By Mary Ruwart at Liberty for All. Republished with permission from Liberty for All publisher Lee Wrights.
by Mary J. Ruwart, LNC At-large
I am writing to you in my capacity as an At-Large Representative of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), which is in receipt of your resolutions concerning Mr. Root. As you are probably aware, I attempted without success to have the Florida resolution placed on the agenda at the LNC meeting in New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, Idaho passed a virtually identical resolution.
As your At-Large Representative, I feel honor-bound to give you a response in the absence of one from the LNC as a whole. I understand that another state is considering passing a similar resolution, so a response seems necessary and timely.
Several LNC members, including myself, share your concerns. Mr. Root makes it abundantly clear in his 2009 book that he has little respect for liberals and gives the impression that only conservative-leaning individuals are welcome in the Libertarian Party (LP). I have attempted to do some damage control by posting reviews of his book that hopefully will correct that mistaken impression (http://www.amazon.com/review/R3TX5IAH0JSW5A/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=047045265X&nodeID=&tag=&linkCode=#wasThisHelpful).
Upon receiving the Florida resolution our late founder, Mr. David Nolan, put forward a resolution of his own which was passed at our New Orleans meeting. He told me specifically that he hoped that Mr. Root would take the hint and stop discouraging approximately half of the American public from seriously considering the LP.
You might recall that during the last LNC term Mr. Starr initiated proceedings against both Ms. Angela Keaton and Mr. Lee Wrights that were presumably intended to remove them from their At-Large positions. The delegates to the National Convention in St. Louis responded by giving his opponent for Treasurer a landslide victory.
I believe that this incident speaks to your resolution. Although At-Large Members can be removed “for cause,” the delegates frown on such removals without considerable justification. Consequently, even though I and others on the LNC are sympathetic to your concerns, I am unaware of any support, including my own, for removing Mr. Root for the reasons stated in your resolution.
However, if you feel strongly about Mr. Root’s comments, you have several avenues open to you. You can correct Mr. Root’s public statements as I have attempted to do. You can attempt to persuade him to change his behavior as LP founder, the late Mr. David Nolan, has tried to do. In addition, you and any LP members who share your views can attend the next national convention en masse and cast your votes for someone more to your liking. Mr. Starr’s fate has demonstrated that the delegates to a National Convention can effectively prevent the election of anyone who does not meet their expectations.
Our next convention also elects our 2012 presidential nominee; Mr. Root has clearly stated his intentions to run both in his book and on the air (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIeLgzWDekI at about 6:15 minutes). If you would rather not see Mr. Root in another leadership position, you may wish to attend the Las Vegas convention and vote for a candidate who better represents your views.
Mary J. Ruwart, Ph.D., is the author of Healing Our World, a liberty primer for liberals, Christians, New Agers, and pragmatists. She also wrote Short Answers to the Tough Questions: Sound Bites for the Libertarian Candidate after her Internet column (www.self-gov.org) of the same name.