Guy McClendon’s Candidate Statement for Libertarian National Committee’s Open At-Large Position

*My Fellow Libertarians,

Please accept my application to re-join the LNC as an At-Large member. My resume is attached for your reference, and this one-page version is tailored to address only my LP experience.

My day job is based out of the ~ 5th largest refinery in the US, and I work in the Automation Department as an Instrumentation Engineer. Effective next year, I’ll have 5 weeks of vacation; so, I can afford the time & cost to attend LNC meetings.

I look forward to responding to any questions.

Respectfully yours,

Guy McLendon

Texas co-Director GJ2012

Cell 832-372-8131

Guy McLendon
Libertarian Party Life Member
PO Box 711034, Houston, TX 77271
Cell: 832-372-8131
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/guymclendon
guy@mclendon.net

Gary Johnson 2012 Texas Campaign co-Director
Houston, TX 77071 2011 to Present
 Prior to the start of Gary Johnson’s LP campaign in late 2011, I originated and led an effort to “Recruit Gary” to seek the LP nomination for President. The first photo of Governor Johnson in LP News was captioned with the notice “Paid for as an FEC independent expenditure by Guy McLendon.” The “Recruit Gary” team that I initiated mailed a recruitment solicitation to former 2008/2010 LP national convention delegates.
 During the 2012 Texas state convention, I co-managed the luncheon fundraiser that brought in about $14,000 net receipts for the campaign.
 I jointly coordinated a week long “Texas Swing” for the campaign, and managed the Houston event which raised $4,300 net receipts for the campaign.

LNC Region 1 Alternate Region Alternate
Houston, TX 77071 2010 to 2012
 I performed phone solicitations following a LNC meeting in Washington, DC. If a solicitor landed a $1000 donor, they were entitled to ring a large “Liberty Bell” located in the LNC Executive Director’s office in a corner office of the Watergate Hotel that’s overlooking the Potomac River. I was the only solicitor that day to ring the bell.
 Quarterly Region Reports: I collected & submitted regional report data for the following states – AR, LA, MS, OK & TX.

National Platform Committee Texas Representative
Houston, TX 77071 2006, 2008 & 2010 Committees
 In 2006, I was elected by my peers as Vice-Chair of the Platform Committee.
 In 2008 following the deletion of more than 90% of the planks in 2006, I served on the “Directional Principles” subcommittee whose product was adopted by the full Platform Committee. The work of this subcommittee, subsequently amended by the full Platform Committee, comprised the core of the modern National Platform which was first adopted by the 2008 National Convention.

Texas LP
Houston, TX 77002
 Texas LP Vice-Chairman, 2008 to 2010
 State Executive Committee, 2006 to 2012
 Harris County Chair, 2006 to 2012

Mississippi LP
Pearl, MS 39208
 1980: as a campus volunteer, I organized a visit by Alicia Clark, guest speaker on behalf of the Ed Clark 1980 campaign.
 ~ 1980-1982: MSLP Membership Chair (state ExCom member)
 1984: campus volunteer during visit by Jim Lewis, candidate for Vice-President

 

*Because of the resignation of Wayne Allyn Root, there is now an opening for an At-Large Representative on the Libertarian National Committee. The candidates for the position have been asked to write a 2-page letter of why they would like to be on the LNC. They will be voted on at the next meeting, this November in Washington DC. IPR would like to feature the letters ahead of the meeting. This way, our readers can get to know about the choices and can take an opportunity to contact their Regional Reps and the Executive Committee of the candidate they’d like to see elected. Here is the post written by Geoffrey Neale, Chairman of the Libertarian Party, about the process for people to nominate themselves for the position.

50 thoughts on “Guy McClendon’s Candidate Statement for Libertarian National Committee’s Open At-Large Position

  1. George Whitfield

    I certainly think Guy McClendon is worthy of a seat on the National Committee. He has a long record of service to the party and his idea to recruit Gary Johnson was bold and successful.

  2. George Phillies

    McClendon — appears to be the same McClendon — has called for amending our platform to eliminate our defense of abortion rights. The LNC chooses a fair chunk of our National Party Platform Committee.

    McClendon should be viewed as UNACCEPTABLE as an LNC member.

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    GP,

    So LNC members are not allowed to have opinions on the LP’s platform? That would seem to exclude pretty much anyone from being on the LNC.

    That’s even setting aside the fact that the LP’s platform includes no “defense of abortion rights.”

  4. Reed E

    @2 I could not disagree with you more. By focusing solely on that issue, your are ignoring the rather large and countless amount of work that Guy has done for the Libertarian Party. I know he has has spent countless hours in the service of the Texas LP and the National LP. He has even found time to assist us next door here in Louisiana. I have no clue where this LP affiliate would be had it not been for his help. If you want to disagree with him on that one issue, then that is up to you but before you discount him, remember all the work he has done for the LP and the sacrifice in time and money he has made.

