FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jim Duensing for President
It has long been whispered in Libertarian circles that when we
Libertarians actually get a hold of even a small bit of power, we become
everything we despise.
There is no better example of that long whispered adage than the
Libertarian Party of Nevada’s meeting on Cinco de Mayo. It was a
teleconference. The agenda was short and sweet. Levels of Membership –
Move to Consolidate – Authorize Spending of Funds.
In short order, two thirds of the Executive Committee, who had obviously
discussed the matter previously, voted to create levels of membership not
authorized by the state bylaws. These new membership levels were a
reinstatement of the old restrictive Clark County rules that were in place
before the last round of affiliate conventions – where every affiliate
reduced its dues. The Agoraphobic Six followed that by voting to revoke
the affiliate status of all active affiliates, without the written
explanation required by the bylaws. Then, they voted to give the Chair
power to make all decisions about all monies and the upcoming convention.
We have become what we profess to oppose.
Now let’s look more closely at the vote to consolidate as kitchen table
caucus member Irv Hopkins termed it.
There are 17 counties in Nevada. Clark County is where Las Vegas is.
Washoe County is where Reno is. Those two counties account for most of
Nevada’s population. The Nevada Libertarian Party has 3 affiliates: Clark
County, Nye County, and the Capitol Region (which includes Washoe, Carson
City, and Douglas). 5 of the 17 counties covering more than ninety plus
percent of the population of the state are organized into three
Nye County is the state party’s most successful affiliate. It is a
southern county contiguous to Clark with its major population center,
Pahrump, about an hour outside of Vegas. We have two Libertarians elected
to political office in Nye County. Mike Darby is the chair of our local
affiliate and the chair of the Town Board of Pahrump. He is the highest
elected Libertarian in Nevada, and possibly the whole nation. The other
elected Libertarian is Harry Friend who is on the water board in Beatty.
Successful Libertarians running in local winnable races with a grassroots
operation that almost elected a Libertarian to the County Commission.
Sandra Darby earned 42% in the 2010 election in her narrow defeat for a
seat on the County Commission.
The Capitol Affiliate is organized and has some activity. I’m not
familiar with all of their current activities. However, the Capitol
Affiliate is up north. There has always been a north / south divide in
Nevada politics. It exists in every party in this state. And, the folks
up north are not fans of the small caucus of agoraphobes that have gained
control of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Nevada.
The Libertarian Party of Clark County is the state’s oldest affiliate.
After the last round of county conventions, the Clark County affiliate
canceled all of its meetings. It used to have monthly meetings. Not
uncoincidentally, two members of the State Executive Committee that
supported the abolition of all affiliates and the centralization of
Libertarian power into the hands of the chair are also officers in the
Clark County Libertarian Party. Irv Hopkins and Kris McKinster.
The problem is that this small caucus of neo-libertarians is scared of new
people joining the organization. You would think that the few volunteers
of a small organization with a large job would welcome more hands on deck.
But, paradoxically, the members of Nevada’s Agoraphobic Caucus are
literally afraid of new people joining our three percent political party.
They prefer to sit around the kitchen table of all-time chair Joseph P.
Silvestri and centrally plan liberty while trying to expel average
ordinary concerned citizens from their ranks.
None of the agoraphobes mentioned any actual reason – not even the pretext
of a reason – to abolish functioning counties in favor of an attempt to
consolidate power that would have pleased Vice Chancellor Hitler.
The relevant section of the official bylaws of the Libertarian Party of
Nevada REQUIRE that any revocation of affiliate status be done with a two
thirds vote AND a written explanation of any and all votes in favor of
revocation. No such written statement was prepared by ANY member of the
Executive Committee. None was even offered verbally.
b. REVOCATION OF AFFILIATE STATUS
i. The Executive Committee shall have the power to revoke affiliate status
if two-thirds of the Executive Committee shall so vote. Members voting to
revoke affiliate status must state their reasons in writing.
The vote of the Libertarian Party of Nevada’s Executive Committee to
revoke the affiliate status of all active affiliates and to consolidate
power into the hands of the agoraphobes on the Executive Committee was in
contravention of the state’s own bylaws and is therefore null and void.
As the current and active Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Nye
County, I am going to continue acting in that capacity. As such, I will
continue to represent that I am the Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of
Nye County Nevada. I will continue to use the registered trademark of the
Libertarian Party of the United States of America as an official
representative of the party. I will continue to go on state-wide
television programs to discuss Libertarian activities in my county. I
will continue the actions planned for our local Pahrump town board
meetings, including the Libertarian Party of Nye County’s resolution to
repeal the town ordinance which requires all businesses to get a business
license. This measure would really help our small businessmen and I will
continue to push it as is my duty as the sitting vice-chair of the
Libertarian Party of Nye County.
I encourage the other counties to remain active.
I also encourage the Nevada Libertarian Party Executive Committee Members
to state their reasons for voting for the revocation of all affiliates.
One rather loquacious member of the Nevada Executive Committee is also an
At-Large member of the Libertarian National Committee and has offered no
explanation as to why he thinks it furthers the interests of liberty to
attempt to abolish all the active affiliates in his home state. I am
quite certain several hard working Libertarian volunteers will inquire why
he has dishonored the hard work and sacrifice of so many Libertarians
working hard to spread liberty at home.
Roll Call of Votes to abolish all Libertarian Affiliates
Jospeh P. Silvestri – Chair
Wayne Allyn Root (W.A.R.) – Vice Chair
Kris McKinster – Secretary
Michael McAuliffe – Treasurer
Irv Hopkins – At Large
Chris Roberts – Southern Region
David Colborne – Northern Region