Wayne Root criticizes Wes Benedict, LPHQ for failing to post his media appearances

From the comments on a previous post:


Phillies sends the following [..]….

—————————————————–

“Root threatens Benedict with ‘If this isn’t news worthy…then we need a new Exec Director who can see that it is.’ ”

1) ROOT THREATENS BENEDICT

Subject: ROOT for Wes
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 22:04:00 -0800
From: rootintl
To: wes benedict LP HQ , aaron AA Starr
CC: robert.kraus@lp.org LPHQ

Wes,

Here is the list of my media appearances this week…16 in all (although I expect a few more on Friday & Saturday)…including 7 national radio shows…IN ONE WEEK!

I must tell you Wes…If this isn’t news worthy…then we need a new Exec Director who can see that it is. If you don’t want to put this list up on LP web site…I’d like a straight answer why? And trust me when I tell you, I’m not taking this laying down. This is NEWS that all Libertarians should welcome hearing. We have a bright star in the mainstream media…who is branding the LP. Trust me…you and I are going to have MULTIPLE conversations about this starting next week.
Wayne

National Radio “Jim Blasingame’s Small Business Advocate”

WXLM Radio “The Lee Elci Show” New London, CT

WATR Radio “The Larry Rifkin Show” Waterbury, CT

WINA Radio “The Rob Schilling Show” Charlottesville, Virginia

National Radio “The Jerry Doyle Show” Talk Radio Network

National Radio “The Big Biz Show with Sully & Russ” CBS Radio/TV San Diego/Business Talk Radio

KIRO AM Radio “The Dori Monson Show” Seattle, WA.

Blog Talk Radio “The Andrea Shea King Show”

National Radio “The Thom Hartmann Show”

KION AM Radio “The Mark Carbonaro Show” Salinas, CA

National Radio “The Rusty Humphries Show”

WNJC AM Radio “The Brian Greenberg Show” Philadelphia, PA

KLZR AM Radio “The Chris Merrill show” Lawrence, Kansas

National Radio “The Allan Handelman Show”

1039 FM Radio “Gadger in the Morning” Phoenix, Arizona

National Radio “Mancow in the Morning with Mancow Muller”

2) WES BENEDICT FORWARD TO LNC

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Wes Benedict
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM
Subject: [Lnc-discuss] Root seeking coverage on LP.org blog
To: Discussion LNC

I do want to give our candidates for public office and LNC positions as much coverage as is practical and also fair. I think we have lots of rules in this area. See the request below from Mr. Root. [ED: That is Message 1, Above]

I prefer when I have links to a video, article and/or a recording. I welcome your suggestions.

Thanks,


Wes Benedict, Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee, Inc.
2600 Virginia Ave. N.W., Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 333-0008 ext. 222
(202) 333-0072 (fax)
wes.benedict@lp.org
Join the Libertarian Party at: https://www.lp.org/membership


Scott Lieberman // Feb 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

We interrupt this food fight for an important announcement.

A member of the Libertarian National Committee had an uncontrollable urge to forward a PRIVATE LNC e-mail sent by Wes Benedict to the Libertarian National Committee either directly, or via an intermediary, to Dr. George Phillies. And, of course, Dr. Phillies made sure that one of his friends would post that Mr. Benedict e-mail to IPR. Of course, that depends on whether anonymous poster “Root of the problem” is telling the truth about his or her source.

Mr. Root sent a reply to the LNC to Mr. Benedict’s e-mail. Mr. Root was not going to make it public, but that was assuming that MR. Benedict’s e-mail was not made public. Since the guilty LNC member made that e-mail public, Mr. Root now wants me to make his reply public.

**************************************

My understanding is that my private e-mail to Mr. Benedict was forwarded to the LNC and that several had commented on it. I hope that the LNC will get the opportunity to read this e-mail to understand the context surrounding it.

