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.
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.