Posted by Brian Holtz at Libertarian Intelligence, and combined with another post there. Reproduced here for the purpose of discussion. Although Brian also writes for IPR, IPR as a blog/website takes no position on LNC races, 9/11 truth, etc. And while I (Paulie) do take positions on all of the above, they often differ from Brian’s.
I’ve been releasing a a series of reports trying to answer 10 questions posted on IPR for Libertarian National Committee Chair candidate Ernest Hancock. In researching those reports, I’ve discovered material that I hadn’t yet found when I composed those questions. This new material invites delegates to consider Hancock’s judgment in what he thinks constitutes good outreach for the freedom movement.
The article [appended to] this one examined Hancock’s endorsement of the character of Pastor Steven Anderson. In his church (where he says “only men speak”), Anderson preaches that God should strike down President Obama for (among other sins) promoting a “sodomite” agenda. Hancock embraces Anderson for resisting an unjustified search of his vehicle at a highway checkpoint.
The next video focuses on some guns-rights street theater that Hancock cleverly staged on Aug. 17 outside an Obama town hall meeting in Phoenix. In an Aug. 18 interview about it on CNN, Hancock without prompting brought up his involvement in the “Viper Militia” case of 1996. On Aug. 19, MSNBC aired a story about Hancock and the Viper Militia, which below is interleaved with various Hancock comments about revolutionary violence and the importance of being “at least a little uncomfortable” with how radical your positions are:
Note that Hancock’s AR-15-toting friend Chris later went on the Alex Jones radio show to say that he “proudly” attends Pastor Anderson’s church, which he calls “the best church in the world”.
Hancock himself is a big fan of the Alex Jones DVD Obama Deception, of which he has distributed tens of thousands of free copies as part of his outreach work. For anyone who hasn’t seen the whole thing, the following seven minutes might be the parts that make Libertarians “a least a little uncomfortable”:
My question is simple: if Hancock is elected Chair, will Pastor Anderson and the Viper Militia and Obama Deception‘s conspiracy theories become part of the LP’s outreach strategy?
LNC Chair candidate Hancock endorsed character of death-to-Obama preacher
The video below interleaves excerpts from 1) Hancock video and radio shows about Pastor Steven Anderson and 2) a YouTube exposé about Anderson. It asks you to consider Hancock’s judgment in what he thinks constitutes good outreach opportunities for freedom-oriented activism.
Update: below are comments I sent to a writer at IPR who considers the above video not to be fair.
My question is simple: with Hancock as Chair, is there a chance that Pastor Anderson is going to show up on LP.org as a poster child for Fourth Amendment rights?
IPR reporters need to ask themselves: is this not a legitimate and fair question to ask in the Chair race?
If the LP were the ACLU, I would of course say that the LP/ACLU should defend Anderson in court. That’s hardly the same thing as saying that this is the case around which the LP should build its public Fourth Amendment advocacy — as Hancock demonstrably does.
Hancock has at least twice run 10-minute video/radio pieces promoting Anderson as a Fourth Amendment poster child, without a single word describing why Anderson is controversial — even as he says he gave his audience “a little bit of the background of the type of person” Anderson is.
My video forthrightly quotes Hancock’s summary of why Anderson is his Fourth Amendment poster child, and then tells you the things about Anderson that Hancock apparently doesn’t want you to know.
My video is not reporting, it’s advocacy. That’s why I posted it on my blog, and not as an IPR news article. Before delegates give Hancock the authority to put Anderson on LP.org as a Fourth Amendment poster child, I think they deserve to know the whole story about Anderson. IPR will have to decide if they disagree.
If IPR reports on my advocacy, it is of course free to fill in any context that they think is missing from my blog article.
If you don’t think the delegates and IPR readers should know about both 1) Hancock’s promotion of Anderson’s story and 2) Anderson’s controversial background, then I guess we just disagree.
If you do agree they should know about it, then I’m agnostic about how that information reaches them.
One way to provide context would be to also include the entire Hancock interview of Anderson (at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z_tDivKVcQ), and show how Hancock spends 10 minutes talking about Anderson’s “character” without mentioning the elephant in the room.