Why The Libertarian Party Continues To Disappoint Me.
Every time I read a new piece of news concerning the Libertarian Party and their actions I get this sick feeling deep down in the pit of my stomach, it’s the feeling of disappointment. If I didn’t know better I would swear the Libertarian Party didn’t take themselves seriously, or perhaps they just don’t want to succeed.
A small example is that GeekPolitics contacted Andrew Davis, Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party, almost five months ago and Mr. Davis told us that Bill Redpath, the Chairman of the Libertarian Party, wouldn’t mind answering a few questions for us. As of this writing, we have not heard back from Mr. Davis or Chairman Redpath. Perhaps they didn’t find our questions relevant or worth asking (I’ll tack on the questions we asked at the bottom of this post for any Libertarians out there to answer if they’d like - We’d still really like answers to those questions). That is just a small problem, the larger problem are the ’strategic decisions’ of the party at large. It shows a party with no leadership and no chance of survival and personally I think that’s a shame.
Christopher Agrella Is Running For A Seat in the U.S. House… In California…
Today, I received an update I subscribed for from the Libertarian National Committee. This email was to let me know that Christopher Agrella is running for a House seat in California’s 32nd district and to solicit both funds and time for calling voters. News Flash: California’s 32nd district is overwhelmingly democrat. This is a district that hasn’t had a republican representative since 1975. They’ve voted Democrat in presidential elections by a margin of more than 40% for the last three presidential elections. I can’t imagine what the Libertarian Party is thinking here… unless…
It turns out the seat for California’s 32nd district is currently vacant thanks to some redistricting. Perhaps the party is trying to snag this seat and hope no one notices? I think that would be great, it’s time we had a Libertarian serving in D.C. Unfortunately, I just don’t think this is a good use of resources; not mine, not yours, not the party’s. Frankly, the Party’s leadership has to look at the big picture and try to focus resources in places with a higher chance of success. A district that hasn’t been republican in 3 decades isn’t likely to support the conservatism of the Libertarian Party either.
Libertarian Party Leadership, aka The Bob Barr Wild West Rodeo Show
I planned to vote Libertarian in the 2008 Presidential Election. But honestly, who could vote for Bob Barr with a straight face? Bob Barr gave us a Libertarian candidate that spent his first moments explaining that he no longer held the beliefs shown by his voting record which were completely at odds with party platforms. This man, seemingly overnight, claimed to have changed positions on an entire slew of issues. I have friends who are card carrying members of the Libertarian Party, when Bob Barr comes up in conversations they use words like: ‘Sleeze’, ‘Disappointment’, ‘Embarrassment’, etc.
The point, however, is not only that Bob Barr is not fit to be the face of the Libertarian Party. Why did the Libertarian Party National Committee allow this to happen? Bob Barr reflects badly on them most of all and is a magnifying glass that points out their failure as party leaders. The imminent death of the Libertarian Party and all it stands for will rest squarely at their feet.
Answering Tough Questions
I’m going to tack on the questions we asked sent to Chairman Redpath. Perhaps we sent to many questions, perhaps they didn’t think they were relevant, or perhaps they were too hard. However, I think these are the types of questions that party leadership should already have thought about. They probably should have been prepared with canned responses for these questions. These are the types of questions that I believe represent some of the most pressing issues for the Libertarian Party going forward.
- Currently the Libertarian party has no members serving in a national office:
- What do you see as the primary issue keeping LibertarianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s from gaining support on the national stage?
- Given this would you consider the 36 year life of the party to have been a success?
- Fundraising appears to be a key problem for Libertarian Party candidates. Can you explain your thoughts on campaign finance reform? Does the Libertarian Party
view campaign finance reform as a free market issue?
- The Future:
- What issues will be most important in promoting libertarian ideals in future elections?
- Can you provide some detail on the future strategy of the Libertarian Party?
- This election cycle we saw the Internet play a larger role than ever before in terms of organizing, fundraising, etc.
- Does this pose a problem in terms of election oversight for things such as campaign contributors?
- What role does the Libertarian Party see the Internet playing in future elections, both for the Libertarian Party and for the mainstream parties?
- ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Presidency:
- What issues should libertarian leaning citizens be most concerned about during Barack ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
tenure as president?
- Are there any areas in which you find yourself, or the Libertarian Party, in agreement with President Elect ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Administration?
- Ron Paul:
- Ron Paul has garnered a lot of national fame over the past year and a half. Has this helped or hurt the Libertarian Party?
- What is the current relationship, if any, between the Libertarian Party and Congressman