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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    We Won't Work Hard For You Comment
    Gregory Morris, 6/13/08 7:24:44 am
    Whited Sepulchre says it well. Man, I'd love to vote Libertarian. But I can't. This post is about why I can't register as a Libertarian. I really want to, but I can't convince myself that its a good idea. I've never been a "L"ibertarian, and will probably continue to not be one for the foreseeable future.

    I agree with the Libertarian party on what the country should be, but we disagree on how to get there. There are only two ways to get smaller government and increased liberty: 1) Revolution, which is a terrible last resort that should only come into play when tyranny becomes intolerable, and 2) change from within the existing system, which is tedious and seemingly impossible these days. The Libertarian party thinks you can accomplish #2 by running on a platform that terrifies Grandma Newdeal and Suzy Soccermom. You can't accomplish anything if you can't get elected. (ex. - How do you think Ron Paul got elected to Congress? He ran as a Republican.)

    The Libertarian argument to this point is, "If people would just..." Do I need to even continue with that statement? If you think about it, those four words prove my point. You can't rely on a mass of people to change their nature all at once to achieve your political goal.

    In addition, there is an inherent problem within the Libertarian party... namely that unity for party growth is almost impossible. In my opinion, the fundamental belief of the Libertarian party simply doesn't allow it to become powerful enough to out the Republicans or Democrats.

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: We Won\'t Work Hard For You
    name, 6/13/08 4:19:56 pm
    What version of the platform are you basing this criticism on?

    I ask because it is exactly this issue that has been of heavy argument within the LP.

    In 2006 enormous chunks of the party platform were tossed out, as many planks failed to win a retention vote. This past convention had two major issues to deal with, the more publicly seen one was the presidential nomination. The one that happened without benefit of C-Span cameras was the platform.

    There was the "Restore '04" group who were trying to get the detailed old language that had been eliminated back into the platform, and the "Reform Caucus" who wanted to repopulate the platform with shorter simpler, less detailed planks. The Reformers won the day.

    Myself and a handful others find the World's Smallest Political Platform, a much more preferable way to go.

    I fell that policy documents really aren't worth a hill of beans anyway. The progress the Libertarian Party makes will be based on the candidates and individuals who support it, and how they present themselves to the general public.

    Admittably, we can do better on that front, and we are improving. I personally think that how some Libertarians in Georgia managed to recruit Bob Barr and bring him into the party, to where he's now our presidential nominee, shows that we are looking to put a better foot forward to the public.
    Re: We Won\'t Work Hard For You
    Shawn Levasseur, 6/13/08 4:24:29 pm
    Oops. Didn't sign my name to the above reply.
    Re: We Won\'t Work Hard For You
    Gregory Morris, 6/13/08 4:30:21 pm
    I don't have access to a computer so my reply for now will be blackberry short: I think you just made one of my points for me.
    Re: We Won\'t Work Hard For You
    The Whited Sepulchre, 6/13/08 5:52:28 pm
    WBG,
    thanks for the linkage.
    You're always my go-to site for 2nd amendment clarification.

    The biggest hurdle to growth of the L.P. is the obscene amounts of money being made by the other two.

    Our general goal is to turn as much as possible over to the private sector, and slowly starve the beast.

    Therefore, any succesful candidates will have to turn down all sorts of lobbyist graft. Very difficult for the long term.
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