For those not inclined to "work within the GOP" or who have grown weary of tryingSubmitted by samadamscw on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 16:34
**Note, the title of this post was changed due to perceptions not being what I intended. My choice of saying people were "duped" into working within the GOP rather than through another party seems to be too personal for some. I stand by my assessment that succumbing to the "lesser of two evils/wasted vote syndrome" is just as flawed with respect to parties as it is with candidates.
Because of Dr. Paul's run for the White House, there has been an effort to "work within the GOP." Clearly, if we want to have an easier time of getting him the nomination in 2012, we would need to "take over" the party apparatus at the local and state level. Not so much actually, as in simply getting involved, standing up for what you believe, and thus giving others who have been in the party longer and are more trusted and respected in that circle, to step up and support Liberty candidates including Dr. Paul.
That is well and noble. And if you have managed to do so already - Good for YOU!
However, as we well know, in general, the GOP does not agree with us. At least the leadership and mouthpieces do not. And they are the main barrier to Liberty candidates. To be sure, perhaps some time ago, it was they who "infiltrated and took over" the party. But a little history will show the GOP has always been this way. They only became friendly to liberty and states rights as a result of FDR. And then, that didn't really catch on until Goldwater and Reagan. (only to be sidelined by the establishment very quickly beginning with Bush 41)
There is an easier way.
There is a way to walk into a party that already agrees with you on more issues than not. (and certainly more than the GOP)
There is a party that has many positions available for you to take the reigns yourself at least on the local, if not the state level.
That party could be very successful but they suffer from one problem: the "wasted vote/impossibility trap/lesser of two evils" syndrome.
Yes, it takes money to grow a party.
Yes, it takes involvement by business leaders to win large races.
Yes, it takes organization to win large races, and begin to really make a difference on a large scale.
One of these has to come first, to avoid the chicken and egg scenario.
The easiest one to achieve, is organization, and to do so on the local level first.
The solution? Organize your precinct or your county/parish in a party that needs your support, and who deserves it because they support what you believe in. No one is going to do this for you. YOU have to take action.
The Libertarian Party is ripe for further organization. Some states are already partially organized on the local level. Some have county and precinct organizations that are going strong and they are electing local officials already and have been for some time.
But there are other states that can't get anyone to lift a finger to help liberty. YOU live in one of those states most likely. The GOP in those states doesn't want anything to do with you other than your vote for their neo-con candidate.
The LP there will support you and help you organize on the local level, because it helps everyone.
And there is no litmus test save one: adhere to the non-aggression axiom and the rest is "all good."
If this sounds like you, then contact your state LP today and find out what you can do.
The GOP in my state, Louisiana, as in other states, is neo-con. (the leadership is anyway, the voters are definitely not) We could have a vibrant and effective LP, but all the liberty oriented people are still stuck on stupid here. They still want to continue to try the same thing over and over and expect different results. They try to work within the GOP, they get no where, and then they wonder why.
They could get somewhere in the LP.
Imagine the LP in a state, or even nationwide, fielding candidates in EVERY local office? Imagine how successful we will be with an organization that ALREADY agrees with us?
Why waste energy on trying to change the GOP when there is a party ready made and tailored to our cause?
Success with the LP starts with YOU.
Success with the GOP relies on a hope and a prayer, and there is little or nothing you can do to affect the outcome.
http://lp.org and click on "STATES" to find your local contacts.
**Addendum: as noted below, I will not erase what I put in the OP for I do not think it appropriate to do so for the sake of integrity and coherence of the discussion below. Perhaps though my choice of words near the end of this post directly above were not thought out carefully enough. I think my replies below more accurately reflect my sentiments and what I was trying to communicate. My apologies for any confusion.