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LFV Exclusive! Steve Kubby “Our Time Has Come”

In Activism, Barack Obama, Health, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Libertarian Politics 2008, Medical Marijuana, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Republican, Science, Steve Kubby on November 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Our time has come
By Steve Kubby


This weekend, the leadership of the Republican Party will be assembling at a secret location in Virginia, to try to decide what to do with the shattered remains of their party.

Conspicuous in his absence, Congressman Ron Paul, who holds many of the answers his party is seeking, was never invited.  Dr. Paul believes the GOP lost because it has lost the trust of their constituents, many of whom chose to stay home rather than vote.

Ron Paul tells us that the Republicans are unwilling to deal with the basic issues that have derailed their party.  Those issues, like ending the wars, downsizing government, cutting taxes and more personal freedom, are fundamentally Libertarian issues and the leadership of the GOP to unwilling or unable to embraces such a Libertarian platform.

Some conservatives like Richard Viguerie, understand this and have made sincere efforts to absorb and promote Libertarian views, but as Viguerie admitted privately to me, the GOP leadership has led the party astray and refuses to be replaced.

So the stage is set for the Libertarian Party to receive a stream of refugees from the GOP.  These Recovering Republicans have already been washing up on our shores and even former GOP operatives like Bob Barr have found a new home with the LP.

Unfortunately, many of our new friends from the GOP have insisted that we tone down the Libertarian message and water down our platform to make it more appealing to mainstream voters.  That’s the same nonsense that destroyed the GOP.

The Recovering Republican view prevailed at the LP presidential convention and the majority of delegates backed two GOP refugees as their ticket.  The Libertarian wing of the party may have suffered a defeat, but the results of this election show that the Recovering  Republican wing of the party was a dismal failure at delivering the numbers or outcome they had promised.  Thus, instead of $30 million, they raised just over  $1 million.  Instead of 5% of the popular vote, they delivered no more than past campaigns.

In contrast, Obama succeeded because he used the Net to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, one hundred dollars at a time.  Using the lessons of Howard Dean, Obama broke away from conventional political fundraising and created his own ground game.  Is there any reason the LP cannot do the same?

Of course our GOP refugee friends have their own reasons why things didn’t go right for them, but they had their chance and the results are clear.  Now it is time for the LP to adopt a truly Libertarian platform, elect a seriously Libertarian Executive Committee and sponsor real Libertarians for office.

Liberty works.  It’s time for the LP to make a real commitment to real Liberty and give people what they want and deserve: Smaller Government, Less Taxes and more Personal Freedom.  If our party can just focus on these simple but powerful ideas, we can overtake the GOP and replace it with what people really want and need.

Our time has come.  Are we prepared to show real leadership and stand up for our Libertarian principles, without excuses or  watered down language? The choice is ours.

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Steve Kubby is a respected longtime libertarian activist, and one of the world’s leading experts on medical marijuana.  His newest project is a publicly-traded company, DYMC, which is developing cannabinoid medications; you can read more about that exciting project here.

  1. Good piece, Steve! I’m committed to the party, and hope we can get over this disappointing election. In California, we saw higher percents of votes this time, many more 6 %, where we used to see 3 or 4 % Meager gains, maybe, but gains nontheless.

  2. Are we prepared to show real leadership and stand up for our Libertarian principles, without excuses or watered down language?

    If Smaller Government, Less Taxes and more Personal Freedom. isn’t watered-down language, I don’t know what is. It’s for sure not a statement of principle.

    The LP should not be advertising like this:

    Lighter Chains! Get ’em Here!

    But instead like this:

    CAST OFF YOUR CHAINS!

  3. Keep on punchin’, Steve.

  4. If Smaller Government, Less Taxes and more Personal Freedom. isn’t watered-down language, I don’t know what is. It’s for sure not a statement of principle.

    I am aware that some Libertarians and most Anarchists want zero government, zero taxes and total personal freedom and I am happy to work side by side with such political allies. However, I want to restore the Constitution, not scrap it

    For most Libertarians, an absolute commitment to shrinking all forms of government, reducing taxes at every opportunity and demanding the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us under the Bill of Rights, IS a statement of Principle.

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    (From Wikipedia) “Kubby strongly supports the Constitution and civil liberties. He supports legal abortion, gay rights, gun rights, a non-interventionist foreign policy, immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from the war in Iraq, open borders, and the elimination of federal individual income tax. He opposes most governmental regulations, programs, and federal subsidies. He also opposes the War on drugs, Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act.”

  5. Welcome back Steve! I became a Libertarian this last May, after seeing yourself and others at the National convention in Denver.
    I miss your blog talk radio show!
    Consider this one vote for bringing it back🙂

  6. SK: Unfortunately, many of our new friends from the GOP have insisted that we tone down the Libertarian message and water down our platform to make it more appealing to mainstream voters. That’s the same nonsense that destroyed the GOP.

    Me: I agree with much of this essay. However, I have a different take on what seems to’ve weakened the GOP. They haven’t toned much down that I can see. They’ve become more militaristic; more willing to trample on civil liberties; far more intolerant of those who support a pro choice perspective and gay rights. Any claim they had to free markets has taken a back seat to their desire for “national greatness.”

    The MSM notes that the GOP was TROUNCED on the coasts, NE, and Great Lakes states, places they used to be competitive in, and where the cultural lean is toward more tolerance.

    They have, in short, become MORE radical, MORE polarizing, and LESS mainstream.

    I’m not sure how many former Rs are in the LP at this point. Barr is a rare exception at this point, and I’d say his message IS to mainstream the LP, in the sense of making it relevant. While I don’t agree with all his views, I take his point on this. Politics is APPLICATION of theory, not holding high the theoretical banner.

  7. Steve,

    Let me suggest that claiming that your faction contains the only real libertarians — the libertarian wing of the libertarian party — is unlikely to convince people who are not in complete agreement with your policy positions to want to trust your faction with anything.

    George

  8. Let me suggest that claiming that your faction contains the only real libertarians — the libertarian wing of the libertarian party — is unlikely to convince people who are not in complete agreement with your policy positions to want to trust your faction with anything.

    Unfortunately, history has demonstrated just the opposite.

    In reality, euphemisms such as “Big Tent” and “Dallas Accord,” have only served to marginalize serious Libertarians, silence opposition, and to drive large numbers of longtime members, out of the LP.

    Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe we need both wings of this party to get off the ground. It’s just that I refuse to go along with the current fictional portrayal of hardcore, freedom-loving, out-of-the-closet, gun-toting, or pot-smoking Libertarians as “Radicals.”

    From my perspective, there is a mainstream Libertarian Wing that is forthright and honest in its message. When we campaign, we start with the most controversial issues first. Ron Paul campaigned in just such a manner and people loved him for it.

    In contrast, there is another, socially conservative wing that is advocating a radical departure from our principles and demanding a watered down, generic message that is supposed to win over large blocks of conventional voters, but has never done so.

    Libertarians who defend the War in Iraq, oppose Open Borders, or just want to see the LP tone down it’s message, are entitled to their views. However, when they seek to silence our Libertarian platform and sanitize our candidates, it is time to draw the line.

  9. San Francisco I Am has a great video on whether illegal cannabis clubs are really hurting medical marijuana patients with California Attorney General’s recent crackdown down on medical cannabis clubs.

    You can check out the video here:

    http://www.sanfranciscoiam.com/videos/0faa12024b6c

    San Francisco IAm also has a lot of other interesting video journalism bringing us stuff that the mainstream media isn’t.

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