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Open Letter to LNC: Mission Statement

In Libertarian on December 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Fellow activists,

A draft of the meeting notes from the National Committee is currently circulating, and there is a  matter which I hope you will address as speedily as possible.  The Secretary’s notes include this:

The current mission statement* of the Libertarian [Party] is:

“The mission of the LP is to move public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office.”

*The Secretary does not have any document certifying what the mission statement officially is nor when it was adopted. Current thinking it was adopted in convention in 1998 and consists of the text above.

This is a matter to which I have given some attention in the past. I have also been unable to find this documentation (I am happy to share with any member who wishes my notes on the subject), and have in the past objected to the idea that we should use as official policy any such statement whose only support comes from hearsay. This wording, or similar, has at various times appeared on the LP’s website, appears regularly in LP News, and has been regularly quoted by staff. I am also concerned that this Mission Statement is in conflict, by virtue of containing only a subcategory of the Purposes outlined, with the Purposes clause of the member-voted Bylaws chosen by the delegates at the 2008 convention in Denver.

For these reasons, I request that National Committee members refrain, and direct LP staff to refrain, from citing the above statement as the LP’s “Mission Statement” until and unless it can be established that indeed the Party has an extant Mission Statement distinct and separate from the Purposes outlined in our Bylaws, and that the text above is that statement, and that such a statement was established under appropriate circumstances for the adoption of a statement regarding the Party’s Mission.

Thanking you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter,

– Susan Hogarth, LPNC