Posted as a note to Facebook early morning Sunday, April 17:
This weekend I was supposed to speak at the Mississippi Party’s State Convention, something I was looking forward to, but instead I made the trip to Washington D.C. to try and fill the slot that was left vacant on the Libertarian National Committee by my friend David Nolan.
I had crunched the numbers the week before and realized that I probably did not have the votes needed to win a slot on the LNC. However I thought it was important to show up and let the current membership make their own decisions.
There is an element on the board that I understand to be working together in order to control the LNC, I knew I was in trouble when the night before I laid out specifically what types of things I would focus on in order to try to immediately turn around the National Party and get us back to the type of respect we had during the days of Harry Browne (at least). I asked a very prominent member of that group “What exactly is your plan for the Libertarian Party? I mean what is it that you want to convey or what message do you guys want out there that is going to grow this party?” I had thought maybe if they tell me their plan, I will “get it”.
His answer “Read the 48 Laws of Power” I had never heard of the “48 Laws of Power” but after looking it up, they should rename it “A Douche Bag’s Handbook”, it is an instruction manual on how to manipulate and sway people, how to take advantage of those around you and gain control. Of course not a word on what the party should do or how it should act.
It was now easier for me to understand these people want control of the LNC but have no idea what would actually make the Libertarian Party grow. They know how to manipulate, they know how to make big promises, but they have no real plan to expand our membership. I don’t however understand what they intend to do with this control.
Prior to the vote, each of us was asked to speak for 2 minutes, I gave a brief introduction. This is what I wish I would have said:
“There was a revolution in this country during the 2008 election, it rose up like a tsunami, it did not need much help, apparently “Freedom is popular”, like the free market in products, these ideas were electrifying young people. But not for us. At that time for whatever reason, at the exact wrong time we opted to try and be more like the two major parties instead of showing how we we are the ideal home for millions of frustrated Americans.
There was a vacuum created and we should have been there to fill it, we were not, instead groups like Cato, Reason, Advocates, Anti-war.com, CFL, RLC, became the outlet of choice for these movements, these libertarian movements, and in some instances we took the brunt of their jokes.
As we stand somewhere on the sideline mumbling about how we are going to appeal to more mainstream voters………..the more mainstream voters are flooding these other groups to learn more about real libertarian principles.
All this talk about who should be our target audience is ridiculous, we are the Libertarian Party, and we can not attract the one target audience that matters……….. libertarians. The Republican Party is going to fail again this year nominate the one guy who could actually change America, and when they do, millions of Americans are going to be looking for an alternative, one who appears to have (and has had) a principled stand against the wars, against the banks, against corporatism, someone who is pro-freedom. The difference between Ron Paul and the other Republican candidates is night and day, all we need to do is show them the light.
By taking strong principled stands right now on these issues, by putting ourselves out there as a group that truly believes them, we will see an explosion in our growth unlike any other time in our history. If we continue to allow ourselves to be manipulated 48 different ways, we will miss out on the greatest opportunity this party has ever seen.”
This is why I am asking that all principled libertarians be ready for 2012, we need to be getting delegates fired up now, we need to not let this note get you down… IT SHOULD GET YOU UP! Do not let these people manipulate us to irrelevancy at the time in history where we are more relevant then ever.
We need to play politics, we need to make a list of every regional position, and make sure that we have a truly freedom loving candidate in each one. We need to make sure that our at-large positions are filled with people that understand our goals of setting ourselves apart from both parties, and preaching a message that will resonate with all these other groups, Reason, Cato, Advocates, Anti-war.com so they are willing to work with us.
Make your plans to be in Las Vegas in 2012 and to take back control of the greatest political party in the Country. Let’s get this Party started!