Boston Tea Party convention underway at http://bostontea.us

The convention site is here

Several IPR contributors and regular commenters are in the running.

Per the instructions of the national committee, as of 9pm Eastern, October 24th, 2008, the Boston Tea Party’s biennial convention is now in session.

Election of Officers

Per the bylaws, each member may vote for one candidate for each office; polls repeat as necessary until either one candidate, or NOTA, receives a majority. Each polling cycle runs 24 hours, beginning at 9pm Eastern, October 24th, 2008. Human candidates listed in alphabetical order by last name.

* Chair George Donnelly
* Jason Gatties
* None of the Above

* Vice-Chair Douglass Gaking
* Matty Grossman
* None of the Above

* Secretary Michelle Luetge
* None of the Above

Election of At-Large National Committee Members

Per the bylaws, at-large national committee members are elected by “approval voting.” Each member may cast one vote for each candidate whom that member supports; the four candidates who receive the most votes are elected. Because of technical issues (no “approval voting” module available for this version of the site’s software), each candidate appears in a separate poll. YOU MUST VOTE IN A SEPARATE POLL FOR EACH CANDIDATE WHOM YOU SUPPORT IF YOU WANT THAT SUPPORT TO COUNT. These polls remain open for the duration of the convention. Human candidates listed in reverse alphabetical order by last name.

* Candidates Steve Trinward
* Neil Kiernan Stephenson
* Darryl W. Perry
* Steve Newton
* Andrew Martin
* Thomas L. Knapp
* Bill Jones
* Matty Grossman

Bylaws Proposals (from committee)

This space will link to bylaws amendments recommended by the national committee/bylaws committee for polling. Each member may cast one vote (“yes” or “no”) on adoption of each proposal. Per the bylaws, polling on these proposals will last 24 hours, beginning at the opening of the convention, with with 2/3 or more of voting members’ support required to adopt an amendment.

Committee Bylaws Proposal #1

The Bylaws Committee proposes a change to Article 9,
Section h, which states,

“Any action of the National Committee may be appealed by Party members comprising 5% or more of the membership, said appeal to be transmitted or called to the attention of both the Chair and the Secretary. In the case of such appeal, the appeal shall be published to the Party’s web site and the Party’s membership shall be polled on the question of whether to sustain or uphold the Committee’s action to suspend. The poll shall open within 10 days of the appeal’s publication, and shall remain open for 10 days. The National Committee’s action shall be overturned by a vote of 2/3 or more among voting members.”

The change would be the section which says “5% or more of the membership” to “5 or more party members,” so that the complete section will be as follows:

“Any action of the National Committee may be appealed by Party members comprising 5 or more party members, said appeal to be transmitted or called to the attention of both the Chair and the Secretary. In the case of such appeal, the appeal shall be published to the Party’s web site and the Party’s membership shall be polled on the question of whether to sustain or uphold the Committee’s action to suspend. The poll shall open within 10 days of the appeal’s publication, and shall remain open for 10 days. The National Committee’s action shall be overturned by a vote of 2/3 or more among voting members.”

(the changed section is in bold)

Committee Bylaws Proposal #2

The Bylaws Committee proposes the addition of Article 8, Section i:

“Officers of the National Committee may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same national party office.”

Committee Bylaws Proposal #3

The Bylaws Committee proposes the addition of Article 9, Section i:

“National Committee members, under any circumstances, are strictly prohibited from working for the party’s nominated Presidential or Vice-Presidential candidates in a public, official capacity while serving their terms on the National Committee. Officers who wish to engage in such activity shall either resign their seats from the National Committee or recuse themselves from an official public and political capacity while serving on the Board.

“1) Official capacity is defined as any campaign officer, manager or coordinator of campaign activities, any person listed in campaign web sites or documents as member of the campaign, and anyone otherwise involved with the national campaign in a paid or voluntary capacity.

“2) Other activities such as assisting with ballot access in a voluntary capacity, donating personally to a campaign, and promoting the campaign as an individual supporter are acceptable.

“3) Members of the National Committee may run for the party’s nomination for President or Vice President. While running for the party’s nomination, National Committee members must recuse themselves from all voting in any National Committee decisions until after the nomination is complete. If nominated to run for national office, a member of the National Committee must resign from the committee.”

Bylaws Proposals (from the membership)

After the adoption or rejection of the national committee/bylaws committee’s proposals, bylaws proposals shall be solicited from the membership in a post linked to from this space. Proposals shall be submitted via the appended comment form, and polls shall be linked to from this space. Each proposal moved and seconded in this manner, within 24 hours of the solicitation posting, shall be considered concurrently with all others, with proposal polls open for 24 hours. Each proposal receives the support of 2/3 or more of the voting members shall be deemed adopted.

Program Proposals (from committee)

This space will link to program points recommended by the national committee/program committee for polling. Each member may cast one vote (“yes” or “no”) on adoption of each point. Per the bylaws, polling on these points will last 24 hours, beginning at the opening of the convention, with 2/3 or more of voting members’ support required to adopt a program point. If fewer than five program points are adopted, the floor will be open for member proposal of additional points.

