The New Path Plan for the Libertarian Party

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New Path — Introduction.

The New Path for the Libertarian Party slate of LNC candidates has assembled a proposal for advancing the Libertarian Party. It’s a serious plan, not a puff piece. This series of articles is offering the proposal itself, not the sales documents for selling the proposal to delegates. Like any legitimate plan, it’s going to be modified as time moves along, to take advantage of experience and changing situations. The plan is meant to be open to improvement and enhancement. Having said that:

Introduction

Our Party faces an incredible opportunity. Our Republican opponents have discredited themselves, and the Democrats are little better off. On issue after issue the American people support our stands, not our opponents’.

Alas, our party is in great difficulty. Over the past decade, membership and income have crashed. Many state parties have faltered. If our national party continues on its present course, it will cease to exist.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to focus national party resources on doing real politics. It’s time to do outreach, support candidates, support volunteers and state parties, and set our party on the road for political majority status.

We represent a New Path for the Libertarian Party. We’re running for the National Committee, all of us, and we’d like your support. This pamphlet tells you what we propose to do. We hope you like our ideas. More important, we welcome your suggestions for improvements. Our party is in real trouble, and we need everyone’s good ideas if we are to recover.

The LP has been in existence for nearly 40 years. Early in this campaign. James Oaksun wrote that our party is facing an existential crisis. We still believe that. What we decide in St. Louis will either mark the beginning of the Libertarian Renaissance, or will mark the beginning of our Party’s end.

We offer a New Path for the Libertarian Party. We offer a plan to REVIVE the party. Ask our opponents to tell you about theirs.

…The New Path Team
George Phillies, candidate for Chair.
Carolyn Marbry, former corporate CEO, for Vice Chair.
Rob Power, MBA and Outright Libertarians Chair, for Secretary.
James Oaksun, MBA, for Treasurer.

Regional candidates
Rachel Hawkridge, Washington
Jim Remmert, Colorado
Jake Porter, Iowa
Scott Williamson, Tennessee
Charles Wilhoit, Tennessee

Table of Contents

Part One – Our Present Situation
The Opportunity………………………………………………………..4
The Lethal Danger………………………………………………………7
A Simple Summary: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats…12

Part Two – Finding the Solution
Step One: Start from Zero…………………………………………….15
Step Two: Tasks for Every Party Group………………………………17
Step Three: Tasks for the National Committee……………………….20

Part Three – How Do We Do It?
Step Zero: Listen to the Members……………………………………23
Step One: Quick Fixes………………………………………………..23
Step Two: Do Real Politics……………………………………………25
Step Three: Raise and Spend Money Well……………………………27
Step Four: Mobilize the Libertarians…………………………………33
Step Five: Marketing, A Tale of Two Libertarians……………………36
Step Six: The Practice of Scientific Membership Acquisition……….39
Step Seven: Healing Our LNC……………………………………….42
Step Eight: The Distant Prospect……………………………………..48

Part Four – The New Path Business Plan………………………………..52
Tables: Time Line Chart………………………………………………55
New Path Financial Projections – Key Highlights………………….58
Five-Year Financial Projections……………………………………….60

Part Five – The New Path Leadership Team…………………………….61

In Closing…………………………………………………………………63

Part One: Our Present Situation

The Opportunity

We Libertarians face a golden political moment. We simply need to take advantage of the situation we have been handed. One of our political opponents, the Republican Party, launched a war of conquest. No, not the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. The Republicans invaded and conquered a new corner of the Nolan Chart. That’s right, they marched down from their traditional conservative position to conquer the old authoritarian quadrant. Their erstwhile foes, the Democrats, are following in their footsteps.

That invasion is a huge opportunity for us. On issue after issue, the other two political parties have taken clear stands, stands that are the opposite from our positions and the opposite from the considered beliefs of the American people.

The Republicans are earning their reward for their efforts. Most Americans know that the Republican Party is the party of overage white male bigots whose thoughtful approach to the every issue is pounding on their chests. Young people reject the Republican Party by two-to-one or more. Persons of color and recently arrived ethnic minorities reject Republicans by up to 15-to-1. Now many of those people are starting to notice that while they loathe Republicanism, they don’t like Democrats that much, either.

Republicans have become the opposite of Libertarians. Democrats are not far behind the Republicans.

The opposite?

