alaska in 1978 the Libertarian Party
elected its first state representative in
a partisan race. He was elected from a
multi-candidate field with 36% of the
vote. And that one Libertarian in a
state house of 40 members became
the legislative catalyst for the entire
With your help that could happen in
the 31-member Texas Senate also. I
invite you to join with me in voting to
free up the system on November 4.
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