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.
The first statement comes from Jim Duensing from Nevada.
From the Desk of Raymond James Duensing Jr.
Constitution Day 2012
To the membership of the Libertarian Party and its national committee:
It was with great joy and libertarian pride that I learned of Wayne Allyn Root’s defection from the
Libertarian Party. Please consider this short letter to be my self-nomination for the recently vacated
LNC At-Large position.
As many of you know, I have been involved in libertarian politics for the sum total of my adult life. In
2004, I ran my first campaign for U.S. Congress as a Libertarian in Nevada’s first district. By 2005, I
was an officer in my local affiliate, the Clark County Libertarian Party. In 2006 and 2008, I again ran
for U.S. Congress and by then was serving as the Chair of the Nevada Libertarian Party and the Chair
of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance from 2007-2008. When the Nevada Libertarian party
voted to abolish its local affiliates, I ceased to be Vice Chair of the Nye County affiliate of the LP and I
became an active part of the successful local Ron Paul effort – one of the more successful Ron Paul
efforts in the country.
These experiences sharpened my belief that the only way our cause of liberty in our lifetimes is going
to be achieved, is with strong bottom up grassroots libertarian organization.
There is a strain of “Libertarian Leadership” that seeks to reform our libertarian base to something
more palatable to the masses of American voters. I would not be that kind of national political leader. I
seek to make the masses understand the superior philosophy and logic of libertarian policies. In other
words, I would seek to educate the masses on the specific benefits our libertarian policies would
provide and why our philosophy of inalienable rights and individual empowerment is the only solution
to an out of control Byzantine federal government, whose failed policies have caused the great majority
of problems facing our nation. Our libertarian philosophy of tolerance and responsibility was forged by
the crucible of America’s frontier experiences and it is the way forward in this new millennium.
But, let me also say, that I am above all else a believer in practical real politics. That is, I don’t care to
debate a never ending stream of unimportant side issues. It is the responsibility of the national board to
focus the attention of the American people on the real issues that really affect their real lives. That
means, I would seek to focus the Board’s efforts on educating the public in all aspects of libertarian
politics by focusing on a few key issues in the areas of Economic Policy, Foreign Affairs, and Domestic
Tranquility that are of the utmost importance at the present time. Through the use of key wedge issues
like those outlined below, we can advance libertarian policies and grow our political base.
Economically, our national party should focus on drawing attention to the differences our party has
with the two Establishment parties on fiscal and monetary issues. On fiscal issues, we must point out
to the masses the fact that the unConstitutional overspending of the bi-partisan federal bailouts have
failed for predictable reasons. On matters of taxation, we should work to inform the American people
of our position that all direct taxation on the American people should be done at a state level pursuant
to the Constitution. It’s why we do the census and it is a fundamental check against the growth of our
national government. On monetary issues, we must work to inform the masses that the printing of fiat
paper currency has created this current financial crisis and that the solution is not changing the
management of the Federal Reserve, but following the Constitution and abolishing the Federal Reserve
in favor of Congress Coining money pursuant to Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. This strategy
will help the LP recruit the base of the Ron Paul Revolution, and nothing could be more important for
the Libertarian Party at this point in our history, but that effort.
On issues of foreign policy, we must lead the masses. The average American has been against the wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq from the beginning. At best, after years of Establishment propaganda, they
have come to see these undeclared unConstitutional wars as necessary evils. We must make the case to
our fellow Americans that our freedom can only be secured by defending it from all enemies, foreign
and domestic. That means, an end to secret government operations like the c.i.a and the n.s.a. At best,
these operations were responsible for creating unacceptable blowback. At worst, these secret
unaccountable unConstitutional unlibertarian efforts were responsible for funding the terror attacks that
we have spent 11 years fighting at considerable cost in lives and freedom. See Mahmoud Ahmed and
the ISI. The Libertarian Party has long called for the abolition of these secret government operations.
Now, that a large segment of the apolitical population is on board with ending these operations, we
should make an active concerted effort to appeal to that base of Americans which are probably already
libertarian, whether they know it or not. We must make the case for an end to military adventurism and
attempts to exert American hegemonic control over the middle east and around the globe. And, it
means respecting our American heritage and constitutionally protected right of membership in our local
Constitutional militias. Our founders were right to fear entangling alliances and standing armies. It is
our responsibility as libertarians to champion these issues so that we can be both safe and free.
On the issues of Domestic Tranquility, we must make the case to the American people that our nation
can survive our differences, but it cannot survive a police state. At a national level, we must work to
reverse the militarization and federalization of our local police. We must fight to restore those
freedoms recently lost and work to preserve, protect, and expand those freedoms we do still enjoy.
This means taking principled libertarian stands in a way that appeals to the average voter, most of
whom are currently against the TSA, the drug war, the growing surveillance society, etc. It is on these
issues that we should actively work to expand our political base. At the same time, we must never
compromise principle for apparent pragmatism, in a nod to the former holder of this open seat, let me
quote Reagan “Good policy is good politics.” All our Freedoms. All the Time. Anything less is a
recipe for political failure.
That would be the perspective, objectives, and approach I would bring to the LNC. In addition to the
experiences I have had growing local Libertarian parties, I would bring the skills of an Austrian
economist, a trained historian, and the one I least like to mention, a trained legal mind. It is my sincere
belief that these talents and abilities would be beneficial to the Libertarian National Committee and the
membership of our organization.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
In Liberty, with Eternal Vigilance,