Open Forum: IPR Readers Questions for any and all Libertarian National Committee candidates

This post is an open forum, encouraging all our readers to submit questions for all Libertarian National Committee candidates for all offices – not just chair – and all candidates to provide questions as well as debate each other.

To kick things off, one of our readers writes to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

I am not a Libertarian by any right but I am for improving our ballot access laws. I have seen you have posted questions for the candidates for Chair of the LP and I am somewhat interested in that so I was hoping you would publish and send these questions to the candidates. I think it might benefit your readership because this is wrriten from an outsider’s perspective.

Wayne Allyn Root
1. How are your political beliefs any different from those of the Libertarian wing of the GOP?
2. Would you consider the ideology of Libertarianism to be “pragmatic”?
3. Would you consider WIlliam F. Buckley Jr. to be a Libertarian?
4. What would you do to end the division between Paleo/right libertarians and left, socialist, geo, antipropertarian, zeitgeist, etc. libertarians?
5. What philosopher has influenced your thoughts the most in regards to politics?
6. If elected do you see any potiential niche markets, other than Republicans or college students, that have not been exploited yet?
7. What do you feel makes a person a libertarian?
8. Under your leadership would the Libertarian win any federal offices or executive state offices? If so what states and districts would be won?
9. Your record as a CEO as been called into question. Please give your take on all the crticism about your record.
10. If one of your opponents for chair were to win the LP Presidential Nomination in 2012 would you give them your full support?
11. If one of your opponents wins the chairmanship would you help them gain more media appearances?

Ernest Hancock
1. Your ideas are widely found as too radical by Republicans and Democrats. How would you get around this and increase the party’s membership?
2. You currently do not make many appearances on cable newchannels, in major newspaper, etc. How would you gain media attention?
3. What would you do to end the division between Paleo/right libertarians and left, socialist, geo, antipropertarian, zeitgeist, etc. libertarians?
3. If you were chair and one of your opponents were to win the presidential nomination in 2012 would you give them your full support?
4. What do you feel makes a person a libertarian?
5. Is libertarianism an idealistic ideology?
6. What experience do you have in politics and/or business that makes you qualified to run the party.

For any other candidate please answer these questions and state why you are the best candidate.

Some past questions and answers posted on IPR:

Q&A With Ernest Hancock

George Phillies answers Eric Sundwall’s questions

LNC Chair candidate Myers answers Sundwall questions

Eric Sundwall: Questions for all LNC chair candidates and general discussion

Libertarian Chair candidate Root answers questions from ex-Vice-Chair Moulton

George Phillies answers Chuck Moulton’s questions for Wayne Root

Questions for Wayne Root from Chuck Moulton

10 Questions For Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Ernest Hancock by Brian Holtz

Wayne Root Doubles Down On David Nolan’s Challenge

10 Questions For Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Wayne Root by Brian Holtz

I’ll also be going through the archives and linking some additional posts by and about LNC candidates in the comments on this post.

52 thoughts on “Open Forum: IPR Readers Questions for any and all Libertarian National Committee candidates

  1. Spin, spin, spin, spin .......... Lake

    [a] Doctor George Phillies and his Heart Land lap dog Thomas Knapp claim that LP is the one and only 21st Century American Peace Party ……

    [b] W. A. R.and other (so called) Libs constantly spout off like GOP neo cons ………..

    [c] reconcile plz ………

  2. Darryl W. Perry

    I sent the following five questions to each of the 5 declared candidates for a candidate comparison for Free Patriot Press:

    1) Why are you running for LP Chair?
    2) What are your qualifications?
    3) Why should someone vote for you?
    4) Do you support a top-down or bottom-up approach to political activism? How will this affect how you act in your role as Chair?
    5) Would you be willing to work with the BTP (the Boston Tea Party, the political party formed in 2006 by Thomas Knapp with the one sentence platform “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.”) on press releases and events that promote the general ideas of freedom & liberty?

  3. paulie Post author

    Other threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/ernesthancock-org-l-neil-smiths-aphorisms-q-a-with-ernie-hancock-and-a-video/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/new-path-plan-for-the-libertarian-party-money/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/video-ernest-hancock-address-the-mississippi-lp-convention-%e2%80%93-41010/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/brian-holtz-hancock-on-the-virtue-of-extremism-in-freedom-outreach/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/new-path-plan-for-the-libertarian-party-do-real-politics/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/n-nathaniel-burdohan-the-spork-principle-and-the-elephant-in-the-room/

  4. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/new-path-plan-for-the-libertarian-party-how-do-we-do-it/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/thomas-sipos-beware-of-last-minute-convention-floor-smears/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/tom-knapp-endorses-george-phillies-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/ernie-hancock-wayne-allyn-root-face-off-lp-chairs-race/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/lnc-chair-candidate-hancock-addresses-911-on-his-radio-show/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/ruwart-opposes-starr-re-election/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/kubby-libertarian-chair-candidates-should-foreswear-prez-campaigns/

  5. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/knapp-lp-cannot-afford-root/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/wayne-root-why-america-faces-a-big-fat-greek-bankruptcy/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/libertarian-national-committee-rep-hinkle-to-campaign-against-prop-14-in-special-election/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/mary-ruwart-reviews-wayne-roots-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/video-lnc-chair-candidate-hancock-tours-freedoms-phoenix-workshop/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/lnc-chair-candidate-hinkle-gains-5th-former-chair-endorsement/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/new-path-plan-step-three-tasks-for-the-libertarian-national-committee/

