I received this letter from Dana McLorn, a member since 2009 of the Libertarian Party of California’s Executive Committee. During some of that time, he was on the Operations Committee, and was Chairman of the Convention Committee in 2012. In addition, he is the immediate past chairman of Ventura County. He has asked that I post this here. Disclaimer: I am a member of the Libertarian Party of California, but haven’t been involved with the Executive Committee since 2010. I served as an At-Large Member at the same time as Mr. McLorn in 2009 to 2010.
Also, Kevin Takenaga, current Chairman of the Libertarian Party of CA, was asked to respond and has declined at this time.
With great disappointment I must tender my resignation from the LPC executive committee. For many years I have dedicated my time, passion and funds to the LPC in order fight for liberty in California. It has been my honor to serve with other patriots with equal levels of passion and dedication. With the deteriorating state of leadership, vision and funding, it is no longer worth dedicating my time and funds, with no hope of return on this investment. This is especially disappointing because there has never been a greater opportunity to build a pro-liberty political party in California. But we cannot take advantage of this with a Chair and executive board that refuse to even do the basic operations required of any organization. We cannot hope to build a party when we don’t do basic operations like contacting our membership, fundraising and issuing press releases. Our Party has a history of avoiding the work needed to become a relevant, functioning party. But this year we have hit a new low. The time has come for the party to decide if it has an interest in being a functioning political party, that elect’s members to public office and changes public policy. Or would it like to lobby and promote issues? If so a PAC would be a much more effective vehicle. Or would we like to hold dinner party’s and become a forum for discussing issues? Then we should look into becoming a not for profit group. At this point I cannot in good conscience recommend friends or members of the public join or donate to the Party. This is the least libertarian organization I have ever been involved with. We spend the majority of our time passing rules and regulations to control the leadership and membership. We hold regular conventions where people demand that I pay for them to attend and pass rules to control me and my ability to act. You have all heard “if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Well if a party elects no one and has no public voice, does it make a difference? The answer is a resounding no! If the LPC wants to become a functioning political party, there is no secret formula. It requires a clear mission statement, an achievable plan, attention to the needs of our customers[voters] and lots of hard work! If the party continues to refuse to make that effort, please end this charade and free up these resources for the many liberty organizations that are making a difference. So many of our freedoms are in danger in California. I would simply ask that our officers and members stop being obstacles in the fight for those liberties, and assess for themselves if they want put in the time and effort required to make a difference in that fight. After many years of dedicating my efforts to the fight for liberty, it is now time for me to focus on my health, career, finances and the relationships that I have neglected during my time with the party. If anyone is serious about getting involved in real politics, I would be happy to share the experience and training I picked up during my time in politics. Although I will not be actively involved in any liberty organizations on a day to day basis, I will never stop fighting for liberty and hope I will continue to see my see my libertarian friends at liberty events in the future.
Dana T. McLorn