I have had many relationships and friendships. I have been faithful to my wife for 8 years. I have been faithful to my party for almost 16 years. Some relationships come and go and I’m not divorcing my wife. As of November, I will no longer be involved in the Libertarian Party and will allow my membership to relapse in January. The LP of today is not the same LP I joined in 1992. I did not become a libertarian to be part of a party that is increasing becoming Republican-lite. If I wanted to be a Republican, I would have joined the Republican Party years ago. There are many things that led me to believe that the LP is no longer the “party of principle”.
How many of you are supporting the Barr/Root ticket just because they are the LP nominee? I don’t know about you but my principles far outweigh the party, especially when the party has been becoming more unprincipled. Just a few examples:
Our platform has been obliterated.
We selected a non-libertarian for our Presidential nominee
We waste money on Razor’s Edge database, an extravagant office at the Watergate Building and we hire non-efficient mercenary petitioners.
Our National dues pay for a hothead as Political Director, a conservative for Executive Director, who thankfully resigned, the interim executive director is a complete moron, a homophobe for Media Coordinator and a Member Services Specialist, who didn’t get my wife’s name right even after you tell her how to spell it THREE times. We can’t forget Scott Kolhass, who makes 40 cents for every dollars he fundraises for ballot access and then doesn’t pay the petitioners for their services!
We have Bill Redpath, who has been incompetent as the Chair. M Carling is a bigot, sexist and racist. Aaron Starr, Scott Lieberman and Bruce Cohen are all warmongers and want to mold the LP to their liking. Of course there are many of those who I have worked with in the past who have abandoned their libertarian values for short term electoral gains. To the rest of the decent folks on the LNC, jump off the sinking ship NOW while you still have your sanity!
Let’s face it, there is a purge going on. Those in control of the LP want the party to be more conservative and less libertarian. You know leaving the party to rot isn’t such a bad idea. If you want to run as a real libertarian, do it as an Independent or the Boston Tea Party. I will still support real Libertarian candidates. Stop supporting National! Without your funds they can’t survive. If you really feel compelled to stay in the LP, do it within your state and local organizations. Don’t let National run your ballot access drives and do not let them contribute a dime to those efforts.
I went back to college to help the LP elect REAL Libertarian candidates to office, looks like I wasted my time and money to pursue a goal for a party that doesn’t deserve me. I’ll be concentrating my efforts elsewhere;the party is just a small portion of the libertarian movement.
Maybe Richard Boddie was right? The difference between a libertarian and an anarcho-capitalist is 6-7 years.