  6. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/lnc-chair-candidates-debate-indiana/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/new-path-for-the-lp-step-two-tasks-for-every-party-group/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/brian-holtz-911-truth-becoming-an-issue-in-lnc-chair-race/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/05/root-and-hancock-scare-each-other/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/brian-holtz-lnc-chair-candidate-hancock-on-the-hardcore-2008-paul-campaign/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/new-path-plan-for-the-libertarian-party-part-two-finding-the-solution/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/new-path-lnc-slate-update/

  7. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/homeschool-to-harvard-a-remarkable-education-story/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/new-path-for-the-lp-strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/hospers-endorses-root/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/barr-forwards-message-from-root/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/past-lp-chairs-and-potus-candidates-endorse-hinkle/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/mark-hinkles-reasons-for-seeking-lnc-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/brian-holtz-lnc-chair-candidate-hancock-on-baldwin/

  8. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/the-new-path-plan-for-the-libertarian-party/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/fact-checking-hancock-on-barr-2008/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/lpma-surrenders-ballot-status/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/mary-ruwart-how-can-we-solve-the-national-debt-crisis-so-we-can-move-to-a-libertarian-society/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/hancock-predicts-economic-collapse-violent-revolution/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/video-libertarian-wayne-root-on-fox-friends-tax-day-4-15-10/

  9. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/wayne-root-news/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/libertarian-party-chair-candidate-hancock-quit-lpus-in-2000-questions-lpus-existence/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/wayne-root-submits-to-lp-news-his-reasons-for-running-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/john-jay-myers-submits-to-lp-news-his-reasons-for-running-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/video-john-jay-myers-funny-out-takes/

  10. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/george-phillies-explains-reasons-for-running-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair-in-lp-news/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/ernest-hancock-explains-reasons-for-running-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair-in-lp-news/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/tom-knapp-a-tale-of-two-waynes/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/hancock-opposes-voting/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/video-wayne-root-speech-to-searchlight-tea-party/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/scott-williamson-getting-along%e2%80%a6/

  11. John Jay Myers

    Answers for Darryl:
    1) Why are you running for LP Chair?

    I didn’t think that either of the likely candidates who could win would be good for the Party. The party needs someone who represents both the left and the right, someone who is an activist but also a concerned with the politics of getting people elected. I would like to have the warring factions to work together: 1 set can be the activists, 1 set can be the educators and 1 set can get those activist educators elected.

    2) What are your qualifications?

    I am small business owner (my business has been profitable for the last 7 years), the Vice Chair of the Dallas County Libertarian Party (a county that raises more money than most states) I am on the Texas Executive Committee (our budget in Texas is 1/3 the size of national).
    I am running for Congress against Pete Sessions, and I believe I have the personality that will bring the Party together around a common goal…. liberty.

    3) Why should someone vote for you?

    To save the Party. We can not afford to be divisive at a time when 80% of the public is fed up with government. We can not afford to tag along with the Tea Parties so at any time the GOP rug could be pulled out from under us.
    Now more than ever it’s time to mobilize our own grass roots agenda. It is time to let our message be heard which resonates well with both the left and the right . We also can not afford to make our issues page look like the national enquirer. Anyone should believe what they like, but our message should be simple regardless of what you believe the answer is less government and more freedom.

    4) Do you support a top-down or bottom-up approach to political activism? How will this affect how you act in your role as Chair?

    Bottom up, I think establishing a site that connects County, State and National that will act as a county chairs hand book and allow us to attract a chair to every county in America is crucial. The site would also create template websites for candidates and guide them through their local election processes. It will also serve as a way to share information gathered at either of the 3 levels.

    5) Would you be willing to work with the BTP (the Boston Tea Party, the political party formed in 2006 by Thomas Knapp with the one sentence platform “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.”) on press releases and events that promote the general ideas of freedom & liberty?

    Why wouldn’t we? Yes.

  12. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/04/scott-williamson-thoughts-on-the-tennessee-lp-convention/ (Williamson is running for Region 4 rep)

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/george-philies-how-can-we-promote-activism-and-volunteerism/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/david-nolan-interview-with-josiah-schmidt-of-johnson-for-america/ (Nolan is running for At Large Rep)

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/video-wayne-root-on-larry-king-live/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/wayne-root-guests-on-larry-king-tonight/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/on-msnbc-root-criticizes-mccain-and-questions-palin-tea-party-credentials/

  13. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/live-stream-root-addresses-tea-party-express-event/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/phillies-where-does-the-libertarian-party-want-to-go/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/video-hancock-unveils-love-not-w-a-r-theme-in-lp-chair-race/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/libertarian-national-chair-candidates-ernie-hancock-mark-hinkle-john-jay-myers-and-george-phillies-speak-sunday-may-30/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/wayne-allyn-root-and-dakota-root-is-anyone-in-washington-d-c-smarter-than-a-12th-grader/

  14. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/candidates-for-libertarian-national-committee-debate-at-missouri-convention/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/george-phillies-our-national-party-is-dying-but-it-can-still-be-healed/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/wayne-root-is-obama-the-tiger-woods-of-politics/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/carolyn-marbry-floor-free-but-we%e2%80%99re-not-through-yet/
    (Carolyn Marbry is the New Path Slate candidate for Vice Chair)

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/03/sarah-palin-and-wayne-root-together-on-same-tea-party-stage/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/chairs-debate-poll-root-leads-in-first-place-votes-hancock-wins-ranked-choice-runoff/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/libertarian-national-committee-chair-debate-discussion-thread/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/george-phillies-and-other-lnc-candidates-newpathforthelp-org/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/scott-williamson-we-already-know-the-solution/