I believe at one point Dr Ruwart suggested we empower Mr. Benedict to publish at our LP web site ALL media achieved by LP members equally and fairly. We are in complete agreement. This is EXACTLY what I proposed months ago to Mr. Benedict. Aaron Starr is my witness. Mr. Benedict said that I should email him my media appearances from time to time and he would be happy to put them up. I remarked in WRITING at the time that I wanted nothing special…that everyone who gets media on behalf of the LP should be complimented and appreciated…and the way to do it is by publishing all of our achievements getting in the media for LP members to see. I did suggest that the media be limited to real media (TV and radio)…not blog talk radio. Mr. Benedict published my media list the next day. So I certainly had every reason to believe we had an informal policy in place.

Since then I have sent my media appearances to Mr. Benedict again and again- to no avail…(nothing published)…and no response. Leaving me frustrated and exasperated. If I have time to respond to scores of emails per day and dozens of phone calls…and still run my businesses…and appear on several media per day…and take care of a family of 6…than Mr. Benedict can certainly manage to respond to my emails or calls

This past Monday I sent another list of my 6 media appearances that day to Mr. Benedict asking that they be published. NOT as a candidate for Chair or any other office…but just as I thought we agreed…as a dedicated LP member and leader sacrificing and working hard to spread the LP message. And by the way, I would INSIST that Mr. Benedict do the same for Dr Ruwart, Mr. Wrights, Mr. Hinkle, Dr. Phillies, or anyone else that sacrifices to spread our message in the media.

I did not even receive the courtesy of an answer to my Monday email. I would have accepted ANY response – he could have said “sure Wayne”…or “I can’t Wayne”…or “I won’t Wayne”…or “I need permission from the LNC.” Being unresponsive is not appropriate.

So finally after a particularly long day on Thursday doing EIGHT media appearances (starting at 5:30 AM) to help fight for liberty and spread the LP message…I sent one more email to Mr. Benedict. It was in fact strongly worded – and deservedly so.

Mr. Benedict didn’t reply to me, but he felt that he could forward my latest e-mail to you. I would not treat someone that way.

I am a very busy entrepreneur. Yet I find the time to get back to EVERYONE. I personally answer my fan mail from hundreds of people a month. I give each one a personalized response. I sometimes work until Midnight to return every call or email the same day I received it. I almost always respond within 24 hours. I treat everyone…no matter their title…just as I’d like to be treated. I would hope that our ED would do the same with personal e-mails that are sent directly to him.

I agree 100% with the suggestion that we recognize others who get media…as it was my exact suggestion (in writing) several months ago. I’m in agreement with anything that helps foster a positive attitude for LP members and contributors. I want our members to hold their heads up high, smile and whistle to work…because they know someone is out there fighting on their behalf. I’m doing it and yes I want the world to know. And I want others to do the same. The more the merrier.

Thank you, and & Best Wishes. If anyone on the LNC wants to, feel free to call me anytime to clarify.

Wayne Allyn Root

47 thoughts on “Wayne Root criticizes Wes Benedict, LPHQ for failing to post his media appearances

  1. paulie Post author

    Since you are both running for LNC: would you decline to serve if you are elected At Large and Wayne is elected as Chair?

  2. David F. Nolan

    @2 – Way too early to say. It depends on how the Rooties conduct themselves over the next three and a half months, and on who gets elected to the remaining officer positions (VC, Sec, Treas).

  3. Solomon Drek

    Looking at that list I’d say Root would reach more voters if he got on top of a soapbox in Central Park.

    I’ve said all along WAR seeks to use the LP as a marketing tool for promoting himself and his career, and this episode exemplifies my point.

    Everything else is secondary where Root is concerned.

    This reminds of the story I heard about a Libertarian outreach booth and somebody walked up to them and said that the Libertarians seem to be all about “me” and not about “we”.

    Root personifies that concept of Libertarianism.

  4. Michael H. Wilson

    @ 4 SD writes; “This reminds of the story I heard about a Libertarian outreach booth and somebody walked up to them and said that the Libertarians seem to be all about “me” and not about ‘we’.”

    Maybe you got that from this blog because that is something that happened to me and those are the words used by the other person. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to even present my case. The man jumped to a conclusion, then rolled away and rudely waved me off. He was in a wheelchair.

