This was sent to me by Mr. Snitker for the purpose of posting here on IPR
Regarding the Conversation between myself, John Wayne Smith, Vicki Kirkland and David Hester on September 14th 2013.
My name is Alexander Snitker and I am the Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida. This letter is being written to fully explain a conversation that took place on September 14th 2013. Before that I would like to inform the readers with a little history so that you will have a better understanding of this unfortunate situation.
I first met John Wayne Smith during my campaign for the US Senate in 2010. At that time I was running as a No Party Affiliation candidate. He was running as the Libertarian Candidate for Governor. JWS, Sean Concannon, Mike Barr and others talked to me about running as a Libertarian candidate instead of a No Party Affiliated candidate. Their arguments for this were enough to convince me to switch over to Libertarian and I believe still that this was the best decision that I made.
While me and JWS maintained a good relationship and did many events together there were others who were involved in my campaign that did not get along with JWS and JWS did not get along with them. At this time it was not really a distraction for the campaign as we were all focused on the campaign.
I understood that these people did not always get along and considering that human relationships are like this I did not give it any more attention that just bickering amongst members of a group. This happens in any organization.
The reason that I wanted to tell you about this part is that you understand that at some point I got along with JWS and that you understood why I approached him yesterday to talk and to see if we could come to some kind of understanding.
I arrived at the Volusia county organizational meeting and saw that JWS and Vicki Kirkland were in attendance. The meeting was smooth and from my understanding JWS was positive in the meeting and was adding positively to its formation. It was at that time that I thought it would be a good idea to talk about all the issues going on to try to calm the disruptive situation going on with the Libertarian. I thought at this point putting out one last olive branch could help this situation.
I am fully aware that the environment within the LPF right now is not conducive to growth and before we complain about the other parties we must get our own house in order. As one of the leaders in this organization it is up to us to solve this no matter who we think is in the wrong and I was hoping that a calm conversation where we listened to each other instead of yelling would help.
We stepped outside and talked. I explained that we all understood that we were all in this party and in order for us to move forward, while we may not like each other, we need to start acting in a civil matter for the betterment of the party.
I asked JWS what his concerns were and at that time he brought up three main topics. He indicated that many people in the EC were, in his words, breaking the law. He brought up Danielle Alexandre, James Tall, Adrian Wyllie, Lynn House, Dana Moxley Cummings Jared Grifoni, Bill Wohlsifer and Jeremy Hale. I attempted to explain that the issue regarding reporting was addressed by the Florida election commission and the results of this case were that the LPF was in the right and the state of Florida was in the wrong. This was not a sufficient answer for him and at that time I indicated if he still had concerns that we should all start using specifics in a clinical way to avoid a heated exchange and to try to come up with a positive solution.
The second issue that he indicated was the Franklin Perez filing fee issue. I reminded him that, even though I did not personally like Franklin, I did speak on his behalf that the EC should return the money. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Chair of the Libertarian Party, did not agree with the decision either but because of his fiduciary duties as the chair was forced to defend this decision that the EC made and defended the LPF in the court case that Franklin made. JWS and Vicki Kirkland, who was a member of the EC at this time, stood by Franklin and against the EC in support of this lawsuit. This part is only mentioned to ensure that everyone has a complete understanding of the facts.
I then explained to JWS these facts and that at the last convention this issue was addressed and now the by-laws are clear and that any candidate who runs as a Libertarian will receive their portion of the filing fee back.
JWS third issue that he is not happy with is the vetting process currently in place. I informed him that this decision was made by the delegates at the last convention and no matter how we feel about this we must respect the wishes of the delegates. He did not accept this answer and still refused to be vetted by the LPF even though I assured him that anyone who is actively supporting another candidate on the EC would abstain from voting.
Overall I believed that this was a productive conversation and he indicated at that time he would think about calming down the situation. I see that this is not going to be the case, however I will remain calm and will not allow others to distract me from my duties of growing the party and suggest that others do the same. We must not let these distractions waste our time. At this point I am going to include A Libertarian’s New Year’s Resolutions written by Harry Browne, the 1996 & 2000 Libertarian Party Nominee for President. It is my suggestion that we all read this and work toward becoming the kind of people that he describes in it.
A Libertarian’s New Year’s Resolutions
I resolve to sell liberty by appealing to the self-interest of each prospect, rather than preaching to people and expecting them to suddenly adopt my ideas of right and wrong.
I resolve to keep from being drawn into arguments or debates. My purpose is to inspire people to want liberty — not to prove that they’re wrong.
I resolve to listen when people tell me of their wants and needs, so I can help them see how a free society will satisfy those needs.
I resolve to identify myself, when appropriate, with the social goals someone may seek — a cleaner environment, more help for the poor, a less divisive society — and try to show him that those goals can never be achieved by government, but will be well served in a free society.
I resolve to be compassionate and respectful of the beliefs and needs that lead people to seek government help. I don’t have to approve of their subsidies or policies — but if I don’t acknowledge their needs, I have no hope of helping them find a better way to solve their problems.
No matter what the issue, I resolve to keep returning to the central point: how much better off the individual will be in a free society.
I resolve to acknowledge my good fortune in having been born an American. Any plan for improvement must begin with recognition of the good things we have. To speak only of America’s defects will make me a tiresome crank.
I resolve to focus on the ways America could be so much better with a very small government — not to dwell on all the wrongs that exist today.
I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness. Such things steal time and attention from the work that must be done.
I resolve to speak, dress, and act in a respectable manner. I may be the first Libertarian someone has encountered, and it’s important that he get a good first impression. No one will hear the message if the messenger is unattractive.
I resolve to remind myself that someone’s “stupid” opinion may be an opinion I once held. If I can grow, why can’t I help him grow?
I resolve not to raise my voice in any discussion. In a shouting match, no one wins, no one changes his mind, and no one will be inspired to join our quest for a free society.
I resolve not to adopt the tactics of Republicans and Democrats. They use character assassination, evasions, and intimidation because they have no real benefits to offer Americans. We, on the other hand, are offering to set people free — and so we can win simply by focusing on the better life our proposals will bring.
I resolve to be civil to my opponents, and treat them with respect. However anyone chooses to treat me, it’s important that I be a better person than my enemies.