  15. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/george-phillies-what-my-friends-and-i-did-for-massachusetts-libertarians/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/james-oaksun-libertarian-party-vision-2016/
    (Oaksun is the New Path candidate for Treasurer)

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/video-george-phillies-q-a/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/james-oaksun-the-libertarian-national-committee-who%e2%80%99s-with-whom-who%e2%80%99s-against-whom/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/video-george-phillies-and-the-new-path-for-libertarians/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/wayne-root-a-tea-party-plan-to-save-the-economy/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/2008-libertarian-party-vp-nominee-wayne-allyn-root-on-fox-news-deficit-commission-more-taxes/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/scott-williamson-open-letter-to-region-4-state-affiliate-leaders/

  16. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/thomas-sipos-why-wayne-allyn-root-never-met-obama-at-columbia/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/america-a-big-fat-greek-tragedy/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/george-phillies-the-howard-dean-model/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/candidates-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair-speak-at-california-convention/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/video-wayne-root-running-for-lp-chief-salesman-not-2012-presidential-nominee/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/james-oaksun-a-spin-through-9-years-of-fec-filings/

  17. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/wayne-root-lessons-obama-should-have-learned-from-watching-the-super-bowl/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/wayne-root-speaks-to-utah-libertarians/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/wayne-root-criticizes-wes-benedict-lphq-for-failing-to-post-his-media-appearances/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/carolyn-marbry-straight-talk-on-%e2%80%9cgay%e2%80%9d-marriage/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/george-phillies-we-need-to-change-course-members/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/knppster-buttrick-v-root/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/root-joins-powerful-lineup-of-columnists-at-newsmax-com/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/wayne-root-obama-vs-vegas-bring-it-on/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/libertarian-party-founder-david-nolan-to-seek-seat-on-libertarian-national-committee/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/root-promotes-lp-in-media-times-five-today/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/scott-williamson-the-party-and-the-pendulum/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/wayne-root-confirms-he-is-running-for-lnc-chair/

  18. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/02/george-phillies-new-downloadable-libertarian-brochures/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/scott-williamson-carpe-diem/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/wayne-root-a-small-businessmans-response-to-the-state-of-the-union/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/george-phillies-our-good-ship-liberty-needs-to-change-course/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/james-oaksun-running-for-lnc-treasurer/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/wayne-root-the-citizen-revolution-has-begun%e2%80%a8%e2%80%a8post-election-analysis/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/root-tea-party-nation-the-shot-heard-around-the-world/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/wayne-root-the-obama-death-panels-unions/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/scott-williamson-declares-candidacy-for-libertarian-national-committee/

  19. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/michael-seebeck-running-for-libertarian-national-committee/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/wayne-root-time-magazine%e2%80%99s-big-blunder-the-ben-bernanke-travesty/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/libertarian-to-challenge-pete-sessions-in-tx-32/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/01/wayne-root-top-10-conservatives-nv/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/libertarian-party-watergate-office-worth-the-price/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/george-phillies-happy-holidays-to-all/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/libertarian-national-committee-races/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/root-family-holiday-greetings/

  20. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/libertarian-party-how-liberty-makes-health-care-virtually-universal/ by Mary Ruwart, believed to be running for reelection as At Large Rep

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/david-weigel-the-rise-of-wayne-allyn-root/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/lnc-leak-mary-ruwart-minority-report-of-the-donor-confidentiality-committee/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/george-phillies-announces-for-national-chair-of-libertarian-party/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/wayne-root-guest-hosting-liddy-radio-show-guests-to-include-gary-johnson/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/wayne-allyn-root-obama-may-be-a-socialist-if/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/wayne-root-media-appearances/

  21. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/liberty-for-america-december-2009/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/angela-keaton-urges-george-phillies-to-run-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/wayne-root-universal-healthcare-the-great-bait-and-switch-con-job/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/bill-redpath-will-not-seek-another-term-as-libertarian-national-committee-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/george-phillies-new-lnc-budget-is-slow-death-for-our-party/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/rob-power-announces-candidacy-for-libertarian-national-committee-secretary/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/wayne-root-mr-president-end-this-war/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/12/carolyn-marbry-declares-for-libertarian-national-committee-vice-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/11/wayne-root-the-obamagoldman-sachs-con-job-is-it-about-reverse-racism/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/11/wayne-root-the-obamagoldman-sachs-small-business-scam/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/11/wayne-root-is-obamacare-willing-to-sacrifice-the-lives-of-women/

  22. James Oaksun

    I would humbly refer people (particularly other LNC candidates) to the following.

    1. http://bit/ly/oaksun-qanda

    This is a 13 page, 21 question Q&A document I posted upon declaring my candidacy.

    2. http://jamesoaksun.com/blog/?p=112
    also http://jamesoaksun.com/blog/?p=116

    An additional 10 questions I posed to all the non-chair candidates. To date, two have said they had responses ready to go, but have not posted them. A third said they “could” answer the questions, but did not indicate whether they “would” answer prior to St Louis.