  5. Bruce Cohen

    Perhaps Wayne got more news and impression for the LP in one day than everyone else in the LP combined for the month…

    And perhaps it was sort of a surprise that Wes couldn’t see the value in that, much less return Wayne’s email.

    Perhaps I’ll post Wayne’s private response to Wes here, since Wes already put out his.

    PLEASE. A threat?
    My goodness.
    Real threats get ignored, compared to Wayne pointing out Wes’ missing a key opportunity not being what one might expect from an ED?

    I hope I’m wrong, but it smells partisan, folks.

    Especially, as I understand it, Wes already said he would do some news whenever anyone got national media.

    Wayne doesn’t want special or favorite treatment, he wants Wes to keep his half of the bargain.

    Certainly noone can say Wayne failed to live up to his half, which is to get us in the news.

  6. Solomon Drek

    @6: Maybe you got that from this blog because that is something that happened to me and those are the words used by the other person. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to even present my case. The man jumped to a conclusion, then rolled away and rudely waved me off. He was in a wheelchair.”

    Thanks for clarifying. I forgot the wheelchair part. But it does exemplify much about what is wrong with the LP as an institutional entity, and in particular Wayne “It’s all about me” Root’s approach to retail politics.

    You know, I wonder if Root would be so cavalier with his “all about me” political philosophy if he had to spend his life in a wheelchair.

  7. Solomon Drek

    “Wayne doesn’t want special or favorite treatment, he wants Wes to keep his half of the bargain.”

    What bargain? Does Rootforme need to make a deal with Wes Benedict in order for him to do media appearances?

    IOW are we to assume that Rootforme would not have done those appearances unless he had some assurance from Wes Benedict those appearances would be publicized on the LP website?

    I guess now we know where Rootforme and his “Little Sir Echos” are coming from.

  8. paulie Post author

    Perhaps I’ll post Wayne’s private response to Wes here, since Wes already put out his.

    A) Is that something other than the second half of this post?

    B) As far as I know Wes did not leak it.

    Someone on the LNC sent it to Phillies, who sent it to several people, one of whom sent it to an unidentified intermediary who sent it to the person who posted it in IPR comments, and since Dr. Lieberman then forwarded Wayne’s response with the explicit statement that Wayne wanted it to be public, I then published it.

  9. Bruce Cohen

    The point is that Wes and Wayne discussed this kind of situation beforehand.

    That Wes decided to hide out and not respond to questions about the situation is curious.

    That Wes would miss such a wonderful PR opportunity and a legit chance to tickle the LP email list is also very curious.

    Perhaps instead of screaming “Witch!” and “Wayne threatened me!” and running to Mommy, Wes could directly address the questions raised here.

    Why DID Wes change his mind?
    And why DIDN’T he return Wayne’s message(s)?

    And finally, what DOES Wes consider newsworthy, if not Wayne’s tour-de-force of American media in one day?

    I’m just askin’!

  10. paulie Post author

    I did not see Wes characterize the letter from Wayne as a threat. That characterization was made by others (Phillies, Ruwart, Wrights, etc.)

  11. Bruce Cohen

    I didn’t specify WHO yelled out ‘witch’. I did say Wes could address the questions that arose out of this situation.

    Yes, Wes did not say ‘threat’ at all.

    I still think he has created a situation that is unnecessary, and this doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in Wes as a diplomat, frankly.

  12. Daniel Kamerling

    “This is NEWS that all Libertarians should welcome hearing.” I don’t really understand my added value of a weekly update of a list of appearances.

    “as much coverage as is practical and also fair.” Assuming we have more activists with similar coverage just how much of the website should be dedicated to this? Should we hire someone full time to track media appearances?

    I commend Mr. Root for his ongoing efforts and thank him for the time invested. However, I feel this is a narrow view of the marketing strategy of the LP.

    In addition, the approach to resolve the issue did not encourage teamwork.

