Steve Scheetz: Message to All Libertarians

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Steve Scheetz is the former chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania and presently serves as the treasurer of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus. His following “Message to All Libertarians, ” is being published on IPR for the first time:

Message to All Libertarians 

There has been much discussion regarding what Gary Johnson and Bill Weld have been saying in public, as the Libertarian Party Nominees for President and Vice President of the United States. This election cycle has seen more interest in the Libertarian Party than any other election cycle in the history of our party’s existence!

Is this Gary Johnson or Bill Weld making this happen? Well, the answer to this is somewhat complicated. The two Governors are walking a tightrope. They are saying things in such a way so as to keep the national spotlight on their campaign, and it cannot be easy for them. However, it is also extremely helpful to their campaign that they are running against two of the most polarizing figures in the history of US electoral Politics, and that is saying something!

The problem, as many Libertarians have been noting, is that Gary Johnson and William Weld have been saying things, publicly, that are not congruent with Libertarian Principles. There are those within many of the various Caucuses who would like to see a motion to distance the party from the campaign. I believe this would be a huge mistake for several reasons, but to start with, the Johnson Campaign has been listening, and has walked back those egregious statements shortly after the blow back had been called to the campaign’s attention. One of the other reasons is what happens to the campaign AND the Libertarian Party should we apply the “nuclear option?”

Many of us have agreed that the people, after November, will remember two things about the Libertarian Candidate: “Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal.” There may be something in some people’s minds about smoking pot, but if they remember anything at all, that is all that will be remembered, and while I get that this sentiment is bothersome to all of us, it is the reality. If we apply the nuclear option, people will remember Libertarians as those people who shot down their own candidate after they nominated him at their convention! How do we trust anything they stand for if they are so wishy washy that they cannot even be loyal to their own candidate? The campaign will be destroyed, which some Libertarians may not be unhappy to see, but so would the chances of the Libertarian Party doing anything meaningful in the future, at least for another 6-8 years. We have been working on a very long game Ladies and Gentlemen, we work to win hearts and free minds; minds which have been conditioned, in some cases, for decades! Minds which have been conditioned by fear tactics put forth by political opportunists, and the ONLY way we can continue to do what we need to do is to take our message to the people! Let me say this again, WE need to take our message to the people, WE DO NOT need to let Gary Johnson do the heavy lifting, and then criticize him when the message is not what we want it to be.

Here is the call to action: If there is a problem with the Johnson Campaign’s message, don’t tell Facebook, tell the Johnson Campaign! They have demonstrated that they will listen if problems are presented to them. The second part? Libertarianism is about individual empowerment; it is about the grass roots. Demonstrate this to the world by taking the Libertarian message EVERYWHERE! Come to the convention in 2018 and help make the Party what we want it to be! Finally, WE work to end Ignorance, and Fear; let’s make the world a better place for us having been here!

10 thoughts on “Steve Scheetz: Message to All Libertarians

  1. Anthony Dlugos

    But at least he has a sense of perspective about the Johnson-Weld ticket; it’s not the cataclysm the Hysterical Caucus describes it as.

    That’s about all I can ask from a Radical.

  2. Steve Scheetz

    Tony, griping? If that is all you got from my letter, you did not read it. Anthony, my point is that we STOP with tossing Johnson Weld under the bus. They are two guys, they are working, but WE have to work as well! the Great Wall of China was not built by two guys, it was built by a nation!

    Libertarianism will neither be created nor destroyed by the actions of two men, but it can be created if we all work to make it happen, and it can be destroyed if we simply do nothing. Our choice.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  3. Richard Winger

    Steve, I sent you a postal letter to 68 Lavender Lane, Levittown Pa 19054, and yesterday the Post office rejected it as “attempted – not known.” Could you e-mail me at richardwinger@yahoo.com and help me with that? Thank you.

  4. Michael H. Wilson

    I’m pretty pressed for time these days prepping for a hearing at the legislature and trying to write a piece that I need to get out by an upcoming deadline so I can get another rejection slip.

    Last night I get a call from someone and spend about two hours on the phone discussing intra party squabbling. In the end, it came down to a simple issue. How we explain ourselves.

    It is fine to adopt a label and call yourself a radical, a pragmatist, or whatever but how do you explain to someone new to the party how and why we will take a service provided by the government and move it to the private sector (I prefer to call it the public sector or open market sector) without screwing people over.

    Candidates often run for office and have little idea about alternatives that the market can provide. Often they don’t even have much of an idea about the responsibilities of the position they are seeking.

    Long time activist don’t have a source to turn to for information and end up bickering with new people. All of this failure is causing confusion and we need to fix it if we plan on holding this success we are seeing together.

    From the top of the ticket to the bottom questions are being raised about what exactly are Libertarians proposing.

    And we are spending too much time talking about labels when we really should be discussing strategy and tactics. My two cents worth for today.

  5. Tony From Long Island

    Steve: I re-read it at your suggestion and maybe I should have said griping ABOUT the griping.

    Maybe I am just so accustomed to reading complaints about Johnson / Weld that when I see something that might appear that way, I just roll my eyes and move on. My bad.

  6. dL

    “From the top of the ticket to the bottom questions are being raised about what exactly are Libertarians proposing.”

    Don’t need your fucking permission…How’s that for a message.

    Libertarianism is not freaking privatizing the State(you know the actual state, not the hypothetical state that has never existed)…if that is what it actually was, I would be against it. Because that message is privatize the monopolies.

  7. George Dance

    Well, now that the 10 members of the Seacoast Libertarian Party have voted, asking NatCom to vote, it’s out of the bag. Maybe not even that many Libertarians will care; maybe it will become the top story this weekend. Who knows?

    As I see it. there’s no reason to hide the remove-the-nominees story under the rug, the way it was done in 2008 and 2012. It’s time to have it out. If there are other Libertarian affiliates who see the ticket, and what it’s done, as a negative, let them speak out. Contrariwise, if there are Libertarian affiliates happy with the ticket and what it’s done, let them speak out, too.

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