Debbie Schum resides in Colorado, and gave IPR permission to publish her article, below, which was originally sent to the LP-CT discussion list.
Progressives are Lost to the LP
By Debbie Schum
Just to prove how effective educating the masses is, my husband just registered Libertarian today. It only took me 16 years to persuade him that Libertarians aren’t nuts.
Seriously, in this sound bite world, our message is too complicated (by necessity). It occurs to me that people like Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Penn & Teller, and even Wayne Allen Root are doing more for us than we realize. They are making the word Libertarian a mainstream word. Does anyone remember Root’s message on Faux news? Of course not. But the more often they simply hear the word Libertarian, the more commonplace it is. The more commonplace it is, the more legitimate it is.
Sigh…our message requires thinking – something many people are unwilling to do.
I’m not making fun of people. I’m saying all of us are so bombarded with information from all directions that we hardly venture out to explore new ideas. And when we do, we want to hear the summary in 45 seconds or less.
[Libertarians] can’t do that. We can’t (the best one I’ve heard is “keep your hands out of my pockets AND my underwear” and people laugh and like that until you start talking about drugs (conservatives) or welfare state (liberals) then they balk). But if some people can get their mugs on TV and radio and say Libertarian over and over, it begins to seem legitimate to people.
Regardless of our message.
I’m well aware many of you do not like Wayne Allen Root (I disagree with him frequently myself), but he gets on TV really a LOT. And says Libertarian. We need a left winger to do the same. I know, I know that’s supposed to be Mary Ruwart, but I have yet to talk to a liberal who has even heard of her. Yet, I have talked to quite a few conservatives who have heard of Root and saw him on Faux news. He can speak “conservative-ese”. We need someone who can speak “liberal-ese” too.
But in my own experience, the progressives have taken over the Democrat party lock, stock and barrel, and they are the main liberal activists. They are hard core authoritarians, want the government to do EVERYTHING, and are not open to persuasion. It’s “all or nothing” with them. Most of them I have met hate us more than they hate Republicans (look at the quiz diamond — we are their exact opposites. They have a little in common with liberals and conservatives, nothing at all in common with us).