Dr. Tom Stevens covers Libertarian National Convention

New Libertarian National Committee Elected: New York Delegation Backs Most Winners (excerpt):

Three separate ballots were conducted for the election of a new Libertarian Party Chair. On the first ballot, Wayne Allyn Root obtained 200 votes, followed by Mark Hinkle with 114 votes, Ernest Hancock with 82 votes, John Jay Myers with 70 votes, George Phillies with 56 votes and N.O.T.A. with 10 votes. On that ballot, the New York Delegation voted 69% for Root, 19% for Hancock, and 12% for Hinkle. On the second ballot, Wayne Allyn Root obtained 223 votes, followed by Mark Hinkle with 210 votes, Ernest Hancock with 87 votes and N.O.T.A. with 9 votes. On that ballot, the New York Delegation voted 80% for Root, 13% for Hinkle, and 7% for Hancock. On the third and final ballot, Mark Hinkle obtained 281 votes and was elected LP National Chair. Wayne Allyn Root came in second place with 228 votes and N.O.T.A. got 19 votes. On that third ballot, the New York Delegation voted 81% for Root and 19% for Hinkle.

In the election for Libertarian Party Vice-Chair, Mark Rutherford was elected with 285 votes to Carolyn Marbry’s 201 votes with N.O.T.A. getting 4 votes. The New York Delegation voted 71% for Rutherford and 29% for Marbry.

In the election for Libertarian Party Secretary, Alicia Matson was elected with 265 votes to Rob Power’s 194 votes with N.O.T.A. getting 4 votes. The New York Delegation voted 86% for Matson and 14% for Power.

In the election for Libertarian Party Treasurer, James Oaksun was elected with 319 votes to Aaron Starr’s 133 votes with N.O.T.A. getting 4 votes. The New York Delegation voted 86% for Oaksun and 14% for Starr.

In the election for Libertarian Party At-Large Representatives, Wayne Allyn Root was elected with 250 votes followed by Bill Redpath with 225 votes, Mary Ruwart with 202 votes, David Nolan with 183 votes and Kevin Knedler with 177 votes. If the New York Delegation had the exclusive power to elect the LP’s At-Large Representatives, they would have elected the following individuals: Bill Redpath, Wayne Allyn Root, Kevin Knedler, Dr. Tom Stevens and Sam Sloan.

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Redlich, Gaetani, Credico & Clifton Conspicuously Absent From Libertarian Party’s 2010 National Convention (excerpt):

Mark Axinn, LPNY Chair, was lobbying hard at the Libertarian Party’s 2010 National Convention held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri over Memorial Day Weekend for a $30,000.00 donation to help the Libertarian Party of New York obtain the petition signatures it will need to get its statewide candidates on the ballot this year. This lobbying was especially important since it will be the new Libertarian Party National Committee that will vote on this allocation of funds and because Mr. Axinn has said “it is unlikely we will obtain ballot access without that financial help.”

So where were the candidates nominated by the Libertarian Party of New York for statewide office? Were they in St. Louis introducing themselves and speaking of the importance of this upcoming race to our obtaining ballot access in New York for the LP’s Presidential Candidate in 2012? Were they at the LPUS National Convention lobbying along with Mark Axinn to anyone who would listen? No. Warren Redlich, LPNY candidate for Governor, was nowhere to be seen. John Gaetani, LPNY’s candidate for Comptroller was also absent as was Randy Credico and John Clifton, LPNY’s candidates for United States Senate.

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Stevens & Sloan Demand A More Pro-American, Patriotic Libertarian Party (full post):

Dr. Tom Stevens, State Representative of the Libertarian Party of Queens County to the Liberarian Party of New York, and Sam Sloan, State Representative of the Manhattan Libertarian Party to the Libertarian Party of New York recently attended the Libertarian Party’s National Convention, which took place from May 29-31, 2010 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. Over five-hundred delegates from throughout the nation were in attendance. Stevens was shocked that American Flags were nowhere in sight during this LPUS National Convention taking place over Memorial Day Weekend and sought to rectify the situation.

