Phillies, in group email:
“…my state chair (Dave Blau) had a phone call from the LNC Acting Director, and in one of the early sentences the first two words form Mr. Krauss’s [sic] lips were, I am told, “please” and “disaffiliate”.”
The Massachusetts LP has passed resolutions at odds with the national LP leadership:
The LPMass State Committee, having read in detail of events at the December Libertarian National Committee meeting, has passed a resolution responding to the National Committee actions. The resolution was drafted by a committee of the whole, and passed without objection.
The resolution as passed reads:
Whereas, the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts and five other state affiliates of the national Libertarian Party urged the Libertarian National Committee — in the words of the Libertarian Party of Nevada — to drop its vendetta against Angela Keaton and — in the words of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee — turn its attention to proper and necessary Libertarian Party business such as membership growth, finances, campaigns, advancing public policy in a libertarian direction, and increasing awareness of Libertarianism, and,
Whereas furthermore, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire categorically and unambiguously informed the Libertarian National Committee that the charge against Keaton related to New Hampshire was totally false and devoid of merit, and
Whereas furthermore, the Libertarian National Committee took no notice in its meeting of these recommendations, and
Whereas furthermore, the actions of the Libertarian National Committee drove National Committee At-Large member Angela Keaton to resign from the Committee, and
Whereas furthermore, the Libertarian National Committee passed a new budget providing nothing for Affiliate Support, Ballot Access, Brand Development, Campus Outreach, or Lobbying, and next to nothing for Candidate Support, therefore
Mindful of its historical leadership role within the libertarian movement, a role readily traced back to the battles of Concord and Lexington and the abolitionist movement, not to mention Massachusetts’s record as the first state to abolish slavery, legalize gay marriage, and its recent success in decriminalizing marijuana possession,
the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts therefore resolves:
First, we counsel the Libertarian National Committee that, for the good of the Party, the Libertarian National Committee should ensure in appointing Keaton’s replacement that the replacement is as anti-war and as socially liberal as Ms. Keaton, so that the balance on the National Committee between the party’s various factions and interests is not altered and continues to reflect the mixture of votes cast at the most recent National Convention, and
Second, we urge supporters of the libertarian political movement to respond to the Libertarian National Committee’s actions by redirecting your future donations away from the Libertarian National Committee. Donate instead to libertarian groups that do real politics and political education, such as your state Libertarian Party, and national groups such as Freedom Ballot Access and the Advocates for Self-Government.
MASSACH– USETTS PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING KEATON
Whereas, Angela Keaton was elected with the strong support of the delegates at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention, and
Whereas furthermore, the lack of performance of the Libertarian Party this past election cycle, under what should have been ideal electoral circumstances, should be cause for serious reflection, and
Whereas furthermore, spending the valuable meeting time of the Libertarian National Committee on personality disputes brings the National Committee and hence our party into disrepute, therefore
Be it resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls upon the Libertarian National Committee to decline to consider resolutions suspending Angela Keaton, and
Be it further resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts commends to the Libertarian National Committee the desirability of spending its precious meeting time on important issues that may advance our party,
Be it further resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts urges the Libertarian National Committee to spend that time, instead, on contemplating the substantive objectives of its budget and volunteer mobilization programs for the next year, and
For if the National Committee does not do so, the members of our voluntary organization may eventually conclude that alternative organizational structures are required if the Libertarian political movement is to advance.
The state party also considered, but did not pass, a resolution calling for the suspension of the LNC membership of chair Bill Redpath.
Posted to IPR by Paulie