David Colborne in IPR comments:
Regarding parliamentary rules, I find it absolutely amazing how, at every Libertarian event (and this is a personal observation, not an official one), the probability that an LP meeting will devolve into rules lawyering approaches 1 given enough time. I don’t know if it’s a personality situation or a design flaw in Robert’s Rules themselves but it’s absolutely maddening. It makes sense in Congress – real money, real issues, and, sometimes, real lives are at stake. None of this is true in any Libertarian Party meeting. Don’t like who was elected or what bylaws provision was approved in the last meeting? Get over it, spend the next year or two building up support to do something about it, then try again then. Trust me, it doesn’t matter how good or bad your officers are and it doesn’t matter how good or bad your bylaws are – either your party has good people in it that will keep things going because of/despite those issues or it doesn’t. There isn’t an Executive Committee officer alive or a bylaw amendment in existence that will change that. Besides, there isn’t a single local, state, or national bylaw on the books that’s binding to any member’s life more than, oh, 1% of their day anyway. Use the other 99% to do something productive and keep that 1% in perspective.
David Colborne is the Chair of the Nevada Capital Libertarian Party (http://www.nvclp.org) and the Northern Regional Representative for the Libertarian Party of Nevada (http://nv.lp.org). He can be reached at email@example.com.