On Friday, May 29, 2010, Dr. Stevens brought the issue to the attention of Michael Jingozian, Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party. Stevens said, “at least one American Flag should be present in the room, and if they are available, perhaps one can be placed on either side of the dais.” He told Jingozian, “This is the National Convention of an American Political Party being held over Memorial Day Weekend. The absence of an American Flag sends the wrong message about this party and only reinforces the belief that we are dominated by open-border anarchists that do not have the best interests of the United States in mind.” Jingozian responded, “This is something I can handle. I will rectify the situation.”

Throughout Friday and Saturday, no American Flag was brought into the room despite the fact it was confirmed that the Hotel had many American Flags available for functions such as this. Stevens again confronted Jingozian in the hallway outside the Texas Hospitality Suite on Saturday evening and Jingozian simply said he “could not get it done.”

Frustrated by this apparent deliberate desire to avoid patriotic symbols at its National Convention, Sam Sloan authorized Alden Link, the LPNY candidate for Lt. Governor, to mention in his nominating speech of Mr. Sloan for the position of At-Large Representative on the LPUS National Committee, that if Mr. Sloan was elected, he would “make certain an American Flag would be in the room during future conventions.”

Dan Halloran, a New York City Councilman who is “the highest Libertarian Party official elected to a single district in a partisan race” and who was also present at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention said, “I cannot understand how a national political party in the United States can hold a convention and not have the national anthem sung or even an American Flag present in the room.”

Dr. Tom Stevens said, “I want to see the Libertarian Party become an unapologetic, pro-American, patriotic political party. Libertarian Party leaders wonder why they have not been able to take advantage of the growing Tea Party movement to recruit new members into the party. The reason for that, in my opinion, is the continued influence in the party of open-border anarchists who disdain symbols of patriotism and would have the United States end its influence as a world power. This is not a sentiment shared by most of the patriots currently active in the Tea Party movement and that is why the Libertarian Party has lost its ability to take a leading role in this new grassroots activism.”

15 thoughts on “Dr. Tom Stevens covers Libertarian National Convention

  1. Darryl W. Perry

    I saw nothing anti-American during the convention. There is a difference between being patriotic and being nationalist. I guess some people see a lack of nationalist pride as “anti-American.”

    I wonder if his Objectivist Party http://www.objectivistparty.us will fly the flag of the USA at it’s next convention?

    I also wonder why no one bothered to mention his violation of the “Keaton rule” when he nominated himself for Judicial committee??

  2. Dr. Tom Stevens

    I did not nominate myself for a third term on the Judicial Committee. Carl Person, LPNY’s nominee for Attorney General was intent on doing so and although I had announced I would not seek a third term, I accepted the nomination and did not campaign for re-election. Finally, it is my understanding that the “conflict of interest bylaw” that would have affected the Judicial Committee, was not brought up for consideration due to a lack of time. That is probably why no one brought it up.

  3. JT

    I hardly think the lack of an American flag onstage at the convention is a pressing issue. What’s more important: an American symbol like a flag or an American principle like individual liberty?

    Also, Objectivism advocates open borders, btw.

  4. John Jay Myers

    There may have not been a lot of flags but I am sure there were plenty of constitutions.

    Our founders didn’t fight so that we could be in a state of perpetual war, or so that we could make sure that one religion trumps all others. They fought so we could be free. You can not have true freedom but yet want to be the most influential world power….well unless you achieve that end by demonstrating what true freedom looks like, and making citizens of other countries desire the same.

    Free to do what we want to do with our lives. That is what we stand for.

    This whole “The Anarchists won”…. attitude boggles my mind.
    Ernie (who is a great guy) represented Anarchism, without question and without debate.
    He didn’t receive 20% of the vote. So apparently anarchism didn’t win.

    So why can’t we admit to who won? Why has this become a left vs right thing? The common ground won. Despite one side spending an unbelievable amount of money, the common ground won.
    Despite people being promised all sorts of things, the majority of us still stuck to our principles.
    I disagree that this was some sort of choosing the “past”.
    We have chosen to end the fighting, we have chosen to work together, we have chosen to go forward and promote our message, and I heard little or no problem with us being a functioning party.

    Most of the things questioned in the above article, are just common Libertarian issues that speak to freedom.

    We can not pick and choose our issues depending on how the wind blows. We need to stick to our principles and stick to a philosophy of freedom from too much government.