  13. Eric Sundwall

    if you google news warren redlich and libertarian there were over 25 articles this week, we hit the AP wire which produced dozens of local stories throughout the state . . . TV/radio etc. . . i’m not looking for laurels . . . just momentum . . . not sure why Wayne is so special . . . he’s not doing any real politics at the moment . . . great he’s running the LP nomination in 2012 . . . he’s not a player or factor in 2010 at all . . . except for an internal party position – yawn

    For the record Madam & Roger Stone story was broken by yours truly, not ED or the MSM a week later . . . recognized Stone in first two minutes of madam entourage . . . examiner article on Jan 31st

    any email that goes beyond two people shouldn’t be written if one wants to keep some level of confidentiality . . . when on LNC . . . i never wrote anything to the list without that in mind

    what great purpose does having accolades on the LP national site prove ? only look at me . . . a wannabe big fish in small, small pond
    get a grip folks

  14. Bruce Cohen

    I think it has to do with marketing and excitement. I know that when I have been less active and ‘just’ a Member/Donor, I was certainly excited, happy and energized when I saw the LP talk about success stories.

    Like getting in the news.

    But that’s just me.

    Go ask a real Donor/Member
    You know, the folks who actually pay all the bills for the LP.

    Not the less than 1% who like to argue about things, but the ones who GIVE.

    Those folks LOVE to hear this stuff.

    Whether it’s the LP or the March of Dimes.

    Good News and PR success.
    Something our Members need to see more of.

  15. Solomon Drek

    “I think it has to do with marketing and excitement.”

    Excitement? I think watching paint dry would be more exciting than listening to Rootforme appearing on KLZR AM Radio “The Chris Merrill show” in Lawrence, Kansas.

    Let us know when he gets on Letterman or Leno.

    “I was certainly excited, happy and energized when I saw the LP talk about success stories.”

    Did you get a hard-on too?

    “Like getting in the news.”

    You mean like Libertarian activist and radio host Hal Turner, who got more publicity in one day than Rootforme gets in one year when he managed to get himself arrested for threatening the lives of two federal judges?

  16. Grow up.

    As Bruce has said.
    Certainly noone can say Wayne failed to live up to his half, which is to get us in the news.

    Wayne Root done the hard work of putting the word out, through emails, news media, radio, and Television. There has never been a libertarian who has done that before, it has always been the democrap or repulipuk. Ok you people who are nasty and make comments against Wayne Root. Where are you. Your name is not exposed. You people are not out there on TV, radio and etc. You people are writing on this blog and complaining, how about you shut your fat ugly mouth and get out there and help.

  17. LibertarianGirl

    SD__I’ve said all along WAR seeks to use the LP as a marketing tool for promoting himself and his career

    me__ LOL I always fall over laughing when I hear this . why on earth would anyone use a Party that has little money , scarce media coverage and a history of losing as a MARKETING TOOL???

  18. Solomon Drek

    “You people are writing on this blog and complaining, how about you shut your fat ugly mouth and get out there and help.”

    Help who? I’m not a libertarian but if I was I certainly would help candidates like Mary Ruwart and George Phillies.

    I also expect that those libertarian activists who oppose Rootforme’s political ego trip will be helping alternative candidates.

  19. Solomon Drek

    “@ 19, Same reason Pat Buchanan used to the Reform Party. As a stepping stone.”

    Gale Norton leveraged her Libertarian activism to become a GOP candidate for Senate in 1996 and Secretary of Interior in the Bush administration.

    Here in New Jersey Murray Sabrin used the NJLP to full advantage in the 1997 campaign for gov. He was able to raise money from out-of-state libertarian activists to qualify for public financing and debate appearances. He lost badly, but within two years leveraged the name recognition he got as a Libertarian and became a Republican, running twice for US Senate. He has been, and I believe still is, an active member of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

    I’m sure there are lots of other examples of Libertarian candidates who used the LP when it served their purposes before they switched to the Republican Party.

  20. David F. Nolan

    As I read it, the “tone” of WAR’s message to Wes Benedict was threatening, but that’s a judgment call. As for what should or should not be on the LP website, I suspect it would be easy to set up a page with links to any or all candidates’ websites, where they could post their media appearances, pictures of their pets, or whatever. The links would only need to be set up once, and each candidate would be responsible for providing the info that is linked to. End of problem.

