Instead of arguing over 2016, why don't we organize for 2013?Submitted by jaktober on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 01:54
I personally don't think there is a single answer to what we should do in 2016. I don't think we can tell until we get there what the political environment will be. Will Rand through the GOP be best? Will the LP or GP put up a strong candidate? Maybe an insurgent Democratic campaign will best serve the liberty movement. Maybe all four. Who knows?
All I know is that next year is 2013, NOT 2016. In 2013 there are very limited electoral campaigns to focus on, so instead of doing nothing, I have started working on a local "direct" campaign. I have taken on an issue that I can present directly to my County Board of Supervisors.
So, here is what we could be doing:
Pick an issue that is the responsibility of a local government body.
City Council, School Board, Water Board, Sheriff, etc.
Say, Flouride for instance. Maybe you get a lot of traction in your area when you talk about Flouride. Well, figure out exactly what you want to present. Is it a ban on Water Flouridation to your local Water Board? If so, then put together information on just that. Tell people to contact their water board directly. Go to all your local political parties and talk to them about getting flouride out of your water. Start working with the members of the Water Board to talk to them about it. Try to get one of them to champion your initiative.
In the process you will help organize local "like-minded" activists. You will sway the political culture, not just a political party. And you will up your local knowledge and access.
This can be done with many things, depending on your area. Try to find something non-partisan with popular support. A "soft-ball" reform that hasn't happen because no one has taken the responsibility to make it happen. If we can do this throughout the country, we will be ready for 2014 (state offices, congress, etc.).
So let's wait for 2016 to fight over who to support for President. Really we shouldn't fight. I'd like to see Rand in the GOP, a strong Progressive in the DNC, and a competive Green and Libertarian primary. All pushing anti-war messages. All questioning the War on Drugs and the private Federal Reserve system.
All bringing in new voters. Mobilizing new activists.