  23. paulie Post author

    Oaksun’s questions:

    1. What does the expression “Party of Principle” mean to you?
    2. What is your assessment of how things have been going generally in the party at the national level since the 2004 presidential election?
    3. How would you assess the National Committee’s performance in the last two year term? On an A-to-F grade scale what grade would you give the committee’s last term, and why?
    4. Who are you supporting for chair, and why? If you are undecided between two or more candidates, please state which candidates you are deciding between.
    5. Of the candidates for chair, are there any you could not in good conscience support under any circumstances, and why (meaning, on an IRV ranking are there any candidates you would rate below NOTA)?
    6. If you named anyone in your response to #5, is your opposition so intense that you would not serve on the committee if that person won?
    7. In your opinion what are the three most important priorities for the committee in the next two-year term?
    8. How would you assess Wes Benedict’s job performance to date, and would you recommend that the new chair retain him as executive director?
    9. How would you use your position on the committee to help grow the party (whatever “grow the party” means to you)?
    10. What are the one or two most important things the LNC can do (or champion) for the state affiliate parties?

  24. paulie Post author

    His answers to his own questions 1-5:

    1. What does the expression “Party of Principle” mean to you?

    Our Party has a “Statement of Principles” that our founders mandated would need a 7/8 vote to amend. It was a big “…and we mean it!” As the Party of Principle, I believe we should ensure that all our actions, positions and decisions correspond to, and are based on reflection on, that Statement.

    2. What is your assessment of how things have been going generally in the party at the national level since the 2004 presidential election?

    Pretty horribly overall. Financially, nearly a disaster. Falling revenues, cratering membership numbers, high termination rates among longtime stalwart members, a continued drop in large itemized donations, a national committee factionalized and throwing pies at each other… I would say our condition is somewhere between “serious” and “critical”. Since 2004, the membership has dropped by a third; real revenues by more than 50 percent. No reasonable person would look at those results and say, “well done and keep up the good work.” Let alone say, “let’s re-elect everybody who was at the table while it happened.”

    If our national party were a publicly traded corporation, there would have been a shareholder revolt long ago, the existing leadership would have been sacked to the last person, and new leadership brought in to try to salvage people’s investments. That’s where the national LP is today, and I intend to be part of the new leadership team that will bring change and improvement.

    The bright spot in the picture is that we do have some stronger and vibrant state organizations that seem to be doing reasonably well. I’m thinking specifically of places like Indiana, Texas, New Hampshire, Colorado, Washington state, a few others.

    3. How would you assess the National Committee’s performance in the last two year term? On an A-to-F grade scale what grade would you give the committee’s last term, and why?

    I would give it a “D”, only because an “F” would mean we were out of business altogether. If the woods are burning, it is utter lunacy to spend the better part of three committee meetings trying to unseat duly-elected at-large members, and the better part of a fourth meeting discussing a ridiculously foolish matter involving One Percent of the budget (i.e., the so-called “floor fee”). No priorities, no agenda control, no ideas, limited discussion of what it will take to get us moving the right way again. Bad bad bad.

    That said, I cannot tar the whole committee with that brush. There are some people on the committee who “get it”. Unfortunately, they don’t have the votes. The committee’s dominant coalition holds the whip. They are the problem. Substantially all of them need to be cashiered, regardless of who wins the chair.

    4. Who are you supporting for chair, and why? If you are undecided among multiple candidates, please state which candidates you are considering.

    I support George Phillies. George is a longtime activist, former state party chair, and has encyclopedic knowledge of the issues affecting our governance. He has also assembled a great team of people who are ready on Day One to implement a new operating plan to get us on the right track again. Some of the other candidates don’t seem to realize that the committee is a group of 17 (or perhaps now 18?), which decides matters by majority vote. It is not a divine right monarchy (at least not yet!).

    Change at the top is important, but hardly sufficient. George knows we need a pretty clean sweep, with new faces and new ideas to join the people who have been outvoted in recent years by the committee’s dominant coalition.

    Look, I wasn’t born yesterday. I know lots of people have very strong feelings about George, pro and con. And the same of some (all?) of the other candidates. If you have supporters, you’re going to have critics. That just means there are people paying attention! As a relative newcomer, maybe I don’t know all the history, all the dynamics. I don’t know who said what unkind thing to/about whom in 19xx. And you know what? I don’t care! George and our team have put together a sound and detailed operating plan to move forward, something any of the other candidates could have done, have not done, and with less than a month to St Louis, manifestly will not do. George and our team offer work boots and shoe leather… or as Churchill said, “blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

    As I mentioned in a previous post, the burden of proof is not on me. Rather, the burden is on the people who are serving (or recently have served) on the committee, to offer some compelling defense or explanation for their actions (and inactions) while in our collective service. Thus far, I have heard none, from anyone. And at this point, I would be very surprised to hear any offered at all. These people, apparently, believe it is sufficient to say “vote for me, because… well, just do it.” Or, “I back so-and-so for chair, therefore the past means nothing and vote for me.” In my opinion, that’s not nearly good enough. But in the end, the delegates will have to determine whether that is acceptable and what course of action they will take as a result.

    5. Of the candidates for chair, are there any you could not in good conscience support under any circumstances, and why (meaning, on an IRV ranking are there any candidates you would rate below NOTA)?

    I have reflected on this question almost every day since I started my campaign. As I have traveled around and talked to people, both face to face and via phone/online, it appears there is no clear favorite at this point in the chair’s race. All the candidates have their strengths; I have learned much from all of them and they have all made me a better candidate and will make me a better treasurer. So yes, I would rank them, but I would not rank any below NOTA.

    There is something to be said for putting yourself “in the arena”. The five candidates for chair have other personal and professional interests they could pursue, but instead have over the last few months offered their services to us for our evaluation. Consider what a “NOTA” victory would mean. Under the current rules it would mean that the LNC would select its own chair, and could not choose any of the candidates the delegates rejected the day before. Do I think any of the five candidates running would be preferable to some “Candidate X” who did not offer themselves for consideration? Yes, I do.

