Marc Montoni at freevirginia.blogspot.com:
On November 6, 2018, the Libertarian Party‘s three highest-profile sitting officeholders all lost their bids for re-election.
Many in the Party bemoaned the result as a “disaster”.
I see it differently, because these losses serve as a textbook lesson:
Given the odds against Libertarians in office (we are *usually* out-spent and out-volunteered by 1,000 or more to 1), Libertarian officeholders should stop pussyfooting around and instead be that lone troublemaker while in office.
Say those “scary”, extremist things, like “Taxation is Theft, and I want to eliminate that theft by abolishing this ____ tax!!”
Say those “scary”, extremist things, like “Prohibition is unconstitutional and immoral and I want to repeal all of it, including the prohibition on crack, heroin, gambling, and prostitution!”
Say those “scary”, extremist things, like “Abolish the Police and let neighborhoods contract for the security provider that suits them!”
Say those “scary”, extremist things, like “Abolish Public Schools!”
Say those “scary”, extremist things, like “Abolish the Military!”
We’ve spent forty years twisting ourselves into knots trying to avoid offending our opponents.
It’s long past time to offend the hell out of them.
Our opponents aren’t going to vote for us anyway, and kowtowing to them keeps us from finding and recruiting the millions of people out there who are already basically libertarian but haven’t put it together yet because they haven’t heard anyone saying it in a way that is both consistent and inspires their own courage.
Libertarianism is OFFENSIVE to those who live at the expense of others. Libertarianism is OFFENSIVE to those who wish to control others.
Full stop. There is no way to make it inoffensive to them.
Let us aim to misbehave.
Yeah, maybe you won’t get re-elected. But you didn’t get re-elected this time either, did you?
The knowledge that victory is fleeting can sometimes be truly liberating.
Once we understand that our fellow libertarians can’t see us when we keep our heads down, then we’re ready to stand up and let them see us. Once they see us, they will be more likely to join and become members and supporters to help us in next year’s elections.
The Libertarian Party has been banging around between 10,000 to 20,000 annual donors for the better part of its nearly five decades in existence.
That is because too many Libertarians think the way to find our friends is to seek out our enemies.
Let’s change that model.
Vote Libertarian * 800-ELECT-US * http://www.LP.org
Written by Marc Montoni <AMCAmbassador@gmail.com>, October, 2018. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.