Found on the Pennsylvania You Are Libertarian Live Free Facebook page, this comment is by the immediate past chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Dr.Tom Stevens:
Restore Moderation To LPPA Discussion Lists:
When I took office, I started enforcing the Communications Policy and began moderating posts so LPPA members and new people would not be chased away by those who could not restrain themselves, such as Dave Moser calling a fellow County Chair a “dick-hugging bitch”.
You may recall that when I was appointed “moderator” during Lou Jasikoff’s term in office, I took the job to maximize free speech and promised minimal moderation as opposed to Ken Krawchuk, who wanted the job because he found offense in every opinion.
During my term in office, I continued this policy and the party grew.
As some observed, 70% of the complaints made against me were by those who thought any moderation was unlibertarian. Roy disagreed but he lost.
I call on Steve Scheetz to abandon his unrealistic principles and to restore moderation to some LPPA lists. Unrestricted free speech has no place in a private organization. The animals must not be permitted to wander around the zoo frightening the visitors. They can be amusing at times but only if properly locked in their cages.
The time to restore moderation is now!
Dr. Tom Stevens
Former LPPA State Chair
This response was found on the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania~LPPA Facebook page by the current chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Steve Scheetz:
Dr Tom Stevens has posted a call for me to re-initiate moderation to the LPPA sites due to negative posting.
I am not going to bother hunting down all of the places he has posted his call, so I will post my response here, and anyone who wishes to copy it and paste it in places where he has posted his statement does not need my permission to use my response or respond him/herself!
With that said… Given that Dr Tom Stevens has gone out of his way to make himself a nuisance to the LPPA process, and given that he has gone out of his way to provoke negative responses, I posted instructions on how to block members who offer only negative comments, and no ideas regarding how to help the LPPA in any way.
Absolutely there are abuses, and yet, there are simple ways people can silence the ignorant comments. (the delete button comes to mind….) I will NOT moderate the discussion list, for ANY REASON. The chairman should not have this ability, I will not use this ability, but I will work to help put in place a by-law stating that the Chairman shall not institute any Authoritarian powers! (Language will be formulated correctly 30 days before the next convention)
Finally, I stand behind my e-mail post instructing people to use their own judgment in moderating those people they feel are not contributing. We are LIBERTARIANS, not children. We have the means, the technology, and the abilities to handle these things without censorship. Obviously, the board business list will be specifically for board business, and for board votes should a board vote become necessary. Any discussion by non-voting members can be handled on the discussion list. Ladies and Gentlemen, the price of freedom is vigilance, and I challenge everyone to take up this duty. Tom, can continue to make calls for this or that, but I will NOT offer any solutions that are not Libertarian. I work for Libertarians, but I am governed by Libertarian philosophy ESPECIALLY the NIF pledge.