IS THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY TAKING ITSELF SERIOUSLY?
The Libertarian Party leadership is desperate for recognition, acceptance and respect. This need for perceived validity is the decay that is destroying the Party. In order to be accepted, the Party has traditionally attempted to conform to the existing political structure – that same, power and force based structure that we are all fighting against. Look at the mimicry within our Party: Our debates are indistinguishable in form from the two major parties; the only difference being that when a candidate in a major party talks about taking office there is actually a chance they can do it. When we say it, it looks and sounds ludicrous, as if we are steeped in self delusion.
The format of our conventions looks and smells like the conventions of the major parties. The only difference is that the LP format allows for far more corruption. State chairs pass out plain index cards to be filled out and returned- nothing numbered, nothing stamped . Some even allowed voting by text messages. The delegates could have been anywhere or anyone could have had the phone. It is a comic shadow of the system that the LP is trying to imitate.
And what has been the price of this desperate urge to be respected? It has created the willingness to compromise. Even more debilitating, the fear of not being accepted has killed the soul of joy that grows naturally in Liberty. The Spirit of liberty is missing.
When James Weeks stripped at the LP Convention last Sunday there were widespread boo’s and general disapproval of Mr. Week’s exuberance. Rather than enjoying a respite from the grey blandness of the convention, people were muttering that the world would think that Libertarians were fools. Well, if we care about such tivialities, then we are indeed fools.
For me, I was far more ashamed of those who turned their heads in disgust than by anything Mr. Weeks did. In the photo above, it is the bottom half which has disgraced the LP.
Select comments below the post, with responses from McAfee:
Phil Hermanas It’s hard to call James Weeks an embarrassment for the party when Trump and Hillary are the major party candidates.
But if the Libertarian party wants to grow, it needs to stick to its values and make in road on state and local ballots rather than just keep pushing for President. Right now we’re the party of failed republicans and Never Trumps rather than liberty.
John McafeeIndeed!Anastasiya Stooch MaslovaThe disgrace is that the party sold out for corporate money and democratic ideals. The delegates booed and screamed against Weld and then nominated him for VP. And now the same people are cheering for the ticket that has openly stated that this is their Johnson campaign, not the Libertarian Party campaign.
John Mcafee votedifferent.us
Nick Buriegi McAfee, Petersen, Perry: appealing to libertarians, welcoming to all seeking true freedom.Johnson: welcoming to democrats and republicans since he espouses their values. A huge turn off to libertarians.
The future of the party is bleak. The days of free people, free markets, small gov’t are over.John McafeeYou are, sadly, correct.
John Culkin The Libertarian Party is extremely hard to get behind.John Mcafee Certainly hard for me.
Matthew Day-Holloway And what is the point of liberty if you can’t have fun, same issue I have with anarchy-punk, no one can take a jokeJohn McafeeWe have to learn. Maturity is frequently gauged by how graciously we are able to make fun of ourselves.