Article Says Libertarian Party Wants To Appeal to Teapartiers

According to this article, one of the raging topics at the Libertarian Party National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, is how best to reach out to, and benefit from, tea party membership.

Whether and how to woo Tea Party followers to their party is one of the big issues at the Libertarian Party national convention this weekend in downtown St. Louis.

Should Libertarians bend their principles for the votes of Tea Party followers, who may agree with them on some financial issues but sharply disagree on social policy; or do they focus on long-held principles that may not hold as much appeal among mainstream voters?

Libertarians, the nation’s largest third party, loathe a big government and accumulating national debt, but support abortion rights and gay marriage while opposing military foreign intervention and the war on drugs. In the Aug. 3 Missouri primary, 26 Libertarians are seeking nomination for state offices.

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The rest of the article quotes former Presidential candidate and Congressmen Bob Barr, former Vice Presidential candidate and current chair candidate Wayne Root, chair candidate George Phillies, California Libertarian Party officer Matthew Shannon, and Kansas delegate Chris Nowicki.

18 thoughts on “Article Says Libertarian Party Wants To Appeal to Teapartiers

  1. Libertarian2010

    I absolutely think we should stick to our principles, but I also don’t think that should keep us from working to get the VOTES from Tea Party members. Do we agree on all issues? NO. Do we want them to join the Libertarian Party? Maybe, maybe not. But do we want them help fund and vote for Libertarian candidates? ABSOLUTELY!

  2. Brian Miller

    Considering that the Tea Party is a subsidiary of the Republican Party, why would the LP want to make itself a subsidiary of the Republican Party?

    The Roots and Barrs demanding that the LP morph into a fringe right-wing party “out of practicality” wouldn’t have embraced the “opportunity” to become a fringe-LEFT party during the Bush administration, when there was a large “opportunity” to target lefties annoyed with the GOP’s predations.

  3. No Liberaltarians

    Libertarians are nothing more than the left’s way to infiltrate constitutionalists and take them down. Do not trust them.

  4. Third Party Revolution

    If they are going to try to take in the Tea Partiers, then they should morph them into a libertarian ideology such as : pro-choice (mostly), pro gay, pro drugs, and anti-war.

  5. Brian Miller

    they should morph them into a libertarian ideology

    No chance. The Tea Party is an authoritarian movement.

  6. Alan Pyeatt

    Not all tea parties are the same. The one in my area is very neo-con, but I have heard of others that have libertarian speakers.

    If we can move society in a libertarian direction by recruiting support at the tea parties, then by all means, we should. Personally, I think the Ron Paul supporters are a better place to start to recruit from the right.

    OTOH, for the last two decades we have recruited far more from the right wing than the left. As a result, we are far out of balance. But that’s a separate issue, and we need to get support where we can.

    Our delegates in St. Louis need to elect an LNC that can appeal to people on the left, right, and center. I’m not sure all our candidates for Chair do that. And I have to flatly disagree with Mr. Root’s statement, “Our party has been too pure for too long.”

  7. Carol Moore

    Infiltrate the Tea Party and turn them into real life libertarians. Real freedom lovers, and not freedom lovers for some people on some issues – and bomb or imprison everyone else.

  8. Zero Party Revolution

    Shut up TPR, you’re a moron.
    turn the Tea Party into independents, that’s the only good way.

  9. LibertarianBlue

    Libertarians are nothing more than the left’s way to infiltrate constitutionalists and take them down. Do not trust them.
    ______________________<

    Let me guess, your either a Paleocon or a Neocon?

  10. Steve

    We’d be foolish to write off the tea parties. The people that attend seem to split about 50/50 between those who desire less government and those who are just angry neo-con Republicans. Keep in mind that most of this activism will go away once Republicans retake Congress (or maybe the White House) and Fox News goes back to calling people who believe in the Constitution terrorists. The goal for our movement should be to use this moment when people are talking about the Constitution, talking about wanting less government to bring as many as we can over to us before this window of opportunity closes.

  11. Brian Miller

    The people that attend seem to split about 50/50 between those who desire less government and those who are just angry neo-con Republicans.

    Sealing the borders, shooting immigrants on sight, launching endless foreign wars, and government laws that restrict personal freedom aren’t “less government,” but they represent the core of the “tea party” movement.

    Of course, we had candidates for LNC who were arguing those values are “practical libertarianism,” so I can understand (to some extent) the confusion that makes people think we will find “opportunity” in a group of authoritarian populists.

  12. Eric Dondero

    We just had a meeting of the Libertarian Defense Caucus at the Libertarian Party national convention. 5 members, and 1 observer attended. All were dues-paying member of the LP.

    We met on the second floor of the Marriot in the Salon.

    We all agreed to fight for a pro-defense stance in the next Libertarian platform, and to promote respect and support for the US Military, particularly for Veterans, which seems to be seriously lacking within some sectors of the LP.

    The LDC is back!

  13. Trent Hill Post author

    Eric,

    That is by far the smallest meeting of a Caucus I have heard of this weekend. The Non-intervention caucus was much larger at it’s founding meeting. The Radical Caucus’ informal meeting had 50+ delegates.

    Im sort of shocked there is no Libertarian For Life Caucus that meets.

  14. "What have you been smoking ????" ......... Don Lake

    Carol Moore // May 30, 2010:
    “Tea Party —— and turn them into real life libertarians. Real freedom lovers, and not freedom lovers for some people on some issues – and bomb or imprison everyone else…….”

    [Well let’s see, [a] preach to the unconverted or [b] draw a road map (a Political ‘Quik Trip’ ????) or [c] personally show and display such.]

    [Now if you go for “c” you’ll need some “real life libertarians. Real freedom lovers’ and on the Left Coast, in the last couple of decades, I have not met any or many. Good luck and best wishes and hugs and kisses ………]

  15. Mik Robertson

    @13 “Sealing the borders, shooting immigrants on sight, launching endless foreign wars, and government laws that restrict personal freedom aren’t “less government,” but they represent the core of the “tea party” movement.”

    I don’t think that represents the core of the tea party movement. I think at its core are people who are fed up with tax and spend government that is becoming increasingly out of touch with the general population.

    There are a bunch of other factions in the various tea parties as well, no doubt. There are the gold bugs, the end the fed faction, various conspiracy theory followers as well as those who have issues with immigration or English as the official language etc.

    I think to say that candidates for the LNC were arguing for those things is a vast mischaracterization of the position of any LNC candidate and of any “practical libertarianism” position that anyone may have put forward.

    I think we should be open to bringing in those in the tea parties who believe in libertarian ideas, which probably the majority of tea party participants would be generally in agreement. I don’t believe all of the various factions of the tea parties believe in libertarian ideas, though.

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