It seems the fate of elected Libertarian National Committee member Angela Keaton is the main event on the LNC agenda this weekend. Perhaps the LNC, meeting a month after the Libertarian Party ticket receieved 0.4% of the national popular vote, elected zero senators, zero members of Congress, and zero governors, when an incumbent president and vice president may be guilty of war crimes, and when an incoming president has the potential to become a latter-day Franklin Delano Roosevelt, feels there is nothing more pressing to be discussing.
I cannot speak to the charges against Ms. Keaton, because, at least from what information I have seen, no one knows what they are. Even in a court system many Libertarians decry, defendants are told what they are being asked to defend themselves against. The LNC seems set on Guantanamo-style prosecution. Maybe 9/11 really did change everything.
I have never met Ms. Keaton (nor anyone on the current LNC, except for a brief introduction to Dr. Mary Ruwart years ago), but we have had many friendly exchanges online and I consider her a friend. Because of that, even if I did know what was alleged against her, I might have a hard time being objective about it. It does seem to me that the months-long public discussion over her fate has been intended to pressure her into resigning. If I were her, I would probably do so — not because it’s the right thing to do, but because I have the intestinal fortitude of a particularly nervous kitten. I am prone to hyper-sensitivity and to take slights personally, which is part of why I am not running for LNC or any other office. Ms. Keaton, thankfully, is made of sterner stuff. I hope she will not resign, and in fact will continue her run for the 2012 presidential nomination, even if — or especially if — removed from the LNC.
According to Dr. George Phillies, Bob Barr headed a political action committee that contributed money to non-Libertarian candidates who faced Libertarian rivals during Barr’s tenure on the LNC. I do not believe Mr. Barr was suspended or removed for these actions. Therefore, I hope when the LNC considers whatever allegations are raised against Ms. Keaton, it will use this precedent as a low bar. Is anything she may have done worse than actively working against the Libertarian Party’s candidates while on the LNC?