Libertarian Party - a security blanket?Submitted by tony m on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 09:19
I have a little experience with some people in the Libertarian party at my local level.
A national view is - for Bob Barr to be nominated in 2008, what is supposed to lean me to the LP. I had to vote Baldwin because the LP was on par with the dems and gop.
Locally, I noticed over the last four years, that there was no involvement to unify in political process activism when I made contact. An excuse given would be - "no entangling alliances." Seriously. It made me believe that being involved in the LP was because it was a security blanket to keep away from the "friction and thuggery" of the bad people (GOP). It came across like the LP was a safe haven, like being a computer activist.
Last week I contacted the LP party in Washington and our states LP chair to shutdown a takeover of our event in which the local LP party joined in on. I compared this action to what was experienced by the GOP Soviets over the last five years and just recently in Tampa.
We held an event about choosing a Presidential candidate. We shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but does a person really believe that personal presentation does not matter?
The three reps from the LP party showed up like we were going to play some poker while the baseball game is on TV. These guys were speakers for the event concerning joining the LP, pushing Johnson, and one of them as a current candidate. Another event coordinator, who is an avid poster of pictures taken at events, has not posted the pictures. If she posts the picture of the guy who is running for U.S. Senate, and someone Googles his name and the word Senate, and when that picture pops up, it is going to either be a laugher or mercy. Who is going to take this seriously. It was that bad. I am sure she will post them, but man, it will hurt the LP instead of help it.
I don't know what to say about this. I currently won't join the LP party after this behavior and showing. It is like, it is not ready for prime time. Actually, the third party thing is not ready yet. We have to work on this.
And, I do recall that entangling alliances thing ...
Now I remember Johnson at the Rally for the Republic in 2008 and am impressed with him. It was good to see him at the PAUL fest too. He will get my vote if write-ins for Ron Paul are not counted in my state.