Consider the characters of Atlas Shrugged. The heroine of the piece is an engineering CEO. Her boyfriend is a materials scientist and industrialist. Another hero invents a cloaking ray. Even a major villain is a physicist. All these people are deeply engaged with science, engineering, and physical reality.

Compare those heroes with that Republican paladinette, Sarah Palin, a woman who rejects evolution and global warming, and claims that abstinence works as birth control for teenagers. Her stands are immensely popular with her many supporters, the legion of the belligerently ignorant who reject science, engineering, and reality in favor of delusion and conspiracy theory. And the Democratic Party is afraid to challenge Republicans on their nonsense.

Republicans have ceased to be conservative, too.

A half-century ago, conservatives believed that the Constitution was a functional document with working checks and balances. It was a Republican Attorney General who dragged American citizen Jose Padilla from the streets and locked him up in a military prison without trial or access to lawyers. Republicans wiretapped every phone call in America, without a warrant. The Democrats did nothing to protest.

Conservatives believe in smaller government. When the Cold War ended, Republicans drove military spending up to a trillion dollars a year. President Obama campaigned to enlarge the Army and Marine Corps even further. That’s the Republicans and Democrats, hard at work gorging their defense welfare clients, the bomber builders and the tank makers, all with your tax dollars.

Consider that least controversial of topics, the treatment of prisoners of war. When our candidate for Chair, George Phillies, went through Army Basic Training, forty years ago, the message was simple: Obey the Golden Rule. We protect the POWs in our hands, so that our POWs in their camps will also be protected.

Republicans support torture. Republicans support military kangaroo courts. Republicans reject the Geneva Conventions. And the Democrats? President Obama would rather ‘move on’ than investigate the hideous crimes of the Republican torturers.

At the Federal level, conservative Republicanism has been replaced by nationalist Republican socialism. At the Federal level, conservative Republicans are practically extinct. A few stray conservatives flutter hither and thither, but their numbers are so small they have no hope of progeny.

The fate of the Republican Party is seen in its 2010 fundraising document. Republicans say they have two groups of donors. Major donors engage in calculated giving, and direct marketing donors engage in visceral giving. Major donors respond to networking opportunities, access, wall of fame photos, … In short, they are well-to-do Americans investing in America by buying a Congressman. Visceral givers respond to fear, hatred of Obama, and an occasional issue. Even Republicans call their visceral givers “Reactionary”. In short, visceral givers are the people who believe every rant of far right wing radio hosts.

How do Republicans reach out to major donors? There are meetings with fine Republican politicians like Senator Vitter, events at the Indy 500, football games, a Texas Bird Hunt, a bull riding event, and that extremely expensive stop at the West Hollywood night club focused on lesbian bondage events. Republicans tend to be short of support from women, and can’t imagine why.

The true nature of Republicanism is shown by their recent two-term Presidents. George Bush doubled the national debt. He was a piker. Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt. George Bush launched an incredibly pointless war on Iraq, but only after Congress voted him permission. Ronald Reagan violated Federal law to wage a war on Nicaragua. To say something nice about George W. Bush, Bush would have been delighted to have Colin Powell as his Vice Presidential running mate. Ronald Reagan launched one of his Presidential campaigns in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

And the Democrats? They raised scarcely a word of protest. They were too busy outdoing the Republicans at expanding the welfare state, bloating the national debt, and sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Which leads us to our opportunity and our moment. With both major parties eagerly pursuing authoritarism at home and abroad, the environment for our solutions – Libertarian solutions – has never been better. Across the world, the end of the cold war brought the end of cold war political parties. Now we have the chance to send some American political parties to join them.

The Libertarian political movement offers the alternatives most Americans want but do not know how to reach. We offer peace, freedom, and prosperity. We only need a sound political structure to advance to victory.

Victory can happen, but only if we begin to take action now.

Look around – we see Campaign for Liberty, we see Young Americans for Liberty, we see the Ron Paul campaign. All sorts of activity, people working together, having fun, doing things.

Where is the Libertarian Party, the party that should be in the forefront of the march toward freedom?

At present: We are Nowhere.

Ask yourself: Why? Ask yourself: Who’s been in charge of our national party? What are they doing?

Ask yourself: The people who brought about the ongoing disaster in our Party’s fortunes. Are they the ones you trust to right our ship?

Or is it time for a New Path for the LP?

That’s up to you. But first, let’s see where our party is today. Let’s see why we say our party is an ongoing disaster.

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