Daily Archives: December 19, 2008

Controversial poll disappears from Libertarian Party website archive

The archive of polls at the Libertarian Party website has been purged of reference to a recent poll on the necessity of government. As of the last time I checked the poll, the results were as follows:

Do you believe there is a necessary and proper role for government in society?

22% (196 [read more]

Ballot Access News compares trends in alternative party and independent Presidential performance, 2004 vs. 2008

In a series of posts at Ballot Access News today, Richard Winger writes:

In 2004, Ralph Nader was on the ballot in jurisdictions containing 50.8% of the national presidential vote cast that year. In those jurisdictions, he polled .67% of the total presidential vote cast in those places.

In [read more]

Libertarian Party poll of the day: ‘Do you have a problem with Obama’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren for the inauguration?’

The poll is at LP.org.

At Delaware Libertarian, Steve Newton writes:

Explaining why he would invite California Prop 8 advocate Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, President-elect Barak Obama said, “We have to disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.”

Which is why David Duke will be acting as an usher.

Marginalizing gays is relatively safe, politically speaking, since there’s not another election for a few years. Just pat them on the head and put them back in the box.

If Obama is pandering to the religious right, that’s not good.

If Obama genuinely believes that this is the way to bring us together, that’s worse.

Although only 79 votes have been cast in the poll as of this writing, so far a strong majority has voted “no” (they do not have a problem with the selection of Warren). [read more]

Brian Miller on the role of the Vietnam War in the formation of the Libertarian Party

In a piece at Delaware Libertarian, Brian Miller responds to those who disagree with his critique of Redpath’s “list of promises”:

One of the more amusing tricks of the NeoConTarian faction is to challenge the accuracy of even the smallest statement and use sweeping generalizations like “rant” and “liar” to attack those who they wish to avoid addressing directly. That treatment is typically not applied to their own boys, like Bob Barr, who can claim at the convention that he wants to repeal DOMA, yet show up on cable news a couple of days later and hail DOMA as a great example of Libertarian legislation.

This tactic is old hat to those of us used to campaigning against Republicans in the 1990s, when a large proportion of the present NeoCon support base in the LP was campaigning AS Republicans. A quick examination of Newt Gingrich’s memo on “language as a tool of control” sheds a bit of light on this, and Libertarians who are serious about campaigning against the righties’ tactics would be well-advised to read and memorize every word of it, so they’re aware when language is being used as a tool to attempt to “control” them.

Meanwhile, it’s disappointing that people who *should* be taking the fight to the NeoConTarians are falling for such tactics themselves and directing their big guns at me.

What of the history of the LP vis-a-vis the Vietnam War?

Marc Gilbert’s seminal analysis of the Vietnam protest movement, The Vietnam War on Campus:

Only a united front, the students realized, would truly threaten the Establishment. As the 1960s crumbled around them and the forecast for change in the 1970s looked bleak, these students decided that only a completely new way of thinking and acting would force such institutions as the government, the university, and more amorphous “social order” to respond to their demands… For some, this dream came true in the creation of the Libertarian Party in 1972.

Not into academic citations? How about the mainstream press in one of its few balanced examinations of the Libertarian Party from 2002? Courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The disenchantment of a few over the Vietnam War and President Richard Nixon’s wage and price controls has grown into what they say is the nation’s best-organized and most successful third party.

“Other parties come and go,” said David Nolan, considered the party’s founding father. “The reason we have staying power is that we are consistent.”

(If only Mr. Nolan’s statement was true [read more]

Sean Haugh is no longer employed by the Libertarian Party

http://www.lp.org/staff no longer lists Sean Haugh. Thanks to Susan Hogarth for this news. The budget approved at the recent LNC meeting in San Diego contains significantly less money for staff salaries than the previous budget, and Haugh has been writing articles at Liberty For All which have been highly critical of [read more]