  25. paulie Post author

    And 6-10:

    6. Is your opposition to any of the chair candidates so intense that you would not serve on the committee if that person won?

    Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can, because the question has been raised more than once: I am in it to the end and I am in it to win. Chair and Vice Chair are decided before Treasurer. I will accept the verdict of the delegates on those races and will allow the delegates to make the call on me, too. I have offered my services; I have offered my diagnosis of the current situation and my prescription for a way forward.

    Furthermore, friends of mine (including some close personal friends) are seeking At Large, Regional and Alternate spots, and will be elected after the treasurer vote or off the floor. I will stand side-by-side with them to the end, even if it’s a bitter end, and beyond. Whether we celebrate together or cry together, we will stand together. Regardless of what happens in St. Louis, you have not heard the last of me!

    I would serve as Treasurer under any of the chair candidates; however, I would make it very clear to everybody that I would march to my own drummer when I had to. In my opinion, the entire Party leadership needs to begin, immediately, a concerted and active marketing and outreach effort to identified prospective members and allies. The leadership will either have to do this themselves, or support those who are doing that work. I am, however, acutely aware that there is a substantial difference of opinion in some quarters as to which individuals should be targeted, and the appropriate mechanisms for targeting them.

    Regardless of who is elected chair, I will, as a Party officer, personally pursue on the LP’s behalf the voters that my research has indicated are both naturally libertarian and would be receptive to our Party’s historical message – the message that brought me to the LP and that inspires me to this day. My efforts should be both complementary and supplementary to those of any of the chair candidates or any senior Party officials who wish to engage in similarly extensive outreach activity.

    7. In your opinion what are the three most important priorities for the committee in the next two-year term?

    * New budget with resources reallocated to the work of politics. I have been advocating a zero-based budget exercise where we start over with a clean sheet of paper and determine the very highest priorities to fund and act upon. Obviously the current regime decided year after year, rather unbelievably and for reasons as yet unclear, not to do this. This must change.
    * Vastly ramped up marketing to True Libertarians (we know who they are) with concomitant increase in aggregate membership levels. See various of my blog posts and section in the New Path book on “Tale of Two Libertarians” for more information.
    * Fundraising

    8. How would you assess Wes Benedict’s job performance to date, and would you recommend that the new chair retain him as executive director?

    As far as I can tell, and unless someone presents me with extremely compelling evidence to the contrary, Wes has been doing a fine job under very difficult circumstances. I hope he stays!

    9. How would you use your position on the committee to help grow the party (whatever “grow the party” means to you)?

    * Sponsor website redesign. Our current website is poor, outrageously outdated in many respects, and is unconscionably expensive. This must change, but will only change with new leadership all around the committee table, not just at the chair’s spot.
    * Data mining of existing membership to better target communications. I have offered my services to the party and committee pro bono in this regard.
    * Aggressive marketing to True Libertarians mainly focused on using new media.
    * Also, if we can demonstrate that the committee “gets it”, and is working like dogs on the right, highest priority objectives to get things moving forward again, people will notice and energy will beget more energy.

    10. What are the one or two most important things the LNC can do (or champion) for the state affiliate parties?

    * Better resources for candidates (Libertarian Wiki on the website; position papers; talking points).
    * More clarity as to the message. With some groups you may need to use different language or highlight different aspects of the platform, but our underlying message is a great one and need not be radically altered.
    * More visibility for our overall activities; revamped budget targeting high priority items.

  26. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/10/wayne-root-asks-is-obama-our-bernie-madoff/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/10/wayne-roots-book-climbing-in-amazon-sales-rank/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/10/what-libertarian-wayne-root-calls-a-slow-week/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-they-all-lie/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/aaron-starr-historical-comparison-of-libertarian-presidential-candidates-share-of-eligible-vote/ Starr is believed to be seeking reelection as treasurer.

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/george-phillies-lnc-wants-to-eliminate-rights-of-sustaining-members/

  27. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-praises-nevada-for-economic-freedom/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-let-newspapers-fail/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/mike-renzulli-reviews-wayne-roots-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-on-freedom-watch-at-foxnewscom-with-judge-andrew-napolitano/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-roots-conscience-of-a-libertarian-endorsed-by-judge-andrew-napolitano-of-fox-news-channel-and-fox-news-radio/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-on-savage-nation/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/recent-wayne-root-media-appearances/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-on-the-lou-dobbs-show-91009/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/liberty-for-america-september-issue-contents/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-the-audacity-of-union-worship-trade-war-with-china/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-on-fox-friends-on-fox-news-channel-on-9909/

  28. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/mark-hinkle-the-national-lp-chair-campaign-is-on/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-the-big-obama-healthcare-lie/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/tom-knapp-consciences-of-the-critics/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/classically-liberal-blog-fake-libertarians-propose-alliance-with-conservatives/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/eric-sundwall-chapter-by-chapter-review-of-wayne-roots-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-media-schedule/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/george-phillies-reviews-wayne-roots-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/steve-kubby-reviews-wayne-roots-the-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/tom-knapp-a-couple-of-corrections-for-wayne-root/

  29. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/wayne-root-public-education-brainwashing-obama-indoctrination-day-on-tuesday/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/09/1972-lp-nominee-hospers-reviews-roots-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/wayne-root-announces-the-libertarian-conservative-coalition-to-take-back-america/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/wayne-root-on-thom-hartmann-show/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/libertarian-root-talks-to-utah-newspaper/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/wayne-root-bernanke-fed-enable-obamas-socialist-agenda/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/reasontv-interviews-libertarian-root/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/roots-book-reviewed-at-liberty-for-all/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/poker-players-alliances-muny-recommends-chapter-in-roots-book/

  30. Ross

    1) What would you do to differentiate the LP from the Republicans, and to make sure that the LP isn’t perceived simply as an arm or caucus of the Republicans?