  5. Stuart Simms

    1.4 Abortion
    Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

    I guess some good faith views are more good than others! Or is the contention that Platform planks should never be amended? But that can’t be, so if platform planks can be amended why should someone be unacceptable on the LNC for trying to amend a platform plank?

  6. George Phillies

    @3 Same reason I objected to Root.

    @5 Really? What’s wrong with someone trying to eliminate the anti-tax plank or the anti-intervention plank? Same difference; his position is simply unacceptable. In particular, the rationale for eliminating the plank was that it would help bring Paul supporters into the party, Paul supporters who ought to be sent to the Constitution Party. We’ve already had one LINO on the LNC; adding another one is a bad idea.

  7. George Phillies

    @5 “… we believe that government should be kept out of the matter…” That’s the operational statement.

    I have the same response that I would have to an LNC member who wants to eliminate our defense of gun ownership.

  8. Andy

    I’ve long thought that the Libertarian Party ought to be open to both pro-choice and pro-lifers since there is no general consensus as to whether or not life begins at conception, and as to when rights begin (as in, do rights begin at conception, or do they only kick in after the fetus has left the mother’s womb?).

  9. John Jay Myers

    George, WTF?

    You are coming across as bitter and hateful., coming from me that is quite an accomplishment. Wayne Allyn Root was an embarrassment to this party he was really truly a LINO. He needed to go. Mainly because he was a devious, plotting, rat who was in this for himself the whole time.

    Many people didn’t want to see this, his actions proved it. Nobody who endorses Romney can in good conscience call themselves a Libertarian.

    That being said if this party isn’t big enough for Ron Paul people I have finally found the extreme element of this party every body keeps talking about. It’s you.

  10. Jim Fulner

    The necessity for a government to exist to protect the right of the unborn is the primary reason I am still a Libertarian and not a all out anarchist.

    The current national “aboriton” plank says so much of nothing that it would be better to not even have it than to have this wishy washy nothing. Not only pro-life Libertarians like myself, but Pro-Choice Libertarians like my good friend Scotty Boman think the same.

  11. Thomas L. Knapp

    GP@7,

    “’… we believe that government should be kept out of the matter…’ That’s the operational statement.”

    Yes, it is the operational statement.

    It is not, however, a “defense of abortion rights.” It’s a contentless compromise statement that allows people on all sides of the issue to shrug their shoulders, tell themselves that it could be worse, and get on to other things.

  12. Robert Capozzi

    9 JJM: George, WTF? You are coming across as bitter and hateful.

    ME: Par for the course for those paying attention. Such thought and behavior did lead to his narcing to the FEC on the LP, and yet he persists in tearing down others for what he believes are thought crimes. We’re – I guess – supposed to overlook NarcGate but be intolerant to the suggestion that Ls could come down on either side of the life/choice question.

    Completely binary thinking with no sense of subtlety on display.

    Some people just don’t appear to learn their lessons….

  13. Thomas L. Knapp

    “Such thought and behavior on the part of several LNC members did lead, as a last resort after polite requests were rebuffed and their intermediary punished, to his request that the FEC investigate discrepancies in filings …”

    There, fixed that for ya.

  14. Robert Capozzi

    14 tlk, yes, thanks. Do you think that amputating an arm is the “last resort” when one has a wart on one’s hand?

    Or might such an amputation be viewed as a wild over-reaction?

    No “right” answer here, but I’m in the “wild over-reaction” camp on the matter….

  15. paulie

    George Phillies should run for the LNC vacancy. He’s better than the Truther and this dingleberry.

    Phillies has endorsed me, and Guy is not a dingleberry by any means. There are quite a few people running.

  16. Steven Wilson

    I would like to say again that liberty movements would be better without any top down operations.

    Having said that, I think someone who says they are Libertarian, and then identifies someone else as not “measuring up” to what a Libertarian should be is a hypocrite.

    Somebody telling me how to be a Libertarian is like someone trying to tell me how to be an American.

    I define myself.

    Get rid of the National level and let the states do the work themselves. Look at the opportunity costs. Just imagine what you can get done in your state when you no longer need to labor and worry about the LNC.

  17. Robert Capozzi

    sw, maybe. There might be “opportunity costs,” or there might be “economies of scale.”

    Why stop at the “states”? Why not the “counties”?

  18. Q2Q

    I heard Carl Person is going to submit an application for the LNC vacancy. He would be a great LNC member.

  19. paulie

    Get rid of the National level and let the states do the work themselves.

    Nice theory. Unfortunately, most states….don’t.

    Look at the opportunity costs.

    What are they? Are states capable of raising more money if LNC/HQ did not exist? If so, why aren’t they raising more as it is? The existence of a national party does not force anyone to donate to it. Everyone who wants to support their state and local parties is free to do so right now.

