For Immediate Release
POC, Todd Andrew Barnett, BTPMI Chair
New Baltimore, MI (Cyberia) — A new political party, spun off from the Libertarian Party of Michigan, is now in existence, and it is another libertarian party. It is called the Boston Tea Party of Michigan, an affiliate of the national Boston Tea Party that was formed in July of 2006. The state party, which has been in existence since June 11, has announced that it has opened its doors to the masses at large.
The party, which is also known as the BTPMI, has a website and boasts a platform which states the following:
The Boston Tea Party of Michigan supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.
It is quickly becoming the fastest libertarian alternative in the already-established third party movement. There is even a Facebook group, which has 16 members to date.
“When LP presidential candidate Bob Barr got the nomination and Wayne Allyn Root got the vice presidential nom as well, the ball was dropped the minute it was announced that they came out of the convention as victors,” said Boston Tea Party of Michigan Chairman Todd Andrew Barnett. “The results of the convention energized libertarians and all advocates of liberty to resurrect the moribund Boston Tea Party, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
The BTPMI, which was recognized as an affiliate of the Boston Tea Party on June 11, now showcases its bylaws and platform. While membership is very low in the new party, Barnett hopes to bolster support for this new vehicle. “My plan is to recruit as many new Boston Tea Party and Boston Tea Party of Michigan members as possible,” he said. “My hope is that, if we get more former Libertarians, former Republicans, former Democrats, many Independents, and people from all walks of life into this party, we will become a stronger force to be reckoned with. I hope we can achieve that. I certainly won’t get my hopes up, but it is my belief that some good things will happen from now until in the future.”
Barnett hopes that a founding state convention will be held later this year but before the November elections. He even hopes that membership will go up, although he’s not expecting a huge increase in its first year. “I’m not expecting long lines to show up at the door,” he said. “But I’m confident that more people will see us, like what we stand for, and support us financially and politically.”
He hopes that the Boston Tea message will reach Michigan voters and other citizens in the state. “If you’re concerned about high taxes, too many regulations, the state’s economy going down the tubes, and the government intruding in your wallet and personal life, this is the Party for you,” he said. “We, the members of the Boston Tea Party of Michigan, want the government out of your life as much as possible. If you agree with us, you’re a perfect fit for the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Tea Party of Michigan.”
The Boston Tea Party was organized in 2006 in the aftermath of the LP’s Portland, Oregon convention, in which over 80 percent of the party’s platform was scrapped. The Party boasts a platform which reads the following:
The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.