  5. Jeremy Young

    I want John Jay Myers to run for the LP Presidential nomination in 2012. If he wins it, I will almost certainly vote for him here in Indiana. (Even if the Greens manage to get on the ballot here, which is doubtful, I won’t vote for their nominee if it’s Cynthia McKinney.)

  6. Mike Theodore

    I couldn’t stand Root saying over and over to only focus on the issues that Republicans want to hear. If the objective of the Libertarian Party is to bash Democrats on economic issues, we’ll simply be campaigning for the Republicans. Then all the Rootsters leave when they win back seats in November.

  7. JT

    Jeremy: “I want John Jay Myers to run for the LP Presidential nomination in 2012. If he wins it, I will almost certainly vote for him here in Indiana.”

    I’d much rather he run for U.S. Senator. He’d be a terrific candidate for that office.

    Mike: “I couldn’t stand Root saying over and over to only focus on the issues that Republicans want to hear.”

    Well, that’s his strategy, and he never pretends otherwise. He wants to focus on disgruntled conservatives and independents, whom he says mostly identify as conservative (I haven’t seen polling data confirming that).

    That myopic strategy won’t win over most Libertarians though, just as it didn’t win over most delegates at the national convention. And I suspect that most of the 44% of those who voted for him for national chairman did so not because of his plan to appeal exclusively to right-wing voters, but rather for his obvious passion and proven ability to get in the national media frequently, which I’ll admit is impressive.

  8. paulie Post author

    That myopic strategy won’t win over most Libertarians though, just as it didn’t win over most delegates at the national convention. And I suspect that most of the 44% of those who voted for him for national chairman did so not because of his plan to appeal exclusively to right-wing voters, but rather for his obvious passion and proven ability to get in the national media frequently, which I’ll admit is impressive.

    I think there are people who would vote for Wayne for the presidential nomination who would never vote for him for chair, and a larger group shows up for the presidential years, so we’ll see what happens.

  9. A Odd Punk Rook

    Yet another person saying: If we just remove people that believe in X from the party…

    If we remove anyone from the party we lose people in the party. The calculus is simple.

    The patriots that signed the Declaration of Independence did not need a flag nor a national anthem to do it. Nationalism is not patriotism.

    I salute and honor those men who have fought for freedom under the flag. I understand their connection to it, and why patriotism and the flag are so connected for them. The flag, however, is not freedom incarnate and as a symbol when it is flown in the face of un-American laws and to hide the shackles of tyranny, it no longer represents freedom to many and may begin to represent the opposite.

    Instead of criticizing those who no longer recognize Old Glory as a symbol of freedom. I would turn your attention on the fascists that denigrated our freedoms and sullied the flag to begin with. You, me, and the rest of us have authority over them; we elect them.

    We do not have authority over our fellow party members that we may demand their allegiance to symbols. Especially when their reasons: personal sovereignty and freedom are more patriotic than a colored piece of cloth could ever represent.

    Freedom first then the majestic trappings follow, not the other way around.

  10. JT

    Paulie: “I think there are people who would vote for Wayne for the presidential nomination who would never vote for him for chair, and a larger group shows up for the presidential years, so we’ll see what happens.”

    Yes, I could imagine that’s true. But I could also imagine there are people who would vote for him for national chair who wouldn’t vote for him for the presidential nomination. He didn’t win the LP presidential nomination in 2008. But if there’s no former politician or media personality in the race, he’d probably have a better shot of winning in 2012, especially after being in the party for a few years and serving on the LNC.

  11. Robert Capozzi

    From this article, we don’t know why no flag was present. I can think of many more important matters to address, but I’d agree that it’s indicated that our convention should have a flag. It can’t hurt, and can only help.

  12. paulie Post author

    JT – I think there are more people who see Wayne more readily in a candidate role than an administrative role than vice versa.

    In ’08 many felt he was too new, and Barr appealed to many of the same voters. By ’12 he will have demonstrated a longer term commitment to the party, he’s already made a lot of progress on holdout issues, and now he has agreed to serve on the LNC in a non-chair role that will address many of the concerns some people have about him always wanting to be the top leader rather than starting lower and working up.

    I would agree that bigger celebrities could come along, but otherwise, he is probably in the lead assuming he runs – which I think he will.

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