Committee Point Proposal #1

Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.

Committee Point Proposal #2

Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, elimination of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.

Committee Point Proposal #3

The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.

Committee Point Proposal #4

The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.

Program Proposals (from the membership)

In the event that fewer than five committee-proposed program points are adopted above, this space will link to a member proposal space and polls on proposed points. Points will be polled in the order proposed and seconded, with no more polls running than would cause the program to exceed five points if all were adopted. Each proposal will be polled for 12 hours, with 2/3 or more of voting members’ support required to adopt a program point.

Resolutions

Propose resolutions in the forum space at this link. All members may move resolutions (statements of the party exclusive of its platform, program or bylaws). All resolutions moved and seconded within 24 hours of the opening of solicitation space will be polled. Polls will run for 24 hours; resolutions supported by 2/3 or more of voting members will be adopted.

6 thoughts on “Boston Tea Party convention underway at http://bostontea.us

  1. JimDavidson

    With just over an hour left in the initial polling, the following information is available on the site at bostontea.us.

    Chair, Gatties 38 votes to Donnelly 12, 6 for none of the above (NOTA), 56 votes all found.

    Vice chair, Gaking 28, Grossman 10, 7 NOTA, 45 votes. We’ll see who is more vicious, and who knows more about vice.

    Secretary, Luetge 34, NOTA 8, 42 votes.

    At this hour, unless a large number of votes are cast before 21:00 eastern time, it looks like the officers are going to be Jason Gatties, Douglass Gaking, and Michelle Luetge.

    Trinward 16.
    Stephenson 18.
    Perry 30.
    Newton 15.
    Martin 6.
    Knapp 44.
    Jones 9.
    Grossman 12.

    At this hour, the national committee at large positions very likely include Thomas Knapp and Darryl Perry. The third position would be filled by Neil Stephenson if the voting ended right now. The fourth position is too close to call, between Steve Trinward and Steve Newton.

    Bylaws proposal one, setting the limit for polling the members to overturn an action of the national committee to any 5 members, is winning 37 yes to 7 no.

    Bylaws proposal two, term limits, is winning 33 to 10.

    Bylaws proposal three, separating campaigns from the national committee members, is winning 29 to 13.

    Program proposal one, to bring the troops home and stop fighting wars of occupation, is winning 43 to 4.

    Program proposal two, restore privacy and end star chamber, is winning 43 to 1. (One really does wonder about that one voter.)

    Program proposal three, emancipate future generations from the burdensome debt, is winning 45 to 1.

    Program proposal four, ending arbitrary money issue power, is winning 43 to 2.

    After this round of voting closes, resolutions from the convention members are to come up for votes. Two resolutions have been moved and seconded at this hour.

    There is also time for additional bylaws proposals from convention members.

    The convention continues for at least another 24 hours. But the polling on the above matters appears very likely to close on the first ballot – a majority being obtained in the relevant races, and no ties for at large rep.

  2. JimDavidson

    The initial polling is closed. The at large polling continues until the convention closes.

    Two new polls, on resolutions, are now being considered. Both show three votes in favor at this hour. One is on the police brutality at Hofstra University during the last debate. The other is on overseas adventurism and how evil it is.

    Congratulations to Jason Gatties who won the election to be your new chair. Congratulations also to George Donnelly who has the privilege not to be chair! Take it from me, there is just as much to congratulate each of you. Also congratulations to the members of the Boston Tea Party on a successful and peaceful transition of power. The outgoing chair lives! And I thank you all for joining up, for getting involved, and for your courtesy and enthusiasm.

    Congratulations to Douglass Gaking your new vice chair. Also thanks to Matty for running a good race, and being involved. Good work!

    Congratulations to Michelle, who gets to be secretary for a full term. Hurray!

    Please note that balloting for at large seats continues until the convention ends. And a new round of votes, on resolutions has begun, so keep it going.

    As things stand now: Trinward 16, Stephenson 18, Perry 30, Newton 16, Martin 6, Knapp 44, Jones 9, Grossman 12. Possession of the fourth seat is tied!

    The bylaws have changed. Proposal 1 passed. It now takes 5 to form a poll to reconsider national action. Recruit four buddies and keep things interesting!

    The bylaws have changed. Proposal 2 passed. Term limits now apply. Don’t try to hog the power. Pass the ring. (And no Bloomberging the term limits, please.)

    The bylaws have changed. Proposal 3 passed. No mixing election campaigns and national committee positions. “Gotta keep ’em separated.”

    The four points of the Campaign for Liberty are now the program of the Boston Tea Party. Good work everybody!

  3. JimDavidson

    It’s all good!

    Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I am free at last.

    I got a friend request from someone purporting to be “Charles Jay” on Facebook tonight. Ha!

  4. JimDavidson

    Two resolutions are now on offer.

    The first, proposed by me and written by Tom Knapp, discusses the police rioting and brutality at Hofstra University. The second reviews the overseas adventurism of the USA and calls for it to end, now. I invite everyone to see the resolutions on our site http://www.bostontea.us.

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