    2) Would you focus more on local “winnable” races (eg, state legislature, town councils, mayor) or attention-getting races like the presidency and Senate races?

  31. Ross

    3) What’s your opinion on the National Initiative for Democracy? Fellow Libertarians like Thomas Knapp and Neil Stephenson have endorsed it, while Michael Jingozian and Mike Gravel are actively working for the idea.

  32. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/wayne-root-how-to-solve-the-healthcare-crisis-tomorrow/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/root-endorses-internet-marketing-tool/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/abc-news-and-wayne-root-on-steve-kubby/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/root-commentary-let-the-citizen-revolution-begin-throw-the-bums-out/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/new-issue-of-liberty-for-america-magazine/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/richard-winger-reviews-conscience-of-a-libertarian/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/george-phillies-reviews-recent-libertarian-national-committee-meeting-in-st-louis/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/recent-wayne-root-media-fox-and-friends-hannity-and-more/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/08/libertarian-root-weighs-in-on-ohio-city-council-race/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/libertarian-root-appears-on-americas-morning-news/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/video-wayne-allyn-root-on-cavuto-july-28/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/roger-gary-announces-candidacy-for-treasurer-of-libertarian-national-committee/ (he has since withdrawn and endorsed Oaksun)

  33. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/wayne-root-obamas-waterloo-cambridge-police-controversy/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/mark-hinkle-running-for-libertarian-national-committee-chair/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/open-letter-to-lp-leaders-from-party-founder/ David Nolan, candidate for At Large Rep

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/2008-lp-delegate-petition/ ref: Treasurer Starr, At Large Wrights, both believed to be running again

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/07/steve-kubby-mary-ruwart-ray-carr-and-lee-wrights-resign-from-cannabis-science-corporation-board-of-directors/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/06/wayne-root-on-fox-tv-prohibition-bailouts-cap-and-trade/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/06/upcoming-wayne-root-media-appearances/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/06/lp-judicial-committee-rules-4-3/
    For Wrights, Nolan Dissents

  34. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/06/wayne-root-blasts-federal-takeover-of-gm/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/06/wayne-root-launching-libertarian-radio-show-in-ny-la-chicago/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/wayne-root-on-fox-news/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/wayne-root-to-join-talk-radio/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/remarks-to-libertarian-party-judicial-committee/ ref: Wrights

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/memo-to-libertarian-party-judicial-committee/ ref: Wrights

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/wayne-root-on-californias-new-tax-revolt/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/lnc-reps-send-brief-to-judcom/ ref: Wrights

  35. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/05/libertarian-national-committee-votes-that-lee-wright-is-still-a-committee-member/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/lps-seebeck-anatomy-of-a-coup/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/statement-from-the-lp-judicial-committee-regarding-wrights/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/wayne-root-running-for-chair-of-libertarian-party/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/petitions-of-denver-libertarian-national-convention-delegates-and-sustaining-members-against-the-removal-of-lee-wrights-from-the-lnc/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/wayne-root-why-obama-now-has-big-business-trained-like-the-new-white-house-puppy-bo/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/lnc-memo-wrights-was-not-member-when-elected/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/removal-of-lee-wrights-from-libertarian-national-committee-appealed-to-judicial-committee/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/wayne-root-to-keynote-george-libertarian-party-convention/

  36. paulie Post author

    being a libertarian is not a requirement to ask questions of LNC candidates in this forum. Just in case anyone was unsure 🙂

  37. JT

    Paulie, can you PLEASE post a few links to threads relevant to LNC races? I think they’d be useful here. Thank you.

  38. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/wayne-root-the-liberal-way-the-audacity-of-intolerance-and-arrogance/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/applicants-sought-for-lnc-vacancy/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/wyne-root-tax-day-is-root-media-day/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/wayne-root-obamas-weapons-of-mass-distraction/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/04/libertarian-party-blog-wayne-root-blasts-bailouts-touts-capitalism-on-fox/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/03/libertarian-party-press-release-wayne-root-to-appear-on-savage-nation-radio-program/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/03/2012-libertarian-presidential-candidates-wayne-root-and-tom-knapp-on-the-miac-report/ Knapp and Root are no longer 2012 presidential candidates

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/03/mary-ruwart-wins-book-of-the-year-award/

  39. paulie Post author

    More threads relevant to LNC races:

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/02/george-phillies-liberty-for-america-news/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/02/wayne-root-dont-rush-potentially-bad-stimulus/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/02/george-phillies-liberty-for-all-%e2%80%9clet-your-voice-be-heard%e2%80%9d-home-we-have-a-bright-future-if-only/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/02/wayne-roots-stimular-package-proposal/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/02/libertarian-party-blog-wayne-root-talks-job-recovery-on-fox-business/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/02/mary-ruwart-consumer-protection-is-compassion-that-kills/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/libertarian-wayne-root-on-cavuto-today-savage-nation-tomorrow/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/george-phillies-says-libertarian-party-acting-executive-director-robert-kraus-asked-massachusetts-lp-to-disaffiliate/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/libertarian-national-committee-budget-controversy/ ref Starr, Wrights

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/lee-wrights-the-seduction-of-silence/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/libertarian-party-of-massachusetts-resolution-on-lnc-acts/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/video-wayne-root-on-fox-business/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/wayne-root-california-nightmare-why-california-leads-the-nation-in-deficit-debt-and-out-migration/

    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2009/01/wayne-root-destroy-the-fed-before-the-fed-destroys-us/

  40. Jose C

    Questions:

    1. The most successful year in the history of the Libertarian Party was 1980. What do you propose to do that will return the Libertarian Party to the level of success it had in 1980?

