Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Liberty Restoration Project executive director Megan Westenhaver

The former Liberty Restoration Project executive director talks about KC.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 6:04 AM


Name: Megan Westenhaver

Occupation: Liberty Restoration Project executive director, preschool teacher

Hometown: Kearney, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Edwardsville, Kansas


Who or what is your sidekick? I am absolutely never without a pad of paper and a pen. I take notes on practically everything because I am constantly learning new things from new people.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? My boyfriend recently treated me to Papa Bob’s Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas, which has some of the most incredible food paired with exemplary service. We are also really looking forward to having our Liberty Restoration Project weekly meetings and monthly education evenings at Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill.

Where do you drink? I haven’t found a “regular place” just yet, but I always have a lot of fun at the Well in Waldo, the Brick downtown, and Missie B’s is always fun! Really, anywhere I can find genuine smiles on friendly faces, and possibly a place to dance, is perfect.

What’s your favorite charity? I enjoy giving my time to organizations like the Liberty Restoration Project and others whose goals are to encourage people to become educated and take control of their own lives.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Aside from bills? I love searching out local artisans and their products, especially handmade jewelry and unique art pieces.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? To be honest, I have never been a huge NASCAR fan, but my folks are, and I will admit that the tailgate atmosphere at the I-70 Speedway is incredi-ble. I may not love the main event, but I am always happy to spend time with my friends and family at a tailgate party.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? It is always fantastic to take guests downtown, to the Westport neighborhoods, and over to the Crossroads Art District, especially for First Fridays.

“Kansas City screwed up when ... ” They brought in red-light cameras all over the city.

“Kansas City needs ... ” More community understanding of how City Council decisions and legislations affect the residents’ daily lives, and also how to have our voices heard in such matters.

“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Am very new to all these issues and have only just begun to educate myself on many of the things I am hoping to help others learn about. I am a teacher, professionally and by nature, and often find that the best way to learn something is to have to teach it to someone else. It is an exciting time for me and for the Liberty Restoration Project.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Spend time with my favorite people. I am very fortunate to know such a large number of truly quality individuals, and I absolutely love the time spent working with them on projects and relaxing together.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Honestly, I don’t watch TV at all. There are so many things going on in my life that when I do have downtime at home, I usually fill it with a phone call to a friend or catching up on my reading.

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Crash

What local tradition do you take part in every year? My boyfriend and I love to go down to Westport with our friends and family for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: I find it truly aggravating when a person feels that by getting all their information from one news source, they are fully informed. I try to encourage people to vary their sources in order to see several sides and then think through all available information in order to form a perspective of one’s own.

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? I recently started receiving a series of lectures on various topics through a company called LIFE: Living Intentionally for Excellence. Their information is very high-caliber and practical, and I have enjoyed not only listening and reading but also sharing it with others.

Last book you read: Anthem by Ayn Rand. And I am currently reading End the Fed by Ron Paul and We the Living by Ayn Rand.

Favorite day trip: I don’t usually get time for even a day trip lately, but I used to love visiting the local wineries, and I can never resist a small-town antique store.

Describe a recent triumph: I was so proud to be able to help in organizing this year’s Show Me Freedom Fest with the Liberty Restoration Project. Under Tracy Ward’s leadership, we were able to bring in guest speakers Tom Woods, Adam Kokesh, many other great speakers and politicians, and facilitate an entire day of education. It was amazing to see so many people coming together to get quality information.

For more information on the Liberty Restoration Project, see libertyrestorationproject.org.

Update: Tony's Kansas City reported this morning that Westenhaver is no longer executive director of the Liberty Restoration Project. Westenhaver confirmed that in an e-mail to The Pitch, saying it is true and that she stepped down due to "personal issues."

Westenhaver says:

"I voluntarily resigned my position as executive director on Monday, September 16th, due to personal issues and conflicts, none of which I feel any need to discuss at length and particularly not in a public forum. I will continue working on issues related to the restoration of personal liberties, and hope to support the many friends I have gained over the last few months of involvement. Thanks!"

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