  21. Scott Lieberman

    David F. Nolan // Feb 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    As for what should or should not be on the LP website, I suspect it would be easy to set up a page with links to any or all candidates’ websites, where they could post their media appearances, pictures of their pets, or whatever. The links would only need to be set up once, and each candidate would be responsible for providing the info that is linked to. End of problem.

    ***************************************

    Mr. Nolan:

    Thank you for making a constructive suggestion.

    However, who is to decide who is a legitimate “candidate”? LPHQ staff? The LNC? Do you want the National LP linking to say, a white supremicist’s web site, or the web site of someone who insists they are a legitimate candidate, but it is obvious that they are on the borderline of normal and mentally ill?

    I am sure the Libertarian Party has enough IT support to set up a secure Internet Form where any LP member can enter their media appearances. That way, LPHQ staff can just take a quick look at it once a day or so,to make sure that only media appearances are being posted, and not anything else.

    I don’t pretend that that is the only solution, but if LPHQ staff is to be responsible for the LP web site, we can’t force our staff to put up links to all self-proclaimed candidate’s web sites, and then patrol all the pages of those web sites on a regular basis to search for blatantly objectionable material.

    Scott Lieberman – LNC Alternate, Region 2

  22. St Louis Delegate? Maybe

    As the LP begins to form another circular firing squad, the usual suspects are attempting to purge Wayne Root and all of his supporters from the party.

    When I joined the LP, I would always take offense when someone use the term “Losetarian”. But now I know why we are labeled Losertarians. There is a small, yet influential minority that would rather control LP and remain an insignificant asterisk on the national political landscape.
    Wayne Root has championed the Libertarian Party for 2 years and generated a large amount of positive media coverage like no one in our parties history. Yet, he is despised by the whiny do nothings because he does not pass their Libertarian Ideology Purity Test. Oh how we are a tolerant bunch.

    The Do-Nothings know they must defeat Wayne Root in St. Louis. Not only defeat him, but drive him from LP. They know, the longer he speaks on behalf of the LP, the more of his Libertarian converts will join the LP and just can’t have that.

    Oh by the way, how often do you think George Phillies will be invited on Fox News or other media outlets to preach LP sermon. Maybe once, maybe, more likely never.

  23. Thomas L. Knapp

    “the usual suspects are attempting to purge Wayne Root and all of his supporters from the party.”

    The only attempted purges in the LP in the last two years have been on the LNC, and they’ve been spearheaded by Root’s handler, Aaron Starr, and his allies.

  24. Solomon Drek

    “he is despised by the whiny do nothings because he does not pass their Libertarian Ideology Purity Test. Oh how we are a tolerant bunch.”

    A Party that labels itself a “Party of Principle” should be held to the same standard that it advertises. Even though I am not a libertarian I wouldn’t be shocked if I scored higher on a Libertarian Ideology Purity Test than a political snake-oil salesman who promotes himself as a “Reagan Libertarian”.

    “Oh by the way, how often do you think George Phillies will be invited on Fox News or other media outlets to preach LP sermon.”

    George Phillies will not likely ever be invited on Faux News because he doesn’t suck up to the reactionary Reaganistas and Palinistas who constitute the bulk of its audience.

  25. Jeremy Young

    Root’s ability to get media might be a reason to vote for him for the party’s Presidential nominee, but it’s not a reason to vote for him for Chair. If Root loses the Chair election, he’ll still be running for President and he’ll still be getting all the earned media he can. In fact, being Chair might hinder his ability to get earned media. For instance, Bill Redpath is a very telegenic guy, and he’s gotten his fair share of earned media as Chair, but he’s arguably been hampered by his actual duties as Chair (for instance, he could have run a more effective Gubernatorial race last cycle had he been able to focus on it full-time rather than being Chair as well).

    George Phillies won’t be getting a lot of earned media as Chair, but he’ll be devoting himself nearly full-time to running the party. Meanwhile, other people better at getting earned media will be free to do so, and Phillies will be able to support their efforts with a well-run and effective national office.