    2. Some who were involved in leadership positions in the Libertarian Party in 1980 are no longer involved in Party affairs. If some wanted to return and get active in the Party would you welcome them?

    3. Do you think it is a good idea for an officer of the Libertarian Party to actively and publicly support a candidate of another political party?

    4. Should officers of the Libertarian Party be prohibited from actively and publicly supporting a candidate of another political party?

    4. The wife’s of the nominees for President of the Democratic and Republican parties have given speeches in support of their husbands during their national convention. The Constitution Party has also instituted this practice. Should the wives or husbands of nominees for President of the Libertarian Party be allowed to give a speech in support of their husband or wife?

    5. If the candidate for chair that you support does not get elected will you still run for the office you seek?

    6. The Libertarian Party has since the 1980s operated at various times at a deficit. What do you propose to do so the Party does not ever again operate at a deficit?

  41. paulie Post author

    Questions for Phillies from Holtz posted on the Libertarian Intelligence blog:

    “George, this all sounds very good. I agree with many of your ideas for improving how we spend our money. I also like almost all of what you advocate as Libertarian Centrism. But I’m extremely disturbed when you write things like this (referring to Ron Paul):

    As was well known prior to the discovery of his racist newsletters, he is a homophobic bigot, an antiabortionist, a Christian dominionist who believes the Bible trumps the Constitution, an opponent of the Constitution who rejects the 14th amendment etc.

    More important, though unsurprisingly, he is a Republican.

    The Libertarian Party was founded to establish a party separate from all others. Attempting to use party resources to support a Republican was a gross breach of the fiduciary duties of the national committee.

    The LNC had a choice as to whether or not to support homophobia, racism, dominionism, seeking the death of our daughters via back room abortions, not to mention attaching ourselves to a candidate who courted the conspiracy folks on Alex Jones.

    They made the wrong choice.

    They also sought to recruit this person as our party’s presidential nominee.

    They, not Ms. Keaton, should be expelled from the LNC.

    My questions:

    1) Given your harsh attacks on Ron Paul such as above, how would you be able to position the LP to work with the Tea Party movement, the Campaign For Liberty, etc?

    2) You’ve criticized “conservative bigots bleating about ‘Federalism’ and their Jim Crow ’states rights’ doctrine”. Do you believe a libertarian can advocate federalism and decentralism without being a “conservative bigot”?

    3) In Dec. 2007 you called for the mass resignation of the LNC for inviting Ron Paul to seek the LP nomination, and said the LNC is guilty of “theft and fraud”. Can you tell us which of the current LNC reps, if any, you do not oppose being re-elected?”

  42. paulie Post author

    To anyone annoyed by my link overkill, questions can be found in the body of the post and at comments 46, 45, 32, 33, 24, and 2.

    Any more questions? Any more answers?

  43. George Phillies

    Mindful that some of these questions really only make sense for their original target:

    Wayne Allyn Root
    1. How are your political beliefs any different from those of the Libertarian wing of the GOP?

    The GOP’s claim to have a ‘libertarian’ wing represents the triumph of faith over reality. If they had a libertarian wing, it would have been running primary challenges against the GOP’s warmongers, drug warriors, crooks, and idiots. The GOP also has a “Ron Paul” wing, which includes some number of people who will someday become libertarians, and some number of sound-money social conservatives, who may someday join the Constitution Party.

    2. Would you consider the ideology of Libertarianism to be “pragmatic”?

    Pragmatism? “Works in the real world?” Yes, our message of Peace, Freedom, Opportunity works very well for real people in the real world, in contrast to Republican and Democratic statism.

    I am running for Chair — the Party’s CEO — not for the Party’s Great High Priest and Philosopher King. I don’t care if you call the ideology idealistic, pragmatic, or lesnerizational, so long as our candidates are libertarian and victorious.

    3. Would you consider William F. Buckley Jr. to be a Libertarian?

    I believe he viewed himself as a conservative. Mind you, if Barry Goldwater were alive today, he would be a leader in our party, unless he had succeeded in carrying out his advice to kick the religious right out of his Republican Party.

    4. What would you do to end the division between Paleo/right libertarians and left, socialist, geo, antipropertarian, zeitgeist, etc. libertarians?

    We’re libertarians. There is nothing we all agree upon, except how we spell our party’s name. Live with it.

    5. What philosopher has influenced your thoughts the most in regards to politics?

    I am here to build a political party, not a philosophy club. I prefer read about the real world — history.

    6. If elected do you see any potential niche markets, other than Republicans or college students, that have not been exploited yet?

    People who agree with us. These are in large part younger people repelled by Republican-Democratic statism. See the New Path program at NewPathForTheLP dot org for detailed information.

    7. What do you feel makes a person a libertarian?

    My objective is to have people *vote* Libertarian, *donate* to Libertarians, and volunteer to support Libertarians. I am not here to administer purity tests.

    8. Under your leadership would the Libertarian win any federal offices or executive state offices? If so what states and districts would be won?