    Just imagine what you can get done in your state when you no longer need to labor and worry about the LNC.

    Why worry? Be happy, and just do it.

  20. Steven Wilson

    @18,19

    Why not? County races matter also, but top down would hit them also.

    I don’t labor or worry myself, but as a candidate the national exposure does impact us.

    In Missouri, the few CP members I know are furious about Virgil Goode and California. Dysfunction at the top is a cancer. Very simple.

    If the LNC has a utility it should remain as such in operations only. Root was a problem, but people here ignore the relationship.

    How did Root get in?

    Libertarians let him in.

    If there was no LNC, then he would’ve had no means of helping or hurting.

    George PHillies has many problems, but the one thing he knows better than anyone here is that real politics will build brand equity not some book club or roberts rules.

    Meet n greets, websites, booth rentals, webinars, roundtables, and a think tank. Recruiting the next generation of candidates from our pool of freedom fighters.

    Who can speak in public?
    Who has a few extra dollars to spend on yard signs?
    Who cares about liberty?
    Who can do Radio spots?
    Who has the next big solution?

    Real Politic.

    I expect great things from Myers and Vohra. But if they each put up a velvet rope, then they now have the same problem as Root and those like him.

  21. paulie

    I removed my previous reply as I felt it was slightly inappropriate. It involved “spanking the monkey” and “screwing the pooch.”

  22. paulie

    Mark Hinkle and one or more people from the “Root/Rutherford” side – Blau, McLendon, Thrasher, Hassen, perhaps Rutherford himself if he runs, Pojunis if he runs, etc.

  23. Robert Capozzi

    24 sw: Dysfunction at the top is a cancer. Very simple.

    me: I’m hearing that. However, a dysfunctional top with a malignant tumor may have the resources for chemo, with some ability to maneuver to keep things going. A dysfunctional county/bottom may not have resources, and may just die on the vine.

    A multiplicity of dysfunctional (in varying degrees) counties also has the risk of metastasizing. Say, for ex., the Hazelwood, MO LP is dominated by private nuke and bestiality enthusiasts, while Pattenwood, MO Ls are sane, mainstream Ls. Since they are in the same St. Louis media market, the lack of messaging continuity between the Hazelwood and Pattenwood county LPs will hurt each other’s agenda. For instance, the Hazelwood LP might have a parade with cows and mock nukes strapped to their backs, while the Pattenwood LP might want to field reasonable people who might actually get some votes while delivering a message of increased liberty across the board.

    This might be a problem for both, and be even MORE dysfunctional than the current low-grade, energy-draining LNC dysfunction.

  24. Thomas L. Knapp

    RC@37,

    I was unaware that either you (the only Libertarian I know who spends more than five minutes a year thinking about private nukes unless you bring it up) and Tom Stevens (the only Libertarian I know who seems to consider bestiality a major political issue) live in Hazelwood.

    We should get together for coffee some time. I just moved to Florissant, which is right next door.

  25. Austin Battenberg

    @6 Not every Ron Paul supporter is as religious as the Constitution Party tends to be, and the CP has a lot more problems than the LP to Ron Paul supporters. Sure, they are pro-life, but they also support the drug war and take federalist positions when Ron Paul is an advocate for individual liberty. There are pro-life libertarians, and even though I am a pro-choice Ron Paul supporter, I don’t think being pro-life automatically disqualifies someone.

  26. Robert Capozzi

    39 tk, you do get that I’m being tongue in cheek, yes? The image of maybe three guys – kinda like the Lone Gunmen on X Files – wearing V for Vendetta masks, pushing cows with mock nukes with encircled As spray painted on the side sells for me.

  27. Thomas L. Knapp

    RC,

    Dammit, do you live in Hazelwood or not? There are some really good coffee and donut shops around here. We could hang out. But only if I’m allowed to bring my backpack nuke, my girlfriend and her Great Dane with me.

  28. Zapper

    @42 Great idea for a parade entry! Seriously.

    Imagine spectators, looking on and saying …

    “What?”

    … and experiencing their first, single, independent, questioning thought in their decades of mundane existence since all creativity, imagination and inquisitiveness was long-ago extinguished in the deadening public school prision system.

  29. Robert Capozzi

    tk, sorry, nope, never been there or even St. Louis metro. I do like a few Nelly songs, though.

  30. paulie

    OK, I overgeneralized. These things are more complicated than the whole “two sides” analysis, but I sometimes fall into it as shorthand.

  31. Thomas L. Knapp

    RC @ 46,

    I can’t claim to know Nellie, but until the recent move we lived in his old stomping grounds (“Kingshighway and Natural Bridge” is a few minutes away from the previous dwelling).

  32. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Mr. McClendon, how would you feel about the LNC keeping their vote for replacemant rep a secret?

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