    The very things that made Root a more effective candidate than Phillies for President — telegenic and energetic personality, ability to get all sorts of earned media — make him somewhat of a joke as a Chair candidate. Honestly, the more I read about it and think about it, it seems to me as if Root isn’t a serious candidate for Chair. The race is likely to be between Mark Hinkle (for the reformers) and George Phillies (for the radicals and a small segment of die-hard Phillies supporters). I think this was a huge tactical error on Root’s part, and he will come to regret this ill-advised Chair run. A much smarter move would have been to install an ally as Chair (Aaron Starr comes to mind) who would be able to help him out in the next Presidential nomination. The way this is going, Root not only won’t have an ally, he’ll have a sworn enemy running the party machinery when 2012 rolls around. Not a smart move.

  26. Fox News Neocons Love Root

    how often do you think George Phillies will be invited on Fox News or other media outlets to preach LP sermon. Maybe once, maybe, more likely never.

    Well, of course never.

    Fox News would never promote a truly antiwar libertarian. Which is why’s Root’s appearances are so destructive to the LP. Root creates the illusion that libertarianism is merely a variation on neocon Republicanism.

    No publicity for the LP would be better than bad publicity, which is what Root is.

  27. Richard Cooper

    Wayne Root isn’t the nominee of the LP currently. The LPUS should not be echoing his pronouncements let alone posting his schedule. The same for any other former nominee or potential nominee.

  28. Melty

    Fox News Neocons Love Root makes a valid point @31. Fox News won’t promote antiwar libertarians. Ron Paul, though, has succeeded in getting some mainstream media play for his End-US-Empire message. Wayne Root could too, but he doesn’t because he’s not antiwar. Root maintains his pro-Israel-expansion stance. Given the current ills, a strong noninterventionist message is an essential talking point, if not the most important one. For a change, now that we have Wes Benedict, the national party has been talking noninterventionism quite nicely lately.
    Root has great potential to put forth a libertarian message, but he fails because he frames everything in terms of the two-party paradigm . . . exactly the mentality to break free of. If only he would break himself free of that mentality, he would be a great asset. As he is, he sporadically does good, and consistantly does harm.
    Not to worry though. The LP could do alot to protect itself from Root/Beck/Boortz…/… damage by simply fixing its image on its website. Drop the wretched slogan and talk freedom right. “Lower Taxes” and “Smaller Government” are Republican cliches and everybody says they’re for “More Freedom”. Say “Cut Spending”, “Ban Torture”, “Live and Let Live”, . . . say things of meaning, things of a libertarian nature, things the wretched old parties won’t do.

  29. AroundtheblockAFT

    Root strikes me as an odd choice for Chair as he is polarizing, not uniting. And his executive skills are not apparent. However, his ability to get media appearances – while there is no general election going on – seems to far surpass that of any LP figure in the past. Root could best use these talents to serve the party by being its media coordinator, lining up media appearances for libertarian experts on all sorts of issues, not just presenting himself as “the” libertarian with “the” position.

    Irrespective of Mr. Root’s views, I find it strange that his appearances are being laughed out because the talk show or whatever is small potatoes. Hey folks, we need to be heard locally by every small show out there in order to grow the party from the grass roots up. And, don’t forget, small town host today may be nationally syndicated host tomorrow who remembers how gracious the LP guest was who came on when only 500 insomniacs were listening.

  30. paulie Post author

    media coordinator, lining up media appearances for libertarian experts on all sorts of issues,

    I know someone who is very good at this and is willing to do so for free, at least for now. What libertarian experts are we trying to get booked to talk about what?

  31. Bruce Cohen

    Is Wayne the polarizing one?

    I think it just might not be Wayne.
    It’s the same people yelling at their imaginary enemy every time.

    Before Wayne, it was me or someone else.
    They polarize themselves.
    They are the polarizing ones.

    Wayne has been calling himself ‘libertarian’ long before anyone asked him to join the LP.

    On TV and in print.

    Blaming Wayne for polarization in the LP is like blaming the water for making you wet.

    The LP already is polarized and has been since the beginning.

