CUMMING -- Radio host Monica Perez gave some local Tea Party members a lesson in libertarianism this week.
On Monday, the United Tea Party of Georgia welcomed Perez, who hosts a radio show on WSB and is a self-described anarcho-capitalist, a political philosophy she described as extremely libertarian.
“I really am a radical Libertarian, I’ve absolutely lost all faith in at least the federal government,” Perez said. “I really think they work against our interests for their own interests, like truly go out of their way to reduce our fiscal and physical security because that’s their bread and butter.”
Throughout the evening, Perez took questions from the ultra-conservative group, including some issues the group might not favor, such as her opinion of President Donald Trump.
“I was always skeptical about Trump and felt, actually, that it was the establishment’s way to control the Tea Party and libertarians, so people who were desperate to restore the foundational laws of this country,” she said.
However, Perez said she did not vote for the Libertarian candidates in November and was not a member of the Libertarian Party.
“They were fake,” she said. “Libertarianism is individual responsibility and personal freedom on all issues at all time … it is not fiscal conservatism or social liberalism; that’s not what it is.”
Also present at the event was District 24 state Rep. Sheri Gilligan, who answered a question about getting more involved in politics by recommending people get involved locally and never staying quiet by their beliefs.
“We keep focusing on Congress. We keep focusing on Trump, and we act like everything is up there. By golly, it’s right here in Forsyth County and it’s right here in the state of Georgia,” she said. “As much as I love where I live, I would be really ridiculous to say we are clean and we have no problems and we don’t want bigger government issues and answers here in Georgia.”
The meeting was the first to be a joint meeting of the Forsyth County Tea Party and the United Tea Party of Georgia, which also holds events in Buford and Lawrenceville, and drew a larger crowd than most meetings.
The group meets on the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 9173 at 1045 Dahlonega Highway.