    I want to create the conditions where our candidates *can* beat their Republican and Democratic opponents into the ground. Elections in the current LNC term are mostly during the first six months of our term in office. I intend to generate resources for candidate support. After that, I will be building a foundation for the 2011 and 2012 elections.

    9. Your record as a CEO as been called into question. Please give your take on all the criticism about your record.

    I’m a college professor. For much of my career, I did experimental physics. That’s basically the same as being CEO of an independent branch of a conglomerate. No one got to tell me what to do research on. I had to raise money, build a manufacturing (lab) facility, train, motivate, supervise and if need be fire staff, and get the product out the door, which I did. At times, I have supervised a staff that was considerably larger, younger, and confronted with far more complicated tasks than the LNC staff faces, and I was successful in doing so.

    10. If one of your opponents for chair were to win the LP Presidential Nomination in 2012 would you give them your full support?

    Note that the current LNC term of office ends a couple of days after we choose our Presidential candidate. Under this LNC, we have the nominating campaign. I will ensure that the LNC and its staff are scrupulously neutral in a positive way about our Presidential candidates. Let me emphasize a key word here “positive”. And another word “scrupulously”.

    11. If one of your opponents wins the chairmanship would you help them gain more media appearances?

    I would like our *candidates* to get more media appearances, and there are things we can do to do that. An up date date high-quality list of media contacts, actually supplied to candidates, would be a good start. LP Advertising is a start. Mind you, we may look at the other parties, and the media appearances Mr. Steele as RNC Chair gets “About that lesbian bondage club…: “Your critics say your speaking fees are astronomical, and you are pocketing them…” “Is this a tour to promote our candidates or to pimp your book…?” Our party can do without those.

    Ernest Hancock

    1. Your ideas are widely found as too radical by Republicans and Democrats. How would you get around this and increase the party’s membership?

    There are many points where Republican and Democratic pols agree with each other, and not us. I intend to push hard on those radical points as ways to increase our party’s membership with the vast number of people who agree with us. That;s radical points such as
    Ending the failed wars on Iraq and Afghanistan
    Ending the biggest welfare program: the warfare state
    Ending the failed war on pot
    Keeping Uncle Sam out of your bedroom
    Ending draft registration
    Stop mailing our bills to our grandchildren via the National Debt and its friends

    2. You currently do not make many appearances on cable news channels, in major newspaper, etc. How would you gain media attention?

    New Path for the LP, like my Presidential campaign, is appearing in the modern media right now as I type, namely we are doing a large advertising campaign via Facebook and Google AdWords that IPR readers have seen. I propose that the modern LP needs to exploit social electronic media to reach young people.

    3. What would you do to end the division between Paleo/right libertarians and left, socialist, geo, antipropertarian, zeitgeist, etc. libertarians?

    I am running for Chair — the Party’s CEO — not for the Party’s Great High Priest and Philosopher King. These are divisions for our members to treat via the candidates they support and the platform they choose.

    3. If you were chair and one of your opponents were to win the presidential nomination in 2012 would you give them your full support?

    Same question as above.

    4. What do you feel makes a person a libertarian?

    Same question as above.

    5. Is libertarianism an idealistic ideology?

    I am running for Chair — the Party’s CEO — not for the Party’s Great High Priest and Philosopher King. I don’t care if you call the ideology idealistic, pragmatic, or lesnerizational, so long as our candidates are libertarian and victorious.

    6. What experience do you have in politics and/or business that makes you qualified to run the party.

    Unlike my opponents, I am running as part of a team. The New Path candidate for Treasurer, James Oaksun, has an MBA. The New Path candidate for Secretary, Rob Power, has an MBA. The New Path candidate for Vice Chair, Carolyn Marbry, served variously as CEO and CFO of a *profitable* specialty software house. New Path At-Large candidate for At-Large, Charles Wilhoit, is a former State Chair who rose to the rank of Captain, USN, and commanded warships. New Path At-Large candidate for At-Large, Thomas B. Hill, has a long list of activities in North Carolina, and was Mary Ruwart’s Aide-de-Camp in her 2008 Presidential campaign. Regional Representative candidate Rachel Hawkridge is a State Chair. Regional Representative candidate James Remmert is former Associate General Counsel for a Fortune-200 company. That’s not a complete list.

    There’s me, too.
    National Volunteer Coordinator, Badnarik 2008
    National Volunteer Coordinator, Russo Nominating Campaign
    State Chair
    State Treasurer
    State Membership Secretary
    Founded Liberty Congressional PAC, the first Libertarian Federal PAC
    Founded Freedom Ballot Access, the only Libertarian 527 organization.
    Author, Stand Up for Liberty — organizing plan
    Editor, State Party Newsletter
    Chair, Pioneer Valley Libertarian Association
    Editor, Liberty for America
    Editor, Let Freedom Ring!
    Libertarian Candidate for Congress, 1998

  44. Rob Power

    @46 — The proper role of federalism after the ratification of the 14th Amendment is almost always an economic one.

    When it comes to a state attacking individual rights, federal protections overriding state law are appropriate. However, in cases where individual rights are not being infringed by a state, the state should retain its control.

    So for example, in education, Alabama cannot deny black children access to taxpayer funded schools (14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause), however issues of taxing, spending, testing standards, and other issues related to education which are not involving equal rights under the law should be left to Alabama to decide. The federal government should not be involved in funding or standardizing schools. The federal Department of Education should not exist. The federal courts can handle those cases where the 14th Amendment invalidates a state law, regulation, or policy.

    One can support federalism (under this definition) and not have to be a 14th-Amendment denier like Ron Paul and his Republican supporters.

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