    The only people who can unpolarize are those who have chosen to be polarized.

    Become the unpolarization you want to see, folks.

  32. AroundtheblockAFT

    I don’t know, Paulie. Doesn’t the LP maintain a speakers bureau of people who are competent to talk on various issues? Not some state chair or candidate but, say, a professor of economics or a person with foreign policy or extensive military experience. In fact, the LP ought to have a “shadow cabinet” of experts willing and able to appear on talk shows, etc. that your media coordinator books.

  33. AroundtheblockAFT

    Giving this further thought, the formation of a shadow cabinet of experts and lining up speaking appearances would be a great job for a retired, astute, platform-savvy LPer, maybe with a career in marketing, who still wants to devote significant time to the LP, like maybe one of the five at-large NatCom reps?

  34. Steven R Linnabary

    Blaming Wayne for polarization in the LP is like blaming the water for making you wet.

    Well, somebody is clearly all wet.

    Root consistently misstates general libertarian principles as well as Libertarian Party principles. And it isn’t only on the war issue (to be fair, I have repeatedly asked for a “libertarian” rationalization for US wars, and been given nothing but rehashed and easily refuted neocon rationalizations). Obviously after all this time, there is NO “libertarian” rationalization for these wars.

    And Root was clearly an embarrassment to the LP on Fox with Juan Williams a few months ago. Root COULD have taken the high road, but idiotically referred to Obama as a racist for standing by the victim of out of control police instead of standing by the rogue cop.

    If Root wants to be something other than polarizing, he needs to understand what it means to be Libertarian.

    Consistently misstating Libertarian principles in the media and then sending out threatening emails when this isn’t appreciated is, well…polarizing, or maybe just all wet.

    PEACE

  35. paulie Post author

    I don’t know, Paulie. Doesn’t the LP maintain a speakers bureau of people who are competent to talk on various issues?

    Not to my knowledge. Of course, it’s possible that my knowledge on this is lacking.

    In fact, the LP ought to have a “shadow cabinet” of experts willing and able to appear on talk shows, etc. that your media coordinator books.

    The party used to have one. Tom Knapp has informally revived the idea (http://shadowcabinet.us), but it hasn’t gained a lot of traction.

  36. what huh?

    Wayne has been calling himself ‘libertarian’ long before anyone asked him to join the LP.

    Who the hell asked him to join the LP, exactly?

    Eric Dondero Rittberg?

  37. paulie Post author

    I have repeatedly asked for a “libertarian” rationalization for US wars, and been given nothing but rehashed and easily refuted neocon rationalizations). Obviously after all this time, there is NO “libertarian” rationalization for these wars.

    While I completely disagree with them, Starchild and Brian Holtz do ground their interventionism in libertarian principles. I just think they misapply them, but their reasons for war are not the same as the neocons’ reasons for war, even if the end result is the same.

  38. Bruce Cohen's Glass House

    Bruce Cohen: The only people who can unpolarize are those who have chosen to be polarized. Become the unpolarization you want to see, folks.

    You can start with yourself, instead of throwing stones in your glass house.

  39. Denver Delegate

    Ernest Hancock has also announced for LNC Chairman.

    Root says that he wants to be LNC Chairman to give him a portfolio to get on stage opposite the DNC’s Howard Dean and the RNC’s Michael Steele.

    George Phillies may not be cut out for that. But Ernest Hancock is … perhaps he’s the radicals answer to Root … Phillies could help steer the LNC as Vice-Chairman.

  40. Thomas L. Knapp

    Howard Dean is no longer chair of the DNC. Tim Kaine is.

    Root opposite Steele in a debate would be fun in a slapstick, pie-throwing kind of way.

    Root opposite Kaine, I don’t know about.

    Root isn’t even close to being in Dean’s league. A debate between the two would leave a giant smoking crater under the place where Root’s chair had been placed.

  41. Don Lake .......... to BC/BS

    Bruce Cohen: The only people who can unpolarize are those who have chosen to be polarized. Become the unpolarization you want to see, folks.

    You can start with yourself, instead of throwing stones in your glass house.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *